The Soundtrack To My Life by Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary)

29 October 2014



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Publisher: Hodder
Pages: 352
Summary:

Dermot O'Leary has always loved music. Throughout his life and career, music has been a constant companion, best friend, confidant and at times, tormentor. The Soundtrack to My Life is Dermot's personal memoir of a life in music told through the songs that were playing at key moments in his life. With a wonderful gift for storytelling, Dermot describes his journey from a childhood in Colchester with his Irish family, to some of the biggest jobs in TV and radio in the UK. It's a story which is accompanied, in every scene, by music. Dermot would be the first to admit, they are not all great songs. This isn't Desert Island Discs; the songs chose him, not the other way round. Dermot went to his first gig at the age of nine, and saw Irish troubadour Brendan Shine, he roller-skated to Baby I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz and got his first job in TV while the Macarana was playing everywhere. Constantly. But, other songs playing in the background to his life - songs by The Smiths, Elbow, The Pogues or Bruce Springsteen, are tracks & artists which he truly loves and will always love, and not just for the memories they evoke.Funny, engaging and full of surprises, this is Dermot's memoir and his essential soundtrack to his life.

I, being a terrible fan, didn't find out about this book until my friend text me to say I mustn't make any plans for a Wednesday coming up as we were going to Dermot's book signing. My reaction was sign me up because there's no way I am missing that. So I attended his opening book signing in London with said friend, sat on the front row of during his informal chat about the book and I knew I couldn't wait to read it and with my holiday just around the corner I bought it on my Kindle (yes, I had a hardback but I didn't want to ruin it). 

The Soundtrack To My Life is Dermot O'Leary's autobiography and tells his life through the medium of music. Each chapter in the book is dedicated to a song that reflects a certain time in Dermot's life (some amazing but some not so much like the Macarena but he apologised for that so I forgive him) as he undertook his journey from his youth in Colchester to his job as the presenter of one of the UK's biggest Saturday night entertainment shows, The X Factor. 
I have been a massive fan of Dermot since his days on Big Brother's Little Brother and I vaguely remember his T4 days. Although BBLB was the big thing that introduced me to Dermot and I loved getting to read an look into his life through the songs that he mean something to him and link to life changing events. 

I loved the way Dermot wrote this book, it didn't sound like he was telling you his life story. It read like he was talking to you and I could just imagine him sat in front of you just recalling these amazing life stories that are fun and entertaining just as he had on the night we went to the signing. Dermot's personality really comes through in this book and it was great fun to read his journey through life to become the talented presenter he is. There were a few laugh out loud moments that had me grinning from ear to ear and near the end of the book there is a lovely dedication to his wife which had me crying happy tears and feeling all mushy. 

In this book, Dermot says that you don't choose the soundtrack to your life but it chooses you which really is true. There are songs I think of and I'm right back in that moment reliving it like it was yesterday. 

Through the book Dermot links to the songs he is referencing so you can go and watch it yourself and see just what he was talking about which was a great little add on! If you're a fan of Dermot I highly recommend giving this book a read. 

Deep Blue by Jules Barnard (@jules_barnard)

28 October 2014

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Pages: 291
Summary:

First loves, second chances… 

When Cali Morgan kicks off her perfect post-college summer in Lake Tahoe, she has everything she ever wanted: acceptance into a top law program, a gorgeous boyfriend, and an incredible summer planned with her best friend. 

Confident about her place in the world, Cali makes it her mission to be her friend’s wingwoman and help her meet guys. What Cali doesn’t count on is running into Jaeger Lang, one of her older brother’s high school friends, or the sparks that fly when she’s around him. 

Jaeger has changed, and it’s not just the added height and muscle. There’s something about him that’s deep and a little scarred. In spite of the changes, Jaeger becomes a top pick for her friend—if Cali can keep her hands off him. 

But when Cali’s boyfriend dumps her and her carefully laid plans begin to unravel, she finds herself questioning what it is she truly desires. In the midst of doubts about her future, one thing is very clear: she wants Jaeger for her own. The question is, has her friend already fallen for him? 

Deep Blue is book #1 in the Blue Series. 

This New Adult book is intended for readers over the age of 18 due to adult language, sexual content, and adult situations.


After browsing IndieSagePR's review library I came across Deep Blue and knew I wanted to read it. I applied for a review copy and IndieSagePR granted my request.

Going into this book I thought this would be your atypical NA book but how wrong was I! When it first starts off Cali is spending her summer before law school working and helping her best friend move on from her ex and find someone new but then Jaeger arrives.

Jaeger, is well... let's just say I think I added another book boyfriend to my ever growing list. He is sweet, attentive and caring. You can tell from the start how much he wants Cali and once she's single he really heats thing up *le swoon* 

However, for these two it's never plain sailing and that's why I loved this book so much! There's drama in here you would never expect to find in NA and I loved that so much. Both Cali and Jaeger have issues they need to deal with and they fight them head on together. See, there's a twist in this book that I never saw coming and I really hoped it wasn't true and that it could be worked out. After a week apart Cali and Jaeger face it head on and just when you think it's all going well. BAM. Something else happens and it implicates Cali in accusations of illegal drug possession/taking. When she wakes up and you're reading her interaction with Jaeger and her mom you get a real feel for how much Jaeger loves her and wants her. His worry is palpable through his words.

I felt so sorry for the both of them in this book, they wanted each other but the universe seemed to keep blocking them.

In the end everything is sorted and Jaeger manages to get rid of his ex for good with Cali's help, Cali regains her job that is helping her move forward with her career in art that she has decided on over her legal studies and the two of them are together and have their happily ever after.


I enjoyed this book so much and I recommend everyone reads it! 


Echoes of Scotland Street by Samantha Young (@SYoungSFAuthor)

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Publisher: NAL
Pages: 384
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Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wakeup call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she’s sworn off men—especially those of the bad-boy variety.

Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid—gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who’s ready to find “the one.” He’s determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude and win her heart.

As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole’s steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon’s past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them—and tear them apart for good…
Let me just start with this:

Oh my Cole...

This book and Cole are just perfect. Cole isn't the young boy being protected from his mother by his big sister and her boyfriend anymore. He's a tall, hot and tattooed. He's made a name for himself as tattoo artist managing and tattooing at one of the best tattoo salons in Edinburgh, INKarnate. And I think he made me swoon so much I think I'm mush right now. Damn, the boy grew up! 

Cole has managed to leave his past with his mother behind him and, for those who have read the rest of the series, you'll know just how horrible it was for him. He is successful and has his amazing family and friends behind him. All is well and then Shannon is employed by Stu, the tattoo salon's owner and his life is flipped upside down and inside out. He wants her and he starts flirting with her but he has no idea that Shortcake, that's the nickname he bestows on Shannon, has a dark past that means she's instantly put off him despite her obvious attraction to him. 

I loved reading the push and pull with these two and my heart broke for Cole when Shannon called him out and hurt him far worse than she ever could have imagined she would. After that a wall goes up and I hated that because, at the start, I loved reading their interactions and I was willing for them to start getting along again and eventually they did. Thank. God.

And yea, let's just talk about that, their first night together, I have just one word to adequately describe that: HAWT. Cole is all grown up and knows how to please a girl. Just saying...

Of course, this wouldn't be an ODS novel without a fair whack of heartbreak and horrible pasts. Shannon's past is harrowing and when I read it my heart went out to her. Not only did she go something I wish no woman would, but she lost her family and friends in the process and, her brother landed up in prison for protecting her, something she blames herself for. I loved watching Shannon develop with Cole and open up. With each chapter you read you could see her opening up more and more. Then they make it to Italy and you see just how much Shannon now trusts Cole. I loved that. Really loved it.

Of course, there's only a part of Shannon's past that Cole can heal but he encourages her to see her brother and her family and try mend the bridges. She's successful with her brother but not so much her parents and sister. Let me just say I HATED her family with a passion. Especially her sister who judged Cole based on his looks and didn't have a kind word for him. I think her sister was the main reason Shannon made the colossal screw up she did and it almost cost her things with Cole. But it didn't and Shannon, on the recommendation of her brother, Logan went big and got her man back by asking him to marry her in front of all his family. That made me mushy too. So did Cole's engagement to her at their party to celebrate her proposal to him. His words were just beautiful and summed this book up for me.

Of course, the ODS series wouldn't be the series we adore without the supporting members whom we have all come to love over these last five books as we've read them fight their demons and find the love they deserve. They're all in here and the all welcome Shannon with open arms and are prepared to do the same for her brother when he gets out of prison. That scene with Brandon and Marco sums these guys up for me, they see when one of their own or someone that person loves is in aid and rushes to help them.

Plus, we got some new characters in her too, Rae, Stu and Simon who work at the salon with Cole and Shannon. They were awesome, especially Rae whom Shannon lands up living with. Shannon really needed them in her life too and along with Cole and his family they helped to save her and find the love she deserved. 

I don't know if there will be another book in this series, but I hope there is and I hope we get to see Logan, Shannon's brother, find love! 


Release Launch | Blocked by Jennifer Lane (@JenLanebooks)

21 October 2014

Read on to find out all you need to know about Block by Jennifer Lane. I have been gifted an ARC of Blocked so keep an eye out for my review in the next few weeks.


New Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance

Release Date: 21st October 2014

Summary:

College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He's a tall drink of water - blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. Hijole. Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what's noticeable is Dane's obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family's politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane's mother is about to face Lucia's father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can't deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia's athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

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Now that we were alone in the hallway, my eyes swept up Lucia’s firm body, and I decided to play with her a bit. “Did you hear what one of those reporters said?”
She studied me with nervous eyes, then shook her head.
“They asked if we slept in the same bedroom.”
Her lips parted as she drew a breath, and her face turned a delicious shade of pink. I watched one hand smooth down her thigh, then dart up to the back of her neck. The other hand fidgeted at her side. It looked like she had to force a swallow.
Sweet Jesus. Her embarrassment totally turned me on.
“So, um...what did you tell them?” she finally asked.
A sense of pressure below my belt pulled me toward her. Her eyes widened as I approached, but she seemed more excited than frightened.
Her breezy, floral scent mingled with the liquid courage in my veins, and before I knew it I was running my fingers into her thick, damp hair. What the hell am I doing? God, it felt good, and she tilted her ear toward me like she enjoyed it too. There was a cute little dimple on her right cheek that winked at me. I found myself leaning closer to her face, and considering her impressive height, I didn’t have far to go. Her shiny eyes turned back to me, and she gazed up with such yearning, such depth.
My heart thundered. Stop seducing me, Devil Spawn!
Those sensuous lips opened for me, their sweetness luring me forward. I held my face over hers, breathing in her smell, and her eyes fluttered shut as she surrendered to me. I stared at her soft features for too long, shocking myself with an insane desire to kiss those sweet lips. Before I totally freaked myself out, I shifted an inch to press a kiss onto her warm cheek, right on her dimple. I could feel her tremble beneath my touch.
My hand still tangled in her hair, I pulled back to gaze into her mesmerized eyes. “I told them I never kiss and tell.”
When I let her go, I heard a little squawk of protest. That adorable noise reminded me of the pressure down below — pressure I needed to do something about. I turned and took swift strides down the hall.
“Where are you going?” Her breathy voice was tinged with desperation.
I grinned. She was just too easy to mess with.
About the Author:
Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.


A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline—a military mystery about swimmers. And readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.
Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. Ultimately, whether writing or reading, Jen loves stories that make her laugh and cry.

In her spare time she enjoys exercising, attending book club, hanging out with her plus-size, “I’m not fat, I’m big-boned” Izzie cat, and visiting her sisters and their families in Chicago and Hilton Head.



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Release Day Launch | Game On by Collette West (@xCollette_West)

17 October 2014

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Game On by Collette West

Publication Date: October 17, 2014

Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports

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Summary:

Pitching phenom Bruce "Jilly" Gillette has a hard time talking to women. His hulking presence of tattoos and muscles is what makes him an intimidating closer on the mound, yet off the field, he's painfully shy, uncomfortable in his own skin. Desperate to revamp his loner image, the New York Kings hold a dream date contest, granting the lucky winner a night on the town with their surly reliever, doing whatever it takes to force Jilly out of his comfort zone.

Hailey Halpert enters the contest on a whim, looking for answers as to why her high school relationship with Jilly hit the skids. Now she’s a popular romance author writing under a pen name, and her reappearance in Jilly's life is no accident. It turns out that her novels are all about the sexy players on the Kings, and Jilly has no clue that he's about to become her new leading man.

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About Collette West

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball's biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette's impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she's not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com.

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.





Promo Post | The Schwarzchild Radius by Gustavo Florentin (@gflorentin6)

14 October 2014

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Genre: Detective mystery thriller
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Re Release: 23rd September 2014
Cover Artist: Andrea Garcia




Summary:

Rachel, an 18-year-old Columbia University student, descends into the netherworld of runaways and predators to find her sister, Olivia, who has suddenly disappeared.

After getting a job in a strip joint where Olivia worked, then doing private shows in the homes of rich clients, Rachel discovers that Olivia has been abducted by a killer who auctions the deaths of young girls in an eBay of agony.

When she finds Olivia, Rachel becomes the killer’s next target.

About The Author:


GUSTAVO FLORENTIN was born in Queens, New York, and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Polytechnic University of New York. He spent a decade in the defense industry, working on the F-14 fighter jet and classified electronic warfare projects.

After the fall of the Soviet Union many thought America wouldn’t need weapons anymore. While others waited for the “peace dividend,” he moved on to the financial sector in New York where he is currently a network engineer. His passions include violin, travel to exotic destinations and exploring worldwide conspiracies. He’s currently working on his third novel in his New Jersey home.

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Blog Tour | Working Girl by A.E. Woodward (@AWoodwardAuthor)

03 October 2014

A few weeks ago I was gifted an ARC of Working Girl by A.E. Woodward by IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review. Read on to find out what I thought of the book, all you need to know about it and to find out how to win a $20 Amazon gift card, swag and a signed copy.

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Publication Date: September 22, 2014

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Summary:

Life As I Know It:
Booze
Drugs
Gambling
Easy Women
Such was my life in fabulous Las Vegas. But what do you expect when you’re the daughter of a prostitute. This is not the life I want for myself, and I have a plan.

Life As I Want It:
Go to college.
Get my degree.
Get as far from Vegas as possible.

But life has other plans. Plans that include him. Life isn’t always sunshine and roses and even the best laid plans change.

This is my story. The story of a girl who thought she had it all figured out until life threw her a curve ball. My name is Presley and I refuse to be just another Working Girl.

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As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew I needed to read it and I'm glad I did. I've never read a book like this and I enjoyed every moment. First off, we meet Presley a young sad girl who has grown up in the world of brothels and prostitution. She's grown up watching her mother sleep with random joes every night and eventually watched her best friend, Chrissy become one of the girls, but she's always wanted something more. She's never wanted this life and wants more than anything to earn her keep in an honest, safe way and she's working damn hard to make sure that happens and that she gets as far away form Big Earl, the brothel's owner, as she can.

Before Presley meets Emerson, she has Chrissy to help her. Chrissy and her have been together and in this all their lives. They are like sisters and you can tell how much they love each other and would do anything to protect one another. Ultimately, Chrissy does just that and protects Chrissy in more ways than one and in ways Presley has no idea about until much later in the book. I think it was important to have Chrissy there for her. I think without her she wouldn't have been as strong and fought as much as she did for a different life.
Presley starts going to school and there she meets Emerson, a beautiful and rich young man who Presley feels could do so much better than her, but for reasons beyond her he only wants her. The relationship between Presley and Emerson is beautiful to see and we get small snippets from Emerson's point of view which I loved. It's very easy to think of him as a gifted rich boy who has had everything he could ever want for and never felt true, pain but that is so wrong. He has been wrecked by tragedy in his past and the affect that had on him can be seen in the sections in his POV. You realise that these two young adults are saving each other by being together. 
Tragedy eventually hits Presley and Emerson is there for her through it all but as is always the case, life takes over, and rips these two apart just as Presley was beginning to think she could start to live the life she's craved. When they were ripped apart I couldn't believe how it happened and as I read the fall out in a harrowing scene between Presley and Big Earl I could feel the bile rising in my throat but that wasn't the most shocking thing. It was the reunion between Presley and Emerson that was and realising that both of them are connected in the worst way imaginable. I had a feeling as I was reading that there would be a connection but I never imagined it to be the one it was.
The climax of this book was my favourite thing about it. I just couldn't stop reading. I needed to know if these two got their happy ending because they so deserved it. The climax was so well written, you could feel both Presley and Emerson's pain in each word you read and they spoke. 
Oh and can I just take a moment to swoon over Emerson? He is just so adorable and you can just tell how much he loves Presley and wants to help her. He knows from the moment he meets her that she is hiding something and needs saving and he does save her. He doesn't give up and even when all her skeletons are laid out in front of him he still loves her with all his heart and soul just like he promised her he would. Early in the book, Presley mentions Paris and Pont des Art, the bridge over the River Seine where lovers place a lock o the bridge with their name on and then throw the key in the river. I can just see Emerson whisking Presley away to do just that. It's the sort of thing he would do and I love him for that. He just accepts her and loves her how she deserves to be loved after all the hell she has been through.
All in all, this is an amazing book with great character development and supporting characters 
and I can't wait to read more from A.E. Woodward.
About the Author:

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A.E. lives in Vacationland with her husband and two children. Between her real job and writing she finds little time to enjoy life's finer things. However in the free time she does manage to steal, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and reading. A.E. is the author of Kismet and A Series of Imperfections: Imperfectly Perfect, Imperfectly Real, and Imperfectly Bad. Working Girl is her fifth book.




Blog Tour | Hidden Heart by Measha Stone (@Measha_stone)

02 October 2014

Read on to find out what I thought of Hidden Heart, all you need to know about the book and how to enter a giveaway to win a $10 Amazon gift card and a paperback of Dark Desires.

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Publication Date: September 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Romance

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Jessica Stanley is comfortable in her orderly life as a paralegal at a high end law firm. Having dated her fair share of liars and manipulators, Jessica views men through a pair of thick, cynical lenses. Men are good for one thing in her eyes, and one thing only.

Her predictable life is thrown into a whirlwind of new experiences when she meets a dominating man at a casual dinner with friends.

Royce Bradford is a man of intent and is used to getting his way. Until he meets Jessica. She is wound tight, and he finds himself yearning to unravel her secrets and her passions.

Jessica declares their relationship casual. She’s tempted by his seductive tone and unusually powerful demeanor to give him that much. But for Royce, it’s not enough. He wants more.

Except Jessica has built a secret tomb around her heart, and it will take a lot more than sensual play times and verbal commands for him to be allowed entrance. Royce never backs down from his desires. He takes up the challenge to seek out her Hidden Heart.

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I was kindly gifted an ARC of Hidden Heart by IndieSage PR in exchange for an honest review. I really loved reading this book, when it opens we meet Jessica, a cynical young woman with a predictable life but that all changes when she meets Royce. What she doesn't realise at the time is that Royce is a dom and wants her to be his sub.

What follows is a great game of give and take, acceptance and understanding. Royce slowly guides Jessica into his world and she is surprised to find she enjoys being his dom. I loved the sex scenes between these two, they were very well written and conveyed exactly what Jessica was feeling and I think what Royce was too.

As you read on you can see that this relationship is much more than sex to Royce and I loved reading that. How he knew that Jessica was something special and not just a sub. He had true and genuine feelings for her and you could feel how much she meant to him.

All in all the novella length book is a great, fun and quick read that has enough depth to feel like you're reading a full length novel. Something a lot of novella's struggle to achieve!

About the Author:

Measha Stone

Measha Stone lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and their children. By day she works as a healthcare administrator, and by evening she steams up the computer screen with her erotic romances. No stranger to the BDSM community, Measha feels right at home within the erotic genre. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. Her vanilla writing has been published in the online magazine efiction and the DuPage Writers Group annual journal Possibilities. To find out more about Measha Stone visit her blog at www.meashaswritings.blogspot.com or follow her @Measha_stone


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Release Day Launch | Wildcard Volume 3 by Missy Johnson (@missycjohnson)

30 September 2014

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Publication Date: September 4, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Sports

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She’s hiding something from me and I need to know what it is. I’ve done so many things I never thought I’d do for this woman and it kills me that she’s lying to me.

How can I make her see that she can trust me?

Do I want to know the truth?

Sometimes things are easier when they’re left unsaid…

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Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.




Release Day Blitz | My Fair Duchess by Julie Johnstone (@juliejohnstone)

29 September 2014

Read on to find out all you need to know about My Fair Duchess by Julie Johnstone and how to enter to win a signed paperback and a $20 Amazon gift card.


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Summary:

After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.

Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she’ll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family―including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.

Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.


Excerpt:

Colin rose, walked over to Amelia and grasped her by the elbow to lead her to the looking glass. “You do not properly see yourself, Amelia,” he said staring at her.

She furrowed her brow. “I see perfectly fine and what I see is tall, gangly and graceless.

He wanted to run the pad of his thumb over her skin and remove the lines of worry. Instead, he took a deep breath and continued. “The color of the gown does not make you beautiful nor in truth the opulence of the material. It is correct both can enhance beauty, but unless beauty is there it cannot be revealed.” He gripped her shoulders and turned her until she faced the looking glass. ”You already possess beauty. It’s here.” He brushed his finger down the silken skin near her shining eyes. “Real joy comes from your eyes. I also see beauty here.” He ran a finger perilously close to her full lips. “When you smile it’s genuine.” The tremor that coursed through her made him want to spin her around, tilt her head back and claim her delectable mouth for a kiss that would make her forget who the devil Worthington was. The problem was the kiss might make him forget who the devil he was.

Appalled at the desire she inspired in him, he forced himself under control, inch by painful inch, until the detachment that had always been a part of his life when it came to women descended over him like a fog blanketing the countryside. He forced his fingers to release her arms and break the contact that made him feel tethered to this woman who was supposed to mean nothing to him. Yet words that needed to be spoken still burned his throat. “Never forget that a dress cannot make you beautiful, because you are already heartbreakingly so.”

About the Author:

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Julie Johnstone is a best-selling author of Regency Romance and the author of a new urban fantasy/paranormal romance book. She’s been a voracious reader of books since she was a young girl. Her mother would tell you that as a child Julie had a rich fantasy life made up of many different make believe friends. As an adult, Julie is one of the lucky few who can say she is living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When Julie is not writing she is chasing her two precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. You can send her an email at juliejohnstoneauthor@gmail.com or find her at www.juliejohnstoneauthor.com, or on Facebook at authorjuliejohnstone and juliejohnstoneauthor or at twitter @juliejohnstone.

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