There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.
After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.
Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.
Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.
When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.
I’m a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I’m still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here’s to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?
Torn between two realities. A choice that will mean life or death. She won’t know anything… until she wakes up. College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions. Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival. In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths. As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them? The answer is just the beginning.
As Nilah hooted and woohooed, it took less than a minute for her Infiniti G35 to reach illegal speeds. Her hollering was a painful side effect of her birthday high. If she weren’t driving, she’d have probably stuck her head out the window and let her ears flap in the wind. From the front passenger seat, Heather was blowing on her French manicure, even though her nails were way past dry.
I leaned forward from the back, an elbow on each of their seats. “Where is this place again?”
“We went there once,” Nilah reminded me. “It’s near that Fourth Street Park place we went to last time, but we’re going to dinner as soon as we get into town. I made reservations at the most expensive seafood place I could find.”
Grimacing, I sank back into the plush, heated leather. I’d never been a very big seafood fan, but it was Nilah’s birthday. Her day, her rules. We’d always had that tradition for our birthdays—we got to pick where we ate, what we did, and go wherever we wanted on our special day.
I sighed, already missing Jay. At that moment, I began to daydream that I was clawing my way out of the car, curling into a ball, and rolling to a stop on the concrete. Then, magically uninjured of course, I’d race back to him.
When I came to my senses, however, I was overcome with a very strange sensation. Like I didn’t have to imagine it.
Because I was still with him.
At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn’t want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.
The author is graciously allowing each participating blog to offer one (1) ecopy of Bitter Angel. Ecopies will be gifted from Amazon and Barnes and Noble only; the giveaway is open internationally. All you need to do to enter is click here and feed the ‘copter 🙂
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the AToMR Tours-sponsored tour for K.M. Dylan’s Cult of Beauty: The Secret Life of a Supermodel. Today, I have a beautiful Writer’s Cave, an excerpt and, two giveaways for you! If you would like to check out the other stops on this tour, just click on the banner above. Thanks for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a lovely Thursday 🙂
Supermodel Katie Wolfer takes a call from her stepfather as she steps off the Dior runway in Paris: her mother has died. As she struggles to move forward as an orphan, two men loom large for Katie—Gavin Poole, a hot, emerging fashion designer with an inability to commit, and her charismatic, wealthy French stepfather, Daniel de Goncourt. Katie becomes entangled with both of them, exploring her darkest sexual desires amidst a lavish, decadent lifestyle. This full-length novel will sweep you up in a world of beauty and power. Katie is smart, but also impulsive and flawed. As one of the most beautiful women in the world, she is always in the crosshairs, seducing or being seduced by both men and women. Deeply erotic, thoughtful, and thrilling, this novel is sure to arouse and intrigue you.
Like the book’s heroine I was turned on and feverish for release, so I slipped my hand down my belly under the blanket and pressed down on my pubis through the fabric of my skirt. Surreptitiously, I started to apply a little pressure, wondering if the slight movement would be visible to my neighbor, and if so, what his reaction would be. He had clearly dared me to masturbate when he gave me the blanket, and here I was doing it. I was feeling an erotic languor suffusing my body, almost as if I had just taken a hit off of a joint.
I found out that, indeed, he was very aware of what I was doing, and placed his hand on top of mine over the blanket. My breath caught and I froze, not daring to open my eyes. He lifted his hand, and I sighed. His fingers slipped under the blanket and placed themselves directly on my hand. Then he applied a little more pressure and gently rocked my hand, mashing my clit against my mound. I felt my insides melting, liquids flowing, my limbs suffused with an erotic intoxication.
Finally I opened my eyes, and he stared straight into them, his own eyes bright and desirous.
“Follow me,” he said, and took my hand. “Let’s be bold and take this fantasy and make it come true.”
I squirmed, not sure I could do this so publicly. “I don’t know. It’s crazy, and the bathrooms are so small.”
He bent down, took my hand and whispered in my ear, “When will you ever get a chance to do this again? Come on—be bold!”
I find myself writing in many different places around the world, but I always seek out a pretty little spot, where I can let my mind wander without too many distractions. My day job in the fashion industry (which is a highly kept secret 🙂 ) requires that I travel quite a bit. One of my favorite recent spots is in an old metallic gazebo in the garden of a friend’s house near Rio in Brazil. It’s old and a bit decrepit, but I love it.
I tell my friends I need to get some work done, then I take a cup of tea and sit on an old white wrought-iron garden chair, with my MacBook Air on the rusting curlicues of the matching white wrought-iron table, surrounded by flowering bushes and next to an herb garden. In the warmer months the air is fragrant with pine and rosemary and I feel very peaceful out there with a cup of tea, the occasional bird chirping and thinking of dirty thoughts :).
When I’m in New York, life tends to be very busy, so I find the best time for me to write is in my den at two or three in the morning. Everyone is asleep and I can get into a groove in those wee hours without being interrupted by a text, phone call or appointments. I am about to renovate my den am going to build floor to ceiling black-lacquer bookshelves in diamond shapes to house my favorite books – I’m copying the design from the Santa Monica Viceroy Hotel library that I fell in love with when I stayed there (see below!)
My Dad worshipped books and I caught that bug from him. The room will have recessed cove lighting that will give it a slightly eerie glow when you turn off all the other lights, especially at three in the morning when everything gets really quiet. On the floor is a fluffy white Moroccan rug with black diamonds… It’s a room where I really feel comfortable and relaxed which is what I want to feel when I sit down to write.
K M Dylan was born in Paris in 1982, spent many formative years in France and lives now in New York in the East Village. She is a former model with a French mother and American father. Her novel is a fictionalized memoir, and is only very loosely based on her actual loves and adventures. She is obsessed with beauty in its myriad manifestations and the erotic. In her spare time, she soaks in the NYC art scene and travels.
You can find me on Facebook and my tumblr blog kmdylan.tumblr.com where I post my musings as well as fashion-related and erotic pictures that inspire my writing (Warning: the blog is NSFW, mature content for adults only).
Giveaway #1: Up for grabs are three (3) print copies of Cult of Beauty: The Secret Life of a Supermodel; open to US/Canada only
Giveaway #2: Up for grabs are eight(8) print copies of Cult of Beauty: The Secret Life of a Supermodel; open internationally
“There is a vulnerability there, hovering just below the surface. And I want to pick at it until I expose it. Then I want to kiss it.”
Two years ago, Emily Burnham, had an epiphany about the shallowness of her life. And she made it her mission to become a different person…a better woman. Out from under the controlling thumb of her mother, Emily is tasting the real world for the first time. And she likes it.
Nixon Caldwell has served his time in the Marine Corps, surviving two brutal tours in Afghanistan. He is back home, surrounded by what he likes best…isolation. It’s certainly the easiest way to avoid confrontation of the consuming guilt that is weighing him down.
When an accident brings Emily and Nix together, he soon learns he is not the master of his own fate. Struggling with his own pain, Nix tries to guard himself against Emily’s charms. He wants her in his bed, but he doesn’t want her in his heart.
Having grabbed life by the horns, Emily wants it all. But is she willing to accept just the small part of himself that Nix is offering? Can she reach the part of his soul that he has deemed to be Off Limits?
Sawyer Bennett is the pen name for a snarky southern woman and reformed trial lawyer who decided to finally start putting on paper all of the stories that were floating in her head. She is married to a mobster (well, a market researcher) and they have two big, furry dogs who hog the bed. Sawyer would like to report she doesn’t have many weaknesses but can be bribed with a nominal amount of milk chocolate.
Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the AToMR Tours-sponsored tour of Sidney Halston’s Seeing Red, the first book in the Seeing Red series. Today, I have my review and two giveaways; if you would like to check out the other stops on this tour, just click on the banner above. Thanks for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a lovely Wednesday 🙂
A love triangle just wouldn’t suffice; Jillian Stone had the ‘misfortune’ of getting herself into a love square– with twins, nonetheless.
Alexander, Oliver, and Jillian were raised on a deserted island. For 12 years, all they knew were those that were marooned with them. A strong bond would link them forever. At 12 years old, they are all rescued and clairvoyant Jillian is immediately shipped off to boarding school. Ten years later, she is reunited with her twins at the funeral of Helen, the woman who “mothered” them while on the island. The innocent and childhood feelings they shared on the island…well, they aren’t so innocent anymore. Her scrawny gangly twins are now grown men. Oliver, the ever-loyal friend and Alexander the ultimate bad-boy, have her heart in a tug-a-war.
Enter, mysteriously sexy Professor Paul Black. He’s Jillian’s law school professor and she has caught his attention, albeit inappropriate. All the while, Jillian’s clairvoyance is wreaking havoc on her life as visions of a redheaded man are becoming all consuming. The dangerous man in her visions is searching for her and has a big secret to share with her about her time on the island as well as about her psychic abilities. Scared for her life, all three men try to protect her, but she must chose one in order to focus on the problem at hand—the redheaded man’s secret.
Seeing Red is a romance with some paranormal elements and some suspense and a lot of sexual tension.
Jillian and the twins Alexander and Oliver have been together their entire lives thanks to a freak accident which lead to their having been stranded on a deserted island for eleven years. As kids the three were inseparable and when they were finally rescued, they were taken in and raised by Helen, also a survivor of the island who had cared for the children when their own parents perished. Since their rescue, Jillian and Oliver have stayed in near-constant contact with one another though keeping up with Alexander has been significantly more difficult as he has long struggled with addiction. The three friends are brought back together when Helen dies and though they enjoy one another’s company each has their own life that needs attending too.
Fast forward four years and Jillian is headed to Texas for law school, Oliver is a successful photographer whose home base is in Texas, and Alexander has straightened his life out and is also headed to Texas for law school. For the first time since they were kids, the three friends will be together again; surely things will be just like they were when they were kids, right? For the most part, some things are exactly the same; Jillian and Oliver are the closest of the group and rely heavily on one another for comfort and support, Alexander still has a penchant for sleeping with everything that moves though the drugs are a thing of the past, and Jillian and Alexander are constantly fighting with one another. Has anything changed then? You bet! The twins are all grown up and some kind of hot, Jillian has become as strikingly beautiful as she is intelligent, and both boys are head-over-heals in love with her and have made sure she knows it.
As if the love triangle weren’t enough, Jillian has begun getting glimpses of an unknown red-haired man who may be connected to her past. Jillian has had visions all her life but this new experience with the unidentified man troubles her enough to confide in Oliver and the two begin to scour the journals written by Helen both during and after their time on the island. All of the evidence leads Jillian and Oliver to believe the red-haired man is not only her father but also a very dangerous man. If Jillian’s visions are to be believed (and they always come true!) her father is watching her, knows she has a special gift, and wants to meet her. YIKES!!
Now, dear reader, let’s complicate things even further. The love triangle becomes a love square when Jillian begins dating one of her professors. Paul Black is a mercurial man who often disappears without explanation and when he is with Jillian is controlling and domineering to the point of concern. But does this concern Jillian? Only slightly and not enough to cut him loose as she should because Professor Black’s presence in her life means she can put off making a decision about which twin she wants to be with for just a little longer. What an idiot!! In fact, Jillian’s refusal to see the wretched in Paul Black is one of the most frustrating aspects of this read though it does create a wonderful atmosphere of sexual tension between her and the twins.
As the novel reaches its very dramatic climax, all kinds of sh*t begins to hit the fan. Here’s the skinny:
*The twins and Jillian have been invited to attend a memorial ceremony on the island they were once stranded on; though hesitant about attending, Jillian finally agrees to go and brings here delightful roommate, Heather along for the ride.
*Alexander demands Jillian make a decision between himself and his brother once and for all. His solution for helping her make a decision is as ridiculous as it is erotic. The plan causes more fighting and more sexual tension but the matter is resolved in a most delicious and surprising way.
*Jillian’s father makes a real appearance and what he has to say is disturbing, revealing and totally cliffhanger-y. In fact, it is Jillian’s father and the addition of the still-unknown and totally creeptastic person he works for who reveals the continuation of the series – YAY!!
The Bottom Line: The plot of Seeing Red is crazy good and shifts between the present and the past as told through Helen’s journals. The pace is good with moments of absolute frenetic page turning and other quieter moments that are meant to calm both the reader and the characters. About those characters: though Jillian’s indecisiveness can sometimes be frustrating, her fighting with Alexander and conversations with Oliver generally balances everything out. Each of the characters is well-rounded and interesting and though the boys are twins, they are completely separate individuals with their own distinct personalities, quirks and concerns. Overall, Seeing Red is a fine read with an excellent cliffhanger that will leave the reader anxiously awaiting round two. That’s gonna happen when, Sidney Halston??
Though I rarely use quotes from a book in my reviews I thought I should include at a least a few of the Helen-isms that appear at the beginning of each chapter. Clearly, Helen was as witty as she was caring 🙂
“Confidence is the feeling you sometimes have, before you fully understand the situation.” (page 71)
“Love at first sight is possible, but it pays to take a second look.” (page 89)
“Newton’s third law of love: For every idiot, there is an equal and opposite gender idiot!” (page 147)
“Relationships are like garage sales. From a distance they look interesting, but up close it’s just a bunch of crap you don’t really need.” (page 189)
“You can’t have everything. Where would you put it all?” (page 261)
Sidney Halston lives her life with one simple rule: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”–Mark Twain. Or even simpler, “Just Do It”—Nike. And that’s exactly what she did. After working hard as an attorney, Sidney picked up a pen for the first time at thirty years old to begin her dream of writing. Having never written anything other than very exciting legal briefs, she found an outlet for her imaginative romantic side and wrote Seeing Red.That first pen stroke sealed the deal, and she fell in love with writing. Sidney lives in South Florida with her husband and children. She loves her family above all else, and reading follows a close second. When she’s not writing you can find her reading and reading and reading. She’s a reader first and a writer second. When she’s not writing or reading, her life is complete and utter chaos, trying to balance family life with work and writing (and reading). But she wouldn’t have it any other way.
The author is generously offering two differenty giveaways for this tour.
Giveaway #1: Available are two (2) signed copies of Seeing Red: open to US/Canada only
Giveaway #2: Available are eight (8) ecopies of Seeing Red: open internationally
Don’t mess with a girl with a great personality!
Everybody loves Lexi. She’s popular, smart, funny…but she’s never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).
Lexi’s sick of it. She’s sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She’s sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She’s sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she’s sick of having all her family’s money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.
The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren’t going to know what hit them. Because Lexi’s going to play the beauty game – and she’s in it to win it.
“Applying butt glue to my sister’s backside is, without question, not the first way I’d choose to spend a weekend.” Oh, but this is exactly how Lexi spends nearly every weekend as a part of Team Mackenzie and somewhere along the way, everything in Lexi’s life began to revolve around Team Mackenzie. Here are the many problems with this life: 1) Mackenzie is SEVEN; 2) the pageant life is utterly and completely ridiculous; 3) Mackenzie is SEVEN; 4) Lexi’s family absolutely does not have the money to maintain Team Mackenzie and; 5) Mackenzie is SEVEN!!
For Lexi, life at home is simply one misery after the next and has been ever since her mom and dad divorced and her mother lost her damn mind. Lexi’s mother is obsessed with pageant life and has made it abundantly clear only the beautiful and talented Mackenzie can bring she and her family any happiness, ever. This means nearly every meal is from a fast food restaurant as there is simply no time to cook or shop; every free minute is spent practicing a new routine, sewing a new costume and, being fitted for new fake crap like eyelashes and teeth (WTF??) and; driving to and from a new pageant each and every weekend.
Lexi is by far the most responsible person in her household and carries the load for everyone: she alters and repairs (at her mother’s request) her little sister’s pageant costumes, she calms Mackenzie when the child throws a fit during her hours of hair and makeup application, she goes to school full-time, she works a part-time job so she can have healthy foods at home (seriously!) and, with the exception of her two best friends has pretty much removed herself from social interactions. Lexi learned (from her mother!) a very long time ago she is not the pretty one and so she has spent years making sure she in no way stands out in a crowd. No make-up, no fancy clothes, no flirting, no interaction, nothing. Let’s be honest though, what high school girl hasn’t dreamed of being a part of the popular crowd? So, one day Lexi and her best friend Benny (who is all kinds of adorable) hatch a plan and strike a bargain: if Lexi will come out of her self-imposed shell Benny will strike up a conversation with his crush. Let the games begin!
Almost immediately Lexi begins to understand how her sister feels every weekend when she is all dolled up and strutting around on stage. Lexi’s make-over immediately draws attention and before long she is dating one of the cutest guys on campus, being invited to shop with the popular girls and finally making the invitation list for the cool kid parties. Unfortunately, Lexi also realizes much of the attention she is receiving (like her sister at a pageant) is based on her appearance and not her great personality. As my granny used to say, “Pretty is as pretty does” and Lexi soon figures out being popular isn’t all it is cracked up to be and even the popular kids have issues and attitudes.
In just a few short chapters, everything comes crashing down around Lexi in a spectacular way. Her little sister reveals how she really feels about pageants, her mother snaps the tether in a horrifically awful way, Lexi’s crush turns out to be an asshat of the highest order, and all the newfound popularity suddenly becomes far, far more trouble than it’s worth. Lexi is forced to acknowledge alot of ugly truths and deal with those truths and their consequences as best she can. Because of her home life, Lexi has been forced to mature quickly and is better able to handle the ugliness than most kids her age would be. It is truly remarkable how well Lexi pulls herself together and deals with the ginormous crap-storm she finds herself in.
The Bottom Line: I really liked this book but found so much of it truly disturbing. I don’t know the first thing about pageants but if what Eulberg has presented in this novel is anywhere close to the truth then those poor kids should be allowed to sue their parents for stupidity and child abuse. Can you sue for stupidity? The most stupid of them all is Lexi’s mother and I can honestly say I absolutely hated that woman and how she treats her children. On the flip side of the anger and hate, I felt genuine sympathy for both Lexi and Mackenzie and was so glad to see the two of them come together as sisters to help one another. I also very much like that Eulberg created a plot with scenes, scenarios, and situations which make sense for the time, the place, and the people involved. Taken as a whole, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is a well-written novel that I fear is far closer to reality (Hello! Toddlers and Tiara’s??) than we care to admit.
One night can change everything…
Two years ago, Leigh Anne Davis shocked everyone in tiny Fairhope, Georgia when she broke up with her wealthy boyfriend to attend an Ivy League university a thousand miles away. At school, she finds a happiness and independence she’s never known.
Until one terrifying night takes it all away from her.
With no place else to go, Leigh Anne heads home to reclaim her old life. A life she worked so hard to escape. On the outside, she seems like the same girl everyone has always known. But deep inside, she’s hiding a terrible secret.
That’s when she meets Knox Warner, a troubled newcomer to Fairhope. His eyes have the same haunted look she sees every day in the mirror, and when she’s near him, the rest of the world fades away. But being with Knox would mean disappointing everyone all over again. If she wants to save what’s left of her old life, she has no choice but to say goodbye to him forever.
Only, the trouble with goodbye is that sometimes it’s about courage and sometimes it’s about fear. And sometimes you’re too broken to know the difference until it’s too late.
Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. She is the author of the young adult paranormal Peachville High Demons series, which she first began self-publishing in October of 2010. Since the series began, Sarra has sold over 120,000 copies and recently signed a contract with Sea Lion Books to create a graphic novel adaptation of Beautiful Demons, the first book in the series.
Sarra lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband, her new baby boy, and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle.
Last, but certainly not least, thanks to Julie at AToMR Tours for organizing this cover reveal 🙂