Monday, July 28, 2014

Author Spotlight: S.C. Ellington


S.C. Ellington is an up and coming author who enjoys expressing her creativity through frequently writing adult, contemporary romance novels that readers can relate to, but more importantly, enjoy.

Aside from writing, Ellington enjoys curling up with her e-reader and absorbing herself in novels loaded with emotion, desire, and passion. She also likes to spend sunny, wistful afternoons, in her hammock thinking up new ideas for great stories.

Ellington currently resides on the west coast with her beautiful family and loving friends.



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Blitz: Time of Possession by Jami Davenport

Time of Possession - Week Blitz
By Jami Davenport
Seattle Lumberjacks #5
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: June 30, 2014

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Supposedly undersized for the NFL, Brett Gunnels went off to do a stint in the US Army right out of high school. Returning damaged yet stronger and more determined than ever to prove himself, he was picked last in the draft. Mr. Irrelevant, they called him. The last few years as a backup quarterback have given him no opportunity to compete for the starting job. That’s why he has a chip on his shoulder the size of Puget Sound.

Estelle Harris is engaged to a man she doesn't love, working a job she hates, and fooling everyone including herself in the process. Her love of animals is the only thing that gives her purpose—a love she shares the Lumberjacks’ reclusive quarterback. And then their mutual friendship turns a hot, dark, forbidden corner and there's no going back.

True love is like football. It’s not always how long you have the ball. It’s what you do when you get it.

About the Author: Jami Davenport

An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy romantic comedy, sports hero romances, and equestrian fiction. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare.

Jami works in IT for her day job and is a former high school business teacher and dressage rider. In her spare time, she maintains her small farm and socializes whenever the opportunity presents itself. An avid boater, Jami has spent countless hours in the San Juan Islands, a common setting in her books. In her opinion, it is the most beautiful place on earth.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Certainty of Deception by Jeanne McDonald

The Certainty of Deception
Jeanne McDonald
Author: Jeanne McDonald
Title: The Certainty of Deception (The Truth in Lies Saga #2)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Design: Jada D'Lee Designs
Release Date: July 8, 2014


After years of living in the darkness of his past, Andrew Wise, a young attorney working for his family’s law firm in Sarasota, Florida, has finally broken free of the demons that haunt him.  Wealth, success, happiness, and true love; everything a man could ever dream of, was right at his fingertips.  Or so he thought.  But in the blink of an eye, all of that changed.  Upon discovering that his ex-girlfriend, Olivia Hamilton, was pregnant, Drew fell back into some old habits, which led to him losing the one person that mattered the most in his life - McKenzie Evans.

When McKenzie left him and returned to Texas, Drew was beside himself.  The night before she left, he made an agreement with her best friend Jared Christopher, that he would give her time and space to come to grips with the fact that he’d fathered her best friend’s child.  Now, two months later, he feels as though he held up his end of the bargain, Drew can’t take their separation any longer.   With his brother’s wedding mere weeks away, Drew devises a plan to win McKenzie back.

Under the guise of a bachelor getaway for Gavin, Drew, along with his brother and Jared, jets off on an adventure to the panhandle of Texas.  There, he will learn what made McKenzie who she is and will find strength within himself that he never realized existed. 

In this charming sequel to The Truth in Lies, Drew and McKenzie discover that not everything is as it seems, forgiveness is a matter of acceptance, and true love really can conquer all.


In The Truth in Lies, my only complaint was that I wanted to hear Drew's POV throughout the story. Dive into his thoughts about all that was going on and really find out what lies deep in both he and McKenzie's head while they work through her own emotions. Well, I found what I wanted in The Certainty of Deception and the male driven book taking place all in Drew's incredibly sexy mind. After reading this edition of their journey, I totally got why the author chose to go in this direction. It was time for us as a reader to really understand Drew and all the demons he is living with, while moving the story along to a conclusion that better come fast!

Drew was everything I would have expected coming out of the first one and so much more. I knew he had some dark stuff in past, but my god boy, this was rough. The fact that you could see the internal struggle he faced with his feelings and his vices made this book special to me. He faced them head on for a woman who at times we weren't sure was going to let her love him....and really aren't sure if it's going to happen even after the ending! However, the progression from beginning to end between these two characters was quite remarkable but at the same time felt real. That is quite the accomplishment for a romance and I hope it continues into the finale.

The other accomplishment for me in book 2 was the side characters. I loved the fact that Jared found a plausible spot in the lives of these characters, without being hurt by McKenzie's rejection killing him daily. Integrating Drew's brother and family rounded him out nicely and of course McKenzie's family making another appearance was fantastic! The only Debbie Downer was of course Olivia.....but I think we are finally making some progress there.....maybe! This is a great contemporary romance for people that love the real events mixed with passionate romantic elements. I can not WAIT to read the last in the trilogy!- My Opinion- ***** 5 Stars!


“Evans’ Bodyworks, McKenzie speaking,” her sweet voice serenaded me like a siren’s song.

The wind pushed from my chest in the most orgasmic of ways.

I closed my eyes and allowed the intense rush of relief blow from my chest. For the last two months, I’d called her office just to hear her voice. She’d changed her cell phone number to an Amarillo number after leaving, but Evans’ Bodyworks was a listed number. As per my agreement with Jared, I never said a word. I simply listened to her until she hung up.

“Hello?” I shivered with delight at the sweet timbre of her tone.

Since her departure, I’d taken up sending her flowers every Monday, simply to brighten her week. The phone call was to brighten mine.

“Hello? Anybody there?”

Oh, God, that Southern drawl. She’d commented several times about how much she hated her accent. “I sound like a backwoods hick,” she’d complained. She didn’t sound like a hick to me. On the contrary, I could’ve listened to her talk all day long if given the chance.

Drops of rain splattered to the ground. I looked up at the sky. It appeared the sun was going to lose the battle of the clouds after all. Not that I minded, I loved the rain. The rain held a sentimental value to me. It was a rainy night where I first made love to McKenzie. Rain was a good thing. It brought life and in my case, it brought love.

I closed my eyes to recall the smell of her skin mixed with the rain. Shadows of her danced in the recesses of my mind. I swallowed hard, thinking of how it felt to have her smooth skin pressed against mine. Every minor detail displayed with vivid accuracy in my consciousness. Her shimmering blue eyes sparkled, her playful smile, and the way her golden hair fell in front of her face when it was wet.

“Andy? Is that you?” she whispered.


My heart skipped a beat at the sound of that nickname on such beautiful lips. Only Mickie was allowed to call me that. Just because my name was Andrew, didn’t mean people should call me Andy. Andrew or Drew was fine with me, but never Andy. That was my twin sister’s nickname, after all.

I sprang to my feet in a single bound, and looked around the beach. It was still fairly empty. Just a few runners making their way to their cars before the rain picked up.

“I guess not,” she faltered.

The sadness in her voice chipped away another piece of my mangled heart. She missed me. The evidence was there in the sound of her voice. Fine, the evidence was hearsay, but this wasn’t a court of law, so it was admissible. She called me by name, hoping it was me on the other end of the line.

This was what I’d been waiting for. I needed to know that she missed me too, that I wasn’t alone in my heartache. I wanted to reveal myself, but I feared it would ruin my upcoming plans. Only one person knew what I was about to do and that was because he was intricate to my plans. All I needed was for Jared or Gavin to get wind of my trip to Amarillo. There was no doubt in my mind that they’d try to stop me. So, instead of acting on instinct, I sat there like a fool, listening to her breathe.


The phone went silent.

For several seconds I stood, unmoving. She had spoken to me. To hear her call me by name was an answer to my prayers. It only solidified my decision to get off of my ass and fly to Texas. I’d waited like Jared and Gavin demanded. Two long, miserable months, I’d waited. Not a single drop of liquor had touched my lips since that night, no matter how bad I wanted a drink. I’d been patient, keeping my distance, well, in a way. Sure, the flowers didn’t equate to distance, but she hadn’t told Jared about them as far as I knew. I was sure if she had, I’d never hear the end of it. So, to me, that was a signal that she wasn’t over me any more than I was her. They were lucky I’d lasted this long. Patience was not one of my virtues. The time had come, and I was getting my girl back.

My mind released me from its temporary prison, allowing my heart to say what it needed to say. “I miss you,” I whispered, breathless.


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About the Author:

Jeanne McDonald began telling stories at the ripe young age of five, when her mother considered the truth to be a lie due to her extensive embellishment to the retelling of an event. She wrote her first short story when she was twelve years old, and at the age of sixteen she tried her hand at poetry. She reconnected with her love for writing in 2010 thanks to the encouragement of a dear friend.

Her passions include a "mild" Starbucks addiction, music, reading, quotes, movies, and romance. When she's not spending time with her family, she can be found reading, writing, chatting with her friends or diligently working toward her bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. A proud Texan, Jeanne currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her family.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Review + Blog Tour + Giveaway: Enchanted Heart by Mindy Ruiz

Cassandra Vera never ever breaks the rules.


She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, Cassandra agrees an overnight road trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. After all, it's Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden.  Little does Cassandra know the secrets of her own pastare buried there, as well.

In the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets.  Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle —and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.


Las Vegas is known for lights, gluttony, glitz and glamor, but apparently we don't know all the workings surrounding this city of sin. Seventeen-year-old, Cassandra Vera, doesn't know what lies behind the veil of fun and luxury either, until she falls head first into shadows, Gods, a House of Cards and royalty. What starts as a road trip to rebel quickly escalates into a story about a girl finding out who she really is and what humans don't know is happening right under their noses.

Cassandra was a perfect balance of character for me. She was a little naive and vulnerable but you saw hints of a heroine in her that you could admire. This gave her story the right feel for a "revealing a huge secret" kind of plot. She was clearly shocked by what we found about the houses of Vegas but at the same time her connection to this world was obvious by her pull towards it. This gave me as the reader to perfect view point for this coming of age tale. She flirted with AJ just like I'd expect a girl her age too, even though she knows he can't be trusted, and made it a very believable story.....ya know other than Gods, monsters and paranormal...oh my!

The world was what really stood out for me in Enchanted Hearts. The centuries old struggle that was going on was fascinating and since it is Sin City, the fact that these creatures want to suck the soul out of tourists makes sense. I think that's what really made this story work, the author took the appropriate places and inflicted a paranormal overtone on it. This gave a very real place a reason for being so extravagant and led to a great story of a girl who learns so much about herself in the process. Between the characters and world, this story was quite entertaining and a little bit mysterious, which certainly kept this readers attention from beginning to end.- My Opinion- **** 4 Stars!

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About the author: 
Mindy Ruiz lives in a sleepy Beach Town in Southern California. When she’s not writing, she spends her time chasing after three boys, making flirty eyes at her hunky husband, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and hanging out at the beach with her very large and loud Italian family.

Her career in publishing started in the 4th grade with a story about a magic, museum-hopping, chair. Now, Mindy writes young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal romance. Her books always include tormented heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of swoon-y moments that will put a smile on your face or make your heart race. Mindy is the lover of a good romance, the underdog and John Hugh’s 80′s teen movies.

When her toes aren’t in the sand or her mind isn’t in the clouds, Mindy loves hearing from readers. 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014


For this Hop, The Book Blog at the End of the Universe will be giving away an e-book copy (Barnes and Noble or Amazon: winners choice!)of

One kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

All you have to do is follow this blog in some way: twitter, GFC, Bloglovin, Google+, etc and then comment on this post to tell me how you follow! All of the options for following are on the right hand side of the blog. This is open internationally (because it's an ebook!) and there will be one winner! 
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Monday, July 7, 2014

Release Day Launch + Giveaway: Until We Fly by Courtney Cole

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's UNTIL WE FLY!! UNTIL WE FLY is an amazing NA contemporary romance and the fourth novel in Courtney’s Beautifully Broken Series!!

Until We Fly   EXCERPT: “You don’t want me here?” she asks breathily, her fingers curled around the counter edge. Her knuckles are white. “I didn’t say that,” I answer quietly, still not moving. Because right now, with her soft curves pressed into me, I do want her here. And unfortunately, my dick chooses this moment to agree with me. 
It hardens against her and her eyes widen. “I see,” she murmurs. 
I rotate away, straightening up and leaning on my crutches once again. “Sorry about that,” I tell her. “I hope I didn’t crush you.” With my hard-on.

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UNTIL WE FLY Synopsis: Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good. A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. . The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart. So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on. And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore. Bad sounds so much better. Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again. It’s not worth the pain. Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof. But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from. A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain. Reasons he tried hard to forget. But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again. Why? Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past. A beautiful, feisty thing. When Brand left, she was away at boarding school. But she’s back now. And she wants Brand, scars and all.

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Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series: "I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love." - Andrea, The Bookish Babe "Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book...reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had." -Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book "In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole's standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance." --- New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton "Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over." --- K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths HeadshotABOUT COURTNEY COLE: Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people. Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.    

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Bastian's Storm by Shay Savage

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Sebastian Stark just isn’t cut out for normal life with a girlfriend in the hot and humid city of Miami. All in all, he’d rather be back on the island where it was just the two of them, and he could keep everything in balance. The bar down the street tempts him daily, but he’s determined to remain strong. Adjusting to normal life is difficult, but Bastian is doing his best to keep himself together and the nightmares away. Raine’s happy, and that’s what matters to him the most. But not all nightmares can be driven away. When Bastian’s former mentor comes into the picture and presents him with an ultimatum, Bastian slips into old habits. Though he wants to shield Raine from the truth, the shady circumstances of his past form into a hurricane he can’t control. In an effort to protect her, Bastian has no choice but to throw himself back into his old job – death match tournaments – just one last time. Dropped into the arctic wilderness with weapons loaded, Bastian has to compete against representatives from major crime lords all over the states. He’s studied his competition, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s ready to battle for the woman he loves. There’s only one opponent in the mix that causes him any concern. In order to guarantee Raine’s safety, Bastian will be pitted against the key hit man for Chicago’s largest mob family – a guy who’s known as one hell of a shot. A guy named Evan Arden.
Genre Romantic Suspense/ Erotica
Publication Date June 19th 2013

Breathing through my nose, I tried to inhale deeply and let the air out slowly. It just made my chest hurt. I gripped Raine tighter and tucked my head into her shoulder. Soft fingers caressed the back of my neck. “Bastian?” I couldn’t answer. “What’s wrong, baby?” “Nothing,” I croaked. The word was utterly ridiculous. Raine moved her fingers down to my chin and pushed my face to look at her. I did so reluctantly, and as soon as I met her eyes with mine, some of the tension faded, and I could breathe right again. “Nightmare?” I nodded. “Can you tell me about it?” I shook my head, and Raine nodded in response. She moved one of her arms around my shoulder and the other around my head. She held me against her chest as I tried to regain some semblance of sanity. Raine knew me so well, it frightened me. Whereas she used to press for more answers, she was now quick with yes-or-no questions I could answer without speaking, and she knew when to give me a little mental space. Eventually I’d tell her what the dream was about, and she knew that. Still, even when I heard her reasons, sometimes it didn’t make the feeling of inadequacy go away. Maybe it was all from the lack of affection during my fucked up childhood, like Raine thought, or maybe it was because the one man who did offer me any kind of parental connection was also the man who taught me how to be a killer—a damn good one. Maybe it was because I missed being a killer. “I can’t do this,” I whispered to Raine as my throat and mouth went dry. “I want a drink so fucking bad.” “I know, baby,” she replied, “but you’re stronger than that.” I closed my eyes a moment and shook my head vigorously. “Only on the outside.” I met her eyes again. “You have more strength inside than I do.” She moved her fingers into my hair and brushed it away from my sweaty forehead. “You have more than you know,” she said. “You work at it every day, and every day you get stronger on the inside too.” Everything in my head wanted to deny it. I didn’t feel strong. I just felt like drinking or fucking. “I wanna fuck you,” I said. I saw the little twinge in her eye at the phrase but couldn’t bring myself to regret it. “Always so crass,” she muttered. I fought with my head for a way to explain. “When I’m inside you, everything changes,” I told her. “It’s not about getting my dick wet; it’s about being so close to you that I can feel your strength in me. When I feel your arms on my back, and you hold me against you, that’s when I feel strong.”

About the Author
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
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