Saturday, 29 June 2013

Returning Pride Blog Tour

Welcome to the Pride Blog Tour
Synopsis
ian Jordan runs a successful restaurant that has been in his family for generations, he has a large beautiful house that overlooks the shoreline and his wonderful hometown. Why then, does he feel like something is missing? And he isn't talking about his hearing, which he'd lost in a tragic accident over ten years ago.

No, what he is missing in his life, is the person who'd just driven back into town. Someone he's always loved from afar. Now, he needs to step up and grab what he wants, before she gets away again.

In the past two years, Allison Adams has made a name for herself in the art world. All she wants now is some peace and quiet from all the hassles and pressures of her demanding career. But, when she arrives home, she finds her mother trapped in an illness that consumes her every waking moment.

Just when she thinks she knows the path she wants to follow, everything is taken away from her in one scary night. But, with the help of the good people in her hometown and an old flame, she might just find that returning home was the best thing that could have happened.

Purchase here;
Retruning Pride's Blog Tour: http://bit.ly/13AGThi
Author bio
Jill Sanders survived 80′s pop music, and life as an identical twin in a chaotic family of nine.  A feat by any standard!  She was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, relocating to Colorado for college and a successful IT career at IBM in Boulder.
Narrowly escaping before all creativity was squashed, she jumped at the chance to trade the mundane world of computers for the sexy, exciting world of her own imagination.  She now lives in charming rural Texas writing wonderful novels such as the Pride series.
Her debut novel, Finding Pride, was shortlisted in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards 2013, and has received glowing industry and reader reviews from around the world.  Her latest release is Discovering Pride. Yet another novel, Returning Pride, is slated for July 2013.

This Weeks Books

Hi, today is a small haul of this weeks books. Only four but i am glad to share non the less, so let's get started.

1. The Bad Girls Club -



Friday, 28 June 2013

Riversong - Tess Thompson - A Feature

Synopsis

When Lee Tucker's husband commits suicide, he leaves her pregnant and one million dollars in debt to a loan shark. Out of options, she escapes to her deceased mother's dilapidated house located in a small Oregon town that, like her, is financially ruined, heartbroken and in desperate need of a fresh start. Lee's resilience leads to a plan for a destination restaurant named Riversong, to new chances for passion and love, and to danger from her dead husband's debt as her business blooms.

Author Tess Thompson (formerly known as Tess Hardwick) assembles a colorful cast of endearing small-town characters and takes you on a journey that will make you believe in the possibilities of life - even in the face of overwhelming adversity and unimaginable grief. Lee Tucker is the kind of woman you find yourself rooting for long after the last page is read.
A surprising mix of romance, humor, friendship, intrigue and gourmet food - Riversong entertains while reminding you of life's greatest gifts.
About Tess Thompson
Tess Thompson is a novelist and playwright with a BFA in Drama from the University of Southern California. In 2011, she released her first novel, Riversong, which subsequently became a bestseller.
Like the characters in the River Valley collection, Tess is from a small town in Oregon. She currently lives in a suburb of Seattle, Washington with her two young daughters, Emerson and Ella. She is inspired daily by the view of the Cascade Mountains from her home office window.

Riversong is currently free on kindle, kobo & itunes. Amazon link is here

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Finding Pride - Jill Sanders Review(*)

Genre;Romance/Chick Lit
Release Date; Oct 2012
Synopsis

Megan Kimble has finally freed herself from years of abuse at the hands of her ex. Now she can finally start a new life and figure out just who she really is. When her brother Matt dies suddenly, she takes a big risk and moves cross country to live in his house and take over his new business. This could be the chance she’s needed. There’s only one problem now. She can’t seem to escape the irresistible charm of her departed brother’s best friend.

Todd Jordan just lost his best friend and business partner. Watching Matt’s sister move into town, his attraction to her is instant. Can he prove to her that all men are not the same, and resist his own desires as she learns to trust again? Overcoming the odds is just part of their journey. The two must first survive a fateful visit from Megan’s ex to have any chance at happiness.

Finding Pride is book one of the Pride Series Romance Novels, a sexy contemporary romance series by Jill Sanders

Review
 This, was a nice book. We have hit that time of year were we need summer/beach reads. This was the perfect blend of drama, lifestyle dreaming and heartache. It is a quick story that is a rollercoaster of emotions from the very beginning. I find the characters well written and loveable. Infact, once i settled down into this, i got hooked in the way i do, lifestyle dreaming of living in pride. I loved the relationship between all the characters, and im glad the next few books explores other characters and their relationships.
Rating 8/10
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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

JKS Summer Beach Reads!!

Its summer, well of sorts - but we all have reached the point in the year where it is time to dig the beach reads out, today i am sharing some picks of those with you, enjoy ladies & gents.
Theresa Rizzo - He Belongs To Me
Author Website: http://www.TheresaRizzo.com
Synopsis
He Belongs to Me is a love story . . . a tale of betrayal and deception and of a young mother's determination to recover what belongs to her.

Forced to leave her baby and tricked into relinquishing her parental rights, four years later Catherine Boyd is back and she'll do anything to regain custody of her son--even reconcile with the husband falsely accused of killing their son's twin.

All in the name of love for a little boy, generations of pain and tragedy are exposed in a courtroom drama
Megan Karasch - Chaperones

Synopsis
For Andrea Lieberman, life began at 26. Growing up with parents so protective they made a convent seem like a Sandal’s resort, she developed a catalog of phobias so large, even going into a church seemed risky business. Finally, Andrea had had enough; she wanted to live rather than fear dying. Without hesitation, she accepts a photography assignment for a magazine traveling through England and packs up her camera, her pepper spray and every insecurity she accumulated since birth. Excited but petrified to reveal the news to her boyfriend, he intercepts with news of his own – a marriage proposal, leaving the lingering question of their impending nuptials as she travels abroad.

Upon touching down in England, Andrea flops around like a fish out of water. The magazine’s staff – the idiot, the slut, and the mute – offer little comfort outside of a pint of beer until she’s assigned two blokes as travel companions – a tight-arsed copywriter and a drop-dead gorgeous art director with movie star charm. These two men help Andrea push herself beyond her comfort zone while testing the limits of her fortitude and her relationship with her boyfriend. The photographic journey becomes a comedy of errors thanks to unforeseen obstacles at every turn. As Andrea struggles to complete the assignment, she discovers the most revealing picture she develops will be of herself


Synopsis
When Iola Anne Poole, an old-timer on Hatteras Island, passes away in her bed at ninety-one, the struggling young mother in her rental cottage, Tandi Jo Reese, finds herself charged with the task of cleaning out Iola's rambling Victorian house.Running from a messy, dangerous past, Tandi never expects to find more than a temporary hiding place within Iola's walls, but everything changes with the discovery of eighty-one carefully decorated prayer boxes, one for each year, spanning from Iola's youth to her last days. Hidden in the boxes is the story of a lifetime, written on random bits of paper--the hopes and wishes, fears and thoughts of an unassuming but complex woman passing through the seasons of an extraordinary, unsung life filled with journeys of faith, observations on love, and one final lesson that could change everything for Tandi.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Exotica by Eden Bradley (*)

Genre; adult/erotica
Release date; June 6th
Synopsis
Welcome to Exotica. Leave your inhibitions at the door



Lilli DeForrest is hoping for a week of pampering and relaxation, but when the beautiful Rajan steps into her suite, the attraction is immediate. Rajan is her ideal lover: tender, commanding and intensely erotic.



But, as Lilli is about to discover, his masterful touch is just the beginning.

An utterly delicious erotic romance perfect for fans of E.L. James and Sylvia Day

Review
I am really torn with this book, the synopsis sounds right up my street. So, the book begins with the story of Lilli and Rajan, i was left underwhelmed with this, whilst the relationship was beautifully written the story lacked, especially for something stating to "leave your inhabitions at the door" I found it tame, and sweet not erotic, which was a damn shame, however i felt that this would be good for someone new to the genre unlike me. Once i hit the halfway mark - We are introduced to a second story, step up Caroline & Kian. This was a much better story, a bit more erotic, darker and of course one of the characters is damaged. I found this better paced, and whilst still not the best, much better than Lillis story, i feel that maybe writing this way allowed the reader to be introduced lightly to Exotica before developing further.
Rating; 6.5/10
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Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Sunday Post

Hi, i skipped out on this last week but i missed the sunday post! So, another week down, another crazy week so on AfternoonBookery here is what went down!
On the blog
On Youtube
So, this week has being busy, next week i hope for a full blog once more with a couple of features, some reviews and a summer beach list it looks like that will be the case. Hopefully i will get plenty of reading thrown in as well! 

Happy Sunday!
The original meme is by kimba here

Saturday, 22 June 2013

This weeks books!

Hi everyone, so it's Saturday , i am sharing this weeks books! 
Purchased
1. Cari Silverwood - Rough Surrender after seeing a review over on Scorching book reviews of a book by the same author, i thought i had to dabble, so this took my fancy and its only £3 on kindle. The mentioned review is here.
2. Chasing Beautiful - Pamela Ann this was a free book in the kindle store, so i obviously decided i best read it for no pennies. So , it has fairly good reviews, a girls not too complain.
3.This Lullaby & That Summer - Sarah Dessen thanks to this video i finally commited to reading some Sarah Dessen, after all she is the queen of beach reads.

Review
1.The Seed Farm - Ruby Lord this is a take on a generic dystopian novel apprently, and i recently said i am looking to branch into it. So this is popped on my tbr.
2. Vegas Was Her Name - Jonathan Sturak - This has good reviews on goodreads, so when the author approached me, i happily accepted a tale of life with a bit of erotica in a bright city? My kind of thing!
3. Enraptured - Shoshanna Evers Browsing the netgalley Erotica section, as i am often known to do , i stumbled upon this, a quick goodreads trawl left me desperate to read this, hello approvel! :D
Life For Rent - Emmie Lou Kates - I have recently featured this on my blog, and i am looking forward to delving into these books.

So, this is all this weeks finds and purchases, i am looking forward into delving into these, what did you pick up?!


Friday, 21 June 2013

Friday Reads & First Page Friday


Hi everyone, i have returned with #Fridayreads 
At the moment i am reading the following;
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So, for my first page friday - i am sharing The Crying Tree;

"October 1 2004 - The death warrabt arrived that morning, packaged in a large white envelope marked confidential and addressed to Tab Mason, Superintendent, Oregon State Penitentiary. Mason has been warned the order might be coming. A couple of weeks earlier, the Crook County DA had let word slip that after nineteen years on death row, condemned murderer Daniel Joseph Robbin had stopped his appeals. 
Mason dropped the enevelope on his desk, along with a file about as thick as his fist, then ran his hand over the top of his cleanly shaved skull. He'd been in corrections for twenty years - Illinois, Louisiana, Florida - and on execution detail a half-dozen occsions, but he'd never been in charge of the actual procdeure. Those other times he'd simply walked the guy into the room, strapped him down, opened the blinds on the witness booth, then stood back and waited."

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Skinny Bitch in Love by Kim Barnouin (*) Review

Genre; Chick Lit
Release Date; June 4th 2013
Synopsis
From the coauthor of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling Skinny Bitch life­style series—a clever, kick-ass novel about friendship, romance, and making healthy choices both in and out of the kitchen.

Clementine Cooper is a born vegan, com­mitted in every way to the healthy lifestyle she was raised with on her father’s organic farm. But how bad could a little butter be? Bad enough to get the ambitious and talented sous chef fired when an influential food critic discovers dairy in Clem’s butternut squash ravioli with garlic sage sauce. Though she was sabotaged by a backstab­bing coworker, Clem finds herself unceremo­niously blackballed from every vegan kitchen in L.A.

Like any vegan chef worth her salt, however, Clem knows how to turn lemons into delicious, cruelty-free lemonade cupcakes. She launches the Skinny Bitch Cooking School in hopes of soon opening her own café in an empty space near her apartment. But on the first day of class, sexy millionaire restaurateur Zach Jeffries puts a fork in her idea with his own plans for the space—a steakhouse. Clem is livid. For a carnivore, Zach is more complicated than she anticipated. He’s also a very good kisser. But could dating one of the most eligible bachelors in the city—and a meat-eater—be as bad for Clem as high-fructose corn syrup? Shouldn’t she fall instead for a man who seems to be her perfect match in every way—like Alexander Orr, a very cute, very sweet vegan chef?

Clem thought she was open-minded, but as she confronts the challenges of budding entrepre­neurship, old rivals, ex-boyfriends, and tempting suitors, she begins to wonder if she can ever say “I love you” to a man who hates tofu.

Review
On face value, this book is alot about food, i mean there is enough refrences to beautiful dishes to keep me going a lifetime. On deeper exploration, this book at it's heart is a love story. Take Clem, a well known vegan chef, step up Zach, a meat eating millionaire business man (does every book i read have to have a sexy millionaire?) who clash brilliantly. By brilliantly, i mean the characters are well written that you become so involved in their arguments.  The book flows nicely and its very easy to settle in and whizz through it. As a reader i felt a mix of emotions with this book, anger, frustration and even elation. I wasn't sure i would take to Clem, i imagined she would be written as a preachy vegan, she isn't. She is a strong willed individual, who i found myself admiring for the courage and attitude she has. Overall, this book was a great read. For those who love chick lit, and food. This is great.
Rating; 8/10
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Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Teaser Tuesday


 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers

"There was power in her gaze. The power of desire"

Welcome to Exotica. Leave your inhibitions at the door


Lilli DeForrest is hoping for a week of pampering and relaxation, but when the beautiful Rajan steps into her suite, the attraction is immediate. Rajan is her ideal lover: tender, commanding and intensely erotic.


But, as Lilli is about to discover, his masterful touch is just the beginning.


An utterly delicious erotic romance perfect for fans of E.L. James and Sylvia Day

Monday, 17 June 2013

Love Rehab Author Interview & Giveaway,

For my full review click here
Synopsis
For anyone who has ever overdosed on love—or planned the wedding before the second date—Jo Piazza’s dazzling debut novel is a must-read


Cyber-stalking, drive-bys, drunken text messaging, creating fake email accounts—you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.

Sophie isn’t dealing with her breakup well. Dumped by her boyfriend, Eric, for his sexting, D-cupped, young Floozy McSecretary, Sophie leaves Manhattan and lands back in her hometown, crushed and pajama-clad, blaming herself and begging her ex for a second chance.

But when her best friend, Annie, gets in trouble for driving drunk and is forced to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, something clicks in Sophie’s strung-out mind. Women need love rehab, she realizes, to help fix the craziness that comes along with falling for someone.

If you start it, they will come. When she opens up her home to the obsessed and lovelorn, Sophie finds a way to help women out there who have overdosed on the wrong men—and she saves herself in the process.

Love is a drug and the only things that can save us are the steps, rules, and one another. Step one: Admit you have a problem, and keep the hell away from Facebook

Interview
1. What inspired this novel?
I was a completely neurotic dater in my twenties and the only thing that helped me through it were my amazing girlfriends. I wanted to write a romantic comedy where the knight in shining armor wasn't a man, but the other women who  stand by us and pick up the pieces for us. 

2. Would you follow the advice in the book yourself? I think it's great & whilst its not a self help book, i think as women we can take lessons away from this.
I think I subconsciously did follow the advice in the book. I wasn't going through any particular bad breakup when I wrote it (although trust me I had my fair share) but thinking about the steps and the rules in Love Rehab forced me to take a closer look at my relationships and my approach to love and dating. I think the great thing about the rules and the steps in Love Rehab is that they remind women that they aren't alone and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I can say that writing this book made me take a serious moral inventory and by the time the book was finished I had actually just met a great guy who I am dating now a year later. 
The really cool thing is that women have been writing me to thank me because the book has helped them. That inspired me to create a website where women can get all the tools they need to start their own Love Rehab

Find out if they need Love Rehab

And tell us their stories

My goal is to empower women to get the most out of all their relationships, romantic and otherwise. I also hope I made women laugh out loud a little. 

3. Who is your favourite author?
This is so hard because I love different authors for different reasons. Judy Blume was one of the big reasons that I wanted to be a writer. I was obsessed with everything she wrote when I was a kid. 
My favorite high school reading list book is The Great Gatsby. I think it could have been even better reimagined as a romantic comedy.
 I love Jennifer Weiner because we had a similar career arc. She was also a newspaper reporter and she lives in Philadelphia which is where I grew up. 



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Sunday, 16 June 2013

That First Kiss - Author Interview & My Review.(*)




 Interview with J.C Valentine

Have you always written or was it something you fell into?
I’ve been writing since I was a kid, but I kind of forgot about it in favor of being a teenager and, eventually, a wife and mother. I rediscovered my love for telling stories about four years ago and it’s just sort of taken off since then.

What gets you through some of the longer hours of writing? I know for me, it would be a good cup of tea.
Actually, tea is my go-to method of coping, too! I am also a snacker, so I usually have something sweet, like Jolly Ranchers, or something salty, like chips, on hand to keep me seated for the duration.

What was your favourite part to write & why?
For me, I loved the club scene when Piper and Tate are dancing with one another. There is something about a note of mystery that lends an incredible dose of sensuality to it. At least to my way of thinking anyway. Plus, I had to really slow down and place myself in the scene mentally to make sure hands were in the right places and the tension was high enough to scorch.

Who is your favourite author and favourite style of books?
I have so many favorite authors that it makes it difficult to name just one, but if I had to pin it down, I would say J.R. Ward has been a consistent favorite—she never fails to please!

Before I go I would like to thank you for taking the time to have me on your blog and introducing me to your readers! ~JC

Now, onto my review.
Synopsis
Mercurial and charming, Tate Larson is a rising author and playboy who has a different woman on his arm every night of the week. Focused on his work, Tate has no plans to settle down any time soon. That is until he meets his pretty new assistant, Piper Donovan.

Desperate to escape the promise of backwater living, Piper ditched her Alabama hometown and never looked back. That was almost two years ago. Now that she is out of a job and her bank account is running on fumes, she’s desperate to find a job, fast. She finds the break she is searching for when she lands a position at Bookish Temptations. A little dancing and a lot of drinks with the girls seem the perfect way to celebrate. After a brief but explosive encounter with a man she was never supposed to see again turns out to be the same man she will be bending over backwards to please, her every instinct tells her to run. But when running means leaving the life she has struggled so hard to create, Piper decides her only option is to continue working for the devastatingly sexy Tate Larson...even if it kills her.

Unable to deny their growing attraction, they struggle to keep their distance in a relationship that requires anything but.

*This book is intended for mature audiences.
 

Review
I bloody loved this, however Piper & Tate were the most frustrating characters, i found myself wanted to bang their heads together, it was so well written. I found the characters had a life of their own and made it seem more than a novel. I think their personalities were so well written that they complimented and clashed brilliantly, in fact i got a bit too attached to them. I found Tate a typical angsty, hot headed beautiful man that at times i adored and othertimes found such depths of dislike i could only imagine what Piper felt. I loved the introduction as well, it made for a refreshing change to see women out to get "laid" as it were. I totally agree with the author that the dancefloor scene is one of my favourite. I would most certainly reccomend this to any fans of this genre.

Rating 9/10
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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Entwined With You - Sylvia Day (Crossfire#3)

Genre; Adult/Erotica
Release Date; June 4th 2013
Synopsis
he worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts, and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires…

From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat.

No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

Entwined by our secrets, we tried to defy the odds. We made our own rules and surrendered completely to the exquisite power of possession

Review
 I bloody love Gideon, & the whole Crossfire series, better than fifty shades, much more than Christian Grey. So, when i found the release day for this i had it straight away (the joys of kindle!) Anyway, my love declarations aside. I thought this was the final in the series, alas! this is not the case with two more books in the pipeline, it left me happy. Onto the book itself, i feel it lacked in a story, if you asked me what happened? Not alot, we followed Gideon & Evas life for a while. I found this enjoyable and written brilliantly as usual. I feel that if you wanted a bit more drama, book 2 is where it is at! You couldnt just delve into this book with no previous experience of the series, but i like that it flows nicely and you can very quickly recall what happened in the other books. I loved it, but im not sure everyone will have.

Rating ; 9/10
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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Beastly - Alex Finn. Review

Genre; Y/A, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date; Oct 2007
Synopsis
I am a beast.

A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright--a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll stay this way forever--ruined--unless I can break the spell.

Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly . . . beastly

Review
 I am a huge fan of the original beauty and the beast, so this was a book that i had to read. A retelling of the original but this time based in modern NY. Kyles Kinsbury is the Schools IT guy, all the money, looks and charm, however one day all this turns on him and he is turned into a beast. Follow the story as we see the original novel unfold and how Kyle must find true love before time runs out and he stays a beast forever. I liked this, it was a nice easy read that i flew through, it didn't stray too far from the original story (unlike my fear for cinder and scarlet) . It made it a nice read and for someone who is hooked on disney it was nice to see another version that i could still relate to. The writing style was easy and i love the instant message conversations to break the story up, with a relatively large font as well, it didnt take more than 3 days to read.

Rating; 8/10
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Teaser Tuesday


 
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers

" A blah kiss makes him a keeper, Clem. When you're in love, they rip your heart right out of your chest"

From the coauthor of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestselling Skinny Bitch life­style series—a clever, kick-ass novel about friendship, romance, and making healthy choices both in and out of the kitchen.

Clementine Cooper is a born vegan, com­mitted in every way to the healthy lifestyle she was raised with on her father’s organic farm. But how bad could a little butter be? Bad enough to get the ambitious and talented sous chef fired when an influential food critic discovers dairy in Clem’s butternut squash ravioli with garlic sage sauce. Though she was sabotaged by a backstab­bing coworker, Clem finds herself unceremo­niously blackballed from every vegan kitchen in L.A.



Like any vegan chef worth her salt, however, Clem knows how to turn lemons into delicious, cruelty-free lemonade cupcakes. She launches the Skinny Bitch Cooking School in hopes of soon opening her own café in an empty space near her apartment. But on the first day of class, sexy millionaire restaurateur Zach Jeffries puts a fork in her idea with his own plans for the space—a steakhouse. Clem is livid. For a carnivore, Zach is more complicated than she anticipated. He’s also a very good kisser. But could dating one of the most eligible bachelors in the city—and a meat-eater—be as bad for Clem as high-fructose corn syrup? Shouldn’t she fall instead for a man who seems to be her perfect match in every way—like Alexander Orr, a very cute, very sweet vegan chef?



Clem thought she was open-minded, but as she confronts the challenges of budding entrepre­neurship, old rivals, ex-boyfriends, and tempting suitors, she begins to wonder if she can ever say “I love you” to a man who hates tofu

Monday, 10 June 2013

Life For Rent - Emmie Lou Kates. Feature & Excerpt.

Life for Rent.
Synopsis

Beth is always running from love, life and relationships and yet another disastrous break up finds her in a little village in Cornwall. She just wants to be left alone to enjoy the quiet country life and continue her work as a freelance artist. Liam was young free and single, enjoying the sun, surf and sex life to be found living in Cornwall, until tragedy strikes his family and he is left on his own trying to keep the family farm going. Two lost souls not wanting to be saved until fate and a little Cornish magic steps in. 



Excerpt


Beth slumped down onto a cardboard box full of books, the growl of the removals lorry fading into the background as it disappeared down the lane. She looked around at the chaos filling the living room of the small cottage and sighed, “Here we go again, why do I put myself through this time after time?” She ran a hand through her long red hair, sighed again and decided a cup of tea was in order, so set about the task of finding not only the kettle but tea bags and .. “Shit! I forgot to pick up any milk.” Resigning herself to a cup of black tea, possibly without sugar if she couldn’t find the box she’d packed that in, Beth filled the kettle and wandered out the back door while she waited for it to boil.
Looking around at the overgrown garden feeling the warmth of the sun on her shoulders, she watched butterflies flitting around the colourful flowers, (none of which she knew the name of or whether they were actual plants or weeds) she started to feel the stress of the move begin to lift. She sat down on the small garden wall, raised her head, closed her eyes and let her mind drift, plenty of time to start unpacking later, she was home. Well at least for the time being, until whatever it was that made her itchy feet pick up and move on again, she never seemed to be able to settle anywhere for too long, maybe one, two years? Perhaps this time she could really settle, make a real home in this sleepy Cornish village, maybe…
The loud roar of a tractor in the lane, and then an incessant tooting of a horn abruptly cut her daydreams short. She jumped up and looked over the garden fence to the road below, there was the huge red machine inches behind her fiesta and inside sat a large dark haired man scowling in the cab. She opened the gate and ran down the path, smiling she started to make apologetic noises that dried in her throat as he jumped out of the cab and roared at her. “What the fuck do you think you are doing parking in the middle of the lane?”
If he had not put her back up with his foul mouthed tirade, she may have had time to notice how his lean muscular body was bursting from the open shirt roughly tucked into fading jeans that covered strong, long legs. She would have admired his square jaw and high cheekbones covered by skin tanned from years working outside, or the way he tossed his unruly dark hair away from his deep blue eyes with a flick of his head.
But no, all she could see was some uncouth local, bad mouthing her because she had the audacity to park her car outside her cottage.
She glared back at him and replied with ice cool politeness. “This is a private lane and I have every right to park my car outside my property”. There that told him.
He walked towards her, his six foot two frame towering over her and continued to glare. “If you had bothered to read your property documents thoroughly, you would have seen that my farm has a right of way down this lane to the field at the end, so you will have to park your car on the grass verge”.
She glared back, her temper rising, “Well, if you had knocked on my door and asked politely I might have been of a mind to move it, but as you don’t appear to have a polite bone in your body you can whistle pal”. And with that she turned on her heel and marched back up the path to her cottage, slamming the gate shut she shot inside before he could reply.
Liam watched her storm up the path stunned, he could not believe she had just walked away from him, he stood muttering to himself, he could do without this today of all days he had so much to get done on the farm and the last thing he needed was to have some tart from upcountry causing more problems. He turned towards his tractor and as he walked by her car he caught a glimpse of her keys still in the ignition, he hesitated for just a second then yanked open the door and sat down, or tried to, his six two frame didn’t fit easily into the small car and his knees were pinned under the steering wheel. He reached under the seat to pull the lever and moved it back as far as it would go, it gave him just enough movement to be able to drive the car a few yards. He started it up and quickly put it in gear hoping to move it before she came down to see what he was doing. He looked in front of the car to the grass verge and high garden wall, a slow grin came across his face as he edged the car up the verge and eased it up against the wall with only about an inch to spare, he nudged it forward to sit with its bonnet tucked into the Cornish hedge that curved out from the wall. Pleased now that he had made it very difficult to get the car back out again he switched off the engine, extricated his long legs from under the steering wheel stood up and shut the door. He looked up the garden path to see if she had heard him, but there was no sign that she had, so he turned and climbed back into his tractor.
Content that he had made his point he started the engine and roared on towards the field.
Beth heard the tractor roar off and assumed he had gone back down the lane to whatever hole he had crawled out of, she smiled to herself as she sipped the hot black tea, sweetened by the sugar she had managed to retrieve from one of the boxes.
Even if she was a newcomer to the village she’d be damned if she was going to be pushed around by some foul mouthed local.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Lola Bensky - Lily Brett(*)

Genre;Fiction
Release Date; Septemeber 2012
Synopsis
Lola Bensky is a nineteen-year-old rock journalist who irons her hair straight and asks a lot of questions. A high-school dropout, she's not sure how she got this job - but she's been sent by her Australian newspaper right to the heart of the London music scene a the most exciting time in music history: 1967.
Drawing on her own experience as a young journalist, the bestselling author of 'Too Many Men' has created an unforgettable character in the unconventional and couragous Lola. Genuinely funny and deeply moving, 'Lola Bensky' shows why Lily Brett is one of Australia's most distinctive and internationally acclaimed author

Review
I thought this would be a "cool" read. A rock journalist interviewing some of the biggest stars? yes please. However, that aside, i felt the book lacked a real storyline, i felt it focused alot on the interviews, then just jumped to another part of Lolas life. I understand it was to give an overview of the characters life, yet it felt needless to me. I found that although it covered most of Lolas life, it never really had a reason. I found that the book was however, well written and to the point, in fact i really enjoyed the writing style of the author.  I just wished it had being a more complete story. Although, i bloody love Jimi Hendrix and for that fact, all the music mentioned, i think its time to open spotify to listen to some rock music.

Rating; 4/10
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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Girl With A Guitar Feature & Giveaway



Title: Girl with Guitar
Author: Caisey Quinn   
Release date: May 22, 2013
Genre: Romance
Age Group: New Adult (Mature 17+ content)
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
Book Description:
After Kylie’s dad dies in a freak accident, he leaves her with nothing other than her crazy stepmother, Darla, and the ability to play guitar. When Darla kicks Kylie out and she loses her job all in the same day, she hops a bus to Nashville determined to make her late father’s dreams come true. Waitressing and saving her pennies to record a demo, her big break comes when she’s asked to join a tour going down the tubes with once platinum album-selling country music superstar Trace Corbin. But touring with Trace is hardly a dream come true since he’s pretty much drinking his career down the drain. If Kylie can’t pull Trace out of his rut, he’ll pull her and her dreams down with him.



About the Author
Caisey Quinn is a wearer of cowgirl boots, writer, and avid reader. She is a lover of wine and is addicted to chai tea lattes. She is also the brand spanking new author of several New Adult romances including Girl with Guitar and soon to be released Keep Me Still (which may or may not include spanking).
Caisey is a Gemini, wife, mom, and former high school English teacher living in Birmingham, Alabama, who spends her days chasing a three-year-old and hiding away with her MacBook. She spends her nights writing and is a firm believer that sleep is overrated. Currently she is hard at work on Girl on Tour, the second book in the Kylie Ryans series.
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Excerpt



There was only one way out of this. Okay, maybe two. Duck and hide and risk losing her job, or face the man whose song she’d just butchered in front of several hundred people. And risk losing her job.
Well, she’d never been one to back down, and she’d never ducked and hid from anyone in her life. Certainly not some cocky-ass country music singer who everyone knew was pretty much drinking his career down the drain.  
“Can I get you a drink, Mr. Corbin?” Kylie asked in the sweetest tone she could muster, stepping towards the stage.
“No, ma’am. Got one,” he told her, winking at the audience and lifting a beer bottle in her direction. Thick dark hair peeked out from under a trucker’s hat, and muscular suntanned forearms flexed at the end of his rolled up shirtsleeves. His bright white smile was framed by boyish dimples, and damn those jeans were doing things to her.
“Then what can I do for you?” she asked, rolling her eyes at the crowd as if she was annoyed with the megastar for interrupting her work. Good Lord. If they only knew that her heart was beating triple time against her ribs.
“Well, since you stole my song, the least you could do would be come up here and sing with me,” he slurred. For heaven’s sakes, the man was half drunk. And geez, could his jeans get any tighter? Focus, Kylie.
“Excuse me, sir. You mean to tell me you sing a song about bein’ a single girl that can’t be tied down?” The audience cracked up all around her.
“She’s cute, Clive. Where’d you find this one?” Trace bellowed across the bar. Kylie didn’t look to see what Clive did, but she could see a few cell phone screens lighting up the room. This was definitely going to be on YouTube. Trace Corbin was going to make sure she never got recognized in the industry, unless it was by people laughing at her.
“Well, pick a song already. I got tables to wait on,” Kylie said, hopping back onto the stage.
He eyed her carefully as he lifted his guitar. “You gonna change the words all up? Make me look like a fool?”
“Oh no, darlin.’ Pretty sure you can handle that all on your own,” Kylie answered with a flirty grin.
She prayed she looked like she was keeping her cool, but the last time she’d seen this man he was on CMT and she was watching from her bedroom in Okla-fricking-homa. And holy hell if he wasn’t even hotter in person. He smelled like aftershave and bourbon. Kylie decided then and there that she’d never be able to get a whiff of either without recalling this moment.



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