Thursday, July 31, 2014

Drive by Brenda Rothert Blog Tour

 Book 4 in the Fire On Ice series

Years of training are about to pay off for hockey player Nikola Vereshkova. A call to play in the big league means he can finally come through for those who need him. His relocation to Chicago comes with built-in friends – and one gorgeous enemy who was less than impressed with him after their first encounter.
Sadie Alexander knows all about the drastic measures men will take just to get laid. She’s not only experienced it first-hand, but lived to tell about it in her online column, Sadie Says. And even though she’s a die-hard independent woman on the outside, the recent marriage of her best friend has her secretly feeling more alone than ever. 

Getting close to a foul-mouthed Russian hockey heartthrob was the last thing Sadie expected. And the timing couldn’t be worse since she’s sworn off of men for a writing assignment. The line between love and hate is eroding, and Niko and Sadie find themselves in deeper than they ever expected. Could something that started out wrong end up being just right?

Once again Brenda Rothert has written another five-star must read novel with Drive, the fourth book in her Fire on Ice Series. With each new book in the series, I wonder how she will live up to the greatness of the story before it. Every time, without fail, she absolutely captivates and charms me with her characters and words. This series has become one of my all-time favorites and she is an author who cannot write a bad story.

Drive features Nikola Vereshkova (Niko), an amateur hockey player introduced in Edge, who is looking to beef up his game and step into the big leagues of the NHL. Ladies, be prepared! Niko is one sexy Russian beast. The passion he brings to the rink and the bedroom will set you on fire.

Sadie Alexander, the heroine in this novel, was also introduced in Edge. She is fiercely loyal to her friends and doesn’t need a guy to make her feel complete. That’s why it’s easy for Sadie to blow off Niko’s advances with quick wit and a sassy attitude.

I cannot gush enough about how much I love this story. Ever since Brenda announced she would be writing Niko and Sadie’s story, I have been dying to get my hands on it. Sadie and Niko have a chemistry that scorches the pages. You fall in love with this hero and heroine so deeply as the story progresses. All while being treated to updates on all of the characters from the past novels in the series. There’s something so refreshing about Rothert’s writing. It’s flawless and forces you to invest yourself in every word. You don’t want to stop reading, but you want the story to continue on forever. You feel both satisfied and at a loss once the story ends.

I finished Drive feeling elated but also mourning the thought that this would be the last book in the Fire on Ice Series. Lucky for readers, Brenda Rothert is toying with the idea of another book for a character who introduced himself (and left one heck of an impression) in Niko’s story. If you haven’t had the pleasure of exploring Brenda Rothert’s Fire on Ice Series, I demand that you one-click each story now and get to reading! Once you meet Ryke, Luke, and Niko, you’ll wonder why you didn’t discover them sooner.

-          Brenda Rothert is a proud indie author who loves writing stories that make readers laugh, cry and occasionally, yell at their e-readers. Her Contemporary New Adult Romances include The Now Series - Now and ThenNow and Again and Now and Forever; and The Fire on Ice Series - Bound, Captive and Edge. Brenda lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three boys. 

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Blog Tour: Not Yet by Laura Ward

Emma Harris is learning that life is just a series of lessons.

Lesson #1: Nothing goes the way you plan.

Lesson #2: You can’t trust men. Especially not the pretty ones.

Lesson #3: Turns out, appearances are almost always deceiving.

Emma thinks she has life all figured out, and what she knows isn’t good. For years, she’s put her big sister, who was born with Down syndrome, first. Now Emma’s ready to start her own life, but fate has other plans. To do the right thing for the sister she loves, Emma’s dreams will just have to wait.

She doesn’t plan on meeting Landon — a rich, flirtatious jock, who never has to wait for anything. Not for attention, not for money, and certainly not for girls. Meeting Emma marks the first time in his life that he’s had to fight for something. And Landon doesn't know how to lose.

Emma has no interest in wasting her summer with a superficial guy like Landon. But very soon she realizes she is wrong about him. The question is, can she trust him? Or will he let her down like every other guy in her life? But most importantly, can Emma trust herself enough to live the life she's always dreamed of?

Life has a way of sneaking in the most important lessons when you aren't looking. And once the heart gets involved, that's when the real learning begins.

This book is beautiful and heartbreaking; so full of emotion. I absolutely fell in love with Landon and adore Emma. The two meet during the summer and slowly become friends. Emma doesn't trust guys, she is good at pushing everyone away. Landon isn't used to hearing no. Actually, he is NEVER told no by a girl. However, he sees something in her that he wants to know, so he pursues her.

The two begin to bond and fall in love. However, the summer is ending and they have to get back to reality. Emma is 21, helping to support her sister Evie, who has down syndrome, and needs to find a job. Landon is going away to college to play football. 

They are determined to make thing work until London's lie catches up with them. And O.M.G! I did NOT see that coming. Cue the crushed heart.  I could feel Emma’s pain. I could feel Landon's remorse, pain and guilt. Their combined longing was so heart wrenching. They had such a beautiful relationship; I just hurt.

Landon is determined, though. He doesn't believe it's the end for them even though any chance they have seems impossible. He is a changed man and proves to Emma time and again just how much he has grown. I loved watching him evolve as a character. This boy is definitely swoon worthy, book boyfriend material.

Landon isn't the only one who changed in to book. Emma also shows a lot of growth and strength, especially at her lowest moments. I think this is a must read for YA or NA lovers. I’m already itching to read it again.

Laura Ward lives in Maryland with her loud and very loving three children and husband. She married her college sweetheart and is endlessly grateful for the support he has given her through all their years together, and especially toward her goal of writing books. When not changing diapers, driving to lacrosse practice, or checking spelling homework, Laura is writing or reading romance novels.

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Earning Yancy by C.C. Wood

A year after her divorce from her manipulative, sweet-talking ex-husband, Yancy Stevens has settled into life as a single mother to her eighteen month old little girl. She enjoys her work, loves her daughter, and has wonderful girlfriends to lean on. While her life isn’t perfect, she’s finally back in control of it.

There’s just one problem: Charles Faulkner. Her new colleague in the office is arrogant and can’t seem to remember her name. However, it’s probably for the best that he’s a jerk because he’s also the most handsome man she’s ever seen. If she didn’t detest him, she would become a bumbling idiot every time they spoke.

After a heated argument, his attitude toward her changes dramatically and sparks of a different sort begin to fly. Against her better judgment, Yancy takes the risk and gives Charles a chance. As she learns more about him, she truly wants to let go of her past, drop her defenses and try to trust him. It’s a scary proposition for a woman who’s learned the hard way, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

I loved this book!  C.C. has great writing style and it always hooks me from the very beginning. Her way of writing is light and funny, with a touch of real life issues. 

Yancy Stevens is still recovering from her divorce from her douche bag husband. On top of having to emotionally deal with that, she also has a daughter that has a serious illness. Yancy is strong though, she handles everything like a champ. While she is lucky enough to get to work from home on most days, there are days when she has to go into the office. Enter Charles Faulkner. Their first real encounter doesn't go so well. 

I loved that moment. It showed that Yancy is not going to take shit off anyone. 

At first I wasn't so sure about Charles but then the further I got in the book the more I LOVED him. He is amazing. He is everything you want in a man and then some. 

This story hit home for me because I was a single mom so I know what it is like to date and go through everything Yancy went through. I mean everything, I went through it all just like she did. Seeing Yancy get her happily ever after just like I did made this story that much better. 

I highly recommend this series. They are great stories that will leave you smiling way after you have finished it. 

A native Texan, C.C. grew up either reading or playing the piano.  Years later, she’s still not grown up and doing the same things.  Since the voices in her head never shut up, C.C. decided to try and profit from their crazy stories and started writing books. Now that she has a baby girl at home, C.C.’s non-writing time is usually spent cleaning up poopy diapers or feeding the poop machine.  Sometimes she teaches piano, cooks, or spends time bugging her hubby and two beagles.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cover Reveal: 42 Hours (Time for Love #3) by Bethany Lopez

We are thrilled to share the gorgeous cover for 42 Hours from Bethany Lopez. We also  have an excerpt, so be sure to check it out!

Title: 42 Hours (Time for Love #3)
Author: Bethany Lopez
Age Group: NA
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 8/19/14
Cover Design - B Designs
Photographer - K Keeton Designs
Models - Nathan Weller and Kayla Ann
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Eight years ago, Scott and Gaby shared one very special night. Not wanting to ruin their friendship, they didn't take things further...but neither of them has forgotten.

When Scott’s friends stage an intervention to make him realize that his fiancĂ©, Victoria, is all wrong for him, he takes time to evaluate his life. He’s earned a big promotion and just bought his dream car, but those things are just superficial. The one time he was truly happy, was with Gaby.

Gaby is in a good place in her life. She loves her job, has the best friends and family a girl could ask for, and is dating a sweet and sexy guy, but she’s never stopped thinking about that night with Scott.

Eager to find happiness again, Scott makes a plan to win Gaby’s heart during a weekend getaway, but she doesn’t want to be his rebound girl. Will 42 hours be enough to convince Gaby that it's finally their time for love?


  “The other night, at the bar, right before the band started…. You came back from the bathroom, looking all flushed and embarrassed. Then you downed TJ’s beer… I’d meant to ask you about it then, but the music came on, and we all got distracted. Did something happen?”
  I flushed at his question, as I remembered the scene that had gotten me all flustered.
  “Oh… God… I just,” I felt like such a child, I could barely even talk about it, and it wasn’t as if I’d walked in on them having sex or anything. “I ran into Brock’s brother Brendan … The lead singer. Anyway, he and some girl were going at it pretty hot and heavy in the hallway.”
   “Oh,” Scott looked at me suddenly, then cleared his throat and looked back out the windshield. “So you were embarrassed?”
   I let out a nervous laugh and admitted, “Yeah, because I was taken by surprised, and I kind of, um, stood there and watched for a minute. Then, Brendan caught me, and said hi, like it was no big deal. I just felt like a prude.”
   “Hmmm,” Scott began, as if unsure what to say next. “Have you never been in that situation before?”
  I averted my eyes, then responded softly, “What? Practically having sex in a bar? No.”
  “No,” Scott said, his voice rough. “Where you’ve been so in the moment, that you couldn’t control yourself, and didn’t care if you got caught or not.”
  I squirmed in my seat, his words affecting me more than they probably should. My body felt warm, so I turned up the AC a bit and pointed the vent in my direction.
  “No,” I admitted, my voice barely audible.
  When Scott didn’t respond, I started to worry that he thought I was referring to the night that he and I’d slept together, so I blurted, “Oh… I wasn’t trying to say that you and I didn’t have passion…”
  I felt the blush roll over my face like a heat wave.
  “I mean, it was our first time… And it was lovely…” Shit, I was digging in deeper. “What I meant was that I’ve never had someone take me up against the wall in the club like that.”
  Oh. My. God. Had I just said that. I wanted to melt into the floorboards.
  I brought my hands to my face, hiding my mortification.
Here's a fun photo of Bethany with cover model Nathan Weller!

The Time For Love Series

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About Bethany Lopez

Award-Winning Author Bethany Lopez began self-publishing in June 2011. Since then she has published various YA and NA books. She is a lover of romance, family, and friends, and enjoys incorporating those things in what she writes. When she isn't reading or writing, she loves spending time with her husband and children, traveling whenever possible.

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Promo: Hard Roads by Lily White

This life isn’t one that I chose for myself.

Years spent as a daughter in the Dominion MC left me washed up and struggling to breathe. Life was never flowers and sunshine. It was gravel and dust, the trails of dirt left behind when the brothers tore out, floating up from the ground to hover in front of an angry, red sun.

I could never have imagined that a life sitting at rock bottom could get any worse, but it did.

Life is funny like that.

Just when you think things can’t get any more bleak, a shade is drawn leaving you staggering and blind – lost in a world of heartache and sorrow.

I met J.D. Brooks on the road and he swept me off my feet. Literally. But not in the way you might think.

He was both an angel and a demon.

He was the most vicious storm that ever darkened my life.

He was also my salvation.

Stripped from the hands that always held me back, I was released into a nightmare that would threaten everything I thought I knew about the crap hand I’d been dealt.

I thought I could never hate a man more than the one who stole me from the life I’d known.

And in our time together, he would teach me one important lesson:

That in the end, it doesn’t matter how our paths intersect, because when it comes down to the basic truth of our lives...

...we’re all stuck traveling down hard roads.