I know, I know. It’s been a while. I honestly can’t believe we’re in the midst of October now. Where has this year gone?
But never fear, I have a good reason for being sort of (okay, most definitely) MIA. Here are the reasons (prepare yourselves):
1. I have spent the last six months in the midst of a new project that I am beyond excited about. Sadly, I can’t disclose much of what it’s about, but it’s great. I promise.
2. Speaking of that secret project, it is now COMPLETE! At least the first draft and I am diving back into revisions.
3. This one you’re going to really enjoy…are you ready?…I will have new book news soon!
That’s right ladies and gents! There’s a new book coming your way and it’s sooner than you think!
I’ll have a cover reveal sign ups going up shortly, so be on the look out.
I absolutely cannot wait to share this new book with you!! Right now, all I can say is that it’s near and dear to my heart. It’s about a girl with a sword and a boy with fire in his eyes. They have a mission and a long way before they save the world.
MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!
Until then, I’m off to do more writing stuff.
Today, I am super excited to be a stop on the tour for Tied Up in You by Erin Fletcher. I loved this book! It really hit the spot for me. Keep reading for a full review, an excerpt and a giveaway!
Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her…or wanting to kiss her again.
Problem is, things have been a little…awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.
As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.
Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.
I’m a big fan of Erin’s books because they always seem to hit the sweet spot and this was no different. In the opening pages we are introduced to Malina and Jackson, best friends forever. Right away, there is an ease between the two that comes from years of shared memories. Jackson is the master of dating, but no relationships. Malina knows this and loves him anyway. And then, everything changes with a kiss.
I seriously enjoyed all the awkwardness and the cuteness of these two best friends to boyfriend/girlfriend. I have a soft spot for stories where couples start out as friends and when well done, it’s the sweetest. This story was well done. Erin writes relationships and characters who are real and relatable. This was a perfect summer read!
I kissed my best friend. “Sorry,” I said, jumping up and slamming my leg on the coffee table. “Ow,” I moaned as I turned on the lamp, then turned on the overhead light for good measure.
The look on Malina’s face was one I hadn’t seen before. Her eyes were wide with something—shock? Disgust? Embarrassment?
My cheeks and ears burned. Was it possible for your nose to blush? I was pretty sure mine was. “Malina, I’m so sorry. I was just…” I ran a hand through my hair, struggling to come up with something, anything I could say to excuse what had happened. “I was just so relieved there wasn’t a serial killer or something in the kitchen, and I just…” Nope. There weren’t any more words. There were hundreds of thousands of words in the English language and not one of them was going to help me.
For a long time, she didn’t say anything. A long time. The expression on her face didn’t change. Then she nodded slowly. “Right. Yeah. I was relieved, too.”
She was going to accept my ridiculously lame excuse? Or at least pretend to accept it? “Right? Yeah. Okay. Sorry.”
She frowned. “Just…don’t. Do that. Ever. Again.”
“No,” I said quickly. Spastically quickly. Oh God, my cheeks were still on fire. I couldn’t look her in the eyes. “Sorry. I won’t. It won’t happen again. I should probably go.” Then I winced and said, “Ow,” when I took a step that jarred my bruised leg.
Her frown changed from confusion to concern. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah,” I said, too quickly again. “Fine. Just…bruised my leg. Banged it. I’ll be fine.”
“Do you need some ice?”
“No. No. I’m fine. Sorry again. Thanks for dinner. I’ll see you at school, right? Sorry.” Instead of coming out like individual sentences, the words kind of blurred together into one big blob of awkward.
Malina got up and walked me to the door. “Yeah. I’ll see you at school.”
I had one foot out the door when she stopped me.
As much as I wanted to keep going, I couldn’t ignore her. I stopped and turned and looked somewhere in the vicinity of her left shoulder. Not in her eyes. Not at her lips or her boobs. Shoulders were safe. “Yeah?”
“I don’t really know what just happened, but it was an accident. We’re still friends. It’s fine.”
I forced a nod and kept my eyes on her shoulder. “Okay. Thank you. Sorry. Good night.”
When I got in my car, I leaned back against the headrest and tried to breathe. Despite what she said, it wasn’t okay. I’d kissed my best friend. I’d acted like an idiot who didn’t know how to human, not the confident hockey player who kissed girls all the time.
But the worst part? Worse than the kiss or the embarrassment or awkwardness that followed?
I liked kissing Malina.
I was screwed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.
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Today I am super excited to be a stop on “The Perfectly Imperfect Match” Blog Tour! The book is great and Kendra never disappoints with the swoony. Also, keep reading for a giveaway!
WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT:
The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3)
by Kendra C. Highley
Publication Date: July 10, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it.
Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.
Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…
Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.
Link to Goodreads:
The story centers around two very unlike individuals: Dylan, the baseball player and Lucy, the needlepoint enthusiast. Their paths cross and everything in their lives changes. Typically, I relate the the female characters. But I have to say, in this case, Dylan was definitely way more me than I’d like to admit. His laser point focus is very much me and I can understand his struggle to keep focused and not let anything get in the way of his dreams.
Lucy is the opposite. I mean, she has dreams and aspirations, but she’s a lot more free and allows herself to enjoy life. When these two come together, it’s a tug and pull situation and it’s a sweet story. I liked the dynamic between the two and how they both needed each other for different reasons. Kendra has a special way of writing characters who are real and relatable and I love that about her books. I also really enjoyed the family aspect of the story and how personable it was.
If you’re looking for a cute summer read, this book is definitely for you!
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
$25 Amazon gift card (US and International)
Signed copies of The Bad Boy Bargain and Swinging at Love, and signed bookmarks (US only)
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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.
Long time, no talk. I know, I know, I have no good excuse! Except that maybe I’ve been writing? That’s right. Things are happening again and I will have so much more information to share with you soon!!
But for now, did you see the title? PIECES OF REVENGE IS AN AUDIOBOOK!!!
The excitement is real! I am so beyond happy with the way it turned out. Sarah Kate did a fantastic job with bringing Tasia’s story to life! Give this lovely lady a follow, because she’s doing great things: https://www.facebook.com/SarahKateReads/
If you’ve never tried Audible, I suggest you give it a try and maybe possibly start with my book? I get a special bonus if you keep the subscription for 60 days and you get an awesome book to listen to. Win win, right?
Here’s where you can purchase your copy today!
I am so excited for this and I can’t wait to share with you all of the other wonderful things that are happening!
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Can you believe it?? RUINED IN RETRIBUTION, the final book in the award winning trilogy is now out in the world!!!
Release day sales are SO IMPORTANT and if you haven’t had the chance to pre-order it, you can still get the book for the reduced price!
If you haven’t had a chance to pick up book one, PIECES OF REVENGE is FREE!
I’m so excited for you to have the FULL and COMPLETE story and I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!
I am super excited about today’s post. Not only is it the release day for THE BAD BOY BARGAIN (which you all should go check out), but Kendra herself is here to give us some behind-the-scenes info!
How a Song Launched an Entire Book
I find inspiration for books in a lot of places, but The Bad Boy Bargain was probably the most unusual. Last year, when she heard “Please” by Sawyer Fredericks (from The Voice), my editor, Heather Howland, had an idea for a new YA romance. She posted her thoughts on Twitter—shy guy with a tough shell—and said she wished someone would write it. When I asked when she wanted the manuscript, teasing but also dead serious, we started plotting.
“Please” tells the story of a young man who’s found a near-perfect girl, one he thinks he loves, but he’s lying to her at the same time. He’s scared to tell this near-perfect girl the truth about himself because he’s worried she’ll let him go. It’s a song about love and fear, giving and selfishness, longing and despair. All those themes show up in The Bad Boy Bargain, which lends some extra complexity to Kyle beyond the typical bad boy. He’s a guy full of secrets, pain, and shame, but he really wants someone to see through all of that and love the true Kyle. The working title of the book was called Keeping Faith—because he wants to keep Faith, but needs more faith in himself.
As for Faith herself, she’s been mistreated by one guy and has some reservations about being hurt again. The difference between Faith and Kyle is that she’s willing to continue to look for The One even though she’s been burned. She believes in true love, acting with kindness, and being her real self. She suffers from a lack of confidence and self doubt, and Kyle helps her get past that, especially when she struggles with a dance partner who refuses to do his part. Having him in her life restores her faith in love, and in herself.
Overall, this story is about two people finding each other and connecting in a way that allows them to be true with each other.
Now, for the special excerpt!
By the time she made it home, took a smoothie from Mom’s outstretched hand, and went upstairs to shower, six Snapchat notifications, all from different people, had popped up on her phone:
A sad-faced Skye: I’m so sorry about last night. I should’ve warned you. I feel awful.
An angry Piper: I’m at the mall and there’s some asinine shit coming out of Cameron’s mouth right now. Should I punch him?
A gossipy Fiona: Is it true that Cameron dumped you?
A sneering Mitchell: You as cold as Cam says?
A dumbfounded Katrina: Holly is telling everyone at the mall that she stole Cam from you because you don’t put out. Want me to dump a Slurpee in her hair?
A smirking Jackson: My car overheated. I heard you could cool it down for me. How about it, ice queen?
Tears of rage filled Faith’s eyes, especially when a new Snapchat chimed: Cameron, sending her a picture of Holly sitting in his lap at the party last night.. The message read: Trading up.
She squeezed her phone in her hand. What was she going to do? She had half a mind to tell Kat to pour that Slurpee down Holly’s shirt and Piper to punch Cam in the throat. But that wouldn’t solve anything. Not at all.
No, she needed something bigger. Faith wandered to her window, to stare outside and organize her thoughts. Except, when she caught sight of the ripped, shirtless guy in her backyard, she forgot what she’d been thinking about.
“Who’s that?” she whispered, touching the glass.
His back and shoulders flexed under tanned skin. A black tattoo—was it a bird?—was on one of his shoulder blades. There was a bruise on his side, too, but she couldn’t make herself wonder about it. The guy’s dark hair was in his face as he tugged hard at a holly bush, yanking it from the ground.
Look at those arms. Faith stared, her mouth open. Who was he?
The holly bush gave way and he tipped back, dirt flying. Faint laughter drifted up through her window as he climbed to his feet with his prize, and she caught a look at his face.
She gasped. Holy crap, that was Kyle Sawyer. The stories she’d heard about him were numerous, and if a quarter were true, he was not the kind of guy she’d want to talk to. He shoplifted, vandalized buildings, drank, hung out with college students—girls. College girls. And rumor had it he ran illegal street races with his Charger.
So why did he look like he was having a blast ransacking her backyard? He had an awfully nice smile for such a bad boy.
A thought exploded in her brain—wait a minute…bad boy. Kyle was the one guy at Suttonville High who’d seen enough action to have his own lore. His exploits were darker than sin, and being with him was an instant reputation killer for any girl at Suttonville.
This was it. Kyle would be her revenge.
Doesn’t that sound awesome? Grab your own copy today!
Did you catch that snazzy title?? That’s right RUINED IN RETRIBUTION is book three in the Titanium series and today, you get to see the cover!!!
I am beyond excited for it! Regina, once again, has done an outstanding job! (It’s my favorite tbh).
But first, THE SYNOPSIS:
Gone. Gone. Gone.
For the past two months, it has taken all of Logan’s determination to just keep going. Losing Tasia to Kallos Enterprises shattered his world, but he is not about to give up on what she had started.
Together with her family, Logan works to destroy the company that ruined their lives. The corporation is growing bigger and stronger by the minute, weaponizing the drug and selling it to the highest bidder. But that’s not the only hurdle to overcome. Logan’s past is catching up to him, and the time has come to pay. His family’s secrets are unraveling everything he has built for himself and now, Logan is fighting on multiple fronts.
Save Tasia. Destroy Kallos Enterprises. Stay alive.
Such a simple list, such an impossible mission.
Time is running out and Logan is left with one question: can he save them all?
Are you ready for the cover then?
Are you really?
Ok here it is!!!
Isn’t it GORGEOUS???? Want to see the full wrap?? Here you go!
I’m obsessed. Seriously.
PRE-ORDER THE BOOK HERE:
Release date: December 7, 2016
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are you ready for Tasia and Logan’s adventures to come to an end???