Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….
Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.
The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.
“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”
—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You
I WANT IT THAT WAY is a must read if you are looking for a contemporary New Adult title that is both sweet, sexy and REAL REAL REAL. Aguirre has a way of looking into people’s heads, splitting things open and portraying real emotion in a fictional setting. She is an author you will not want to miss out on and this is one of her titles, you’ll want to experience.
Most of the PJV reviewers have read this book – and it was a fight to the bitter end on who got the review in first. Patti – won, so don’t take my word for it — read her review.
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.
Personality In Life: In life, Alex was gentle, intelligent and very passionate about the things he loved. He was obviously tortured, like all artists are and looking for something more. He was highly intuitive and always able to understand why human beings behaved the way they did. Although he was not particularly warm, people always felt a sense of relief in his presence and were reluctant to leave him. He was not quick to anger, but hated the way Isobel was treated by his brother. When she became distressed, he was the only one who could calm her. He wanted to do the noble thing and tell Carter about the affair, but he let Isobel manipulate him out of doing the right thing.
Personality In Death: Alex’s personality was not altered much by death, although he will be forever haunted by what happened to his family. The biggest change is his relationship with Isobel. He hates what she has become and is forced to promise her his love in order to keep her violent outbursts under control.
Name: Isobel Reade
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Amber
Age at Death: Twenty
Personality In Life: In life, Isobel was very complex. Her beauty made her an object of desire for men and the envy of women. She had no friends, only lovers. Despite her haughty airs, she did not come from a wealthy background and without her looks, Carter would never have considered her eligible. Isobel was very clever and able to manipulate the people around her, primarily Alex. Deep down she hated Carter and wanted to get away from him, but she was not willing to give up the life she believed she deserved. She did love Alex, but she was too selfish to let him go. Although she would never admit it, she was always quite unhappy.
Personality In Death: In death, Isobel becomes twisted. She never got the chance to live the life she imagined for herself and is now consumed with bitterness and hatred. She lost her husband, her son and the love of her life in one day and the trauma of it, drove her spirit insane. The only part of her that is still human, is the part that still loves Alex.
GHOST HOUSE, book one of a powerful new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Adornetto, follows Chloe Kennedy whose frightening ability to see the dead leads her into peril.
Wracked by grief after his wife’s death, Chloe’s dad sends her far away from sunny California to live with relatives in the rainy English countryside. Unhappy with the change of scenery, Chloe changes her mind when she encounters Alexander Reade, a mysterious and handsome young man. Unfortunately, Alexander is no ordinary crush – he’s a former resident of her grandmother’s house who died over a century ago and whose ghost has not moved on.
As a small child, Chloe had been frightened by ghostly apparitions. But the spirits had one day disappeared and Chloe believed she had put her weird talent behind her. Now she can not only see Alexander but talk to him, even touch him in her dreams. Their connection is immediate and intense, but when their budding relationship awakens a vengeful spirit, Chloe’s tangled emotions could have dangerous consequences. Will she be dragged forever into the world of the dead?
Alexandra Adornetto’s romantically eerie storytelling has a proven bestselling track record and this first book in the GHOST HOUSE trilogy does not disappoint, mixing scary supernatural situations with a heartbreaking love story!
Alexandra Adornetto started writing at a very young age, with her first novel being released when she was only thirteen. A native of Australia, Alexandra moved to the US to study at the University of Mississippi. She is currently living in Hollywood and working on a number of film projects, both as a writer and an actress.
GHOST HOUSE is Alexandra’s seventh published novel and the first book in what will become her third trilogy. The first two novels of her beloved Halo series both debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and her books are sold in more than 25 countries worldwide. Twitter |Facebook
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DESTINED FOR DOON is releasing September 2nd and if you don’t know the series, the first book DOON is a PJV must read. Young Adult Fantasy at it’s finest.
Especially now with OUTLANDER becoming so popular – this is a Highlander Hottie fest in YA flavor!
Since I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that they have to read this series, Carey and Lorie finally relented and allowed me to reveal some exclusive content – just for you -a deleted scene from the first book – Doon!
CHAPTER 31.1 – The Slimy Dungeon … Again
(This is the beginning of the second dungeon scene from Mackenna’s point of view.)
I stared into space, caught in the same restless, bereft feeling that always came over me when I finished a show. It wasn’t merely the lack of focus from being between plays—it was like being between people. My own skin felt strange and too tight, like wearing the wrong sized clothing. Being half in and half out of Doon felt eerily similar.
Panic at the thought of being trapped here clawed at my insides like a raging wildcat. But in spite of my dread, I didn’t seem to have the energy to move. If we didn’t get out, we couldn’t cross the bridge. If we couldn’t cross the bridge, the journal and the witch’s influence would remain in Doon. And so would we.
We would be doomed to coexist with a village full of people who believed we were their enemy. Most likely, spend the rest of our very long lives in this icky, scurvy-infested dungeon. Alone.
Vee smushed her face against the bars of the dungeon door and watched for Fiona’s return. When she caught sight of her, she bounced on her toes in agitation.
“Something’s not right.”
Fiona’s mournful voice resounded from the other side. “Something? Try everything. The Brig o’ Doon will be openin’ soon.”
“No, I mean with Jamie.”
“Aye.” Fiona soft lilt of reassurance was edged with doubt. “Don’t ye fret, Veronica. Fergus’ will talk some sense inta him.”
“Fergus has failed.” Fergus’s ragged voice reached us through the void, followed by a scuffle, a moan and a soft thump. “I didna even get to see him.”
With a humorless chuckle, he continued to address himself in the third person. “So now as second highest Commander of the Royal Guard, Fergus is committing treason.”
The unmistakable click of the locking mechanism caused the heavy iron door to swing outward. Rather than Fergus, Duncan rushed in to gather me into the haven of his arms. His disheveled hair stuck out at odd angles, and a purpling bruise darkened his right cheekbone—but on the whole, he looked amazing. His grave, dark eyes searched my face making my insides go molten. “Are ye all right, Mackenna?”
I nodded and buried my head against his massive chest. His heat and the calming scent of leather saddles and sunshine filled my senses. The steady beat of his heart gave me courage. “I know how it must look, but we’re innocent. We found out about the witch but we were trying to stop her. You have to believe m—”
“Shhh.” Duncan smoothed an errant lock of my hair with his fingertips and tucked it behind my ears. “How many times are ye going to put me through this? Don’t ye think I know who you are? I know you.”
“Guys?” Vee cleared her throat, and waited as Duncan and I parted. “Sorry to interrupt, but, I’ve got to see him. Now.” None of us needed her to clarify who ‘him’ was.
With a great sigh, Fergus turned his doleful face toward Vee. “Jamie’ll not see you, lass. Ye’ll not make it past Gideon’s men any more than I did. They got the jump on me.”
“I’m not giving up.” Vee’s determined eyes swept over each of us. “I’ll go by myself, if I have to.”
If the situations were reversed, if I was the one needing to see Duncan, Vee would have my back. I hadn’t the slightest doubt. So I was in. “I’m coming with you.”
Next to me, Fiona squared her shoulders. “Me, too.”
Already half a dozen shades of pink, Fergus emitted another humorless chuckle. “Seeing how I’m already slated for the dungeon m’self, count me in. Where Fiona goes, I go.”
I turned to the only one of us yet to speak. Other than Vee, Duncan had the most to lose. If he chose not to go against his sovereign’s orders, I wouldn’t blame him.
His brown eyes, hard and yet cherishing at the same time, narrowed in reproach. He lifted his hand, to touch my cheek in a butterfly caress. The gentle gesture sent shivers down my spine. “Aye. I’m in.”
He was right. I kept testing him, and he passed every time. Duncan would not fail us.
Vee gave him a determined nod and then charged into the corridor without a doubt that we would follow her…into the impossible—to face an evil witch—to save a boy king—perhaps even to death.
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In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake—choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she’s received her Calling—proof she and Duncan are each other’s one true love—and it’s pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn’t have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.
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Coming up with great character names can be a daunting task. I can imagine it’s almost like the angst new parents go through when trying to name their ‘soon to be’ child. You have to consider a name that won’t get them punched on the playground because it makes them look weak, or have them scaring away potential friends because it sounds too mean, or odd. This is especially crucial when writing our main characters. We want our hero/heroine to be just as accepted as our child, or to project an image to the reader of that meanie protagonist that all of us have experienced at least once in our lives. It’s tough enough when it’s a contemporary, but throw in a little science fiction and you just pile on the additional angst of getting it right.
For a contemporary, I’m pretty sure that authors try to stay away from naming their hero’s after an ex or the bully that tripped them every chance they got. Those are usually saved for the bad guys. For the leading ladies, it’s a name that you wouldn’t mind carrying yourself, or it’s a derivative of someone you know or admire. I know that I do when naming my “Earthlings.” Basically, all the baggage and memories we carry will usually lead us down the path of defining the names to fit our character’s personalities. So, when you go and throw in some galaxies far, far away…
Well…I’m pretty sure none of us graduated with a guy named “Nox Ton.” Nope, he wasn’t in my class. He’s just one of the bad guys in this latest installment of the Fueled By Lust series. I didn’t sit at the lunch table with a hunky guy named Drusus, either (Durn it!). So, how did I come up with my lineup of Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Caelius, Kallon, Ulixes, and many more? You might see a pattern here. If not, let me explain.
These are all strong Latin/Greek names. I literally dreamed of these hot, alpha males long before I ever typed their names on my keyboard. Their build, coloring, attitude, and accent told me that even though they were forming from pure mist/energy, there was some human element to their genetics. After figuring out that their original ancestors were from Rome, it was easy to scour the internet and research that area of the world, and my character names were finally revealed to me. Yep, just jumped right off the screen at me, which garnered a quick, “Ah ha! There you are!” moment. It was very nice to also see that the meaning behind their names fit well with their personalities, or fate.
For those characters that didn’t have a Greek lineage and would never have had any influence from Earth, I discovered that I tended to name them in the same manner as they spoke. Guttural, choppy language drew out the “Nox Ton” villain mentioned earlier. I pictured him as speaking in a stern, clipped manner, and the short, double/split naming convention just flew out easily after that. Bottom line, there’s one thing I stay away from. If the name hangs on the tongue or stutters around in the mind, then you’re going to have a lot of readers upset that the beautiful imagery they’ve been wondering through just got interrupted as they try to decipher “Xyeath’rxthu” in the middle of a sword swing. I mean, really?
Not all readers will garner the same warm feelings or angst that you want to associate with your characters. Some will even mispronounce the names, and that’s okay. Everyone brings their own history with names to the table. As long as you wrap a great storyline around it, I think most of us can be forgiven.
Emperor Lucien Tarquinius agrees to retrieve the future king of a race that annihilated every Insedi female and doomed his planet’s future. Why would he do such a thing? Simple. He cannot have his enemy retake the throne and continue the war against Insedivertus. Yet, an unexpected encounter changes everything.
Just one day away from collecting the reluctant ruler, the royal transport inexplicably disappears from its flight path. As the empire scrambles to find their missing emperor, Lucien embarks on a journey that challenges his intellect, tests his endurance, and pushes his emotions to the breaking point.
Tana Jameson wonders who she pissed off to warrant an investigative assignment aboard a cargo ship in the middle of the Atlantic. A moment of curiosity jettisons her into an alien world beyond her imagination and directly into the arms of a man stepping right out of her wildest fantasy.
I was born and raised in a small town between Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin. Wanting to see more than my small Texas town, I joined the Marines, which satisfied my craving to see more of the U.S. and drive to see if I could be one of the few and the proud.
A firm believer in educating the mind, I have achieved several advanced degrees, the latest being a Masters of Science.
My true love is writing erotic romance, especially about alien hunks that know how to treat their females.
Drusus, Severus, Cato, Lucien, Petrus, Maxim, Caelius, and many more have swirled in my dreams until I had to bring them to life and allow them to find love within the pages of the FUELED BY LUST book series.
I am so excited to be part of the blog tour for Shannon Stacey’s latest Kowalski Family book, Falling for Max! I absolutely adore this series – she writes such great characters and her stories are so much fun, and after you’ve read a few of her books it’s like coming back and visiting family.
One of the things I love about Shannon Stacey’s books is that her characters feel like real people and do goofy stuff that real people do. I’m going to share a quote from the very first page of the book, and then tell you the story of ‘How I Met My Husband’ – no, really – because it’s so similar (and adorable!):
On the first day of each month, Max Crawford made it a habit to compile a list of everything he wanted or needed to accomplish that month. Without a list, he tended to immerse himself in work and then wonder why he was out of mouthwash and the car payment was overdue.
As the calendar ticked over to October, he catalogued which projects he was working on and their due dates. He noted there were two birthdays on his calendar, which meant shopping for and sending gifts to his mother and niece. The furnace needed its annual check up. And he wanted to find a wife.
After a moment of deliberation, he drew a line through the last item. Then he wrote find a girlfriend.
On a separate sheet of paper, he jotted down a list of work supplies he needed to replenish. It took a while, as he had a tendency to jot down the items running low on any scrap of paper near his workstation, including the occasional napkin. Another sheet of paper for the monthly grocery order he’d place online.
Flipping back to the original paper, he amended his list again. Marking out find a girlfriend, he replaced it with four simple words. Go on a date.
He should probably start small.
Cute, right? So here’s my story… I met my husband while we were in High School. I thought he was a #badboy and was actively avoiding him (because I was a #goodgirl), but my friend and I ran into him and his friends at a Mardi Gras parade. I thought his friend was cute (I know, right?), so I started dating the friend. Fast forward a few weeks and the friend is old news and I’ve set my sights on the hubs. We’ve been dating a while at this point (I think I dated the friend for all of a week) and I’m in his room, and it’s sooo messy (little did I know that would NEVER change) and he’s looking for something and I’m helping. And then I stumble across this little gem:
Obviously, this is a re-creation and not the original.
THAT’S MY PHONE NUMBER!!! And did he…cross out the word “potential”? I was a note stuck on his “to-do” list? Once I got over my annoyance (it was funny), I forgave him and we dated throughout high school and got married 4 years later. Yesterday (August 1) was our 22nd wedding anniversary. So, yeah, I might have a soft spot for Max and his lists…
Carina Press has been generous enough to offer a copy of the lastest Kowalski Family book, Falling for Max, to a lucky US reader. Enter via Rafflecopter below.
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SHANNON STACEY is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and two sons in New England. Her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up. You can contact Shannon through her website, shannonstacey.com, where she maintains an almost daily blog, or visit her on Twitter at @shannonstacey.
For today’s Book Blogger Buzz Tour I have the wonderful Jannelle of Jannelle Reads!
I had the pleasure of meeting Janelle at RT2014 and she is definitely a blogger to know! The fact that she is a chef and includes great recipes with her book love makes my day, since I’m a foodie along with being a book lover…how can you not be?
Jannelle will be discussing on the tour today:
What trends do you want to see next in book blogging?
Hello everyone and thank you, Rachel, for having me on your blog!
So today we are going to be talking about which trends I would like to see next in book blogging.
Honestly, what I really want to talk about first is the trend I feel like we will be seeing next in the book blogging community – book vlogging.
What is vlogging, exactly? Vlogging is a video blog (you can find these all over YouTube). The most popular vlogs you can find are usually of the comedic and beauty variety with followers in the millions – it’s insane! These people become “YouTube famous” from the amount of subscribers they have on their channels.
Recently, I stumbled upon the book vloggers who call themselves, “book-tubers.” I have become semi-obsessed following their different channel updates which can vary anywhere from book reviews to bookshelf tours. I even wrote an entire blog post of my favorite YouTubers which you can find on my blog, here.
Not only do I believe that is this the next big thing in book blogging but also what I want to see next in the book blogging community. Because – let’s be real people – the masses love television – I love television. Anything visual and pretty (or, let’s face it, gruesome) is what everyone wants to watch/read/be a part of. Book vlogging also has appeal because it creates a more personal experience for the audience. Since reality TV came into our lives, we have become infatuated with “behind the scenes” news and videos of what people are doing when they are not on camera or on camera but at home. We’re nosy, people!
And if we are honest with ourselves, the only time that books begin to get a mass following is when there is a movie adaptation made from said book because this is what attracts the masses. I like it when some bloggers/writers say that they don’t worry about being heard; they write to simply write. Well, props to them for their love of anonymity but I want to be heard. We write for those words to be read and we speak so that our words are heard.
By going on the vlogging route, we can almost guarantee that we will be expanding our audience - win!
It is also a lot more practical for the everyday person to watch/listen to something while they are taking care of anything else – cooking, cleaning, etc. It takes time for people to sit down and read something and people are trying to save as much time as possible while trying to make the most out of every second.
In this and most every aforementioned aspect, vlogging>blogging. The only problem? Thousands of people are trying to create their own channel and therefore, their own following. Slowly, this is becoming the next big thing and trying to find a unique voice will become progressively more difficult as time passes. The solution? Start vlogging – now!
What trends do you think we will be seeing next in book blogging and which would you like to see?