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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cover Reveal: Rachel's Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins + EPIC Giveaway: win print copies of all four books in the Temptation series!

Hello my lovelies! 
Today I am beyond excited to share with you the new cover reveal for book #4 in the TEMPATION series by Karen Ann Hopkins! If you haven't noticed by now I am a HUGE fan of the author and her books. I've read and reviewed them all here on my blog. The Temptation books are one of my very favorite YA contemporary romance series. When I was asked by Karen to share the new cover for book four I practically yelped! ;)  Of course like all of the covers in this series, Rachel's Deception is breathtaking beautiful. 

Karen Ann Hopkins being the amazingly awesome author she is has offered to host a giveaway on my blog where you all, my readers, can win print copies of all four books in the Temptation series!  How epic is that?! Also the giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! So everyone can enter to win. So without further ago.... THE COVER!!!

Rachel's Deception by Karen Ann Hopkins

Available in paperback and e-book in June 2015

"I loved joining Rose and Noah during their journey in the Temptation series by Karen Hopkins."-Katie McGarry, acclaimed YA author

Growing up Amish is difficult…but leaving it behind is even harder. 

Noah was Amish...Rose wasn't. Being together should have been impossible. But somehow they found a way to make it work. They are finally a family, but their happily-ever-after is still a long off. Will Rose and her friends be able to force real change?

Karen Ann Hopkins returns with a gripping new book in the YA Temptation series. The powerful family saga continues with Rachel's Deception, as events spiral out of control in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview. And Rachel Miller has her own secrets to hide. Noah’s younger sister has been living a double life. That is, until Justin Cameron, Rose's little brother, catches her in the act. Rachel is not the obedient Amish girl that her sister was, and her rebelliousness takes her to a very dangerous world. A world that only her true friends can help her escape from.

As Rachel questions all she has been taught about love, family, and commitment, Rose discovers what it really means to be shunned. And an evil shadow looms on the horizon, threatening not only Rose, but everyone she holds dear.

My thoughts on the cover:  What can I say? I LOVE it! It fits perfectly in with the rest of the book series covers. I really love the soft colors and the model who represents Rachel is perfect. Simple, clean, and elegant! I am SO excited that Rachel is getting her own book!

About The Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
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You can visit Karen Ann Hopkins at her website: www.karenannhopkins.com.

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War.  Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible.
Karen's Books

YA Temptation Series
TEMPTATION (book 1), BELONGING (book 2), FOREVER (book 3): Harlequin Teen, available in paperback and e-book everywhere books are sold.
RACHEL’S DECEPTION (book 4): Available in paperback and e-book in June 2015

Adult Mystery, Serenity’s Plain Secrets
LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER (book 1): Available e-book now and in print March 2015
WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD (book 2): Available e-book now and in print March 2015
SECRETS IN THE GRAVE (book 3) Available in paperback and e-book in December 2015

YA Paranormal, Wings of War
EMBERS (book 1): Available in e-book now and in print March 2015
GAIA (book 2): Available in paperback and e-book in November 2015

Thank you again for Karen Ann Hopkins for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! 

To enter please use the rafflecopter form below. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Blog Tour: Bad For Me by Codi Gary | Top Ten List + Giveaway: win a Kindle Paperwhite and a Set of Signed Rock Canyon Romances!

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Title: Bad For Me
Series: Rock Canyon #5
Author: Codi Gary
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Avon Romance 
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Callie Jacobsen isn't about to open her heart to just anyone. Not so very long ago, trusting someone changed her life forever—and not in a fun way. Now she's better off focusing on her career, her friends, and her dog. So when former Marine Everett Silverton takes an interest in her, Callie's more than a little wary. No matter how charming he is, men are a bad idea. In fact, she's got the scars to prove it. But Everett isn't convinced Callie should shut everyone out—especially not him. He may be a hero to the people of Rock Canyon, but he's got his own demons, and he bets they're not that different from Callie's. Still, he knows it's going to take more than chemistry to get her to let her guard down. Everett will do whatever it takes to show her she's safe with him. All she has to do is take a chance, take a step … and take his hand.

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Top Ten Book Men You Swoon Over

I love reading books as much as I do writing them. Here are my Top Ten Book Men I Swoon Over!

  1. Colin Bridgerton from Romancing Mr. Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. He’s as funny as he is sexy, and I read his book at least once a year.
  2. Nial Burke from Skye O’Malley by Bertrice Small.  Nial was a fiery hot Irish man, and as much as I loved Adam, I had wished Skye and Nial had lived Happily Ever After.
  3. Reece from Foreplay by Sophie Jordan. Yum. That’s all I’m going to say.
  4. Colin of Berkhamshire from Lynn Kurland’s From This Moment On. Sure he may be stinky, but he is such a big adorable softy, I love him!
  5. Harrison from For The Roses by Julie Garwood. When he goes after the men who hurt Rose, it is so hot!
  6. Angel from Johanna Lindsey’s Angel! He is bad to the bone and yet, so sigh worthy!
  7. Ethan from Something Blue by Emily Giffin. He is so sweet, and such a good friend. Totally love him!
  8. Kiernan McClean from Lost In Your Arms by Christina Dodd. I love when he gets mad and his accent thickens.
  9. James Wyndham from The Valentine Legacy by Catherine Coulter. He is one amazingly passionate man!
  10. Garret Langham, the Earl of Mayne from Pleasure For Pleasure by Eloisa James. For such a confirmed Rake and bad boy, he sure can’t hide his good side with Josie.
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About The Author: Codi Gary

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter   Goodreads | Pinterest | Avon Romance 
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.
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Giveaway: The prizes are a Kindle Paperwhite and a Set of Signed Rock Canyon Romances! 
 Please use the form below to enter.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Book Review: Bring The Rain by Lizzy Charles

TITLE: Bring the Rain
AUTHOR: Lizzy Charles
eARC > 199 pages
RELEASED: February 17th 2015
GENRE: YA > Contemporary Romance

One summer to make the choice of a lifetime…

Everything is waiting in Paris for Autumn—her new home, her mom, the Louvre, and a life where she can experience art, and not just look at it. But to get there, she'll have to survive the summer in the least colorful place she can imagine — her father's Oklahoma cattle ranch.

Autumn finds the perfect summer distraction in Colt, the one cowboy hotter than the July sun. But Colt is her father's ranch hand, and he won’t go for the Manhattan-style fling that she's used to. The closer they become, the more she questions which side of the ocean she belongs.

Then her father reveals an unforgivable secret, and Autumn’s illusions shatter. Will the secret destroy everything? Or could Oklahoma hold the greatest masterpiece of all—a love that could mend her heart?
 Purchase: Amazon

Bring the Rain was one of those rare contemporary romances that pulled at my heartstrings. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Lizzy Charles’ main characters, Autumn and Colt! From the beginning, it was easy to figure out how emotionally wary and detached Autumn was from her father. She always seemed to keep him at an arm’s length when it came to how close she would get to him. At first, it was a little puzzling why she acted that way towards him, but as the pieces started coming together little by little, it was understandable what she blamed him for; abandoning her at such a young age when she needed him most and giving up on their family so easily. Now a teenager, Autumn had to learn the truths and overcome them at a slow pace, as well as learning to trust in her own heart instead of what she thought she wanted. I couldn’t get attached to Autumn right away as a character, but as she faced feelings that were hard to confront, she started to grow emotionally stronger in her own way. Instead of acting like the snobby girl who moved away to New York at nine years old, she became the sixteen-year-old girl who admitted her faults and appreciated simple living with her dad. The girl that lost herself at nine years old grew up and matured in each and every chapter, and I was thankful that Lizzy could showcase that so well.

Something’s changing. Every knot in my back releases, and my palms are sweat free. For the first time I can remember, I’m okay simply being here. What has this cowboy done to me? (ARC 99)

When Colt appeared in the story, I didn’t really know what to think about him. I thought his first appearance was very comical, especially with the way he approached Autumn, but I still had to learn a lot about him. For a while, I fell for him being the “perfect” guy Autumn thought he was, but as the chapters passed, I began to question if even the nicest guys could really be perfect. My gut instinct proved to be right when a plot twist I never saw coming appeared out of nowhere, and I instantly felt my admiration for him dissipate. Even when Colt proved to be a very kind and honest guy, he had his moment where he was also keeping secrets and not being so nice. I think at first I wished Autumn had confronted him more for those answers she sought, but now I realize that the distance she put between them was for the best. It momentarily gave her a new perspective and allowed her to mature in a different way. For the first time, Autumn admitted that she was at fault too and accepted that even someone like Colt could have a history of his own mistakes. This growth they dealt with while being apart ultimately brought them closer together at the end, and gave them a chance to learn from assuming the best from each other right away.

As his heart pounds in my ear, I fight to be mad at him. He has no right to say such things, but with his warm hands wrapped strong around my lower back, I let myself be. I let my feelings be, and he rocks me close while I cry. I don’t know how he tricked me back into his arms but I do know one thing—this is where I want to be. (ARC 94)

I think Lizzy did a fantastic job of pacing the story well. There weren’t any moments that I felt were hindering the story or speeding it up unnecessarily. The plot twists could sometimes be predictable, but there was one that caught me totally off guard and it kept my interest up for the remainder of the story. I admired how Lizzy could create such different personalities and voices for her characters, even the ones I didn’t like at all, and I could picture every moment vividly in my mind. One of the secondary characters I just couldn’t like from the start was Autumn’s supposedly best friend, Gina. She had a huge personality, but she also had this dark and crazy side to her that bothered me so much. There was also a moment where she betrayed Autumn’s trust I would have found hard to overcome and forgive her for. Autumn’s mother was also another character I found myself disliking. The way she treated her daughter as if she were a minor responsibility in her life made her seem careless. Thankfully Autumn didn’t grow up too bad and stayed on a good path.

Sometimes the worst happens and all you have left are the ashes. Literally. Get up. Rebuild. Make an effort. You’ve got to fight for the things and people you love. (ARC 128)

Overall, Bring the Rain by Lizzy Charles was an enjoyable read, providing a unique and fresh setting to the story and differentiating it from other YA contemporary romances out there. The characters were able to convey emotions that drew the reader in from page one and also allowed readers to view their quest to maturity and forgiveness. I was glad at how Lizzy ended this story, leaving none of my questions unanswered. I was able to cheer for her characters almost from the start, and now they hold a special place in my heart. I definitely look forward to future stories by Lizzy Charles and can’t wait to see what she’s up to next! Totally recommend Bring the Rain to fans of contemporary romances!

Totally Awesome! I loved it, would read again.


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