Cover Reveal + Sneak Peek: Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

Title: Drew + Fable Forever (Drew + Fable #3.5)

Author: Monica Murphy

Release Date: January 14th, 2014

Monica Murphy returns with her most beloved characters, Drew and Fable, in this eBook original 40,000-word novella that brings her bestselling New Adult series full circle.

Fantasy. How I ended up with NFL player Drew Callahan, the guy every woman wants, is beyond my wildest dreams. All I know is that once he chose me as his one and only, I sure wasn’t looking back. I had past wounds and he showed patience and concern—even taking responsibility for my messed-up kid brother. Now, once again, he’s found a way to blow my mind: an exotic wedding and honeymoon miles and miles away from home. What else could a girl ever ask for?

Reality. Now the honeymoon’s over. Drew’s football schedule takes him on the road constantly, while I need to stay put and look after my brother until he finishes high school—because God knows our sorry excuse for a mother won’t. I know Drew loves me with all his heart, and I’ll always be over the moon about him. This just isn’t how I imagined our life as newlyweds . . . dealing with the distance, missing him all the time. But we’ve gone through hard times before. We can get through this, too, right? We’re Drew and Fable, together forever. At least I hope so. . . .

I am giddy with excitement today because I get to be part of the cover reveal for Monica Murphy’s novella DREW + FABLE FOREVER. If you are anything like me and adore the One Week Girlfriend series, than I know you are super excited about this cover reveal. As if we needed another reason to be jumping with joy, they also decided to sell the pre-order for .99! You better believe I am picking myself up a copy of this before it releases. Make sure you check out the gorgeous cover and sneak peek below and of course feel free to share what you think about the cover in the comments section!

Drew + Fable Forever

SNEAK PEEK:

“We should check out Ocean Avenue tomorrow,” Drew whispers close to my ear, amusement tingeing his deep voice.

“What? Are you serious?” Even though I’ve come to terms with being here, it doesn’t mean I want to linger and make it a serious vacation. Besides, Drew needs to get back home so he can resume practice.

“Well yeah, remember the spot where we kissed?” His eyes are warm as they search my face, filled with so much love I feel my heart swell.

“Yes,” I whisper achingly. “Of course I remember.”

“I want to go back there.” He tucks a strand of hair behind my ear, his index finger lingering on my skin. “I want to kiss you again in that little alley and remember how wet we were from the rain. How nervous I was. I was scared you might reject me.”

I’d felt the same way. We’d dealt with much of the same feelings and fears and hadn’t even known it.

“I want to take you to that store where you got the dress that just about killed me and buy you whatever you want,” he continues, his fingers drifting across my jaw. My eyes flutter closed as memories rush back at me. “I want to sit outside the dressing room and have you come out to show me every single thing you’re trying on.”

That he remembers all the little details sends a thrill of pleasure spiraling to the very depths of my soul.

“And then I want to wander off for a bit and let you do whatever you want, secretly hoping that you’ll send me a text that says marshmallow. Though if you don’t that’s okay because I’ll send you one instead.” He offers up a crooked smile and the sight of it cracks my heart wide open, overflowing with so much pure love for him I want to cry. “Because we made a deal. Whenever we see or hear that word, the other comes running. I’ll always be the one to rescue you, Fable. You never have to worry about that.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Monica Murphy

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Cover Reveal: Incubus by Rachel Bateman

Title: Incubus (Episode #1)

Author: Rachel Bateman

Release Date: January 7th, 2014

All Kyle Prideaux wants is a normal life.

But with a serial killer in town, murdering women the same way her mother died seven years ago, and a silent stalker watching her during the day and invading her dreams at night, normal is impossible.

After she’s attacked at work one night, Kyle wakes in the hospital to discover things of nightmares exist and walk among us every day.

And she’s the only one who can stop them.

I am so excited to be able to share this reveal with you. Today Rachel Bateman is not only sharing this awesome new series with you but also the cover to the first book. I recently fell in love with Rachel’s contemporary romance 99 Days of Laney MacGuire so I am beyond excited to see this other side to her writing. Be sure to check out the cover below and let us know what you think in the comments section!

Incubus

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rachel Bateman is a writer and editor who spends too much time thinking she can out-bake the Cake Boss. (Spoiler: she can’t.) She lives in The Middle of Nowhere, Wyoming, but dreams of living by the ocean. When not writing, editing, or reading books, she can be found playing with her husband, young son, and herd of alpacas.

 

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21 Reasons I’m Thankful

Hi there everyone and Happy Thanksgiving! Today is extra special. Not only is it Thanksgiving today, football watching day, face stuffing day, Black Friday planning day, but it is also my birthday, and a big one at that. 21!!! So in celebration of a birthday and a day dedicated to the things I am incredibly thankful for, I figured I would come up with a list of sorts! Enjoy and again, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

1) My parents- My dad and stepmom are truly the two greatest, most giving people I know. They are also kind of crazy and wacky but I wouldn’t have them any other way. I am so thankful for how they are ALWAYS there for me whenever I need them and even when I don’t.

2) My siblings- They are a crazy bunch. Zeke and Zack drive me insane half the time and melt my heart the other half. Andrew is like my big brother except he is younger, Abby is like a really weird, random best friend and she makes me laugh always, Kari is many miles away but still my baby sister, and Jennifer has been such a role model for me. Without all of them, I would not be the same.

3) My two best friends- Stacey and Kati are the greatest. Work and school has made it super hard, the last year especially, for us to get together often but I know without a doubt those two are always going to be my support system.

4) My grandparents- I have five grandparents still here today that are so generous, thoughtful, and amazing and one grandma who has passed that was just the same. I am thankful for everyday I get to spend with them

5) My cat- Silly yes, but Lola is the best. She makes me laugh, cuddles with me occasionally, and attacks me often but I love her anyways.

6) My job- Living in a state where jobs are hard to come by, I am so thankful for mine…regardless of the headaches I get from it.

7) My coworkers- These ladies have become like a second family to me. I love that I can go into work and hang out with a group of incredible ladies.

8) Books- Without these, this blog would not be in existence and as dramatic as it sounds, I would not be the same. The stories I read have all made an impact on me in some way either great or small.

9) Authors- Books would not be written without them, right? Even more than that though, I am so thankful that I not only get to read the great stories written by these people but that I get to communicate, interact, sorta-stalk, and fan-girl over these people everyday.

10) Music- I have a shirt that says “Music is love.” and I stand by that statement today. Music makes my world go round and I would be an insane person without it.

11) Musicians/Bands- I have not had the chance to go to many concerts this last year but the ones I did go to blew my mind. I am so thankful for what bands and artists do. They leave their hearts out on the stage and because of that, I have so many incredible memories to look back on.

12) Spotify- I’ve gotten to the point where this list might get a little goofy but I am thankful for them all the same. This particular website? app? whatever it is? has become my best friend. I use it while I’m blogging, cleaning, getting ready for work, sleeping, and working. So much awesome, incredible music has been found through it.

13) Coffee- This year has been beyond crazy. Sleep has been sporadic so without the great help of coffee, I am afraid I might not have survived.

14) Las Vegas-In case I haven’t mentioned it yet (*note* this is a sarcastic statement. I literally mention this every chance I get), I am going to Vegas to celebrate my 21st birthday. I cannot wait to experience it with my parents and friends!

15) My hair dresser-My poor, poor hair dresser. She is the absolute best and has been so patient with me over the last year. I’ve gone from long hair to short hair. Blonde highlights to teal highlights. I’ve gone from brown hair to red. As you can see, I like to change my mind a lot and every time I go in she takes what I want to change and gives me a look I love…at least for the next 6 weeks until I get it done again.

16) Julep- I absolutely ADORE my julep package every month. I am not crafty when it comes to painting nails and I certainly do nothing special with my makeup but that package each month is like a little gift for myself, something I’ve realized is important to do every now and then.

17) My extended family- As I am typing this up, some of my extended family on my dad’s side is on their way over and later tonight I will be seeing my extended family on my mom’s side. These aunts, uncles, and cousins are so full of love and happiness.

18) This blog- There I said it. I bet you were wondering when it was going to show up on this list. This last year has been the hardest as far as blogging has been concerned. Things in my real life were spiraling out of control and sometimes things still are. This blog didn’t get a lot of the attention I thought it deserved from me but I am so glad I decided to keep it going no matter how pathetic it got sometimes. It has become my happy place and I am so thankful to have it.

19) Instagram- I have met friends through instagram, I have stalked pictures of cute cats and dogs, and I have been able to keep up with my sister while she has started her new life out in Hawaii. I am thankful that I am able to see how she is doing, especially now that she is pregnant.

20) Twitter- You guys, I am addicted and I think I am totally okay with that. Twitter has introduced me to so many awesome, hilarious, incredible people. I love getting on, saying the most off the wall stuff, and having a group of people totally get it. Us bookish nerds have to stick together and Twitter certainly helps that.

21) All of you- I am so incredibly thankful for all of you. For supporting me, for being there for me, for stopping by the blog, for just everything. You have made the past three and a half years the BEST!

Tune In Tuesday (132)

Tune In Tuesday 90s Edition

Tune In Tuesday is a weekly feature in which bloggers get to showcase another one of their loves, music! This feature was originally created by Ginger over at GReads! but you can now find it here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands. If you would like to participate in this weekly feature, make a blog post showcasing a song (or a few!) and link up at the bottom of this post by clicking the cute blue guy! While you’re here make sure to check out all the other awesome blogs that have decided to participate!

Here we are, at the final day of Tune In Tuesday 90’s Edition. I am so sad to see this one come to an end but I am so happy you all joined me in celebrating a pretty awesome decade. I’ve got some awesome music planned for today so sit back, take a listen, and let me know what you think!

Waterfalls by TLC

This song, it NEVER gets old.

Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter

When I think back to my childhood, this song is one that always comes to mind. It was always just there.

Piece of My Heart by Faith Hill

Even though the Janis Joplin version is forever awesome, this particular one is the one I remember most when I think about this song. Whenever my cousin would visit from Texas, her, my sister, and I would all play this tape over and over again.

Friday I’m In Love by The Cure

My favorite band singing one of my favorite songs during one of my favorite years. It just doesn’t get better than that.

Hold On by Wilson Phillips

Best road trip song EVER.

Wannabe by The Spice Girls

My 6th birthday was a Spice Girls party. It was awesome enough that I remember it to this day.

Genie In A Bottle by Christina Aguilera

I used to pretend I was Christina but then I would hear my voice and that dream was shattered. Still love her songs though!

Baby One More Time by Britney Spears

I also used to pretend I was Britney. My fantasy was shattered in a much similar manner as listed above.

I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys

This song, it was my JAM back in the day. Okay, it still is today…

You Were Meant For Me by Jewel

To this very day, this song is one of my very favorites. So heartbreakingly beautiful.

Tearin’ Up My Heart by N’Sync

Do you know how hard it was to pick just one N’Sync song? Really freaking hard.

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Book Review: 3 Novellas From Flirt (An Entangled Imprint)

I am very excited to be reviewing three novella’s from Entangled’s Imprint, Flirt today. These stories were all fun, short, sweet, and of course had a dash of romance thrown in!

On His List

Title: On His List

Author: Wendy Sparrow

Publisher: Flirt (An Entangled Imprint)

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

“Where can I take you, Mr. Savoy?”

That was how Remy Maison’s day began, not the glamorous world of guarding underwear from her creepy landlord on laundry day, but taking her brother’s place as driver for businessman Owen Savoy. And what was with this guy? Yeah, he’s hot and all, with eyes like melted chocolate and a lean, sexy figure she’d love to explore, but Remy’s never met anyone so rigid.

Owen has a list for everything. He’s planned the entire day down to the smallest detail. All Remy has to do is stick to the list, but she never follows the rules—there’s no freaking way. So why is she spending all her time looking in the rearview mirror, hoping she’ll make Owen’s next list?

This novella was totally adorable! Through funny and witty writing, author Wendy Sparrow made me fall for this story in just a short amount of time. My biggest complaint about it? I wish it were longer!

Remy is this free-spirited young woman. Even though life is hard at times for her, she has this overall upbeat, fun personality. Her voice was realistic, hilarious, sarcastic at times, goofy at others, and such a joy to read.

Owen on the other hand, not so much. He is a businessman who follows a schedule to a T. He likes things in order (preferably list form) and sort of gets freaked out if they aren’t. Even though he comes off as this control freak sort of guy, there were moments in this story in which he really surprised me. He would crack a joke or do something totally unexpected that made me think differently of him.

My favorite part about this book is that these two obviously have a connection even if this connection makes no sense. I guess what they say about opposites attract really rings true in this story. Their personalities are so different but in a way, they really compliment each other.

There were a lot of giggles and even some swoon in this short and sweet story. I say if you are looking for a quick laugh and a quick romance, you’d definitely want to check this one out!

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Santa To The Rescue

Title: Santa To The Rescue

Author: Adele Downs

Publisher: Flirt (An Entangled Imprint)

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

Firefighter Jamey Tucker knows three things in life to be true: an honorable man doesn’t go back on his word; never hurts a woman; and lasting love isn’t a myth. But with his recent move to a new job at Appleton Fire Station, the long hours don’t offer hope of finding the love he’s looking for.

When Jamey meets beautiful pediatric nurse Heather Longhurst after hearing her sing “Santa Baby” in a supermarket aisle, he offers her a promise he discovers he can’t keep. Heather has been betrayed by men in the past, making it hard for Jamey to gain her trust. Determined to find a way to win her heart, Jamey uses firefighter engine-uity and Heather’s favorite song to prove he’s got Christmas spirit she can believe in all year.

This cute story is a perfect way to start off the holiday season!

I was excited to see that this story was told through two points of view. When you are reading a novella, it is a HUGE plus if an author can get you to connect to their characters quickly. The switching points of view definitely helped in this case.

I really liked reading from Jamey’s point of view. He was such a genuinely good guy and that was really refreshing to see. He also showed some growth from the start of the story to the end which I totally didn’t expect in this shorter read. At first he is a bit lonely, not all that interested in the holidays but that all changes after he meets Heather.

Heather is an equally genuine, sweet character. Where Jamey is a bit hesitant to celebrate the holidays, Heather is all about it. Making the children’s ward where she works as a nurse extra special during the holiday season is one of her favorite things to do.

I liked the connection between these two; it was easy, simple, and fun. Some of the wording was a bit awkward in this story (Solar Plexus was used quite a bit. It was just…weird), and some of the things said made this book a bit cheesier than it needed to be but otherwise I really enjoyed it. If you need a quick boost to get you into the holiday mood, this just might be the one for you!

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Neighbors

Title: Neighbors

Author: L.S. Murphy

Publisher: Flirt (An Entangled Imprint)

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Rena Woods has a great life. She recently landed the contract to decorate the home of basketball wife, Cecilia Hood, her business is growing, and this contract could make her the elite decorator in St. Louis. Rena’s sacrificed her personal life for her company without a single regret. When Staff Sergeant C.J. Riker moves in across the hall, Rena can’t stand to be around him. He may be on the volcanic side of hot, but his attitude sucks. Riker does whatever he can to get under Rena’s skin.

After a massive blow to her business sends Rena on a self-destructive binge, Riker is there to save her from doing something she might regret. Could there be more to Riker than meets the eye? And will he open up enough to Rena to tell her how he lost his leg or shut out love forever?

Out of all three novellas, this one was by far my favorite. Rena is sassy and fun, Riker is a bit moody but also swoon-worthy, and while their story was short, it was still a great read!

Rena’s personality made this book. She was feisty, snarky, and hilarious. She has this way of saying and doing things that just totally entertained me.

Riker wasn’t so easy to like at the beginning but in a way that is totally understandable. He is recently released from the military due to losing his leg. He is not only learning to deal with his injury but he is also struggling with being out of the military.

 Riker has received enough pity stares to last him a lifetime. When Rena let’s him have it despite his noticing his physical state, he becomes interested to say the least. One of the best parts of this story was these two started off has near enemies, progressed to acquaintances, slid into friendship, and non-surprisingly, that developed into romance. I loved that L.S. Murphy was able to develop these two characters and their relationship so much in a little bit of time.

Even though I so wish this was a full-length novel so I could immerse myself in more Riker and Rena, I am still happy with how this story turned out. Definitely worth a read!

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Sneak Peek + Book Playlist + Giveaway: Deadly To Promise by Mia Hoddell

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Deadly To Promise

Title: Deadly To Promise (Elemental Killers #2)

Author: Mia Hoddell

Release Date: Today!!! (November 23rd)

A broken promise is all it takes.

Becoming an E.K isn’t a choice for Serena – it’s a necessity to survive. To destroy the Elementals she has to leave her old life behind. She has to train and follow a strict regime. But with time against her, she has only a few weeks to master the skills Kai spent his whole life perfecting.

The knowledge passed down from her ancestors is crucial to the Elementals demise and the success of their mission. However, the path they must follow is lined with riddles, each more confusing than the next. It doesn’t matter how close to succeeding they get, it’s never enough. The Elementals are one step ahead at every revelation and that can only mean one thing – the E.Ks have a traitor among them.

SNEAK PEEK:

“Have you ever been swimming here?” I asked moving my head to watch his reaction as I brought my feet up out of the water and folded them beside me.

“Yeah, most summers when I came here. We all used to use it as a way to cool off or just have some fun in between training.”

“How about skinny dipping?” I asked my grin growing due to the thoughts running through my head.

“Why? You want to try it?” he challenged.

“Only if you go first,” I laughed but stopped instantly when he removed his shirt and tossed it behind us. My eyes widened in surprise and I started to regret my words.

“You’re not being serious are you?” I stuttered as he pulled off his shoes, throwing them over to where his shirt was crumpled.

“You can’t chicken out now Rea. It was your idea,” he said smiling as he removed each sock, teasing me as they ended up with the rest of his discarded garments.

I just stared at him, my lips moving but not making a sound as I tried to find an excuse.

He laughed at me. “Relax Rea, I’m just teasing you. Well unless you’ve changed your mind. In that case I’m being deadly serious.” He had a cheeky grin on his face as he spoke and I pushed him hard, toppling him into the water below.

There was a lot of splashing but Kai surfaced finally, taking a deep breath as he flicked the hair out of his eyes. I was clutching my stomach in fits of laughter as I bent over. The shock on his face was priceless.

“Oh you are so dead Rea, so, so dead,” he said, his voice ragged as the cold water and shock affected his half naked body. I just continued to laugh as he floated in front of me, his head bobbing up and down in a comical way.

BOOK PLAYLIST:

I asked Mia to put together a list of 5 songs that remind her of her book. She selected 5 awesome songs for us to listen to today and she even tells us just why she picked each one. I hope you all enjoy!

Red by Daniel Merriweather. I hadn’t heard it for years but part of the lyrics came into my head randomly and it fit really well with one scene I was writing so I ended up playing it constantly while writing that bit.

Why Go by Faithless. Not only is it one of my favourite songs, but I love the lyrics as they make me think of the plot in Deadly to Promise.

Close Enemies by Example. For me it sums up the general theme of the all of the books in the series pretty well.

Here We Go by Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes (Swedish House Mafia Album version). It was a song that was good for writing action, high speed or energetic scenes for me because of the beat.

Just a Game by Birdy. I know it featured on The Hunger Games but I love her voice and the lyrics. They fit with the concept of Deadly to Promise as there are quite a few mind games played.

BOOK ONE:

Deadly To Love

Title: Deadly To Love

The world is dangerous – but love will kill you.

Little did Serena Jackson know that one simple, flirty remark to an anonymous guy online would lead to her world being changed forever.

She doesn’t know him, but inexplicably, is drawn. She knows it is wrong but she agrees to meet.

His real name is Kai. He is beautiful. And immediately Serena feels herself blindly falling for him even though she senses a lie. She knows he is hiding something and it terrifies her.

What she doesn’t realise is that her entire life has been built on secrets and lies. The people she loved left her in the dark for a reason.

She trusted them. She trusts Kai. But as he pulls her straight into the heart of the danger the lies and deadly secrets are revealed. They overwhelm her, and the person she once was no longer exists as she is thrown into a ruthless world of elemental forces. The price of truth is her life—and now the world wants her dead.

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“I couldn’t put it down. So I finished it last night and all I can say is WOW! This book was amazing and different.” Brianna (Book Blogger)

“I loved how the author took a different approach to writing a love story in modern times with the paranormal element present. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and refreshing. Marvelous!” Kathy H (Amazon Reviewer)

“In the end I had fallen in love with this story…completely untraditional it was a very original idea, not to mention modern. This story had such a good plot and the story structure was sound.” Kacii – The Kooky Bookworm (Book Blogger)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mia Hoddell

Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still – despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.

Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series ‘The Wanderer Trilogy’ and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series ‘Elemental Killers’ before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash

Title: Forget Me Not (Collective #1)

Author: Stacey Nash

Publisher: Entranced Publishing

Release Date: Feb. 17th, 2014

Since her mother vanished nine years ago, Anamae and her father have shared a quiet life. But when Anamae discovers a brooch identical to her mother’s favorite pendant, she unknowingly invites a slew of trouble into their world. When the brooch and the pendant are worn together they’re no longer pretty pieces of jewelry — they’re part of a highly developed technology capable of cloaking the human form. Triggering the jewelry’s power attracts the attention of a secret society determined to confiscate the device — and silence everyone who is aware of its existence. Anamae knows too much, and now she’s Enemy Number One.

She’s forced to leave her father behind when she’s taken in by a group determined to keep her safe. Here Anamae searches for answers about this hidden world. With her father kidnapped and her own life on the line, Anamae must decide if saving her dad is worth risking her new friends’ lives. No matter what she does, somebody is going to get hurt.

Fiction is Fact. Know the Truth.

This may or ay not be a day late (scheduling issue on my end!) but I was still really excited to share this gorgeous cover with you guys!

Forget Me Not

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stacey Nash
Stacey grew up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It is an area nestled between mountains and vineyards. Full of history and culture, it provides wonderful writing inspiration. After dabbling with poetry during her teen years, Stacey stopped writing until after university when she was married with young children. Now she loves nothing more than spending her days with her children and writing when inspiration strikes.

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