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RELEASE DAY BLITZ ~ A Beautiful Taste by Lilliana Anderson

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A Beautiful Taste

by Lilliana Anderson

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It’s never easy to go back. That’s something chef, Bradley Rae is sweating bullets about as the date of his kayaking team’s reunion draws near. When his old school friend and teammate, Elliot Roberts, convinces him to go, he thinks he’ll be fine going back there. After all, chances are, she won’t be there at all. It’s been almost ten years. Maybe she she’s moved away. Maybe he won’t see her at all…

Dakota Morgan is a girl with many regrets, and Bradley Rae is on top of that list. You see, she did something – she didn’t wait five minutes, and that tiny amount of impatience changed the course of her life forever.

When her father sets up a fundraising reunion for their family owned kayaking club, her heart beats out of control when she sees Brad’s name on that list. Part of her wants to refuse to go so she doesn’t have to face him. But a larger part of her needs to see him, even if it’s just a window into what might have been…

When Brad and Dakota meet again, will sparks fly, or will the past remain firmly in the past? And what about secrets? Can they survive the reality of what that one split decision, made all those years ago, has done? Or will they let it all go again?

The Beautiful Series are standalone romances, each with their own HEA. They can be read in order or on their own.

New Adult romance, for 18+ only due to sexual content and adult themes



EXCERPT

Dakota

“He’s not here,” Stacey says quietly, as I nervously scan the room. I can’t seem to stop fidgeting, and it’s giving my nerves away.
“What if he doesn’t come? What if he does? What happens if he won’t talk to me? And worse still, what happens if he does want to talk to me?”
She places her hands on my shoulders, and her blue eyes look into my brown eyes. “Calm the fuck down. OK? Freaking out doesn’t help anyone, and you’re making yourself sweat. And that’s not hot.”
I close my eyes and take a breath. “I just don’t know what I’m going to say.”
“How about you get out there and mingle with the people who are here? Have a glass of wine and calm the hell down. You’re no good to anyone if you’re all worked up.”
I let out my breath and nod. “OK, you’re right. I’m freaking out, and that isn’t helping.” I smooth my hand down the front of my dress. I’d tried on so many different styles and colours, that it took almost an entire day shopping to decide on the right one. The entire time, I tried to tell myself that I wasn’t doing it to try and look good for him. I tried to convince myself, when I chose an emerald green dress that hugged my curves and flared out when I spun around, that I hadn’t chosen that colour because I knew he liked it. But I did. Of course I did. Despite all the years and everything that has happened in between, I’ve still thought about him every day.
Maybe I should tell him…

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Brad

Running my hand over the stubble on my face, I wonder whether I should shave or go as I am. If I’m freshly shaven, will I look like I’m trying too hard, or will leaving the stubble make me appear as though I don’t care, or trying too hard to look like I don’t care?
I let out my breath slowly. I’m making this way too complicated. But then, things between Dakota and me always were complicated. There was the age gap, and the continued tension between us despite that age gap. There was the guilt I held inside because I couldn’t stop thinking about her, and the fact her father had entrusted me of all people to keep an eye on her. I’d often wondered if he was purposely trying to torture me.
There’s also the fact that I broke that trust, and when I thought he was keeping her away from me, I confronted him. He was infuriatingly calm as he worked on repairs on the engine to his speedboat. He simply told me to go home and calm down. I did go home. I also never went back. Tonight will be the first time since that day.
After showering and shaving, I dress in a pair of black pants with burgundy braces and a white button down shirt that I roll up at the sleeves, revealing all the tattoos over my forearms. I pause and look at them, the colourful images representing life and death, reminding me of all I’ve lost, my only family, my only love. Aunt Sara died of old age but my mother left simply because she wasn’t interested in raising a child. Then Dakota left too, although that was for reasons that are unknown to me.
As I nervously drive out to Lane Cove, I wonder if I should just let it all go. What happened between us was over seven years ago now. Surely she’s with someone else, and she’s probably forgotten all about me, just like my mother did. So when I pull into the parking lot, I’ve decided that I’ll say hello to her and treat her the same as everyone else. I won’t go in there looking for answers, there probably aren’t any that I haven’t already thought of myself. At the end of the day, she probably regretted her decision to come to my house that afternoon, because she left, and she never came back. Elliot is right, I really need to move on.
Even though my brain has made its decision, my body seems to be acting on its own. And I spend some time sitting my BMW, gripping the steering wheel as I try to work up the courage to go in there.
I’m being ridiculous. I know I am. People see their exes all the time, and they manage just fine. I mean, I haven’t seen Dakota since I was nineteen, and she was sixteen. It’s been years and so much has happened in between. This shouldn’t matter now–we’re adults. We can be civil, and we don’t even have to rehash the past.
“Just move forward,” I say to myself, as I open the car door and head toward the kayaking club. I can smell the damp earth of the water’s edge, as the gravel crunches under my feet.
In the distance, the sun is setting, and as I approach the club’s entrance, I can hear the music and the pinging sound of poker machines from inside. I drag my hand through my dark hair, feeling strange coming back here after so long. For three years, my world was cooking and kayaking–they aren’t the most cohesive of couplings, but it worked for me. I was happy back then because my life was filled with everything I loved.
As I step through the door, there’s a sign that instructs me to go to the ‘White Water Function Room’. I look around, seeing that everything is the same, but different because of the renovations. My unsettled feeling grows.
“Are you lost?” a young girl of barely eighteen asks me when I continue to stand in the foyer.
“Ah…um… I’m here for the fundraiser.”
She smiles at me and points down the hall. “It’s right down there.”
I thank her, even though I knew where it was. The White Water Room was here when I was. It’s the room we had award nights in, and where all previous fundraisers have been held. Although, back then I was one of the kayakers.
Walking down the hall, I push the door open, and a girl with a clipboard asks my name and hands me a name tag. She says something else to me as well, but my eyes are too busy scanning the room. Then I find her, and that whole pep talk I just gave myself means absolutely nothing. I feel like I’m sixteen all over again, and I want answers.

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About the Author
Bestselling New Adult Romance Author, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer. Australian born and bred, she writes romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters as well as a biographical trilogy based on an ex-Sydney sex worker, named Angelien.

Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it’s outback and tries to show characters in more of a city setting.

When she isn’t writing, she wears the hat of ‘wife and mother’ to her husband and four children. Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university. Originally from Sydney’s Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in
suburban Melbourne.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ – Retribution by Mandy Lou Dowson

 

 

Title: Retribution
Author: Mandy Lou Dowson
Genre: Dark Romance
 Release Date: May 4, 2015

 


 

Synopsis

Three people irrevocably linked. 

A remorseless killer. 
A shady businessman. 
A woman caught in the cross-fire.Braxton Alexander is a beast without remorse; a vessel filled with hate. Imprisoned for the murder of the one girl who loved him, now he is free, and hell bent on taking all of his pent up rage out on one person in particular.Brycen Cole knows he must stop Braxton from taking everything he has and turning it to ash.

Gemma Woods has loved Brycen for years, but ever so slowly the happiness she once felt in the arms of her lover has turned to fear and resentment.

Braxton has one goal, one thought, and one mission – destroy Brycen Cole, by any means necessary.

He will not stop. 
He will not fail. 
Like a juggernaut, he will keep coming, destroying everything in his wake.Brycen runs a successful corporation and provides a lot of pay-checks; he also has a shady past and a dark talent for hiding things.Gemma spots the wolf in sheep’s clothing but cannot stop gravitating towards him again and again.

What happens when the lines between good and evil become blurred?

What happens when the one you love is the one you should fear?
What happens when the one you fear becomes the only one you can trust?

 


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Author Bio

Mandy Lou Dowson was born and raised in a small town in Ireland, in 1983, and at this stage in life, she’s pretty sure the town won’t let her leave. Family is a huge deal to Mandy. She has three wonderful children (most of the time), and two Siberian Huskies who are each as naughty as the other – in fact, she’s sure they egg each other on in silly cartoon voices when nobody is looking.~

“Climb out the window and get covered in mud.”

“No, I did it last time. You do it!”

“R’uh, r’oh, here SHE is. Shhh.”

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When she’s not writing, reading, or plotting her next book — or, you know, world domination – , she likes to relax with a few glasses of wine and some karaoke. You can usually find her procrastinating on social media of some sort, chatting to fans and talking nonsense.
Mandy started reading at quite a young age and her appetite for the written word has only increased with time. It would not be at all surprising to find her reading anything and everything from shampoo bottles to Edgar Allan Poe.
She is the author of three different genres of romance books. The Moon Bound series, which is in the Paranormal Romance genre, and is gathering rave reviews, and the Taboo series, which is Contemporary with a hint of the forbidden, the first of which has gathered very mixed reviews across the board, from one extreme to the other.She has also made a foray into Dark Romance recently, with her first title in the genre, Retribution, releasing in Summer 2015.

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Giveaway

MANDAY HOTTIES ~ We’re back……..

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Hi peeps, sorry we missed last Mondays Hotties – it was a pretty busy week where we had 2 signing events, loads of travel and not enough days in our week…. Anyhoo, we’re back and have some fabulous choices for you today.  Hope you like them!

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Hmmmm, which one to bite first…. Oh, sorry, got a bit distracted there!!! 😉  What do you guys think? Which is your fave this week?

Don’t forget to check out the pics on the other blogs taking part in Felicity’s Hop today.

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http://www.amandajgreene.blogspot.co.uk/

Have a great Monday and we’ll catch you back here next week for more eyecatching hotties!!

~ T xx

Cover Reveal – Peace by Piece by SJ McGran

Title: Peace by Piece
Author: S.J McGran
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: Summer 2015

 

 


 


About Peace by Piece

There’s an expiration date on every life. A ticking clock counting down the seconds until you no longer exist in this world.
 
Each tick of the clock is louder for me.
 
I don’t have an eternity. I have one year. Just twelve short months.
 
If life promised an infinity he could have been my forever, and without a doubt I should have been his always.


Add S.J’s newest stand-alone novel, Peace by Piece, 
to your Goodreads TBR list.
 
Peace by Piece is due out late June/early July of 2015

 
About SJ McGran 

S.J lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, and two fur-babies–Grandy (cat) and Spirit (puppy).

She is a die-hard Detroit Tigers baseball fan. She’s a coffee addict, a chocoholic, and could live on pizza and ice cream. She’s also kind of a craft beer snob.

Her debut series is called the Triumph Series. Each novel is a stand-alone with overlapping characters, and contains no cheating or cliff-hangers.

Follow S.J McGran to keep up with release dates and news.
Join S.J’s readers group, SJ’s [Sinful] Angels, and be the first to see covers, teasers, excerpts, and more!

 


 

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