Thursday, June 30, 2016

*Interview* with author Jennifer L. Allen


Author Interview with Jennifer L. Allen



1.  What are you working on right now?
I’m working on three different projects right now. One is top secret. I hopefully share more about it in the new year. The second is Joey’s story, a novella that is part of the JACT series. All the books in this series can be read as standalones, but reading them in order will give you a full appreciation for the characters and the series. And the last project is brand new, it’s going to be a military romance. It’s a story that just popped into my head recently and one I can’t wait to tell.


2.  Tell us about your writing process. 
I don’t really have a process I stick to. I tend to get an idea for a story and stew over it for a few days until I have enough info to start jotting down notes. I don’t really do a complete outline, because I’m too anal retentive. I know how that sounds, you’d think someone who is anal retentive would thrive on outlines, and I’m sure some do. My problem is that if I create an outline, I want to stick to it, and when the story starts going in a different direction, or I think or something new to insert, I start to freak out a little bit because I’m swaying from the outline…then I need to redo the outline, etc. So I tend to wing it because it keeps the process fun and loose. So I make some rough notes, and my notes are usually in the form of a list of things I want to happen so I can scoot things down, insert new things, and delete stuff, etc. as I go. I don’t write every day. One day I might write 2000 words, then a week later I might write 10,000, then I might work on something else. It can be chaotic, but I don’t usually give myself deadlines or goals or anything while writing because I want it to stay fun and not a chore…I don’t want it to be a job. It’s a fun, creative outlet for me.  


3.  Who was your favorite character to write?  Who was the hardest to write?
I really enjoy Alex from my JACT series. He’s just a fun guy. He’s laid back and easygoing. He enjoys life and doesn’t take too much seriously, except when he has to. I can’t wait to write his story. I have such great plans for him!


4.  Do you write full-time or do you have another job?
I have a full time day job as an Office Manager. I’m also a graduate student. Writing is very, very part-time for me. But as I mentioned before, it’s a fun, creative outlet for me, and I want it to stay that way. I want to always enjoy it. Right now, like reading, it’s sort of an escape for me. When I’m stressed over this, that, or the other thing…I write.


5.  What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time I read. You can almost always catch me with a book in my hand. I’m addicted. I also enjoy music and going to concerts, traveling, and taking pictures. I like to spend time with my husband and our families when we can. I also enjoy cooking and baking, though I haven’t been doing too much of that lately since starting grad school. I’m all about make ahead meals that I can stick in the crock pot and forget about!


6.  Do you have any favorite TV shows? 
Yeah…so I don’t really watch TV anymore. When I started avidly reading, I found books to be much more fascinating and gave up pretty much all my TV shows. I don’t really know what’s on TV anymore. I used to enjoy CSI, Criminal Minds, and How I Met Your Mother. There were others (my husband and I had a ridiculous lineup of shows we watched), but I can’t even remember what they were. I also loved to catch reruns of Friends, Golden Girls, The Nanny, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and if I happen to see one of those on TV, I might still watch it.


7.  What's your guilty pleasure?  
Chocolate. I love Cadbury and Symphony and Dove…yum.


8.  Who are your favorite authors?
Such a hard question. There are so many authors I absolutely love and I love discovering new authors, too. I love Colleen Hoover, and probably always will keep her at or near the top of my list. Hopeless is the first contemporary romance book I read, the one that started my reading obsession. So I’ll always be thankful to Colleen for introducing me to this side of the book world. I love Tijan – her work is amazing. Others I enjoy are Sawyer Bennett, Jade C. Jamison, Abbi Glines, Jay Crownover…this list could go on and on and pretty much every time I’m asked this question, I answer with different people.


9. 
What was your last 5 star read?

Sweet on Wilde by Fabiola Francisco. I met the lovely Fabiola at my first signing, Sassy in Jacksonville. We’ve actually been Facebook friends for a while and I’ve read a couple of her other books, so it was great getting to meet her in person. Anyway, I picked up this book at the signing and LOVED it! The chemistry between the two main characters was amazing and the story was so sweet. I liked that things happened over time and it wasn’t all insta-love…though I don’t mind stories with insta-love at all, but I appreciate a good build up. This story had that! 


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Thank you Jennifer L. Allen for taking the time to answer these questions for us. 

Stop by Bookworm Mom on Facebook to check out the teasers and spotlight posts that have been posted throughout the week for Jennifer's books.  You can also pre-order Right Place Right Time, which comes out on July 22nd! <3 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WWW Wednesday







WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Taking on a World of Words blog.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?  

Currently Reading
I am currently reading an ARC (cover has not been released yet, so I'm sharing a teaser) of Moore to Love by Faith Andrews.  I literally just started it so I'm only a couple chapters in, but I'm looking forward to reading Leni's story as she goes on her journey to reach her goal weight and finally finding happiness.  I am one of those people who has struggled with weight my entire life, so I really feel like Leni's story is going to speak to me in amazing ways.  <3 

What I Recently Finished
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 I recently finished Change of Heart by Jennifer L Allen.  This was my first book by this author and I absolutely loved it.  I'm a sucker for second chance romances.  

What I'm Reading Next
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Next in my TBR pile is The Crown by Kiera Cass.  Last year a lot of my friends were raving about the Selection series.  I'm not really one for reading YA books, but I decided to give it a try anyway just to see what all the hype was about.  Well, I ended up flying through the series.  I loved the books!  I'm looking forward to reading this one to see how Eadlyn's story turns out.  

*Spotlight* Right Place Right Time by Jennifer L. Allen





Synopsis:
Kate Dumont is an achiever, completely focused on her future. Playing the role of brilliant pre-
med student doesn’t leave her much time for anything else. But is she working towards the future
she wants, or the future her elitist parents have planned out for her?

Jay Spencer grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. He’s made some mistakes, and one in
particular will follow him around for the rest of his life. He spends most of his days keeping
himself out of trouble by following his passion, riding and repairing motorcycles.

Two lost souls met on the side of a South Carolina highway three years ago, neither one knowing
what the other would eventually mean to them. Reunited in California, Kate and Jay feel a pull
towards one another they cannot explain.

Will they help each other bring out the best in themselves? Or are their lives too different to even
have a chance?




Pre-order now for only 99cents!  
Right Place Right Time will release on July 22, 2016
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30237211-right- place-right- time



Excerpt:
“Stupid, no good, piece of crap!” I wince as my sandaled foot comes into contact with the
unforgiving tire of my hand-me- down Mercedes convertible. My scowl turns into a frown when I
pull my foot back and see the black smudge across the white straps. This day just keeps getting
worse!

I tip my head back, look up to the clouds, and pray for cell signal. When that doesn’t work, I
bargain. My first born…my soul…good behavior…even better grades…

No such luck.

I’m on a quiet stretch of the interstate, between Columbia and Greenville, where there have
been too few passersby, not one of them kind enough to pull over and help the damsel in distress.

And boy do I look the part of a damsel in distress in a white sundress and sandals with my long,
dark blonde hair and big, doe-like brown eyes—the picture of innocence.

If it weren’t for the hot midday sun beating down on my shoulders, I’d probably be terrified.

This whole situation has a classic serial killer vibe to it, add in darkness and I would not be
standing outside my vehicle right now.

I lean back against the hot car and sigh. What a day. I drove all the way to Greenville to volunteer at a community clinic’s event, just to be informed upon arrival that the event had been rescheduled. They’d posted a notice at the site, which is really helpful when you’re one hundred miles away. I frown at my dirty sandal.

Stupid car. Yes, it’s a Mercedes, but no, it’s not brand new. It’s a 1995 model passed down
from my father. It has seen many, many better days in its lifetime. My dad has always taken very good care of his cars, hence the reason this fifteen-plus- year-old car is now mine. My parents may be mostly absent from my life, but my dad wouldn’t have given me a beater for a car.

Truth is, I probably missed an oil change or something. Whatever. I don’t know anything
about cars. Ask me to recite all the bones in the human body and I’ll do it. Ask me to name one
part of a car and you’ll get crickets. I’m practically a genius, according to my latest IQ score
administered by the director of the “gifted program” at my high school, so I’m sure the
mechanics of a car wouldn’t be too difficult for me to figure out and understand, but this is one
of those instances where I’d rather succumb to the gender stereotypes and just play the clueless
female role. There’s enough information floating around in my brain without my choosing to add more, though part of me kind of wishes I at least knew how to pop my hood right about now.

Hearing the sound of a vehicle approaching behind me, I spin around to look. Smiling wide,
I’m suddenly grateful for my vehicular ignorance and damsel in distress appearance. It’s an older sedan, maybe not as old as my hand-me- down, but it doesn’t appear to be as well kept. I can just make out that the driver is male through the dirty windshield.

Jeez. I hope he’s not a serial killer or something! Seriously, Kate? You did not think this
through at all.

I open my car door and busy myself looking for something that could be a potential weapon
should this turn into Wrong Turn. Empty water bottle, a stack of flyers for another volunteer
project I’m working on, a weathered copy of Gone with the Wind… I eye the book. It’s a
hardback, it might be my best bet.

I hear a throat clear and pop my head up, narrowly missing bumping it on the roof of my car. I
can only see his face over the roof of the car as he’s standing on the passenger side, lower in the soft shoulder of the highway. My five foot two inch height doesn’t help matters either. But wow, if his face is anything to go by, his body must be amazing. He has the most intense gray eyes, almost silver. His nose looks slightly crooked, like it’s been broken once or twice, and he has a strong, squared jaw with subtle stubble. His hair is buzzed very short so I can’t quite tell the color but it looks dirty blond, and he’s hot—er—sweaty. Yeah, sweaty. His brow is glistening with it.

He’s all man and my seventeen year old self doesn’t quite know what to do with the attraction
I feel. I have never felt so nervous around a guy before. Ever. I simply don’t have time for this
sort of thing. Not with my AP classes, studying, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and
college applications.

“Hey,” I smoothly call out to him, if I do say so myself.

The corner of his mouth lifts in a slight smirk and butterflies take flight in my tummy. He
doesn’t move to come around to my side of the car, which is just fine by me. If he were closer,
he’d see the slight trembling of my hands and he might actually hear the swarm of butterflies.

“Know anything about cars?”


Author Bio:
Jennifer lives in South Carolina with her husband and their three fur-kids. She is in grad school,
pursuing a Masters in Psychology for Clinical Counseling. When she is not at work or taking
classes, she is either reading or writing. Books have always been a passion. She also enjoys
spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and music. She released her debut novel, Our Moon, in June 2015.


Contact Links:
Email: jenniferlallenauthor@gmail.com
Website: www.jenniferlallenauthor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jallenauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJenniferA
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/b4LjgD
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1HGvygy
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13941116.Jennifer_L_Allen

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

*Spotlight* Change of Heart by Jennifer L. Allen





Synopsis:
Casey Evans and Decker Abrams have been best friends since they became neighbors at the age
of six. After high school, Casey abruptly leaves their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina
for the west coast, leaving Decker wondering where she went and why she left.

Three years later the two are reunited, both harboring some old resentment towards the other.
Not to mention, Casey has been hiding a pretty big secret from Decker all those years. Not
willing to risk losing Casey again, Decker follows her back to California in an attempt to save
their friendship.

Will Casey and Decker work out their issues and be best friends again? Or will they finally
become something more?



Amazon: http://amzn.to/1LR4odR
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25508133-change- of-heart


Excerpt:
I lie in my bed, staring at the text on my phone.

Deck: Still up?

I look over at the alarm clock on my nightstand. It’s after midnight, and I have a long drive
ahead of me tomorrow. At this hour, Decker only ever wants one thing. I know what I should do,
but what am I going to do?

What’s one more night, right? Does that make me a bad person?

Things with Decker have been strained, to say the least, since Cade’s graduation party. It’s
like he knows something is wrong but is too afraid to stir things up by asking me about it. I
usually don’t hide things from him. I’ve always been an open book.
But this…this I can’t be an open book about.

Me: Yes.

Deck: Is it open?

He’s referring to my bedroom window. His point of entry.

Me: Yes.

Deck: I’ll be right there.

I roll to my back and stare up at the ceiling, the glow-in- the-dark stars shine back at me.
Decker and I placed them there when we were twelve. It was only six years ago, but it seems
like a lifetime ago. Things are so different now.

I hadn’t been sleeping with him back then.

And I hadn’t been in love with him, either.

Yep, that’s right. I’m in love with my best friend. At Cade’s graduation party, when I saw him
with Carrie, it’s like my heart had stopped. I’d believed what he’d told me—that it was a ruse to
get him upstairs and that he stopped when he’d figured out what she was up to. But it was in that moment that I’d realized my feelings for Decker were much stronger than they should have been.

And then, when he and I had spoken outside before I’d left that night, I’d realized my feelings
were stronger than his, too.

You’re my best friend.

Those four words were like a punch in the chest. But what had I expected? For Decker to have
the big ah-ha realization moment at the exact same time as me? Not likely. Hell, my moment of
realization wasn’t even all that awesome. Since we took our friendship to the next level, Decker
has never expressed that he wants us to be anything more than what we are. In fact, he’d always seemed pretty content to just keep our whole “relationship” a secret. Maybe if he would have just come out with it, his friends would have laid off with the teasing and the name calling. Or maybe it would have been even worse.

Then, to make the situation even more complicated, what do I do? I go and fall in love with
him. Smooth, Casey. Real smooth. I’ve always loved Decker, but it’s different now. Too
different.

I hear the tell-tale sound of the window being raised so I roll onto my side to watch him climb
in. Decker has been climbing in and out of my bedroom window for more than ten years, but it’s
only happened at night, like this, the past few months.

Regardless of the obvious strain, our appetite for one another hasn’t changed. All summer
long we’d feasted off one another night after night. It’s as if I’ve been trying to quench all my
desires before our impending separation. The separation he’s still unaware of.

My heart pinches inside my chest at the thought of this being our last night together. Maybe,
just maybe, things can be different. There is still time.

I take in his slightly disheveled appearance and my stomach clenches. He’s really filled out
over the past year. Thick, corded muscles in his arms and shoulders—natural for a pitcher, tight
abs, and muscular thighs. Now another part of me is clenching.

He struggles his way into the room, then stumbles over to my bed. His auburn hair is slightly
longer than last summer’s buzz cut, but still quite short, and spiked in a messy, yet organized,
way. He gives me a half smirk, his eyes are hooded.

Great. He’s drunk. Just how I’d wanted to remember tonight. I should’ve said no. I should’ve
ignored the text. I should’ve locked the damn window.

But it’s Decker. My kryptonite.

“Have you been drinking?” I foolishly ask him, already knowing the answer to my question.

He laughs as he drops on the edge of the bed and starts pulling off his shoes. “A little,” he
admits.

“I thought you were in training.” The frustration is evident in my tone—not that he’d notice in
his present state.

Decker got a baseball scholarship to go to the University of South Carolina. He is going to be
a Gamecock, and everyone in our town is so proud of him. I’m proud of him. Even though the
baseball season isn’t until the second part of the year, they have the team train all-year- round to some degree. And when he’d accepted the scholarship, he also accepted a pretty extensive summer training schedule to prepare him for what he will have to deal with once he is on campus.

“It’s one night, Case. Stop being so serious all the time. It’s summer,” he slurs. He finally
wrangles off his pants and shirt and flops down on his back.

“It won’t kill you to take things seriously every once in a while.” Maybe if you took things
seriously once in a while, you’d realize that life was about to change, I think to myself but don’t dare speak. I don’t want a confrontation with Decker. Yeah…I’m a chicken.

“And it won’t kill you to give it a rest every once in a while,” he counters. And he’s right. It is
our last night together, the least I can do is refrain from lecturing him. It is too late for it to do
any good anyway. Isn’t it?

I sigh in acceptance, and he takes it as an invitation, rolling towards me and cupping my face.

I look into his deep green eyes, and for a moment, I swear he looks sad. But he can’t possibly be.

He doesn’t know what’s really been plaguing me these past couple months.

He closes his eyes and presses his lips against mine. I pull him closer and he moves himself
above me. My mouth opens on a soft moan and he takes advantage, pushing his way inside. Our
tongues clash and our bodies grind against each other as we rid one another of our clothes,
coming together completely one last time.

It’s a night I will never forget. I’m so grateful that the bedroom light is out, and the moon is
low so he can’t see the tears I can’t hold back in the dark.

“Decker?” I take some comfort in the heat radiating from his naked body pressed up against
my back. It makes me feel bold. Bold enough to speak my heart? My mind?

“Hmm?”

“Things are going to change.” I close my eyes tight, badly wanting to tell him everything.

How much I love him…really, really love him. And that I’m going to Stanford. I want him to
assure me that everything will be okay…that we’ll be okay. That he loves me, too, and we’ll
make it work despite the distance. I need his strength.

“Nah.” He yawns loudly, the liquor on his breath wafting over my shoulder as he exhales and
pulls me tighter against him. “We might not see each other as much…but we’ll always be best
friends.”

The small glimmer of hope I had burns out in the night.

“Best friends…right.” A final tear falls from my eye, runs down my cheek and drops to the
pillow with an audible plop.

“Forever…” he murmurs.

By morning, Decker is gone.

A few hours later, so am I.


Author Bio:
Jennifer lives in South Carolina with her husband and their three fur-kids. She is in grad school,
pursuing a Masters in Psychology for Clinical Counseling. When she is not at work or taking
classes, she is either reading or writing. Books have always been a passion. She also enjoys
spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and music. She released her debut novel, Our Moon, in June 2015.


Contact Links:
Email: jenniferlallenauthor@gmail.com
Website: www.jenniferlallenauthor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jallenauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJenniferA
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/b4LjgD
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1HGvygy
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13941116.Jennifer_L_Allen

Monday, June 27, 2016

*Review* Change of Heart by Jennifer L Allen

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Synopsis:
Casey Evans and Decker Abrams had been best friends since they became neighbors at the age of six. After high school, Casey abruptly leaves their hometown of Charleston, South Carolina for the west coast, leaving Decker wondering where she went and why she left.

Three years later the two are reunited, both harboring some old resentment towards the other. Not to mention, Casey has been hiding a pretty big secret from Decker all those years. Not willing to risk losing Casey again, Decker follows her back to California in an attempt to save their friendship.

Will Casey and Decker work out their issues and be best friends again? Or will they finally become something more?



My Review:
5 out of 5 stars
★★★★★

I thought I had read books in the past that took you on an emotional roller coaster, but they were nothing compared to this one. This book broke my heart and put it back together so many times! Decker was a nearly perfect man. He knew when to give Casey her space and when she needed him to stand by, even if she was pushing him away. After learning everything that would make anyone else run away, he stayed by her. I love how dedicated he was to her. I also really loved the friendship between Casey and Kate. Every girl needs a best friend like that.

*Spotlight* Hearts in the Sand by Jennifer L Allen






Synopsis:
The last several years of Trevor Monroe’s life have been quite a rollercoaster. He has always
been the responsible and dependable one, the one friends and siblings look to for advice, or help
bailing themselves out of whatever mess they’ve gotten into. He has certainly earned a month-
long vacation to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Sara Sands loves her life on the Outer Banks. Sure, the road to where she is today hasn’t always
been smooth, but she is the proud owner of a successful company, Sand Tours, doing what she
loves, and she couldn’t love her niece and nephew more if they were her own. Life is good.

Fate brings Trevor and Sara together and the chemistry between the two kindred spirits cannot be
denied. Against both of their natures, they decide to just enjoy the month they have together
before Trevor returns home with his family to record their next album and Sara will return to her
normal routine of work and family.

Sparks fly and their bond grows overwhelmingly stronger, will they be able to part ways with
their hearts intact when the month ends?




Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1TGEblh
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28674668-hearts- in-the- sand



Excerpt:
Just as Alex and Joey step out of the building, a muddy Jeep Wrangler comes rushing into the
lot and jerks into a parking space, barking its tires. Muttered curse words in the most angelic of
tones float across the parking lot and I can’t tear my eyes, or ears, away from the spectacle if I
tried.

The most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen gets out of said Jeep, slams the door, and kicks it
for good measure. She tips her head back and closes her eyes, her full lips moving but I can’t
hear what she’s saying. I wish I could hear what she was saying.

I take a moment to completely check her out: long, tan legs, denim short-shorts, white tank
top with pink bikini straps peeking out around her neck. She’s barefoot, and something about
that is sexy as hell. Her long, brown hair is in a thick braid down her back.

“Holy hot chick,” Alex says, not quietly, beside me.

Holy Hot Chick straightens herself out, her eyes zero in on our group—all staring in wonder
now—probably wondering who had called her “hot chick”, then after staring at us—at me—for a
good thirty seconds, huffs and storms into the building.

“Bitches be crazy,” Alex says with a shrug, then hops in the back and begins arguing with
Joey about who gets to sit across from Max. “Sit across from your wife...Max wants to sit across
from his favorite uncle. Don’t ya buddy?”

“Unca! Unca!”

“Told you!” Alex laughs maniacally. I shake my head; the antics never seem to end.

The side door of the building pops open and the beautiful brunette from the Jeep appears.
Smiling and confident, she walks right up to me and sticks her hand out.

“You must be Mr. Monroe. I’m Sara, I’ll be your driver today.”

I’m not entirely sure, but I think my jaw drops for a second before I take her hand and shake.
What I’d really like to do is bring her hand up to my lips and kiss it like the goddess I’m positive
she must be.

“Trevor. Please, call me Trevor. Mr. Monroe was my dad.” I smile, slightly stumbling over
my words.

“This is gonna be epic,” I hear Alex say in a stage whisper behind me. Sad thing is, he
probably thought he was actually whispering.

“Sorry about him,” I say, still shaking her hand. “Sorry,’ I grimace, dropping her hand.

“It’s okay,” she smiles. “I guess you’re riding with me?” she asks, raising her brow and
drawing my attention from her mouth to the most amazing blue eyes I’ve ever seen.

“Yeah, I’m riding you. With you. I’m riding with you. Shit.” I tip my head back and close my
eyes, very similar to how I just saw her a few minutes ago. “I’m sorry,” I say, but I’m not sure
she can hear me over Alex and Joey’s uproarious laughter from the back of the truck. I finally
open my eyes and chance a look at her and see that she’s laughing a little, too.

“You’ll have to take me to dinner first,” she winks. “As for the tour, why don’t you get in the
front seat while I check to make sure everyone’s seat belts are secure?”

“Can you secure my seat belt for me?” Alex asks. “Ow, what the hel—heck did you do that
for?” Alex glares at Ally.

“Behave yourself!” she growls.

“Chase, control your woman! Ow! Son of a—! Switch with me Joe, sit across from your kid.

Come on.”

“You think my wife won’t kick you?”

“Trev, I’ll sit up front,” Alex says, making a move to rise.

“Sorry,” Sara says, patting Alex on the shoulder. “Trevor’s too tall to sit back here. It’s in the
rule book.”

“But I was born a rule breaker, baby.” Alex says, waggling his eyebrows and giving his best
grin.

“You were not,” Ally interjects. “If anyone was born a rule breaker, it was me.”

“You were slow. That hardly makes you a rule breaker.”

“I was supposed to be first.”

“And that just means you’ve been failing to meet expectations since birth. Not that you’re a
rule breaker.”

Ally glares at Alex, then looks at Chase expectantly. He rolls his eyes, but still elbows Alex in
the side.

“Ow, what was that for?”

“Stop disrespecting your sister. You’re being an ass.”

“Language,” Evie calls out.

“Sorry,” Chase says.

“She started it,” Alex complains. “I only said I was born a rule breaker, she’s the one who
started arguing with me.”

“Are they always like this?” Sara asks me as we both take a seat in the cab.

“Yes. At least once a day, every day.”

“Brother and sister?” she asks.

“Twins.” I answer as I buckle my seat belt.

Her eyes dart up to mine with genuine interest, “Really?”

“Yep.”

“That’s so cool. My niece and nephew are fraternal twins.” She smiles that heart-stopping
smile again and I swear my ability to form a sentence goes straight out the window. “Ever since
they were born I’ve been intrigued by research on twins and twin studies. Interesting stuff.”

“Well, you don’t want to research these twins. Trust me.”

She laughs, and if her smile hadn’t already knocked me on my ass, her laugh would have. It
was ethereal, it suited her other angelic qualities…like her voice and her eyes and her smile…

“I sense there is a definite warning there,” she says, still laughing.

“Yes. It says ‘Proceed With Caution.’”

“You’re funny, Trevor Monroe.” I love the way my full name rolls off her tongue. Sara puts
the key in the ignition and turns on the truck. The rumble of the engine cuts off conversation in
the back. She grabs a small, black, wireless device from the dash and clips it to the strap of her
tank top. I’m completely mesmerized by her simple movements.

Sara taps the roof of the truck through her open window, pops it into gear, and we’re off. She
presses a button on the steering wheel and a red light blinks on the wireless device. When she
speaks, her voice comes through the speakers.


“Hey everyone, thanks for choosing Sand Tours. I’m Sara Sands, and I’ll be your guide today.”


Author Bio:
Jennifer lives in South Carolina with her husband and their three fur-kids. She is in grad school,
pursuing a Masters in Psychology for Clinical Counseling. When she is not at work or taking
classes, she is either reading or writing. Books have always been a passion. She also enjoys
spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and music. She released her debut novel, Our Moon, in June 2015.


Contact Links:
Email: jenniferlallenauthor@gmail.com
Website: www.jenniferlallenauthor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jallenauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJenniferA
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/b4LjgD
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Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13941116.Jennifer_L_Allen

Sunday, June 26, 2016

*Spotlight* Our Moon by Jennifer L. Allen







Synopsis:
Ally Monroe can’t remember her name, let alone the last eighteen years of her life. A car
accident erased everything, leaving her in a year-long coma, a severe case of amnesia and the
reality that her parents didn’t survive. Released from her long-term care facility to her twin
brother, Alex, and her older brother, Trevor, Ally tries to piece together what she can.

While trying to live her life again, Chase Baker stirs feelings within her, making him hard to
resist. Guitarist for her brothers’ band, JACT, Chase ignites a fire she’s not sure she can contain.
With mysteries of her past looming in the back of her mind, threatening to destroy anything she
tries to build with him, Ally needs to decide to unravel the past or live for the future.

Do Ally and Chase have a chance? Or are there secrets in Ally’s past that may ruin any hope for
them?



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Excerpt #1: 
“Stop staring at me like that, you creeper!” she laughs, throwing a grape at me. It bounces off my nose and falls to the blanket between us.
“Hey now, don’t you waste the fruits of my labor,” I tease. I pick up the grape and pop it in
my mouth, grinning at her. “And I thought you like it when I look at you.”
“I do, but it was like you were participating in a one-sided staring contest.”
“It’s because you’re so beautiful I can’t get enough of you,” I tell her.
She sighs dreamily and her eyes cloud over. ‘Swoon,’ I believe is the term. “You’re such a
romantic.” She leans forward and gives me a quick peck on the lips, but I surprise her by pulling
her down onto me and deepening the kiss. I hold back my groan as she moans in response. She
pulls back just enough to look in my eyes and say, “I can’t get enough of you either.”
We alternate between making out, snacking on the remaining fruit I brought for dessert, and
talking while looking up at the stars and the moon.
“Every time I look at the moon, I think of you,” she says.
I roll my head to look at her lying beside me. “I think of you, too.”


Excerpt #2: 
That’s the band,” he points to the picture of him and Trevor with the two guys.
“Chase and Joey,” I say, remembering their names from Alex and Trevor’s ridiculous and
hilarious stories. They must be some group when they are all together.
“Yep,” Alex smiles. “That one’s Joey,” he points to the shortest of the four, the one with the
beard. “And that’s Chase,” he points at the blue-eyed blond, between Trevor and Alex in height.
Both are attractive, but Chase… Chase is gorgeous. Those eyes. I half expect to see the sun
shining in them; they are the perfect color of sky.
“Will I meet them?” I hope I will meet him.
“Heck, yeah,” Alex grins and nods.
“In due time,” Trevor says from the doorway. I spin quickly to look at him, I didn’t realize he
was standing there. He had brought up the last of my bags from the car and they were sitting by
his feet in the doorway. “We don’t want to overwhelm you, and, well, they can be
overwhelming.”
“Joey can be overwhelming,” Alex corrects. “Chase doesn’t do anything.”
“He doesn’t do anything?” I question, beginning to feel like a parrot.
“Chase is the strong, silent type,” Trevor says. “Joey has the energy of a toddler. Bet you can
guess who was friends with who first?” I laugh, the descriptions of Joey and Chase are just as
I’ve described Alex and Trevor in my head.
“You’ll probably see Chase around here sooner rather than later, though,” Trevor informs
me. “He lives in the apartment over the garage.”
I nod; I won’t exactly mind seeing him around. At least, I don’t think I would mind. Can’t tell them that though.


Author Bio:
Jennifer lives in South Carolina with her husband and their three fur-kids. She is in grad school,
pursuing a Masters in Psychology for Clinical Counseling. When she is not at work or taking
classes, she is either reading or writing. Books have always been a passion. She also enjoys
spending time with her family, traveling to new places, and music. She released her debut novel, Our Moon, in June 2015.


Contact Links:
Email: jenniferlallenauthor@gmail.com
Website: www.jenniferlallenauthor.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jallenauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJenniferA
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/b4LjgD
Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/1HGvygy
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13941116.Jennifer_L_Allen

Saturday, June 25, 2016

*Review* Hope Over Fear by J.A DeRouen

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Synopsis:
Today is the day – the day that the man I love marries someone else. I don’t deserve pity or sympathy. I’ve made my bed. I left Mason and ripped his heart to pieces as I ran away. The guilt and sorrow consume me, threatening to choke me everyday.

But today is a new beginning. Today is the day I will wake up with a renewed resolve and determination to do better … to be better … to be worthy. My name is Sara Preston, and this is my story about what happens after.



My Review:
3 out of 5 stars
★★★☆☆

This was my first book by this author and I really liked it. The characters are very well developed and the story progressed at a steady pace. I really enjoyed all of the secondary characters as well and am looking forward to reading the other books in the series so I can find out what their story is. The only thing that was a turn off for me was the way Adam acted during the conflict. The things he said and the way he treated Sara seemed like a bit of an over-reaction to me.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

*Release Blitz + Review* Rock the City by Gia Riley

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Cover Design: Sommer Stein / Perfect Pear Creative Covers Release Date: June 23, 2016
 
Synopsis
Ten years ago, Lane Lewis said goodbye to the only home he’s ever known. Now that Midnight Fate’s tour has ended, he’s more determined than ever to find a balance between music and life. But sometimes reality’s a joke, fate’s a lie, and history’s meant to repeat itself. Ten years ago he shed the pain, but now it’s seeking revenge. Noelle Nash is a hopeless romantic with a dirty mouth. After almost giving up on love, she’s been lured away from her safety net to try one more time with Lane. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to hold onto the man she loves, but her fierce protectiveness even takes her by surprise. Can she learn to accept the truth? Or will she let her fears consume her, leaving her with no choice but to walk away? Six months ago their future began. Today, it’s about to get rocked.
   
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My Review
3 out of 5 stars
★★★☆☆

This book was full of suspense and drama. It definitely held my attention through the whole book, keeping me guessing as to what was going to happen next. I really liked Lane and Noelle's story, they are a great couple together. I just wish I had been able to see their relationship develop from the beginning, instead of being 6 months into it already at the beginning of the book. I think that prevented me from being able to connect with Lane and Noelle. That is just a personal preference though. This is still a great book and I'm looking forward to seeing if there will be any more books in this series in the future.





Giveaway
 
Mystery pair TC LuLaRoe Leggings & $25 Amazon Gift Card
(2 prizes total - 1 winner for each prize)
 



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About the Author
Gia Riley is a New Adult and Contemporary Romance author from the small but mighty state of Delaware. She's a lover of all things romance - a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. She loves strawberry smoothies almost as much as she loves reality TV. When she's not writing, you can find her roaming the aisles of Kirkland's, up to her elbows in Play-doh, or trying to hunt down spoilers for Big Brother. Her newest addiction is a Starbucks iced mocha - they keep her up late, doing terrible things to her characters.  
Connect with Gia
Facebook Author Page: http://bit.ly/1UsFRhN
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

*Interview* with author Leaona Luxx


Author Interview with Leaona Luxx 


1. What are you working on right now?
Carolina Shores. It's the first book in a series that will run parallel to The Cove Series. And yes, you'll get a glimpse of characters from both series as I plan to crossover from book to book. Not to much but you'll see they're friends.

2. Tell us about your writing process.
Well, I have to chuckle because I don't think I have one. Stories come to mind constantly and I write frantically at times, other times seem easy and slow even.

3. Who was your favorite character to write?

Thayer is my favorite so far. Badass and shoots from the hip, she takes no prisoners. Well, except Hardy.
Who was the hardest to write?
Lea. Her story is so much mine. It's hard hitting and if you've survived it, it's hard to hear.

4. Do you write full-time or do you have another job?

I have two other jobs!! And I'm a mom and take care of my mom. I also have my older sister I care for.

5. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Football, NASCAR and most of all, hanging with my children. They're good people.

6. Do you have any favorite TV shows?

TWD, FTWD, Fixer Upper, Penny Dreadful and FastnLoud

7. What's your guilty pleasure?

Fire Jolly Ranchers and Dr Pimple Popper!

8. Who are your favorite authors?

Corinne Michaels, Jay Crownover, Laurelin Paige.

9. If your books were made into movies, who would you cast to play your characters?

Stephen Amell and Jessica Chastain

10. What was your last 5 star read?

Say You'll Stay by Corinne Michaels



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Thank you Leaona Luxx for taking the time to answer these questions for us. 






Friday, June 17, 2016

*Interview* with author Molly E. Lee




Author Interview with Molly E. Lee



1. What are you working on right now?
I'm working on book three in the Love on the Edge series. A new couple, new setting, and new dangers! I'm deep into the editing stage or I'd tell you more about it. 


2. Tell us about your writing process. 
Since I have two toddlers, the writing process starts after bedtime and continues on well into the late hours of the night.  I jump between plotting novels and simply writing blind, and they've both worked for me, so I can't say I prefer one over the other.  


3. Who was your favorite character to write?  Who was the hardest to write? 
I think Rain, from East of Redemption was my favorite character to write so far.  She's just such a strong, compassionate woman who knows what she wants and doesn't apologize for it.  She's so wonderful with Easton, even when she had the right to be awful toward him, and I loved that she rose above that route when even I couldn't understand how she managed it.  

Hardest to write has for sure been Justin from Edge of Chaos.  He's a complex character, a bad boy that isn't the kind you swoon over, but fear and pity and somehow wish you could help bring him back to sanity.  Getting inside his head is a dark process. 


4.  Do you write full-time or do you have another job? 
I'm a mom first and then I write.  I also do freelance work with CornerstonesUS as an editor. 


5.  What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time? LOL Two toddlers keep me super busy, and when I'm not being a mom, I'm writing or reading or plotting or editing. If I do force myself to take down time, it's usually watching an episode of something on Netflix or the latest Marvel movie!


6. Do you have any favorite TV shows?
WALKING DEAD


7. What's your guilty pleasure?
I love binge watching cooking shows like Chopped or MasterChef...it's a totally guilty pleasure that doesn't have anything to do with my work, but it inspires me to be more creative when cooking...which is something I love to do as well.


8. Who are your favorite authors?
This question is so hard because I have so many! JK Rowling, Kimberly Derting, Cassandra Clare, Cora Carmack, Rebecca Yarros...it could go on and on and on.


9. If your books were made into movies, who would you cast to play your characters?
For EDGE OF CHAOS I pictured Dash as a young Leonardo Dicaprio and Blake as a Phoebe Tonkin!
For EAST OF REDEMPTION I envisioned Easton as Chris Pratt and Rain as Anna Faris!


10. What was your last 5 star read?
Bring Me Back by Micalea Smeltzer



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Thank you Molly Lee for taking the time to answer these questions for us. 

Stop by Bookworm Mom on Facebook to check out the sale post for Molly Lee's second book in the Love on Edge series, East of Redemption (also FREE on Kindle Unlimited)! 





Wednesday, June 15, 2016

*Release Blitz* The Skeleton Key Series

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The Skeleton Key Series

Publication Date: June 15, 2016 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fantasy AuthorTip1
Purchase: Amazon
Skeleton Key Book Series One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures. https://skeletonkeybookseries.com One magical key. The turn of a lock. An adventure of a lifetime. The Skeleton Key finds those who are brave enough. Curious enough. Crazy enough. It only needs an unsuspecting hand and inconspicuous door. Magic uncoils and where the door leads, no one knows. The one way to discover the truth is to step through into a world of the exotic and untold. If you dare to dream the impossible… Prepare yourself. Unlock the Skeleton Key adventures.

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About the Books

Game Master by Scarlett Dawn Forbidden love will change the game.

Mechanical Hearts by Nicole Blanchard Life and love are on the line and time is running out. Tick tock.

The Haunted Sultan by Gillian Zane One night in New Orleans, a ghost tour, a handsome stranger, and the spirit of a Sultan long dead.

Army of the Winter Court by Ali Winters The heart and blood of life will give rise to the final army.

The Azure Kingdom by Michelle Dare One key, one door, one man, one leap.

Spell Slinger by K.N. Lee An immortal dictator will soon meet his match, in a time traveling sorceress with revenge in her soul.

Unlocking Adeline by JD Hollyfield She dreams of her happily ever after. He plans to destroy it. 

Magical Acts by Michele Bardsley Otherworldly to-do list: 1. Save mage. 2. Find missing queen. 3. Avoid certain death.

Fate of the Elements by M. Stratton She was the key to uniting their world. His Immortal Kiss by Liliana Rhodes He's waited centuries for her.

Where Sleeping Dragons Lie by Cristina Rayne Some doors can only be unlocked by the right hand…

Elfhame by Anthea Sharp A prince, a prophecy, and the young woman who holds the fate of a world in her hands.

Royal Enchantment by Lia Davis A skeleton key unlocks a passage to a world of fae, mythical creatures, and a dark elfin King who will do anything to claim his bride.

Eternal Night by Marian Tee Will you come away with the Prince of Darkness if he asks you to? 

Eunica by J. Rose Alexander Her destiny was not in the shadow of death, but in the light of another life.

Thief of Sanguardia by Cherie Marks One twist of the key will lead to her destiny.

Shadow Wings by JC Andrijeski In a time of great darkness, can Ilana help an angel regain his wings?

Warrior Queen by Shona Husk To break the siege, he’ll break a law.

The Assassin’s Mark by Vera Soren An assassin becomes a protector as he enters a magical world…all for the woman in his dreams.

Witchmate by Renee George When thief Emma Watson stumbles into an alternative world full of warring witches and werewolves, it sets her on a dangerous path that may lose her the only man she’s ever wanted to love.

Curse of the Undead Dragon King by Konstanz Silverbow A curse so powerful, not even true love’s kiss can break it.

Princess of the Damned by Wendy Knight What do you do when the face in the mirror isn’t yours? 

Into Elurien by Kate Sparkes Sometimes you have to step into a fairy tale to find something real. 

Stonebound by Elle Thorne One key, one man, one choice.

Mate of a Dragon Villain by Mandy Rosko She wasn’t supposed to fall for the bad guy…

Dark Fae by Lillian Cartier The most breathtaking love she’s ever found may also bring her ultimate ruin and death.

Love in Fantasy by Elle Christensen Twelve nights, twelve fantasies, twelve stories of true love. Or…is it only eleven?

The Death Seer by Tanis Kaige Caught between life and death, her salvation can only be found in the boy who went missing twenty years ago.


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