Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Blog Tour: Undone by R.E. Hunter

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  Synopsis
Five years ago, Embry Jacobs ran...
She ran from a past that still hasn’t let her go, but her dream of becoming a lawyer is stronger than her fear of confronting that past. Embry’s sole focus is to get through law school—with the help of her best friend, Morgan—and make something of the broken girl she became. Not thinking about falling in love, being in a relationship or even entertaining the idea of romance, Embry is moving forward one day at a time.
Luke Brody is charming and sexy, and has a past of his own. He wants nothing more than to put his demons to rest and move on with his life. But, when Embry enters the picture, is he destined to repeat those same mistakes?
Blindsided by their instant attraction, neither Luke nor Embry are prepared for the feelings they’re developing. But will it all be for nothing?
Will they let their pasts destroy them, or will they risk everything to fight for their relationship when it all comes undone?


My Review:

First of all, I wanna thank Enticing Journey for letting me be a part of this tour. It was an honor to read and review this book. This was my first read by RE Hunter(and yes, it's her debut novel) and it didn't disappoint. I was excited to read Rose's book and loved it.

This book was so well written, I felt like I was there most of the time. Rose paints a vivid picture when it comes to bringing these characters and their story to life. I felt their emotions and their struggles as if they were my own. Now the thing is, I'm a New Yorker, so to see this novel taking place in my first home was a lot of fun. I just love New York and everything about it. Another cool thing is, my grandfather was a well known lawyer for New York City so that was another thing I had in common with this book. Because Embry is So I was already in love before I started the story...

Now, I'll say I enjoyed this crazy ride that Embry took me on. She was a wonderful character, full of flaws and yet she was strong. She had a rough past and was hiding from it. Who hasn't had a rough past? I think we've all been in her shoes once in our lives, maybe not the same situations but at least something that haunts us and keeps us from going after what we truly want. So we settle for whatever we think we deserve. Embry broke my heart and at times, she frustrated me. But she was real too. So I loved her and hoped things would work out.

Luke. Luke was sexy and amazing. And very damaged. He's got a secret and he's got his own set of issues, but I loved him. Especially with Embry. Their chemistry was epic and beautiful and hot hot hot! But he was also so protective and alpha. We all love our alphas. And he could cook. Oh a man who cooks is perfection. 

I loved the secondary characters too. The whole cast played their roles so well. I was easily connected to each of them and felt for them and wanted everyone to have happy endings and greatness. And then the ending happened....yeah, not cool. I'm eagerly awaiting for book 2. So, for a debut novel, this was fantastic. Great job Rose! I gave it a 4/5 stars!

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R.E. Hunter is a native New Yorker and lives on Long Island with her husband and their crazy kitten. She works as an attorney by day and writes every spare second she has. She’s currently working on the sequel to Undone, which will be released sometime in 2014. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her somewhere near a beach with a book in her hand.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: Reclaiming the Sand by A. Meredith Walters



Synopsis:

Bully and victim. 

Tormenter and tormented. 
Villain and hero. 
Ellie Mccallum was the bully. The Tormenter. The Villain. Taking what she wanted, stomping over anyone that got in her way. Feelings, futures, and relationships be damned. She felt no emotional connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable. 
Particularly Freaky Flynn. 
Growing up, Flynn Hendrick was known only as “Freaky Flynn.” He lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.
But then Flynn and Ellie grew up. 
And moved on.
Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.
When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other. 
And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.
But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the farther you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

About the Author




The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark series, Bad Rep and its upcoming sequel.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.
When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly 6 year old daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.
A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

New Book on the Horizon

Right Kind of Wrong


So, I've got about 3 books I'm hoping to publish this year. We'll see how that goes. Although, I know it's not a question of finishing them. I have two almost done and one I've just started but I'm getting in depth of the story. I'm pretty excited! My beta, Christy has been reading it as I get more chapters done. And so far, she loves it as much as I do. 

Two amazing guys take over this book. So yeah, it's a freakin love triangle. I hate...loathe love triangles. But the last two have been just that. Love triangles. Gah! Oh well, I'm pretty torn as far as who I want my leading lady to end up with. But then it's not predictable, right? It keeps me guessing. So, here's a little bit about this book:

Alyssa graduated high school, she's working at a restaurant to save up for a car. Her co-worker Connor is apparently a player, but there's more to him than he let's people see. His parents are assholes...and well, I'm not gonna give much away. He's sweet, misunderstood and twenty. His hair is my favorite feature...it's spiky because he uses as much product as Jesse from Full House but he's hot. Brownish hair and blue-green eyes, with sexy dimples when he actually smiles. 

Alyssa is turning 18 after the summer. Her brother's best friend, Hunter is a cop. He's sexy, with dark hair. He's got some baggage and a girlfriend who's such a bitch. He's almost twenty-one at the start of the book. But his friendship with Alyssa (Lyss as he calls her), has been nothing but platonic. But one thing is certain...he's starting to see her differently. She's more mature than some girls his age. She's responsible and hell of a listener. When Hunter tries to forget his past, and looks to the present, he realizes she may be what he needs to move on from the tragedy that took his younger brother. The only problem is, her dad is his boss which makes shit very complicated.

Alyssa has to choose who to trust and who to help, between Connor and his fucked up home life and Hunter with his tragic past, things are gonna get ugly. For all of them. 


It's in both Alyssa and Hunter's POV, but this book is nothing if not, unpredictable. I'm having a blast writing it, however, it's also very disconcerting because I'm so torn between both guys. And I'm not sure if it'll be two-parts or not. As of right now, it's just one....but that doesn't mean shit. The ending might end in a cliffie for all I know.

Here's my cast of the boys. I will post a pic of Alyssa another time. 

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

COVER REVEAL: BREAK BY AMANDA STONE





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There are paths we take in life that lead us to where we are supposed to be—where we are meant to be all along. I didn’t know that my journey, which had been filled with so much pain and so much all-consuming rage, would lead me to her.
She is my salvation. My undoing. My reason for breaking…
Storm Messer has just graduated college. But instead of spending the summer traveling, like she had intended, she finds herself dumped by her boyfriend and working for her parents at their family’s prestigious restaurant.
Ryker Noakes had every intention of going away to college until he lost the one person who kept him grounded. Now five years later he finds himself spending his days working as a mechanic, and his nights working off his aggression over things he cannot change as an underground MMA fighter.
Neither could have known that a chance meeting would spark up a friendship that would lead to an undeniable romance. But when they find out their pasts collide, it threatens to destroy any future they may have together.
Breaking isn’t always a bad thing. — As long as you have the right person to put you back together.

About the Author



Amanda Stone is the author of the USA Today Bestselling book, Breathe into Me. She was born and raised in the foothills of eastern Kentucky. She loves being from, and living in, this beautiful state so much that she decided to move to a small little town that is—no pun intended—called, Lovely.
Amanda is currently living out her, happily ever after, with her reformed bad boy hubby, their two wild little kidlets, and a house full of critters. (Technically, its two dogs and a cat, but if it was up to her husband, those numbers would be drastically larger.)

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Twitter: @AmandaStone_x

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Ryker guided me backward, pushing me until my back was flush against the cool wood siding of the house. He leaned in closer, his scent engulfing me—consuming me. “Storm,” he huskily whispered. “Close your eyes.”
As if I had no control over myself, my body did as he commanded and my eyes drifted shut. I heard the creak of wood giving as he placed each of his hands on either side of my head. Even with my eyes closed I knew how close he was to me. His breaths were softly blowing against my lips. Out of habit, my tongue slipped from between my lips, moistening them in anticipation. I heard a low growl rumble up from Ryker’s chest and he placed forehead against mine.
“Ryke…” I began, but he silenced me by gently placing his finger against my lips.
“I don’t know why you fight this, Storm.” He huffed and pulled his face away from mine. “I know you feel it. You feel how right this is.” He tenderly grasped my chin in his hand, turning my head to the side, giving him better access to my neck. He ran his lips over my burning skin before placing a soft kiss where my shoulder and neck meet. My body shivered at his touch and he pulled away again. “You see, your body knows what it wants. Damn, Storm, even your heart knows what it wants. But you let your head get in the way of all that. You let your head lead you, and, baby, its leading you the wrong way.”
He leaned closer to my ear. “Just stop thinking. Stop thinking and feel. Feel how your breathing becomes erratic when I do this.” He ran his tongue along my earlobe. “Feel how your heart speeds up when I tell you how unbelievably sexy you are, and how you have me in pain just thinking about being inside you again.” He paused, and I stayed quiet, listening to his uneven breaths. “Feel how your skin tingles when I touch you.” He ran his hand down my side, his fingers leaving a trail of fire in their wake. “I do that to you. Me. Why fight this? Why fight something that feels so undeniably right? You know you want me,” he growled against my lips. “And deep down, you know you’re already mine.”

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Best Books of 2013- My Top Ten Reads

Wow, I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by. There've been sooooo many awesome books that I read from January until the end of this year. So many books that've touched my heart or stayed with me in some way. It was hard to choose just ten because I have a lot of favorites. But I've narrowed down my top ten faves of the year. In no particular order....






I read Find You in the Dark and damn did I devour that baby. It was such an addicting story. Ever since that book, I became obsessed with Clayton Reed and Maggie Mae Young. So when this book came out, I was allllll over this shit! Their story was so emotional and tragic and heartbreaking. They became one of my top favorite YA couples EVER! And they'll always remain at the top! Loved this book so damn much! But really, I loved this series as a whole with the same intensity. This is a MUST READ!













This book was amazing! I read it so quickly, like a day or two. I devoured this story. I loved and hated Jared. I loved Tate. I couldn't stand her best friend. I really just wanted Tate to toss her ass out. She was alot more forgiving than I would've been for the shit she put her through. But then that's just why I loved Tate so much. She saw past everyone's flaws, which is why she gave Jared another chance. I couldn't help but hate him for what he did to her, but I also couldn't help but love him. I'm such a sucker for assholes, can't help myself. LOL It's definitely a MUST READ in my book!





I'll admit, I was a little worried going into this book. I'd seen sooooo many reviews for it, and they were ALL positive. But why was I so worried then? Because, I'm not really a Dystopian fan. I just can't really get into some of them. Now The Hunger Games and Matched I loved. But other than that, not really. But wow, I was so surprised by how much I loved this book AND its sequel. SO amazing! The plot is unique and fascinating and just pretty damn awesome. I loved Perry and Aria to pieces. Both coming from different worlds, yet meeting and fighting to survive in the realms. It was pretty amazing. I loved seeing their relationship blossom as they depended on each other so much. They were beautiful characters that even in the sequel I was still in love with them, rooting for them the whole way through. And of course, add Roar to the mix. Ahhhhhh, so fantastic! If you like Dystopian, be sure to add this series to your list. You won't regret it! I'm impatiently waiting for the final installment, yet I don't want it to end either.





Well hell. I don't have a clue as to describe my love for this gem. I know so many that've read it and loved it like me. Most people I know have read it. But there are some that haven't yet experienced this tragically beautiful love story, and it's a travesty. This book tore my heart out and by the end, I was inconsolable. August Waters is a must-meet in my opinion. If you haven't met him, you're missing out. This story will stick with you for a long time. I can't say much without wanting to spoil it and then fall to my knees in sobs just thinking about it. As sad as it is, it's also inspiring and just amazing. I highly recommend it.







Holy shit! Noah fucking Shaw. Ummmmm, yeah. That explains it all. Or it should. Maybe not to those that haven't met this sexy SOB. Hot damn! When I first picked this up, or actually when I one-clicked this bitch, I started it right away, not meaning to. I just wanted to read the first chapter, maybe. And then I was gonna read more later. Nah, I wound up finishing half the damn book in a matter of hours. I was sucked in from the prologue. Wow. That book was both terrifying and addicting. But I loved every second of it. Every. Minute. Mara and Noah are an amazing pair and I devoured their whirlwind, chaotic relationship. But not only their relationship, the path they were led on, through the creepy ghostly encounters and the nightmares and the strange happenings. Yeah, as creepy as hell as it was, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Even looking around me being the scaredy cat that I am, I didn't care. I kept on reading, like a fiend. But oh so good it was. Ahhhhh, Noah Noah Noah. I freaking love you so much you sexy beast! Don't miss out on him! It's a crime against humanity. Truly.




What an amazing journey this series was. I loved each book so much, but I think Iron Queen was the best of them all. I was took on such an intense and crazy ride with this book. So much action and romance and humor with all the characters. I truly love how Kagawa writes. Her world is one I'd love to live in. Puck and Ash are amazing. I love them both but I especially loved how Ash opened up more with Meghan. He was always my choice for her. Puck is awesome but he, to me, was perfect as the comedic relief for them. I did feel bad for him though. I know he really loved her too and that sucked to see him sad knowing he lost her to Ash. But I really felt it was meant that way. I loved Grim the elusive cat. He's so awesome and funny and just a great asset to the story. I truly loved his quirks and sarcasm. I just loved him period. Really, the whole series is one of my top YA series EVER. I love Ash, Meghan, Puck, Grim, the Wolf. Everything about this series was amazing and perfect and I wanna read it all over again. If you haven't read The Iron Fey series, YOU MUST! Ash is a MUST meet bad boy hero! *sigh*



Oh boy! I read this in March of this year-actually I read the whole series in March. I devoured the first two Infernal Devices books in a few days. I didn't plan on reading it at all. They compete with The Mortal Instruments for my favorite series of ALL-TIME and I was afraid it would surpass TMI. Boy was I right. While I loved TMI, I LOVED TID more. It's basically the same world, just in the Victorian era. And I gotta say, AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! This series took me through so many emotions; I was laughing, swooning, crying, laughing, crying, and then sobbing. This book took me through all that TEN TIMES OVER. I was a mess by the end of this book. Clockwork Princess was an outstanding end to a fantastic series. Yeah, it hurt in so many places. I still can't get over certain parts and how it really ended. I could've done without the Epilogue. I wish I hadn't read that, but up until that point, I devoured this baby. I loved it so hard, lost so much sleep but it was worth it. I highly recommend this series! HIGHLY RECOMMEND. I still miss Will. He's still my top book boyfriend.




I loved Shatter Me. I saw a lot of reviews for those that didn't like the writing style. I found it to be pretty unique. When I started it, I was intrigued. I loved the slashing of lines and words. I'd never read a book like it. The plot was interesting and the characters really came to life for me. I loved Adam. He was a sweet guy and his love for Juliette was just right. Juliette was a great heroine. I felt for her and everything she went through. But she was strong and genuine and really grew up by the end of the book. Warner was an ass. I couldn't stand him. I really couldn't. I wanted him out of the picture. He got on my everlovin nerves. I felt Adam was the right choice for her, despite all the Warner lovers. I still stand by Adam. And when Ignite Me comes out next year, I hope to God Juliette ends up with him or I'll be pissed. Anyway, I recommend this series if you can overlook the slashes and repetitiveness.


Goddess by Josephine Angelini is the last book in the Starcrossed trilogy. I have to say, holy hell! I LOVED THIS! I was a fan of Starcrossed since I first read it two years ago. Hello? It's Greek Mythology with some hot gods in it. Lucas Delos. Ahhhh, I love that boy. He's such an amazing character. He's been my favorite since book 1 but in Goddess he really shines through. You see his emotions and how torn he is with dealing with Orion being interested in Helen. That's Lucas's love, not his. I was so irritated with Dreamless. I disliked that book, mainly because of the love triangle introduced. But in Goddess, it's not as bad. I start to like Orion by the end. I loved all the characters; Helen, Hector, Jason, Ari, Cassie, Noel, Castor, Kate, Jerry, Andy, Claire....the whole cast of characters are just wonderful. They each brought out something special to this story and the mythology. Angelini did an amazing job of weaving it all together. I highly recommend this series. That ending was awesome! The big battle against the Gods was badass! They all stuck together and showed those Gods who's boss. I miss this series, but with them all on my shelf, I know I can revisit them any time.




I loved this book! I loved Daniel and Lis. I loved how realistic this story was. I love the fact that I can relate to it in a way. I've experienced similar situation as Daniel and my heart broke for him. It's really tough being Daniel Colton. He's got a secret, but I'm not sharing since it'll spoil the story. But I'll just say, I enjoyed this book a lot. I read it and couldn't put it down. And when I had to, I was still thinking of this book and Daniel. My heart broke for him a bunch. But by the end, I was crying tears of happiness and love. It was beautiful! I know a lot of people quit reading it halfway through, but I think there's plenty that'll enjoy this book. It's definitely a favorite. Also, if you haven't read Berrick's The Education of Sebastian series, that's another I recommend.






Well there ya go. My Top Ten of 2013. And it wasn't an easy task. I read a bunch of great books this year, so choosing only ten was time-consuming and hardcore thinking for me. I hope you decide to read some of these, if you haven't read them already. I can't wait for the books of 2014 now. It's gonna be an awesome year of releases.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

***Remembering Paul Walker In My Own Way***




Paul Walker has passed away on Saturday, 4 days ago and I'm not over it. I still wanna believe it was all a fucked up dream and someone is gonna laugh in my face and say, "Gotcha you naive little bitch", in which case I'll deck that fucker into next year. But at least I'd smile that it was a joke (as sick as that'd be) and I'd be on my merry little way, excited for the next movie he'll play in. It's real though. He fucking died and I can't stop tearing up every time I think of it. Or watch the news. Or look at all of the facebook posts from everywhere. It's every where and I can't escape it. But damn. Paul Walker. Why him? He was such a young and talented guy. He had so much to live for. He was such a kind and generous man who you never saw on the news for alcoholism or drug abuse. But you saw how much charity he was involved in. How much he loved his daughter and how his face would light up at the mention of Meadow. He had so much planned for them two. And now, he won't get to. She's lost her father. And I can't help but sympathize with her. I know what it's like to lose a parent that young. Well, almost. Still, this is the worst time to lose a parent too.


Look at this face....


His eyes. They always got me. They're so gorgeous and expressive and beautiful and blue. I could get lost in those depths. Some might think I've gone off the deep end, and I feel like I have too. I just can't help but feel crushed, like I've lost a friend. Regardless if I've met him. I've been a Paul fan for 15 years so in a way, I feel like I have known him. And it hurts. I was devastated when I heard Cory Monteith and Heath Ledger died. I loved those two as well. But I think Paul's death affected me much worse because of the way he died. Not to mention, on the day of his death, he was at a charity event. A fucking charity event that HE chose to be a part of. All the good he did for people and yet, he lost his life. It just seems so unfair. I also feel horrible for his friend Roger. He lost his life too and his 8 year old son had to witness that tragedy, which will be branded in his mind for the rest of his life. I can't imagine witnessing something like that. He's gonna need help getting through it. I just pray that he's got enough support to heal his heart.

I love the Fast and the Furious movies. I've been a huge obsessor since day 1. I mean, damn, those movies rocked the house. Every single movie was bad ass and each one was more bad ass than the last. I even loved Tokyo Drift, which I didn't think I would being that Paul and Tyrese weren't in it. But I did. However, I loved the others more. Here's some of my favorite pics of Paul and the gang from the Fast and Furious movies.

















And I could go on and on. I love Paul Walker, as it's too obvious. But really, I just decided to do this blog post for myself so that I have my own favorite pictures and memories of him. I don't expect it to be seen, but if you happen upon it, feel free to share your own thoughts on Paul Walker and what your favorite movie was. I don't normally get all boohoo on celebrities. Although, I cry and pray for the families to get through their losses. But with Paul Walker, I've gone into a deep depression. But luckily I've spoken to a few other close friends that have been just as affected as me so I don't feel so weird. It was just a weird situation as I had an epiphany a few weeks ago about him. I think that's why I'm having a hard time accepting he's really gone. *sigh*


I'll share a few more pictures and memories and be done. 

Another favorite Paul movie: Eight Below. My daughter loves this movie. We watch it once a week. I doubt I'll be able to watch this movie again. Such a shame. 


 

 




She's All That





Joy Ride












Into the Blue






















Other pictures of Paul Walker because he was so God damn sexy. I'm gonna miss his gorgeous smile and amazing hair. And of course his eyes. I'm just gonna miss him. He was such a vibrant and happy soul.









Paul with his dog





I'm done. I can't post anymore pictures. I've already cried alot of tears. Rest. In. Peace. Paul. You'll be greatly missed and always remembered.
















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