Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blog Tour with Excerpt & Giveaway: Our Chance by Natasha Preston @inkslingerpr @natashavpreston

Our Chance by Natasha Preston
Publication date: April 12th, 2015

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Nell Presley believes that no good can come from love. Her grandparents screwed it up, her parents screwed it up, so why would it be any different for her? She would rather keep it casual and protect herself.

Damon Masters was happy with casual through university but his feelings for Nell develop and he now wants more.

With the aid of Nell's best friend, Chloe, Damon sets out to smash down the wall Nell's built around her heart and show her that not all love is doomed to end in disaster. But is Nell be strong enough to let someone in or will Damon end up getting his heart crushed?

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With only fifteen minutes before the taxi was due to arrive, I washed in a rush and changed into clothes that didn't smell like booze, sleaze and regret.

About the Author:
UK native Natasha Preston grew up in small villages and towns. She discovered her love of writing when she stumbled across an amateur writing site and uploaded her first story and hasn't looked back since. She enjoys writing NA romance, thrillers, gritty YA and the occasional serial killer.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Tour with Excerpt & Giveaway: Lessons in Pure Life by Audrey O'Conner @inkslingerpr @audrey_writes

Lessons in Pure Life by Audrey O'Connor
Publication date: April 6th, 2015

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Freshly minted grad Emilia Noble arrives in Costa Rica to teach English in the tropical community of Pacifica. Its carefree, pura vida lifestyle is a welcome contrast to her dark and wintry origins. Tossing caution aside like an old winter coat, she plunges headfirst into an exotic cocktail of sensory pleasure.

Diego is a local whose surfer body and cool detachment make Lia buzz with a long-lost thrill. Fascinated by her new environment, she can't help but wonder about the moody inner workings of the boy with triceps like Wolverine and a grimace to match.

Diego seems to have no problem ignoring Lia, though. Caught up in his family's conflicted attitude toward foreigners, he notices her only when it's convenient. But as Lia thrives in her new surroundings, Diego might just find reason enough to defy his embattled, insular father. When north and south are mixed together, the results are intoxicating.

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"Can someone put sunscreen on my back?" I ask Katherine and Genesis, but they don't hear me, busy poring over the trail map.

I look around. Diego's chatting amicably with a park ranger like they're old friends.

When I got on the bus this morning, I sat down in front of Katherine and chattered with her for a while as I untangled my headphones, rubbed sunscreen onto my face and neck, and pulled my hair through the back of my baseball cap. Ten minutes passed before I noticed Diego was part of our traveling group, startling me with his gaze. His body, usually standing tall, was slumped lazily in the seat, and I hadn't noticed him behind Jose. It was the first time I'd been totally myself around him, ignorant of his presence and therefore raw, unprocessed. When we arrived, he ambled around like it was no big deal, scanning the landscape with familiarity. Diego scans the scattering of people until his eyes stop on me, a clacketing roulette ball suddenly silent, end of play.

Red 23. That's me.

I'm standing a few paces away, trying to rub a blob of sunscreen onto my middle back. My arm is twisted behind me, eyes locked on Diego's.

He saunters toward me in his effortless way, on his own time, steadily forward. A graceful swagger.

It feels good to be the one he's approaching, even if it scares me. His arrogance has softened, or maybe it's that I'm starting to see how his sister wins every argument with him, knowing how to push him until he inevitably backs off.

The breadth of Diego's shoulders, his silhouette with the sun behind him, is thought-stopping instinct-activating.

And that's the problem. I should say something, anything.

"Pura vida, Diego," I pronounce, my accent rounder this time, silkier.

I have some more elaborate phrases in my vocabulary, but this will have to do. Think. Speak. Act normal.

"You missed a spot."

Cheeky. I turn to face him, questioning.

"Volteate, gringa," he says, almost cheerful as he gazes down at me.

"Que?" I ask, wary.

He rotates his finger, like Turn around. Wags the bottle, implying he'll put it on me, I think. Like he's my cabana boy. Gulp.

"Oh, you'll do me?" It comes out before I can rephrase it. "I mean--"

He feigns shock with raised eyebrows before looking away innocently.

"I mean, I could use some help," I mutter.

"Then turn around. Volteate."

About the Author:
Audrey O'Connor can't help but color outside the lines with big, bright markers. She's fascinated by the influence of popular culture on the female experience and inspired by creative boldness and the breaking of the dumb rules women are supposed to follow. Audrey lives in Chelsea, Quebec, where she can be found DJ-ing at local events or scanning a cafe for outlets for her laptop.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Anniversary Nerd Blast with Giveaway: Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell @bethanycrandell @jeanbooknerd

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Publication date: April 1st, 2014

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.

Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there's life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she's ever had.

Summer on the Short Bus is a very non-P.C., contemporary YA with a lot of attitude, tons of laughs, and a little life lesson along the way.

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About the Author:
Bethany Crandell lives in San Diego with her husband, two daughters (one of whom is differently-abled), and a chocolate lab with no regard for personal space. She watches too much TV, savors avocados, and is still waiting for Jake Ryan to show up at her door. She writes YA because the feelings that come with life's "first" times are too good not relive again and again.

Book Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway: The Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander @DaniLynAlexande @XpressoTours

The Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander
Series: Kingdom of Cymmera #1
Publication date: November 3rd, 2014

Synopsis (according to Goodreads):
Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they'll push her for answers she can't afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he's forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

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Ryleigh stood. This couldn't be happening. With only a few months left until graduation, she didn't want to be forced to drop out, but what else could she do? "Look, Mr. Jacobs, can't you just--" Vertigo assailed her. The room rocked, and she grabbed the desk.

Mr. Jacobs grabbed the back of his chair. His eyes mirrored her panic. Books flew from the shelves. Glass shattered.

She had to get to Mia.

She turned to run. The building bucked, and she toppled, slamming her knee into the hard wood floor. Pain shot up her leg. She grabbed the chair to pull herself up, but the next wave threw her back down. She tried to regain her footing, but someone yanked her to the ground.

"Stay down." Mr. Jacobs shoved her forward. He crawled beside her, half pushing, half dragging her toward the door.

Debris pelted her back, shoulders, and head. How could she have left Mia? Tears blurred her vision.

"If it's an earthquake, it should stop any minute. Just keep crawling toward the door."

Desperately wishing she could cover her ears to block the screaming, she clawed forward. Her knee dragged behind her, pain pulsing with each movement. Falling apart wouldn't help matters. She had to get to Mia.

Ryleigh crawled through the doorway, into utter chaos. People trying to push through the mess, others huddled in corners shielding their heads. An injured woman cried as she rocked back and forth clutching her arm. A man crouched over her.

Fear and disorientation held Ryleigh immobile.

About the Author:
Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping--especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include: Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She's an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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