Saturday, June 29, 2013

Book Release: Omission by Taryn Plendl

Today's Book Release Blitz honour goes to 'Omission by Taryn Plendl'.

 Synopsis: Omission - Taryn Plendl - June 2013

-Something left out, not done, or neglected.

Strong and resilient, Payton has always been able to pick up the pieces of her tragic life and move on, but not without hesitance when it came to letting others in. Until recently, she’s done it alone, but now there’s Garrett, and he wants nothing more than to be in her life. She is finally finding it easier to leave the hurt and fear behind her for good.

Harboring secrets of his own, Garrett knows it is best to stay away from Payton, but knowing and doing are two different things, and he just can’t seem to stay away from her.

An unexpected encounter brought Garrett into Payton’s life. Mutual attraction and eventually love has kept him there, but will secrets and lies prove to be too much for them both? What happens when Payton's past comes back to haunt her? Will this tear them apart forever?

Excerpt #4
“Are you okay?” Garrett sat back next to me and wrapped his arms around me. I was shaking. Maybe I was cold, or maybe it was just a release from my body—maybe some sort of relief. I’d never told anyone what I just told Garrett. I never expected anyone to care.
“The wounds can heal, but the scars will still be there, along with the memory of how they came to be, you know?” I whispered.
“This is why you have that wall built up around you.” He pulled me in closer.
I turned and looked up at Garrett and smiled. “Yeah, I guess so, but sometimes walls aren't built to keep people out ... sometimes they are built to see who is strong enough to bring them down.”
Garrett’s swollen hand caught my attention. “We should get some ice on that.” I stood up and held out my hand. We walked inside and up the stairs to my apartment. His hand was already starting to bruise, and I could see the scabs from what must have been the wall incident Lucas mentioned.
I grabbed the ice and sat next Garrett on the couch. I pulled his hand into my lap and placed the ice on it, watching as he grimaced. “You really should stop beating up signs and walls.” He laughed and leaned in, kissing me softly on the lips.
“Thank you for trusting me, Payton.” He cupped my face in his hands, kissing me again—softly.
“Hey, do you remember those kisses we shared before? The ones that can cause you to forget where you are or what you were doing? The kind you don't want to end?” I watched him nod and smile. “May I have another one, please?”
“What kind of guy would I be to refuse you that?”


Cover Reveal : Naturally Charlie - S.L Scott

Updating covers tends to be the in thing for authors at the moment as is Cover Reveals as I have done so many this past month whereas in the past it might have been 1-5 per month.
Today's release is the new cover for S.L Scott's book "Naturally Charlie".

So Readers , From This :
To This :

Synopsis: Naturally, Charlie - S.L Scott - Updated June 2013

Twenty-five year old Charlotte “Charlie” Barrow is caught between her old life and the one she is beginning to build when she crosses paths with a handsome stranger on the subway. Not looking for romance, she closes her heart off to the possibilities of love. With a knack for mishaps, Charlie maintains her sense of humor while befriending the kind stranger who seems to be there at all the right times.

New York freelance writer, Charlie Adams, is forging his own path beyond the expectations of the society circles of his childhood. Rejecting family money, and fast-lane friends, he is snubbed by his family as he follows his own compass to a life more extraordinary.

Through a coincidence of events, they come to rely on each other for comfort. This is the tale of two Charlies learning to trust again while fighting their fates to create their own destiny.

Book Blitz : Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey

Today's Book Blitz on The Phantom Paragrapher is Elle Casey's new novel "Shine Not Burn".

Synopsis; Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey - July 2013

**Pre-order available on Amazon** Special 99¢ pricing for a limited time!! http://amzn.to/193ptME

IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS. I can't be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much. ... Andie's just days away from tying the knot, but there's just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she's already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won't issue her a marriage license until it's all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she's going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she's thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick ... before her fiance finds out and everything she's been working toward goes up in flames.

Goodreads Link :  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17973653-shine-not-burn

-Meet the Characters
The two main characters are Andie Marks and Gavin "Mack" MacKenzie.  When the story begins Andie's in her first job after law school, living in West Palm Beach, Florida.  She's a very goal-oriented person, following a Lifeplan that she wrote when she was a lost and confused teenager detailing how she was going to live her life.  She's got everything all figured out, her entire life scripted so she can get everything she wants out of her career and future husband.  The problem is, life isn't that predictable or controllable.  Everything kind of falls apart when she goes to Las Vegas with her two best friends and she meets Mack.

Mack is a cowboy living on a ranch in Baker City, Oregon.  He's the cool, quiet type, with the typical cowboy look: jeans, belt buckle, boots, cowboy hat … plus all the best parts: broad shoulders, lots of muscle, and eyes as blue as the sky.  He's lived and worked on his family's ranch his whole life, as comfortable on a horse as he is on his own two feet.  He goes to Las Vegas for his brother's bachelor party and his conservative, quiet lifestyle kind of falls apart when he and meets Andie at a blackjack table.

-Handling negative reviews

Negative reviews come with the territory of being an author.  In my experience, there are few kinds of negative reviews.  The best kinds are the ones written by someone who actually read the book and just didn't like it.  They give reasons why and specific details.  I really appreciate these, because they help me improve my work.  My skills improve with every book, and part of that is due to negative feedback I've received.  I've learned a lot from my readers, the ones who have good things to say and those who weren't happy with my work.  Everyone has an opinion and they're entitled to not only have it, but to have it be different than mine and anyone else's.  I never have a problem with someone saying my book sucked for them.  There's not a single book out there that everyone has loved, except maybe Goodnight Moon.  :)

There's another kind of negative review, though, that I don't think anyone finds helpful, and those are the ones that are written by angry people as a type of personal attack.  Sometimes these things are motivated by the book's content, but many times it's something else that has set the reader off - either something they saw about the author elsewhere, an assumption they've made about an author's motivations, or a misunderstanding about the book.  My opinion is that reviews should be about the book's content.  It's okay to dislike a book and talk about that.  It's not okay to insult the author personally or attack anyone, and I think most readers would agree with that.  I understand that emotions run high, and readers get attached to characters and have very definite ideas about how they should be written … but ultimately, it's the author's choice and readers should at least respect that; the vast majority of readers do and are able to separate the work from the creator as a person.

When readers make assumptions about my work or motivations that are not correct, I comment on their review to clarify the truth.  I'm a big proponent of the whole reader experience, and commenting on my product pages on Amazon is part of that.  Most of my readers appreciate the fact that I read every single review on Amazon, good or bad, and comment on every single one.  I don't do that on Goodreads, because in my mind, Goodreads is for readers.  My book pages on Amazon are my product pages, and I am the vendor.  My buyers' experience there is something I take very seriously, and I want it to be the best it can be.  It used to be that authors lived in these ivory towers, refusing to interact with readers.  It was harder before the internet, but now there's no reason why an author shouldn't connect closely with readers who are interested in that.  I love reader interaction, so I have a big presence on Amazon, Facebook, and my website.

The last type of negative review that is really the saddest one for me to see is one written by someone who hasn't read the book.  They're sock puppet reviews, but not the kind that praise a book.  Unfortunately there are people out there who actually take valuable time out of their day to try and hurt others just because they're miserable people and don't like to see others succeeding.  I have only a couple of those on my books, luckily.  It comes with the territory, and I know the more success an author experiences, the more of those there will be.  I try to remind myself that all the greatest authors who have blockbuster, runaway best sellers have them, so I'm in good company.  This kind of thing used to bother me more than it does now.  I guess after a while you develop a thick hide or something.  That hide is not impervious, but it's better than it was for as a brand-new author.

Review: Killing Me Softly - Leisl Leighton

Today's review is from the Aussie Imprint Destiny Romance and today's author spotlighting is Liesl Leighton with her new Destiny Romance "Killing Me Softly".
Review: Killing Me Softly - Leisl Leighton- June 2013

After reading a couple of Destiny Romance's thrillers, I was excited to start reading Killing Me Softly as I felt in the mood for something a bit more edgier. Killing Me Softly starts off as a Rock N Roll novel with the band "The Sidhe" an Irish Rock Band which includes Daemon their lead singer. Feeling the need for some inspiration and to get back on top, the band end up hiring AJ Denholm - a reclusive music producers whose music is snapping up bands awards all across the globe. What they will be in for is a shock as AJ Denholm is in fact young Alexia aka Lexie Deningham whose reclusivity is a result of an accident that happened years ago which has resulted in her twin sister Cat becoming catatonic. What happens though when the band comes to her estate and shortly after more threatening letters about her past start arriving and even more so when murders start occurring ? Has her stalker followed the band here and how is it all connected to the incident that involved her sister those many moons ago ? Lexie is feeling the flirt from Daemon , is she able to open her heart up to Daemon or will she find herself once again becoming betrayed and hurt by the one she loves and adores ? . 
Killing Me Softly was a good read but is set at a slow pace, which some readers like I did ,  may find frustrating at times as they are eager to get into the crime aspect of the novel.



Book Blitz: Addicted to You - Colina Brennan

Today's Book Blitz is "Addicted To You" by Colina Brennan, here on The Phantom Paragrapher
 Synopsis: Addicted to You - Colina Brennan - June 2013

When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter's latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn't a sex addict; she just doesn't do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can't kick.
Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17860572-addicted-to-you

Cover Reveal :Jump Zone: Cleo Falls by Wylie Snow

Today's Cover Reveal on The Phantom Paragrapher is Jump Zone: Cleo Falls by Wylie Snow , designed by Wylie Snow herself.
Synopsis: Jump Zone: Cleo Falls - Book #1 Jump Zone - Wylie Snow -September 2013

All Cleo wants, all she’s ever wanted, is the acceptance of her tribe and the love of her family... and she almost dies trying to earn it. But the man who saved her, who found beauty in her flaws and loved her without condition, has cruelly betrayed her, and she’s dying all over again.

Was it all lies? His words, his promises, his kisses? Lost in unfamiliar territory, Cleo will fight the forces that conspire to destroy her homeland, even if she has to do it alone.

Libra longs for freedom—from prison, from pretense, and from his birthright... but he’s caught in a political game where only greed and power can win, and Cleo Rush is the pawn. How much is he willing to sacrifice for liberty? His morals, his principles, the woman he loves? No matter which path he chooses, people will die, their blood on his hands. And it could be hers.

To save themselves and their world, Cleo and Libra must overcome the double tragedy that binds their families in hatred.
Together, they might live.
Apart, Cleo will fall

Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17619268-jump-zone

Other Books By Wylie Snow:

Book Blitz: Haven - Laury Falter

Today's Book Blitz is Laury Falter's first book in the Apocalypse Chronicles. Reader's get ready for Haven.
Synopsis: Haven - Book #1 The Apocalypse Chronicles - Laury Falter - June 2013


Haven, the first book in the Apocalypse Chronicles...

On an ordinary day in early September, Kennedy Shaw leaves for school unaware that within a few minutes the world she knows will be gone - succumbed to an outbreak of epidemic proportions. After finding a safe haven inside the security of her enclosed high school, she learns that four others have survived, one being a bold, mysterious transfer student from Texas whose unruffled demeanor harbors more than a cool interest in her. As they struggle to survive the dead fighting their way inside, will Kennedy discover there is more to life than survival? And will she and the others find a way to live in this terrifying new world?

Meet the characters at http://www.lauryfalter.com/meet-the-characters1.html

Read the inspiration behind the novel at http://www.lauryfalter.com/the-inspiration
Goodreads Link : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16621789-haven


Cover Reveal: The Fab Life by Mercy Amare

Today's Cover reveal is Mercy Amare's new novel "The Fab Life" here on The Phantom Paragrapher.
Synopsis: The Fab Life - Book #1 The Kihanna Saga - Mercy Amare-July 2013

It’s the life I was born to live: billionaire’s daughters, living amongst the rich & famous. But my mom kept me a secret from my dad. Until now.

I am so out of my league. Fancy parties, expensive cars, and a private school for the elite… It sounds like a dream. But everything is not as perfect as it seems on the outside. Here, the secrets are dirty, and the lies comes easy.

Welcome to my fab life.


Review: To Know you is To Love You - Aubrey Bailey

Looking for a new teen romance to read ? One with a bit of suspense chucked into it ?
Review: To Know You is To Love You - Book #2 If I never Knew You - Aubrey Bailey - February 2013.
 This is a series first off that doesn't necessarily have to be read in order as I wasn't aware when I began to read it , that it was Book #2 in the series. To Know You is to Love you, starts off with sixteen year old Riley who has just gotten the lead role in the new school production Freedom in which she has also written the music for. However, her two love interests in the production is Preston - her current boyfriend whom we discover is cheating on her and her ex-best friend whom we see Riley re-developing feelings for - Landon.  Will this production put into perspective who Riley is to choose as her love interest in real life ? Meanwhile Riley's mother Madison gets two nasty surprises in the form of blasts from the past. The first is her father whom abandon her when she was little and now wants to reconnect with Madison and get to know her and her family and the second is Damien , an abusive ex-boyfriend who has been serving the past twenty years in prison for attempted murder.  Madison and Damien's story was told in Book #1 and had the introduction of Riley's Dad Orion who was Madison's new boyfriend and now twenty years later her husband.
To Know You is To Love you was a good clean read with minor sex and abusive scenes e.g Riley's kidnapping and can either be read as part of the series or as a stand-alone novel.


Book Blitz: We are made of Stardust - Mimi Strong

Today's Book Blitz on The Phantom Paragrapher is Mimi Strong's awesome new novel 
"We are made of Stardust".

We Are Made of Stardust (Peaches Monroe, #1)

 Synopsis: We Are Made of Stardust - Book#1 Peaches Monroe - Mimi Strong - June 2013

Coming June 28th from Mimi Strong, USA Today Bestselling author of For You, Borrowed Billionaire, and Her Teddy Bear.
**She's a sassy bookstore manager, he's a famous actor. This Notting Hill-inspired New Adult romance is outrageous, funny, and full of SEX, SEX, SEX.**

Peaches Monroe, age 22, is a plus-sized beauty who spends quiet days with books, in the small town of Beaverdale, Washington.

One Saturday afternoon, she's balancing precariously on a chair, in a bridesmaid dress, when a handsome dark-haired man comes running into the bookstore. He knocks Peaches over, she lands in his muscular arms. They lock gazes, and ...

She recognizes him.

As the sexy vampire heartthrob she watches on TV once a week.

Peaches and Dalton Deangelo are completely wrong for each other. He's only in town temporarily, working on an indie movie. She should stay away. He should stay away, too.

But they're drawn to each other. Dalton claims it's because they're made from the same stardust. He says a lot of dramatic things, but it's his carbohydrate-free perfect body and sexy touch that turns Peaches to Jell-O.

Genre: NEW ADULT ROMANCE / Contemporary Romance / Erotic Romance.

Goodreads Link - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17924105-we-are-made-of-stardust

Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: The Last Kiss Goodbye - Karen Robards

Today's review is a book that I am lucky have enough to have scored an ARC :) as I loved the first book in the series "The Last Victim".
Review: The Last Kiss Goodbye - Book #2 Dr Charlotte Stone Series - Karen Robards - August 2013
Dr Charlie Stone is back along with her ghost pal Michael. Fans of Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson series will love Karen Robards Dr. Charlotte Stone series as it features not only ghosts but also serial killers and murderers. In The Last Kiss Goodbye, Charlie is still recuperating from her escape of The Boardwalk Killer - the one that fifteen plus years ago killed her best friend Holly while Charlie was staying at her house. Now the FBI is back and this time wants Charlie's help in catching a serial killer known as The Gingerbread Man as his MO is leaving notes "Run as Fast as You Can , You Can't Catch Me". When one of his latest victims land on Charlie's doorstep, she can't help but get involved but what happens when the serial killer known as "The Gingerbread Man" happens to be someone closely connected to Charlie's past ? Will Charlie be able to separate her feelings from the case and what happens when Michael's ghost starts to be pulled towards the light or dark place ? Can Charlie part with his ghost or will she find a way for Michael to stay ?
Find out in the awesome sequel to The Last Victim and a series I hope that Karen Robards continues.

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