Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Bringing Back That Lovin’ Feelin’ Blog Hop

Earlier this year, a couple of friends and I talked about old loves we needed to walk away from. As much as I'm a strong believer in moving on, I also love a good reunion story, so we're taking a stab at things we ultimately couldn't keep away from later in August.



Some things get better with age...after they get, you know, worse

Here's the schedule below. Watch this space for details, visit these guys and say hi, and let us know what you loved, lost, and then regained.

Morgan: 8/26
Kerrie: 8/27
Caroline: 8/28
Deb: 8/29
Jami: 8/30

Beyond the Shadows: Second Edition (The Shadow Series Book 1) by Anna Hub (Paranormal thriller/urban fantasy)


What if your shadow was the gateway to a sinister new world?

Selena Parker’s journey into the unknown begins in her dreams, but the consequences are carried back into her conscious life and she soon realises paranormal forces are at work. 

Her shadow has become more than just an image, it is a gateway to a sinister new world where mysterious creatures roam and she is confronted by danger that challenges her will to survive. 

She finds the man whose fate is linked inexplicably to her own but she knows nothing of him and doubts his true nature. Her only option is to place her life in his hands while they search for a way to stop the shadows claiming them forever.

Buy it today for 99 cents!



Anna Hub is a USA Today bestselling paranormal/thriller author from Perth, Western Australia. She qualified as a nurse in her early twenties but in 2007, decided to chase her childhood dream of becoming an author instead. Since then, she’s surrendered her heart and soul to writing.
Although terrified of horror movies, Anna loves to write on the dark side and explore uncharted mythologies. She believes the imagination is infinite and inside the pages of a book, there is no limit, no exact destination and our minds are free to exist in many worlds.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Little Grey Dress by Aimee Brown (Chick Lit/Romantic Comedy) Giveaway and Guest Post


Title: Little Gray Dress 
Author: Aimee Brown 
Release Date: August 2nd, 2017 
Publisher: Crooked Cat Books 
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Chick Lit GoodReads: add Little Gray Dress to your to be read list  

Emi Harrison has avoided her ex-fiance, Jack Cabot, for nearly two years. Her twin brother Evan’s wedding is about to end that streak. From bad bridesmaid’s dresses, a hyperactive sister-in-law, a mean girl with even meaner secrets, and too much to drink, nothing seems to go right for Emi, except when she’s wearing her little gray dress. When she speed-walks into Liam Jaxon’s bar, things get more complicated. He’s gorgeous, southern, and has no past with Emi. He may be exactly what she needs to prove for the last time that she doesn’t need or want Jack! Her favorite little gray dress has made an appearance at nearly every major event in Emi’s adult life. Will it make another when she least expects it?


AmazonUS: eBook – $2.99 | print – $9.99 AmazonUK: eBook – £1.99| print – £6.99
Barnes & Noble: print – $9.99

The unspoken truth from me…
I’m going to get really personal here. Which is something I don’t do often. This is a subject I don’t talk much about because it’s one of those things that is really hard to put on display. As a woman it’s already hard enough to fit into the world  if you have a visible imperfection, such as a handicap or even bad skin. But, when your problem is weight, it’s sometimes devastating to hear the things that come out of people’s mouths.

I have have been overweight since I was pregnant with my first son. I gained 60 pounds with that pregnancy, and 20 more pounds with each of my other two pregnancies. 20 years later, I’ve only just lost part of it. I’ve worked my ass off since January and have lost 60 pounds thus far. I still have 50 to go.  But, I’m getting there. And I’m so pleased with how far I’ve come. It’s a life change. It’s harder than anyone who’s never dealt with it can imagine and it’s an adjustment that is worth every single moment. I’m proud of me.

In Little Gray Dress I created main character Emi as a thicker woman. I didn’t want her to be picture perfect. I wanted to her be real and have the real struggles that so many normal women have.

Emi is a size 12. Which to me, doesn’t seem like a ‘larger’ girl. But, to America, it’s a plus size woman. When did this happen?

I’m always hearing about this ‘positive body image’ movement but yet, the same companies that are spouting this are the same ones that are putting our women who wear smaller double digit sizes and labeling them as ‘plus size’. How is that positive? When can we ever just be ‘women’ without being labeled for our appearance?

One of my favorite book titles is by Meg Cabot ‘Size 12 is not fat.’ I realize it’s not a size 2 but it’s also NOT fat. Sweet Jesus, America, come to your senses. Are we looking at our health or the superficial surface of woman around the country?

Did you know that despite the ‘positive body image’ movement than a woman size 12 and up is often looked at as lazy, fat, and unhealthy? None of those words are positive. When you see a woman on the street who might be over a size 8 and you automatically assume they are lazy, you’re probably not considering that she’s possibly just finally left her house for the first time after pushing a tiny human through the most sensitive part of her body. You might be overlooking the fact that she’s so busy with three toddlers that the only meal she gets at night, besides picking at the uneaten mac & cheese left over from her kids’ plate, is cold. You might not realize that the man who’s trying to hide his double chin with his beard, has been on prednisone for an unseen disease for months. You might not realize that when you judge my now size 16 figure that I’ve worked my ass off to lose 60 pounds.
Who are we to judge someone else by their appearance? Who are we to decide who’s healthy, lazy, or sick, by the size of their pants? Whether you are a size 0 or a size 28, you’re a human and I respect you the way you deserve to be respected. I will support you in anyway you need support. Your size doesn’t mean you’re a failure or less than anyone else.

My only advice is this – we can all overcome our obstacles in life with determination. We can help each other by supporting without judging. Nobody is perfect, even those with perfect exteriors have issues in life. Some of the most beautiful people on the planet are the ugliest people on the inside and visa verse.

Be the change in helping America’s self-esteem problem. Young, old, black, purple, white, thin, thick, male or female, we are all human and we all deserve support from our peers.
If you’ve something judgemental or negative to say to me (or anyone else for that matter) go and tell it to yourself in the mirror first and think about how that would make you feel coming from someone else. Think about how that statement would make you feel if someone said it to your parent, spouse, partner or child and think twice before you put that on someone else. Words matter, use yours wisely.



Aimee has the cutest Giveaway for the tour - pictured here <-- & opened worldwide.
Included is a 'create' coffee cup, some dark & handsome K-cup pods, a cute Life is Short, Eat Cake wall art, some tiny macaroons, a Little Gray Dress bookmark & postcard!
Enter here:


Aimee Brown – author bio: Aimee Brown is a writer and an avid reader. Little Gray Dress is her first published novel. My second novel is in the works now. She’s currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in English Writing. She spends much of her time writing, doing homework, raising three teenagers, binge watching shows on Netflix and obsessively cleaning and redecorating her house. She’s fluent in sarcasm and has been known to utter profanities like she’s competing for a medal. Aimee grew up in Oregon but is now a transplant living in cold Montana with her husband of twenty years, three teenage children, and far too many pets. She would love to hear your thoughts on Little Gray Dress! If you’d like to chat with her she’s very active on social media. You can find her at any of the networks below. Stop by and say hello!

   

 
  Weds – August 2nd Blog on the Run – Book Review/Author Guest Post after 2nd Books and Photographs – Book Review Judging More Than Just the Cover – Book Review/Author Interview Nicole Evelina – Book Review/Guest Post The Novel Girl Reads – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A 
  Thurs – August 3rd Chick Lit Central – Author Interview NovelGossip – Book Review Hey Said Renee – Author Guest Post Romantic Reads and Such – Book Excerpt Steamy Book Mama – Book Review 
  Fri – August 4th BrizzleLass Books – Book Review O.D. Book Reviews – Book Excerpt He Said Books or Me – Author Guest Post Corinne Desjardins – Book Spotlight Where Dragons Recide – Book Review/Author Q&A 
  Sat – August 5th JenaBooks – Book Review Sylv.net – Spotlight Post Got Books, Babe? – Author Guest Post The Writing Garnet – Book Review 
  Sun – August 6th I Read Novels – Book Review It's my Life – Book Excerpt RaeReads – Book Review Keelee Morris – Author Guest Post GrassMonster – Book Review 
  Mon – August 7th Living Life with Joy – Book Review/Giveaway/Author Q&A The Belgian Reviewer – Author Guest Post Book Lover in Florida – Book Excerpt Haddie’s Heaven – Spotlight Post Books in my Opinion – Book Review Literature Goals – Book Review/Excerpt/Author Q&A 
  Tue – August 8th Reading to Unwind – Book Review Kristin's Novel Café – Book Excerpt & Giveaway/Book Review Key of Dee – Author Guest Post FrankyBrown – Book Excerpt Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog – Book Reviews (3) 
  Weds – August 9th Ink, Maps and Macarons – Giveaway/Author Q&A Heartalefix – Book Review Tea Party Princess – Author Guest Post/(possible) Review One Book at a Time – Book Excerpt/Spotlight/Book Review 
  Thurs – August 10th ItaPixie’s Book Corner – Book Review/Excerpt Rosa Temple Writes – Author Guest Post Life at 17 – Spotlight Post Daily Waffle – Book Excerpt/Author Q&A 
  Fri – August 11th Pretty Little Book Reviews – Book Review Sparkly Word – Book Review Books and Readers – Book Review/Excerpt/Giveaway/Guest Post Ali the Dragon Slayer – Book Review Katie Lady Reads – Book Review Rambling Lisa's Book Reviews – Book Review/Book Excerpt 
  Sat – August 12th Life of a Simple Reader – Book Review/Excerpt Karlita – Goodreads/Social Media – Book Review KD Reads – Book Review/Giveaway/Guest Post D.K. Hamilton – Book Review/Author Q&A 20CC Reviews – Book Review TrashyBibloBlog – Book Review/Excerpt

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Catching Fire: Educating Ellie (Billionaire Romance Series Book 1) by T.N. King (New Release)


Ellie White is impulsive and hard working. She knows life could be better, but she feels stuck in the situation that she's in. When billionaire businessman, Morgan Hunt rescues her from a burning diner, her life changes. He impresses her with how genuine and caring he seems to be. Then Ellie realizes that she might be falling for him. When she learns that he can't stop thinking about her, the decision to sleep with him is all too easily made and she surprises herself with her own deep desires. He breaks her heart and she blames herself for being so naive. Can she ever trust him again?


Morgan Hunt is a billionaire and CEO. He has perfected the art of sealing the deal. But when he rescues Ellie White from a burning building, he's not prepared for the feelings that keep him from concentrating on business. In an attempt to clear his mind so he can focus on work, he seals the deal with Ellie in a night of hot, steamy sex, that awakens his passionate side, but he didn't count on his feelings deepening. When he's finally free to go back to conducting business, he can't because Ellie is still in his head. After breaking her heart, can he win her back?

Love, life, and a possible career hang in the balance as Ellie and Morgan discover their true selves in a hot, passionate romance that promises to seal the deal.




T.N King grew up in the heart of Texas, and now resides in the sunny beach of San Diego, California. He's a football fan, a Netflix binge-watcher, and loves barbecue. A writer of romance, he's the author of the Catching Fire Series, Chasing Dr.Bedell, The Seduction of Amy, and many more. T.N King plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories for his raving fans.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Me Fat You Skinny: The Inner Beauty Project (Book 1 of 2) by L.A. Leidy

Avery Michaels is very pretty and attractive, but she is also a curvy girl—a size twelve on a good day, but most of her clothes are a comfortable size fourteen. When she is offered a creative director job at a modeling agency, she had to think about it for like a whole day. I mean she’s clumsy, a little insecure and self-deprecating—she accepts.


Within a week, Avery is flying to Paris to help with the agency’s largest campaign called Inner Beauty. The photographer had been struggling to portray the concept on film--that was until he met Avery. Getting caught in the middle of his past was not part of the job but neither was falling for him. 

Avery has to navigate through a world of smoke and mirrors to find that who she is on the inside matters more than she realized. She never knew what her inner beauty was until someone showed her in the grandest of ways. 

Me Fat You Skinny, the Inner Beauty Project is book one of a two part series.


L.A. Leidy creates stories that are light-hearted, fun and relatable. She often finds herself falling for the characters she creates. The complexity of life mixed with raw emotions. She enjoys twisting their lives around for the greater good. Now add a little bit of drama, suspense and of course a love story and you have the perfect recipe for a compelling story.

L.A. Leidy is a northern girl transplanted to the south. She feels unconditional love from her husband, young son and a fat cat that snores under her feet while she writes.

Me Fat You Skinny and One Last Game are the debut series for L.A. Leidy.

If you would like to know more about L.A. Leidy, please check out her official website at www.laleidyauthor.com  

You can also find L.A. Leidy on several social media sites:
Twitter: @laleidy_author
Instagram: l.a.leidy_author
Facebook @laleidyauthor




Monday, July 24, 2017

July Romance Book Sale at The Indie Academy

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Welcome to The Indie Academy's July Romance Book Sale


Over 50 amazing romance books priced at 99c or free and a variety of sub-genres!

VISIT THE INDIE ACADEMY'S JULY ROMANCE BOOK SALE


(Don't forget to enter the Amazon gift card giveaway at the bottom of the page
before you go!)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Seeing Sam by Kelly Moore: Book 3 of the Next August Series (Pre-order)

Blind faith sent Sam’s world spiraling. He trusted the wrong person that almost cost August and Nashville their lives. His guilt sends him on a journey to figure out who he is and what type of man he wants to be.

A once innocent, sweet young man, now faces life alone by his own choice. He rebuilds himself to be a good, strong man. An old injury threatens the use of his legs, just as he meets a beautiful brunette that will change his world again. He falls in love for the very first time with sweet, innocent Emma Flinn.

Emma has had her own tragedies in life to deal with, but she hasn’t let anything stop her from being an independent, successful woman. She’s lived in the same town her entire life and has quit hoping for prince charming to come along. Until out of the blue, Sam comes crashing into her life. They fall in love fast and hard.

Everything seems perfect to Emma, but Sam has something that he’s been hiding from her. He’s faced with a decision to either help Emma, or lose something that will cost him dearly. Sam chooses love and it rips their lives apart, leaving Emma to start over again.

Emma learns of Sam’s secret and is willing to forgive him, but will Sam let her?

Ninety-nine cents, now until July 11th




Excerpt 

Hesitantly, I let him lead me through the house.  He quietly opens the front door and the sound of the rain brings a shiver to my body.  “It’s okay, Emma.”  I try to wrap my arms around myself, but he won’t let me.  The rain pelts down in front of us, terrifying me.  He takes one of my hands in his and the other he places on his shoulder.  “Dance with me,” he says.
“You brought me out here to dance in the rain?”
“I brought you out here to hold you in the rain so you wouldn’t be scared any more.  The dancing part is a bonus.” 
I think I can hear his facial muscles pull his lips up in a grin.  I relax and sway in his arms.  “You know this means I’m only not scared with you in the rain.”
“The rain won’t hurt you, baby.  I know it was raining the night your parents died, but it wasn’t the rain that hurt them.”
My hair is dripping wet and the t-shirt is clinging to every part of my body.  I don’t care, all I care about is the man in my arms.  He swings me around and I hear the sloshing of the puddle beneath me.  I raise my face to the rain and start laughing, a deep, cathartic laugh.  I have no fear at this moment in time.  He stops dancing and places his hands on my face. 
“I love you, Emma,” he says and consumes my mouth.

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Kelly Moore was raised in Mt. Dora, Florida, a true southern girl with a sarcastic wit. Gypsy traveling nurse by day and romantic author by night. Loves all things romantic with a little spice and humor. Loves two characters who over comes their pasts to fall in love and have a happy ending. Wife, mother, grandmother and dog lover. Travels the US in a fifth wheel making memories and making friends.