Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour Stop ~ Shelter Me by Kathy Coopmans

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★✩★ Debut novel Shelter Me by Author Kathy Coopmans ★✩★


At the young age of nineteen, Shayne Andrews thought she had it all. She had the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, and a bright future ahead of her. That is, until one day he just disappeared, leaving a note as his only goodbye. With her heart shattered and broken, Shayne did the only thing she could. She left her small town on the shores of Lake Michigan to start her life over, needing to distance herself from the memories she and Luke had made. At that time, she vowed to herself that she would never return to her hometown again. Seven years later, Shayne realizes that fate is not on her side as she returns home for her aunt’s funeral, bringing back the one secret she swore to protect.

Luke Schavone has regretted every day that he had to leave Shayne behind. Though he didn’t have a choice, his heart still bore the scars from the impact. After five years, Luke returned only to find that Shayne was gone. His best friend was the only lifeline he had to finding her, but Adam wasn’t talking. When the one thing Luke has wanted everyday for the past seven years runs right into him one night, he becomes determined to make sure he doesn’t lose her again.

At first, Shayne is hesitant. She wouldn’t be able to survive losing him again, but the pull toward him is so fierce, she can’t deny herself the chance. With the decision to start over, Luke and Shayne must admit truths and come to terms with the events that forced them apart in the first place. When secrets are revealed and old threats come to pass, will Luke be able to shelter Shayne from the destruction, or will she become lost to him forever?

Releases Sept. 7th

"Baby, I never thought I would get to taste those sweet, sexy, seriously fuckable lips again."

"Fuckable? I ask, "What happened to us starting over?"

Luke brings his mouth to my ear. "I said I wanted us to start over, and I meant it. Doesn't mean I don't remember everything that happened between us, my beautiful girl. Especially involving those fuckable lips," he whispers, a glint of mischief in his eyes.

"Oh, is all I can get my mouth to say.

"What's the matter baby? Did I kiss you senseless?" Luke asks as he pulls me up into a standing position.

"You so wish, big boy."

★✩★✩ 4 -Second Chance- Stars ✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

After two years of being together, I woke up one morning to a note and a single red rose. The note was heartbreaking, telling me how sorry he was that he had to leave. One note, that's what I received. No goodbye, no telling of when he may return, just a standard 'I'm sorry' letter.

~Shayne Andrews fled home, everyone and everything she has ever known, at nineteen years old so she could get away from the memories of the man who left her broken and in an unexpected situation. She loved Luke with all that she had, gave him every last piece of her, and he took off in the middle of the night leaving her nothing but a note; no explanation, no see you soon, just an 'I'm Sorry'. Though she never got over the hurt Luke caused her, or the deep rooted feelings of abandonment, she made a life for herself in Texas, all on her own, vowing to never return to the place that haunts her....til her aunt, the woman who took her in when her mother skipped town, suddenly dies in a car accident. She makes the trip back to her hometown to help her cousin Adam, who was always like a brother to her, lay her aunt to rest and settle her estate. She only plans on being there for a few weeks, to get things taken care of and head back to Texas, once again leaving her vividly heartbreaking memories behind her. She never expects to run into Luke after seven long years of his absence.

I want to scream. I want to slap him across his handsome motherfucking face, but I don't. Instead, I open my eyes and look up into the green orbs of Luciano Schavone. Luke.
The man who nearly destroyed me when he broke my heart as he ripped it clean out of my chest.

~Luke Schavone has spent every day of the last seven years regretting the loss of Shayne and the way he ended things; she may not know this, but he didn't have a choice. Running into her again after so long proves one thing quite clearly; the feelings they have for one another is as strong as ever and the chemistry between them is just as hott. Luke will do whatever it takes to get Shayne to give him a chance to explain, he will not give up and he will never let her get away from him again ~Shayne reluctantly agrees. Though she cannot deny her feelings for Luke, and his reasoning seems sincere, she must tread lightly; she would never survive losing him again. Luke has a long way to go before he can earn back her trust, but they both realize that a love like theirs doesn't come around very often and deserves a second chance. But Luke is keeping things from Shayne, secrets that could destroy everything but are kept in an attempt to protect her from a part of Luke's life that she never saw coming. Will they be able to get back what they once lost and will Luke be able to protect his family?

This body belongs to me it always has. You know how I know that? Because your body, baby, hasn't stopped shaking since you saw me standing here and those pert nipples of yours are so hard, if I ran my tongue over them you would be lost, soaking wet and on the verge of coming within seconds.”

I have always enjoyed a good second chance at love story and a lot of that has to do with the angst that usually comes with it~ I thrive on a good gut-wrenching romance. While this book did have it's fair share of drama and tears, it wasn't as emotionally charged as I expected considering the circumstances; it was more lust driven than anything. Not that that's really a problem, it was just a bit fluffier than I anticipated. However, it was loaded with a ton of fantastic characters and the sexy times were pretty smokin' so I didn't mind too much. The story moved at a good pace, I was never bored and didn't do any skimming, and there was just enough intrigue to keep me biting my nails. All in all, it was a fab debut by Kathy Coopmans; one that I would definitely recommend to romance fans, and a sure fire way to make me want to see what she brings us next.

You are so beautiful. You take my breath away every time I look at you. We have so much time to make up for, and I don't mean just this,” he say, indicating my reclined body with a sweep of his hand.
I mean everything. I want to heal and take away every bit of pain you have. You're everything to me, Shayne. You own me.”


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Kathy is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband Tony. They have two son's Aaron and Shane.
She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball and Football.
By day she is a hairstylist and loves her job.
She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is "I got this."

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Unplugged (Blue Phoenix, #3) by Lisa Swallow

TITLE: Unplugged (Blue Phoenix, #3)
AUTHOR: Lisa Swallow 
RELEASE DATE: September 29th 
GENRE: Contemporary Romance  


"A rock star doesn't return to his humble beginnings and whisk away the girl he

kissed once. Especially if she has a four year old and her relationship status is 'it's 


Blue Phoenix bass player, Liam Oliver discovers pictures of his fiancée with 

another man and his world crashes around him. He packs up his humiliation and 

hurt and flies back to his Welsh family home for Christmas.

Cerys Edwards once had pictures of Liam Oliver covering her bedroom wall. Her 

best friend’s big brother never gave her the time of day when they were growing 

up. When she was fifteen, he left town leaving Cerys with her fantasies. Now he’s 

back. The problem is, she has a daughter and a broken relationship of her own.

In the world of his Christmas past, Cerys and Liam reconnect. Are they two hurt 

people looking for comfort in a time of heartbreak or does Cerys have a place in 

Liam’s future too? 

Months later and unplugged from his Blue Phoenix lifestyle, Liam reconnects 

with Cerys. He discovers Cerys’s world is full of complications he never expected 

– including Ella’s father who isn’t happy about being replaced by a rock star. 

Unplugged is more than a rock star romance. Liam isn’t dark and brooding like 

Dylan, or a bad boy like Jem but a fiercely loyal man with a big heart. This is a 

story of love, family and unexpected bonds made that can’t be broken. 

This is book three of the Blue Phoenix series. It can be read as a standalone but has 

minor spoilers for books one and two.

Our faces touch, his rough cheek against my forehead, and I know if I 

move my head a few centimetres, our mouths will meet and our worlds will shift.

"Is kissing you still wrong?" I ask.

"Your lips are meant to be on mine." He moves his face. The static 

charge of our mouths so close and the snow drifting onto our bodies drag us 

into a surreal world. The shift happens. I slide my cheek along his, the stubble 

scratching my skin as my lips meet the edge of his.

The world is covered in white, hidden from reality; a reality that I hate 

currently. I can escape for an evening, maybe a few days, and allow his blizzard 

to overwhelm me. If life is the same struggle when everything melts away again, 

a few moments lost in a fantasy after months of feeling worthless are what I need 

and worth the consequences.

Liam digs his hand into my hair and crashes his mouth against mine. 

I gasp in surprise at the force as he delves his tongue into my mouth, sliding 

against mine. When Liam kissed me in the bedroom the other day, there was a 

tension in him where he held back part of himself. Was this because Liam knew 

I did too? This time the world falls away completely as we kiss frantically, noses 

bumping as he pulls me into the snowstorm that is Liam Oliver. 

Liam moves to kiss my cheeks, a delicious scrape against my skin as his 

hot lips burn into my cool neck. He slides a hand around my waist, beneath my 

coat and holds me against him. Convinced my legs are going to give way and 

cursing the lack of walls for Liam to press me against, I grip his sleeve. 

Liam nudges his nose back across my face, hot breath mingling with mine 

and misting in the air. “Definitely feels right,” he whispers.

Then Liam kisses me so gently that he takes my soul and pulls it apart. My 

head spins as the intensity of the slow kiss fills me with a craving for this man 

that will never be satiated. This is more than feeling right, this is our hearts open 

and raw finding their way together.

Which means when they’re torn apart again the pain will kill me. 

The heat we create counteracts the falling temperature around us but the 

cold of reality isn't far. I pull my face away; I need to pull myself out of this.

 Blue Phoenix 

Summer Sky à  
Falling Sky à

Author Bio 
Lisa is an author of new adult romance and writes both paranormal and contemporary, often with a

side of snark. 

In between running a business, looking after her family and writing, Lisa sometimes finds spare 

time to do other things. This often involves swapping her book worlds for gaming worlds. She even 

leaves the house occasionally. Lisa loves all things from the Whedonverse and preferred vampires 

before they sparkled. 

Lisa has four books published: the ‘Butterfly Days’ series, and two in her urban fantasy series Soul 

Ties. She is currently working on a new contemporary romance series Blue Phoenix and the first 

book, Summer Sky is due for release in April. Lisa is originally from the UK but moved to Australia 

in 2001 and now lives in Perth in Western Australia with her husband, three children and dog.

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Release Launch ~ Love discovered in New York by Danielle Allen


The Rebel

Mya Washington is a rebel. Or at least, that’s what her family has always said. As the youngest of a set of triplets, she has always been the more rebellious of the three…even though she never considered herself a rebel.
Outspoken? Yes.
Rule Breaker? Sometimes.
Trouble Maker? Nev—occasionally.
Growing tired of being typecast and misunderstood, Mya moves to New York looking for a fresh start away from the life she grew up in and out of the shadow of her older sisters.  Striking out on her own may have put a strain on the family dynamic, but it's the new beginning Mya was looking for.
But after the unexpected death of her mother, she is blindsided yet again by a wedding invitation she didn’t see coming. Her father’s upcoming marriage only cements the wall she’s put up around her heart. Because if her father could be such an utter disappointment, why should she even attempt to open up to any man?
Enter Colton Davis.



“What are you doing?” I asked breathily, licking my lips and silently begging him to kiss me.
He didn’t answer at first. He looked at me predatorily before leaning down to nibble on my neck. The feeling of his teeth lightly grazing my skin while the threat of someone walking down the hallway and turning the corner made me clench tightly. His fingers gripped my hips and desire washed over me.  His hands caused goosebumps to erupt everywhere he touched.  My body hummed from the electric currant that flowed between us. The anticipation I felt for Colton’s kiss was almost unbearable.
“What are you doing?” I repeated, wrapping my arms around his neck.
Leaning in so that our lips were almost touching, Colton answered sexily, “You.”


I am a married event planner, life coach and instructor.  Between my awesome friends and family and my amazing husband, I am constantly surrounded by love.  My goal at all times is to love what I’m doing and enjoy life.  I love shopping and football with equal fervor.  I’m an amateur movie critic (i.e. my husband and I watch and critique a lot of movies for fun). I love to read, but since I’ve been writing, I don’t read as much as I used to. I love music. A good lyric with a good melody can paint a vivid picture and invoke such a range of emotions. I have a soft spot for most mediums of creative, artistic expression. But music is probably my favorite.



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ Her Journey by Rachel Orman

Her Journey (Her Series #2)
Author: Rachael Orman
Genre: Erotic Romance
Publication Date: August 27, 2014


He’s exactly what she doesn’t need…
He’s exactly what she shouldn’t want…
He’s exactly what she should stay away from…
But she can't.

After losing her mother, Melia knew her life would never be the same, she just didn’t expect it to be so drastically different. Her mother’s final wish was something that not only changed her life but also the way she lives it. And it put her right in front of a man that angers her as much as he excites her.

Patrick ‘Wrench’ Ryan is president of the Tormented Souls Motorcycle Club. He’s strong, tough, and his word is law, but his sister knows how to get the upper hand with him. So, when she showed up with Melia and told him she’s staying in the club house, it didn’t take much to get him to relent. He tried to play nice, but Melia gets under his skin.

Things change when the club’s biggest foe escalates their rivalry in an attempt to bring the Tormented Souls President to his knees. It’s up to Patrick to protect his sister and the things most important to her. Will he be able to keep everyone safe? Will Melia get caught in the crossfire? Or will it all be for nothing in the end?

It was our time.
Tormented Souls was out to wreak havoc.

★✩★✩ 4 ½ -Bikers & Hormones- Stars ✩★✩★
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

She might need a good fucking to calm her ass down, but not from my boys. A frail little thing like her would break in two seconds. She couldn't handle a real man giving it to her. One day she'd spout off to the wrong person and they'd show her to keep her mouth in check

~Melia met and got to know Ryan & Ellis (AKA Dirty) at the hospital during her mother's cancer treatments; prompting her to make a decision after her mother's passing that would change the lives of many. It wasn't an easy choice to make and would require some sacrifices on her part, but the end result would be worth it. What she couldn't have anticipated was the man that decision would bring in to her life; Ryan's Brother, Wrench. He is everything she should avoid and the last thing she needs, he makes her blood boil yet she has never been so attracted to anyone before, if they're not biting each others heads off they're trying to rip each others clothes off-she has never been more confused or frustrated. Try as she might, she just can't get him out of her head.

It was just Ryan, me and this man, whom she'd claimed was her brother. Family be damned, this jerk had asshole stamped on his forehead, or he should. Even the look on his face as he crossed his large arms over his chest, lifting an eye brow at my outburst told me, clearly he didn't think much of me either.

~Patrick 'Wrench' Ryan is the President of the Tormented Souls MC; he has a temper, loves sex, doesn't do relationships and his word is law. The only person who has ever been able to get whatever she wants from him is his little sister Ryan; so when she shows up at his doorstep with Melia is tow 'informing' him that she will be staying at the club house with them, there is little he can do. He doesn't like it, tries to fight it, but what Ryan wants Ryan gets. From the minute he meets Melia they bash heads, her mouth and attitude sets his temper off at the drop of a hat but he can't deny how much she turns him on...and that just pisses him off even more. He wants her like no other, but it is clear she is not a casual hook-up kinda girl and he can offer her nothing more than that; he has been burned in the past and refuses to give anyone else that kind of power over him ever again. When trouble with a rival MC escalates, Wrench will have to take matters into his own hands to protect those most important to him and it makes him realize that some matter more than he cares to admit.

I would make her want me. If I had to follow her around all day, I would accomplish it. At least this time she hadn't made any smart-ass remarks, but Ryan was there to say them for her. From my sister, it was one thing; from some woman I didn't know, completely unacceptable. I would break that habit of hers.

There was so much I loved about this book, it had a lot of the things I look forward to in an MC romance; no shortage of drama, plenty of angst, action and passion with lots of dirty, hott sex plus a ton of fantastic characters. Wrench took awhile for me to warm up to, the dude was just a complete ass most of the time, but I got there. Melia could be frustrating as hell, but she was such a strong, independent and willful woman you couldn't help but love her. Now, I have to admit to suffering some disappointments about the ending. It wasn't a cliffhanger and Melia does get her HEA but.... I still feel she was shortchanged by certain people. I was floored by the actions, or more appropriately non-action's, of Ryan and Dirty, and even Wrench to an extent. When Melia needed someone the most, she was completely abandoned. It just felt like, once Ryan and Dirty got what they needed from her, she was of no use to them. Melia was barely able to take care of herself and was left alone, completely and totally alone, for SIX GODDAMN WEEKS and NO ONE came for her. Even in the end, Melia was the one who went back to the club house looking for Wrench. I get where Ryan and Dirty's head were at, I DO, but after everything she did for them, everything she gave them, everything she sacrificed for them, she deserved so much better than that. And what's worse is, They NEVER even apologized for it, never even tried to make excuses, there was just NO interaction between after they got what they were after. I was a mixed up mess of anger, disappointment, heartbreak, and disgust. It left such a sour taste in my mouth that I had some trouble enjoying the ending; I just feel like Melia got screwed, taken advantage of, and left in the dust to rot; Wrench never even apologizes for not being there. I just feel like the girl is owed some major groveling. With all that said, and I'm sorry for my rant but-that just really bothered me, I still LOVED the book. It grabbed my attention from the beginning and held on, investing me in the outcome of these characters. Rachael Orman won me over with her band of leather-clad outlaws and I cannot wait to see what she brings us next.

I'm not going to hurt her. I don't even know what the hell happened. One minute we were fighting, the next, shit got crazy. Half the time I can't stand her, the other half my dick is trying to claw it's way out of my pants to get at her.”

Stay at home mother of two with a passion for reading almost as much as writing. She is often found curled up with her Kindle reading while her children cuddle up on either side 'reading' books of their own. Married for almost ten years to the most wonderful husband and father, she couldn't ask for more out of life. Except maybe to live somewhere not quite as hot as the desert she currently lives in.

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Her Ride (Book #1 in Her Series)

Her Journey (Book #2 in Her Series) 


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