Monday, July 15, 2013

The NAmazing Adventure!


Welcome to my stop on the NAmazing Adventure, a blog hop featuring over 60 New Adult authors, and prize packs that include ARCs, signed books, gift cards, swag, and more! If you're not sure what the NAmazing Adventure is, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete rules on the NA Alley website. Now let's get this journey on the road!

I'd like to introduce you guys to my NA contemporary romance Addicted to You.



When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick.

Got that jotted down in your quest scroll?

Great, because you’ll need it for the quiz at the end of this quest! And remember, you must complete ALL SIX quizzes to be eligible for a prize pack.

But wait! Want another chance to win a paperback of Addicted to You?

I'm giving away one copy to a lucky commenter. So leave a comment with your email and let me know what you think of the NAmazing Adventure and you could win! ♥

And don't forget, you still have TEN chances to win a signed paperback over on Goodreads as well. Yay!

Thanks for stopping by. Ready to move on?

Click HERE to go to the next stop on your adventure!

Good luck!

Friday, July 5, 2013

SeNsAtional Summer Tour featuring Melanie Harlow! (with giveaway!)


Today, I'm hosting Melanie Harlow, author of SPEAK EASY. This book sounds AMAZING, and I can't wait to read it! Plus, Melanie is hilarious. Take it away, Melanie!

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For me, nothing beats a good sexy book.

So I felt tons of pressure writing the sexy scenes of SPEAK EASY because I know how much I look forward to them as a reader.

I slow down and savor every word. I fan myself. Then I reread immediately, just to make sure there was no luscious little detail I might have missed.

But when I went to write those kinds of scenes, I realized had a problem...

SPEAK EASY is set in 1923. Flappers! Gangsters! Illegal booze! Hot Jazz!

Sexy, right?

Sure, until you get to a love scene where your characters have to undress each other. My main character, Tiny, and her bad boy, Enzo, were hot and heavy when he undid the side zipper of her dress (slowwwwly, of course).

"Well, wait a minute," the History Major in me said. "Are you sure that dress would've had a zipper?"

Crap.

I looked it up, and of course the HM was right--zippers were not common until the late 1920s. "Well, they existed, anyway," I thought. "I'm using it."

But the problem was, they didn't call them zippers--they called them lockers.

OK, fine. He undid her locker.

Hmph. Just doesn't have the same effect, am I wrong?

Even when I did overcome that little issue, then I had to think about what they were wearing underneath their clothes. In my head, my bad boy looks like this in his underwear:


However, in all the ads I could find, 1920s men's underwear looks like this:


Or this:


Can you imagine? She slipped her hand inside his "Drop Seat" union suit.

Ummm, no.

So, be warned, nitpicky readers—if it meant ruining my sexy scene with ugly underwear, occasionally I told my inner HM to buzz off.

Someday, someone on Goodreads will say, "She sucks at research! She has her character in undergarments that didn't exist in 1923!"

I hope you will join me in directing them to this post. If they choose Munsingwear over Hugo Boss, I'll refund their money.

Thanks, Colina, for having me!

Speak Easy is out July 22, 2013.


Blog link: http://www.melanieharlowwrites.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelanieHarlow2
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Melanie-Harlow-Author/413310215442787
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7095467.Melanie_Harlow

GIVEAWAY


Melanie has generously offered an ebook of SPEAK EASY to one lucky commenter. Let her know what you think of her upcoming book, and good luck!


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Addicted to You is here!


ADDICTED TO YOU IS HERE!!!

I'm alternating between feeling like this:



And like this:



*deep breaths*

You can purchase Addicted to You in several ways!

- Amazon
- Barnes & Noble
- Kobo
- iBookstore
- Smashwords


Don't forget, you can still enter to win one of ten signed paperback copies on Goodreads!

To celebrate the release, I'm also giving you the chance to win this awesome swag:



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If you buy the book, I will love you forever ♥ And if you liked it, it would be awesome if you left a review. Thank you so much!

Happy Tuesday, and I can't wait to hear what you guys think!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Addicted to New Adult!

My agent and the fabulous people at New Leaf are putting on an epic Addicted to New Adult campaign.

Not only will there be a ton of fun posts in the next few weeks, but there's also an amazing giveaway!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Want some swag? Giveaways galore!

ETA: Addicted to You is available for PREORDER on Kobo!

You have ONE DAY LEFT to enter this massive swag + ebook giveaway!



Here's what you can get from me: a notebook and pen set!


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In addition to the swag giveaway, the Addicted to You blog tour starts Monday, but the giveaway has already started! Enter to win your choice of a paperback or ebook copy plus a $15 Amazon gift card.

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ALSO! Come back NEXT WEEK to enter to win even MORE swag + books + sweet extras.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Teaser #4: Addicted to You...

...is about different kinds of love. Romantic love. Family love. And love between friends.

“This has never happened in the ten years I’ve known you.”

“It’s never happened, full stop,” Leah said. Helena, on the other hand, had had enough boyfriends for the both of them, and she’d been in love no less than five times in the years since they’d met.

To Helena’s benefit, she had dumped one of them after he called Leah some choice words and demanded Helena choose between the two of them. She had been absolutely certain Helena would choose him because who in their right mind would pick her over the guy they claimed to love? She’d been shocked when Helena showed up at her parents’ estate and casually asked if she could sleep over before crying all over Leah’s bed. Leah might have cried too, but she’d deny it if Helena ever brought it up.

One more week! Yay! ♥

Keep your eyes peeled this Friday, when a new giveaway will open up to win copies of Addicted to You. Then come back Monday for the start of the blog tour! Woo!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Giveaway: 5 e-ARCs of upcoming NA releases!

Here's a fabulous giveaway for e-ARCs of the following NA releases!



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Good luck! ♥

Keep your eye out for another giveaway next week! :D

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Teaser #3: Addicted to You...

...has drama. As all good stories should. Would you believe I've become more accustomed to writing fight scenes than kissing scenes? For shame! lol (Addicted to You doesn't have any fight scenes, in case you're wondering, unless you count verbal sparring.)

“Leah,” he said.

Her eyes fluttered shut. The sound of her name on his lips, spoken with painful tenderness, made that ache in her chest grow sharper. She couldn’t do this right now. Everything felt too brittle. She hated feeling this way, and she hated even more that he had to witness it.

“Good night,” she said and tried again to push past him.

He shifted to block her escape. His other hand came up to touch her cheek. The ache spread into her stomach. She couldn’t do this. She didn’t want to feel anything right now, and he made her feel too much. She turned her face away, and his fingers paused, inches from contact.

What could they be talking about? You'll have the chance to find out in two weeks when Addicted to You releases! Aaaah~

Next Tuesday, an excerpt about the different kinds of love! ♥

P.S. You can still enter to win a signed paperback!

Friday, June 7, 2013

[Cover Reveal] Of Darkness and Crowns by Trisha Wolfe

Of Darkness and Crowns (Goddess Wars #2)
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Cover artist: Steven Novak
Cover Reveal Organized by: YA Bound Book Tours


***WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE***

Summary from Goodreads:
The moon goddess has taken up residency within Prince Caben, darkening his mind and soul. Now he hunts the very women he sacrificed his life to save, his conflicting desires for love and power raging a battle within him. Kaliope possesses the key to setting Bale free, and Caben will stop at nothing to see his goddess restored. Even if that means destroying the kingdom he’s sworn to protect, and the infuriating woman who torments his thoughts.

Kaliope, now the leader to the newly formed Nactue Guard, has vowed to save Caben. But with a traitor lurking among her people, and powers she’s unable to fully control, Kaliope’s mission becomes shrouded with doubt. Her new role as watcher over Caben’s kingdom brings a burden she’s unable to bear alone, and appointing the right person in charge of the prince’s affairs has turned a kingdom against the Nactue leader. Saving her stubborn, willful prince from the darkness overtaking him will be the battle of her life, and she needs people she can trust by her side. But bad blood between members of the Nactue obscure Kaliope’s journey, while her feelings for Caben cloud her judgment.

When the time comes to do what she must to destroy the goddess of chaos, will she be able to if it means losing Caben forever?

Book two of the Goddess Wars is told in dual point of view from Kaliope and Caben. New Adult Dark Fantasy, intended for readers 17 years of age and older. 

***Excerpt (Caben’s POV)***

The Crusher grinds to a halt. I’m propelled forward, and my head smacks the low-hanging ceiling of the front compartment.
“Damn, you fool!” I palm my throbbing forehead, eyeing the driver of the Crusher—the machines I now call by their Otherworlder name.
“Sorry, my liege,” he says, backing against his seat, farther away from the glowing ribbons circling my fingers. 
Ignoring him, I study the luminous white—like the surface of the moon—crawling beneath my skin, and marvel at the power. My power. Had I possessed it that day the Cavan Army forced me from my home, they never could have done so easily. But then, I never would have obtained this power. Ironic. 
“Just drive,” I tell him. I take a seat on the front bench, away from the foul stench emanating from the back compartment—our diversion tactic that will gain me entry into my palace, where I know she’s being kept.
The glow beneath my skin illuminates brighter, reminding me of her skin. I curl my fingers into a tight ball.
The battle up ahead is only part of my plan, one that I know Kaliope will fall for. I need the reserves away from the palace. Then we’ll take care of her Nactue once we’re inside. My back molars clamp down hard at the thought of her—a mix of something like fire and nausea invading my stomach.
At one time, I felt things for the black-haired beauty. I chuckle to myself. Well, at least my groin did. Just thinking of her body makes me ache, and I have to adjust myself. But that was when I was weak, when I only thought and felt with that weakness. As much as I hated my father for thinking me too feeble to rule, he was right. I was pathetic.
Bale freed me. Released the part of me that I kept buried, locked away deep down, and I no longer fear anything. I think of everything that once made me shudder or quake with dread and laugh. It’s so simple.
Without fear, there is only freedom.
Power.
And if I free Bale completely, releasing her from within my being and making her corporeal, she’ll bestow me with even more power. I don’t care what the dark goddess does or where she goes once I restore Empress Iana’s relic. I don’t give a damn what happens to the maggoty Otherworlders or their realm.
I just want her out of my mind. And I want the power.
Then I’ll set my sights on Perinya, and on gaining what’s mine.
A deep cackle fills my head, deep and sultry.
“Quiet, woman.” I roll my eyes. We’ve come to a compromise, the goddess and I, that she may remain within my mind, but she’s to keep quiet. I got tired of her constant lectures and angry rants about her sisters. She does stay silent…for the most part. But the sooner I get her out of my head, the better.
Having a woman fill your thoughts is a weakness in itself. A sudden flash of a smiling, laughing Kal blurs my vision, and I shake my head.
There’s only one way to rid my thoughts of that woman.
Kill her.
“Burrow, leach,” I command the driver. “We’re coming up on the battle. Go underground.”
“Yes, my liege.”
Tonight, I plot. Find a way into the capital of Perinya and into my home. And then take back what’s mine. The goddess can have what she wants. I’m only interested in claiming what’s mine.
No one will ever take anything away from me again.
Don’t get in my way, Kal.
I shake my head harder, trying to quiet the pesky thoughts that always spring up when I think of her. Something left over from before—a residual feeling, an effect she has on me.
It won’t be there much longer. I smile, and Bale laughs.

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Of Silver and Beasts (Goddess Wars #1)
Release Date:  April 19th 2013

Summary from Goodreads:
In the sand-covered queendom of Cavan, the goddess once saved a young Kaliope’s life, preventing the mercury her father attempted to hide in her blood from reaching her heart. Now, a cybernetic clamp filters it, but the silver streaks swirling faintly beneath her skin are a constant reminder that she’s different.

When nineteen-year-old Kaliope is chosen as head of the Nactue Guard, she becomes the sworn protector to her empress. In the midst of an invasion on a neighboring land, Kaliope is placed in charge of guarding Prince Caben, the last heir to his kingdom. But when they’re attacked by the feared Otherworlders, Caben and Kaliope are abducted and taken below to a realm where they must fight for their life in a caged arena.

Kaliope struggles to protect her princely charge, keeping him and herself alive while battling inhumanly opponents, and trying to save the stolen, sacred relic that will restore her empress’s life force and all of Cavan. And if she can somehow awaken the goddess within her, she may save what’s most important.

New Adult Dark Fantasy: Intended for readers 17 years of age and older.

Of Silver and Beasts is on sale right now for only $.99.  Get your copy here:
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Where to find Trisha:

***Bonus Material***
Don’t miss out on the bonus scene of Astarte’s WrathBath Scene in Xarion’s POV

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Addicted to You official blog tour!




Click the banner to see the blog tour page (with upcoming giveaway!). Otherwise, here's the full schedule as well:

June 24th
Romance Addict Book Blog
Seeking Book Boyfriends

June 25th
SMIBookClub
Falling In Fall
My Love For Films & Novels

June 26th
My Library in the Making
The LUV'NV
Stay Blu Reads

June 27th
Book Reader Chronicles
My Crazy Book Obsession

June 28th
Swoony Boys Podcast
Addicted to Books
Books With Bite

July 1st
4 the LUV of SANITY
Book Briefs
Fandom Fanatic

July 2nd
My Reading Addiction
Two Brain Book Reviewers
Chapter Break

July 3rd
Whirlwind Books
Book Nerds Anonymous
Chris Book Blog Emporium

July 4th
Kaidans Seduction
Brianna Lee Book Reviews

July 5th
Tattooed Book Review
Book Angel Booktopia
Paranormal Book Club



Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Teaser #2: Addicted to You...

...is light-hearted.

Leah prepared to endure endless reminiscences about whatever the hell kind of paradisiacal environment could have produced such a beautiful man. Magical dust and fairy god mothers were almost certainly involved. Maybe even footmen made of mice.

“How detailed are we supposed to get?” she asked.

He gave a ridiculously sexy shrug. “What do you want to know?”

How you look without your clothes on. If you’re a shouter. How many inches— She cut herself off before the heat in her neck could give away her thoughts.

Three more weeks til release! Woo!

Tune in next Tuesday for an excerpt about... drama~ (not the melodramatic kind...I hope lol) ♥

And don't forget, you can still enter to win a signed paperback!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Cover Reveal: SPEAK EASY by Melanie Harlow

I LOVE this cover. It's gorgeous and so atmospheric. I can't wait to read it!

Title: Speak Easy

Author: Melanie Harlow

Expected release date: July 22, 2013 Genre: Historical

Age Group: New Adult

Cover Designed by: Tom Barnes Design


July, 1923. The ‘20s are roaring, and twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara is desperate for a little anything-goes excitement. But when her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit's exploding organized crime scene, she’s shocked to find herself caught up in the bootlegging wars of Prohibition—and torn between two gorgeous gangsters on opposite sides.

To save her father’s life, she’ll have to choose between them. But deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it.

Temptation is everywhere.


About the Author


Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

Melanie Harlow | Facebook | Twitter

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Want to win a signed paperback of Addicted to You?

Well, now you can :) Enter the giveaway over on goodreads!



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Addicted to You by Colina Brennan

Addicted to You

by Colina Brennan


Giveaway ends July 22, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.


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Good luck! ♥

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Teaser #1: Addicted to You...

...is sexy.

Leah's pretty sure she doesn't have a sex addiction, but there's no denying her attraction to a certain new addict with blue eyes.

He was close enough that she could lift her hand if she wanted and bridge the distance between them, feel the warmth of his skin against her fingertips. Her resolve weakening, she stole a quick glance in his direction. He looked just as good as she remembered. Better even. This time, his sleeves were short, and the way he stretched his arms back to lace his fingers behind his head made the thin cotton stretch across his chest and his biceps bulge. Her throat went dry.

Just four weeks to release! :) Check back next week for another teaser!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Coming soon: the NAmazing Adventure!


Hey guys. This is to let you know that starting June 1, sign-ups for the NAmazing Adventure, hosted by the lovely ladies at NA Alley will begin.

What's the NAmazing Adventure you ask? Excellent question!

If you're familiar with the YAmazing Race, then you already know the answer, because the NAA is a new adult version. It's a week-long event designed to highlight fantastic new adult reads and hopefully connect new readers with new books.

We've already got some utterly fabulous writers participating, and we hope you'll want to join us :) Keep an eye out for sign-ups June 1 on NA Alley!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Countdown to ADDICTED TO YOU!

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Have a great Memorial Day weekend! ♥

Friday, May 17, 2013

Cover Reveal for ADDICTED TO YOU!

Today, I finally get to reveal the cover for my upcoming NA contemporary Addicted to You!


Summary:

When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick.



I'm so excited about this book, and I hope you are too! Addicted to You will release end of June. Exact date to be announced!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cover Reveal: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige


Title: Fixed on You (Fixed, #1)
Author: Laurelin Paige
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Adult
Expected release date: July 31, 2013
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours



Book Description:

Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous – the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull.

Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

  1. $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

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About the Author

Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men or the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by the wonderful Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

Author social media links:

Blog: http://laurelinpaige.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurelinPaige
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/LaurelinPaige


Saturday, April 27, 2013

First post!

Hi :) Please look forward to the cover reveal of my NA contemporary novel ADDICTED TO YOU.