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Cocktales, a limited-release anthology of original, never before published material, from some of your favorite bestselling authors is available now!

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Each story was specifically written for this anthology.

The goal of the Cocktales Anthology is to raise funds to fight against obstruction of creative expression. Specifically, what we believe are obstruction attempts through the trademarking of common (single) words for titicular use in books / or as a book series (eBooks, print, and audio).

Cocktales will only be available May 26th-August 26th.

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Download your copy today:

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Amazon Universal: http://mybook.to/Cocktales

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Contributing Authors Include:

Nana Malone, USA Today Bestselling author – Foreword

Dylan Allen – ‘Cocked and Loaded’

Jana Aston, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Double Cocked’

Whitney Barbetti – ‘Cocksure Grin’

Author Sawyer Bennett, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘A Wicked, Cocky Plan’

K.f. Breene, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Magical Cock and Bull’

Ruth Clampett, Amazon top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Don’t Get Cocky’

L.H. Cosway, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Illusionist Seeks Neanderthal’

Mariah Dietz – ‘Landmines’

Amy Daws, Amazon Top 25 Bestselling author – ‘Cock and Balls’

BB Easton, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Cocky BB: Two Boys, One Prom.’

Jaymin Eve, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Cockier the Dragon, the Harder They Fall’

Emma Hart, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Tricky Bond’

Staci Hart, Amazon Top 10 Bestselling author – ‘Cockamamie’

Jessica Hawkins, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Couture’

Julie Johnson Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Culinary Cock-Up’

Karpov Kinrade, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Crimson Cocktail’

Adriana Locke, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Swag’

Lex Martin, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Love & Hate at the Stallion Station’

Aly Martinez, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Going Down’

Katyi McGee – USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocksure Co-Star’

Corinne Michaels, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cockblocked’

Liv Morris, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Getting It Up’

Red Phoenix, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Her Cocky Russian’

Daisy Prescott, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Confessions of a Cockblocked Wingman’

Jessica Prince – ‘A Cocky Corruption Engagement’

Meghan Quinn, Amazon Top 20 Bestselling Author – ‘Fight or Flight’

CD Reiss, NYT and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Capo’

Penny Reid, WSJ and USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Beard and Hen’

Julie Richman, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘The Color of Love’

Aleatha Romig, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Aligned’

Kennedy Ryan, Top 40 Amazon Bestselling author – ‘All’

Kylie Scott, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Short Story with Mal and Anne from The Stage Dive Series’

Sierra Simone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Until the Cock Crows’

Tara Sivec, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Chocolate and Cockup’

Kate Stewart, Amazon Top 30 Bestselling author – ‘The Golden Sombrero’

Leia Stone, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Alpha’

Karla Sorensen – ‘Tristan & Anna: A Bachelors of the Ridge short story’

Rachel Van Dyken, NYT, WSJ, USA Today Bestselling author – ‘Cocky Mafia’

April White, Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author – ‘Code of Conduct’

*ALL* net profits will be donated to:

Authors already impacted by creative-obstruction (10%), and Romance Writers of America (RWA) (90%) as a general donation intended for their Advocacy Fund.

*Disclaimer: This anthology is not being conducted on behalf of RWA, nor does RWA endorse this anthology or effort. They have, however, graciously agreed to accept the funds.

For more information, visit: https://www.cockyauthors.com

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I Flipping Love… this book

I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting

Contemporary Romance

I received a free copy of this book. I decided to review the book because I really like it.

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

I Flipping Love You

Quick & Dirty summary: Rian Sutter and her twin sister are on the verge of moving to their next goal in life, flipping houses. They just need to sell a few more homes and they’ll have enough cash to buy and fix-up a house in the hot Hamptons real estate market. But when Rian’s sister scratches an expensive car, and the owner of the damaged car corners Rian in the grocery store, their goal may be put on hold unless Rian can negotiate a good deal. Luckily Pierce Whitfield can’t seem to keep his eyes off Rian. After a big of negotiation, the two settle, but life keeps throwing them together. The chemistry between Rian and Pierce is off-the-charts, but Rian is afraid that if her and her sister’s secrets come out, Pierce will leave and their careers will be ruined. Rian’s not sure she can risk letting some one close when her and her sister’s dreams are so close to coming true.

First, if you’ll notice, my summary is NOT like the summary on Amazon. This is primarily because the summary on Amazon is misleading. I don’t like enemies to lovers stories. I don’t even like frenemies to lovers stories, so I was worried I wasn’t going to like this one. But that’s not really the central theme of the plot. So I changed the summary in my review to reflect what I think is more accurate.

Second, I really enjoy this book. It was a fast read for me because I couldn’t put it down. It reminded me of all the reasons I love Helena Hunting’s writing and even caused me to buy another book, Shacking Up, since it was on sale. The dialogue is probably one of my favorite things about Hunting’s books and this one does not disappoint. There are a lot of funny moments in this book, but also a lot of sweet ones.

Third, and last, the sex scenes in this book are hot. If you’re not a fan of sex scenes, you might want to skip this book, and any other book by Helena Hunting. But her characters have great chemistry together. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Rian’s twin sister. I’m definitely going to keep reading.

Is it worth buying? ($4.99 Kindle)

If you’ve read other books by Helena Hunting then this one will be well worth the five bucks. If you are new to Helena’s work, I’d recommend trying the library. I think her books aren’t necessarily for everyone, and at $5, it would suck if you didn’t like it.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you’d like to jump into a different sub-genre of romance, try Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison. The heroine of this story also has a secret. There is tons of chemistry between the main characters. And it’s the first book of a great series.

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A quick video book review of Rainbow Rowell’s novel, Attachments, is up on the blog’s Facebook Page. You can see it here (it’s super short, less than 2 min). Don’t forget to like the blog’s Facebook page, if you’re on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/loveserially/

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I have reviewed Rowell’s Young Adult novel, Fangirl, on this blog. You can find it here.

Limits by Susie Tate

Limits by Susie Tate

Contemporary Romance

Limits

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

 

Quick & Dirty summary: Millie is comfortable with her work nickname, Nuclear Winter. It helps to keep people away, so they don’t see how anxious she is surrounded by all of these people. Millie knows her limits, but she also knows her talents and she works hard to use them to help. Sure she wishes she could be as outgoing and funny as Pavlos Martakis, but she’s content to do her small part in the hospital. But what is she suppose to do when Pavlos pushes her past her limits?

I love heroines who have anxiety issues, primarily because they require a hero who can look beyond the exterior. Millie is a beautiful character and I fell in love with her kind heart and big brain. Pavlos is a great match for her, and seeing how their relationship works is fascinating. It does a great job of examining serious issues. This is a great story because of the backstory and secondary characters.

If you read Beg, Borrow, or Steal, then you’ll love Millie’s story. If you haven’t read Beg, Borrow or Steal you should read it.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Yes! It’s on Kindle Unlimited, but it’s worth the three bucks, hands down.

Something else you might enjoy:

Try Beard in Mind by Penny Reid. Shelly Sullivan is a flawed heroine, but you will definitely fall in love with her. You can read my review of the novel here.

New Book by Ginger Scott: Memphis

We’re celebrating the release of Memphis by Ginger Scott! Check out the excerpt below!

Memphis by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary New Adult Romance
Release day: February 23
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Blurb:
My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

EXCERPT:
I turn so our feet are squared and glance at his home that I think he probably knows I went through while he was gone. Somehow the money he paid for it seems not enough and too much all at once. My gaze shifts back to his, and he steps forward until the toe of his left shoe rests against the right side of mine.

“That’s a nice story, Memphis. I’m glad you found the bike, but I’m not sure what that has to do with me,” I say, my breath catching as his fingertips trace along my jaw, his touch so faint I find myself leaning my head to encourage his palm to rest along my cheek more boldly.

He brings his other hand up with more confidence, and I’m caught. The other option I had, to walk away, is gone. I never really wanted it, though.

Memphis dips his chin, hunching slightly to bring his eyes in line with mine. We’re so close that I can feel the tickle of his breath against my lips, and they tingle at the familiar. Each experience with him weaves itself into my heart in this way that terrifies me. This is how people lose themselves.

But I let it in—each breath, each sound, the smells and words. His story. I am surviving on the very being of him, and I think I have been for a while now.

“I was eighteen when I tracked down that bike. I knew it was mine…”

“I don’t belong to you, Memphis,” I cut in, my heart pounding.

His mouth forms a crooked smile. He holds my eyes hostage in silence for few long seconds. “Maybe it works the other way,” he says, his eyes moving over my face with a softness that feels intimate and vulnerable. His forehead falls forward until it rests gently on my own, and I let go of the grip I have on myself, exchanging it for fistfuls of his T-shirt. My knuckles run along his chest as I gather the material and close my eyes, his muscles hard from discipline.

“I can’t watch you get hurt. I can’t…”

His hand moves to my chin, and he lifts it until our eyes meet. Suddenly, breathing just got a lot harder to do.

“I won’t lose, Liv. I work too hard, and I study too much, and I will never be in a ring I’m not supposed to be in,” he says, and I breathe out what sounds like a laugh but feels like hurt.

“My fifty-year-old uncle kicked your ass in some display of alpha-male, teacher-student bullshit. I couldn’t watch that…how am I supposed to watch you step in with some guy who really wants to kill you? How am I supposed to kiss you knowing that your lips might never be the same after a fight. How…”

Memphis’s mouth takes mine before I can protest anymore, nothing like our stolen moment from earlier. His hands cup my face and his mouth moves possessively over my bottom lip, sucking it in and letting it slide loose through a graze of his teeth. He turns my head with a gentle nudge and kisses me deeper, and his hands fall from my face in long, possessive drags down my shoulders to my waist, stopping with his thumbs just above my hips and his fingers splayed out around my sides.

My hands roam up his chest and neck until my thumbs run along the roughness of his chin, and my touch seems to somehow make him hungrier.

“My god.” He breathes the words against my lips, restraint giving way…

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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Website: http://www.littlemisswrite.com

The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

RELEASE BLITZ
THE SMALLEST PART by AMY HARMON

Heart breaking. Heart healing. Heart melting. The Smallest Part, a contemporary friends-to-lovers romance is now available on all platforms.

Blurb:

“In the end, only three things matter. How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” – Unknown
It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily, and the girl behind her eyes—the girl who knew the truth—screamed, and her scream echoed along with the lie.
“Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean . . . I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?”
If it had been anyone else—anyone—Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too.
So Mercedes lied.
And with that lie, she lost him. With that lie, she sealed her fate.
She was the best friend, the bridesmaid, the godmother, the glue. She was there for the good times and the bad, the ups and downs, the biggest moments and the smallest parts. And she was there when it all came crashing down.
This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

For my review, see below.

Purchase links:
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➜ Kindle 🇺🇸: http://amzn.to/2jrXE06
➜ Kindle 🇬🇧: http://amzn.to/2FGauOg
➜ Kindle 🇦🇺: amazon.com.au/dp/B077GMCKXF
➜ Kindle 🇨🇦: amazon.ca/dp/B077GMCKXF
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➜ Nook: http://bit.ly/2yNSaQp
➜ iBooks: http://apple.co/2yNKNbn

Cover design: By Hang Le – http://www.byhangle.com/

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

About the author:
Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in eighteen different languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.
Amy Harmon has written thirteen novels – the USA Today Bestsellers The Bird and The Sword, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as the #1 Amazon bestselling historical From Sand and Ash, The Queen and The Cure, The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her novels The Bird and the Sword and From Sand and Ash were Goodreads Best Books of 2016 and 2017 finalists.

Find Amy online:
Website: http://www.authoramyharmon.com
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5829056.Amy_Harmon
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The Smallest Part by Amy Harmon

Contemporary Romance

Thus far, I haven’t seen any hints that people who are sensitive to mental health issues would be aware that these kinds of serious issues are addressed in this book. Since I think it’s important to know in advance, this book includes serious thematic issues particularly around mental health.

Overall Rating: 3.5 (xoxo)

The Smallest Part (1)

Quick & Dirty summary: Mercedes, Noah and Cora have been friends since they were 9 years old. They are the 3 amigos, who eventually became the love birds plus a third wheel. Not that Mercedes minds. Noah is still her best friend. She would still do anything for Cora. In fact, she does do everything for Cora, backing away from Noah so that the 3 amigos stay the 3 amigos. But after a terrible accident, Noah and Mercedes must figure out how to navigate their relationship in the midst of sorrow and heartbreak.

There is a lot to like about this book. If you haven’t read an Amy Harmon book before, you’ll enjoy this one. Mercedes and Noah are vividly painted. Their interactions are honest and heartfelt. And the emotion pouring from the book, especially at the end, is overwhelming in the best possible way.

That being said, I do not think this is Harmon’s best work. I found at least one part of the storyline unconvincing. It felt like I had seen that on tv somewhere and it didn’t add dimension to any of the characters. I was also disappointed with how lightly the secondary characters were described. I love Heather and Alma and yet they weren’t fully developed. And my biggest sadness is in how Cora is described. After years of them being together, the memories Noah and Mercedes share give little insight into this woman. She is alternately described as suffering from depression and bipolar disorder but with little coherency. At the very least, she needed intensive therapy due to her childhood, and yet Noah, who has a doctorate in psychology, doesn’t talk about any of it. She feels like a phantom limb, but without knowing which limb is missing.

So, there was a lot I didn’t like. Full disclosure here, I do not like love triangles, so perhaps I was never going to love this book as much as her other stories. The thing, though, about Amy Harmon, is she is a wonderful writer. Even though I thought a few areas could have been better, this book is still amazing. I love the portrayal of Cuddy and Abuela. And of course I was happy to see Moses and David make an appearance in the book. More generally the dialogue is smooth. The characters are sympathetic. And at the end of the day, I’m happy I read the book.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $3.99)

If you are a fan of Amy Harmon, especially the Law of Moses series, then you probably want to read this. But, if you are a fan of Amy Harmon and have not read Law of Moses, then I’d say remember this is a contemporary romance. If you are expecting that going in, then I think you’ll really enjoy this book and see the value in it. If you are new to Harmon’s writing, start with Law of Moses.

Something else you might enjoy:

You have to read the Law of Moses. You just have to.

Review & Giveaway of Beg, Borrow or Steal

  Title: Beg, Borrow or Steal
By: Susie Tate

Publication Date: Sept 28, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
#begborroworstealtour

Jamie is proud of everything he’s achieved. A consultant anaesthetist and the Medical Education Director – he’s a pretty big deal. So when one of his medical students falls asleep, right in the middle of a tutorial, he is furious. He’s a bloody good teacher, damn it!

Maybe he could have been a little more understanding. Maybe he didn’t have to try and humiliate her. But the shock of how beautiful this particular student was when she finally opened her eyes, and his inappropriate reaction, only fuelled his anger. He’s tired of lame excuses from wild party animals burning the candle at both ends, and he’s going to make an example of this one.

For Libby, pride is a luxury and beauty is currency. Pregnant at seventeen and an aspiring doctor, she couldn’t afford to be proud, so she cashed in on her looks instead. She will beg, borrow or steal to achieve her dreams and give her daughter the life she deserves, even if she has to forgo sleep – even if she has to leave her dignity behind.

Only now that she’s not just sitting in lecture theatres like her first two years of medical school, now that she’s working in a real hospital, Libby is realizing that the thread she’s been hanging onto for so long may be about to snap. The last thing she needs is to have riled the gorgeous, judgmental Head of Medical Education. But there’s only so far you can push yourself, only so much pressure you can be under until you break. Libby’s been on that cliff edge for a while; her health may just tip her over.

A kick in the shin from a gorgeous little four-year-old girl and a confrontation with her tearful, exhausted mother soon forces Jamie to see what a bastard he’s been. Libby may not accept his help, but he’s relentless when he wants something, and it’s not long before he realizes that this mother and daughter belong with him. So when a stag night he’s on ends up in the best strip club in England and he sees who the main attraction is, his reaction is explosive.

Despite everything, Libby finds she still has some pride left. This man has made her feel small twice now. He won’t be getting a third shot. No matter how gorgeous he is, no matter how persistent …

This book is a full-length contemporary romance of approximately 90,000 words with no cliffhanger and its own HEA.

AMAZON UK – https://goo.gl/6wrFtP
AMAZON CA – https://goo.gl/2oYCwv

Susie Tate is a General Practitioner and when she’s not working she’s looking after her four yummy boys under nine (okay, well one is actually over thirty-nine but it’s the mental age that counts!). She loves hearing from anyone who has taken the time to read her books.


REVIEW

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall Rating: 4 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Libby will do anything to achieve her dreams. The fact that her dreams are centered on giving her daughter a wonderful life with a mom she can be proud of is not a secret. What is a secret from everyone except her best friend is how Libby is supporting her daughter and paying her medical school fees. Jamie knows medical school is difficult, but he’s shocked when Libby falls asleep in his class twice. Jamie knows what beautiful women like Libby do late at night to keep them up late, and he tells her in no uncertain terms that she needs to grow up if she’s to be a good doctor. However, when Jamie realizes that the assumptions he’s made about Libby are wrong, he can’t figure out how to make it right. Jamie continues to get it wrong with Libby and Libby isn’t sure when he’ll ever get her.

 

The primary storyline is one that most of us have heard before, if we’ve ever watched Grey’s Anatomy. However, I think Susie Tate is very successful at delving more deeply into the characters who make up this drama. Their motivations, their pasts, and their hurdles are on display in their interactions, conversations and choices.

 

I especially like Libby. She is this wonderful combination of vulnerability and self-doubt, while also being strong and determined. It would have been so easy to make Libby into a flat character either extremely self-confident to the point of arrogance or full of shame and low self-esteem, but she’s a beautiful, realistic mix of confidence and guilt.

 

There is a little dip, for me, with the action about two-thirds of the way through the book, but its pretty minor. I enjoy the secondary characters as well and look forward to the next books in the series to follow their journey. I will definitely be reading more of Susie Tate.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Yes! I think it’s worth buying. And if you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free, which is always worth it.

Something else you might enjoy:

Kristin Ashley wrote Daisy and Marcus’ tale in a short story in Rock Chick Reawakening. It’s a kind of prequel to the Rock Chick series, but you can read it as a standalone (except for the epilogue). Daisy is happy with her profession, which I love.