Sunday, April 20, 2014

Book Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway: Journey to Faith (Journey #3) by Tina Klinesmith



Title: Journey to Faith (Journey #3) Author: Tina Klinesmith Genre: Christian Fiction/Romance Publication Date: April 15, 2014 Cover Designer: Allison Brennen Event Organized By: Literati Author Services, Inc.  

~ Synopsis ~

Michele and David have it all: successful careers, a loving marriage and the perfect daughter. Until the past raises its head, intent this time on wrecking damage to their daughter. When tragedy strikes, they find their faith in God and His plans tested. Can their family remain strong in the face of adversity or will they crumble in ruins? Will love fail them when they need it most or will it restore their faith in what the future holds?


Modified Excerpt (From Declan's POV) ~

Declan watched the swirling mass of bodies as they pushed and pressed their way through the crowded hall. School in Ireland was never this cacophony of sound, pressing at the walls of your brain, threatening you with madness. It had been far more relaxed, as if the learning happened by accident rather than forcibly crammed amidst the noise reverberating all around. He just wanted to return home, where he could be closer to Alaina, or at least the memory of her.

The slam of flesh against metal narrowed his eyes as he looked through the crowd to where the noise had come from. It was farther than he’d thought but the mocking laughter of several athletes caught his attention.  He edged closer, ignoring the final warning bell signaling he would be late for class again.

Declan couldn’t see through the semicircle of male bodies but a shiver ran down his spine. He tried to tell himself to turn away. Whatever might be going on wasn’t his business and he didn’t want to cause any trouble his first week in yet another new school. Even as his mind warned him to turn away, his feet propelled him closer to the group.

He caught a glimpse of wavy dark hair and frightened golden eyes before the girl was pinned behind one of the guys.

“You should come home with me, Faith. We could have some fun. You’d enjoy it. I promise.”

Declan couldn’t hear her response but jumped backward with the rest of his friends when the guy stumbled backwards, grasping at his stomach and grunting. Declan looked up in time to see a petite girl, her eyes wide with fury yet tempered with fear. She almost looked surprised by the attack, yet he could also see pride. She wasn’t going to back down.

“Don’t take that from her, Raif!” yelled one of the guys on Declan’s left. He looked back at the girl, knowing this group of guys wasn’t about to rescue her.

Raif, lunged at her, grasping her wrists and pinning her to the locker with all of the weight behind his six-foot-plus frame. Declan knew he couldn’t let anything happen to this girl. Whoever she was, regardless of what she had done, no girl should be forced to deal with this sort of abuse.

He heard her back slam against the locker and winced as if feeling the pain himself. The group surrounding them closed in around the pair, like a pack of wolves moving in for a kill. Declan, standing in the back, jerked the nearest guy backwards and threw him to the ground before shoving past several others in an attempt to get closer to her.

“You can come willingly and we can both have fun, or we can do this the hard way. Either way, Faith, I’m going to have some fun with you,” Raif hissed, his mouth close to her ear before he sucked in a breath, his lips close to her neck.

Declan’s jaw clenched. He’d never seen a woman manhandled this way, never seen a girl attacked. Rage shot through him, lighting his blood on fire. He fisted his hands, every muscle in his broad chest flexing, preparing for battle as adrenaline rushed through his veins. He might not be as tall as this guy but he had sheer mass and anger working for him. He grasped the collar of Raif’s t-shirt, hearing the material give way as he jerked him backwards, throwing him into his crowd of friends.

“Hey!”

Raif launched himself from the floor, rushing Declan as his friends cheered him on. The air shot from Declan’s lungs as Raif hit his waist, circling his arms around him but he was no match for Declan’s fists as he brought one around the side of Raif and connected with his ribcage, breaking his hold. Raif fell backward again in surprise, giving Declan the opening he needed and quickly jabbed at Raif’s face, his knuckles connecting solidly. Blood immediately poured from Raif’s nose and Declan wondered if he might have broken it.

Raif moved to his knees and pressed himself from the floor of the school hallways. His friends fled in every direction, like cockroaches in sunlight. Raif pressed the heel of his hand against his lip and stared at the blood on his hand before pointing at Declan.

“This isn’t over.” He could see Raif trying to maintain any dignity he could salvage. “We’ll finish this later,” he threatened.

“No, we won’t. You touch my girlfriend again and I won’t let you off this lightly.”

Declan wasn’t sure what possessed him to call her his girlfriend when he didn’t even know her name but he wasn’t about to second-guess his instincts. He could hear her moving behind him as Raif skulked down the hall, glaring back at him. Declan turned to face her and reached for her arm as she slung her backpack over her shoulder.

“Are you alright?” She flinched, backing up against the lockers in an effort to avoid his touch. “Look, I’m sorry I told them you were my girlfriend, but I was hoping it would give them a bit more of a reason to leave you alone.” He lowered his voice and held out a hand. “I’m Declan.”

The girl eyed him, curiously, and shifted her backpack, moving her weight from one foot to the other. “Well, Declan, you might want to go wash that hand off,” she pointed at the blood on the back of his hand.

He glanced at it and frowned, unsure if it was his blood or Raif’s. He scrubbed his knuckles on the side of his jeans and folded his arms, staring down at her. She was so small and petite, he was worried if he shook her hand, he might break hers. She didn’t seem unfriendly but her defiant stance almost dared him to try and make her smile. He wanted to see if her eyes turned even more yellow when she laughed. He gave her a grin, hoping she would return the smile.

“Well, isn’t that a fine thank you?”

He could see her fighting the smile tugging at the corners of her mouth before she cocked her head and bit down on the edge of her lower lip. Her gaze grazed over him, from the top of his now messy mop of black hair over his turquoise t-shirt to the blood now on his jeans, as if she was appraising him. She frowned and he wondered what he’d done wrong.

“Now, what could make a girls as pretty as you frown like that?”

He played up his Irish accent, knowing girls couldn’t resist it. He saw the blush creep over her cheeks as her eyes widened in surprise. She clamped her lips together, forming a thin line and squared her shoulders. Instead of smiling, he saw her eyes harden like chips of topaz.

“Thank you for helping me out but I have to go.” She turned to leave as he reached for her arm.

“Did I do something to make you mad?” The ear-splitting sound of the final bell shattered the near silence of the now empty hall. He glanced toward the direction Raif had fled. “I’ll walk you to your class.”

“No need. I’m not going,” she answered.

Declan looked down at the girl, whose name he still didn’t know and wondered what in the world could have caused such a beautiful girl to try to hide. He could see it in the way she averted her eyes from his, or how she stepped backward, moving away from him, keeping a two-foot distance between them. She was odd but something in his heart tugged at him to find out more about her. He hadn’t felt this way in a long time. Not since…

Declan realized he hadn’t felt this way since his heart was broken, the day Alaina died. 

~ About the Author ~

 

Tina Klinesmith (1973-present) found she had a love for stories at the ripe age of 2 when her mother found her trying to read a romance novel. Even in childhood, she spent time crafting stories, plays and songs for family and friends. Raised in the lush Central Valley of California, Tina continues to reside there with her wonderful husband, three children and a menagerie of beasts who believe they are also children. Tina loves the outdoors and spending time camping, fishing and just hanging out with family and friends. She is an accomplished horsewoman and trainer as well as a fitness instructor and online coach. She loves to hear from her readers!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Intoxicated by Monica Murphy

 We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy's INTOXICATED with you all! INTOXICATED is a sexy Contemporary Romance novella in Monica’s The Billionaire Bachelors Club Series, published by Avon Impulse. It is available for pre-order. Links are below!!


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ABOUT INTOXICATED

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?


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       I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.
       Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.
       I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.
       “I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”
       She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”
       “I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?” 
       Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

ABOUT MONICA MURPHY

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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.        



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Teaser Blitz: Out of Mind by Jen McLaughlin

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Today is the teaser blitz for the upcoming book OUT OF MIND by Jen McLaughlin. This is the third, and final, book in the OUT OF LINE series!

The book will be released on April 29th!

BOOK SUMMARY

Reaching for sunlight... 

Finn survived the ambush and came home to me, but in his head, the battle is still raging. He’s falling apart and I’m trying my best to pick up the pieces of him, to find the us we used to be. I love him as much as I ever did, but love isn’t enough to fix this. I thought telling my father about our relationship would be the hardest thing we’d ever have to face. I was wrong.

Lost in shadows... 

All I wanted was to be worthy of Carrie. One mission, just one, and I’d be able to give her the future she deserved. Then everything went wrong, leaving me tainted and broken. Carrie wants me to be who I was, but all that’s left is what they made of me. I’m no good for her. No good for anyone like this. I have to figure out how to move forward. Alone. Sometimes love isn’t enough…


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OUT OF LINE (Book #1) Amazon - http://amzn.to/17HLrFu B&N - http://bit.ly/17hfkvi 
OUT OF TIME (Book #2) Amazon - http://amzn.to/1daxXYL B&N - http://bit.ly/1g7hPas   

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AUTHOR BIO Jen McLaughlin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She writes steamy New Adult books for the young and young at heart. Her first release, Out of Line, came out September 2013. She also writes bestselling Contemporary Romance under the pen name Diane Alberts. Since receiving her first contract offer under the pen name Diane Alberts, she has yet to stop writing. She is represented by Louise Fury at The Bent Agency.

Though she lives in the mountains, she really wishes she was surrounded by a hot, sunny beach with crystal clear water. She lives in Northeast Pennsylvania with her four kids, a husband, a schnauzer mutt, a cat, and a Senegal parrot. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, she can usually be found hunched over one knitting project or another. Her goal is to write so many well-crafted romance books that even a non-romance reader will know her name.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Ignite's April 14th Release Day Blast & Giveaway!!!


Set fire to your passions with heart stopping suspense, adventure, and intrigue from Ignite. Each Ignite title features to-die-for heroes and kick-butt heroines on an emotional roller coaster ride toward love. With new books and new passions exploding every month, every Ignite novel is one you can’t put down until the last page is turned. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books are coming next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, and like their Facebook page.

Today I'm happy to be featuring Ignite's April 14th Releases!!



Her Desert Treasure by Larie Brannick

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Inheriting her grandfather’s ranch is the perfect opportunity for Meg Reynolds to begin again. The land is her only chance to hold onto the last bit of family she had. But Jake Matthews has other plans. He says her grandfather wanted a horse refuge on the land, and despite the heat blazing between them, Jake will do whatever it takes to get what he wants.
What Jake realizes he wants is Meg, but someone’s threatening her and seems willing to kill her for her land. Meg doesn’t know who she can trust. When she’s kidnapped, it’s up to Jake to help rescue her before he loses the chance to tell her that he cares more for her than the land that stands between them…

Author Bio

Larie is a Colorado girl, born and bred.  She and her husband live in a small mountain town where they are settling into life as empty-nesters.  When she isn’t writing, reading or thinking about romance, she works for two busy orthopaedic surgeons. 


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Risk of a Lifetime by Claudia Shelton

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Three years ago, Marcy Bradley let the man she loved go so he could follow his career dream of being an FBI agent. She sent divorce papers. He signed. She never filed them. When a disgruntled client threatens her life, her ex, JB, is all that stands between her and an early grave.

With a killer after them, Marcy and JB run for their lives, escaping to a lakeside cabin. Their love is rekindled, and JB realizes they’re still married, but will there be time for their passion amidst the explosions and gunshots?



Author Bio

Award-winning author Claudia Shelton thought she wrote mainstream when she began writing, but before long, someone told her she sounded more like romance. Then those pesky alpha heroes and the women strong enough to love them, started running through her mind insisting she write their own happily-ever-after. Since then, she's focused on HEA with a splash of suspense or intrigue, becoming a two-time finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier (Unpublished) awards for excellence in mystery and suspense. During her downtime from writing, you'll find her sipping a cup of cocoa in winter's chill or enjoying a drink by the water in summer's heat--either way, she's always enjoying life. Her novel RISK OF A LIFETIME releases April 2014.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cover Reveal & Excerpt: Make it Count (A Bowler University Novel) by Megan Erickson





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MAKE IT COUNT (William Morrow Impulse, on sale June 3rd, 2014, e-book isbn: 9780062353399)

MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson kicks off the lighthearted, funny, and sexy Bowler University series! Readers will love the fresh new series filled with laughter and lots of fun in this debut novel!

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend's gorgeous best friend, Alec...who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?
               
Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends--both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It's safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm's reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She's adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He'd never stab his best friend in the back...

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To MAKE IT COUNT, Alec must learn messy human emotions can't be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

MAKE IT COUNT Excerpt
Kat gathered her books and stuffed them into her plaid Burberry messenger bag, then headed toward the front doors, smoothie from the library snack shop in hand. Head bent, fiddling with the clasp of her bag, she stumbled into a wall of human on the pavement outside.
“Oh, I’m sorry—” Her voice dropped out when she realized the solid flesh belonged to Alec, Max’s best friend.
She’d only met him once or twice before he’d moved in with Max this semester and every time, he cocked his eyebrow with a half frown like he knew something she didn’t. Which he actually did, since he had brainy superpowers. Smarter than a speeding Einstein. Able to leap over C-minus students like her in a single bound.
She didn’t trust people that smart. And she didn’t trust a guy who didn’t ogle her ass or leer at her boobs like every other member of the straight male species on the planet.
Right now, that raised-eyebrow frown pinned her where she stood. His pale green eyes behind thick black frames roamed over her shoulder to the library and then back to her. With his pin-stripe button-down, dark jeans with Converse shoes and hair styled in a short, messy pompadour, he looked like a nerdy Elvis.
His frown morphed into a smile when he spotted the smoothie in her hand, and she definitely didn’t notice his full lips. “You know, you don’t have to venture into the forbidden zone just to get a smoothie.”
Oooh. The jerk. She glanced around surreptitiously, then leaned in and spoke in a low voice. “Just play it cool. Don’t let it slip someone like me snuck in the library.” She gripped his forearm and whispered. “Password today is rosebud.”
His face blanked and he looked at her like he’d never seen her before. Kat debated whether or not that was an improvement over his other look.
But then those intelligent eyes narrowed and a smirk curled his lips. “I know. We nerds get an e-mail every morning.”
See? He always needed the last word. She propped a hand on her hip and leaned in. “Well, sounds like you have a mole. Might want to look into that.”
He opened his mouth but she cut him off. “Just looking out for you guys. Anyway, see ya around!”
Before he could shoot back a snarky comeback, Kat skirted around him and bounded down the stairs. She chalked that up as Kat 1, Alec 0.

Author Bio
MEGAN ERICKSON grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.
She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.
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