The Playlist for To the Edge by Anna del Mar + Giveaway

The Playlist for To the Edge by Anna del Mar + Giveaway

The Playlist for To the Edge by Anna del Mar + Giveaway

The Playlist for To the Edge


If you’ve ever followed my posts before, you know that my playlists are not so much about what music I’m listening to or when. They’re about the characters, which songs make me think of them in the story, which songs somehow reflect their emotions as they move through the story.

The playlist that I’ve put together to celebrate the release of To the Edge follows on that tradition. To the Edge, just out from Carina Press, is the second chance love story of Noah Blake and Clara Luz, the sexiest, naughtiest, kinkiest novel I’ve written yet. The premise goes something like this: In order to learn about kink, Clara had to learn the ropes, but she never expected to be so compromised she’d need rescue by none other than Noah Blake, the first man she ever loved, the ex-SEAL who almost destroyed her, the wounded warrior determined to reclaim her heart and fight for redemption to the very edge of sexual obsession.

These songs take you through the emotional journey of Clara and Noah. Below I also share with you some of my favorite lines from some fabulous song writers.




“Girl on fire” by Alicia keys

She’s just a girl, and she’s on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway
She’s living in a world, and it’s on fire
Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away
Oh, she got both feet on the ground
And she’s burning it down
Oh, she got her head in the clouds
And she’s not backing down

Written by Alicia Keys, Jeff Bhasker, Salaam Remi, William H Squier.


“Radioactive” by Imagine demons

I’m waking up to ash and dust,
I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust,
I’m breathing in, the chemicals.
I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus.
This is it, the apocalypse, whoa.

Written by Alexander Junior Grant, Daniel Coulter Reynolds, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Benjamin Arthur Mckee, Joshua Francis Mosser.


“A Thousand Years” by Christin Perri

I have died everyday, waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more.

Written by Dwayne Carter, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Russell Walter, Toni Tennille.


“Locked Away” by Adam Levine

If I got locked away
And we lost it all today
Tell me honestly, would you still love me the same?
If I showed you my flaws
If I couldn’t be strong
Tell me honestly, would you still love me the same?

Written by Dwayne Carter, Theron Thomas, Timothy Thomas, Lukasz Gottwald, Henry Russell Walter, Toni Tennille.


“If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher

If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I’d take back those words that’d hurt you
And you’d stay
If I could reach the stars
I’d give ’em all to you
Then you’d love me, love me, like you used to do
If I could turn back time

Written by Diane Warren.


“Talking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran

So baby now
Take me into your loving arms
Kiss me under the light of a thousand stars
Oh darling, place your head on my beating heart
I’m thinking out loud
That maybe we found love right where we are.

Oh maybe we found love right where we are
And we found love right where we are.

Written by Amy Wadge / Ed Sheeran.



About To The Edge

To learn about kink, she had to learn the ropes. Yet she never expected to be so compromised she’d need rescuing. And by him. The first man she’d ever loved. The former navy SEAL who’d broken her heart.

Clara’s gone wild.

Naked. Cuffed. Caged. Is this the sweet senator’s daughter I left behind?

I didn’t know it was her when I rushed into that room filled with flames, but I’ll never let her go again.

She’s proposed a unique way to thank me. It could bring us both to the edge of ecstasy—or to the point of no return.

Clara wants to submit. To me. Totally. Damn any limits. The very thought of it has brought me back from the dead.

But a stranger is watching from the shadows. He’s made us his fantasy. And he plays rougher than I do. Where he’s taking us now is somewhere so dark, and so dangerous, that this time it could be inescapable.

About the Author

About Anna Del Mar

Amazon bestselling author Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories are about strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who fight with all they’ve got to protect the women they love.

She’s the author of The Asset, The Stranger, At the Brink and her newest, To the Edge. Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.

Find Anna online:  Website |  Facebook | Twitter

Giveaway Info:  

Thanks to the team at Harlequin and Carina Press, one lucky winner will receive the following:

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • Copy of To The Edge

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Blog Tour

The To The Edge will be on tour with lots of exciting Guest Posts and Interviews with Ann Del Mar!

Wednesday, November 9th – Alpha Book Club – Guest Post
Friday, November 11th – Seeing Night Reviews – Review with short Guest Post
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Monday, November 14th – Pretty Sassy Cool – Interview (Author or Character)
Wednesday, November 16th – Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post
Friday, November 18th – Parajunkee – Guest Post & JJ’s kinky books – Review only
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Monday, November 21st – Books,Dreams,Life – Guest Posts
Wednesday, November 23rd – Curling Up With A Good Book – Guest Post & Happy Ever After Romance Book Reviews – Review only
Thursday, November 24th – Carlene – Review only
Friday, November 25th – BookHounds – Guest Post

Prepper Tips for the Apocalypse with Author Mia Bishop + Giveaway

Prepper Tips for the Apocalypse with Author Mia Bishop + Giveaway

Prepper Tips for the Apocalypse

I have a very overactive imagination and I love a good conspiracy theory. Give me shows like Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura, Doomsday Preppers, Ancient Aliens, and Coast to Coast with George Noory (talk radio) and I will be entertained for hours and I usually get a story idea or two from watching these shows. I also become extremely paranoid that a War of the Worlds or cataclysmic biblical event might take place. That paranoia helped me plot out some of the events that took place in my book, Sacrifice. I even keep a Pinterest board for Prepper Tips and my family and I play this little game of “What would you do” in the event that the world goes dark or some other catastrophe happens.

0b6c6d63e9b035da2a2b046f1e06cd85My kids always say the first place they’d go would be Walmart. My husband and I think that big stores like that will be the first place everyone goes, so we both agree we’d hit the library first to grab survival guides and How-To books. Books would be my number one priority item because even watching shows about prepping I wouldn’t be able to identify plants, I wouldn’t know how to track animals or identify them by paw prints, or lay traps, set snares, etc.

Because we live in the high desert we already keep some supplies on hand due to the crazy weather we live with. One day it can snow, have 30+ MPH winds, hail, and then be so hot you have to change into shorts all within a few hours of each other, not to mention we do get flash floods and the occasional Tornado warning. We keep things like candles, flashlights, extra batteries (that my kids always seem to use up for their Xbox controllers), extra blankets and other everyday items since we never know when we might have to go without power especially during the monsoon season.

But beyond the essentials here’s a list of 10 Prepper Tips that might help you out in the event of an apocalyptic event or a government collapse that leaves you in need of some handy MacGyver-type skills.

  1. Like I said before, Books are your friend. Go pick up some handy survivor guides or pocket manuals that scouts use. They have them for everything from plant identification, snake/spider guides, and animal tracking.
  2. Stock up on Coffee Filters. Even if you don’t drink coffee, these cheap little things can multitask for a ton of different problems and the best part is they are light weight and easy to shove into a pack. I won’t list all of the uses, but to name a few: make a bandage, a cold compress, toilet paper, use in place of paper plates (you can’t cut a steak on one but you can at least hold some food in your hand without getting covered in it), use as a rag/paper towel, and of course start a fire.
  3. wise_pasta_alfredoKeep some long-lasting food on hand. Yeah, no one really enjoys Spam or those canned sausages, but there are dehydrated foods in any camping section that would make pretty good eats during the apocalypse.
  4. Use the tabs off of soda cans to make fishing hooks so you can grill up some fish instead of eating all that dehydrated food you brought with you.
  5. Stock up on glow sticks that way you can easily identify members of your group at night.
  6. Need more light at night? Attach a head lamp to a gallon jug of water and you instantly have a very bright lantern. P.S. we use this trick when we are camping because we never seem to bring enough lanterns.
  7. Store rice and beans in old (cleaned out and dry) soda/pop bottles instead of the bags they come in. The bags might puncture or tear whereas the bottle should be fairly sturdy.
  8. Keep chalk and duct tape on hand along with a few permanent markers for marking trails so you can find your way back and for making signs for others to follow.
  9. Paracord! You know those bracelets they sell in the camping section? Some of them can be un-tied to give you 50 feet or more of paracord for emergency situations. Stock up on this handy multi-use item, that stuff is amazing and can be used for tying your gear, fishing, snares, tunicates, building a shelter, building a stretcher, starting a fire, and the list goes on and on.
  10. coffee-club2Horde the stuff that people will be willing to barter for in a crisis. I’m not talking about bartering for super important things that you should probably share with your fellow survivors. I’m talking about the stuff that people crave. I once worked for a family who, during the Y2K crazy, were prepping for the fall of life as we knew it and the one thing they taught me was that during a crisis people will barter for everyday items like coffee, cigarettes, and chocolate because those are items that were essential to their previous way of life. Now, I’m definitely not advocating stocking up on cigarettes (those things are expensive), but I could be persuaded to horde some coffee and chocolate to use as payment should the government collapse and we revert to a barter and trade system. I’m sure I can squirrel away a couple snickers bars and some packages of Starbuck Instant Via coffees. It’d be a little something to help out my fellow caffeine-heads in exchange for items or skills that might help me and my family survive until law and order are restored.

Those are my tips on how to survive or at least maintain a little bit of comfort during the end days, but I’d love to hear what some of your go-to prepping tips for survival during the apocalypse would be.

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In the New Mexico desert evil is stirring. A lost man must protect everything he holds dear from the oncoming storm and a mysterious woman is the key.

Prepper Tips for the Apocalypse with Author Mia Bishop + Giveaway

Sacrifice by Mia Bishop

Series: Revelations #1
on August 18, 2016
Genres: Apocalypse
Pages: 320
Format: eBook

A decade after being forced out of the priesthood, Nico Lynch spends his days drinking himself into an early grave and his nights hunting demons. His world is turned upside down when he is asked to help a local Striga Coven.

Abby shouldn’t have survived, but she did and that’s turning out to be one hell of a problem for Nico. The world he lives in is black and white. There has always been a clear definition between good and evil, right and wrong. Every moment he spends with Abby challenges him to see the world differently.

Mysterious forces have brought them together, pitting them against a demon army. Nico will either be the savior of mankind or the catalyst of the apocalypse and Abby’s fate rests in his hands.


About the Author

About Mia Bishop

Mia Bishop lives in Colorado with her husband, two boys, and enough animals to fill a mini-zoo. She writes to keep from dying of boredom in the high desert. Mia loves to read and write paranormal romance and erotica, but also enjoys the steampunk and post-apocalyptic genres as well as historical romances.

A geek at heart, Mia indulges in all matters of nerd cultures. When not writing, she can be found with her nose in a book or graphic novel, watching Anime, playing video games, or creating pieces of chainmail and wire jewelry. The key to Mia's heart (or ways to coax her into letting you sneak a peek at her latest works) can be won with anything Whovian related, tickets to ComicCon, or a '67 black Chevy Impala.

Kindle Fire Giveaway From C.J. Anaya

Kindle Fire Giveaway From C.J. Anaya

To enter the giveaway please follow the link below to C.J.’s website.

The winner of the Kindle Fire will be contacted via email-so keep your eyes open for a confirmation email from C.J. Anaya right after you enter. You want your entry to count! Two runners up will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card each. Good luck!

Guest Post and Giveaway with Roni Loren

Guest Post and Giveaway with Roni Loren

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Hey all! Please join me in welcoming Roni Loren to Parajunkee’s View!  Roni has a new book coming out in her Loving on the Edge series on September 13, so I asked her to join us for a Guest Post – most of you know Rachel and I are from New Orleans, but did you know Roni Loren is from New Orleans too?


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Where Home Is by Roni Loren

One of the themes of Loving You Easy is finding home. Not just a physical place, though for one of the heroes, Hayes, it’s a literal coming home because he’s been in prison for years, but also in the figurative sense of finding the place where you feel most comfortable. That place where you can be one-hundred percent in your own skin with people who get you.

So that got me to thinking about what that is for me. I live in Texas with my husband and son. That’s my literal and figurative home. But I also have my hometown where my parents and extended family are, and I’ve found that when I want to recharge that’s where I crave to be. My hometown: New Orleans. And since Parajunkee is NOLA-based, I thought it’d be fun to list my favorite things about going home to Louisiana.

  1. The food – I mean, obviously this has to be number one, right? Texas has its own food culture, but man, do I miss good seafood. So when I go home, I have my list of foods I must eat. A great shrimp poboy (the best is from a gas station, yes, a gas station – Danny and Clyde’s), beignets (Café Du Monde preferably), seafood pizza (Sicily’s pizza buffet), a good seafood gumbo, a muffaletta (not seafood but to die for), and boiled crabs if I can get ‘em. And if it’s summer I need a snowball—not a snowcone.  Snowcones wish they could be as awesome and juicy as a New Orleans snowball. There’s more, but those are my must haves.
  2. Hearing the accent – In movies, New Orleans is often portrayed with a southern accent. Not true. New Orleans sounds like the south and New York or Boston had a love child. “Dawlin” instead of “darling.” You “axe” a question not “ask.” I’ve mostly lost the accent since I’ve lived away for over a decade now, but it still sounds like home to me. (And I love hearing my kidlet try to coach my mom on how to say things. “Lola (what he calls her), it’s Bur-GER not Bur-Guh.”
  3. The people – I know I’m biased but South Louisiana has the nicest people. Strangers call you baby. You go in a restaurant and they talk to you like you’re family. When things go bad like with the recent flooding, people don’t hesitate to mobilize and jump in to help. Within hours of the flooding, people were taking their boats out to help the rescue efforts or inviting people to stay at their homes or bringing people food and clothes. It’s what they do. And I’m proud to be from there.

I could go on, but those are the ones that come to mind. I guess next on my list is setting a book there. I wrote one story I based there, but I haven’t jumped full in yet with a series set in Louisiana. I think I’m worried if I set something there, I’ll always be hungry when I’m writing, lol. But we’ll see.

So what does home mean for you? What are your hometown must haves or favorite foods?

*Patti here – she’s so right about the gas station po-boys! Danny & Clydes makes the best shrimp po-boys.  And my favorite chicken tenders come from a different gas station (Brother’s).  Is that weird?

How about an excerpt?

She shifted backward, bumping into her car. “Please don’t do that.”
He brows dipped. “Don’t what?”
“Try to make me feel better. Give me a boost or whatever. Because, seriously, I don’t need your pity.”
He laughed. This sharp bark of a thing that echoed through the empty parking lot. “Pity? Are you kidding?”
Her teeth clamped together, anger rising. “You—”
But he moved so fast it made the rest snag in her throat. Both of his hands landed on the car behind her, caging her in and bringing his face close to hers.
“Ready for completely and wholeheartedly inappropriate?”
He wasn’t touching her anywhere but he may as well have pressed his entire body against her for the way her blood went hot. She couldn’t speak. Couldn’t move. All she could see were those dark eyes and inhale the scent of him, spicy food and man.
“I reeled myself in tonight. I asked you to dinner for selfish reasons. But once we were there and got to talking, I had a crisis of conscience. You’re working with me. You’ve been through hell this week. You didn’t need me complicating that. I forced myself to play by the rules. I made myself be good.” He leaned close to her ear, his breath coasting along her neck. “But don’t think for one second that I didn’t want to talk you into my bed tonight, that I didn’t want to show you that side of myself you saw in the hallway, and that I haven’t been thinking exactly how good it would feel to have you beneath me.”
All ability to breathe ceased inside her, her body going still as stone and melty as lava.
“So you can accuse me of a lot of things, Cora. Crossing lines. Being selfish. Acting inappropriately. Because I’m doing all of those things right now. But one thing you can’t accuse me of is pity.” He pushed off the car, freeing her from the invisible hold, and took a step back. “I’ll see you on Monday. And if you
decide not to show up anymore because of this, I’ll make sure you’re paid through the next two weeks.”
He turned and strode toward his car, leaving her standing there trembling and breathing hard and… way too turned on.
She wet her lips, a surge of bravery welling in her. “You never told me your breaking-the-law story.”
The words rang through the distance between them, and she thought he might keep walking, but he stopped and turned around. “We’ll need to schedule a seven-course meal to get through all of that.”
“That long of a list, huh?”
His mouth kicked up at the corner. All bad boy and charm. “Yep, you game?”
She swallowed past the dryness in her throat, knowing what he was asking was about way more than a dinner. She was so damn far off the reservation. “I might be…”
His gaze heated, slid over her with open appreciation. “It’s a date, then. Goodnight, hallway girl.”

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Loving You Easy by Roni Loren

Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016

Three lovers really click in the latest from the New York Times bestselling author of Call on Me—

Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real…

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar…

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

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Roni wrote her first romance novel at age fifteen when she discovered writing about boys was way easier than actually talking to them. Since then, her flirting skills haven’t improved, but she likes to think her storytelling ability has. Though she’ll forever be a New Orleans girl at heart, she now lives in Dallas with her husband and son.If she’s not working on her latest sexy story, you can find her reading, watching reality television, or indulging in her unhealthy addiction to rockstars, er, rock concerts. Yeah, that’s it. She is the National Bestselling Author of The Loving on the Edge series from Berkley Heat.
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The One Real Thing Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway!

The One Real Thing Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway!

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You guys, I know it’s not the weekend but I’m excited about The One Real Thing by Samantha Young!  I love her On Dublin Street series and this is a brand new series – Hart’s Boardwalk.  Read on for a glimpse at what’s in store for you when you pick up your own copy of THE ONE REAL THING today!



THE ONE REAL THING by Samantha Young
Release Day Promo Excerpt

“You’re not walking back to the inn alone at night, Doc. We’ve been over that.” He grinned as she flushed at the reminder of their make-out session on the beach.
She huffed. “I’m perfectly capable of doing so.”
“Not arguing about it.”
“What happened to the enlightened gentleman who let me pay for dinner the other day?”
“Splitting the cost of a date is different from seeing to your safety.”
“Date?” Bailey’s ears perked up.
“Fine, you can walk me home,” Jessica said abruptly, cutting off Bailey’s curiosity. “’Bye, all!” She hurried out of the house.
Cooper was met by four amused stares. He smiled back at them and Bailey looked ready to burst with delight. She thought they were a tag team.
They weren’t.
Cooper still wanted the doc to make up her own mind.
Didn’t mean teasing her wasn’t fun as hell.
He hurried to catch up with her outside. “Hold your horses, Doc.”
She turned to wait for him. The sadness he caught on her face kicked the amusement right out of him.
They walked together toward the inn in silence until Cooper couldn’t take it anymore. It needed to be talked about. “You happy back in Wilmington, Doc?”
He felt her tense beside him. She suddenly threw her hands up in seeming frustration. “I don’t know, okay? I don’t know. But I do know that my life is back in Wilmington, Cooper. My job is there. And I’m good at my job. Those women need someone like me. I made a commitment to my job that I can’t just break.”
“And what about you?” he argued. “What about what you need?”
Her only answer was this pained expression he didn’t quite understand.
It was full of so much hurt he decided to drop it.
Silence fell between them, but the usual camaraderie he enjoyed so much between them was gone. As the moments passed, he was aware of everything about her. The heat of her body close to his, the quick rise and fall of her chest that told him she was just as affected by his closeness, the little tremble in her full bottom lip he didn’t think she was even aware of.
The previous night, he’d dreamed about her.
She was in his bar like the day they’d met. No one else around but them.
He’d fucked her on top of one of the tables.
Fast. Furious.
So hot.
Cooper had woken up only to jump into the shower. He’d closed his eyes and remembered the dream as he took care of himself.
It was empty, so fucking empty, in comparison to what reality could be.
His dick tightened in his jeans thinking about it, his gaze shooting to Jessica’s mouth. It was time to remind her what was possible between them.
Cooper grabbed her wrist and pushed her up against the side of Dahlia’s gift shop. The alley between it and George’s place was dark and silent except for their heavy breathing. He pinned her in, his hands braced on the wall at either side of her head.
Jessica stared up at him with those big, dark eyes. “Coop—”
He cut off her coming question with his mouth just like last time.
She tasted of the mint ice cream they’d had for dessert and something else. Something all Jess.
She whimpered against his kiss a second before he felt her tongue touch his and that was it.
He was lost.
His kiss turned hungry as a feeling of desperation came over him and he pressed his body down the length of hers. The lush feel of her mouth mingled with the weight of her breasts pressed to him was enough on its own to fire him up, but when she wrapped her arms around his neck and tightened her fingers in his hair to draw him closer, he was done for.
He gripped her ass in his hand, urging her closer, his dick straining against her belly. His hand slid down to the back of her thigh and he hiked one of her legs up against his hip so he could be where he needed to be, fitting snugly between her thighs.
Fuck, he wished she were wearing a skirt.
“Cooper.” She breathed out his name, breaking the kiss. Her head fell back and her eyes fluttered with the sensation of him rubbing against her, mimicking sex. Her cheeks were flushed as she moaned and dug her hands into his shoulders to hold on. She flexed her hips against his and he felt his nerve endings catch fire.
He needed to be inside her.
The soft skin of her throat called to him and, as she gyrated against him, he tasted her, pressing kisses down her neck and across her collarbones. He moved his other hand down her back as his mouth reached the rise of her breasts. He brushed his thumb over the thin shirt and bra that hid them from him and groaned as her nipple visibly pebbled through the material.
If they didn’t stop soon he was going to take her right there.
“Fuck.” He pulled away from her abruptly and she stumbled back against the wall, looking as dazed as he felt.
All he’d wanted was a taste of her.
`Now he knew for certain that just a taste would never be enough with this woman. “Tell me,” he said, a little breathless, “tell me you’ve got this back in Wilmington, Doc.”
He watched the muscle in her jaw twitch as she clenched her teeth.
She couldn’t tell him.
He knew that. Because what they had between them didn’t come around very often.
“Doc?” he persisted, and he learned in that moment that Jessica Huntington was not only smart and sassy but stubborn as hell.
“I can’t do this”—she gestured between them—“not with you.”
And she walked away.
Gutting him.
He was just asking her to think about making room in her life for him. The fact that she wouldn’t even contemplate it for a second, when his blood was on fire with need for her and his mind was on her most hours of the day, was like a gaping wound.
Strangely, the pain fired his determination. Jessica Huntington was lying to herself. Cooper didn’t know why, but he was going to find out.
By then the doc would be in his bed.
Right where they both knew she belonged.



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about_bookThe One Real Thing Release Day Excerpt and Giveaway!

The One Real Thing by Samantha Young

Published by Berkley on September 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance
Also by this author: Fall From India Place, Echoes of Scotland Street

Welcome to Hartwell, a quiet seaside escape where uncovering old secrets could lead one woman to discover the meaning of a love that lasts… 

While Doctor Jessica Huntington engages with the inmates at the women’s correctional facility where she works, she’s always careful to avoid emotional attachments in her personal life. Loss and betrayal taught her that lesson long ago. But when she comes across a set of old love letters in the prison’s library and visits the picturesque town of Hartwell to deliver them to their intended recipient, she finds herself unable to resist the town’s charm—and her attraction to the sexy owner of a local bar proves equally hard to deny.

Since his divorce from his unfaithful ex-wife, Cooper Lawson has focused on what really matters: his family and the boardwalk pub they’ve owned for generations. But the first time Jessica steps into his bar, Cooper is beyond tempted to risk his heart on her.

Yet as their attraction grows hotter and Jessica remains stubbornly closed off, he begins to realize it will take more than just passion to convince her there’s only one real thing in life worth fighting for…



Samantha Young is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series, including Moonlight on Nightingale Way, Echoes of Scotland Street, and Fall from India Place, as well as the standalone novel Hero. She resides in Scotland.

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Review and Giveaway Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Review and Giveaway Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci


Roman Crazy is going on my Top 10 list of favorite books this year. Relatable characters, funny dialogue, and descriptive writing made this a five-star read. As soon as I finished the last page I wanted to start reading it again.

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Avery Bardot was going through the motions in her staid, predictable life, when she caught her husband cheating on her. Deciding things were not going to change unless she makes the changes herself, a spur-of-the-moment decision to join her friend Daisy in Rome should be just what she needs to pick herself up and get on with her life.  What she doesn’t expect is to run into Marcello Bianchi, the “semester abroad” fling that she never forgot.

Now, as she takes time to discover the beautiful city of Rome, she rediscovers herself and her love of art. And maybe, she re-discovers how wonderful love can be.


This is a wonderful second-chance romance but it’s so much more than that. I can’t say enough wonderful things about Roman Crazy – I really, really enjoyed being “in” this book.  And that’s part of what made it so wonderful, I really felt like I was there, with Avery, walking the cobbled streets of Rome, I could almost taste the food and smell the delicious scents.  I’ve never been to Italy, so I can’t say if they got everything right, but the descriptions were full and rich and it took no effort on my part to imagine the scenes.  Roman Crazy gave me an acute case of wanderlust.

A lot of times I like a book because of the hunky hero or love interest.  Marcello was a good character, but he wasn’t my focus – it was Avery I was cheering for.  I love Avery – she’s real, not perfect. She took the easy way out when she was younger and if she hadn’t caught her husband cheating may have just kept on being alive, but not living. She jumped on this second chance and I was genuinely cheering on this fictional character.  She made a few missteps along the way but grew into a strong character  who knows what she wants and goes for it.  (Also, I seriously want to hug the authors for the choice she makes near the end).

Throughout, Roman Crazy has humor, introspection, passion (both physical and food-related), and holds a steady pace from start to finish.  I had a “book high” for days after reading Roman Crazy and I’m looking forward to reading more books by this author duo.

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Review and Giveaway Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci

Published by Gallery Books Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Also by this author: Wallbanger, Rusty Nailed, Nuts
5 Stars

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.



ALICE CLAYTON worked in the cosmetics industry for over a decade before picking up a pen (read laptop). She enjoys gardening but not weeding, baking but not cleaning up, and finally convinced her long-time boyfriend to marry her. Now, about that Bernese Mountain dog.



Nina Bocci

NINA BOCCI is a novelist, publicist, eternal optimist, unabashed lipgloss enthusiast, constant apologist, and a hopeless romanticist. She has too many college degrees that she’s not using, and a Lego addiction that she blames on her son.




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