Friday, April 18, 2014

Cover Reveal: HARD TO HOLD ON TO by Laura Kaye

Holy cow, y'all! There's a Hard Ink novella is coming out in August and -- woo-hoo!! It is SO HOT and SMEXY! *pets Easy's lovely chest* I can't wait to read Easy's story. He is one FINE-lookin' man.

A Note from Laura:

Hey guys! I am so excited about Easy’s book that I can hardly wait for August to get here! Easy’s character was a total surprise to me. When I initially plotted out the series, there were four surviving members of the Army Special Forces team and therefore I planned for and sold four book in the series. But then, when I sat down to write Hard As It Gets, all of a sudden the story demanded there were actually five guys, and Edward “Easy” Cantrell was born. And I’m so glad! Because Easy’s character is a totally tortured hero, which I adore writing! So I’m super happy that we added his story and this novella into the series, and I can’t wait for you to learn about Easy in Hard to Hold On To!

Is it August yet???

xo, Laura

Laura Kaye is thrilled to share with you the cover to her next Hard Ink book, Hard to Hold On To which releases on August 19, 2014! Check it out:

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Contemporary Romance
100 pages, ebook
Expected publication: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse

Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves--which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude. As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

Praise for the Hard Ink Series:

For Hard As You Can:
"TOP PICK! There is a sinister and desperate edge to this tale that will keep readers glued to their seats. Kaye has dark romantic suspense nailed!" ~ RT Book Reviews Magazine

"Hard As You Can is another five star read. The characters Ms. Kaye has created are wonderfully broken and the drama is gritty, but the burgeoning romance and the tight-knitted relationship of the team leaves you with a sense of redemption. A must read series!" ~San Francisco Book Review

For Hard As It Gets:
"Edgy, sexy and full of suspense! A great read from a great new author!" ~ #1 NYT Bestselling Author J.R. Ward

Laura-Kaye-cropped"Sizzling romance... The intriguing tattoo parlor and military background will appeal to fans of Suzanne Brockmann and Lindsay McKenna." ~Publishers Weekly Review

"Kaye's depiction of sexual tension and her sex scenes are masterful and this will appeal to fans of Maya Banks' KGI and Julia Ann Walker's Black Knight's series." ~Booklist

About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Speed Date with Amy: DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige

DOROTHY MUST DIE (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
YA Fantasy
452 pages, hardcover
Available now (April 2014)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

First Date: Amy's one of those people that I just want to take under my wing. She brings out the Mama Bear in me so the least I can do is buy her dinner on our first date! She lives in a crappy trailer with her useless mother, is bullied at school and doesn't have much prospect of escaping the deep, dark hole she's currently existing in. But then along comes a tornado to change everything.

Second Date: When she wakes up, she's in Oz but it's not the Oz Amy remembers from the movie, and it's not little Judy Garland dancing around in her sparkly red kitten heels. It's a power-hungry vamp who's draining Oz of its magic, supported by a 'roided out Lion, a crazy-as-a-loon Scarecrow and parts-is-parts Tin Man. Dorothy in her skin-tight and boobalicious (but still blue-and-white checkered) dresses with her mesmerizing shoes and glossy hair was a bit over-the-top but then, it seems Dorothy's gone a bit around the bend. Amy's recruited by some Wicked witches to kill Dorothy, learns some magic of her own as well as some ninja-like moves, flirts with the hot-but-dark-and-brooding guy and goes undercover with the mission to take out Dorothy ASAP (spoiler: this does not this book, anyway).

Third Date: Well, that ended abruptly. Yes, I realize it's a trilogy but not as much happened in this first book as I expected, though it's a pretty solid set-up for the next two books (and hopefully, no soggy middle story). I liked Amy's growth in this book, how she moved from a downtrodden, bullied young girl to a young lady who's more confident in her abilities and who has purpose in her life. She's not just going through the motions anymore. A satisfying date, all in all. I think we're better off friends but I'll check in on Amy and see if she checks everything off that list of hers.

Available on Amazon | IndieBound | Barnes and Noble

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Waiting On...Ann Aguirre's Awesome August Offerings

Ann Aguirre's one of my go-to authors. She writes kick-ass novels with fantastic characters: science fiction (Sirantha Jax and The Dred Chronicles), paranormal (Corine Solomon), young adult (Razorland and Immortal Game) and is even venturing into romance this year (I Want It That Way). And, boy, this woman's been super-busy! She's got multiple books coming out this year and I want them! *greedy, grabby hands* 

MORTAL DANGER sounds deliciously creepy and the cover just works so well to perpetuate that vibe while HAVOC throws us back into the scary-as-hell prison ship, Perdition, and the lives of those who survive there. I cannot WAIT for these two books!!
YA Paranormal/Horror
384 pages, hardcover
Expected publication: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn't imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She's not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he's impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes, and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly... bad things are happening. It's a heady rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil's bargains, she isn't sure who—or what--she can trust. Not even her own mind...

Science Fiction
320 pages, paperback
Expected publication: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Ace

The Conglomerate’s most dangerous convicts have made the prison ship Perdition their home. And they will defend it…

Perdition is under siege. Mercenaries have boarded the station with orders to take control of the facility—and execute the prisoners. Their commander is offering full pardons to the first five inmates willing to help the mercs complete their mission.

Dresdemona "Dred” Devos hasn’t survived hard time just to surrender to the Conglomerate’s armored thugs. Leading a ragtag army of inmates, Dred and her champion, Jael, wage a bloody guerilla war of chaos and carnage against impossible odds. But no matter how dire the outlook, the Dread Queen never backs down…

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Top Off Tuesday: HOW ZOMBIES STOLE CHRISTMAS by Sidney Bristol

Started by FeliciaChristi and Amanda, Top Off Tuesday is where a bunch of us share hot-hot-hot book covers (some we've read, some we've just drooled on). Head over to Felicia's blog to share your ToT link and see what everyone else is swooning over.

Would you look at that back? Yummers. So, so yummers. Except for the obscuring title. Drop that piece of plaid just a bit more, honey!!

I couldn't wait until December (or even July) to share. Plus, it's tax deadline day...a perfect day for zombies.
Paranormal Romance
147 pages, ebook
Available now (December 2013)
Publisher: Taliesin Publishing

Every creature in Haven snuggled down in their beds, ready for another Christmas, they liked it a lot. But not everyone in this magical land shares their holiday cheer. . .

Evelina Frost is a woman used to staying in the shadows, but this year Christmas needs a hero, and with Santa away, it’s up to her to save the holiday from ruin.

A figure dressed in white cast a spell and from the frozen land, ghastly zombies appear.

Kameron is a creature out-of-place in the frigid land, but he’s carved out a life, away from his Highland moors and pastures, happy to live alone. Until a woman barges into his life, and awakens urges he hasn’t known in centuries.

“I’ll take their Christmas, their cheer and their hope,” the figure says, as zombies descend on the Snow Palace, ripping the trees and presents from the hearth.

Together, Evelina and Kameron delve into the history of their land, fighting a magical blizzard, ice zombies and an all-consuming lust for each other as magic seeks to create another fairy tale from their lives. They must fight together against the odds and save Christmas, though they might lose their hearts in the bargain.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Speed Date with Will: FRISKY BUSINESS by Tawna Fenske

Romantic comedy
352 pages, paperback
Available May 6, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review

Marley Cartman is fed up with arrogant rich guys who treat her like garbage, so she vows to only date men with modest paychecks and a little dirt under their nails.

Her new boss, William Barclay, is exactly the kind of man she's trying to avoid: an eccentric millionaire with duct shape shoes and an unexplained vendetta against her.

But as Will and Marley butt heads over grumpy badgers and phallic artifacts, they discover that sometimes the opposite of what you want is exactly what you need.

FIRST DATE: As much as I appreciate Marley's plan, it's generally not a good idea to rule out a whole category of guys just because they have money. Rule out dating assholes; that's a much better idea. But Marley's got her mind made up and, because of that, Will's currently not her type. But that's not going to stop Will. He's got money, sure, but he doesn't really care all that much about it (useful but he's the type who could probably live just fine without it). Personally, I wouldn't toss him to the side.

SECOND DATE:  Of course, Marley goes out of her way to date guys with "modest" paychecks (meaning they tend to forget their wallets when they go out on dates. Kind of reminds me of this one guy who had his friend drop him off for his date, and I had to drive him home. Needless to say, that was a one-dater. With no goodnight kiss OR hug.). These dates end in disaster and with Will looking better and better.

THIRD DATE: Tawna Fenske is an auto-buy author for me. Her stories are silly, sometimes over-the-top, sweet and filled with super-hot and smexy scenes. Frisky Business is no different -- a quick and fun read filled with goofy mix-ups, quirky characters and cute critters. Oh, and passion. Plenty of tease and passion, which is always good in my book.

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