Hope for Her (Hope Series #1) – Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

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Hope for Her By Sydney Aaliyah Michelle

RELEASES OCTOBER 1, 2014

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No one ever expected much from him.

Joshua Elijah Griffin, IV is on his last chance. A stint in rehab and a transfer to a new school has scared him into putting his life on track. He’s determined to live up to his family’s expectations, but on the first day of class, Josh meets a girl, and he knows his father won’t approve, but in Carrington, he sees a kindred spirit. He’s willing to give up everything to be with her.

No one ever thought she was special.

Carrington Olivia Butler is ready to shine. Always in the shadows of her siblings, she goes away to college to break out of her shell. All Carrington wants is to feel special. Josh’s attention is exactly what she craves, but their intense and sometimes volatile relationship is more than what she bargained for.

Josh’s demons return, and Carrington’s feelings fade, but both aren’t ready to give up hope. They give their love one last shot to survive, but hope, may not be enough.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sydney Aaliyah Michelle is a New Adult Contemporary Romance writer, a voracious reader and movie fanatic who hails from Texas.
After surviving 5 1/2 years living in China, she had the courage to finally pursue her passion and become a writer.
Sydney has been blogging at sydneyaaliyah.com for three years, where she interviews people about their tattoos, discusses her favorite movie quotes, reviews books (New Adult & only the ones she loves) and journals about her writing and editing process.
Sydney’s self-published debut New Adult Novel Another New Life will be available May 2014.

Black Atonement – Sasha Hibbs NOW AVAILABLE

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  • black-atonementTitle: Black Atonement
  • Author: Sasha Hibbs
  • Release Date: 09/26/14
  • Publisher: Evernight Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

The burden of Dave’s girlfriend’s death pushes Brandi, the Seraph of Love, to abduct David Howels hoping she can protect Dave from his murderous father, Ragnar, and also atone for all her sins. Leaving a trail of broken hearts, will Brandi be able to show Dave that all in life is not lost in death?

Twists and turns abound as Brandi discovers her own shocking revelation: That Dave has been her soul mate all along.

Separating Dave and herself from their allies on the threshold of the apocalypse, Brandi turns to an old friend for help-a witch-to aid her in her quest to prepare Dave to face his worst fears and her own. Filled with curses, secrets that threaten to destroy everything, Brandi must find forgiveness from within before she can find love with a boy she’s forced to hate her. In the past, healing a broken heart would’ve been easy, but now faced with the task of healing Dave’s broken heart while not exposing her own, Brandi learns why love is truly the greatest gift of all.

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About the Author

By age 5, Sasha Hibbs’ favorite movie was Gone With the Wind. By age 12, she completed her 7th grade book report on the sequel, Scarlett. By 18, she met and married her very own Mr. Rhett Butler and as it turns out, she never had to worry about going back to Tara to win the love of her life back. Fortunately, he stuck with her.  

With a love of all things paranormal, the ambiance of the South with its gigantic antebellum mansions and canopies of Spanish moss, and a love for her husband’s rich storytelling of blacksmiths and the mythology surrounding their origins, it wasn’t long until the world of her debut novel, Black Amaranth, was born.

When not working her day job as a nurse, you can find Sasha dreaming of her next beach trip, reading the latest YA novel, and drinking more white chocolate mocha than she should.  

Sasha lives in mountainous West Virginia with her husband, Tim, and their two daughters, Aeliza and Ava. She is currently hard at work on her next novel in The Vulcan Legacies series.

 

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An American Duchess – Sharon Page BLOG TOUR REVIEW STOP

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An American Duchess

Title: An American Duchess

Author: Sharon Page

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Set on a crumbling English manor estate during the height of the Roaring Twenties, an American duchess must decide how much she’s willing to risk for the life she truly desires…

It’s 1922, and New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father’s will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor.

Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian’s older brother, is as austere and imposing as the family’s ancestral estate. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he’s fighting against.

When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, their heated quarrelling begets passion of another sort. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, will Zoe be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams?

 

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Literally after reading only a single page of An American Duchess I knew I was going to greatly enjoy it. Truly, how could a story that is part Downton Abbey, part Beauty and the Beast with a splash of Pride and Prejudice not appeal?

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Zoe Gifford is a “modern woman”, sporting an Eton crop hairstyle she flies, drives, smokes and believes that a marriage of convenience is the answer to her mother’s dilemma. Marriage would allow Zoe access to her sizeable trust fund and Sebastian Hazelton is sorely in need of funds… and a “beard“. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement.

“Julia!” Her name came out in a roar of shock.

The creature in front of Nigel was nothing like the demure English lady who had climbed into Zoe Gifford’s motorcar that morning. Several feet of dark hair has been cut. Her face was made up like an actress on Drury Lane. As for her dress -

Nigel Hazelton, the Duke is a recluse, physically scarred and mentally traumatized by the Great War that marked him. All he has left is his title and impoverished estate and he is determined to do whatever it takes to protect them. When Nigel and Zoe meet to say they don’t get on would be a vast understatement, however underlying that antagonism is an electric connection between the two just waiting for the right spark to explode into a seething passion.

An American Duchess is the perfect read for fans of Downton Abbey like myself, who need a distraction from the interminable wait until its January 2015 première. Page has taken some classic tropes and combined them beautifully resulting in an exciting glimpse into the Roaring Twenties and the epic struggle between the old standard and the lure of the modern age.

 

Sharon PageNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Page sold her first book, an erotic romance novel A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED, in 2004. Since then, she has published more than 20 novels and novellas, both traditionally through NY publishers (Kensington, Random House, Harlequin), and on her own through self-publishing.

Sharon writes:

  • Historical romantic women’s fiction (AN AMERICAN DUCHESS)
  • Erotic historical romance (SIN, DEEPLY IN YOU)
  • Erotic paranormal romance (BLOOD RED, BLOOD CURSE)
  • Sensual historical romance (THE CLUB, ENGAGED IN SIN)
  • New adult contemporary erotic romance (The Yardley College Chronicles series).

Sharon’s books have won many awards including two RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Award of Romance, and the Golden Quill. Sharon was nominated by RT Book Reviews in 2013 for Career Achievement in Erotic Romance.

She graduated with a degree in Industrial Design (School of Engineering) and worked for years in the structural engineering field. Married, with two children, Sharon now writes almost full time.

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Home Is Where You Are – Tessa Marie

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HOME IS WHERE YOU ARE BY TESSA MARIE

RELEASES SEPTEMBER 30 2014

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Anna’s life reads like a check list.

  • Straight A’s (Check)
  • Editor of the school paper (Check)
  • Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
  • Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
  • Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

SUMMARY – Dean has a plan too. Survive. After being subjected to his foster father’s violent attacks, Dean made the hard choice to leave. Now he lives on the streets doing everything he can to get by, refusing to let people help him. But when he meets Anna, he realizes not everyone is out to hurt him.

Slowly, Anna and Dean let each other in, blending their two worlds into one. But when a series of events brings Dean’s world into perspective, he pushes Anna away. Not willing to accept the line that divides them, Anna sets out to bring Dean back to her. Her determination and faith in their future puts her on the tracks of danger, and he is the only one who can save her.

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Author-Tessa-Marie-e1408422211952Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Anna’s life reads like a check list.

  • Straight A’s (Check)
  • Editor of the school paper (Check)
  • Volunteering time at the local soup kitchen (Check)
  • Ivy League (So close she can taste it)
  • Falling in love with a homeless boy (Not on the list)

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Author-Tessa-Marie-e1408422211952Tessa Marie lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her long time boyfriend and their fish. Under her real name, Theresa Paolo, she released her debut novel (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, in Fall 2013 with Berkley (Penguin) and (ONCE) AGAIN released this summer. She is also the coauthor of the Amazon bestseller KING SIZED BEDS AND HAPPY TRAILS and BEACH SIDE BEDS AND SANDY PATHS, a YA contemporary series. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty, and uses her characters to relive the best and worst years of her life. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera, reading, or can be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

The Position – Dahlia Salvatore BLOG TOUR REVIEW STOP

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  • Title: The Position
  • Author: Dahlia Salvatore
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Published: August 18th 2014 by Booktrope Entice
  • Format: eBook
  • Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
  • Page Count: 186
  • Rating: B
  • Source: Tour Operator

SUMMARY – Dylan Farrow puts on his pants every morning one leg at a time, just like everyone else at the Kerrigan Advertising Agency. He handles high-pressure projects with a fast turnaround. He’s prized for his keen intellect and admirable performance. But how did he get where he is today—to the level of Junior Executive of Design Production?

Well, that involves how he takes his pants off…

and for whom…

Hoping to break through the glass ceiling under which she’s been trapped for years, Valerie Caplan picks up her life and moves to Seattle. After hearing about the position of Senior Executive of Design Production from an art director at Kerrigan, she decides to apply. When she lands the big interview, she never thinks for a minute that she’ll have any serious competition. She assumes that she has the job in the bag…until she discovers that the only competition has something she doesn’t have—the willingness to go outside the office to impress Danica Stewart, their uptight female boss.

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Dylan Farrow has screwed his way to the top or is in the process of doing so. He has the good fortune to work at an agency populated almost entirely by women and to be very attractive and completely lacking a conscience. The plethora of sexually deprived women is a buffet that he takes advantage of regularly and without remorse. However what he was not anticipating was having to compete for a coveted promotion let alone with the one woman who may prove to ruin his carefully balanced life of indulgence.

She was a stepping stone that I was about to step on – just like all the other women in my life. The money, the power, the position, they were the supreme motivation.

The Position was not what I expected, I thought that I had largely gotten over thinking I knew everything when I was around thirteen but apparently this is not the case. When I read the premise I was anticipating a rom-com type farce along the lines of The Proposal only dirrrtier. I wouldn’t say that I was entirely wrong only that I was not anticipating the sharp turn into Eyes Wide Shut territory that transpired.

I enjoyed The Position surprising plot twists notwithstanding, Dahlia Salvatore created a character in Dylan whom you couldn’t help but want to receive his comeuppance and soon preferably in the form of a woman whom he couldn’t just blithely manipulate in the whatever manner he sees fit. The reader can only hope that Valerie is just that woman.

About the Author

Dahlia Salvatore is a thirty-two-year-old female author living in Seattle, Washington with her husband. She comes from Coos Bay, Oregon and moved to Seattle six years ago. She loves the west coast and doesn’t see herself anywhere else.

Her influences include contemporary writers J.K. Rowling, Mary Balogh, Christina Dodd, Stephanie Laurens, Laurell K. Hamilton, Anne Rice, Stephen King, and many many others.

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CELEBRATE CELESTE FEST (FLAT OUT LOVE #2) – JESSICA PARK

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For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

  • FLCTitle: Flat Out Celeste
  • Author: Jessica Park
  • ISBN: 1499646704 (ISBN13: 9781499646702)
  • Series: Flat Out Love #2
  • Published: May 22nd 2014 by CreateSpace
  • Format: Kindle Edition, 336 pages
  • Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
  • Source: Purchased
  • Rating: B+

WARNING: If you have not read Flat Out Love I cannot stress strongly enough that a) You stop reading this post immediately and b) BUY, BORROW OR STEAL! Flat Out Love immediately! Actually let me rephrase, do not steal it but legally obtain a copy with the utmost urgency and while you are at it purchase Flat Out Matt and Flat Out Celeste as well. You will thank me later. There are some series that can be read out of sequence or as stand alone entries, in my opinion this is NOT one of them.

Occasionally a supporting character is just so unique and vibrant that they completely overshadow the others. Celeste Watkins would have been just such a character if Jessica Park had not created such a superior cast in the first of this series. An uncommonly intelligent child, her formality and sensitivity was original and endearing, which Park demonstrated with aplomb, a difficult feat as most child characters are either distracting or annoying.

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Four years have passed since the events in Flat Out Love and Celeste is now a senior in high school trying to decide which Ivy League school she should attend. She is literally spoiled for choice as an intellectually gifted Watkins. However she is adrift in social situations, distrustful of overtures from other students and unsure of how to approach her peers without appearing condescending that is until she begins corresponding with Justin Milano the student liaison from Barton College on the west coast.

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Flat Out Celeste was a fitting conclusion to the story begun when the reader met a highly intelligent but clearly deeply traumatized girl largely unable to function without the life sized cutout image of her eldest brother. To fully appreciate the series it is best evaluated as a whole (see my above incoherent ravings about not reading them out of order), and as such the reader can enjoy Celeste’s grown up incarnation and revisiting Matt and Julie as well as much as I did.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

park-300x275Jessica Park is the author of LEFT DROWNING, FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT., FLAT-OUT CELESTE (new!), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

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