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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"Love by Pranks" by Sunniva Dee


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Love by Pranks
by Sunniva Dee

Love by Pranks by Sunniva Dee

Love by Pranks by Sunniva Dee has just been released and is available for only $0.99 for a limited time. Join the release day party on 28 November for fun, games, and giveaways.



Description
There were three things I, Kitty Hoskins, didn’t know when I moved into the all-girls, non-sorority house Blossom Field Avenue #246:
1) The house opposite ours, #247, is home to the gorgeous jerks of the Iota Fraternity.
2) Lucian Spencer Anderson lives in #247 and is possibly the hottest stripper-slash-social-science student you’ll ever meet.
3) #246 (The Blossoms) and #247 (The Dudes) have the longest standing, most ruthless prank war in the history of rivalries. The only thing the two houses agree on is that they live and breathe for the next battle.
Funny then that the real challenge is the one I never saw coming: an alliance with Lucian Spencer Anderson. When a cold winter threatens the stray cats of Deepsilver, our mutual love for animals forces us to team up. Bad, right? Well, it gets worse: we’re going to need the cooperation of our two houses to pull this thing off.


Excerpt
Worms. It’s midnight in my non-sorority house, and that’s everyone’s vote. I can’t support the Blossom girls’ original wish, though: worms are animals too, and we can’t just prank people with living beings. So that’s why we’re baking. At midnight. It’s Guns’ at the Dude house’s birthday tomorrow, and we will give him a cake for his birthday.
“It’s so genius. You see that, right?” Ninni truly looks like a cartoon character right now. She’s wearing some sort of chef outfit with one of those hats, only it’s violet, offsetting her canary yellow apron.
“I don’t know. Why would they eat it if it comes from us?” I ask. “Don’t they know it’s going to be a prank?”
“That’s the beauty of it—they won’t know! You know how we have prank rules?”
“That only you guys know,” I say, “and they don’t.”
“Yep, except from the no-food-pranks rule.”
“And now we’re breaking it??”
“Exactly! Also, the celebration’s going to be crazy, they’ll have fifty million drunk people hanging out, and they’ll never see it coming.”
Great. I have trustworthy roommates.
“Which means they won’t know we’ve filled the cake with mealworms.” I lift one eyebrow.
Saki waggles both of hers. “Wait and see. Gun’s gonna find out at exactly the right time, and he’s going to shit himself!”
Seraphina tips the frozen mealworms into the flour with practiced hands. It’s as if they do this every weekend. She stirs in sugar, even adds eggs and vanilla essence. When she brings out the orange blossom oil for additional fragrance, what’s-her-name removes it, murmuring about tossing pearls for swine. Seraphina bobs out her agreement.
Frozen mealworms. Those little fuckers are nasty-looking. I have to admit, I’m not much for worms in the first place, but I don’t want them to die if I can help it. Being that these fuckers are already dead, it’s a pretty cool payback for the ladybugs.
Once upon a time, there was a horde of knights in not-exactly-shining armor coming to the rescue of a horde of ladies. Aka, the gross dead mealworms helping all the ladybugs. Who are still alive. Okay, so not helping them, but doing the revenge dance. Dead. In the Dudes’ stomachs.
Bedtime isn’t really bedtime when you have itty bitty puppies. We’re in and out of bed—some of the girls using the litter pans for their babies, while others (Saki) swears she’s going to teach hers to pee in the backyard even if it means no sleep at all. At least she’s taking it seriously.
At breakfast everyone’s sleepy, even the Blossoms without puppies.
“Blue dye for the cake glazing,” Ninni proclaims as she twines her pigtails into Leia buns over her ears.
“Not pink?” someone says in a sad tone.
“The Dudes are so stupid they think they’ll be emasculated by eating anything pink,” she replies.
“Also, it matches your outfit.”
“Which I’m not wearing tonight. I’ll wear pink,” she says, laughing.
“You’ll wear pink so the dudes don’t get tempted into flirting with you?” I ask.
“Funny enough,” Seraphina says, lifting a diamond-crusted nail in the air. “They’re all about pink when it comes to women.”
Prank wars I’ve never been a part of before. I have no brothers and only one sister, and she’s the daintiest princess you ever met, so not much experience with tricks at all. I guess it’s the clique feeling in Blossom Field Avenue #246 that I’m enjoying. Us against the Dudes.
Yep, I am liking this!
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Praise for the Book
“I really really loved this book, it was like being on a crazy train going full stream ahead into Romcom heaven. It takes you on an hilarious ride, and you don't want to get off. It's funny, and witty and Sunniva's writing is comically fantastic and the characters she has created I just adored, they were so easy to love. It is a brilliant and enjoyable read which I highly recommend.” ~ Cat Wright
“She does it again... This author consistently impresses and amazes me with the characters she has running through her head. It was funny, cute, and super HOT, all of which are classic Sunniva Dee. I loved the other characters also (my favorite is Picasso) and can't wait for their stories. As far as Lucian and Kitty go, I loved their journey, chuckled throughout and the background plots really kept me turning the pages. I'm really satisfied with their ending and I hope we get to revisit them in future books, especially if there are drunk conversations involved.” ~ joskypay
“… this book had me laughing so hard that my stomach started hurting. While reading you will be rooting for the couples and waiting to see what they come up with next. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who loves great pranks and an awesome love story.” ~ kathleen page
“Oh my god! I haven't laughed so much in a long time! What an absolutely brilliant book. This book will lift every single spirit! I adore the Dudes and the Blossoms, and have relished every minute spent in the company of the delightful Kitty, Lucian and the rest of this totally charming, mischievous bunch. Cannot wait to read more.” ~ Garden girl


About the Author
Sunniva Dee
I'm a lover of everything beautifully written no matter the genre.
As an author, I pen flawed characters. I seek the flip side where the soul hides, and once there, I want to be pulled out of my comfort zone by stories that take on a life of their own.
I've committed paranormal and young adult books. I've done contemporary romance verging on erotica, and I've dabbled in supernatural mystery. But my heart is anchored in new adult of the true kind: unapologetic young adult that's all grown up, with conflicts and passions familiar to college-aged readers and people who remember those days like they happened last night.


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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

"The Art of Hero Worship" by Mia Kerick

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
The Art of Hero Worship
by Mia Kerick

The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick

The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on The Weekend Bucket List, my blog post on My Crunchy Life, and my blog post on Love Spell.


Description
Saving the one who once saved me.
College junior Liam Norcross is a hero. He willingly, even eagerly, risks his life to save a stranger as a murderous, deranged shooter moves methodically through the darkened theater on the Batcheldor College campus, randomly killing innocent men, women, and children.
The stranger he saves is college freshman Jason Tripp. Jase loses everything in the shooting: his girlfriend, who dies on the floor beside him, and his grip on emotional security. He struggles to regain a sense of safety in the world, finally leaving college to seek refuge in his hometown.
An inexplicable bond forms between the two men in the chaos and horror of the theater, and Liam fights to bring Jase back to the world he ran away from. When Jase returns to school, they’re drawn together as soulmates, and soon Liam and Jase fall into a turbulent romantic relationship. However, the rocky path to love cannot be smoothed until Jase rescues his hero in return by delving into his shady past and solving the mystery of Liam’s compulsion to be everybody’s savior.


Excerpt
I have no doubt who’s on the phone when he allows his trademark sigh. “I’m, uh...just calling to...to...”
“To check in on me?”
“Well, yeah. I guess...something like that.”
“I’m still alive and kicking. And no crazed gunman has taken me out since we last saw each other.” I hope he can hear the smile in my voice, even if it’s fake.
“Well, that’s a step in the right direction.” I’m pretty sure he doesn’t buy my happy-go-lucky tone.
“I want to see you, Jase. And I’m going to Massachusetts on Friday, for a weekend on Cape Cod. I want you to come with me.”
Liam Norcross is the most direct reminder of the worst two nights of my life. “I...I’ve got to work.” It’s not easy to lie to him.
Silence.
“And I don’t think my mom is ready for me to go anywhere yet.”
“’Kay.”
“Plus, I...I don’t think I’d be too much fun to hang out with. I’m not exactly a barrel of laughs these days.”
“Why don’t you let me be the judge of that?”
I want to see him. I need to. I wish he’d plead with me, or insist that I go with him. Order me to do it, the way he did when he forced me to stay safe on the nights we were in so much danger.
“I need to see you, Jase. This...this visit is really more about me than you.” Again, he sighs, and it sounds more pained than I remember. “Will you come with me? Please.”
“When will you pick me up?” All I can see in my mind’s eye are Liam’s arms. So strong and protective and everything I needed...everything I need. For months, all I could see when I closed my eyes was Dom. And now I see Liam.
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Praise for the Book
“… even though this was my first MM I didn't feel out of my comfort zone at all, it was so beautifully written, I might even go so far as to say that I'd read something else of this authors. Its emotionally raw, dark, gritty, and a book that will stay with me for a very long time.” ~ KAT, Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
“This is an emotional read and both characters have a lot to overcome. They need each other more than they realise.” ~ D.M.
“The writing made it easy to love the characters. Liam was the strongest one, always being there for Jason and others, while Jason purely adored the ground Liam walked on. […] Both characters take a journey in self-discovery and I simply loved how their story turned out. If you are a fan of the genre, then you will love this one. Do not miss it.” ~ Lina’s Reviews
“Mia Kerick is the Mistress of writing damaged characters who are faced with very real and very heartbreaking challenges. This book tackles the increasingly common occurrence of mass shootings in places we once thought we were safe and puts Jason, a young man paralyzed with fear, in the hands of one who has a bone-deep need to save.” ~ Jessie G.
“This is an excellent book that drew me in and didn't let up until the last page. Jason and Liam have a untraditional story where two straight men fall in love, it is also unique because they meet during chaos and tragedy while at a theater and a mass shooting takes place. […] I recommend this book highly and all of Mia Kerick's work - her books will take you beyond the typical m/m romance and broaden your understanding and appreciation for the concept of ‘love is love’.” ~ Jaime


About the Author
Mia Kerick
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children - a daughter in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son off to Syracuse. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to her wonderful publishers for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly First Place Award for Cultural Diversity, a Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly First Place Award for YA Fiction, among others.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.


Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card.


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Friday, October 19, 2018

"Love, Cutter" by Michelle Jester

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Love, Cutter
by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester

Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.


For another book by this author, please check out my blog post on The Funeral Flower.

Description
After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.
Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.
Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all … the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.

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Excerpt
The dream was vivid. Kinley was standing there, her beautiful, long honey blonde hair whipping in the wind. The sun was rising over her shoulder, which caused her to have a halo around her. She smiled, and the sun seemed to be all around her at once. He couldn’t see her face clearly, but he could feel her beauty none the less. She was perfect.
Then, as she took a step toward him, she started to morph into a bunch of tiny burgers.
Burgers? Wait, what?
That was enough to bring Carter to consciousness again.
Carter thought he must still be dreaming, because the sun was so bright. Kinley wasn’t there anymore, only the sun. He thought it was weird that the sun was stuck to a plate. Then Carter quickly realized with incredible vividness that it was a ceiling.
A ceiling.
Carter closed his eyes. He slightly cracked them and light flooded in. He immediately closed them again. After repeating a thousand times or so, he tried to lift an arm, which seemed to weigh a ton. He couldn’t tell if he was lifting it or not, but he didn’t think so.
Crashing into the room, basically yelling into his phone was his least favorite person. “Where are you? How can you not be here before me? We work at the same place and I stopped for gas Claire!” Wayne huffed into the phone, “I do not want to sit-” Wayne stopped abruptly, “Claire, Claire! Let me call you back!”
Can he see me? Thank God! Wayne, Wayne, go get someone.
“Oh? Hell, no! If she sees your eyes open and close like that she’ll be convinced you are going to wake up and set up camp outside the room.” Carter could barely see a shadow looming over him through the slits in his eyes, “You haven’t put the family through enough there, Carter, die already.” Carter heard the tones of Wayne’s phone, “Yeah, sorry I was rude. They have to take him to PT. No need in coming tonight. I’ll meet you at your parents. I know, I know, but it wasn’t my call. You know doctors; they can switch things up on you anytime they want. See you there, Sweetie.”
Continually throughout the night, Carter tried to open and close his eyes until he actually felt tired and drifted off to sleep.
“Good morning. I have a surprise!” his mother’s cheerful voice sounded similar to a twinkling wind chime.
I have one, too.
“I found that book Kinley was always reading to you. I couldn’t remember the name, but I surely remembered the cover and… and… Carter?” His mother’s shadow appearing over him was enough to cause him to shed a tear through his partially opened eye.
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Praise for the Book
“I read this book in a span of a few hours and could not put it down! I won’t post any spoilers, but I loved it! The ending was very sweet, too, and fit it just perfect! Read this, you’ll love it, too!” ~ Nicoli B.
“Love this book! My best friend told me I should buy it. She was right. I cried. I laughed. Really hit close to home. Loved her first book but my goodness. She got me on this one. My new fav!” ~ Wendy
“It was thought-provoking, sweet, emotional at times and delved into some tough, real-life issue.” ~ Hazel w/Craves the Angst Book Blog
“Love, Cutter was beautiful, and painful. It was about second chances when despair almost took the first chance away.This book was so personal. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression for year, the characters were so realistic and honest.” ~ Nicole (the bookworm drinketh)
“While this book deals with highly difficult subject matter, such as suicide, self-harm, and death, it is written in such a graceful manner that doesn’t dance around the hard edges, rather calling it like it is. It is a perfect telling of self-discovery and overcoming adversity. The underlying message is that hope is everything.” ~ Angel33eyes


About the Author
Michelle Jester
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!




Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of Love, Cutter by Michelle Jester and a $20 Amazon gift card (open internationally).

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