YOU BEFORE ANYONE ELSE – Julie Cross & Mark Perini


Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Releasing August 2nd, 2016

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Bestselling author Julie Cross teams up with international model Mark Perini to create You Before Anyone Else, a poignant and authentic contemporary YA novel and companion to Halfway Perfect.

The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her

wholesome look isn’t landing her the high-paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother’s dance studio.

Enter Eddie. He’s intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she’s with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what’s so wrong about putting herself first once in a while?

Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else…



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Julie Cross and Mark Perini, along with Tasty Book Tours, are celebrating those who have taken the steps in Breaking the Mold on society’s expectations, like Finley, the heroine from YOU BEFORE ANYONE ELSE!  We are looking for anyone who would like to share their story and be entered to win a 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner!

Head over to and leave a comment with your story.  Feel free to share picture of your journey and use #breakingthemold at the end of your comment!

Entries must be in by 11:59pm, Aug 15th, 2016.  No purchase necessary to enter.  If under 12 years old, you must have approval by a guardian to enter.   



Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing credibility’s, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.


Mark Perini is a New York City based author debuting his first YA novel, Halfway Perfect.

Additionally, Mark is a featured author in the NA anthology, Fifty First Times.

Mark began his career as an international fashion model when he was 18 years old, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. He has a passion for traveling the world, and he’s made a blood pact with friends to see all seven ancient wonders of the world before he’s thirty. Four down three to go.


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PURE TORTURE (Oblivion on Tour #3) – Tania Sparks

After all, no one else needs to know…



Oblivion on Tour #3

Tania Sparks

Releasing July 29th, 2016

Cody’s the sexy drummer extraordinaire of the hard rock band Oblivion.

Kitty’s the little sister of one of Cody’s band mates and she’s had a secret crush on him for years.

When the band are back home for a few days, the chemistry between them is both unexpected and undeniably off-the-charts.

She quickly realizes that the prospect of having what she’s always fantasized about is a very real possibility.

He quickly realizes that although he feels this mind-blowing attraction towards her, she’s the little sister of one of his band mates – he would get his ass kicked from here to hell if he ever laid a finger on her!

But can Kitty convince him? After all, no one else needs to know, a one-time hook-up might suit both of them…or could it ruin everything?

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Tania Sparks is a romantic at heart who genuinely believes in true love and soul mates. She met her husband while still at school, she was sixteen, he was seventeen. They are high school sweethearts who more than twenty five years later are still very much in love and are happily married with two beautiful daughters.

Tania does have a full time job, but in her spare minutes enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and reading. She’s an avid reader who tends to chomp through a large volume of books, mainly in the romance genre. Her other major ‘hobby’ is writing steamy rock star erotic romances!

In 2014, after finding herself constantly being inspired by numerous romance novels, she decided to try her hand at writing. After penning her first scene she discovered that she enjoyed it immensely and so resolved to continue with the rest of the story that was swirling in her imagination. That story resulted in her first novel, Heaven Sent which is the first book in her Oblivion on Tour Series. This was soon followed by Bolt From The Blue and Pure Torture. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story which follows a different band member from a hard rock group called Oblivion – and of course the feisty ladies that steal their hearts! The other books in the series are at various stages of completion.

Now-a-days Tania finds it very difficult to control her imagination and swears that her rock stars are constantly chanting their stories in her head. She can’t wait to share them with you…

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WELCOME HOME, COWBOY (A Hero’s Welcome Book Two) – Annie Rains

It takes a cowboy to rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.


A Hero’s Welcome Book Two

Annie Rains

Released April 26th, 2016


With its thriving military base, Seaside, North Carolina, is teeming with heroes of all stripes. But, as the Hero’s Welcome series from Annie Rains continues, it takes a cowboy to rescue the town’s newest resident from heartache.

After a bad breakup leaves Julie Chandler completely devastated, she comes to Seaside seeking a fresh start. A talented, compassionate yoga teacher, she has developed a program to help alleviate the effects of PTSD, but getting a bunch of bullheaded Marines into downward facing dog might be impossible. So Julie’s shocked when one of her first students dives in headfirst—and almost tempts her to take down her walls with his easy smile and electrifying touch.

Ever since Texas cowboy turned Marine pilot Lawson Phillips lost a crew member in a helicopter accident, he hasn’t been able to fly. When a psychologist orders him to attend, of all things, a yoga class, Lawson’s outraged—until he finds out Julie is the instructor. She’s beautiful, graceful, and completely guarded when it comes to his advances, but he’s determined to find out what makes her tick. Because underneath Julie’s hard shell is a woman Lawson knows he could fall for—and he’s not ready for the ride to end.



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Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors. Represented by Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency (NYLA).

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The Eternal Question, Paper or E-Reader – GUEST POST

Paper or E-Reader?

How Technology Has Changed Our Relationship with Books

I would like to thank Penny Dreadful Books Reviews for publishing this article. Not only do they provide insightful reviews, but they also provide humorous analysis of books and TV shows. Check out their Dreadfully Good section for a list of their favourite books.

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By Christine – As smartphones, tablets and e-readers become more ingrained into society, e-books have become a popular reading standard. After all, you are able to carry almost a library’s worth of books in a device that fits neatly into a backpack or briefcase. It isn’t just its compact form that makes e-books attractive. Unlike print books, you can adjust the font style, size, contrast, color and even look up words with the built-in dictionary. At a basic level, it might seem like personalization and ease of use might be the only differences between e-books and print, but the changes run deeper than that.

Reading Comprehension

Since personal computers first became available in the late 1980s, researchers have investigated how the brain responds differently to screen text versus words on paper. A 2014 study found readers using a Kindle were worse at recalling the order of events in a novel than those who read a paperback.

Although the exact reason why is unclear, researchers postulate it is due to the lack of tactile and haptic feedback when reading an e-book. With a regular book, readers have a visual sense of progress in the form of pages. They can see and feel how far they have read; e-books do not offer the same sort of sensory input. Unsurprisingly, one of the many reasons why people prefer printed books over e-books is because of all the sensory input from the actual heft of the book to the smell of the pages.

Shorter Reading Time

Perhaps the biggest difference, though, is in how people read. Those who read e-books tend to do so in shorter bursts, leading to a more fragmented experience. After all, when reading on devices with internet access such as smartphones or tablets, it’s all too easy to get distracted by that incoming email or checking Twitter.

This leads to poor reading comprehension and retention of information. Both require long, undisturbed chunks of time. Interestingly, this habit has carried over to the printed book as well. Many people will read a book in short bursts whether they’re waiting in line, on lunch break or during their morning train commute.

Attitude Adjustments

Although still just a theory, some studies suggest the reason why people multitask more on screens than papers is that they subconsciously view reading on a computer or tablet as less serious than reading on paper. Many people take shortcuts such as browsing, scanning and hunting for keywords rather than taking the time to read the entire page or even paragraph. Rather than understand the entire section, this basic scan only provides a very shallow overview.

Benefits of E-Readers

While this might seem to spell doom for the e-book, the truth is most of these issues come down to habit. Books have been around for centuries and, until the past decade, have been the only option available. For many adults, transitioning over from the physical to digital realm comes with its own challenges, such as navigating a new user interface.

The younger generation who grew up in the digital age often does not have the same issues. They view e-books as simply another way to read their favorite books. In fact, young, reluctant readers actually prefer e-readers over traditional books as e-readers share more in common with tablets and smartphones than a book. It’s easier for them to use, and flipping through the pages of an e-book is far less intimidating than cracking open a 1,000-page book.

It isn’t only young readers who do better with e-books though. Those with poor eyesight or reading disorders benefit from e-readers as they can adjust the size of the text and spacing of the lines. A study found dyslexic subjects fared much better with e-readers as they were able to format the text in a way that made it easier for them to focus on a few words per line. This improved their reading ability almost instantly.

For avid readers, there are also thousands of independent authors offering their books for low prices—sometimes even free! It’s an amazing way to build up a library without having to spend thousands of dollars a year on a new paperback. The biggest problem with e-books is availability in geo-restricted areas. Depending on where you live or if you happen to be travelling, you may not be able to download a book due to censorship or simple geo-blocking. In those cases, you can use a VPN software such as ExpressVPN to get around these restrictions and download whatever books you want.

Whether you’re in the print book or e-book camp, there are pros and cons to each one, so choosing the best one for you depends on your circumstances. For the moment, traditional books don’t seem to be going anywhere. In fact, sales have risen since 2012, and even young students veer more to print for their textbooks. While digital books have certainly changed the way we read for now, once the technology has integrated itself fully into society, it’s possible all of the issues people currently experience with e-books will disappear.

How do you think technology has changed our relationship with books? Tell us in the comments below.

About the Author: Caroline is a freelance writer who finds the intersection between literature and technology fascinating. She loves both traditional and e-books and hopes to spread her love of the written word to everyone who will listen.


TO HAVE AND TO HOLD (The Wedding Belles #1) – Lauren Layne

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in
The Wedding Belles!



The Wedding Belles #1

Lauren Layne

Releasing July 26th, 2016

Pocket Books

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make any bride’s dream come true…but their own.

Discovering her fiancé is an international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled, hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse springs.

Seth Tyler wishes he could write a blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately, micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar.

Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she should be planning…is theirs?


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Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.

She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.



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SECRET DREAM (DELOS Series 1B) – Lindsay McKenna

Lia just wants him to meet her parents. 

Why does this feel like the fight of his life?



DELOS Series 1B

Lindsay McKenna

Releasing July 25th, 2016

Blue Turtle Publishing


Ex-Navy SEAL Cav Jordan faces danger daily in his job as a security expert. He even faced down a gang of South American drug dealers to protect his fiancée, Lia Cassidy. So why is he terrified of meeting her parents? Having lived through his own horrible childhood Cav can’t understand the situation is he is walking into. Lia just wants him to meet her parents.

Why does this feel like the fight of his life?

Novella: The continued story of Cav and Lia from Nowhere to Hide, book 1 of the Delos Series. 



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See how it all began in Nowhere to Hide


Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.

Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!

Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.

Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!


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FOR HER PROTECTION (An Alpha Romance) – Amber Bardan

You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure.



An Alpha Romance

Amber Bardan

Released July 15th, 2016


You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure.

Yet pleasure seems to be the one and only thing on Charlize’s mind the moment Connor steamrolls into her life. Desperate to save her family company, prove she’s more than a pretty face and worthy of being CEO, pleasure is a distraction she can’t afford.

She doesn’t want a bodyguard, especially not one whose caveman heroics kick her libido into hyperdrive. Surrounded by enemies, she’s not sure if Connor is a man she can trust.

Connor knows better than to get personal with clients. Yet there couldn’t be anything more personal about his feelings for Charlize. He’ll win her trust, preferably one orgasm at a time.

With Connor in her office, her home, driving her to sweet, merciless distraction, there’s only so long Charlize can resist his sexy, dominant brand of protection.

WARNING: This is an Amber Bardan Alpha Romance, featuring one dirty-talking hero obsessed with his heroine, and a Happily Ever After. No cliffhangers.






After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber Bardan finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her time in a coffee-fueled adrenaline haze, writing romance with a thriller edge.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

Amber is an award winning writer, Amazon Bestselling Author, and member of Romance Writers of Australia, Melbourne Romance Writers Guild, and Writers Victoria.



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