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GingerIt’s LIVE!! The LIFT 4 Autism Auction is open for bidding!

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Win a $25 Winner’s Choice Gift Card in the LIFT Celebration Giveaway!

The Lift 4 Autism Auction is a bookworm’s dream! Featuring hard-to-get, much-sought items from romance favorites like Nicola Yoon, Kristen Ashley, Taylor Jenkins Reid, Corinne Michaels, T.M. Frazier, Marie Force and more than 200 others in celebration of Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month.

Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan founded LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance community around autism. All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for the autism community. Learn more at kulturecity.org.

Specifically, LIFT 2017 will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.

Learn more about the mission of Kulture City and the dangers of wandering in today’s USA Today HEA feature here.

Watch the lifeBOKS video: https://www.facebook.com/AutismOnTheMighty/videos/1591316364511099/

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors!

Browse all the amazing items up for bid here:

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The auction is LIVE until Friday, April 28, 8:00pm.

 

  1. Make a financial donation through the LIFT Campaign.

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NOTE FROM CHRISTINE: I will give away 2 copies of the YA Anthology in support of LIFT here on my blog. Simply watch the lifeBOOKS video and leave me a comment here on the blog with one thing you learned, or one fact the video talked about. I’ll pick two winners randomly on May 05, so you have until May 04 to enter!

Turning Back Release Boost

Title: Turning Back
Series: Turning #2
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Blurb
I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved
around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the
forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.
Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was
always there for me… Until he wasn’t.
Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there
for me and he never regretted it.
Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself.
Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.
And now he might be the only one I have left.
It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been
so much more. It could’ve been so much better. 

And that’s why I’m turning back.

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Excerpt

“So then
what happened?” Bric asks.
We’re
sitting at our booth in the White Room. Before I left, I’d sit in the middle of
the bench, Quin would sit across from me in a chair, and Bric would sit to my
left.
Bric is
still to my left, Quin isn’t here yet—if he’s coming at all—and Adley is in her
baby seat on my right.
Everything
is familiar—but off.
“Then he
went to bed.”
“What’d you
do?”
“I sat
there on the couch for a while trying to figure out what happened.”
“What did
you come up with?” Bric is looking very intently at me. Like everything I’m
saying is critically important.
“He hate-fucked
me, that’s what I came up with, Bric!”
“Rochelle,”
Bric says, throwing me one of those Don’t overreact looks.
“I’m
serious. There’s no other explanation for it. He hate-fucked me. Revenge fuck.
Whatever you want to call it. That’s what happened last night.” I sigh and try
not to feel depressed and sad. “And then this morning I got out of bed to go
check on Adley when she woke up, and when I came back, he was gone.”
“Gone?”
Bric asks. “Where’d he go?”
“Just
left,” I say. “I texted him. Asked if he’d be here for breakfast. And he never
texted back.”
“He’s just
mad,” Bric says.
“I know.” I
huff. “He told me that last night too. He spelled it out very clearly. He was
worried about me. Sad about my leaving. But then when I came back—”
“Now he’s
just angry.”
“Right.”
“It’s a
pretty typical reaction,” Bric says.
“I realize
that. Which is why I’m not going to make a big deal about this. But I don’t
know if this is going to work, Bric. He might not want me. He might just want
to hurt me. Exactly the way I hurt him.”
“No,” Bric
says, like I’m being ridiculous.
“I’m not
being ridiculous,” I say. “Maybe he’s not out to hurt me. But he’s doing
something, Bric. He’s playing a game, but I’m pretty sure we’re not all playing
the same game.”
“He’s mad,
Rochelle. You have to expect that. He’s gonna come around.”
“What does
that mean? Come around? Do you really think he’s gonna fall back in love with
me the way he was? Because I don’t. I think he’s here for us. Me, you, and him together. And that’s all.”
Bric rubs
his hand across his scratchy jaw as he thinks this over, so I check on Adley.
She fell asleep in the car on the way over here and hasn’t woken up yet. Bric
is still thinking.
“I don’t
want an us, Bric.”
He looks me
in the eye and says. “I do. But I get it. And I’m fine with you and Quin
getting your little happy ending. But I’m telling you, Rochelle, he’s just
trying to protect himself right now and the best way to let him work that out
and ensure you two get back together is to have an us.”
“He said he
doesn’t trust me.”
“He has a
good reason,” Bric counters.
“I know
that,” I say, starting to get angry. “I understand that. But the whole point of
us doing this… game… or whatever it is, was so that you can help me figure this
out. I want him, Bric. You’re supposed to help me.”
But as soon
as the words come out of my mouth I realize how stupid that is. I trust no one
and I have very good reasons for that. I’ve learned over the course of my life
that people are selfish. People are out for themselves. People are liars. I
have a lot of experience in being lied to.
Elias
Bricman definitely fits all those assumptions I have about people. And then
some.
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Author Bio
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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Turning Back by JA Huss Release Blitz

Title: Turning Back
Series: Turning #2
Author: JA Huss
Genre: Dark Erotic Suspense
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Blurb
I lived in the dark for three years. My whole world revolved
around the whims and happiness of three men. It was just a trip into the
forbidden. A way out of a bad situation and forward into nothingness.
Quin, with his easy smile and charming good looks. He was
always there for me… Until he wasn’t.
Smith, and his dispassionate attention. He was never there
for me and he never regretted it.
Bric, the one who listened, but only to himself.
Self-absorbed, self-obsessed, and self-serving. He was never the one I wanted.
And now he might be the only one I have left.
It was good while it lasted, I guess. But it could’ve been
so much more. It could’ve been so much better. 

And that’s why I’m turning back.

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Excerpt

“So then
what happened?” Bric asks.
We’re
sitting at our booth in the White Room. Before I left, I’d sit in the middle of
the bench, Quin would sit across from me in a chair, and Bric would sit to my
left.
Bric is
still to my left, Quin isn’t here yet—if he’s coming at all—and Adley is in her
baby seat on my right.
Everything
is familiar—but off.
“Then he
went to bed.”
“What’d you
do?”
“I sat
there on the couch for a while trying to figure out what happened.”
“What did
you come up with?” Bric is looking very intently at me. Like everything I’m
saying is critically important.
“He hate-fucked
me, that’s what I came up with, Bric!”
“Rochelle,”
Bric says, throwing me one of those Don’t overreact looks.
“I’m
serious. There’s no other explanation for it. He hate-fucked me. Revenge fuck.
Whatever you want to call it. That’s what happened last night.” I sigh and try
not to feel depressed and sad. “And then this morning I got out of bed to go
check on Adley when she woke up, and when I came back, he was gone.”
“Gone?”
Bric asks. “Where’d he go?”
“Just
left,” I say. “I texted him. Asked if he’d be here for breakfast. And he never
texted back.”
“He’s just
mad,” Bric says.
“I know.” I
huff. “He told me that last night too. He spelled it out very clearly. He was
worried about me. Sad about my leaving. But then when I came back—”
“Now he’s
just angry.”
“Right.”
“It’s a
pretty typical reaction,” Bric says.
“I realize
that. Which is why I’m not going to make a big deal about this. But I don’t
know if this is going to work, Bric. He might not want me. He might just want
to hurt me. Exactly the way I hurt him.”
“No,” Bric
says, like I’m being ridiculous.
“I’m not
being ridiculous,” I say. “Maybe he’s not out to hurt me. But he’s doing
something, Bric. He’s playing a game, but I’m pretty sure we’re not all playing
the same game.”
“He’s mad,
Rochelle. You have to expect that. He’s gonna come around.”
“What does
that mean? Come around? Do you really think he’s gonna fall back in love with
me the way he was? Because I don’t. I think he’s here for us. Me, you, and him together. And that’s all.”
Bric rubs
his hand across his scratchy jaw as he thinks this over, so I check on Adley.
She fell asleep in the car on the way over here and hasn’t woken up yet. Bric
is still thinking.
“I don’t
want an us, Bric.”
He looks me
in the eye and says. “I do. But I get it. And I’m fine with you and Quin
getting your little happy ending. But I’m telling you, Rochelle, he’s just
trying to protect himself right now and the best way to let him work that out
and ensure you two get back together is to have an us.”
“He said he
doesn’t trust me.”
“He has a
good reason,” Bric counters.
“I know
that,” I say, starting to get angry. “I understand that. But the whole point of
us doing this… game… or whatever it is, was so that you can help me figure this
out. I want him, Bric. You’re supposed to help me.”
But as soon
as the words come out of my mouth I realize how stupid that is. I trust no one
and I have very good reasons for that. I’ve learned over the course of my life
that people are selfish. People are out for themselves. People are liars. I
have a lot of experience in being lied to.
Elias
Bricman definitely fits all those assumptions I have about people. And then
some.
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B&N / KOBO / iBOOKS

Author Bio
JA Huss is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than twenty romances. She likes stories about family, loyalty, and extraordinary characters who struggle with basic human emotions while dealing with bigger than life problems. JA loves writing heroes who make you swoon, heroines who makes you jealous, and the perfect Happily Ever After ending.

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Hard Ball Review & Giveaway

Hard Ball by Heather Stone

Contemporary Romance/Sports Romance

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

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Cole Callahan is your typical baseball player, emphasis on player. He’s arrogant, hot, and talented, but to Mackenzie, Cole’s childhood friend, he’s just Cole. More than anyone else in the world Makenzie knows that Cole is a good guy, despite his escapades in the bedroom and in the tabloids, so when Cole is injured during the season, she’s willing to do just about anything to help him. Cole is itching to get back on the pitcher’s mound, but he’s distracted by a new attraction to Makenzie. Can friends really become lovers?

For me, this book is a simple friends to lovers story. A happily ever after and some steamy sex scenes make it a reliable romance novel for those who enjoy a somewhat drama-free love story. While there are major events in the novel, it isn’t angsty, if that makes sense.

I would have given the book a higher rating, but the characters fell a little flat for me. While I have no problem with the writing and dialogue, there wasn’t enough there for me to get emotionally invested. That being said, I enjoyed the book. It was fun to read and I was pleased that MaKenzie and Cole were likeable people.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $0.99 for a limited time)

If you need a quick pick-me-up, feel-good story, then you should read this one.

Something else you might enjoy:

I’m not sure why, but the story makes me think of Alexa Riley, if Alexa Riley had any sports novels. It’s probably because of the epilogue. If you’d like something a little more erotic, but not sports or friends-to-lovers, try Snow & Mistletoe. It’s very sweet!

 

 

 

Title: Hard Ball
Author: Heather Stone
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Sports Romance
Release Date: April 3, 2017

 

Blurb
Arrogant.
Womanizer.
Sexy as hell.
These are all words that have been used to describe my best friend. They might be true, but to me, he’s just Cole Calloway. The one person who has always been there. Now it’s my turn to reciprocate. Coming off an injury, Cole needs me. I won’t let him down.
It’s easy to fall back into old habits with friends, but with Cole something is different. He’s different with me. The touches are gentler. His eyes linger on me. There’s something there that wasn’t before. My heart flutters just a little too much every time I look at him. What’s the worst that could happen if I stopped overthinking and just let go?
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Midwest born and raised, Heather Stone has lived her life in the clouds. Constantly daydreaming and concocting stories in her head, she finally decided to give writing a shot. Heather is a wife to her price charming and mother of two.

 

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LIFT for Autism: Anthology & Auction

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LIFT 4 Autism Online Auction: Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28

Enter the GIVEAWAY celebrating LIFT!

Autism.

A mystery to some. A way of life for others. A cause for all since it is now the fastest growing and most common disability in the US. 1 in every 68 children are diagnosed with Autism. Many of these kids will rely on their parents to some degree, depending on severity, all their lives, with estimated costs between 5 to 7 million dollars in services and care over their lifetime. Many of the services those living with Autism require are not covered by insurance. It is an expensive and difficult lifelong diagnosis to navigate.

Authors Ginger Scott and Kennedy Ryan started LIFT 4 Autism a few years ago as a charitable initiative rallying the romance reading community in April, which is Autism Awareness/Acceptance month. All proceeds go to this year’s charitable partner Kulture City, who is doing amazing things for Autism families. Discover more about them at kulturecity.org. Specifically, LIFT will benefit Kulture City’s lifeBOKS program, which provides families with free kits to curtail wandering, a common and potentially life threatening challenge. Proceeds will also benefit Kulture City’s tablet program, which provides iPads to improve communication for non and limited verbal children on the spectrum to families who cannot afford them.

HOW WILL WE RAISE FUNDS?

  1. Online Auction, featuring many of your favorite romance authors!

Find the full list here: http://lift4autism.com/contact. If you are an author and want to donate, sign up here.

Browse all the amazing items up for bid here: charityauction.bid/lift4autism

The auction will be LIVE and open for bidding Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28.

 

  1. 1-Click the YA Fantasy Anthology Ever In the After for 99¢

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  1. Make a financial donation through the LIFT Campaign.

DONATE here: https://www.kulturecity.org/lovewithoutwords/lift-4-autism/#lwow-donate

 

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Book Review & $25 Amazon GC Giveaway for Sweet Spot

Sweet Spot by Stella Rhys

Contemporary Romance

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

Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Lia is all about work. She’s not afraid to put her nose to the grindstone and for the last two and a half years she’s lived and breathed her new truffle company. Lia’s thrown a little off her game, though, when she meets her landlord’s brother for the first time… naked except for a towel, dripping wet, and locked out of her apartment. It doesn’t help that Lukas is a total jerk. While Lukas knows a beautiful woman when he sees one, he’s a little less sure of how to get Lia to change her opinion of him.

At first I didn’t like this book. Lukas and Lia were weird together. Lukas especially seemed like a total dick bag and I wasn’t sure why I should root for him as the hero. But after a while, much like Lia, my feelings towards Lukas thawed a little. His approach to Lia’s workaholic tendencies is different from other alphas in other books and I found that really refreshing.

I would have given this book a better review except that there are a lot of grammatical mistakes. It wasn’t enough to confuse me, but it was distracting. There are a lot of little mistakes like the wrong word in a sentence, or an extra word in a sentence that shouldn’t have been there at all and it happens pretty consistently throughout the book. So if you’re a stickler for mistakes, prepare yourself before beginning.

But overall, I loved Lia and Lukas, especially by the end of the novel. Lukas has a great backstory that makes him a much more sympathetic character. And Lia’s backstory is pretty much out there from the beginning, but it’s another one that adds some depth to her character. I don’t think there was a point in the novel where I wished for it to be over, so the pacing of the novel is good. And, the sex scenes are super duper hot! I mean smokin’! So you have that to look forward to as well.

Is it worth buying? (Kindle $2.99)

Yes, although it’s free with Kindle Unlimited. My yes isn’t a resounding yes because of the typos in the book, so if you can borrow it, I’d suggest doing that. But it’s a really fun read and worth the three bucks if you can ignore the occasionally error. Right now it’s on sale for $0.99 so get it while you can if the plot seems interesting to you!

Something else you might enjoy:

I’ve recommended this book before, but it’s especially applicable here. Try Wallbanger by Alice Clayton. It’s also about neighbors who get off on the wrong foot.

Title: Sweet Spot
Author: Stella Rhys
Genre: Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 30, 2017
Blurb

Our first meeting as neighbors was screwed from the start.He was hot. I was naked. And we had no chance in hell at ever being platonic. 

I’ll be the first to admit that I live at extremes. After going ten years locked in what felt like a dysfunctional marriage, I’m now decidedly boy-free. In nearly three years I’ve had no boyfriends, no flings, no dates and no sex. For the sake of my dream career, the sacrifice has been easy.

At least it was.

Until Lukas came along.

He’s rude, gorgeous, arrogant – a stone-carved wall of muscle and distraction. He’s everything I know to avoid but there’s no avoiding your next-door neighbor. Oh yeah. The man now lives three steps from me and to make matters worse, he crashed into my life while I was soaked in the tub. Mortifying to say the least and it went something like this: I ran out exposed. He looked. He laughed.

And then I locked myself out. 

In short, Lukas Hendricks was smirking, swaggering trouble from the start. And me?


I was – for the first time in years – about to be screwed.

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Stella Rhys is an author of contemporary romance and can’t help but write it hot, steamy and borderline filthy (just kidding, it’s flat-out filthy). Writing aside, she lives for coffee, the Yankees and cooking recipes way out of her league. She was born and raised in New York and now lives there with her husband and charmingly entitled fur baby.
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Review & Giveaway of Tijan’s Sustain

Sustain by Tijan

Contemporary Romance

To say thank you to my faithful readers, I have a signed copy of Sustain to give away. Entering this contest is easy. To enter, simply respond to this review—you can give your own opinion, ask a question, or recommend a musically related book. Your chances of winning are relatively good, since this blog is in its first year so give it a try. The contest will be open until Sept. 29, 2016 and I will try and mail the book out to you the following week after I receive your address. Please make sure there is some way I can get ahold of you to let you know you’ve won. Either provide your email in your comment or check back on the blog on Sept. 29 to see who has won. If I can’t reach you in 24 hours, I’ll pick another winner. This will be a random drawing and not based on the “quality” of your comment. One entry per person.

 

Disclaimer: This give-away is in no way sponsored by WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or the internet in general. This is also my first give-away so please be patient with me. I will do the best I can to make this fun! The whole point is to interact with those of you who read this blog and help me feel better about myself!

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Overall Rating: 3.5 (sXe)

Quick & Dirty summary: Brielle’s life hasn’t been easy. She does her day-to-day thing, just trying to survive, but when her boyfriend’s house is raided and she’s taken into the police station for questioning she realizes her life needs to change. Primarily she’s got to break up with her drug-dealing boyfriend. When her twin brother’s band needs her to fill in for a night on the drums, Bri realizes that she’s been missing something important in her life. And while the music pulls her in and beats in her veins, it’s the band’s lead singer, Luke, who sets her on fire.

To be honest, I wanted to like this book more than I did. Brielle sounds amazing with her talent on the drums, her hard-knocks life, and her twin brother, but none of those aspects of her character were fully developed for me. Luke, likewise, seemed like he could be the sexy musician hero worthy of my dreams, but his behavior seemed erratic and inexplicable.

What saved the novel for me was Bri and Luke’s history. They grew up together, were best friends, and the event that tears them apart is a tragedy. They both come from dysfunctional homes so there is some complexity to their relationship that made their relationship interesting to me. While the ending was a little unsatisfying since it all seemed to happily ever after quickly without a true resolution to their conflict, this was a quick and easy read. There was a lot of drama, what with the ex-boyfriend showing up occasionally, an evil cousin, and a music deal, so if you’re into that, then this is a great book.

I want to say this romance is more suited for those in their early 20s, but I also don’t want to pigeonhole readers. The characters felt very young and so I had a harder time relating to them, but the love story between Brielle and Luke spans a lot of years, so I think that’s why it’s not in the New Adult section. In any case, it’s a fun book to pick up if you have some time and want to spend it reading about a strong woman dealing with feelings of guilt regarding the only guy she’s ever loved.

Is it worth buying? ($3.99 Kindle)

I probably wouldn’t buy it, but I did read it for free with Kindle Unlimited. I would recommend borrowing it. It’s a relatively short book at 232 pages so it’s probably better for an inexpensive weekend spent at home reading, than traveling to the bookstore to pick up a paperback copy.

So you might be wondering why I chose this book to give-away. First, I love that Bri is a strong female heroine. While she does slightly crazy things, I like those kind of characters. Two, Tijan is a strong writer and I think she has mass appeal so I thought it’d be great to get something others would like. And three, I’m a tough critic (my average Goodreads score is 3.32) and even though my review is rather mediocre, this is an enjoyable book.

Something else you might enjoy:

If you love women who rock, then you might enjoy Olivia Cunning’s Double Time, the last book in her Sinners on Tour series. I’ve reviewed the entire series on this blog, so you can read more about it here. But just a heads up, this is one steamy story and it lives up to the cliché of sex and rock-n-roll.