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Review: Tell Me When by Stina Lindenblatt

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By: Stina Lindenblatt
Publisher: Carina Press
Published: Jan. 20, 2014
Genre: Contemp. New Adult Romance
Rating:
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Amber Scott should be enjoying life as a college freshman. She should be pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She should be working hard to make sense of her precalculus math class.

She shouldn’t be waking up her college roommate with screaming nightmares. She shouldn’t be flashing back, reliving the three weeks of hell she barely survived last year. And she definitely shouldn’t be spending time with sexy player Marcus Reid.

But engineering student Marcus is the only one keeping Amber from failing her math course, so she grudgingly lets him into her life. She never expects the king of hookups will share his painful past. Or that she’ll tell him her secrets in return, opening up and trusting him in a way she thought she’d never be able to again.

When their fragile future together is threatened by a stalker Amber thought was locked away for good, Marcus is determined to protect her. And Amber is determined to protect Marcus…even if that means pushing him away.

 

1thoughtsTell Me When is an interesting new adult romance. You have your typical broken main characters who are trying to overcome their horrific pasts when they find comfort in each other. Their pasts come back to life to cause drama bombs in the story thus resulting in an unstable foundation. However, with that being said, this was an interesting read with new reasons on why the MC’s are broken.

Amber suffers from PTSD due to something that recently happened to her. Little by little you get the story as to what happened to her because every day is a challenge for her. Not only is she afraid of her own shadow, but certain things like lightening and roses bring back horrible flashbacks. So the readers never forget how traumatized Amber is throughout the story.

Marcus was your typical man whore who uses sex to overcome his pain. However, when meeting Amber he finds himself wanting a monogamous relationship. Yeah, he’s just like every other bad boy but the thing that torments him isn’t just a deadbeat mom. Oh no, it’s a lot worse than that and it horrified me.

Even though this story sort of follows the new adult mold, the author still thought outside the box and brought new elements into the story. I liked that even though the storyline was predictable, Stina was able to surprise me with small twists that I wasn’t expecting.

 

1favequote“It’s hard to feel normal when you never feel safe., now even in your dreams… All I want is to forget what happened and feel normal again.”

 

 

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Stina Lindenblatt lives in Western Canada, where she loves to dream up New Adult and Young Adult stories, especially those with romance. She loves to travel, and has lived in England, the US, Canada, and Finland. She has a Master’s of Science degree in exercise physiology and has worked with elite athletes. In her free time, Stina enjoys photography, especially the close-up variety.

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Review: The Learner by Alan Nayes

17303094The Learner
(Learner, #1)
By: Alan Nayes
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: Jan. 27, 2013
Genre: Sci/Fi Paranormal Romance
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NayéLi has come from the dark side of the universe to learn as much as she can about the third planet from the sun, and to communicate her findings back to her home world. NayéLi is a Learner – and on Earth she assumes the form of a young human female of the indigenous host species.

NayéLi is bound by her rulers’ laws of planetary exploration, which state that there can be no involvement with a member of the host species. But NayéLi is more human now than she realizes. And she is about to fall in love.

 

1thoughtsNayéLi is an alien from another planet that was sent to Earth to learn about the land and the inhabitants. She’s spent hundreds of years wondering Earth, cataloging everything she witnesses. Her species is not only more advanced but also has the ability to shield themselves from the planets hosts. So they can wonder the world and blend in with people and if someone notices her, they forget all about her within a matter of minutes. However, Jared remembers her and she’s about to break the #1 rule of being a Learner. Never get involved with the native species.

I will be honest that the first half of the book was really slow moving for me. You go through the first time Jared see’s NayéLi. Weeks after their first meeting and how he constantly thinks about her and tries to find her again. Meanwhile NayéLi’s dialect is more background information about her planet and her mission. It isn’t until about 50% through the story that things started to move a bit faster. That’s when I really started to get interested in the story and the characters within it.

The world that Nayes created was definitely a new one for me. NayéLi is an interesting character who slowly starts to become more human throughout the story. I liked how they start to find ways around her shield as well. Which of course helps her feel more included on Earth than she’s ever been. I really started to feel sad for her and the situation that she was in both on Earth and once she returned to her planet.

This was definitely an interesting story and once I made my way through the first half, it really sucked me in. I’m hoping that now the story is underway the second book will pick up right where this one left off and I will be engrossed in the story from the first page.

 

1favequote“NayéLi, every species exhibits weakness. It’s not the weakness that makes us weak but how we confront it.”

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Color of Love Blog Hop

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1giveawayI’ve read Milly’s book, Wolf Protector, and really enjoyed it. So I decided to give away a book of hers that I’m really excited to read.

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Wolf Fever
(Alpha Project, #1)
By: Milly Taiden
Published: May 27, 2013
Genre: PNR Romance
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Changes she can’t understand…
When Raine Bowe volunteers for a sleep study for the extra cash, she didn’t expect to wake in a lab or to be victimized by a mad scientist. She escapes with one objective–to find someone strong enough to wage war with the evil growing inside her.

A job he won’t accept…
Ryder Storm is a man with a reputation–the bad boy of his own universe. He doesn’t take prisoners, won’t give into a sweet smile, and doesn’t cut his pack an inch of slack. He knows the desperate woman in his bar is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He’ll give her anything she wants, except the one thing she’s begging for. Death.

Passion neither can fight…
Raine enlists Ryder’s help to unravel the mystery surrounding the hours she lost in the lab and to help tame the beast inside her. In their search for answers, the road will lead them to a twisted experiment involving shifters, humans, and the creation of the ultimate Alpha. He’s ready for the adventure and she’s ready for her answers. Neither are ready for the lust that calls down from the mating moon. But a wolf knows its mate, and an alpha will not stop until he or she gets what they want.

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Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally Pre-order Event

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(Hundred Oaks, #4)
By: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release Date: Dec. 3, 2013
Genre: YA

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They’re from two different worlds, but Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules. . . get the next contemporary novel from blockbuster YA novelist Miranda Kenneally: RACING SAVANNAH!

Right before her senior year, Savannah’s father whisks the family off to Tennessee to work as head groom at fancy Cedar Hill Farms. Savannah finally sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn extra money as an exercise rider—no matter how many others don’t want a girl around the barn.  But she’s also caught the eye of Jack Goodwin, the owner’s son. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries. With her dream of becoming a jockey, Savannah is not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack.

 

 

Sourcebooks has a special offer for U.S. and Canada YA fans for the release of RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally in stores in a little over three weeks! If you pre-order the book, they will send you an exclusive horseshoe key chain—perfect for any busy teen on the go! You have until December 2 or until quantities run out.

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Here’s how to get your charm:
1. Pre-order the book (print or eBook) through any retailer (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, your local independent bookseller/Indiebound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, etc.)

2. Email your proof of purchase (receipt or picture of the receipt) to teenfire@sourcebooks.com. Put “Racing Savannah Pre-Order” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include your home address (US & Canada only please) so we can send you the horseshoe key chain! If you’ve already pre-ordered this book—not a problem! Send us your receipt!

3. You will get an email back confirming when the items have been sent out.

4. Enjoy Racing Savannah when it comes out in December!

Optional: take a pic of you and your horseshoe key chain and share it with Miranda Kenneally or Sourcebooks Fire on Twitter! You can find Miranda @mirandakennealy and Sourcebooks Fire @sourcebooksfire.

 

Spotlight: Once We Were Brothers by Ronald H. Balson

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By: Ronald H. Balson
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Griffin
Published: Oct. 8, 2013
Genre: Thriller

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The gripping tale about two boys, once as close as brothers, who find themselves on opposite sides of the Holocaust.

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and wealthy philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice. Solomon persuades attorney Catherine Lockhart to take his case, revealing that the true Piatek was abandoned as a child and raised by Solomon’s own family only to betray them during the Nazi occupation. But has Solomon accused the right man?

Once We Were Brothers is Ronald H. Balson’s compelling tale of two boys and a family who struggle to survive in war-torn Poland, and a young love that struggles to endure the unspeakable cruelty of the Holocaust. Two lives, two worlds, and sixty years converge in an explosive race to redemption that makes for a moving and powerful tale of love, survival, and ultimately the triumph of the human spirit.

 

 
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Ronald H. Balson is an attorney practicing with the firm of Stone, Pogrund, and Korey in Chicago. An adjunct professor of business law at the University of Chicago for twenty-five years, Balson now lectures on trial advocacy in federal trial bar courses.

A few years ago, Balson was hired by his Chicago law firm to represent it in a case centered in southern Poland, the location of his book. For the next four years, he made multiple trips back and forth, and while there, he interviewed witnesses, studied documents and came to know more about the town of Zamosc. He learned that, during the World War II years, the Polish culture and country were destroyed and “sadness still pervades” there.

Balson started his own publishing company, Berwick Court, in order to self-publish his book, and as word of mouth spread, Once We Were Brothers became a runaway bestseller. St. Martin’s Press Griffin will now be publishing the trade paperback edition this October 2013.

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Mr. September Throwdown

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The six heroes from this month’s BRAZENS are battling it out to be your Mr. September. Who gets your vote?

 Each day this week the six heroes are stopping by some awesome blogs to answer both sexy and sweet personal questions, so you can really get a taste of what they’re like 😉  Each day you get to cast your vote, and at the end of the week one sexy hero will be crowned the winner of the Mr. September Throwdown!

Remember, each vote also counts as an entry for one of SIX prizes so be sure to follow along and vote every day to increase your chances of winning!  Visit Entangled in Romance for a recap on the awesome prizes!

 Now, to meet the men competing in the Mr. September Throwdown!

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Ian: Wicked Games by Samanthe Beck  (part of the anthology)

Grayson: Seducing Mr. Right by Katee Robert  (part of the anthology)

Landon: Tempted by His Best Friend by Cari Quinn  (part of the anthology)

Derek: Protecting What’s Theirs by Tessa Bailey  (part of the anthology)

Jett: Wicked Heat by Nicola Marsh

Trick: Dirty Trick by Christine Bell

 

Here are today’s questions for the men

 

Question #9: What kind of personality do you look for in a woman?

Ian: Confident, complicated, tough-on-the-outside but soft-on-the-inside, once she knows and trusts me.

Grayson: An independent woman who knows her own mind, and doesn’t hesitate to speak her mind.

Trick: Fun, easy-going, quick to laugh, loyal.

Derek: Feisty as hell, but soft when she needs to be. A woman who takes her responsibilities seriously, but also knows when to blow them off and spend the day underneath me in bed.

Jett: Killer sense of humor. It’s a huge turn-on to verbally spar with an intelligent woman. Great part of foreplay.

Landon: Fun, intelligent, someone who likes to laugh and love with equal intensity. A strong woman who matches me in every way. And if she likes to get a little – or a lot – freaky, even better.

 

Question #10: What’s your hottest “move” in the bedroom?

Ian: I’m a homicide detective, so I’ve always got the handcuffs handy.

Grayson: Ah, ah. As I said before, a gentleman never tells. However, I will say that it involves handcuffs.

Trick: I’m more of a hands-on kind of guy. If you give Gracie a call and have her come by, I’d be willing to demonstrate, though…

Derek: Pick one, baby.

Jett: Whatever pleases her. I like seeing my woman get off. Mouth, hands, the rest…I like to think of the whole package rather than one specific move.

Landon: Let’s just say I’m happy to spend a good long time on my knees before she gets on hers. Ladies come first in my book. And often.

 

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Covet (Entangled) Publishing One Day Sale

Announcing the Covet One Day Sale!

All of the books from Covet (Entangled) Publishing are only $0.99

There’s also a scavenger hunt for a Kindle Fire going on at their Facebook event page.

 

Click on the covers for the links to Amazon!!

Celebration Giveaway

bbt_celebration-gifI did it! I made the switch to WordPress and after a bunch of problems, *ahem like the other day with Bloglovin*, I got my site up and running. I’m definitely still learning all the bells and whistles that this new program has to offer (it’s like going from a PC to a MAC) but at least my baby looks like herself again. Thank you for sticking with me while I worked things out. I’m sure there were times that you logged in and weren’t quite sure where the internet had dropped you off at. However, I’m finally back to normal and am happy with the switch. So in celebration, I’m doing a YOU CHOOSE GIVEAWAY! That’s right! I pooled together all of my giveaway books and I’m letting the winner choose which book they’d like to take home. I’m also throwing in not only some BSA swag, but swag that I’ve received from authors. Now here’s the fun part…  I will guarantee that you walk away with something signed. Some of the books are signed and some of the swag is signed. If you choose a book that isn’t signed, I will choose a swag item that is. Sound fair? Oh and one other thing this giveaway is…

INTERNATIONAL!!!

Yup, I’m so thrilled right now over everything that I don’t care where you live, I will ship it to you! I am extremely grateful to all my followers and I really appreciate you sticking with me.
Now, onto the good stuff!

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Leave a comment with where you live. I’d love to know where everyone is from.

2nd Birthday Bash

It’s that time of year again! I cannot believe that it’s been 2 years since I started blabbing about books. I have a full month ahead of me with blog tours and scheduled author stops so I won’t be doing a lot of personal giveaways. However, I will draw names once a week for the next month and the winners get to choose their prize from the books below.

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Men & Women of the Military Giveaway Hop

What’s not to love about men and women in uniform? They sacrifice more than anyone could ever imagine to protect our country. Plus, they look good in their uniforms, not to mention they are damn sexy out of them as well. Trust me… I’m married to a Marine. Which is why there was not a snowballs chance in hell that I was going to miss out on being part of this giveaway hop! Now before we get to the giveaway I would like to share some awesome photos of the people who lay their lives on the line for our freedom.

 

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Two of them were taken at the filming of the Belleau Wood film for the National Museum of the Marine Corp. The bottom one was from his latest promotion when I got to pin him.

 

 

Now before you start clickidy clacking away down there… check out the Wounded Warrior Project website and help give back to these amazing people who serve our country!

You can also send books to the troops through Books For Soldiers.

Winner will get their choice of 2 of the ebooks below!

Her Forbidden Hero
By: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemp. Romance

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You always want what you can’t have…

She’s always been off-limits…

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he’s not about to let her see the mess he’s become.

…but now she’s all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can’t stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa’s not looking for protection–not anymore. Now that she’s back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time…

One Night with a Hero
By: Laura Kaye
Genre: Contemp. Romance
He wants just one night…

After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.

…what they need is each other.

Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?

Forged in Fire
By: Trish McCallan
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Beth Brown doesn’t believe in premonitions until she dreams a sexy stranger is gunned down during the brutal hijacking of a commercial airliner. When events in her dream start coming true, she heads to the flight’s departure gate. To her shock, she recognizes the man she’d watched die the night before.

Lieutenant Commander Zane Winters comes from a bloodline of elite warriors with psychic abilities. When Zane and two of his platoon buddies arrive at Sea-Tac Airport, he has a vision of his teammates’ corpses. Then she arrives—a leggy blonde who sets off a different kind of alarm.

As Beth teams up with Zane, they discover the hijacking is the first step in a secret cartel’s deadly global agenda and that key personnel within the FBI are compromised. To survive the forces mobilizing against them, Beth will need to open herself to a psychic connection with the sexy SEAL who claims to be her soul mate.

 Infatuation
By: Melissa Schroeder
Genre: Erotica

Francis McKade is a man in lust. He’s had a crush on his best friend’s little sister for years but he has never acted on it. Besides that fact that she’s Malachi’s sister, he’s a Seal and he learned his lesson with his ex-fiancé. Women do not like being left alone for long months at a time. Still, at a wedding in Hawaii anything can happen—and does. Unfortunately, after the best night of his life, he and Mal are called away to one of their most dangerous missions.Shannon is blown over by Kade. She’s always had a crush on him and after their night together, it starts to feel a little like love. But, after the mission, Kade never calls or writes and she starts to wonder if it was all a dream. Until one night, her brother Mal drags him into her bar and grill and Shannon gets the shock of her life.

Kade isn’t the man Shannon knew in Hawaii, or even the last few years. Losing a friend and being injured changes a man, especially one who had never felt so vulnerable. He still can’t shake the terror that keeps him up at night. Worse, he is realizing that the career he loves just might be over.Shannon is still mad, but she can’t help but hurt for the man she loves. He is darker, a bit more dangerous, but beneath that, he is the Kade she’s known for so many years. When he pushes her to her limits in the bedroom, Shannon refuses to back down. One way or another, this military man is going to learn there is no walking away from love—not while she still has breath in her body.
Because of You
By: Jessica Scott
Genre: Contemp. Romance

Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there’s more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he’ll never see again—until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there’s a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels—for the first time in a long time—like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty—it’s a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected—her deepest desire.

  Until There Was You
By: Jessica Scott
Genre: Contemp. Romance

A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure—except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. Since that brief lapse in judgment, Evan has been at odds with her. But when he is asked to train a combat team alongside Claire, battle-hardened Evan is in for the fight of his life.

Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to achieve her high military rank. In Evan Loehr, Claire sees a spoiled commander who puts the rules before everything else—including his people. Army orders force them together and Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He too has dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.

 

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