Blog Tour: All I’ve Never Wanted by Ana Huang

About the Book

Title: All I’ve Never Wanted

Author: Ana Huang

Genre: YA

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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them…everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate. 

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions’ path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn’t stand the most? Yeah, he’s her new housemate.

Author Bio

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.

Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-ive-never-wanted-ana-huang/1122059657

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-ive-never-wanted/id1001710587

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/acrl37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted

 

Excerpt: Violence Begets by PT Denys

About the Book

Title: Violence Begets

Author: PT Denys

Genre: YA LGBT Fiction

After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he’s too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.

Having created an environment where he’s feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high.

As Rick’s dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.

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PT never imagined she’d actually publish a book. But, the story of Violence Begets… haunted her for over 20 years, and the lives of Kevin and Rick had to be shared.

In addition to writing a sequel, she divides her time between family, work, attending theater and reading.

Above all else she loves being a mother to 2 amazing daughters (a teenager and a baby).

PT believes that no one deserves to be intentionally hurt (physically or emotionally) by another. She also believes that behind nearly every bully is a story.

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Excerpt:

Prologue

Kevin

Dirk’s bar smelled like a fucking casino, like a goddamn stale ashtray.  I sat at the back in my usual spot.  Slouched on a bar stool at a high table between the pool tables and the john. I waited. It wasn’t long; it never was, before a guy approached me.  He could’ve been 20 or 40 years old, fuck if I cared.  He paused in front of me.

I cocked an eyebrow. He nodded subtly and disappeared. I smashed out my smoke, knocked back a shot of Wild Turkey and followed him.  The dented and faded bathroom stall locked behind me and his hands grabbed my ass, pulling me towards him.

“What’s it you’re lookin’ for?”  I hummed into his neck.

“The usual.” 

I expertly snapped the button open on his jeans and went to work.  I knew I only had to get a few more guys off to get the money I needed.  With my good looks and talent it wouldn’t take long.  Shit, most guys at Dirk’s dreamt about someone like me and it wasn’t often they got the opportunity to make their dreams come true. The man above me fisted his hand into my charcoal black hair, yanking hard and thrusting as he came.

I stood slowly; brushing my thumb gently across my lips then wrapped my mouth around the tip, sucking softly. His eyes took me in hungrily. I let him linger on my chiseled features, tight athletic body in a long sleeve tight black shirt, always black.  I had it going on, pure muscle that came from fighting, not lankly and skinny like most guys my age and an ass that made men cream themselves.  God, even I’d pay for the opportunity to be with me and I didn’t pay for shit.  I offered him a half smile and a shy look to close the deal. Like taking candy from a baby, I thought as I left to rope in my next trick.

Rick

Blood covered everything. I could see a crumpled body lying on the street…

… The flash of red lights colored the black sky. I looked into the face of a young paramedic.

“Where’s Jason?”

“Son, do you remember what happened?”

I tried to understand him but couldn’t.  I blinked several times before I finally pushed out the questions racing through my head. “Where is he? Where’s my brother? Where‘s Jason?” Something wasn’t right.

“Was there anyone else in the car with you?” He asked in response.

“Jason. He was with me. What’s going on?”…

…I woke up in the hospital.  Someone said my dad was on his way…

…A silhouetted figure stood in the doorway, head fallen, my dad didn’t enter the room…

“What happened? Where am I? Where’s Jason?” Why wouldn’t anyone tell me what was going on? …

…. The sun felt hot on my face and my black suit jacket absorbed the heat. I could feel the sweat dripping down my back. I stared at the thick blades of grass between my dress shoes.  High school girls I didn’t know cried hysterically around me.  I didn’t cry. Neither did my dad…

I jolted awake, my eyes fighting to adjust to the darkness. I rubbed at them, trying to make sense of my surroundings. There wasn’t anything on the walls and there were boxes everywhere.  Recognition settled in and I curled back into my blankets.  Gripping my pillow to me, I rolled over and let the tears come.Jho-sigstyledivLinks

Book Tour: Excerpt “Affected” by Randi Lee

About the Book

Title: Affected

Author: Randi Lee

Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller / Dystopian

Eight years ago, there was no World Government. There were no agents, no carts. The fear of a nosebleed did not exist. Then came The Affection—an incurable disease that ran rampant across the planet, killing off roughly 60% of the human population. Two years later—with order in shambles and governments all over the world in ruins—the World Government formed. That’s when the real trouble began. The WG made it its mission to segregate the sick (known as “Affected”) from the rest of the population in an attempt to keep the disease from spreading. Agents were put into place to corral the ill and the God-forsaken carts were introduced.

For the past six years, Ethan has lived a quiet life. He has done his best to remain out of the public eye and, more importantly, off of the agents’ radars. However, when his ex-girlfriend, daughter of the famous scientist who first discovered the disease, is captured by agents and taken to World Government headquarters to be experimented upon, Ethan can no longer pretend the world around him doesn’t exist. On his way to save her, Ethan is thrust into a place of turmoil, espionage and conspiracies. Will he be able to handle the pressures of reality? Will he be able to save her in time?

Author Bio

Randi Lee is, first and foremost, a writer. She has many years of experience in both the creative and professional writing fields. Her creative portfolio includes two short story/poetry collections, a full-length novel and numerous short stories and poems published independently. Professionally, Randi has written copy, content, and many articles for the companies she has worked for and with. Having worked in several different fields, Randi has a clear understanding of how to write for a variety of clients and situations. Randi’s adaptability and virtuosity lend themselves well to any project.

Randi is also a successful editor and proofreader. Again, her talents carry across a broad spectrum of projects, from editing individual manuscripts to proofreading copy for professional companies.

Knowing what is needed for a multitude of writing projects provides Randi with a keen sense of how to best approach each challenge she is presented with.

The benefits of working in a vast array of markets, from insurance to architecture and beyond, are evident in Randi’s unique ability to provide support in numerous ways. She is well versed in several different types of software and web-design applications, including Sharepoint, WordPress, Squarespace, GoDaddy and more. Randi is also proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign. Web content development, formatting and management are just a few tricks she has hidden up her resilient and malleable sleeve.

Links

Website:

www.randileewrites.com

Blog:

http://emotionalnovel.blogspot.com

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Book Excerpt

Even at night the agents wear their amber tinted sunglasses. This one takes his off. One of his mud-colored eyes is lazy. The other rests intently on Grant’s heart shaped face. “Is that dried blood under your nose?”

I stiffen. Grant doesn’t. “The people will wonder why a snooping reporter who showed no previous signs was suddenly picked up.”

The agent’s lips curl into a slight ‘U.’ “I do believe it is blood I see.”

“That’s enough Jones,” says a second agent. I know that voice, that face—the one that’s just sharp enough to stand out against the sea of endlessly indistinctive men in suits. I should have recognized him at the door.

“She isn’t the reason we came,” Agent Cameron says sternly. “Let’s get back to the task at hand.”

Both agents stare at us respectively. The first looks at Grant. Cameron looks at me. After they walk away she shakes visibly and turns around. Her face is so childlike in this moment, so cognizant of what could have happened. Maybe she isn’t as tenacious as Gracie. Gracie never shakes—at anything.

I place my hand on the small of Grant’s back and watch as the two agents flank the restaurant’s chef. He’s a burly man with enough muscle on him to take his apprehenders down and run. But the gentle giant does as they say. He tells the sobbing hostess to take care of the restaurant and heads out of the brick-walled School Street Bistro with silent class.

When the three men reach the door, Jones pauses and gives us a final look. Cameron says something to him that gets him moving.

The agents lead the chef out of the restaurant. Things do not go back to normal so easily, not the way they did back at the ball game. Awash with the tragedy of the moment, people mourn the loss of the chef in different ways. Some leave, some bow their heads and others lose the battle to tears. The hostess gives a speech about the man the chef is. A round of clapping follows.

“This doesn’t make sense,” Grant says. “The chef was Affected. Doesn’t that mean he was serving Affected food? He could have made us all sick.”

“What’s your point?” I ask.

“My point is that those agents could easily take us all in for fear of contagion. What’s stopping them?”

Cameron’s card comes to mind—the one with the embossed gold lettering and three contact numbers. I sift through my wallet and pull it out.

“Me,” I say, staring at the card. “I’m stopping them.”

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AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.com/Affected-Randi-Lee-ebook/dp/B00WYBWL9G

BARNES & NOBLE:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/affected-randi-lee/1121688485

ITUNES:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/affected/id991205704

KOBO:

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/affected

Book Review and Giveaway: Cherry Lips by Lacey Dearie

About the Book

Title: Cherry Lips

Author: Lacey Dearie

Genre: Chicklit/Fairytale

Cerise is not a witch. She’s an apprentice herbalist whose father is a wannabe warlock and fairy godmother is a madame. But Cerise has a closely guarded secret – the cherry lip-stain she manufactures and sells to the richest and most powerful women in the land is a potent aphrodisiac that makes the wearer irresistible. Of course, with such power comes responsibility, something Cerise did not consider while she was testing each batch of the product on the men of her home town.

Soon, word of the magical make-up reaches the childless Queen Merewald, and she becomes determined to uncover the secrets of the lip-stain herself and use them to seduce her ageing, impotent husband, King Palen. Her best chance is to send her feline brother-in-law, Blaxton, to befriend Cerise and spy on her. What the Queen didn’t count on was her nephew falling for Cerise without the use of magic or her niece using their jester as bait to uncover the secrets before she did.

Cherry Lips is a chick-lit fairytale about a medieval amateur cosmetologist, a nymphomaniac witch, a kinky jester, an unconventionally handsome prince, a wizard with magical healing powers, a castle made of sand and crystals, magical lip-stain that makes the wearer irresistible and cats. Lots and lots of cats.

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My rating: ★★★★☆

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Cherry Lips is a delightful fairy tale read about an apprentice herbalist peasant named Cerise.

The main source of her income is the cherry lip-stain she manufactures and sells to rich and powerful women in the land but said lip-stain had a secret: it contains a potent aphrodisiac that makes the wearer irresistible. Her source of income therefore, soon turned to be her source of trouble.

Cherry Lips reminded me of my favorite subgenre in anime and manga called “reverse harem,” where the female main character is in a sort of polygamous or love triangle-type relationships. Here in Cherry Lips, Cerise is surrounded by a lot of love interests mainly due to her lip-stain.

Because this is a fairy tale, I knew Cerise will end up with the Prince, however, I found myself rooting for Fendral, mainly because he was always there for Cerise. Not to mention he didn’t help Cerise again and again because he had a personal agenda. He helped people in need. Period. Truth be told, I also liked Robin, because well, Cerise liked him and I thought she should end up with the guy who she wants the most.

Okay, so I also liked the prince. I loved his down-to-earth personality. However, I found their chemistry lacking. They were cute together, but not cute enough for marriage. Even if Cerise ended up with a prince, as fairy tales are wont to do, I didn’t like the ending much, circumstances notwithstanding. And this is why I removed one star in my rating.

That said, I loved the universe Ms. Lacey Dearie had created and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment with hopes that Cerise’s mother will make an appearance in it. I hope Ascot will have more screen time, too. ❤

P.S. Loved the cats. I kind of have an idea who they are though. Poor, poor cats. 😦

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Author Bio

Lacey Dearie is the creator of the best-selling Leger – Cat Sleuth Mysteries Series about a talking Glaswegian cat detective. She loves observing cats and their idiosyncrasies and has a particular fondness for black cats with amber eyes or pretty calicos. She would own a house full of pets if her allergies allowed it.

She is also the author of chick-lit novel and Amazon UK Top 100 best-seller, The Tangled Web (currently available only on Createspace), chick-lit fairytale Cherry Lips, two nonsensical short stories about amorous foods and the soon to be released Candlelight Lane Mysteries which blend culinary cozies and magical realism.

In her spare time she loves to travel and is a regular visitor to Cyprus – a place that has influenced almost every story she writes as much as her home country, Scotland. She has a personal blog dedicated to lingerie and fragrances, studies perfumery and is a tiny bit obsessed with cute stationery and ska.

Lacey loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted on Twitter as @laceydearie (please be aware of adult content) or on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/laceydearie (family friendly).

Links

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Cherry-Lips-Chick-lit-Lacey-Dearie-ebook/dp/B00UTSCXC6/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cherry-Lips-Chick-lit-Lacey-Dearie-ebook/dp/B00UTSCXC6/

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Cherry-Lips-Chick-lit-Lacey-Dearie-ebook/dp/B00UTSCXC6/

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/Cherry-Lips-Chick-lit-Lacey-Dearie-ebook/dp/B00UTSCXC6/

Createspace: http://www.createspace.com/5374981

My E-Store where you can purchase a signed copy with author swag included in the price: laceydearie.storenvy.com

My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/laceydearie

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Excerpt: Black Magic and Mojitos by A.A. Chamberlynn

About the Book

Title: Black Magic and Mojitos

Author: A.A. Chamberlynn

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Description:

Zyan Star’s latest job is turning into a real nightmare.

When supernatural bounty hunter Zyan Star jets down to Rio to meet a prospective client, everything goes as planned initially. That is, until she finds out the person hiring her is Raoul Cabrera, the half demon/half faery supernatural overlord of Brazil, who rubs elbows with Lucifer himself. And that he’s hired another bounty hunter, Donovan McGregor, to work with her.

Their target is a herd of Nightmares, horse spirits that torment people with visions of their worst fears before devouring their flesh. Zy and Donovan head out on the hunt, but it quickly becomes apparent that their client hasn’t given them all the facts. There’s a pissed-off, powerful witch summoning the Nightmares, and she’s out to exact some serious revenge on Raoul. Zy soon realizes she’s caught in the middle of a lover’s spat between two immensely powerful supernaturals, and it’s not clear whose side she should stand on. As if that weren’t enough, pulling off this job is going to require her to relive her worst fears and summon her own long-suppressed magical powers.

Let the supernatural Carnival begin.

Buy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Magic-Mojitos-Zyan-Novelette-ebook/dp/B011VYHFM4/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Author Bio

Alexia Chamberlynn lives in Florida. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found playing with horses, eating chocolate and other delicious things, drinking wine, traveling to the next place on her global wish list, or maybe doing yoga. She is represented by Sandy Lu of the L. Perkins Literary Agency. Connect with her at www.alexiachamberlynn.com.

Links

http://www.alexiachamberlynn.com

http://alexiachamberlynn.blogspot.com

https://twitter.com/aachamberlynn

https://www.pinterest.com/aachamberlynn/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/AA-Chamberlynn-Fantasy-Writer/123550081009990

http://amazon.com/author/aachamberlynn

https://www.goodreads.com/aachamberlynn

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Excerpt

We made our way to the Wicked Lizard to meet our potential client. It had a dingy, faded vibrancy that couldn’t decide if it was seedy or shabbily charming. Tucked away on one of the crooked back streets, it was shoved haphazardly between the other buildings. Music poured from within, and the second floor balcony sagged over the entrance, dripping with some sort of flowering vine that smelled of vanilla and childhood. Well, someone else’s childhood.

I walked through the splintered turquoise doorframe into the dim interior of the bar. For just a moment, I closed my eyes in bliss as cool air from the ceiling fans wafted over me and soaked into my skin. I sincerely hoped they had ice in this place. At this point, I would’ve traded a decade of my life for a cool drink.

The place was crawling with a variety of supernaturals, scattered about at mismatched tables. As we made our way to the back corner, we passed a group of shape shifters on the left, tigers by the smell of them. They stared at Riley, sensing his inner wolf, the frenetic tension between them palpable. Two witches up at the bar turned to give Quinn a friendly nod, and she waved, showing off by adding a bit of sparkle to her fingertips. I also identified a djinn, a faery or two, and even a ghoul, sitting by itself. Ghouls weren’t exactly the sociable type, so it was most likely planning to make a meal of one of the other customers. What I didn’t see, and would have almost zero chance of seeing outside of Ireland, was a supe like me. No, I was rare. And it was definitely better that way.

Release Day Party : The Bride Wore Red Boots by Lizbeth Selvig

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About the Book

Title: THE BRIDE WORE RED BOOTS

Series Name: Seven Brides for Seven Cowboys # 2

Author: Lizbeth Selvig

Synopsis:

Dr. Amelia Crockett’s life was going exactly the way she had always planned—until one day it wasn’t.

When Mia’s career plans are shattered, the always-in-control surgeon has no choice but to head home to Paradise Ranch and her five younger sisters, cowboy boots in tow, to figure out how to get her life back on track. The appearance of a frustrating, but oh-so-sexy, former soldier, however, turns into exactly the kind of distraction she can’t afford.

Even though Mia can’t stand the sight of him, Gabriel Harrison has never returned the sentiment. He can’t seem to resist teasing the gorgeous doctor who pushes all of his buttons. And the searing hot kisses they share are turning him inside out.

As she begins to work with Gabe, helping former vets recover from severe PTSD with the aid of some wild Mustangs, Mia finds herself becoming more like the person she used to be. She never expected to alter her life plans, and definitely never expected to fall for anyone, least of all the handsome Gabe. But fate and some lucky red boots have a way of changing things. As their lives become more complicated, will Mia and Gabe’s love be enough to smooth the way to a happily ever after?

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Author Bio

Lizbeth Selvig writes fun, heartwarming contemporary romantic fiction for Avon books. Her debut novel, The Rancher and the Rock Star, was released in 2012. Her second, Rescued By A Stranger is a 2014 RWA RITA® Award nominee. Liz lives in Minnesota with her best friend (aka her husband), a hyperactive border collie named Magic and a gray Arabian gelding named Jedi. After working as a newspaper journalist and magazine editor, and raising an equine veterinarian daughter and a talented musician son, Lizbeth entered Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest in 2010 with The Rancher and the Rock Star (then titled Songbird) and won the Single Title Contemporary category.

In her spare time, she loves being a brand new grandma to Evelyn Grace as well as to hike, quilt, read, horseback ride, and play with her four-legged grandchildren, of which there are nearly twenty, including a wallaby, an alpaca, a donkey, a pig, a sugar glider, and many dogs, cats and horses (pics of all appear on her website www.lizbethselvig.com). She loves connecting with readers—contact her any time!

Links

http://www.lizbethselvig.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LizbethSelvigAuthor

https://mobile.twitter.com/lizbethselvig

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5730878.Lizbeth_Selvig

Purchase Links:

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