Travel Back to Red Hill on Halloween! Among Monsters – Jamie McGuire NOW AVAILABLE!

Travel back to Red Hill on Halloween!

AMONG MONSTERS available on October 31st!

Title: Among Monsters (A Red Hill Novella)

Author: Jamie McGuire

Among Monsters will be available in ebook and paperback on Amazon!

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Blurb:

Being thirteen has pitfalls of its own, but growing up has never been this hard.

Jenna had promised her mother that if the worst happened during her dad’s weekend, they would meet at Red Hill Ranch. When she finds seven words spray-painted on her dad’s wall the morning after a deadly outbreak, she makes a promise to herself: to get to the ranch with her seven-year-old sister, Halle, and to get them both there alive.

Among Monsters is the companion novella to Red Hill, both exploring from different perspectives what many broken families experience every other weekend: What if your children aren’t with you when the world ends? What would you do to get to them? What would they go through to get to you?

For Jenna, seeing her mother again is worth everything. Determined to keep her promise, she is faced with experiences and decisions that force her to leave her childhood behind.

Excerpt

“You’re scared. You’re too scared to keep going.”

“Honey,” Dad began.

“You had to walk one day, and you’re scared? You killed a dozen infected and walked away without a scratch. We hit a parked truck at fifty miles an hour and barely noticed. Why are you suddenly opposed to Red Hill?” I was trying to remain calm, but with every point, my tone got higher.

Tavia clasped her hands together. “We’re all scared—”

“Then, stay!” I said, my voice transitioning to a weird chuckle even though I found none of what they were saying funny. “You don’t have to come with us. But our mom is waiting for us at Red Hill, and that is where Halle and I are going.”

“Not today,” Dad said.

“Then, when?” I asked again, emphasizing each word.

“When I say,” he said, sounding final.

I laughed once without humor. “I’m not asking to go to the mall. We’re talking about Mom being alone without us! She’s waiting for us! Do you honestly think I care that you’re”—I used my fingers to make quotation marks in the air—“the dad right now?”

He stomped over to me and leaned into my face, taking me back to a time when my parents had still been married. “You’d better start caring. Just because it’s the end of the world doesn’t mean I won’t whip your ass!”

Tavia pulled him back, and he flipped around, picking up a pillow and throwing it against the wall.

She eyed Dad warily. She was now seeing the side of him that Halle and I were used to, a side that I had been waiting for since this began.

“Andrew, maybe you should take a walk and see if you can do anything more to secure the house.”

Dad turned to her, his face severe. The skin between his brows had formed a crevice, as deep and as dark as his anger in that moment. His hazel-green eyes burned bright against his olive skin. Just when I thought he would start yelling again, he left the room.

Tavia took a deep breath and held her hand to her heart. “That was—”

“Typical,” I grumbled.

“You fight like that with him a lot?”

“We used to but not lately.”

“He gets pretty mad, huh?” she asked, glancing at the closed door.

“He has a temper. He’s working on it—allegedly.”

“Is that why you want to get to your mom so bad?”

My eyebrows pulled in. “What would you do if you were separated from Tobin?”

She blinked.

“She’s my mom. If I scrape my knee, I call for her. If I’m sick, I ask for her. If I’m scared, I cry for her. If there’s an apocalypse, I’m going to the ends of the earth for her.” My eyes and nose burned. The sudden emotion surprised me. I wiped my cheek and sniffed, staring at the floor. “It’s forty miles. We can make it.”

“We…we don’t know if Tobin can make forty miles. Who knows how long that would take on foot?”

“It doesn’t matter if we waste time here. What were you two talking about? How to convince me to stay? For a few days? For a week? Forever?”

“No.” She shook her head. “We’re just worried about the little ones being able to make it that far. We need a car—or at the very least, a way to carry the supplies. I can’t hold Tobin all day long. I can’t run with him. It’s too dangerous to try.”

“I like you, Tavia. I’m not trying to be mean, but no one’s asking you to come with us. If you want to stay here, stay here.”

She was taken aback. “I know, but we can’t do this alone. We need one another.”

“Brad will leave eventually for Shallot. You need my dad to stay.”

“It’s not so different. You need him to leave.”

“But he’s my dad. I’m not going to give up on seeing my mom again because you can’t travel with Tobin.”

Tavia’s sweet smile fell away. She wasn’t being confrontational, but she did have the look of a mother bear protecting her cub. “Halle can’t make the trip either. You would be risking her life if you go, especially if you try something as ridiculous as leaving without your dad. We’re the adults, Jenna. He’ll listen to me.”

I took a deep breath and lowered my chin. Tavia was pretty intimidating. I thought about what Mom would say when I told her about this conversation later. She would want me to fight. She would want me to do anything I could to get Halle and me to Red Hill.

“My dad and I have had our ups and downs,” I said, keeping my voice low and steady. “But if you try to make him pick between you or me, you’ll lose.”

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About the Author:

Jamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.

Jamie paved the way for the New Adult genre with international bestseller, Beautiful Disaster. Her follow-up novel Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. She has also written apocalyptic thriller Red Hill, a novella titled A Beautiful Wedding, and the Providence series, a young adult paranormal romance trilogy.

Jamie lives on a ranch just outside Enid, OK with husband Jeff and their three children. They share their 30 acres with cattle, six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

Find Jamie at http://www.jamiemcguire.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Outlander S1, Ep. 8 “Both Sides Now” Mid-Season Finale

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Episode 8 – Both Sides Now

It’s hard to believe that we won’t be getting anymore Outlander until next spring. To be exact, April 4th in the U.S. on Starz, and for those of us living in Canada, Showcase has posted on their website an ambiguous “April 2015″ return date. All I can say is that I hope we don’t have to wait an extra three weeks to watch the second half of the season like we did with the first half, but I know that I’m just deluding myself to think otherwise!

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In this mid-season finale, I finally get an answer to the question that I asked 15 years ago, which was “But what about Frank?!”. In her review of Episode Seven, “The Wedding”, Andrea discussed how her feelings about how difficult it must have been for Claire being torn between Frank, her husband back in the future and Jamie, the husband of her present circumstances. As the story progresses, we know that Jamie and Claire were meant to be together, and that the relationship that she has with him has a greater depth than the one she had with Frank. But we never really get to see what it was like for Frank after his wife disappeared. I think that was likely done intentionally so as not to detract from Claire and Jamie’s story. Although, perhaps Diana Gabaldon did have plans for Frank and that part of the manuscript ended up on the editing room floor? Regardless, I really enjoyed the show’s interpretation of what might have happened to Frank.

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The episode opens with Frank desperate and desolate at the police station in Inverness. As Frank makes another attempt to get the detective to work harder to find Claire, it becomes clear that the police no longer believe that she is missing but rather that she has run off with her lover. After Frank reported that he caught a man the night before Claire disappeared gazing mournfully up at her window, the police decided that Claire and this mysterious Highlander must be lovers and that Frank needed to accept that he had been dumped.  Later that night, as Frank drowns his sorrows at the local pub he is approached by a woman who supposedly has information about the “Highlander” suspect that Frank has been searching for. I have to say that if Frank fell for the ploy of “come meet me in a dark alley after midnight and don’t forget the money!” I might have had a few choice words for my television, but as it was, Frank was clearly not that overcome with grief to see the con for what it was. We get to see a little of that “Black Jack” streak when Frank comes face-to-face with his would-be attackers. As he nearly beats a man to death and roughs up the woman sent in to lure him in the first place, we see that perhaps Frank has more backbone then we think. The mild-mannered Frank, was not so mild and certainly not very well-mannered.  Reverend Wakefield gives Frank a cautionary pep talk about “drinking from the poisoned cup” and that Frank should never let himself sink so low again.

Outlander 2014Back in the 1740’s, Claire and Jamie are enjoying the “honeymoon” period of their new marriage. All seems to be going swimmingly well, until the happy couple are set up some red coat deserters  as they are in the middle of an intimate moment in a meadow where they were suppose to be searching for medicinal herbs. Claire is forced to save herself from being raped and from Jamie having to watch at gun point by using her newly acquired self-defense skills with a dagger.  In the aftermath of the incident, it is clear that the honeymoon was over, as Jamie and Claire struggle with their feelings about what happened. Jamie feels impotent and Claire is angry at him for letting them get into that situation in the first place. This incident is key to the next poor decision that Claire makes…and for those of you haven’t read the book yet, trust me, Claire makes many more bone-headed moves in her lifetime! She is unceremoniously left behind as the men ride off to try to get some witness testimony that might help clear Jamie’s name. It is at this point that the book and show take very different paths to get to the same point.

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In the book, Claire willingly makes the decision to walk away and try to find Craigh na Dun but in the show it appears to be less of a choice and more of a coincidence that she finds herself back where she started. The split screen technique of Claire and Frank both heading towards the stones that could reunite them, was very well done. The cinematography and music to the calling to each other through time was exquisite, then to have Claire come within reach of returning to Frank only to be taken by some red coat soldiers was simply the icing on the cake. We see Frank leaving, dejected and heartbroken, while Claire is hauled off to her inevitable meeting with Captain Jack Randall.

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The details of Claire’s confrontation with Randall vary slightly from the book, but the essential parts are there. Claire tries to bluff her way out of an interrogation by Randall, which as usual fails miserably. We are left with Jamie bursting through a window demanding that Randall “take his hands off” his wife just as he was about to torture Claire. This is where we leave our not-so-happy couple until next April. Sigh.

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After many conversations with friends who have read the book, there was much speculation about where the story might leave off for this mid-season finale, I have to say that I thought we might have made it farther through the story, and now I don’t see how book one of the series can be completed in only 16 episodes which means we will likely see this book stretch into Season Two. There’s certainly enough story to go around, so now the question is just how far will they get in the next 8 episodes? The good thing about having the season split in two is that it gives us time to savour the episodes.  You may also want to check out the free pod-casts on iTunes to hear Ronald D. Moore’s commentary of each episode. I have listened to the first episode podcast and found it very interesting to hear Moore’s reflections as the episode unfolded.

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29d5959d53924a4acabf65e21a5e6756In that moment, the reason for my bitterness became clear to me. I wasn’t angry at Jamie or the Redcoat deserters. I was angry at myself for forgetting about my plan to make my way back to the stones at Craigh na Dun, my plan to return to my own time, to my husband, Frank. – Claire Fraser, Both Sides Now

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Reason and Romance (A River Valley novel) – Jenn Young

Reason and Romance

Release Date: 12/09/14

Book Summary:

Being stuck in the godforsaken desert is Adrian Blake’s worst nightmare come true. Senior year is all about making fun memories. It’s not about starting over at a new school and navigating a new Brady Bunch family. It’s really not about living with a sexy, arrogant would-be stepbrother who knows how to push her buttons.

Alex Montgomery is the very definition of a player. The only thing he commits to is a one night stand. He’s exactly the kind of guy she hates­. When she sleeps with him, it’s the biggest mistake of her life. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Not at school. Not at home.

Sometimes the best mistakes are the ones that you make over and over again…

About the Author

Jenn Young writes primarily Young Adult and New Adult. She used to write contemporary teen drama and romance under the pen name Myrika at Fictionpress. She also used to write under the pen name Moreta. Jenn is an unabashed lover of romance, soap operas, and paranormal/supernatural stories.

When Jenn’s not working at her day job, she drinks too much coffee and buys too many books. She loves to hear from readers.

Contact her via her website, jennyoung.com, or follow her on Twitter at myrikami. She can be found on Facebook too.

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Bad Blood – Nicky Peacock


 

Bad Blood

Release Date: 09/04/14

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Summary from Goodreads:

“I am Britannia. I am your protector. I will fend off the hungry hordes of undead hands that reach toward you. I am your steadfast defender. I will stand between you and the zombie masses as they try to taste your flesh. I am strong, unyielding, and dedicated to your survival. All I ask from you… is your blood.” 

A 500 year bloody game of vengeance will need to be put on hold if vampires are to survive the zombie uprising. Bitter enemies, Britannia and Nicholas must work together to save un-infected humans, delivering them to a stronghold in Scotland.

Unable to drink the zombie blood, vampires need humans to stay alive. But will they tell the survivors who they are, and what they want from them? Will Britannia be able to hold back her vengeance? Is survivor Josh the reincarnation of Britannia’s murdered true love? And can she bring herself to deliver him to the safe hold?

Survival instincts run deep, but bad blood can run deeper.

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Excerpt:

We ran to the hospital. On the way, we encountered hardly anyone, alive or dead. Where were they all? When we arrived at the hospital car park, I understood. Zombies were pack animals. A massive crowd of them were crammed in and around the main building like they were waiting for a concert to start, all barely paying attention to their surroundings and seemingly swaying against the force of gravity. The other thing was the smell. When watching horror films filled with shuffling zombies, the horror came from their ghastly looks—the reminder that death has a tight grip on us all, well, most of us. But what the filmmakers should focus on—if they could—was the acidic rank odor zombies gave off. They had been dead barely twenty-four hours. It took a normal human body at least thirty-six hours to really start to smell, and that was with a vampire’s heightened senses. These guys smelled like they’d been out in the sun for three weeks covered in rubbish and besieged by wily maggots. They were mostly intact, though. Maybe this hospital had been Zombie Ground Zero. Most had turned so quickly their comrades hadn’t had time to feed.

“Maybe we should try a less populated target.” Nicholas twitched his nose and turned away from me to dry retch.

“Maybe you should grow a pair.”

“Maybe you should act like a lady.” He now had his hands on his hips, squaring up for yet another argument.

“Acting like a lady isn’t going to help now, is it? What do you want me to do? Drop my handkerchief in front of the zombies and watch them fight one another to scoop it up for me? Moron!”

“Always to the ‘nth degree with you, isn’t it?”

“Shut up. Look, the doors are holding, and they’re outside, not inside, which means there must be some people left in there alive to have barricaded this place so tight.”

“Or maybe there are just more zombies in there.”

“Well, there’s definitely a blood bank in there, and that’ll help matters no end!”

Nicholas looked thoughtful then nodded. He of course didn’t want to actually say aloud that I’d had a good idea. “So, how do we get past them?”

I assumed it was a rhetorical question, so I started down to the car park entrance, where most of the zombies were mobbing. I opened the outer door as quietly as possible.

“Ladies first,” Nicholas whispered in my ear.

“I thought we’d agreed I wasn’t a lady.” And with that, I shoved him as hard as I could into the throbbing throng of zombies.

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I guess I’ve always been a storyteller, not in a ‘liar liar pants on fire’ kind of way, although I do work in advertising! When I was little, kids would crowd around me in the playground and I’d tell them tales of blood soaked horror filled with vampires, werewolves, ghosts and more. Yes, most would consider me a disturbed child, but my playmates couldn’t help themselves, they’d huddle around me every break time like an ancient tribe feeding off the fear; and that’s how I learned that horror stories hold a certain power, no matter what some might say, everyone is addicted to a good scare, especially if it is somewhat rooted safely in unrealistic beings… or are they unrealistic?

Writing was really a natural progression. Right now I’m obsessed with writing: a YA Urban Fantasy novel, a Paranormal Romance novella series, and several short horror stories! So I’m currently living in a functional fiction coma – and loving it!

I’ve so far been published in 5 countries: USA, UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada and had short stories included in 40 anthologies with over 17 publishers.

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One lucky winner will receive eBook copies of all 28 books! That’s a lot of supernatural Halloween reading featuring: vampires, mermaids, reapers, werewolves, demons, gods, dragons, ghosts, witches, a phoenix and much more!

Books included are:

  • Soul Taken/ Soul Possessed/ Soul Betrayed by Kaitlyn Duncan
  • Crown of Ice by Vicki L Weavil
  • Tangled Tides/ Dangerous Depths by Karen Amanda Hooper
  • Shadows of Fate by Angela Dennis
  • Divinity by Michelle L Johnson
  • Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway
  • Darkness  / Darkness Reigns by L M Justus
  • The Guardian of Bastet by Jacqueline M Battisti
  • My Sisters Reaper/ My Tethered Soul by Dorothy Dreyer
  • Soul Bound/ Soul Deep by Anne Hope
  • Daughter of Chaos by Jenn McConnel
  • Wicked Hunger by Delsheree Gladden
  • Shadow Soul/ Shadow Heir by Kaitlyn Davis
  • Into the Fire by Asheynn Drake
  • Predator by Janice Gable Bashman
  • Whispers in the Darkness by Vanessa Barger
  • A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley
  • Prayer for the Dead/ Aeonian Kiss by Nicki Scalise
  • Keeper of the Lost Souls/ Keeper of the Innocent by Kristy Centeno
Thank you to all the authors who contributed copies of their books. And a special thank you to http://month9booksblog.com/productscat/young-adult/ for their contributions.

Special Character Giveaway: 

Would you like to be a character in the Battle of the Undead books?

Well here’s your opportunity! Nicky Peacock is giving away the chance for you to create a character of your very own to star alongside: Britannia, Nicholas, Josh, Jack and all the others in the next novels. You could be immortalized forever in a YA book! All you have to do is send an email entitled ‘Bad Blood Character Giveaway’ with your character on to:  battleoftheundead (at) hotmail (dot) com  Please include their name, gender, description, and whether they are a vampire, zombie, Vambie or human – and don’t forget to say whether they are good or bad. Nicky will choose the best character and get in touch with the winner directly. Deadline for entries is the 30th November 2014.

 

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Need You Tonight (Boys of the South #6) – Marquita Valentine

 

Title: Need You Tonight (Boys of the South #6)

Age Group: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: October 20, 2014

Cover Designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations

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In small towns, dirty little secrets don’t remain secret for long…

Everyone loves Parker Morgan, especially the high society ladies who pay thousands for his time. Becoming a male escort hadn’t been something Parker wanted to do, but when his family needed money to survive, he compromised everything he believed in to make ends meet. But there are two things he refuses to do—one, be paid for sex. Two, let himself fall for his beautiful new neighbor. She’s too pure and

sweet for him. And that sadness in her eyes… he doesn’t want know the cause of it. He has too many problems of his own.

A war widow at only twenty-two, Brooklyn Reeves has lived a shadowed existence for two years. Desperate to start over, she moves to Forrestville, never dreaming her new neighbor would be so sexy—not that she wants a relationship of any kind with him. Besides, he’s completely hostile and rude anytime they run into one another. Unfortunately, he’s also her handyman, and she’s forced to repeatedly call on him when one thing after another goes wrong with her rental house.

Only, as spring turns to summer, Brooklyn begins to sees a new side to Parker—one that makes her reconsider her opinion of him. Sparks fly, igniting a hunger that neither of them can resist.

But are either of them prepared for the consequences, once Parker’s dirty little secret comes to light?

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 EXCERPT

Half expecting to run into Parker, I fly through the Piggly Wiggly like they are having a fire sale. I know he lives close to me, and since this is the only grocery store on this side of Forrestville, it stands to reason he would come here.

Unless he has a girlfriend or wife shopping and cooking for him. When we met, I didn’t bother to check his ring finger. Maybe I should have, then that could be reason number two for avoiding him.

Inwardly groaning, I know I shouldn’t have any reason for avoiding him. I shouldn’t be thinking of him at all.

After paying, I push the buggy over to the community board by the exit. It’s sectioned off in three parts—events, housing, and employment. I scan over the employment first—no reason to look at events, since I don’t have the extra money to go.

“Bartender, dog groomer, cake decorator,” I mutter to myself. Ugh. I have no experience with any of those positions. “Assistant office manager.” I perk up. This is something I can do. I have an associate degree in office management. “Call Rowan at 910-,” I grab the advertisement and immediately call her.

“Callahan’s Auto Repair.”

“Hi, I’d like to speak to Rowan, please.”

“This is she.”

“I’m calling about the assistant office manager’s position.” Name. Tell her your name. Gah. I’m so bad at this. “I’m Brooklyn Reeves, by the way.”

A slight pause. “How much experience do you have, Brooklyn?”

“Three years, and I have a degree in office management as well.”

“Awesome. You’re hired.”

My jaw drops. “Just like that?”

“I could really use the help.”

“Don’t you want to run a background check, or call my references? Make me pee in a cup?” Stop talking. The woman is giving you a job, you drunk possum.

Rowan snorts. “You can on one of your breaks, but I’m not touching it, and you have to bring your own cup.”

I let out a nervous laugh. “That’s okay. I was being a little uh…”

“Excited.”

“Yes, excited,” I answer, thankful she’s given me a way out of my embarrassment. “So excited to start on—?”

“Tomorrow. Callahan’s is open Monday through Saturday. We can discuss your schedule and job duties when you come in. See you at eight.”

“Sounds great,” I manage to say before she hangs up.

Taking the advertisement, I shove it and my cell into my purse, a big smile blooming on my face. I goofy dance my way to the parking lot, bumping the buggy with my hip to keep it rolling.

“Oh yeah… who got the job, even after making a fool of herself?” I sing on the way, pausing when I get to my SUV. Looking at the window, I point at myself and my reflection does the same. “This girl got the job. That’s who. Break it down.”

A truck rolls up beside me, and butterflies form in my stomach as my face heats up and I try to be all nonchalant about my Taylor Swift Shake it Off dance style. Braden always said my parking lot victory dances were going to get me in trouble one day. Then again, he’d been the one to encourage me to do them in the first place. He’d been the one dancing right along with me.

The door opens, and who gets out? The man I’ve been dreading to run into, of course. Crap. Parker Morgan does shop here. Alone.

My smile falls, and I hurry to load my groceries so I don’t have to speak to him. Gosh, why did I have to buy so many things?

I toss the bags inside, one tipping over. Oranges bounce out, one by one, and I watch in horror as they roll right into a pair of boots.

Parker bends down, picking them up and holding them out. I can’t help, but stare at him as if he’s offering me the apple that did Adam and Eve in.

“Here you go,” he says, carefully placing them back into the buggy. He puts his hands into the pockets of his dark jeans and stares right back at me. “How is everything?” he asks.

“Fine.” Standard answer to a standard question. I don’t know why I thought our next meeting would be something more.

With my next breath, my body unfreezes. I start loading groceries again, but just as I turn around to grab another bag… there he is, taking a huge bag of charcoal from the bottom and hefting it over his shoulder like it weighs nothing.

His forearms flex, big hand gripping both side as he adjusts the bag, and my body flushes hot. He walks toward me and I back up, bumping into my car. Leaning over, he places the bag in the back, his body so close that his T-shirt brushes my arm.

“Thank you,” I murmur.

“You’re welcome,” he says, his voice equal parts soothing and arousing.

My breath hitches and my heart pounds.

Parker turns slightly, his golden-green gaze raking over me. His lips part and so do mine. I can see a smattering of freckles on his nose, just a few, but enough to make me want to melt, because it only adds to his looks.

He touches my arm. “I’m sorry about the way I spoke to you yesterday. I want to thank you for your,” He swallows, his strong throat working. Never in my life have I have been so mesmerized by the sight of a man swallowing. “Sacrifice. I can’t imagine what that must have been like to lose your husband.”

The mention of husband snaps right out of my lust-induced trance. “My what?” I say sharply.

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On the surface, twenty-two year old Cole Morgan is exactly what any girl would be proud to take home to meet her parents: He’s charming, intensely handsome and goal-oriented…Only he has some secrets of his own, which include provoking bar fights and a former drug-addict of a mother slowly wasting away in a medical facility.

At barely twenty, Violet Lynn is Country Music’s hottest star, until one night of partying gets out of control. Violet ends up in jail and on TMZ. Suddenly, she’s the girl least likely to be invited anywhere. Sick of the drama and keeping secrets, she runs away from the prying eyes of the paparazzi to her grandmother’s home in Forrestville, North Carolina.

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Loose ends left loose for too long tend to strangle. Cole and Violet knew it wouldn’t be easy. They knew their relationship would take work. But when the press finds out about Violet Lynn’s newest boyfriend, they start digging. And when his past come to light, exposing all of his family’s secrets, their relationship begins to fray.

Country Music’s Golden Boy, Jaxon Hunter, has it all, except the girl that got away. What she saw, she really didn’t. What she thought happened, he allowed her to believe for reasons so insane that no one would ever have believed him if he had confessed. But now that everything’s out in the open, he’s going to do his damndest to convince her that he’s the only one for her.

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For me, failure has never been an option, not with Everett Morgan controlling my entire career. But when my efforts to win back the girl who got away end up with me helping my rival, I concede defeat—and sneak away to a private island off the coast of South Carolina to lick my wounds.
Only I wasn’t counting on the seamstress for the band driving the getaway car. Or waking up the next day, with Bliss in my bed and a ring on her finger…and absolutely no memory of the wedding.
Bliss terrifies me while giving me hope that I can be more, that I can be this guy no one else can see but her. But I’m not sure who I want to be…except free.

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ALL FOR YOU

Bully. Tormentor. Lover.
West Diaz has been all of these things to me.
After being gone for two years, he’s back, begging for my forgiveness. And not just my forgiveness… He wants more.
He wants… Me.

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WISH FOR YOU

There’s only one place in the world Lacey Evans feels normal–the roller derby track. When she laces up her skates and fastens her helmet, she’d powerful and in charge. She knows exactly what to do and say. The rules are clear and penalties are given for those who don’t follow them. But in the real world, she’s far from powerful and in charge. She never knows exactly what to do or say For years, she counted on one person to be exactly who he said he was–her best friend, Wyatt Tanaka. Only she changed the rules on him, without any warning, and now she’s the one being punished.

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BURN FOR YOU

Beau Montgomery is *not* the typical single dad for three reasons:

  1. He’s rich and famous.
  2. He needs a nanny, like yesterday.
  3. He has no idea if eight month old, Mia, is actually his daughter.

Only, number three doesn’t matter to him, because he’s determined to give up everything to be a standup dad, including racing, partying, and his favorite vice-women. Until that is, he’s invited to race in Monaco–a dream he’s always had. Now, all those things he’d sworn to give up are at his fingertips, including the very inconveniently hot nanny, Landry Basnight, who’s traveling with him.

 About the author:

New York Times Bestselling Author, Marquita Valentine, writes sexy heroes that make you swoon and sassy heroines that make you laugh. She’s the author of the bestselling contemporary romance series, Holland Springs, and the new adult romance series, Boys of the South.

Marquita met her husband aka Hot Builder at Sonic when they were in high school. She suggests this location to all of her single friends in search of a good man—and if that doesn’t work, they can console themselves with cheesy tatertots. She lives in North Carolina in a very, very small town with Hot Builder and their two children.

“Death Comes to Pemberley” Miniseries

GUEST REVIEWER – teachergirl73

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Beginning Sunday, October 26th, the first episode of PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre, Death Comes to Pemberley, will air. The two-night miniseries event is based on the P.D. James 2011 novel of the same name. I’m looking forward to watching the mini-series to compare it to my thoughts on the novel. I felt that James did a very good job of marrying a story line worthy of Austen herself with that of a modern-day police procedural drama.  The setting of the story takes place in and around the grounds of the Pemberley estate, and we have our expected cast of characters such as Mr. D’Arcy, his new wife Elizabeth Bennet, her sister Jane Bennet and her husband Mr. Bingley. Where the story takes off is almost right at the start with the unexpected and not really welcome late night arrival of a hysterical Lydia Bennet and her good-for-nothing husband Mr. Wickham, who have managed to become embroiled in a murder.

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I’ll not say anything more about the plot, but if you are a fan of Pride and Prejudice, then you might want to check out this very interesting continuation of the story.

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Another interesting note is the social media promotion that PBS will be launching tomorrow night, encouraging viewers to live tweet during the show. Check out the link below for more details on what hashtags to use  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/features/twitter-event/death-comes-to-pemberley-twitter-event/

And if you need a refresher, there’s a very succinct update here:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/programs/features/catch-up/death-comes-pemberley-s1-pride-prejudice-refresher/

The conclusion of the series will run on Sunday, November 2, 2014.

Someday Maybe – Ophelia London REVIEW

TitleSomeday Maybe by Ophelia London

Age group: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled: Embrace

Scheduled to release: October 20, 2014

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A new adult title from Entangled’s Embrace imprint…

Some guys are impossible to forget.

Rachel Daughtry has a 10-year plan that leaves no room for mistakes. Or not-so-serious boys—including Oliver Wentworth, the freshman boyfriend she’s never forgotten. Now she’s back in San Francisco with an awesome-slash-scary new job. Unfortunately, The Plan doesn’t cover things like meeting her best friend’s new “secret” guy…Oliver.

Fortunately, no one knows that Rachel and Oliver were ever together, and endless bikini wax torture couldn’t make Rachel hurt her friend. But it’s killing Rachel. She’s not over him. Not even a little. And as her 10-year-plan crumbles around her, Rachel realizes that maybe—just maybe—Oliver feels the same way.

Now Rachel is on the verge of losing all control. And her best friend. And the love of her life…


REVIEW

There is no shortage of fiction inspired by Jane Austen’s works, what is not so thick on the ground are good quality stories that can literally transport you like that of Ophelia London. I adored Definitely, Maybe in Love, a reinterpretation of Pride and Prejudice. I specify reinterpretation because though her work shares many common themes with Austen’s, Ophelia London’s stories have their own unique and individual identity.

PersuasionUnlike Pride and Prejudice, which I have read and watched numerous times, to the point that when my then infant daughter heard the familiar melody of the BBC adaptation starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth she would look up in interest. I am not as familiar with Persuasion, Jane Austen’s last completed novel and have only watched the glorious 2007 adaptation starring Sally Hawkins and the delicious Rupert Penry-Jones. But really who requires more than that as justification for viewing? His presence is almost reason enough to break my oath not to watch MI-5 after they wrote out my beloved Tom played by Mr. Darcy, I mean Matthew Macfadyen, but I digress. I think I was always somewhat disdainful of Anne’s decision to break her betrothal to Frederick for what I deemed to be flimsy rationale, which discouraged me from reading the classic novel or viewing some of the other film versions but I was more than intrigued to see what Ms London’s approach would involve.

Someday Maybe alternates between Rachel Daughtry’s freshman year at college when she met and fell in love with Oliver Wentworth and the present, six years following these events. This deviates greatly from Persuasion which only refers to the attachment between Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth in the past focusing exclusively on their meeting after eight years and subsequent courtship.  However both stories revolve around a single question: Will the heroine and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

A scholarship student Rachel’s inability to balance her relationship with Oliver and manage her studies is a recipe for disaster. Knowing her brother would not approve of her having a romantic attachment at this time when her attention should be solely directed towards scholastic achievement she opts to hide her relationship with Oliver. Six years hence despite her recommitment to the “10 year plan” it is evident that Rachel is not over Oliver and that the job is not working out the way that she imagined.

Ultimately Ophelia London proves with Someday Maybe that the success of her first Austen interpretation Definitely, Maybe in Love was not a fluke perfectly capturing the longing and remorse at the heart of the original. Even if you are not an admirer of Jane Austen’s novels, if such a being exists, I would still recommend this story to all fans of love stories in general. I for one am greatly looking forward to what she will come up with next.

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching art-house movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters in the books she writes. Ophelia is the author of SOMEDAY MAYBE; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; ABBY ROAD; the Perfect Kisses series including: FALLING FOR HER SOLDIER, PLAYING AT LOVE, SPEAKING OF LOVE, and MAKING WAVES; and the upcoming Sugar City series for Entangled’s Bliss line. Visit her at ophelialondon.com. But don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.

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