Rockin’ Reads Hop #Giveaway

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So I guess today’s blog hop is about books we read that rocked? I tried to come up with books about rock – as in, rock star romances – except it turns out I haven’t read too many of those that really rang my bell. So if you’ve got some recommendations for those or any other books that rocked your world, please leave me a comment!

So I LOVE to talk books, and I love to share books that have really made me swoon, so that’s what I’m doing with this hop today. Share yours in the comments, and I will give one poster a signed copy of one of my paperbacks, plus some swaggy things!

Now – my recent fave comfort reads:

The Bollywood Affair – I had the pleasure of hearing Sonali Dev talk about her book at last year’s WRW Reader/Blogger Luncheon (we’re doing another one on October 10! You should totally be there!) and it just sounded so fascinating I had to check it out. I got so engaged in the richness of the story and the drama of it that my husband started making fun of how I wouldn’t put the book down. Given the way I read, that’s really saying something.

The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen (new adult, male/male) – another author mentioned this book in a discussion, and I eventually grabbed it and read it over and over. The love story is so sweet and it makes me actually want to watch college sports, which isn’t even usually my thing. The whole series is great. If you’re a purist about starting with book 1 of a series, you’ll actually want to go here.

Forgotten Sins – Rebecca Zanetti is always awesome, and I mean – a fiercely loyal superhuman soldier with amnesia, and the woman who loves him. Need I say more?

The Siren – this envelope-pushing erotica novel by Tiffany Reisz is one I go back to again and again not simply for the sexy chemistry between the characters but because I love Reisz’s lyrical writing style so damn much. <3

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson’s “mostly true memoir” isn’t romance and apparently isn’t even entirely fiction, but I swear to you that you will laugh until you can’t breathe. Worth the price of the book, even though I typically bristle at paying more than ten bucks for an e-book. She has a new one out also, even better I’m told, though I haven’t had the joy of checking it out yet.

(For some reason I can’t get the linky script working that shows all the other hop participants, but for a full list you can go here: http://theherdhops.blogspot.com/2015/09/rockin-reads-giveaway-hop.html or try #RockinReads on Twitter, etc.)

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Giveaway: Win your choice of paperbacks (from my Evergreen Grove or Chronicles of Yavn series), plus a little swag:

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: At the Stars

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Cover photography by Michael Stokes – Cover design by Babski Creative Studios – Cover model, Adam Von Rothfelder

 

I started writing At the Stars years ago, and had to put it aside – partly because of other deadlines and family obligations, and partly because the story was a little too much for me at the time. I saw the image I absolutely needed to use for the hero, Jake, on Michael Stokes’s facebook page last March, and that finally pushed me to finish the story. I’m so happy and proud to finally have it done!

At the Stars is different than anything I’ve written before – it’s more emotional, the characters are younger, and laden with a whole ton of emotional baggage. It’s angsty, but it was a story that had been eating at me forever and when a story does that you have to get it out.

About At the Stars:

A GIRL TRYING TO LEAVE HER PAST BEHIND
I was a normal teenager who loved music and dancing, until the day I was attacked in my favorite record store. A few years later when my mom succumbed to depression and took her own life, I couldn’t stay in my hometown with all the memories and the curious stares. I decided to get in my car and just go – except my car decided it was done going outside a tiny place called Evergreen Grove. That’s where I found Jake. Or I guess Jake found me.

A GUY WHO CAN’T LET HIS GO
For the last eight years, all I can think about is the day I ended another man’s life. Then I manage to save Cassie’s, and I feel like maybe I’ve got some kind of second chance. To do what I couldn’t before, or maybe even for something bigger. Something like love. If only I could feel like I deserve her…

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Excerpt (Cassie’s point of view):

“You can’t live off muffins and granola bars. You need a sandwich. Hell, so do I. We both need a break from this shit.” He grabs the box of muffins and rolls his massive shoulders, while my surprise keeps me rooted and watching him walk away. He turns at the door, still looking irritated. “You coming?”

I look toward the back. “Delia?”

“Be on time tomorrow,” she calls. “It’s multigrain day.”

Jake only smiles a little and pushes open the door, waiting. His arms and chest move under his button-up work shirt, pulling me forward in spite of my confusion.

God, I think this is the first guy I’ve honestly liked the way I used to hear my friends talk about at school. The giggles and the fake drooling and face fanning followed by ridiculous comments like “He’s so pretty” or “I’d totally do him in a phone booth.”

I mean, how stupid is that? When was the last time anybody even saw a phone booth?

Here, now, following Jake and his brisk stride across the street to his truck, it finally all makes sense: AJ’s right. I like him. I like the way he keeps trying to help without treating me like I’m fragile. I like the way he looks at me, like I’m a woman he finds attractive, not a wounded animal he has to pity. I like that he feels easy to talk to, even when he’s all growly.

I don’t feel scared or tentative around him. And in spite of his dire warnings, I’d like to hang around him more.

I want to spend time with him so much I’m following him even though I don’t have a clue where we’re going, and even though I’m still a little annoyed by his sandwich comment. I half suspect if we passed a phone booth right now, I might give the thing a moment’s pause.

Then, out of nowhere the tears come. Only for a second, because now isn’t the time to get emotional. It never is, so I shove them down.

He’d never get it, what liking him this way means, even if I tried to explain. He’s already given me one serious friend-zone lecture.

I sniff and blot my eyes on the edge of my T-shirt. Thankfully, he’s too busy unlocking his truck to notice.

Anyway, I like him enough that maybe the friend-zone is okay.

   

GIVEAWAY!! To celebrate the upcoming release of At the Stars, I’ll be choosing two winners (or the giveaway doohickie will) to win either a $25 Amazon gift card or a signed paperback copy of At the Stars.

Happy reading!

Spotlight and Giveaway: The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires

I’m pleased to share this new anthology from my fellow WRW members at the Lady Smut blog! They’ve been kind enough to provide me with an e-ARC of the book for me to give away this week. Check it out, and happy reading! 

About the book:

Four paranormal stories of erotic temptation & paranormal thrills!

THE IMMORTAL LONGING OF BRENNA BANG by Liz Everly

When a vampire materializes through her computer, successful vampire-romance romance author Brenna Bang finds herself marked for inescapable passion with a tech savvy bloodsucker.

THE LYING, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE by C. Margery Kempe

Christina tries to figure out how to unlock her grandmother’s wardrobe and uncover what happened all those years ago when the goblins came to offer their sensuous erotic fruits.

SEXSOMNIA by Madeline Iva

Jenny needs to unravel the mystery of what she does at night and who she does it with in order to subdue the sexual demon inside her.

DIVINE by Elizabeth Shore

Locked in an abandoned mental asylum, an ambitious filmmaker soon discovers she’s trapped with a Dionysian god. He offers her a glimpse of astounding future artistic success—but it will only come true if she’ll perform an erotic ritual to free him.

Find it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Giveaway:

(contest open to all legal adults with a viable e-reader or appropriate ebook reading app, no purchase necessary)