Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My Not So Super Sweet Life Cover Reveal

You all know my fabulous author friend and fellow Mountain Dew addict, Rachel Harris, right? If not, you should! She writes awesome YA books with time traveling & cute boys. And she's got a novella in the series releasing soon! Can't wait to see more about Cat & Lucas!

Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she’s got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter…causing a media frenzy.

Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he’s worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he’s truly belonged.

As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it’s not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together…this time, it’s their own insecurities.

Well, and the stalkerazzi.

PUB DATE: April 21st, 2014


Author Bio: 

Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Emotion, vibrant settings, and strong families are a staple in each of her books...and kissing. Lots of kissing.
A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations. She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches way too much Food Network with her amazing husband.
An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and losing herself in story. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pieces of Olivia Cover Reveal & excerpt!

I'm currently reading a fabulous new adult book from Melissa West, and I'm loving it! And check out this cover! So pretty!

By: Melissa West
His eyes swept over my face, and I knew what was about to happen. I could see the resolve in his face. Feel the swift change in the air as the charge between us sparked. He leaned toward me, his eyes never leaving mine.
“I’m not going to kiss you,” I whispered.
“I didn’t ask.”
“Preston, we…”
He tucked my hair behind my ear and moved still closer. “I can’t promise anything. I have nothing in me to promise, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.”
I swallowed, feeling the walls around me crumbling down.
“Let me be what you need.”
My breath caught, the fight in me diminishing with each spoken word. What was I so afraid of? I reached out, gliding my fingertips over his face and into his hair. Briefly, I thought of how often I’d dreamt of touching his hair, and then his mouth was on mine, and all thought was gone, except him and us and this moment. His lips took control, first soft and careful, and then full of urgency and need. Every unspoken word, every missed opportunity, was pushed into that single kiss.
Preston laid me back on the sofa, his body warm and inviting. My fingers gripped his hair, pulling him closer, and he left my lips, kissing a trail down my chin to my neck. A soft moan of pleasure escaped my lips, and he thrust his hips against mine in answer to my ache. Our bodies moved together, our clothes the only thing keeping us from taking this further.
I tugged his chin up so his lips were back on mine, the kiss growing to a frenzy of passion. His hand slid under the edge of my shirt, gliding over my stomach, before finding my breast. He groaned with pleasure, and I reached down to take his shirt off, eager to touch his impeccably toned chest and stomach. Preston slipped his shirt off and gripped mine, his intentions clear, when reality yanked me from pleasure and threw me into a sea of painful thoughts. I remembered my scars, Preston’s expression when he’d gotten a glimpse of them through my shirt at the pier. I shook my head, feeling myself tumbling deeper into sadness and farther from the moment.
Preston glanced down at me. “We can stop.”
“Olivia, you don’t have to—”
I bit my lip, forcing myself to push away the fear and sadness and guilt that riddled my mind and peered back at him. “I don’t want to take my shirt off.”
“Okay,” he whispered.
“And I don’t want you judging that I don’t want to take my shirt off.”
“Okay,” he repeated. I felt his heart beat against my chest, fast and sure and strong. A part of me wanted to disappear, embarrassed and ashamed that I’d yet again shown Preston Riggs just how crazy I was deep inside. But another part, a greater part, felt a surge of happiness that he’d stayed. He knew that I was broken and scarred and more than a little crazy, yet still, he didn’t run. He stayed.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Silly Rabbit, YA Books are for Teens

So, I've thought a lot about this, but I worried posting anything about it would come across as ranty. See, this is usually me...

And these days, I try to not blurt it all out. But this subject kept coming up and then I found other authors were frustrated over the same thing, and a few readers have mentioned it as well. It's this kind of remark about a YA novel: I liked the idea of this book, but well, maybe younger teens will enjoy it. Or, There's no sex, so this is obviously for younger teens. Now I'd never say what you can and can't put in a review, and I'm sure some people will know by those kinds of phrases whether or not the book is for them, but I do worry a little bit what message it sends to teens. You know, the people YA books are for? Whenever there's a debate about banning YA books because there's sex in them, there are hundreds of posts about how NEWSFLASH: Teens have sex. I'm not disputing that. But NEWSFLASH: Some teens don't. And now we get to the part that I can't believe I'm going to publicly admit (to my five or so blog readers) but I'm gonna say it anyway. When I was a teen, it was well known that I didn't drink or have sex. People would often tell me things like, "You know that's weird, right?" I wanted to say, "Hey, thanks so much for telling me that. I was so unaware of it before now." People also thought it was funny to ask me if my parents were virgins. Yeah, hilarious. I just wasn't ready to have sex and chose not to drink, I wasn't stupid.

I didn't get my first boyfriend until I was seventeen (an older teen, I'll go ahead and point out), and I didn't know what I was doing and I was awkward and felt weird about kissing in front of other people. Again, I was aware of the weird. I asked myself why I couldn't just date like a normal person? Over the years I've talked to a lot of people, and they had similar dating experiences, so I was more normal than I realized, which would've been nice to know back then. As I got older, when I'd started thinking I'd gotten the hang of dating, there were times I'd put the sex-brakes on, only to be treated like crap by the guy because of it. In fairness, there were also a few who were understanding about it, and a few who didn't even bring up the subject. (Maybe, just maybe, not all teen guys are ready for it, either.) But I think we can all admit that being a teen and dealing with those things is far from easy. The reason I love YA novels is because they're about discovering who you are and making mistakes and learning and growing and, of course, I really like the first love aspect of them, too. I think saying books like that only appeal to younger teens might make older teens feel like they're weird, and honestly, they've already got enough of that.

So what I'm saying is, it's okay to have teens who don't have sex. It's okay to have teens who do have sex. It's okay for them to regret sex. It's okay for them to like sex. And while I'm sure most authors are happy adults also enjoy their YA novels, they really are for the teens.

Anyway, that's what I wanted to say, and if you feel the need to throw things, I prefer chocolate, Mtn Dew, and shoes. Feel free to comment. The nice thing is I've been told I'm weird enough times in my life that I'm okay with it.

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Fine Art of Pretending Cover Reveal

Rachel Harris is one of the coolest author peeps I know and I was lucky to get a sneak peek at the cover of her upcoming YA book, The Fine Art of Pretending. Now I get to share it with all of you!

I seriously LOVE this cover! You can tell that guy isn't letting the girl go without a fight! (See, pictures talk to me. It's totally normal, I swear. The more normal I tell you it is, the more you believe me, right? ;) )

Okay, on to the blurb, which is as awesome as the cover.

Release Date: September 30, 2014
Author: Rachel Harris 

According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Release Day Fun!

Resisting the Hero is out today!

How about a few fun pics to celebrate?

Oh, Connor!

SWAT Team FTW!!!!

And of course kissing happens!!! 


 Falling for Her FiancĂ© is .99 for a limited time!

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