Book Blitz & Giveaway: Now or Never by A.J. Bennett

Now or Never by A.J. Bennett
Publication date: June 19th 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary


Twenty-one year old Grayson Alexander finally breaks away from an abusive relationship and finds herself free for the first time in three years.

Determined to enjoy her new-found freedom, Grayson is intent on sticking with ‘no strings attached’ relationships—one-night stands, and steamy sex.

But she didn’t plan on Derrick.

Her attraction to the sexy man in uniform quickly turns into an unhealthy relationship. They both try to resist the pull, but neither can stay away.

When tragedy strikes, Grayson realizes it’s now or never—walk away or make it work.

A.J. Bennet Interview Ten Quick Questions

1.  Coffee or tea?

I have to choose one? I love coffee in the morning and tea anytime during the day.

2.   Morning or Night person?

Night owl. I do most of my writing at night. I also love to stay up late reading a good book.

3.  Favorite season?

Fall. I love sweaters.

4.  One thing you can’t live without?

My macbook air. It’s my lifeline.

5.  Favorite dessert?

Ugh, this is a tough one. Cheesecake? Brownies? Cookies? Depends on the day I guess.

6.  Do you ever write in your PJ’s?

All the time. I love christmas pajama’s for some reason. It’s the middle of July and tonight I’m wearing snowman pajama’s.

7.  Do you believe in soul mates?

Yes! I believe there is someone out there for everyone. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes longer than we’d like to find them.

8.  Do you believe in magic?

Of course! Life is magic.

9.  Favorite bumper sticker?

I saw one the other day that made me laugh. It was 0.0 instead of the marathon distances.

10.  Love at first sight?

That’s a tough one. I do think there is an instant attraction but that’s more about sexual chemistry. The love part comes later. 


A.J. Bennett lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and bulldog. She’s addicted to coffee, popcorn and books. Becoming an author has been a lifelong dream, and she’s extremely excited about her debut novel Now or Never.

Author links:
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Trailer Reveal: Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan

I am super excited to be able to participate in the trailer reveal for Katlyn Duncan’s SOUL TAKEN which released on June 4th!

This book sounds absolutely amazing and I can't wait to share the TRAILER and the EXCERPT the author provided, both of which are below.

There is also an awesome GIVEAWAY for an eBook Kindle copy of the book to one winner. So be sure to check that out, too.

With its gorgeous cover, it's intriguing description, its totally captivating excerpt and awesome trailer, I am thrilled to be able share SOUL TAKEN with you. So without further ado....


The SOUL TAKEN Trailer


About the Book

Title: SOUL TAKEN (The Life After #1)
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Publisher: Carina UK
Release date: June 4th
Formats: eBook

After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.

Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!


About the Author

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.


The SOUL TAKEN Excerpt

A suffocating heat pressed all points of my soul. Even though I hadn’t breathed in a hundred years, I felt the need to inhale, yet I couldn’t. A fire burned in my chest.
I attempted to open my eyes, to move one finger, a toe maybe, but the pressure immobilized my body. The burning sensation tore through me over and over until I had just about given up the fight.
But, just as quickly as the pressure came, it lifted, bringing a seemingly endless barrage of images. I was experiencing someone else’s memories, as if I took a back seat in her mind and watched her life flash before our eyes. I caught her image in a mirror, a small golden-haired girl.


I tried to slow the images or possibly make sense of them but, just as I grabbed a hold on one of them, it slipped through my fingers and moved onto the next. I followed this girl through all the moments of her life as her memories flashed before my eyes.
Darker emotions overlapped the girl’s happy memories. I saw a young red-haired girl in an old-fashioned dress; her demure eyes looked back at me. Jealousy flared through me. My heart squeezed, watching this girl who was not part of Ally’s memories. A rush of energy pumped through my body; the power touched every fiber of my soul. Then the vision dissolved and I was forced back to experiencing Ally.

Was I dreaming?

Souls didn’t dream. I told myself firmly.

The visions started to slow and I was able to focus on one.

I had to tell them, even though Dad said I couldn’t. But in a week I wouldn’t be the same girl. Or would I? I still wasn’t clear on everything. Becoming a Guard: it was my life’s mission, he had said. A life that was no longer my own. Would it be easier to let this life slip away? I would regret each day if I didn’t. Maybe I would start with Seth. Sweet Seth. He’d be crushed, but someone would take my place. Dad had said something about people—humans— was I not human? Humans were drawn to those like me. Maybe Seth only liked me because I was different, unexplainably different.

I ripped the paper off the coffee sleeve. It was now or never.


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Q: What do you do with your books after you are done reading them?

I put them on bookshelf as it runs out of space. I can't get give them away or throw them out. I love them all and their covers. Plus I have this idea in my head that my daughter is going to be an avid reader like me and want to read them herself. Plus so many of mine are actually signed. I'm lucky enough to live an area that has a good amount of signings. I do sometimes go back and reread my favorite parts.
With ebooks they stay on my reader, same with audiobooks. Then of course there are the ones that I'm not so impressed by the cover so I just check them out from the library and return them.

Tour and Giveaway: Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman

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Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman
Series: Forever First #1
Publication date: June 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary


Maddie Martin's first weekend at college is nothing like she's used to. It's wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she's loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents.

Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases her heavy heart, calms the sadness, and pushes away images of Kyle's face.

Until it doesn't.

Her music professor asks her to play a duet for their annual Graduation Gala. Doing so means she'll be assured another full ride scholarship. It's an opportunity she can't pass up.

But Kyle is the other half of the duet. And that means hours and hours of practicing.

Days and months of seclusion - just the two of them. And it's more than just music. It's passion like Maddie never believed was possible.

The inevitable happens. She falls in love with him all over again.

But, will loving him be enough to erase all the hate in her heart for his father? Can she look at him, and not see the evil in his family tree?

And maybe it's all a set up. Maybe Kyle is only pretending to care so he can finish what his father started, and kill her too.

My Review:

Touching Melody by RaShelle Workman is a story about love, healing and letting go.

I liked that Maddie gets tattoos to help with her pain. It’s a lot better than her doing drugs and or something else that could be worse. She only does it on the anniversary of her parent’s death because that is the particular day that is hardest for her to handle. It’s like she is wearing her battle scars on the outside and by doing so also letting them go. She is one tough kid; you can see some of her actions are based on the fact of the traumatic event she had to experience and from her sheltered life after the event. I like that she also has a therapist that is there to help her through some of her sticky moments. It makes her a little different than a lot of characters that are struggling with issues. Rather than it being like oh look she’s okay now she has love in her life, no it’s showing that her healing process is ongoing and can be for a long period of time.

Kyle is kind of interesting because there are many things that are alluded to about him but I’m not sure if he really confirms or denies them. He is a guy who remembers his first love, who misses her but did move on. He tried even though her ghost still haunts him. He has also had a tragedy and we get some insight of his home life growing up in flashbacks of his and Maddie’s relationship. I like Kyle and his not so perfectness.

Music is a coping mechanism for both Maddie and Kyle; it’s also what brings them together. They have to perform a duet for the Winter Gala. Maddie has no choice but to perform it, even with Kyle being her partner because it could insure her another full ride scholarship for the next year.

Evan....I don’t even want to talk about that guy.

I was a little bothered by Gina, Maddie’s roommate, there was potential with her character but at times she seemed to lack. I did like how midway through the book she seems to be there for Maddie more and I actually think she would almost be a fun roommate. I remember someone similar to her in College. There is an issue of rape that is very lightly addresses, along with the drug use. It’s one of those if you knew this happened to someone what would you do. Gina tells Maddie about some of it and then Maddie chooses to keep her secret rather than tell anyone. I think in reality it’s confusing to both girls about what to do in the situation. I wish it was expanded on a little more.

There were some things that come out in the end that I actually did not expect. We have to wade through the web of the reason her parents were murdered. It’s really an interesting plot. It’s what intrigued me about the book in the first place and I found myself needing to know why they were killed. So it does a good job of keeping your curiosity peaked. I wasn’t as much interested in how Maddie deals with college, which to me was a side thing but more about how the heck do you deal with why her and Kyle are apart. I keep wondering in my head what I would do.


RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series ("Sleeping Roses" is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She's sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog:

Author links:
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Sizzling Summer Giveaway: C.C. Hunter Guest Post

I'm really excited to be a part of the Sizzling Summer Giveaway Hop Hosted by the always awesome YABound but I also get to host one of my favorite authors. C.C. Hunter. C.C. is the author of the Shadow Falls series, which wrapped up not that long ago.  You can also win one of two Kindle Fires, yep this post is definitely sizzling. Check out who is a part of the hop HERE

I Cried for Nothing: It’s Not Time for Goodbye

A lot of people ask me which of the Shadow Falls books was the hardest to write. I think by far it was Chosen at Nightfall. You see, when I was writing that book, I thought it was goodbye. Chosen was supposed to be the last and final book in the Shadow Falls series.

So, that was supposed to be a farewell to Kylie and all her friends—friends, that over the last three years, have become a huge part of my daily life. Every day I stepped into my office, I had a roomful of paranormal, teenaged campers in there waiting on me—each of them trying to talk to me at the same time, and each with a different idea of what we should do that day. Sometimes they were impossible.

Don’t worry, I’m not completely loopy, I know Kylie and the whole gang are characters in a book and not real beings. I know they aren’t . . . real. Oh heck, just go ahead and think I’m crazy. Because darn it, Kylie and all the Shadow Falls characters feel real to me.

After writing five books, spending hours upon hours visualizing these characters, hearing them talk in my head, plotting their struggles and their triumphs, uncovering their pasts, laughing with them, crying with them—Well, call me a few French fries short of a Happy Meal, but they are real to me. And saying goodbye is not just hard, it’s a capital B with an inch. I didn’t just cry writing those last chapters of Chosen, I sobbed. We’re talking big alligator tears.

Ahh, but then Della, the one person who has the hardest time saying goodbye, had to put her two cents in. Do you recall her issues with Kylie leaving for her grandfather’s at the end of Whispers at Moonrise? Yeah, she doesn’t do goodbyes very well. And if you know Della, you know she has a mouth on her.

Well, right after I’d finished Chosen, Della just walked right into my head and plopped her skinny little butt on one of my brain wrinkles and said . . . “You haven’t written about the mission you sent me on with Steve. I mean, you hinted about it in Chosen at Nightfall, but you didn’t give details. Are you really just going to walk away acting like some high and mighty author princess whose crap doesn’t stink and not finish what you started?

Now my mama would have grounded me for a week for talking like that. Unfortunately, you can’t ground imaginary characters. So I had to hear Della out.

And whether I wanted to admit it or not, she had a point. I had hinted at what happened on the mission but I hadn’t written about it, or even completely fleshed it out in my head.

So . . . as that bossy vamp left my head, I started plotting and I wrote Saved at Sunrise. Then I called my editor and told her I’d written a novella about Della. She was a little surprised because she hadn’t asked for novella. She read it, and quickly called me back.

“Well,” she said. “It’s obvious that you aren’t ready to say goodbye to these characters.”

“It’s not me,” I wanted to tell her. “It’s Della’s fault, she started nagging me.” But I didn’t want to come off too crazy, so I just said, “Maybe.”

That’s when she asked me: “What would you think about writing two or three more books from Della’s point of view?”

Hmm? Della’s point of view? That bossy little twit? It’s hard to make her do what I want her to do. She’s always misbehaving in scenes. She’s got attitude to spare and seldom knows when to keep her mouth shut. But dad-blast it, I knew that’s what made her a memorable character. It’s what made my readers love her. What made her . . . okay, I’ll admit it, it made her fun to write.

And, because Della was so secretive, I had a lot of stuff to uncover, a lot of questions to answer. She, like Kylie, is also one of the characters who had the most heartache. Hurt by her parents, who seemed to have abandoned her. Hurt by her ex-boyfriend who she loved more than O-positive blood. Hurt because a part of her still sees herself as a little bit of a monster. Yes, the truth is, the more damaged, the more flawed, the spunkier the character, the more I’m inspired to write about them.
So . . . it ended up, Chosen at Nightfall wasn’t really goodbye. I cried all those alligator tears for nothing. And while I’ve gotten lots of emails from readers worried they’ll never see Kylie again, I have to tell you, Kylie’s not going anywhere either. Heck, if she did, Della and Miranda might kill each other. Don’t you remember the scene where Della threatened to sell Miranda’s blood on eBay?

So, while the new series is from Della’s point of view, all the wonderful Shadow Falls characters will still be there. They will all be waiting for me when I step into my office. Kylie will still be learning to deal with her powers, Miranda will still be messing up her spells, and probably swooning over Perry. (Who, I wonder, will Miranda turn into a skunk next?) Della, in typical Della fashion, will be stirring up trouble. All the other characters will be causing havoc as well. There’ll be a lot of mayhem, there’ll be romance, and of course a lot of laughter.

Della will make sure of it.

Oh . . . and I have titles and release dates now. The spin off series is called: Shadow Falls: After Dark. I really like it because it’s sort of spooky and well, sort of sexy, too. The first book in the series is called Reborn, and it will be out April of 2014. The second book, Eternal, should be out in October 2014.

So hang on, we’re not saying goodbye, we’re just taking a little bit of a different route, and this time Della will be in the lead. So get ready for an exhilarating ride.

Oh, if you haven’t read Saved at Sunrise, you might want to pick it up, it will give you a taste of Shadow Falls: After Dark, and Della’s sassy attitude.

About the Author:

C.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.
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Sunday Post: Book Haul

Hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Hello and Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a good weekend. I feel like I've been busy but as usual I don't know why. It's just what comes with having kids and work full-time. I've also been re-organzing my bookshelves which is a lot bigger task then I expected. I still have books all over the place. The exciting thing is I've been pulling out a few repeats. I'm not sure why I have repeats but you know. So I have to figure out what to do with those and any books that I might not feel like I need to keep. We will see though.

So last week was another busy week on the blog.

Cover Reveal: Behind Closed Doors By Ashelyn Drake
Blog Tour: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista (Review)
It's Kind of a Funny Story...Taste the Heat and my crush story 
Book Blitz: Endure by Laura Diamond
Blog Tour: Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu (Review)
Trailer Reveal: Frigid by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Blog Tour: Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris (Rachel's Playlist & Review)

So it was pretty busy and almost all of these post have giveaways included. Next week not so busy but I do have a stop/review for Touching Melody you will have to come back for that.

As for my book haul this week, nothing too crazy. I feel like I've been doing mostly pre-ordering.

I did get some awesome Seige and Storm nail polish that now matches my Shadow and Bone nail polish. It was from pre-ordering the book. I forgot about it and when it came in the mail it was a happy exciting surprise!! I have my nails painted in it already.

I also got some Fierce Reads swag from Book Brats...although not Let's All Privateer button. I'm not sure why I'm so obsessed with obtaining one of those buttons but I am.

I got this book from the publisher Maybe Tonight? I haven't read it yet but it looks pretty cool. If you remember those choose your adventure books where you get the scenario and then you get to pick the decision. I'm probably not explaining it well but I'm really excited to read it.

I'm also a part of the blog tour for Off Course and I'm super excited to read it. It's actually 4th in the series but I have to say this one appealed to me the most.

Kindle Fire Giveaway: Summer 2013

Kindle Summer


Bloggers & Authors have joined together and each chipped in a little money towards a Kindle Fire HD 7".

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Cover Reveal: Behind Closed Doors by Ashelyn Drake

Behind Closed Doors (Campus Crush #2)
Release Date: 08/06/13

Summary from Goodreads:

Julia Monroe is through wishing she had an older guy like her best friend Noelle does. It’s time for her to act on her desires. So when she sees sexy, twenty-three-year-old Darren McEntire eating dinner alone at the pub, she decides to make her move. The attraction between them is undeniable, and even through Julia isn’t looking for a one-night stand, she winds up back at Darren’s place the same night she meets him. Only being with him makes her realize what she’s been missing dating other guys. All she wants is Darren.

But Julia allows Darren to think she’s his age and a grad student at the nearby college. She knows she has to confess the truth, but she’s afraid to shatter what they have. Not knowing what to do, she starts the semester only to discover that her new teaching assistant is none other than Darren. With the lies out in the open and campus policy against them, Julia and Darren know the relationship should be over before it even begins. But the chemistry between them is too strong to deny.

Can they find a way to be together or are they doomed to only see each other behind closed doors?

About the Author
New Adult and Young Adult romance author represented by
Lauren Hammond of ADA Management Group. Look for her upcoming N.A. title,
Romancing the R.A. (S.B. Addison Books, 2013).

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Blog Tour: Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista

I'm so excited to be a part of the Romancing the Bookworm Blog Tour and share my thoughts with you. To see other stops on the tour for reviews, guest posts, and excerpt click here or the tour button.

Title: Romancing the Bookworm
Author: Kate Evangelista
Release date: July 9, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary romance

Sometimes, even the best-laid plans can unravel.

It's spring break, and Tamara Winters would rather stay on campus and read romance novels than flaunt her size-fourteen body on a beach. But her best friend, Rony, has other ideas. Against her wishes, Tamara is whisked away to picturesque Maverick Bay, where she's wrangled into waiting tables with Rony at the Shore Shack for its busy week leading to Maverick's Surf Invitational. There she meets fellow schoolmate Xavier Solomon, the Invitational's organizer and campus womanizer by reputation. From the moment Tamara sees him emerging from the waves like a hero in of one of her romance novels, all she wants to do is run away from the feelings he inspires in her.

Little does she know Xavier has been watching her for weeks now. In fact, after failed attempts at asking her out on campus, he's concocted a crazy plan: fabricating romantic situations straight out of her favorite books. Xavier quickly realizes that if Tamara gets a whiff of his designs, he might as well spell CREEPER across his forehead. Yet as they grow closer, he's convinced it's a risk worth taking. What he hasn't planned on, of course, is his drug-addicted, alcoholic stepbrother, who decides to join the fun and put a wrench in Xavier’s scheme.

Spring break is proving hotter than Tamara expected. Will her romance novels be able to compete?

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My Review:

I didn’t have to think twice about reading Romancing the Bookworm by Kate Evangelista I’m happy to say I loved this book from the minute I started reading. I devoured about as quickly as Tamara reads her own books.

This story was cute on so many angles, I loved the plot. It was nice to get my nose out of some of my more recent dark reads and to read something so cute and endearing. Not to say there aren’t issues. Everyone has their issues but I didn’t feel like I had a dark cloud following me while reading. (Not that I don’t love my angst filled books)

I didn’t connect as quickly with Tamara as I did with Xavier. The book is dual perspectives and we actually start off with Xavier. She was almost too bookish, is that even possible? Ha ha. I have to say though I loved the fact that she didn’t fit into your normal heroine role. She has curves and she’s proud of them. Although she sometimes has her moments where she doesn’t want to hang out with some of the stick thin girls on the beach but I loved that she would be back to full confidence in only a short amount of time. Tamara was sweet but she could dish it out as much as she could take it. Although she had a tendency to compare things to her books (my reason I called her too bookish) she had some good points. Even though

Xavier, can this guy be any cuter. He’s one of those good looking sweet guys but he is so funny. He often tries to do awesome things, like come out of the water looking all James Bond sexy and then something will go awry. I love the fact that he is really trying because even hot guys can have crushes. He has a good heart and it shows through pretty early in the book.

Some good supporting characters, which is always a huge plus for me in the books I read. Ronnie, who is Tamara’s best friend, is always trying to get her to loosen up and get her nose out of the books. Hudson, Ronnie’s brother who, the poor guy, has all these crazy love dramas going on around him. Then there is Zander, Xavier’s brother and he is kind of like the flat tire when you really need to get somewhere.

The book takes place over Spring Break but it also a great summer read. Seriously you need to grab this one before you head to the beach.

About the Author:

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. Ms. Evangelista lives in the Philippenes.

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Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop that is designed to provide some much-appreciated exposure to the bloggers participating, and to expand their following. Hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read, each of whom feature a chosen blog for the week, it's an interesting way to get to know one another.

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Q: Book Vacay: Where is the best destination reading spot for you? (Where do you like to go to read other then your home)

I've probably complained about this before but Borders used to be that spot for me and now it's just really hard to find anywhere else. I actually just tried reading at Starbucks the other day but it wasn't working. Not the right lights or chairs. Barnes and Noble is too bright. So I haven't really found a good spot yet, besides my living room in my house. I have read at the Arboretum a couple of times, which isn't so bad either.

Now if there is somewhere I could go to read. I have a huge desire to go to Paris and read at a bistro. I don't know why it just seems romantic.