Cover Reveal: Lying to Meet You by Anna Garner

Title: Lying to Meet You Author: Anna Garner Expected release date: September 5, 2013 Genre: Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit Age Group: Adult – but it might appeal to YA/NA readers Cover designed by: Sue Traynor; http://suetraynor.com/  Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com/
Title: Lying to Meet You
Author: Anna Garner
Expected release date: September 5, 2013
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Chick Lit
Age Group: Adult – but it might appeal to YA/NA readers
Cover designed by: Sue Traynor; http://suetraynor.com/
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

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Synopsis:

Does being in a relationship make you a hot commodity in the eyes of would-be suitors?

Chloe Lane is about to find out. When her childhood pal, Ethan Webster, asks her to play the part of his girlfriend in order to test this theory, she reluctantly agrees. As a work-crazed fashion designer, boutique owner and soon-to-be reality show judge, Chloe has no time for a real boyfriend, but being part of a faux pair will do just fine. Not that she has any intention of trying to attract someone else.

However…

Opportunity unexpectedly knocks when Chloe meets fellow reality judge, William Shannon. Super successful and super sexy, this high-powered entrepreneur inspires Chloe to test Ethan’s theory herself. Now, on top of keeping her fashion business productive, carving out a new role as a television personality, maintaining a fake relationship and attempting to lay the groundwork for a future relationship, she’s lying to William, lying to her friends, lying to her family and quite possibly lying to herself. Will Chloe be able to keep it all together, or are things about to explode?

About the author and where to find her:

Author - Anna GarnerBorn and raised in the Midwest, Anna Garner’s adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she’s since lived in Boston, NYC and London. For several years, Anna worked in fashion–first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design. Although chick lit was her first love, Anna started writing quirky romances, and her first one, Fashioning a Romance, was published in May 2012 under the name of Libby Mercer. This was followed by two more quirky romances: Unmasking Maya and The Karmic Connection. Since Lying to Meet You is written in old school chick lit style and isn’t a clear cut love story, Anna decided to publish it under her real name. She currently lives in San Francisco and spends most of her time cranking out more stories.

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Cover Reveal and Sweepstakes: Running on Empty by Colette Ballard

Title: Running on Empty Author: Colette Ballard Release Date: November 25, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-939392-81-7 Recommended for ages 16 and up Cover Designer: Marie Romero
Title: Running on Empty
Author: Colette Ballard
Release Date: November 25, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-939392-81-7
Recommended for ages 16 and up
Cover Designer: Marie Romero

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“Raw, romantic, and suspenseful!” ~  Katie McGarry, author of Dare You To

Synopsis:

What does it feel like when you die—in those final moments? Do you feel  the physical pain, or just the pain of your regrets? What does it feel like when  you realize you can’t answer these questions because you’re not the victim?

You’re the killer.

River Daniels lives an ordinary life as a high school junior growing up in the  confines of rural Texas until her boyfriend’s brutal attack leaves her both a  murderer and a fugitive. When River’s closest girlfriends come to her aid, they  make a hasty decision to not only help her, but leave their own troubled lives  behind and join in her escape. The girls manage to elude police for months, but  with every near-miss, River’s life spirals further out of control, until she  finally hits rock bottom. Realizing she must stop endangering her friends and  find evidence proving she acted in self-defense, the girls decide to make a  risky return to Texas. Her return means more than facing her ugly past, she  must also face the one person she was protecting the night her world caved in,  the guy she has loved for as long as she can remember.

About the author and where to find her:

Colette BallardColette grew up on a dairy farm in rural Kentucky. She survived the high school experience back in the day when Aqua Net was bought in bulk and mullets were cool. That’s also when she realized that her constant daydreaming wasn’t a curse, but a useful skill—one she used like a lethal weapon to combat her frustration over the haunting question: What does the alphabet have to do with math anyway? Unfortunately, her ninja daydreaming skills only increased her desire to write—not her algebra grade.
After surviving the hairstyles and torturous math classes of her high school years, she wandered a bit—even moving to the farthest northwestern corner of the United States, then to the farthest southeastern corner. She finally settled in the one red-light town she started in, where she continues to live today with her husband and three children.

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Sweepstakes:

The publisher is generously offering a sweepstakes to celebrate the cover reveal of  Running on Empty.  Up for grabs is a $50 Amazon gift card and five (5) signed bookmarks.  The sweepstakes is open to US residents only.  To enter for your chance to win just click on the Rafflecopter link below. 🙂

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris

Title: Adam’s Apple Author: Liv Morris Expected release date: July 30, 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense  Romance Age Group: Adult Cover designed by: Okay Creations;  http://www.okaycreations.com Reveal organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com
Title: Adam’s Apple
Author: Liv Morris
Expected release date: July 30, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Suspense Romance
Age Group: Adult
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Synopsis:

Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan.  Everything he touches turns to gold making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money falls out of his pockets, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta.

What more could a thirty-two year old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his past stays far away? Sounds reasonable but life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is a beautiful and alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds her too tempting to resist.  He has to have her, but she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. She tries her hardest to keep him at arm’s length however Kathryn’s arms may not be strong enough to hold Adam at bay.

Hidden secrets, Kathryn’s passion for an ancient sexual practice, and a former business partner wanting to inflict a deadly revenge set the scene for a wild ride as Adam tells the story in his own words.

About the author and where to find her:

authorLiv Morris resides in Manhattan with her husband of twenty-eight years. Relocating eleven times during her husband’s corporate career, Liv qualifies as a professional mover. Learning to bloom where she’s planted, Liv brings her moving and life experiences to her writing.

A native of the beautiful Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri, Liv feels blessed to have a supportive and close family. Her three grown daughters are scattered across the country, but thankfully call home on a regular basis. Her favorite saying, “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” motivates her to live life to its fullest.

She received a B.S. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Currently, Liv is writing and publishing her short story series, Love in the City. Two short stories ranked in Amazon’s top best sellers list in Contemporary Romance. Her novel, Adam’s Apple, is due for release this summer.

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Links to find/buy Adam’s Apple:

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Sweepstakes:

Woot!!  The author is offering an event-wide sweepstakes and up for grabs is: one (1)  $50 USD Apple Store Gift Card, two (2) signed paperback copies of Adam’s Apple, five (5)  eBooks of Adam’s Apple, and swag.  If you would like to check out all the FTC mumbo jumbo just look in the terms and conditions.  To enter for your chance to win, just click on the Rafflecopter link below 🙂

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Thanks to Julie at AToMR Tours for organizing this promotional event 🙂

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Spotlight and Giveaway: Canary by Rachele Alpine

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Hello all and welcome to my stop on the Canary tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  Today, I am spotlighting the book and have an event-wide sweepstakes link for you.  There are a ton of blogs participating in this tour and should you like to, you can check out their stops by clicking here.  Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely Wednesday 🙂

Title: Canary Author:  Rachele Alpine Release date:  August 1, 2013 Publisher:  Medallion Press Age Group: Young Adult Genre: Contemporary Tour organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com/
Title: Canary
Author: Rachele Alpine
Release date: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Medallion Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
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Synopsis:

Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.

Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.

But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.

About the author and where to find her:

Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

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Links to find/buy Canary:

Amazon       Barnes & Noble       Indiebound       Book Depository

Sweepstakes:

This is an event-wide sweepstakes and up for grabs are: three (3) print copies of Canary (will be signed if winner lives within the Continental US) – International and one (1) Swag Pack – International.  If you would like to check out all the FTC mumbo jumbo you can do so under the terms and conditions.  To enter for your chance to win just click on the Rafflecopter link below 🙂

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Thanks to Julie at AToMR Tours for organizing this tour 🙂

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Cover Reveal: The Scribe (Book #1: Irin Chronicles) by Elizabeth Hunter

Title: The Scribe Series: Book #1: Irin Chronicles Author: Elizabeth Hunter Format: eBook, 306 pages Expected publication: October 15, 2013 by E. Hunter Cover design: Damonza.com
Title: The Scribe
Series: Book #1: Irin Chronicles
Author: Elizabeth Hunter
Format: eBook, 306 pages
Expected publication: October 15, 2013 by E. Hunter
Cover design: Damonza.com

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Synopsis:

Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within.

Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi’s own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers.

Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible… or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

THE SCRIBE is the first book in the Irin Chronicles, the new paranormal romance series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.

About the author and where to find her:

Elizabeth HunterElizabeth Hunter is a contemporary fantasy and romance author. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College in the Department of English (Linguistics) and a former English teacher.

She currently lives in Central California with a seven-year-old ninja who claims to be her child. She enjoys reading, writing, travel, and bowling (despite the fact that she’s not very good at it.) Someday, she plans to learn how to scuba dive. And maybe hang glide. But that looks like a lot of running.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs series, and other works of fiction.

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Review and Giveaway: Dead and Missing (Book #2: Ripsters Series) by Chris Myers

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WooooooHooooo!!  Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Dead and Missing tour hosted by AToMR Tours.  I LOVE this series and am so excited to share my review with you today as well as a link for the event-wide sweepstakes.  There are lots of awesome blogs participating in this tour so if you would like to check out the other stops on the tour, just click here.  Thanks for stopping by and happy Tuesday to you 🙂

Title: Dead and Missing  Series: Book #2: Ripsters Author: Chris Myers Expected release date: July 19, 2013 Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Romance Age Group: Young Adult Cover designed by: Books on the Edge Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/
Title: Dead and Missing
Series: Book #2: Ripsters
Author: Chris Myers
Release date: July 19, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Mystery/Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover designed by: Books on the Edge
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours: http://atomrbookblogtours.com/

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Brittany Howland only knows one other girl, Jolie Livingston, who can communicate with the dead like herself. When Brittany takes Jolie’s haunt fishing to get him out of Jolie’s hair, he mysteriously disappears. Brittany isn’t sure how she’ll tell Jolie she lost her stupid ghost. Jolie thinks her dead best friend Drew has finally crossed over, but Brittany knows better. Just before Drew went missing, he revealed why he hasn’t hitchhiked to the afterlife, a secret Brittany swore she’d take to the grave.

Source: ARC from author

My Rating: 5 HUGE stars

My Review:

Every once in a great while I am well and truly surprised by a book and am glad to know that I can still be so.  I knew, without doubt, I would like Dead and Missing but I was in no way prepared for its pure awesomeness!!  Dead and Missing is the sophomore of Chris Myer’s Ripsters series and Myers has not only come out swinging but has managed to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump!

Dead and Missing opens with Brittany Howland out of bed early (whaaat?) to take Drew the Ghost fishing.  Yep, you read that correctly J  Though Brittany is generally loathe to do anything that gets her out of bed early on a weekend, some friends and some favors are just worth it.  Jolie, Brittany’s best friend and leader of the Ripsters crew, is meeting with her father.  Yep, you read that correctly J  Jolie’s father hasn’t been a part of her life, ever, and her mother has never offered any real information or kind words about him.  For Jolie, the chance to meet with and get some answers from her father is an opportunity she simply cannot pass up.  However, daddy fails to show and Brittany not only gets pushed into a well but she loses Drew as well.  Bugger!

For Jolie, the loss of Drew is devastating but she understands that he has finally crossed over into the light and she must learn to accept the reality of his crossing and move on.  Brittany however is absolutely certain Drew has not crossed over and his disappearance is somehow connected to her little tumble down the well.  However, Brittany must convince Jolie of this theory and in order to do that, Brittany needs proof.  Enter Reese, Brittany’s crush and fellow Ripster’s teammate.  It doesn’t take long for Britt and Reese to gather the proof that they need and everyone, including Jolie begins to understand that something well (HA!) and truly evil is at work in Plymouth.  Mixed into all of the mess is the fact that all of the Ripsters – Hayden, Reese, Jolie, Brittany and Reese (eventually!) have been invited to join the Guild and must pass their first level tests in order to begin their training.  And man, oh man is their testing and training wretched.  In fact, the level of wretchedness is something that the adults among the Guild – Jolie’s dad and Reese’s grandmother Noni in particular – have begun to notice how targeted the kids seem to be.  See?  Something evil is well (HA!) and truly afoot.

Everything about Dead and Missing sucked me in and kept me turning pages as fast and as furiously as my little fingers could fly!  Not only does Dead and Missing continue the original plot line established in book one but it rocks right on through with the ever expanding, long-term plot line as well as starting and completing a kickin’ short-term, novel specific plot.  Myers takes the series to a whole new level with some intense magical action, loads of witch and Salem history (a personal favorite!) and a boatload of interpersonal stuff.  There is evolution where Hayden and Jolie are concerned, where Brittany and her mom (there is some serious bad assery here!) and Reese are concerned, where Jolie, her mom, dad and, grandmother (bad assery to the tenth degree here!) are concerned and where pretty much everyone is concerned.  Character development is at an extremely high level in this read which ticks off yet another personal favorite!

I have only one tiny complaint about this read and in the grand scheme of things, it is truly teeny and tiny.  My complaint: Jolie has got to get over herself where Drew is concerned.  I understand her history with him is significant and that Myers clearly has some big plans for him in future installations of the series (no spoilers!) but seriously, he’s dead and it’s just creepy.  While this complaint is something that crops up throughout Dead and Missing it in no way changes my overall feelings about Jolie or the series.  I know, and once you read this book you will too, that this situation is going to resolve itself sooner rather than later.

The Bottom Line: I can’t get enough of this series and we are only on book two!!  This is a smooth and polished read with an incredible plot and ridiculously incredible characters.  Other than my one teeny, tiny complaint I can’t find anything about this read to complain about.  There’s nothing but pure awesome here and I have absolutely no reservations about recommending this read to any and all YA+ readers.  Don’t wait people, get book one, plow through it and immediately begin book two.  You. Won’t. Be. Sorry.

Links to find/buy Dead and Missing (Book #2: Ripsters Series):

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Title: Date with the Dead Series: Ripsters #1  Author: Chris Myers Published: March 19, 2013 by Books on the Edge  (first published June 16, 2012)   Literary awards: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Nominee (2009), Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Contest Finalist for Ripsters (2008)
Title: Date with the Dead
Series: Ripsters #1
Author: Chris Myers
Published: March 19, 2013 by Books on the Edge (first published June 16, 2012)Literary awards: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Nominee (2009), Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Gold Contest Finalist for Ripsters (2008)

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Jolie Livingston’s closest and only friend Drew is this really hot dead guy, and it bites that the self-absorbed princesses at school cannot even see him.
That’s right she can communicate with the dead. It’s the living she has trouble with. She and her mom inherited this awesome crib in Plymouth, MA. It’s quite a step-up from the homeless shelter in New Orleans, but there’s a catch. They can’t afford the past due mortgage, so Jolie’s working on that.

She starts a ghost hunting business called Ripsters. Somehow she’s managed to recruit Brittany, a glamour SAP smothered in pink, and a techie allergic to ghosts. Brit actually thinks he resembles the R&B singer Chris Brown. All that pink has clouded her vision. They both have special talents Jolie’s hoping will be useful to their venture. Right now, they’re working for a family in need of major therapy due to a dead guy with a hole in his head.

I reviewed  Date with the Dead (Book #1: Ripsters Series) ages ago and LOVED it.  If you would like to check out my review, just click here 🙂

Links to find/buy Date with the Dead (Book #1: Ripsters Series):

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About the author and where to find her:

authorChris Myers suffers from an overactive imagination. She spent her high school years writing torch songs for fantasy guys then moved onto writing thrillers and young adult. She has a real job but would love to write full time. Her books have won and placed in the finals and semifinals for several awards including Paul Gillette, Rocky Mountain Gold, and Amazon Breakthrough Novel. Chris lives in Colorado with her daughter, her better half, and BeBe, a rambunctious Bichon.

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Sweepstakes:

Up for grabs: Three (3) print copies of Dead and Missing (Book #2: Ripsters Series) – US only and eight (8) eBook copies of Dead and Missing (Book #2: Ripsters Series) – International.  If you would like to read all the FTC mumbo jumbo check out the terms and conditions.  To enter for your chance to win just click on the Rafflecopter link below. 🙂

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Thanks to Julie and Andrea and AToMR Tours for organizing this tour 🙂

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Cover Reveal: Tragically Flawed by A.M. Hargrove

Title:  Tragically Flawed Author:  A.M. Hargrove Expected release date: September 23ish, 2013 Age Group: Mature New Adult Cover designed by:  Amber McNemar;   ethinkgraphics.com Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com
Title: Tragically Flawed
Author: A.M. Hargrove
Expected release date: September 23ish, 2013
Age Group: Mature New Adult
Cover designed by: Amber McNemar; ethinkgraphics.com
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours; http://atomrbookblogtours.com

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Synopsis:

Riviera Benson has a talent…one she discovered by accident. She’s a painter, but canvas isn’t her medium. She creates her lovely masterpieces on walls and ceilings of million dollar homes as murals and faux finishes. Her art is in high demand now, but life wasn’t always that way. Riviera has secrets from her past she intends to keep tightly locked away…terrifying secrets that keep her awake at night…that prevent her from getting close to anyone…anyone that is, until she meets Shan.

Benjamin Shandon, owner of Shandon Homes, works like a thousand demons are chasing him…because perhaps they are. His business has boomed, ever since the forest fire swept through the canyon and destroyed hundreds of million dollar homes. He demands excellence in everything…from his employees to his women. He slows down for nothing, keeping a schedule that no sane person would want. But Riviera interrupts everything, twisting his guts inside out, and wedging her way into his heart, destroying a promise he made to himself.

Will they let their pasts control their future, or will they decide to let go and allow their hearts to discover each other’s?

About the author and where to find her:

Author - A.M. HargroveOne day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn’t do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life.  So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase.  Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head.  Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window.  She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job.  Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again).

So began A. M. Hargrove’s career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz and the upcoming release Tragically Flawed.

Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups.

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