Wednesday, July 31, 2013

{ release blitz - Nice Girl To Love Series by Violet Duke }


Title: Nice Girl to Love
Author: Violet Duke
Genre: Contemporary Romance

The • Nice • Girl n. 1. female of the species who never does anything or anyone bad: Hands-off, she’s a nice girl. 2. the woman that men take home to meet mom: Find my son a ‘nice girl to love.’ SEE ALSO: a good girl; girl scout; Abby Bartlett

This is the complete Nice Girl to Love serial romance collection, which contains: Resisting the Bad Boy (Book One), Falling for the Good Guy (Book Two), and Choosing the Right Man (Book Three).


THE ONE SHE NEVER THOUGHT SHE COULD KEEP…

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast. Preferably him.


An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery–and repel the drama–Connor has a firm ‘nothing over a month’ rule. Who knew a nice girl would be the one to make him want to break all his rules?



THE ONE SHE NEVER HOPED SHE COULD HAVE…

Abby is well aware that everyone thinks she’s in love with her best friend Brian. He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with—the polar opposite of the bad boy—the kind of guy who didn’t let his wife’s decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day. But everyone’s wrong; she couldn’t possibly be in love with him. Because she’s never once allowed herself that option.

It’s taken a while but Brian has finally come to terms with surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing. Truth is though, he wouldn’t have ‘survived’ any of it really had it not been for Abby—sweet, incredible Abby—the woman he’s never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn’t truly live without. Until now. Now that he’s finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved…by his brother. Who’s giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.


A DECISION SHE NEVER DREAMED SHE’D HAVE TO MAKE…

And now it’s up to Abby to decide between the bad boy wanting to start a life with her and the good guy fighting for the life they’ve already built.


Excerpt



Abby went mute as she felt Brian’s tongue lash across her skin, sensitizing the nerves to levels beyond pleasure.

If he didn’t stop, there was a good chance she’d pull the towel he was wearing right off.

“Do you want me to take it off?” he asked, his words tickling her skin.

Yes. “No,” she stammered, unable to take her eyes off the portion of the towel that was tucked at his hipbone. Just one good tug—

“I was talking about the ice, sweetheart. But if you have other things in mind…”

Ice? What ice? “Oh! Ow.” The burning of the ice at her ankle finally filtered through to her brain. “Yes, actually, can you take it off? I’m a wuss when it comes to icing my injuries.”

Brian quickly pulled off the ice and rewrapped her ankle before resuming his massage. “So back to the other things you wanted me to take off,” he teased.

Okay, seriously? It was a really good thing the man had never flirted with her before because she was certain she’d never have survived it, especially not when his hands were kneading her muscles into butter.

“You’re impossible,” she complained thickly, though it came out more like a purr. His massages should be illegal for how good they felt.

She blinked slowly at him and started wondering idly what was so wrong with him losing the towel. A fuzzy smile drifted across her face.

“Damn, you’re going to fall asleep on me aren’t you?” Brian’s voice floated over her hair softly as he pressed a smiling kiss to her forehead. “Go ahead and rest, sweetheart. You had a pretty eventful afternoon.”

With that, he stood and walked over to the linen closet for some clothes.

Shame.

He was heartbreakingly handsome. Always had been. But ever since he’d gone back to coaching afterschool to supplement his teaching income, he’d gotten even burlier from the added lifting sessions before practice. It was almost unfair. Superhuman, really. His build was now more impressive than the average underwear model’s physique—a standard issue Sullivan trait it seemed—though every other aspect of him remained far gentler and way more mellow than Connor.

She’d never thought of mellow as being the new sexy. But it so was.

And nice was the new hot. With two T’s.

Hearing Brian’s soft chuckles echoing in the room, she realized she must have said the last couple of sentences out loud.

“I think you’re ‘nice with two T’s’ too, Abby,” he whispered before kissing her on the cheek. “Sweet dreams, honey.”


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Celebrate the release of Violet Duke's NICE GIRL TO LOVE. Violet is giving away $25 Gift Card for the Grand Prize and ebook prize pack of Books 1 & 2 in series (Resisting the Bad Boy and Falling for the Good Guy).

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About The Author...

VIOLET DUKE is the pen name of Nina Nakayama, lovingly chosen in honor of her two adorably wacky kids.  Nina blames her lifelong addiction to reading on the public library she all but lived in as a kid.  Now decades later, she's still a bonafide book junkie with a book-a-day habit she can't kick and nightly reading-by-flashlight binges.

You could say that reading was her gateway obsession, with writing being its natural progression.  And she couldn't be happier for it.  She gets to scramble after a bunch of untamed story characters in her head for a living, without the fear of men in white coats and butterfly nets coming after her—not for those reasons anyway.

Like the heroines in her novels, Nina has had her fair share of ups and downs in life...along with a quirky happily-ever-after she couldn't have written better herself.  Her dream house on O‘ahu is one that some crazy builder let her draw up the plans for via an old bargain bin architecture software readable only on WinXP or older.  And the hero of her romantic tale is a guy who, after getting her number from her former student, tricked her into nightly marathon phone calls while she’d been trying to focus on her doctoral dissertation.  She ended up falling in love with the sneaky man within weeks­—before ever meeting him in person—and marrying him a few months later.  Now, whenever folks ask what inspired (possessed) her to one day put a pin in her career as an English Ed professor to pursue her dreams of becoming a romance author, she smiles and points an accusatory thumb at him
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

{ life n reflection - july }



Each month I am amazed by the releases at Life-n-Reflection.  I love being apart of the design team and was excited to work with the new Daylight Polaroids and Summer Eve Overlays.


                  


This month though, instead of using the frames and overlays on photos I decided to work them together into a frameable quotes.  Each one is supersized so all you need to do is to right-click to save them.




What are some of your favorite quotes?


Monday, July 29, 2013

{ blog tour: Seattle Lumberjacks Series by Jami Davenport with review and giveaway }

I'm thrilled to kickoff (pun intended) the Seattle Lumberjacks Series by Jami Davenport Blog Tour this week.  One of my favorite romance categories is the sports romance and the Seattle Lumberjacks are at the top of my football heroes.   

Fourth And Goal

In a game played on and off the field, only one of them will emerge the winner.

Armed with an uncanny ability for evaluating football talent, a dogged determination to succeed in a man’s world, and an empty bank account, Rachel McCormick agrees to help struggling wide receiver Derek Ramsey get his game back. Rachel believes Derek, her former best friend and lover, knows the truth behind the points-shaving scandal which ruined her father. She vows to expose the secret even if it destroys Derek in the process.

When Derek’s coach suggests sex as an excellent tension reliever the night before a game, Rachel takes one for the team. The next day, Derek has the best performance of his not-so illustrious pro football career. As Derek and Rachel rack up nights in bed and other places, the team racks up wins on the field. Rachel is torn between her loyalty to her father and her growing affection for Derek.

Now it’s fourth and goal, one second left on the clock. Their hearts are on the line. Do they trust each other enough to go for the long bomb or do they get dropped for a loss?




Forward Passes

Quarterback Tyler Harris is about to find the woman who can get past his defensive line and reach his heart.

With two championships in as many years, superstar Tyler Harris is the best quarterback in the league. Gorgeous and rich, he’s at the top of his game. But everyone’s looking to take him down. There’s a building media frenzy around an unfortunate accident, and the only safe place seems a rundown mansion deep in the San Juans and owned by his late great uncle. There, Tyler gets sacked by the sassy redhead next door. It’s more alive than he’s felt in years.

Lavender Mead has a good reason to dislike jocks, namely an absentee father who deserted the family to coach college football. Maybe that explains her penchant for bad boys who play ball for a living and break hearts for a hobby. Her new neighbor seems just the type. Yet, something is different about Tyler, and sometimes love requires a Hail Mary. You draw back your arm, pray…and give it all up to fate. And sometimes you win your ring.



Down By Contact

It's showtime.

After twelve years in the league, all Zach Murphy wants is a Super Bowl ring. He’s been about hard hits not smooth manners, about breaking quarterbacks not making small talk at cocktail parties. But now he’s shattered something else. After dumping a tray of drinks on the team owner’s snooty daughter and accidentally feeling up the Governor’s wife, his tenure with his team looks perilously short. And things are getting worse.

Life is looking up for Kelsie Carrington-Richmond. A onetime beauty pageant star and mean girl, she only recently stopped living out of her car. But those times have passed. Her finishing school for real men has a real shot, and the Seattle Lumberjacks have hired her to polish their roughest player.

Except…it’s Zach. Long ago she broke his heart. He’s just the beast she remembers—gruff, protective—but she’s nothing like the beauty from his past. Yet, getting knocked down happens, and getting back up makes a contender. And they both have the hearts of champions.




Coming Soon...

Backfield In Motion



B r i g h t o n ' s   R a t i n g                 

My review


There's a chill in the air around here recently that reminds me of fall... and football. It may be July but it sure feels like September so it was only fitting in a way that I've been caught up in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series by Jami Davenport as well.

Fourth and Goal is the first book in the Seattle Lumberjacks Series by Jami Davenport and it kicks off the series in a big way. There's romance, suspense, a little mystery and a heartbreaking secondary story that pulls all of the characters together. Our hero is Derek, a former Rose Bowl Champ and Olympian who at 27 is facing the fact that his once promising football career may already be over. The heroine is Rachel, Derek's former best friend who's life is now in shambles following her father's scandal over points shaving.

Derek and Rachel are both likable characters who have taken hard knocks in their lives. They were best friends up until one weekend of intimacy sent them in opposite directions and are thrown together when Derek needs a caretaker for his ranch and Rachel needs a job (any job!). I loved that Derek was just the right amount of alpha male and nice guy. Rachel would be the best girlfriend- she is super knowledgeable about football and a well known clumsy gene. Each is brings out the best in each other but are too afraid to go all in.

I loved Fourth and Goal not just for the football elements (which were spot on) and the wonderful secondary story of Ryan that brought all of our characters together. The relationship between Derek and Rachel was on fire and just the right amount of steamy. Jami Davenport does a wonderful job of bringing out the best in her characters and putting you right in the action on the field. Fourth and Goal is just the beginning of the Seattle Lumberjacks and I'm looking forward to catching up with the rest of the team.


   




And it's time for one fantastic giveaway.  Borough's Publishing is giving away ONE GRAND PRIZE, a five-book subscription to their Lunchbox Romances including Love At First Snow by Jami Davenport to one winner from all the different tour stops.
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Find out more about Jami Davenport...

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Catch the rest of the tour stops below...

7/29/2013
Dear Brighton
7/30/2013
Delighted Reader
7/31/2013
My Life Beyond Labels
8/1/2013
Simply Ali
8/2/2013
My Fiction Nook
8/5/2013
What's On the Bookshelf
8/5/2013
Hesperia Loves Books
8/6/2013
We Love Kink
8/6/2013
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
8/7/2013
Harlie's Books
8/8/2013
Cocktails and Books
Reading Between the Wines
8/9/2013
Talk Supe
Books Books and More Books


Thursday, July 25, 2013

{ blog tour: hidden by selena laurence }


Title: Hidden
Author: Selena Laurence
Series: Hiding From Love
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Nick Carlisle comes to Hawaii to hide—from what happened during his service in Afghanistan, from relationships, from his future. Lyndsey Anderson came to Hawaii to hide too—from the man who abused her, from the sacrifices she made, from her dark past. But when Nick meets Lyndsey, Hawaii gets a whole lot hotter, and they find they can’t hide their hearts. As Nick fights to come to terms with what he’s done, Lyndsey struggles to forgive herself for the choices she’s made. But when the dangerous past threatens the beautiful present, can they survive to learn how to love? And who will finally reveal what’s hidden?





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About The Author...

Selena Laurence loves to write romantic stuff that helps you get away. Life can be a grind, and things like jobs and kids and dirty dishes make Jill a dull girl – and Selena too. So, she writes about hot guys and smart girls and exotic locales to give us all an Escape from the Everyday. Keep In Touch!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

{ Brazen Bash - Happy First Birthday! }




Brazen Books, who brought us Wrong Bed Right Guy, Officer Off Limits, Seducing Cinderella, and Tempting the Player - to name just a few - is turning 1 this month, and they’re celebrating in a big way. They’ve got a ton of great things going on this week, including Twitter parties, FB events, and even a huge sale! Full deets below:


Epic Giveaways 

Don’t miss the Brazen Bash on Thursday, July 25th from 7 to 10 pm EST where you can comment to win a $50 prize pack, $75 prize pack, or $125 prize pack.
Prize packs will be a combination of Gift cards from Amazon/B&N, Adam & Eve, and Sephora! You can find out more details on the Brazen Facebook page here 


Q&A’s with NYT Bestselling Authors

Twitter Chat with Laura Kaye @laurakayeauthor Tuesday, July 23rd from 9 to 10 pm EST.
Twitter Chat with Katee Robert @katee_robert Wednesday, July 24th from 6 to 7 pm PST.

They’ll be using the hashtag #BrazenBash so you can easily join in the conversation.


Photo contest

Be sure to check out Brazen’s Tumblr page to share your favorite pictures of swoon-worthy men that remind you of the heroes in Brazen books! Either post your picture to your own tumblr using the tag “brazenbash” or you can submit your photo directly to the Brazen tumblr page here.  Make sure to tweet your tumblr posts as well using #BrazenBash


Surprise 99 cent sale!

They’ve dropped the price of 8 of their top-selling titles for 1 week only - and it could happen at any moment this week. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled! Tell your mom, your sisters, your co-workers!




Seducing Cinderella by Gina Maxwell

Wrong Bed, Right Guy by Katee Robert

Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

Private Practice by Samanthe Beck

Tempting the Best Man by Jennifer Armentrout

One Night with a Hero by Laura Kaye

No Flowers Required by Cari Quinn

Game for Marriage by Karen Erickson

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