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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cover Reveal Blitz - LUCKY NUMBER FOUR by Amanda Jason #LuckyNumberFour

I had the pleasure of meeting  Amanda Jason (aka Carol Kunz) at the Olde City, New Blood book convention earlier this year. She is absolutely the sweetest person and so, so funny. While we were all talking about books, as you do at a book convention, she told us about an adult contemporary she was writing under her pen name. I am a lover of contemporaries, so naturally I was extremely excited to hear about this. And when I happened upon the chance to help reveal her cover, I couldn't pass it up! This cover is full of gorgeous eye candy and I am sure the story inside of it is going to be really great! Enough of the babbling, feast your eyes on the drool worthy cover of LUCKY NUMBER FOUR :0)


Pandora Ann Phillips’ life is just normal-crazy.
Her mom’s psychic, her dad’s mom is a snob, her mom’s parental units are ‘too down to earth’ and her best friends are newlyweds. Okay, so her best friends being newlyweds isn’t really abnormal, but living with them in a cramped two-bedroom apartment definitely is. Sex, sex, sex, is totally on their brains. Actually, it’s not only on their brains, but it’s on the kitchen table, couch, on top of the washer…well, you get the picture.
Being a celibate (not by choice, mind you) full-time college student, and working as an almost full-time barista, Pandora can’t afford to lose anymore sleep. So, she decides to seek out a new place to lay her head. Enter three ‘drool worthy’ guy models that are looking for a fourth roommate, and they want her…and won’t take no for an answer.
Romantic hilarity ensues as Pandora’s life turns completely upside down, and she begins to wonder if it will ever be the same again!
 Release Date: Available this Summer
Amanda Jason is the pen name for Carol Kunz’s adult romance novels. She is the C part of the mother and son author duo, C.A. Kunz. The name Amanda Jason actually has a special meaning to Carol because it is a tribute to the set of twins she lost many years ago. Carol began her dream of writing when her son, Adam, asked her to write a young adult fantasy novel back in 2011. She couldn’t have been happier to embark on this wonderful journey into the literary world with her son because it was #1 on her bucket list.
Carol currently lives in sunny Florida with her hubby and her two four-legged fur babies. She takes comfort in the fact that her amazing daughter and son live close by. When she isn’t writing, you can find her walking her yellow Lab or reading a good book. “Lucky Number Four” is the debut novel of Amanda Jason, and it’s been a long time coming.
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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Love is in the air...

Hey guys! It's been a while and that's a good thing. I've been chugging away on WIP #2, it's the one demanding all of my time at the moment, and I've been reading scads of books. I've been on quite a role bookwise and I think I've figured out why. Love. For as long as I've been blogging, I've always tried to be very balanced in the genres of books I read and reviewed, but sometimes that ended up with more DNF books than I would have liked and a lot more books that took me forever to get through. Here's my truth. I LOVE love. I can't get enough of love stories and I am not ashamed to admit it :0)

Heck, even my WIP is a love story. I'm a sap and I've finally decided to embrace it! The purpose of this post isn't to just babble on about how much I love love, because that might get boring. Since I've been knocking back books like some people knock back beers, I thought I'd share some of my favorite recent reads. Most of these are New Adult, but there's an adult one in there, too. Let's get to it!

Losing It by Cora Carmack

Seriously, guys, the awkward! I absolutely adored everything about Bliss and I really think her and I could be friends in real life. I like that she's clumsy, both verbally and physically, and that she doesn't really apologize for the way she is. Fortunately, I'm no the only one who appreciates her...Garrick *swoon* ;0)

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Okay, so not only did this book have plenty of wonderful sexytimes, it also had an immense amount of humor, a great friendship between the two main characters (not to mention the wonderful friendships the characters had apart from each other), hilarious antics and banter, and a cat with some serious snark. This book was fabulous. Laugh out loud funny and fan yourself sexy!
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
I've been told to read this book for ages now and I just never picked it up. I don't know why and I could kick myself for it, because this book was phenomenal! It was a little complicated, a good dose funny, definitely heartbreaking, and so romantic. I'm currently reading book two so that I can speed on into book three. I am such a fan of Lake and Will and I can't wait to see where life takes them :0)
Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn
I found this one on a whim. A blog I follow (stalk) on Facebook mentioned it and how much she absolutely adored this book and this author. I read the synopsis and immediately snatched it up. I'm so glad that I did, because this was such a fabulous story. There is some serious tension in this one and it's made even hotter by the forbiddeness of it! Andie's a play it safe girl and her life is relatively boring, but fortunately Chase shows up just in time to shake up her world a little. Love those two!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Game. Set. Match. by Jennifer Iacopelli


Release Date: May 1st, 2013
Publisher: Coliloquy
Format: eARC
Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world's most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant.

Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus?

Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she's hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after...until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.

With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up.

With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.
Just saying "Oh my god, I LOVE this book!" probably isn't going to cut it for a review, huh? Game. Set. Match. is multiple POV told in the perspective of three girls at the Outer Banks Tennis Academy. You've got Penny, the professional, who's just won big and has to begin training to play in the French Open. Of course, she didn't expect her training to include Alex, a guy who she loathes, but who she also can't seem to keep her mind off of.

Then you've got Indy, the newcomer to Outer Banks, and she's ready to do whatever it takes to reach her dreams. The girls at OBX aren't very welcoming, but she strikes up a friendship with Penny and can't seem to keep her eyes off of Penny's older brother, Jack (swoon).

And lastly, we get Jasmine. She's the child of two tennis stars, and the founders of OBX, so she's always feeling the pressure to be just as good. After a disastrous encounter with her best friend, Teddy, and having to deal with new girl, Indy, Jasmine isn't having the best couple of weeks.

This book was paced so well and even though I don't typically like more than two POV's in a story, I didn't mind switching between the three girls. At first Indy was my favorite and I wasn't too fond of Jasmine, but as the story progressed and you got to know the characters better, I really got attached to all three of them. They had such different stories, but at the same time they had so much in common. They also had hot guys to contend with, which is never a bad thing. I do have a definite favorite there, Team Jack, all the way :0)

This book also had some serious tennis. It wasn't a book that had characters who played the game, so it was mentioned occasionally throughout the story. These girls lives were all about tennis, so we definitely got to live that with them. I'm not really a tennis fan, never watched much of it, but it didn't take away from the story for me. I thought it was really cool that it was such a main component and it definitely wasn't boring.  I don't know this for sure, but I'd guess that Jennifer Iacopelli is either a huge tennis fan or a player herself.

I love how the relationships develop between all of the characters as the story progresses and by the end of the book you aren't sure who to root for more. I could actually see this one as a great television series. It moved along at such a great pace and had just enough tension and drama to be immortalized on the little screen. I know I wouldn't mind watching these guys every week.

My first thought when I finished this one was "I need book two, now!", so this is definitely one that I would recommend. You don't have to be a sports fan, you just have to like a book with great characters, solid storylines, and plenty of swoony romance :0)
About the Author:
Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave...ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor's degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master's in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.
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