Sunday, June 29, 2014

Book Blitz with Giveaway: The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi @yareads @marimancusi



The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi
Publication date: April 16th, 2014
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
All fourteen-year-old gamer girl Sophie Sawyer wants to do is defeat Morgan Le Fay in her favorite Arthurian videogame. She has no idea the secret code sent via text message is actually a magical spell that will send her back in time to meet up with a real life King Arthur instead.

Of course Arthur's not king yet--he hasn't pulled the sword from the stone--and he has no idea of his illustrious destiny. And when a twist of fate sends him forward in time--to modern day high school--history is suddenly in jeopardy. Even more so when Arthur Googles himself and realizes what lies in store for him if he returns to his own time--and decides he'd rather try out for the football team instead.

Now Sophie and her best friend Stuart find themselves in a race against time--forced to use their 21st century wits to keep history on track, battle a real-life version of their favorite videogame villain, and get the once and future king back where he belongs. Or the world, as they know it, may no longer exist.


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About the Author:
Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small–so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.

When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys goth clubbing, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their dog Mesquite.





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Book Blitz with Excerpt: Guarding Angel by S.L. Saboviec @XpressoTours @Saboviec



Guarding Angel by S.L. Saboviec
Series: Falling Redemption #1
Publication date: May 19th, 2014
Genre: Adult / Fantasy

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Guardian angel Enael can't seem to keep her human Wards in check. They're the ones who choose their paths before reincarnating--she's just there to help make sure they stay on track. But it's not as easy as it might look.

When she meets and falls in love with charismatic Kaspen, a fellow Guardian, Enael's feelings about Heaven, Hell, demons, and the life she's known are turned upside down. Worse, angel-turned-demon Yasva, Kaspen's former love, still holds him in her clutches. Even as Yasva works toward obtaining complete control of Earth, she taunts and haunts Kaspen's and Enael's lives.

Now Enael is forced to face her past (which is centuries long and bursting with secrets), her present (which is terribly unfulfilling and full of questions), and her future (which becomes more uncertain as time passes). Armed with a newfound love and fear of losing it all, she must figure out how to save the world--and the angel she loves. Which side will win? Who will Kaspen choose? Will Heaven and Earth continue to exist, or will everything go to Hell?

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Excerpt
I'd never visited Hell, so I wasn't certain where it was located, which would make it harder to get there. Instead of envisioning the place, I closed my eyes and pictured Kaspen. I reached for his essence, groping for him. Ah, there. As expected, his life spark was located somewhere other than Heaven or Earth. Darkness pulsated near him.

I took a deep breath and fixed my mind. Straining, I envisioned Kaspen's face, wondering where I would end up. I opened my eyes to the greens of the Garden melding together and fading.

This transition was nothing like the pleasant tingling I felt when moving between Heaven and Earth. Instead, it felt as though something cold and slippery were being poured over my body, into my mouth and nostrils, and squeezed through my pores. My stomach churned. Dimness enveloped me and the oiliness slid from my skin.

I found myself in front of a pit-marked rock face marred by a double swinging door. I tried to peer through the crack between the doors, but a figure blocked most of the dim, red light.

The doors burst open and I was knocked to the ground. A hood fell over my face. I tried to fade from Hell but couldn't. Something wrapped around the base of my wings, and my arms were forced behind me and bound.

"Help! Kaspen!"

I was wrenched forward and thrown over something--the shoulder of whatever creature had assaulted me, perhaps. Lurching footsteps carried me away from where I'd faded into Hell. I fought, but whatever bound my wrists and wings squeezed more tightly around them. I stopped struggling, clamped my lips together to keep from crying out.


About the Author:
Samantha grew up in a small town in Iowa but now lives in the suburbs of Toronto with her Canadian husband and expatriate cat. In her spare time, she reads, writes, and thinks about reading and writing--along with playing the occasional video game or eight.









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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Book Blitz with Excerpt: Crossing the Line by Nicola Marsh @XpressoTours @NicolaMarsh



Crossing the Line by Nicola Marsh
Series: World Apart #1
Publication date: May 8th, 2014
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Laying it all on the line for love… Mia Cresswell is tired of being good. Achieving geek status at college doesn't equate with fun. So when she heads home to her dad's tennis academy in Santa Monica on spring break, she's determined to be bad. And hot Aussie tennis star Kye Sheldon is just the guy to help her do it.

However, Kye's troubled past continues to dog him and attending the Cresswell Tennis Academy is his last chance at the big time. He can't afford to screw up... by screwing the boss's daughter.

But Mia and Kye's relationship is much more than a vacation fling.

Will it be game, set, match, when the truth is revealed?

Or will Mia and Kye have a real shot at love all?

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Excerpt
"Hey."

I turned toward the girl's voice as she stepped out of the shadows, not sure what annoyed me most. The intrusion or the way she sauntered toward me, all long legs and cocky smile.

She was just my type: tall, sexy brunette with enough hip sway to make a guy wonder what made her so confident, and bedroom eyes that hinted at sin.

Sadly, this devil had just landed in the City of Angels and sin was the last thing on my agenda.

"I'm not in the mood for company," I said, expecting her to head back inside.

She didn't falter as she strode toward me. "Too bad, because I needed some air and this terrace is big enough for the both of us."

I could've left but there was something in the way she was staring at me that had me intrigued: like she wanted me but couldn't have a clue what to do if she got me.

"Mia." She stuck out her hand. "Pleased to meet you."

"Kye." I reluctantly shook her hand. "Wish I could say the same."

"You don't like girls?" She slid her hand out of mine, the insolent quirk of her lips making me want to do something I shouldn't. Like kiss the smirk off her smart mouth.

"Love women." I took a step back, staring at her feet and slowly sweeping upward in a deliberate perusal meant to make a point. I wanted to make her squirm. It backfired, as I noted red nail polish matching her towering shoes, slim ankles, long legs, tight black dress that ended mid-thigh and hugged her lean bod, and pert tits. The frigging dress had a front zipper that just begged to be undone. Beyond hot.

By the time I reached her face, she was blushing.

"So which am I?" She leaned forward, giving me a generous glimpse of cleavage. "Girl or woman?"

About the Author:
USA TODAY bestselling author Nicola Marsh writes flirty fiction with flair for adults and spooky, supernatural fiction for young adults.

She has published 45 books with Harlequin, Entangled Publishing and indie, and sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Her first mainstream contemporary romance, BUSTED IN BOLLYWOOD (Entangled Publishing) released to rave reviews, including a nomination for RWA's RBY, Romantic Book of the Year 2012.

Her first indie-pubbed contemporary romance CRAZY LOVE released September 2012, is a Barnes & Noble bestseller, and was nominated for a 2012 ARRA award.

Her young adult debut, BANISH, a supernatural thriller featuring Wicca, spirits and murder, released August 2013 with Harlequin Teen.

Her young adult fantasy series with Month9Books launched November 2013 with SCION OF THE SUN.

Her debut new adult novel BEFORE releases December 2013.

She's also a Waldenbooks, Bookscan and Barnes & Noble bestseller, a 2013 RBY and National Readers' Choice Award winner, is a multiple finalist for awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, Booksellers' Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and has won several CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Awards.



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Friday, June 27, 2014

Blog Tour with Guest Post + Giveaway: Falling for the Groomsman @InkSlingerPR @DianeAlberts



Falling for the Groomsman by Diane Alberts
Series: Wedding Dare #1
Publication date: June 9th, 2014
Genre: Adult / Contemporary / Romance / Erotica

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She's the one that got away. He's the one she can't forget.

Photojournalist Christine Forsythe is ready to tackle her naughty little to-do list, and who better to tap for the job than a hot groomsman? But when she crashes into her best friend's older brother, Christine realizes her list needs updating. And fast. Tyler Dresco took her virginity during the best night of her life, then bolted. Now that they're trapped together at a destination wedding, she's going to get her revenge.

Tyler has never forgiven himself for how completely he lost control all those years ago. Being in Christine's arms had felt right... until he realized what he'd taken from her in the hallway of a cheap motel. And oh, how she's making him pay for it now. The insatiable heat between them has only grown stronger, but every time things heat up, Christine walks away.

With every encounter, things go a little bit further until Christine's caught in her own trap of seduction. And before their time's up, Tyler's not the only one wanting more...

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  • Baiting the Maid of Honor by New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey
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  • Best Man with Benefits by USA TODAY bestselling author Samanthe Beck
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Guest Post
From Diane Alberts

Hello, I'm Diane Alberts, otherwise known as Jen McLaughlin, and I had a new book called FALLING FOR THE GROOSMAN come out on June 9th! It's part of the Wedding Dare series with Laura Kaye, Tessa Bailey, Katee Roberts, and Samanthe Beck. All of our books (except Laura's, which is a prequel) take place at the same time, at the same wedding.

In my book, Tyler and Christine have a bit of history. They slept together over eight years ago... and then never spoke again. Like, ever. Quite the backstory, huh? I had so much fun with it!

But, anyway... the heroines in all four Wedding Dare novels make a dare. They each "claim" a groomsman, even though they don't all make an official announcement about it, and then they set about seducing the men. The best part about this dare? The men are clueless. Absolutely, one hundred percent, clueless!

I'll give you ONE guess who my heroine, Christine, picks. ;)

Have you ever made a dare and actually followed through with it? I'd love to hear all about it!

About the Author:
Diane Alberts is a multi-published, bestselling contemporary romance author with Entangled Publishing. She also writes New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling new adult books under the name Jen McLaughlin. She's hit the Top 100 lists on Amazon and Barnes and Noble numerous times with numerous titles. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Diane has always been a dreamer with a vivid imagination, but it wasn't until 2011 that she put her pen where her brain was, and became a published author. Since receiving her first contract offer, she has yet to stop writing. Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, and a cat. Her goal is to write so many fantastic stories that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


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Book Blitz with Excerpt + Giveaway: Third Date by Kylie Keene @XpressoTours



Third Date by Kylie Keene
Publication date: June 18th, 2014
Genre: New Adult / Contemporary / Romance

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
At 23, Morgan is a little behind other women her age when it comes to dating and relationships. More specifically, she's a virgin. Dating wasn't a priority in high school and college, but now that Morgan has a job and her own apartment, she's ready to jump back into the dating scene.

When Morgan's friends at work inform her that most men expect sex on the third date, she panics. She's convinced her lack of experience will be a total turn-off for guys and make for a really awkward third date. Her friends tell her to just do it with a random guy to get it over with, but Morgan isn't sure that's what she wants.

When she meets a guy she's certain is her dream man, she's ready to lose it on their third date. But doing so isn't as easy as she thought. And then there's the fact that she can't get another guy out of her head.

Through a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, Morgan eventually finds herself at a place she wasn't expecting, but the place she wanted to be all along.

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Excerpt
I head down to the gift shop, hoping and praying it's not full of people. Luckily, it's empty because the lunch session is still going on in the main ballroom.

I search the shop for condoms but can't find them anywhere. They have everything else; toothbrushes, combs, aspirin, shower caps, tampons, toothpaste.

The young woman working the cash register sees me searching the store like I'm on some type of scavenger hunt.

"Can I help you?" she asks.

The woman is in her twenties and has reddish-blond hair that hangs in loose waves several inches past her shoulders. She has huge breasts and is wearing a short black dress that shows off her long legs. I'm just guessing here, but I would say she's probably not a virgin. Which means she's likely found herself in need of condoms before and wouldn't judge me for buying them at a hotel.

I go up to her and speak softly. "Do you sell condoms here?"

She looks surprised. I'm suddenly offended. Do I look like someone who would never need condoms? I'm no beauty queen but I'm not exactly ugly. "We keep them back here." She reaches under the register and opens a drawer. "How many do you need?"

How many do I need? How many does she think I need?

"Um, just one."

She gives me a strange look. "They come in packs of three or more."

"Oh, okay. Three is good."

"Do you want ribbed, flavored, sensitive, extra sensitive, for her pleasure, glow in the dark?"

I had no idea there were so many different types of condoms. I've never actually shopped for condoms.

She continues. "For flavored we have cherry, citrus, grape--"

"No. Just plain. No flavors. No glow in the dark. No ribbing."

"So do you want sensitive? Extra sensitive? For her--"

I hear people starting to leave the ballroom, coming out into the lobby.

"I don't know. Just give me whatever. It doesn't matter."

“For her pleasure.” She holds the package up and smiles. "Why should guys have all the fun, right?" She punches something in the register. “Should I charge it to your room?”

I imagine myself giving the accounting department at work a copy of my hotel receipt with a charge for condoms on it. I'm sure it would just say 'gift shop' but with my luck, you never know.

"I'll just pay with cash. How much is it?"

"With tax, it's $10.59."

"For three condoms?"

She shrugs. "The hotel jacks up the price. When people are desperate, they'll pay anything."

I search my wallet, which is full of ones for some reason. She notices and looks away. Great. Now she probably thinks I work at a strip club.

People from the conference are starting to linger and talk outside the gift shop. I count my money and find that I only have nine ones. That's it. I hand her my credit card but she doesn't take it.

"Sorry, but our machine is down. It's cash only or I can charge it to your room."

"I only have $9. I have to run to the ATM. I'll be right back." As I'm closing my wallet, my change spills out and goes all over the floor. I bend down to pick up the scattered pennies, nickels, and dimes.

"Let me help you with that." I look up and see Brad picking up the change.

Shit! What is he doing here? Where did he come from?

"Thanks, but you don't need to help," I say, urging him to leave.

He picks up the last penny. "I think we got it all."

We both stand up and he gives me the change.

"Are we still meeting for drinks tonight?" he asks.

Cashier girl is observing the scene and I feel her staring. I glance over and see her checking Brad out. I'm sure she can tell from my blushing face that he's the reason I need the condoms. She smiles at me, as if reassuring me that Brad is worth the ridiculous price they charge for them.

"Yeah. I'll see you then. I've gotta go." I race out of the gift shop.

As I'm leaving, cashier girl calls after me. "What about your stuff? Are you coming back with your money?"

I ignore her and hurry back to my room. The whole scene was fate telling me not to do this. I'm not ready. Or Brad's the wrong guy. Something's wrong. Buying condoms should not be that hard!

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