Release Day Blitz: Curses, Fates & Soul Mates!

I’ve got exciting news for all of you! 5 full-length novels from 5 of the hottest authors in New Adult Paranormal Romance are being released today! *Throws confetti*

I have read books by a few of these authors and am dying to try out these new books by the others!

Escape reality and immerse yourself in these steamy paranormal romances. With everything from tattooed bad boys and sexy demons to hot, otherworldly bodyguards, you’re going to fall in love. Beware: you’ll be up reading well past your bedtime!

ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Retail value = $14.95

Limited time release = $.99

Recommended for readers 16+

Approximately 1,200 pages

Get your copy now at:

Amazon // Amazon UK // Kobo // IBooks

Check out the links in this post to join in on the release day fun! There are lots of prizes up for grabs, including a Kindle Paperwhite!!

THE SPACE BETWEEN by Kristie Cook: Self-contained dancer Leni Drago and inked-and-pierced playboy Jeric Winters must discover the truth behind their connection as well as their ties to a journal from 1989 – and they must do it fast, before all evidence that they ever existed disappears. Two love stories, one mystery and a paranormal twist that readers call “mind blowing.”

About Kristie Cook

Kristie Cook is a lifelong, award-winning writer in various genres, from marketing communications to fantasy fiction. She continues to write the Soul Savers Series, a New Adult paranormal romance/ contemporary fantasy, with the first five of seven books, Promise, Purpose, Devotion, Power, and Wrath currently available. She’s also written a companion novella, Genesis: A Soul Savers Novella, currently available. Over 300,000 Soul Savers books have been sold, with Promise peaking at #54 on the Amazon Top 100 Paid list and at #1 in the Amazon Fantasy category.

The Space Between kicks off her second New Adult paranormal series, The Book of Phoenix, with part two, The Space Beyond, releasing in 2014.

Besides writing, Kristie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling and riding on the back of a motorcycle. She has lived in ten states, but currently calls Southwest Florida home with her husband, three sons, a beagle and a puggle.

Connect With Kristie Cook Online

I love to hear from and connect with readers. Please don’t be shy.

Email: kristie@kristiecook.com

Author’s Website & Blog: http://www.KristieCook.com

UK Fan Site: http://www.kristiecookfansite.co.uk

Soul Saver Series Website: http://www.SoulSaversSeries.com

Facebook: AuthorKristieCook

Twitter: KristieCookAuth

FROSTBITE by Lynn Rush: Love is warm and fuzzy for most people, and it would be for eighteen-year-old Amanda Smith, too, if her kisses didn’t cause frostbite.

About Lynn Rush

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes, watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake.

Connect With Lynn Rush Online

Lynn loves to hear from readers!

Catch the Rush™

Email: lynn@lynnrush.com

Author’s Website & Blog: http://www.LynnRush.com

Facebook: LynnRushWrites

Twitter: LynnRush

CURSED by R.K. Ryals: Sometimes being bad is better… A vintage-loving witch. A cocky demon. An old grimoire. An ancient curse. A family secret that changes everything.

About the Author

R.K. Ryals is the author of emotional and gripping young adult and new adult paranormal romance, contemporary romance, and fantasy. With a strong passion for charity and literacy, she works as a full time writer encouraging people to “share the love of reading one book at a time.” An avid animal lover and self-proclaimed coffee-holic, R.K. Ryals was born in Jackson, Mississippi and makes her home in the Southern U.S. with her husband, her three daughters, a rescue dog named Oscar the Grouch, A Shitzsu named Tinkerbell, an OCD cat, and a coffee pot she honestly couldn’t live without. Should she ever become the owner of a fire-breathing dragon (tame of course), her life would be complete.

Connect With R.K. Ryals Online

I love to hear from readers. Please visit me online!

Email: requests4rkryals@gmail.com

Author’s Website: http://rkryals.com/

Facebook: RKRyals

Twitter: RKRyals

RETURN OF THE ASCENDANT by Raine Thomas: Party plans derail for college student Kyra Vaughn when she’s nearly killed…twice. She’ll have to rely on a sexy stranger with unusual abilities to keep her alive and help her discover who she’s destined to be.

About the Author

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of bestselling Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Known for character-driven stories that inspire the imagination, Raine recently signed with multiple award-winning producer Chase Chenowith of Back Fence Productions to bring her popular Daughters of Saraqael trilogy to the big screen. She’s a proud indie author who is living the dream.

Raine is a hopeless romantic with a background in the fields of mental health and wedding planning…two areas that intersect far more than one would think. Her years working with children and young adults with emotional and behavioral challenges inspired her to create protagonists who overcome their own conflicts. When she isn’t writing or glued to e-mail or social networking sites, Raine can usually be found vacationing with her husband and daughter on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Connect With Raine Thomas Online

I love to hear from readers. Please visit me online!

Email: Raine@RaineThomas.com

Author’s Website: http://www.rainethomas.com

Facebook: RaineThomas

Twitter: Raine_Thomas

Pinterest: Raine_Thomas

REPOSSESSION by Rachael Wade: The Invaders have come for Earth, and Skylla Warden’s in the very center of the upheaval. On a mission to take back what is rightfully theirs, Earth’s population is determined to make sure this isn’t the end. But some endings were never theirs to begin with.

About the Author

Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of THE PRESERVATION SERIES, LOVE AND RELATIVITY, and the upcoming New Adult sci-fi series, THE KEEPERS TRILOGY. When she’s not writing, she’s busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She’s an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton.

Connect With Rachael Wade Online

I love to hear from readers. Please visit me online!

Email: AuthorRachaelWade@Gmail.com

Author’s Website: http://www.RachaelWade.com

LightsOn Website: http://www.lightsonlove.com/

Facebook: AuthorRachaelWade

Twitter: RachaelWade

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Giveaway: Books to Movie Celebration for Raine Thomas

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I am beyond thrilled to be sharing not only an exciting giveaway with you all today but super exciting news for an author who is near and dear to me. Raine Thomas revealed recently that her Daughters of Saraqael series has been optioned for film. OPTIONED FOR FILM!!!! *Collective Happy Dance Ensues Now*

The series has been optioned by Back Fence Productions. Heading the project is multiple award-winning writer and producer, Chase Chenowith, whose film credits include working with Anthony Hopkins, Naomi Watts, Alec Baldwin, Dan Ackroyd, Christopher Walken, Brenda Blethyn, Alfred Molina and James Denton, among others. His films have won 11 Best Picture Awards and 29 total awards.

The books follow eighteen-year-old sisters, Amber, Olivia, and Skye, as they discover the truth about their origins and fight to save a race of beings they never knew existed. Filled with action, adventure, love and intrigue, the stories will translate wonderfully to the big screen.

If there is one thing Raine knows how to do (except create brilliant book playlists, write awesome stories, and be a super supportive and awesome author friend) it’s throwing a giveaway. Raine is having a sale and hosting a giveaway, (which is super freaking awesome by the way)! Here’s what you could win:

~ Three signed paperbacks of the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy

~ Three bracelets inspired by the books

~ $10 Amazon gift card

~ YOUR NAME IN THE NEXT ESTILORIAN NOVEL

That’s right! There will be a seventh book in the Estilorian series coming out in 2014, so now’s the time to get caught up on these popular stories. To get you started, Raine is offering the first book in the series, Becoming, for just .99 cents until 12/27. Or you can pick up the entire trilogy for just $4.99 during that time, a two-dollar savings!

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WHERE TO FIND THE BOOKS:

The Prophecy (Daughters of Saraqael #.5)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble

Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael #1)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Review

Central (Daughters of Saraqael #2)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble

Foretold (Daughters of Saraqael #3)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble

WHERE TO FIND THE AUTHOR:

Twitter // Facebook // Goodreads // Pinterest // Linkedin // Website // Blog

GIVEAWAY:

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Thank God It’s Indie Friday (1)

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TGIIF is a new feature here at Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands in which I will feature an indie author and indie band/musician every week. If you are an author or musician interested in being featured, please check out this blog post for more information!

To kick off my very first TGIIF, I will be introducing a few of my favorites. Raine Thomas, indie author, is not only kick-ass when it comes to writing books and making up book playlists, but she is also one of those people I just want to squeeze. Her kindness and generosity knows no bounds. As for today’s indie artist, I had a super non-difficult time selecting them. The Avett Brothers have become one of my all-time favorite bands over the years. Since their beginning they have been putting music out there that is original, meaningful, and oh so amazing. While they are now signed to Ramseur Records, their dedication to staying themselves and putting music out there that truly means something regardless of what is popular, makes them one indie band that everyone should be lucky enough to listen to.

Today’s Indie Author Is…

Raine Thomas!

Raine started up her own publishing label, Iambe Books back in 2011. Since then Raine has published 9, yes I said NINE books. With her Daughters of Saraqael series, her Firstborn trilogy, and two AWESOME NA Romances under her belt, there is something there for EVERYONE to enjoy.

For today’s post I am going to be featuring all of Raine’s books in one post. I’ve compiled a list with covers, links as well as all of the fun stuff Raine has participated with here on the blog. Please be sure to share some love for this author because she made of pure awesome.

  The Prophecy  Becoming  Central  Foretold

The Prophecy (Daughters of Saraqael #.5)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble

Becoming (Daughters of Saraqael #1)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Review

Central (Daughters of Saraqael #2)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble

Foretold (Daughters of Saraqael #3)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble

Defy  Shift  Elder

Defy (Firstborn Trilogy #1)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Playlist

Shift (Firstborn Trilogy #2)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Playlist

Elder (Firstborn Trilogy #3)

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Playlist

For Everly  Meant For Her

For Everly

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Review // Book Playlist

Meant For Her

Goodreads // Amazon // Barnes & Noble // Book Review // Book Playlist

About The Author:

Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

Twitter // Facebook // Goodreads // Pinterest // Linkedin // Website // Blog

Today’s Indie Artist Is…

The Avett Brothers!

Brothers Seth and Scott Avett have been sharing music long before The Avett Brothers were an actual thing. And now with Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon on board, they have released an insane amount of music that my ears can’t seem to get enough of. I’ve got all sorts of links for you to check out below as well as a Spotify playlist of their music. Enjoy!

Website // YouTube // Twitter // Facebook

Blog Tour + Book Playlist + Book Review + Giveaway: Meant For Her by Raine Thomas

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Meant For Her

Title: Meant For Her

Author: Raine Thomas

Pages: 337 pages

Publisher: Iambe Books

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review

Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.

Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.

Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.

Raine Thomas has yet again impressed me with her Contemporary Romance writing abilities. Sierra and Evan’s story was a story filled with a little bit of darkness, a little bit of healing, and a little bit of love and compassion.

Evan was a difficult character to really grasp at the begging. Since the story is told through dual points of view, I would see the way he treated Sierra through her eyes which wasn’t always all that great and then switch over to Evan’s point of view and witness the reasons behind his actions which didn’t necessary excuse his actions but at least give me some insight into the real Evan. Despite the gruff, distant attitude he has at the beginning of Meant For Her, the more time Evan spends with Sierra, the more we are able to see how much pain he carries around with him. Right along with Sierra, I took the simple joys of every little piece of progress that Evan made; haring a piece of his past, hanging out with his friends, smiling every now and then.

Sierra is the definition of a carefree, easygoing, free spirit. Everything about this character was truly good. She was passionate about everything she cared about from her photography, to her family, to her friends, and to even complete strangers. I just appreciated how easy of a character she was to love. As Evan’s neighbor and also being the niece of his professional baseball team’s manager, Sierra decides she is just the person to break down Evan’s walls and get to the root of his pain and despair. And considering this character has enough love and caring within her to put the rest of us to shame, she is the perfect option.

Reading about Evan by himself was enjoyable but not without struggles. Reading about Sierra by herself was inspiring and touching. But reading about the two of them together was a completely different story. I LOVED the connection these two had. Sierra knew Evan harbored deep pain before she ever even spoke to him. On the flip side, Evan has been lost for a long time but even more so during the past year but Sierra changes something for him. It is because of her he can finally begin to heal, learn to trust and care for others, and even open up about himself. I also love that this relationship was not without struggles. Sierra pushes Evan too far, Evan pushes Sierra away. Evan allows Sierra to get too close and then he closes off out of fear. But despite all of the problems that their relationship faced, there was enough romance, compassion, and natural chemistry between these two to make it all worth the read.

On top of all this other greatness that Raine has going on in the story, she also went and added in two of my favorite characters from her previous NA contemporary book, For Everly. That’s right people, Cole and Everly are in this book. And I don’t mean in a “Oh we passed a cute couple on a street” way but “Oh Cole is friends with Evan and Everly is friends with Sierra” way. I just adored the fact that even though their book is over, their story wasn’t. I can’t share much more about their parts in the story in fear that I’ll spoil it for you but I will let you know that it made my heart oh so happy.

I could go all day talking about all the things I love about this book but what you really know is that Raine makes it oh so easy to read her books. Her characters are ones I love, the struggles they go through are ones that hurt my heart, but in the end, the changes they make and the struggles that they overcome make it worth it!

And now, because Raine and I are allll about music over here, she’s put together an Ah-Mazing book playlist for all you awesome book lovers! Take a listen below and read all about how the specific songs play a part in the book!

BOOK PLAYLIST:

Meant for Her features Evan Dorsey, a professional baseball player who has recently lost the only person who really mattered to him. The pain caused by her death has left him with a lot of issues to face. “Demons” by Imagine Dragons fits his story perfectly. I particularly love this version of the video, since it’s dedicated to a man who lost his life to cancer…a topic in Meant for Her.

KEY LYRICS:

They say it’s what you make,
I say it’s up to fate.
It’s woven in my soul,
I need to let you go.

Your eyes, they shine so bright.
I wanna save that light.
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how.

When you feel my heat,
Look into my eyes.
It’s where my demons hide,
It’s where my demons hide.
Don’t get too close,
It’s dark inside.
It’s where my demons hide,
It’s where my demons hide.

The female protagonist, Sierra Stratton, has a unique view of the world. Her insights into other people often make Evan uneasy. It’s harder, however, for her to have strong insight about herself and how she handles conflict with others. Evan wants her to stand up for herself, so Sara Bareilles’ song, “Brave” speaks to me about this.

KEY LYRICS:

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out.
Honestly, I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say,
And let the words fall out.
Honestly I wanna see you be brave.

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave.

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave.

Sierra and Evan have a connection the moment they meet, but it takes time for Evan to accept it. He’s drawn to Sierra, despite his desire to avoid making connections and putting down roots in Atlanta. It isn’t long before Sierra has his head spinning. “Clarity” by Zedd is the song that reminds me of this element of the story.

KEY LYRICS:

Don’t speak as I try to leave, ’cause we both know what we’ll choose.
If you pull then I’ll push too deep and I’ll fall right back to you.

‘Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need,
Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don’t know why.

If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?

After spending some time befriending Evan, Sierra gives their relationship a nudge to the next level. From that moment on, things are different between them. The song “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran reflects this development.

KEY LYRICS:

I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now.
I just wanna know you, know you, know you…

‘Cause all I know is we said, “Hello.”
And your eyes look like coming home.
All I know is a simple name.
Everything has changed.
All I know is you held the door.
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours.
All I know since yesterday is everything has changed.

Evan’s demons come back to haunt him, making him have doubts when things progress with Sierra beyond where he envisioned. The choices he makes then propel the story into another light. “Stay” by Florida-Georgia Line captures the essence of Evan’s difficult choices.

KEY LYRICS:

My heart’s on my sleeve, but it’s turning black.
(I guess I know what it feels like to be alone).
Without your touch I’m not gonna last.
(I know you know that I need ya just to carry on)
It feels like my walls are caving in.
(You’d always hold me before I left you hanging on)
And I’ll do anything to have you here again.

The song that ultimately captures the relationship between Sierra and Evan is “I Need Your Love” by Ellie Goulding (featuring Calvin Harris). It even reflects the fact that they’re neighbors and pass each other’s doors. The lyrics speak for themselves!

KEY LYRICS:

I take a deep breath every time I pass your door.
I know you’re there but I can’t see you anymore.
And that’s the reason you’re in the dark.
I’ve been a stranger ever since we fell apart,
And I feel so helpless here.
Watch, my eyes are filled with fear.
Tell me do you feel the same?
Hold me in your arms again.

I need your love,
I need your time.
When everything’s wrong,
You make it right.
I feel so high,
I come alive.
I need to be free with you tonight.
I need your love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. She is also the author of the bestselling New Adult Contemporary Romance, For Everly, and the much-anticipated spin-off, Meant for Her. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social media, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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WHERE TO FIND THE BOOK:

Amazon // Barnes and Noble // Kobo // iBooks

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of both For Everly and Meant For Her, a necklace inspired by the book, and a $25 Amazon gift card. Just fill out this rafflecopter form!

Cover Reveal: Meant For Her by Raine Thomas

Title: Meant For Her

Author: Raine Thomas

Publisher: Iambe Books LLC.

Publication Date: October 17th 2013

Cover Design: Regina Wamba of www.MaeIDesign.com

Cover Photos: Kelsey Kukal-Keeton of K Keeton Designs

Photographer Sierra Stratton views the world through a lens all her own. She has an uncanny sense about people, something that often causes her trouble. When she meets the sexy and brooding Evan Dorsey, her intuition tells her he’s suffering, and she wants to be the one to help him.

Evan isn’t open to help from anyone, however. His focus is on his Major League career and making himself as marketable as possible for his upcoming free agency. He plans to ride out the season in Atlanta and then sign with another team, away from the painful memories that haunt him.

Someone’s eager to send him on his way, too. Between anonymous threats and equipment sabotage, it’s clear he’s earned himself an enemy along the way. To him, it’s one more sign that he’s right to move on.

But Sierra threatens his conviction. Her contagious smile proves hard to resist, as does her kiss. She tempts him in ways he never anticipated, making him question his plans for the first time. If he’s not careful, she might just convince him that he’s meant for her.

I am beyond thrilled that I am able to be part of the cover reveal for Raine Thomas’s upcoming New Adult novel, Meant For Her. I fell in love first with Raine’s fantasy series and then fell even more in love with her previous New Adult novel, For Everly. To say that I am excited for this new one to release is a bit of an understatement Govn’r! And since I know you are all here to see an awesome cover and not hear me ramble off Easy A quotes, let’s move on!

Meant For Her

So what do you think? Awesome right!?! I love, love, LOVE the couple! I mean he is rather easy on the eyes and her highlights are pretty freaking awesome so together they make one good looking couple. I also love that baseball makes an appearance on the bottom portion of the cover.

Be sure to check out all the additional info & links below and of course, let us know what you think about the cover in the comments section!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is the author of bestselling YA and NA romantic fiction, including the award-winning Estilorian series. She’s a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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WHERE TO FIND THE BOOK:

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Purchase For Everly so you can meet a few of the characters before they make an appearance in Meant For Her:

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Blog Tour + Book Review + Book Playlist + Giveaway: For Everly by Raine Thomas

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For Everly

Title: For Everly

Author: Raine Thomas

Publisher: Iambe Books, LLC

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

When I first heard the Raine was writing a Contemporary New Adult book, I squealed like a little girl and I am not even ashamed to admit that. I absolutely adored her fantasy Young Adult book, Becoming, so I was excited to see what she would do with something so different. It turns out all of the excitement was so worth it! Raine proved that her smooth, lovely writing and ability to create realistic characters shines just as brightly in her Contemporary writing as it does in her Fantasy writing.

For Everly captured me from the very beginning. Actually, if I am being honest, it captured me before the beginning when Raine posted a teaser on her blog some time before I received the book. I loved that the story was told from dueling points of view, allowing me to see where Cole and Everly started out and seeing how they struggled, stumbled, grew, and blossomed throughout the course of the story.

Cole and Everly come from two completely different places; Cole with his privileged lifestyle of having a loving and supporting family on top of his professional baseball career and Everly who has the love of her grandfather but has also had to work her butt off from day one. I loved seeing how two contrasting people could work so well together. When we first meet Cole, he is a little bit cocky, a little bit spoiled, and a little bit self-involved. Despite the fact that Cole is so completely unaware of how the other half lives, you could still sense this sweet, generous, caring guy just beyond the surface. It isn’t until he spends more time with Everly that he truly begins to show just how great of a guy he is. Everly can come across a bit distant and closed off but once I learned of her past, of all of the things she has had to go through and everything that she still struggles with, my heart couldn’t help but hurt for her. With the help of Cole, Everly learned to open up and I loved the sweet, caring, wonderful person that I saw. Overall, both characters were amazing. I loved that they weren’t perfect, both had their faults but they helped to balance each other out and they were there for one another when it mattered most.

Throughout the course of the story, just when things were going good, something would happen to shake it up, much like how life can throw you curveballs. The story starts off with Cole putting him and Everly in a compromising position. With the threat of both of them losing their careers looming over both of their heads added to the fact that Everly has some very major demons coming back from her past and the idea that someone seems dead-set on hurting both of their images, made me wonder just how the two of them would ever make it through. Some of these issues pushed Cole and Everly apart, some brought them closer together, and some pushed their relationship to the absolute limits but in the end it only made their relationship seem more stable and real to me.

The major problem I have now is deciding which type of story I like better from Raine! Raine’s believable characters mixed with the amount of compassion she was able to make me feel about their stories made me an even bigger fan-girl of her writing. For Everly was a touching, sweet story and I would most definitely recommend it to those of you who need a little romance in their lives…and it wouldn’t hurt if you also happened to be a fan of baseball ;)

BOOK PLAYLIST:

Raine has put together an INCREDIBLE book playlist to go along with For Everly! I always enjoy seeing what Raine does for her book playlists because her reasons behind each song are always spot-on. Check out the playlist below along with a reason why Raine selected it and which key lyrics from each song stand out to her. Hope you enjoy!

When I think of Everly Wallace, I think of a determined young woman with a lot of focus. By working so hard to overcome the hardships of her past, she’s missing out on experiencing life in the present. To me, Alicia’s Keys’ “Girl on Fire” reflects Everly’s character.

KEY LYRICS:

She’s just a girl and she’s on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, lonely like a highway
She’s living in a world and it’s on fire
Filled with catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away

Ohhhh oh oh oh oh
She got both feet on the ground
And she’s burning it down
Ohhhh oh oh oh oh
She got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down

This girl is on fire…
This girl is on fire…
She’s walking on fire…
This girl is on fire.

Cole meets his match in Everly. Before he knows how it happened, she comes to mean more to him than he ever anticipated. I think of OneRepublic’s “If I Lose Myself” when I think of Cole learning to follow his heart after years of thinking mostly of himself.

KEY LYRICS:

I stared up at the sun,
Thought of all of the people, places and things I’ve loved.
I stared up just to see
With all of the faces, you were the one next to me.

You can feel the light start to tremble,
Washing what you know out to sea.
You can see your life out of the window tonight.

If I lose myself tonight,
It’ll be by your side.
I lose myself tonight…

The core of For Everly’s plot centers on Everly’s dark past and Cole’s attempts to help her cope with it. The problem is that she’s not ready to accept his help. Fun’s “Carry On” conveys the message Everly has to learn.

KEY LYRICS:

Though I’ve never been through hell like that
I’ve closed enough windows to know you can never look back

If you’re lost and alone
Or you’re sinking like a stone
Carry on

May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on.

As Cole and Everly’s relationship progresses, they share more time together. Maroon 5’s “Daylight” reminds me of their parting after a night that changes everything.

KEY LYRICS:

Here I am staring at your perfection
In my arms, so beautiful
The sky is getting bright, the stars are burning out
Somebody slow it down

This is way too hard, cause I know
When the sun comes up, I will leave
This is my last glance that will soon be memory

And when the daylight comes I’ll have to go
But tonight I’m gonna hold you so close
Cause in the daylight we’ll be on our own
But tonight I need to hold you so close.

Despite herself, Everly is unable to fight against Cole’s attempts to break down her defenses. “With Ur Love” by Cher Llyod is the perfect song to represent this element of the story.

KEY LYRICS:

Baby, you the best ’cause you worked me out
I keep building walls up but you tear ’em down
I’m fighting, I don’t wanna like it but you know I like it
But you know I like it, like it, like it
Used to always think I was bullet proof
But you got an AK and you’re blowing through
Explosive, you don’t even know it, I want you to know it
I want you to know it, know it, know it.

“The Reason” by Hoobastank is probably my all-time favorite love song. The opening lyrics truly capture Everly and Cole’s relationship…it’s not perfect, but they’re perfect for each other.

KEY LYRICS:

I’m not a perfect person
There’s many things I wish I didn’t do
But I continue learning
I never meant to do those things to you
And so I have to say before I go
That I just want you to know

I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
and the reason is you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a bestselling series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. Her latest book is a New Adult Contemporary Romance titled For Everly. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing, or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: For Everly by Raine Thomas

The absolutely lovely and talented Raine Thomas has another book coming out and guess what, this one is going to be a New Adult Contemporary Romance! *happy dances while simultaneously throwing confetti* The book in question is titled For Everly and we are going to be getting the first look at the covers today (Yes I said covers! More information on that down below!) Before we get to the cover reveal, let’s learn a little bit about what this book will be about!

Title: For Everly

Author: Raine Thomas

Expected Publication: May 27th 2013 from Iambe Books, LLC

Determined to overcome a dark and tragic past, college student Everly Wallace is only months away from earning her degree in physical therapy. She’s consumed with school, caring for her ailing grandfather, and figuring out how to pay the next bill. The last thing she wants is a relationship, but it just might be the one thing she needs.

Major League pitcher Cole Parker hasn’t fought for anything in his life. He went from a privileged upbringing to a multimillion dollar All-Star career. But when his pitching shoulder starts to give him trouble at only twenty-four years old, he faces the possibility of his injury becoming public knowledge and costing him everything.

In a desperate bid to save his career, Cole decides to hire someone to treat his injury, someone who will keep things off the record and out of the media. He finds the perfect solution in Everly. As mysterious as she is beautiful, she provides an enticing distraction from his pain. Soon, physical therapy is the last thing on his mind.

When an act of betrayal brings the truths they both fear to light, Cole will have to fight for the first time in his life…not just for his career, but for Everly’s love.

Excuse me while I squeal over the pure AWESOMENESS that will soon be this book! In case you may have missed it, Raine leaked a sneak peek of the book on her website and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! I am sure you are just dying to see the covers and are also probably wondering why I keep using the plural version of that word. Well here’s the deal: Raine can’t decide which cover to use so she is asking for your help!

After commissioning two talented cover designers, Tonya Dsigns and Allie B Designs, to send her concepts, Raine fell in love with their different styles. Raine has set up a poll so you guys can vote on YOUR favorite cover! The winning design will be announced on Monday, May 6th. To support your favorite one, follow this link and cast your vote! And now, on to the gorgeous covers!

For Everly  For Everly

Aren’t they both just fantastic! I can’t decide what I like better; the colorful one or the black and white one! I love that both seem to be set in a gym/physical therapy clinic because DUH, it goes along with what’s going on in the book!

Be sure to 1) cast your vote and 2) let us know in the comments what you thought of both covers!

Giveaway:

Raine is hosting an AWESOME giveaway for a signed paperback of For Everly. To be entered to win, follow this link and fill out the Rafflecopter form!

About The Author:

Raine Thomas

Raine Thomas is the award-winning author of a series of YA fantasy/romance novels about the Estilorian plane, including the Daughters of Saraqael trilogy and the Firstborn trilogy. Her upcoming release, For Everly, is a New Adult Contemporary Romance. She is a proud member of Romance Writers of America and is a contributing blogger to The Writer’s Voice. When she isn’t planning weddings, writing or glued to social networking sites, she can usually be found on one of Florida’s beautiful beaches with her husband and daughter or crossing the border to visit with her Canadian friends and relatives.

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