Monday, March 26, 2018

NEWS: TYPESETTER




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I'm lazy. I mean, yes I work a lot between a big girl desk job at a major university and running a small local business, but I'm a lazy girl. If I had my way, I would sit around all day, watching Netflix, reading books, playing with my dogs, rubbing a kitty belly or nine. The only thing missing from this fantasy is the 20-something, built, man candy feeding me grapes, one at a time.

Let's take a moment, close our eyes, and picture that.

So freaking good.

Life, however, is a jerk. As of now, the universe is in cahoots with life to make sure the dream is not yet realized. BUT that doesn't mean I can't give life, and the universe, the middle finger. Shortcuts are all about the middle finger. Crockpots (they ARE safe), deli-made meals, microwavable popcorn, margaritas in a bottle, and Typesetter. All things that make life much, much better.

Typesetter? What the he...

Oh, yeah, I created a shortcut for myself and, hopefully, many others! Typesetter is a brand new group for authors, bloggers, personal assistants, and public relations folks. The goal is to have a one-stop shop where new release sign-ups, upcoming sales, teasers, author takeovers requests, and anything else related to supporting authors can be easily and quickly found! No more missed emails or overly clogged newsfeeds preventing us from seeing the important information!

Typesetter is also my way of creating an area of positivity in a community that goes through too many ups and downs of negativity. Maybe if we get to know each other, support each other, and stop seeing competition in one another, we can join together to strengthen the romance book community. Together we can make our community truly about love, friendship, diversity, and acceptance.

Right, acceptance. I know, how can we come together if readers are excluded? No worries...I'm working on a one-stop shop for readers too!

For now, authors, bloggers, PAs and PR folks, head over to Facebook and join! Did I mention this FREE of charge? C'mon, aren't you spending enough to promote your work? Word of mouth does more to bring in sales than anything! Use the tools available to you!

Monday, March 19, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Julia Wolf's CUT SHORT

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CUT SHORT
Julia Wolf
Release: March 22, 2018

Taking chances. I'm not a risk taker, so as much as I would love to write the next great American romance novel, my fear is still too intense. I admire writers today for following their need to tell a story, their passion for writing, and their willingness to take a chance. When I was given an opportunity to read the debut novel from Julia Wolf, I jumped! I'm a sucker for second chance romances, and this sounded perfect!

Cut Short is the story of Rachel and Joe, teenage friends after a night of great music and bonding over soundtracks. When the 16-year-old Rachel admitted to having feelings for the 19-year-old Joe, things didn't go quite as planned. Fast forward 14 years, a few failed relationships, and a whole bunch of insecurity, the older and wiser Rachel reunites with the older and wiser Joe. They resume their old friendship and take a chance on becoming so much more.

Ms. Wolf created a lovely and relatable character with Rachel. She's a smart, dedicated to her craft, creative lady who can give Tabatha Coffey a run for her money with hair styling. For all her sensibility and intelligence, Rachel has made bad decisions when it comes to love. Ms. Wolf also gave us one of the best female friendships I've read in a long time. Eliza and Frannie are the gal pals we all want. I'm hoping we'll get more in-depth stories for them!

As much as I love the unique story and the character development, there were times when I felt the dialogue remained a bit juvenile. The interaction between Rachel and Joe was sweet, and their sexy times were steamy, but the conversations between them at 30 and 33, respectively, felt too similar to their conversations at 16 and 19. I do think aging dialogue as characters age can be difficult for any author. However, minor dialogue issues should not be the reason to prevent a reader from taking a chance on Cut Short. It's worth the risk!


BOOK TOUR and EXCERPT Sierra Simone's SINNER


SINNER is NOW AVAILABLE! 

Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Blurb

I’m not a good man, and I’ve never pretended to be. I don’t believe in goodness or God or any happy ending that isn’t paid for in advance. 

What do I believe in? Money. Sex. Macallan 18. 

They have words for men like me—playboy. Womanizer. Skirt chaser. 

My brother used to be a priest, and he only has one word for me. 

Sinner

EXCERPT 

“Zenny,” I mumble against her lips, some valiant part of me recognizing that this is far, far beyond the kiss she asked for, and also recognizing that I’m going to come all over the inside of my Hugo Boss suit pants if she keeps it up. Even through the clothes, I can feel her heat, her shameless rolls hinting at where she goes soft and wet between her legs. 

Fuck, I want to see it. I want to see her pussy. It’s suddenly all I can think about, all I can want or crave, just one glimpse, just a peek. 

“I want to see your cunt,” I say hoarsely, lifting my head. 

“My…cunt?” She says the word like she’s never said it out loud before. 

“Yeah.” My voice is so ragged right now, so desperate, and fuck, I’ve never felt this frantic before. Like I’ll actually combust if I don’t get this one thing, this one small sight of her secret place. 

She lets out a shaky breath, her hand dropping from my lapel to her skirt, which she slowly rucks up to her waist as I devour her lips once more, as I bury my face in her neck and kiss every sliver of skin exposed above her collar. I bite at her ear, at her jaw, my hand finding hers as it pulls her skirt up, so that I’m helping her do it, that we’re doing it together, this forbidden act, this forbidden revelation. 

Her forbidden body. 

That word, forbidden, spikes through my mind, bringing with it equal spikes of lust and fear. Because yes, it’s fucking hot that I shouldn’t be kissing her, I shouldn’t be begging to see her most secret place, my hand shouldn’t be covering hers as it slides up her thigh—but it’s also bad. Bad even for Sean Bell. 

Bad, bad, bad. 



About the Author
Sierra Simone is a USA Today Bestselling former librarian (who spent too much time reading romance novels at the information desk.) She lives with her husband and family in Kansas City.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Christina Lauren's LOVE AND OTHER WORDS

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Christina Lauren
Release date: April 10, 2018
Available on audio on day of release


How is it the middle of March already? This year is going by so quickly, and there's so much I want to accomplish! At least I'm on target to make my reading goal this year (and maybe surpass that number), so that's one thing to be happy about! One thing I've finally done that makes me happy is reading a book by the incredible team of Christina Lauren! They've been on my "to be read" list for so long!

Love and Other Words is the second-chance romance story of Macy and Elliot. They met as young children shortly after Macy's life was turned upside down. Elliot quickly became her safe space, the one person with whom she could always be honest about her thoughts and feelings. As they grow, their friendship grows stronger and develops into so much more. But one night of misunderstandings and betrayals rips them apart. Love, if it's meant to be, always finds a way of reuniting those separated. Now as adults, Macy and Elliot must learn how to reconcile the past to find a future together.

I admit to being surprised at the innocence of this story. I've heard from many friends who are fans of Christina Lauren how sexy and steamy their books are. So while I hadn't previously read their stories, I had, unfairly, expectations. Love and Other Words is listed as Women's Fiction, but I think it would be better categorized as Young Adult. Fans of slow burn romance will enjoy the story!

Since reading Love and Other Words, I've read the books in their Wild Seasons series. While I prefer the naughtier sexy side of Christina Lauren, I'm thrilled my introduction to them was this sweet story.



Wednesday, March 14, 2018

NEWS Release Blitz for Adriana Locke’s CRAFT


Craft (The Gibson Boys #2)
Adriana Locke
Release Date: March 14, 2018
 
Available in Kindle Unlimited

BLURB
They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither
will give in.

Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes
cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew
the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All
sixteen times.

Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if
inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best,
really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the
truth about himself. Not in a million years.

These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-
lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?

Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.



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AUTHOR BIO

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BOOK REVIEW Sierra Simone's SINNER

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SINNER
Sierra Simone
Release date: March 15, 2018

Forgive me, for I have SINNED....

What is it about a man of deep faith trying to reconcile his free will, moral code, with that faith that is so deeply attractive? Maybe there's something wrong with me that I find that struggle so alluring and sexy. Or maybe it's incredible authors like Tiffany Reisz and Sierra Simone who unapologetically tackle such a complex issue with immense grace and insight while keeping the feelings of uncertainty in fictional characters so beautifully grounded in reality?

Sierra Simone's SINNER is the story of Sean Bell and Zenobia "Zenny" Iverson, friends from childhood who once walked a similar path of faith until tragedy pulled them apart. As they've grown, Sean turned away from his Catholic faith while Zenny sought refuge in hers. But one night reunites their paths, and they suddenly find themselves questioning what they believe.

Ms. Simone, without question, masterfully confronts contemporary societal issues with so much sensitivity and honesty. Sean and Zenny are an interracial couple at different stages of their lives. Although our society is multi-cultural and becoming more of a blend of races, prejudices, assumptions, stereotypes still exist based on skin color. The conversation between Sean and Zenny after one particularly uncomfortable event was so perfect, so real, and so right. Ms. Simone succeeds in just a few brilliant chapters to show that open dialogue and a willingness to hear and understand the other person's perspective is the first step toward making ourselves and communities better.

At times heartbreaking, Ms. Simone ultimately leaves the reader with the hope that love can conquer all. She brilliantly shows that love and faith go hand-in-hand. And she reminds us to find our joy, wherever it may be.

SINNER is book three in her Priest series but reads as a standalone. I HIGHLY recommend books one and two, Priest and Midnight Mass though. They are a great way of meeting the Bell family. Readers will also have a stronger idea of why Sean struggles with his faith.

It may only be March, but I feel comfortable in announcing SINNER will be included on my list of top reads of 2018! 




BOOK REVIEW Autumn Grey's DESOLATE

desolate (Grace trilogy #1) Autumn Grey Release date: September 21, 2018 Have you ever given thought to the voices in your head or th...