Monthly Archives: January 2014

SALE!!! – Swimming Upstream by Ruth Mancini!!!!

Swimming UpstreamSwimming Upstream will be on sale for $0.99 (save $2) from January 28 -30!!  So Hurry!!!!
 
Swimming Upstream Blurb
 
“I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”
 
After seven years, Lizzie wonders whether she’s truly happy with her long-term boyfriend. When one wrong step and a chance meeting set off an unexpected chain of events, her life begins to unravel. On the same day that she meets Martin, an attractive lifeguard, her old friend, Catherine, re-appears. But is Martin really all he seems? And what is the secret that Catherine is hiding? As Lizzie struggles to confront the ghosts of her past, can she survive the shocking twist that will change the course of her future?
 

Swimming Upstream is a life-affirming and often humorous story about a young woman’s pursuit of happiness. It is also a story of female friendship, love, and divided loyalties – and the moral choices that we find ourselves making when the chips are down.

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NEW RELEASE, REVIEW and EXCERPT – Scarred by Love by C.A. Harms

Scarred by Love Zander CoverTHIS BOOK COTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND IS MEANT FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

Riley thought she was in love. She thought she found the perfect guy until his aggressive behavior became too much to handle and she ran.

She withdrew from the world and attempted to heal her broken heart. She had the support of her best friend and family. Having Four brothers and a determined best friend you have no choice but to stand strong. They all helped her move forward. Over time Riley was able to open up once again. She had no idea that the one person she needed was right under her nose.

Riley was guarded and hesitant when it came to Bad boys…after all it was a Bad boy that shattered her once before.

Zander wants the girl from the party. He wants to be near her even though she continues to push him away. They both have secrets they have yet to share with one another and both find it easier to confide in others than with one another. Riley begins to realize Zander isn’t who she thought he was and falling for the sexy voiced Lead Singer/Guitar player may be just what she needs.

Overtime will they learn to trust and love or will they only destroy one another. They could be toxic to one another or they could heal the wounds that run deep within their souls.

I loved this book!  It was powerful and intense!! I mean with the warning as the first thing in the description, I was going to read this book at some point!  :-) The writing was smooth and descriptive and completely sucked me in.  Zander is in one sense a bad boy with a heart of gold, but he is NOT a pushover.  His best friend is a girl…..What will she say about Zander being so far gone over a woman?  Especially a woman who clearly has issues? 

I’m pretty sure I was actually biting my fingernails during a few parts wondering if they could stick with it to dig out the truth!  When the two first meet, Riley laughs at what she sees as a cheesy pick-up line.  Zander is bombing with this girl because he is so blown away by just her presence.  Riley feels the connection too, but is hesitant given her last relationship. 

She steps outside and sees Zander dancing with and singing to a girl.  She assumes he is a cheater because he hit on her when he clearly has a girlfriend!  From there I was completely hooked and just about read the book straight through the night!  This is definitely one you DON’T want to miss!!!

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ANNIVERSARY SALE and GIVEAWAY!! – It’s Just a Little Crush by Caroline Fardig is 1year old!

IJALC 1st Birthday pictureIT’S JUST A LITTLE CRUSH by Caroline Fardig turns one year old on January 30th! In honor of its “1st Birthday”, it will be on sale for $0.99 during the last week of January. Help us celebrate by entering the contest below, and get your copy today at Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

This is one of my all time favorite books! Check out my review HERE!!! 

 

Here is the blurb:

The sleepy town of Liberty hasn’t seen murder in…well…ever. Residents are stunned when the body of a young woman is found strangled, and reporters at the Liberty Chronicle are thrilled, rather disturbingly, over the biggest news story to hit town this century.
Lizzie Hart has even bigger problems. Lately, she can’t seem to concentrate on her job as copy editor at the Chronicle with the new hunky investigative reporter, Blake Morgan, swaggering around the office. How can a girl work when she’s using all of her energy combating Blake-induced hot flashes and struggling to repress the giggly inner schoolgirl that’s constantly rearing her dorky head? It’s a good thing that Blake barely knows Lizzie exists.
After an odd string of events, however, Lizzie begins to wonder if Blake is really as fabulous as she has fantasized. When Lizzie and Blake find a co-worker dead, Blake’s personality changes completely—and not in a good way. Even though the police rule the death as an accident, Lizzie immediately suspects foul play and senses a connection to the recent murder. She is determined to bring the killer to justice, but is having some trouble getting her Nancy Drew on thanks to the pesky stalker she’s picked up—Blake Morgan. Wait, didn’t she want him to follow her around and pay attention to her? Not like this. Blake has turned from cool and smooth to cold and downright scary, making Lizzie wonder if he should be next on her suspect list.

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REVIEW – Her Rebellious Heart by Marian McBride

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Bridget Campbell is more interested in music than men. In fact, she may be the only girl in the Scottish lowlands who isn’t looking for a husband. But when her estranged grandfather’s health begins to decline and he asks her to move into his castle, Bridget is introduced to a handsome Highlander who becomes a rival for her attention. Although perfect strangers, there’s a connection between Bridget and Aidan MacLeod that she can’t ignore. Can she stand up to the men in her life who are pressuring her to settle down? At first uneasy about leaving her parents’ modest home to live at Ty-Runach Castle, Bridget feels pressured to accept her grandfather’s invitation. Robert had distanced himself from her mother when she married a man from a rival clan. The ancient feud between the MacDonalds and the Campbells broke her family apart, but maybe Bridget can heal the rift?

 

But someone clearly doesn’t want her at the castle. Strange noises in the night and a frightening attack nearly send Bridget running from the keep. And then there’s Aidan. Rumors of his reputation as a ladies man convince her to stay away lest she become the highlander’s conquest. Yet her rebellious heart beats faster whenever Aidan is near. A single kiss lights a fire within that threatens to consume her. Can she resist Aidan’s advances and rein in her runaway heart?

This was such a sweet, romantic, historical novella! I loved that the heroine, Bridget, was a strong girl with goals. This book is a relatively quick read, and is pretty suspenseful. I also really enjoyed getting a feel for what life was like in this era. Many historical books don’t give you much background, but just jump into the story. I don’t generally read historical so I prefer the scene to be set for me and this book was perfect! What I really liked was that it gave me some background, but didn’t overdo it. 

We meet Bridget who is a very good musician and has a true passion for it. She wants to teach music and knows she will eventually have to leave home to do so, since there is already a great teacher nearby. When she is asked to visit her estranged Grandfather and be Hostess for his dinner party she is unsure. Then she finds out he wants her to come and LIVE with him!

She also meets Aiden, who is handsome, but irritates her more than anything else.  He is arrogant and seems to expect she will just fall for him without any effort.  When she doesn’t and continues to rebuff him, he doesn’t know what to do.  The tragedy strikes…..will the pair realize their real love?

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About the Author

Marian McBride is an American author of Scottish descent. When she feels like honoring her roots, she plays her Celtic harp, but not as well as she’d like. Occasionally, she sings along, usually when she wants to punish her family.

Marian is not a particularly good Scot. She doesn’t enjoy haggis or bagpipes, but she does love a good Highland Games, particularly when men in kilts do the caber toss. “Her Rebellious Heart” is Marian’s sole novella. She hopes by showing some Scottish pride in her writing, her clansmen will forgive for not visiting home often.

REVIEW and SPECIAL PRICE- Between the Sheets (The Between Boyfriends Series) by Sarka-Jonae Miller!!

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Book Description:

It’s been three years since 25-year-old Jan Weston swore off men, and her resolve isn’t what it used to be. When a family emergency diverts her travel companion to LA, a fun semester abroad in Bangkok turns into a lonely trip for one. Although she’s supposed to be studying international business at Thammasat University along with Thai massage at the famous Wat Pho, Jan finds herself studying her teacher, especially his cute butt.

But she isn’t just hot for teacher. Jan also meets an athletic Italian ready to show her a good time and an artistic Thai man who says all the right things. Can she resist the allure of dating abroad? Could she even choose which of the three she wants between the sheets? And if she does give in, can what happens in Bangkok stay in Bangkok?

As Jan struggles to finish her education amidst so many distractions, she must also deal with the loss of a friend, a deep betrayal, and news of a death in the family that could lead to an overdue reconciliation. Between The Sheets is a sensual story of making mistakes, overcoming obstacles, and finding love in the strangest of places.

MY THOUGHTS:

So we meet back up with Jan about 3 years after the first book, Between Boyfriends. She has remained true to her no dating rule. She and Becki are getting ready to study abroad for a semester in Thailand! At the last minute Becki’s grandmother has a stroke and Becki dashes home to be with her. Becki ends up having to stay behind to care for her grandmother, and Jan is left to go to Thailand ALONE! Jan thought it would be a fantastic idea when she wasn’t going alone!

At first in Thailand Jan battles depression and the urge to run home. She sticks it out and becomes close with her tutor and struggles with a wicked crush on her massage instructor.

She sticks it out and has some AMAZING experiences – both good and not so good. I assure you that you will desperately want to visit this country by the time you finish this book! The descriptions of the people, places, and way of life are captivating.

This story was a great follow-up to Between Boyfriends and I sincerely hope we get to hear about Jan and her friends for a LONG LONG time! They are so real, and deal with real issues!

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REVIEW – Discretion by David Balzarini

81J51nem6HL._SL1500_I’m not entirely sure where to begin on this review, but I will start with the most basic info…..the books description! :)

The past defines us. For one man, it’s inescapable.

Fifteen years ago…On a beautiful September afternoon, Colin Wyle was boating with his girlfriend Natalie Merian when she disappeared. Natalie’s politician father assumed the worst. A media storm ensued, causing panic in the area and Colin came under suspicion. Desperate to find her he sought help from a mysterious source, forcing Colin to make the hardest choice of his life: commit a crime or lose her forever.

Now, Colin has a high-profile career and a fiancée. When a phone call unearths a secret federal investigation, Colin is forced to reckon with the past. And pay for his sins.

MY THOUGHTS

When I say I don’t know where to begin its a good thing, because this book was so thought provoking! With the exception of the Prologue, this book is told through the eyes of Colin. We begin the story with Colin as a teenage boy with a typical problem…….he’s afraid to talk to his crush Natalie. Suffice to say he gets over that and they begin dating. It is around this time that Colin gains a new friend…..in his head!

It is toward the end of the summer that Natalie mysteriously disappears off Colins dads boat, and with this Colin consults with his friend Christel for help locating her. Christel is the friend in Colins head and she remains silent for 3 agonizing days. When the silence is broken, Colin is led to where Natalie is being held and is told to kill in order to get Natalie back.

After the situation is resolved we move ahead 15 years and Colin is very successful in his career, and life, due to the long-time help from Christel. Now the FBI is looking at the 15 year old kidnapping in relation to a large crime ring.

This book really sucks you in from the very beginning as you are given a view of the kidnapping from Natalies point of view.  The book did have a bit of a stream of consciousness feel, but for the most part was very smooth. Occassionally the more stressed out Colin was the more off his thoughts were, but I think that is a true picture of real life.  Overall, this book was a real page turner and I couldn’t wait to see where it was leading. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the conclusion because I felt I still had a few questions, but again I feel like that is a true representation of life. Nothing is ever wrapped up in a pretty bow for us. :-)

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REVIEW – Arielle Immortal Quickening (Book 4 of the Immortal Rapture Series) by Lilian Roberts

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A fatal night… College co-ed Arielle Lloyd is on vacation with her immortal love, Sebastian Gaulle, when they receive word of a dreadful accident. Her dear friend Gabrielle hovers near death. But it’s much worst for her beloved friends, Eva and Ian. In spite of Eva’s magical abilities, their lives have been cut tragically short.
 
An immortal choice… Troy Vasser’s only love is Gabrielle, but on the night of the accident, his deepest concern is for their dying friends. When the life force within Ian and Eva flickered dangerously low, Troy had to make a hard choice.
 
He could either let them die or lose their humanity and live as immortals. So he did the only thing he could: he gave them immortality. Now it is up to Arielle to break the news to Eva before the transformation is complete.
 
A quest for vengeance… Danger continues to stalk Arielle’s life. Unknown to her, her new professor is an immortal, and he is furious when discovers that Arielle is wearing an amulet that should be owned by immortals only.
 
Sebastian’s nemesis, Annabel, has also not given up on her quest to destroy Arielle. What Annabel doesn’t realize is that Arielle’s circle of friends has drastically changed. There are two newly minted immortals that adore her and have vowed to protect her.
 
After reading the 4th book of this series I can guarantee you will be pleading for Book 5!!  These books are not tragic cliffhangers like some series, each book has its own ending, but it simply isn’t the end of the whole story.  I love that, because I get to take a breath between stories and feel like all is well for a short time.  Of course, then I pick up the next in the series….
 
This book is fraught with tension and fear and love and friendship.  The friends all worry what each other will think and if they can still be friends.  You get to read about the fascinating transformation to Immortal.  That is another thing that is so nice about these books, you are not left wondering how or why, you are given explanations on how these beings can live in our real world. 
 
This book in particular, answered some of the withstanding questions I had and even a few I didn’t think of.  The showdown with Annabel when she realizes that Ian and Eva are no longer merely human is sweet justice! Again, this is not the end of the series, but man there is some great fighting.  There are also some very serious injuries that will have you on the edge of your seat.  Especially, Arielle’s injuries…..
 

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Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Seduction, (Book 2 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Passion, (Book 3 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Quickening, (Book 4 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal, (Book 5 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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REVIEW – Arielle Immortal Passion (Book 3 of the Immortal Rapture Series) by Lilian Roberts

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An interlude in paradise… St. Jean De Luz, in the south of France, is the gorgeous setting of one of Sebastian Gaulle’s family estates. It is to this lush place that the Immortal takes his love, Arielle Lloyd, and her friends, to relax and spend their holiday exploring the surroundings and learning about his family’s history.
A snake in the garden… There is no safety in this paradise, however, as Sebastian’s past continues to haunt him. The Immortal, Annabel, still lusts for vengeance on Sebastian and seeks to destroy his new love. While exploring, Arielle’s life is endangered when she discovers dangerous hidden strangers occupying the house.
 
Evil that will not die… Trapped, threatened, and nearing her last breath, Arielle must call on the powerful magic of her friend, Eva, for help. Sebastian must rally his Immortal friends and family to protect his love and expel the evil before his paradise is forever lost.
 
I didn’t think it was possible, but this 3rd book in the series was even MORE intense than the first two!  This book was wonderful and scary all in the same breath.  I think if I were a nail biter I would have none after reading this book! 
 
Sebastian takes them all to his beautiful family estate for a nice relaxing holiday.  Of course with Annabel that will never happen. Arielle and Eva stay home from horseback riding and decide to do some exploring.  And WOW!  You won’t expect what they find, or what happens next.  I was literally holding my breath and stomping my feet! 
 
Lilian Roberts definitely knows how to write suspense!  What I liked was I HAD to keep reading to see how it would turn out…..what I mean is that there was no obvious answer that I was shouting to the characters. Usually, I can see where a story is leading and I am thinking “Why don’t they do this? Or that?”.  I love that I had no clue how it was going to turn out and if everyone was going to be okay….

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Here is the series order and links:

Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Seduction, (Book 2 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Passion, (Book 3 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Quickening, (Book 4 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal, (Book 5 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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REVIEW – Arielle Immortal Seduction (Book 2 of the Immortal Rapture Series) by Lilian Roberts

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A time of waiting… Arielle Lloyd has found the love of her life, but his business as the owner of an international company calls him away. She longs for Sebastian, but stays busy with school, and finds comfort in spending time with her best friends, Gabby and Eva. It is during Sebastian’s absence that a stranger enters Arielle’s life at the university and threatens to shatter her joy with a vicious assault.
A time of renewal… The return of Sebastian Gaulle, Arielle’s Immortal love, brings a return of joy. Her terrifying experience has her rethinking her vow of remaining chaste until marriage. Arielle already knows Sebastian is the one man she will love for eternity. Sebastian has longed for Arielle, like no other. He has carried a ring in his pocket for her almost from the first moment they met. He’s only waiting for the right moment to pledge his eternal love for her.
A time of danger… But Sebastian’s past still threatens their future. A trio of jealous Immortal women has vowed Sebastian will belong to no other woman for centuries to come. Arielle, Sebastian, and their friends must join together to fight off the Immortals bent on utter destruction, if they are ever to find their eternal happiness.
 
This second installment was just as riveting and exciting as the first! Arielle and Sebastian have to spend some time apart as he travels for work.  This gives Arielle all sorts of time to think and decide what is truly important in life.  Of course, it also gives trouble time to find her….
 
I said this about Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series) and it held true through the second book as well.  The way Lilian Roberts describes the surroundings is very much like poetry.  You can almost smell the flowers.
 
This book has you feeling the misery as Arielle and Sebastian are to be separated for a while so he can attend to business and she can finish school.  They can get through it as long as they have each other.  Unfortunately, those bent on seeing Sebastian miserable will try to take advantage of the separation.  Not to mention the suspicious new professor Arielle has…..
 

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Here is the series order and links:

Arielle: Immortal Awakening, (Book 1 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Seduction, (Book 2 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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 Arielle: Immortal Passion, (Book 3 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal Quickening, (Book 4 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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Arielle: Immortal, (Book 5 of the Immortal Rapture Series)

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