Cover Reveal: Red Carpet Day Job by Tasha Cotter

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I’m really excited to reveal the cover for Tasha Cotter’s new book “Red Carpet Day Job, ” a NA Romance. The book will be released in 2015, but here’s a snapshot to get everyone ready!

Synopsis:

Most of the working-class secretaries in New York City don’t spend their mornings wrestling skirts from beneath roosting chickens or cleaning egg yolk off their heels. But Sophie Waldrop does, thanks to her boyfriend, Scott, and the organic egg business he runs out of her 5th floor walk-up. Though they’ve been dating since high school, Scott no longer pulls his weight in the relationship—financially or emotionally. Sophie’s ready to send him, and his chickens, packing.
 The day she breaks up with Scott, Sophie’s boss introduces her to the firm’s new client, Nick Jackson—the hottest up-and-coming actor in Hollywood. Sophie can’t believe her luck when her boss volunteers her to be Nick’s date for a red carpet award ceremony that same night. Freshly single, Sophie tries to keep things in perspective as her “work event” leads to a budding romance. She didn’t expect to like Nick, and she certainly didn’t expect him to like her.
 When her dream job lands in her lap, Sophie rejoices that her hard work has finally paid off. But she soon learns that it may have been Nick’s influence that opened the doors and created the opportunities that she would rather have earned for herself.
 Nick’s hectic schedule, the persistent leading ladies with whom he works, and Sophie’s own promotion and career ambitions further complicate their fairy-tale romance. Can Nick and Sophie make their love last, or will their relationship be more like the paparazzi’s camera flashes—fast, bright, and fading?

 

About the Author:

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Tasha Cotter is the author of That Bird Your Heart (Finishing Line Press) and Some Churches (Gold Wake Press). A graduate of the University of Kentucky and the Bluegrass Writers Studio, her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in NANO Fiction, Verse Daily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. You can find her online at www.tashacotter.com or on twitter @TashCotter.

 

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Review: Lailah by Nikki Kelly

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So between NaNo and life I have really struggled to find some time to read. There is a large stack of books sitting next to my desk and I’m slowly chipping away at them. I was so excited to start Lailah but I struggled to really engage in the first half. It took a few days and several chapters for me to get hooked but once I did I began to enjoy the story immensely. The only thing I love more than a strong female character is a strong mythology and this definitely has some.

Synopsis: A girl named Cessie encounters a whole mess of vampires. She’s not shocked by this, girl’s been through these things before.Turns out she helps save a hot vampire named Jonah who runs with a hot Angel named Gabriel. He knows Cessie, or as he calls her Lailah. Throw in a ton of Purebreed nonsense and some crazy mythology and you’e got a solid first book.

What I liked: The story itself. The mythology was very riveting and I found myself reading for the sole purpose of trying to figure out what the heck was going down. Kelly did a tremendous job of chalking enough back story in to hook you, but left enough mystery to make it interesting. Not only was the mythology very interesting, but the character’s back-story was super interesting. The introduction of Lailah’s past and introduction of several key events kept the action up.

What I didn’t like: Things moved a little slow…well, maybe slow is not the write word. It just didn’t have enough umph to catch me from the first page like some other books. Lailah/ Cessie was not the most engaging female character and I found the love triangle a little trite.

Overall I liked the book. It was one that grabbed me halfway, but still grabbed me. If you stick with it it’ll grab you too. 3/5 (note, I’m changing my rating systems to coincide with those of Goodreads)

Release Day and Giveaway: Luck on the Line by Zoraida Cordova

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Author: Zoraida Cordova
Release Date: Nov 11th 2014
Publisher: Diversion Books
Genre: New Adult
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To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.

Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical, and undeniably sexy head chef.

James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.

As the launch of The Star looms and the tension and chemistry heat up in the kitchen, they’re going to need more than a little luck to keep everything from boiling over.


Buy it as an eBook for only $4.99!!

About the Author

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Ecuador and raised in Queens, NY. She studied English Lit at Hunter College, and The University of Montana before finding a home for herself in the (kinda) glittering world of New York City’s nightlife. She prefers her whiskey neat, her bacon crispy, and her men with a side of chivalry. She is the author of The Vicious Deep Trilogy.

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Review: The Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander

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Synopsis: A hot “Prince” from another world is a Death Dealer, his new target, 17 year old Ryleigh Donovan. Problem is, Prince develops a soft spot for Miss Donovan is does not fulfill his mission, so he’s banished. Hot Prince tries to protect girl only to end up in a whole big mess. Hijinxs ensue when they head back to the Prince’s world and secrets are revealed.

What I liked: The world building in this was really good. I was intrigued by all the courtly dealings and the magic. Plus, DRAGONS. That’s a bonus for you right there. I’m usually not one for world building unless it is done with great skill (think Harry Potter), but I felt like I could really get a feel for the world that Jackson was coming from and how it motivated his character. Speaking of Jackson, HELLLOOO. Maybe it was the cover, maybe it was the Prince thing, or maybe it was the fact that he saved a girl’s life because she was protecting her little sister, but whew boy, he was kind of studly.

What I didn’t like: Ryleigh didn’t really do it for me. I liked her as a character but I also felt like she had some holes in her story (despite the ones that we come to discover at the end) and I really struggled to connect with her as a character. I didn’t hate her, I just wasn’t as sold on her as I wanted to be. What I really wasn’t vibing on was the big reveal. If you can read between the lines, you could figure it out. I wished it was a little less obvious and a little OMFFG, that’s the type of ending I like.

Overall, this was a solid, quick read. I didn’t hate it, but coming off of some of the books I have been reading lately, it didn’t blow my mind. I think there is a really good premise here and I’m excited to read a sequel (I assume there is a sequel) but I’m not going to be lining up to grab it. I’m hoping to see some holes in the plot line and character development fixed if there is a sequel; I really think this has the makings to be something extremely special but right now it is a solid start. 6/10

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Release Day Launch: The Reluctant Prince by Dani Lyn Alexander

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I am so excited to bring you the new young adult fantasy from Dani Lyn Alexander. Below, you’ll find all the information about the book and an exclusive excerpt!! Make sure to read down and enter Dani-Lyn’s exciting giveaway!! 🙂

Exclusive Excerpt:

Ryleigh stood. This couldn’t be happening. With only a few months left until graduation, she didn’t want to be forced to drop out, but what else could she do? “Look, Mr. Jacobs, can’t you just—” Vertigo assailed her. The room rocked, and she grabbed the desk.

Mr. Jacobs grabbed the back of his chair. His eyes mirrored her panic. Books flew from the shelves. Glass shattered.

She had to get to Mia.

She turned to run. The building bucked, and she toppled, slamming her knee into the hard wood floor. Pain shot up her leg. She grabbed the chair to pull herself up, but the next wave threw her back down. She tried to regain her footing, but someone yanked her to the ground.

“Stay down.” Mr. Jacobs shoved her forward. He crawled beside her, half pushing, half dragging her toward the door.

Debris pelted her back, shoulders, and head. How could she have left Mia? Tears blurred her vision.

“If it’s an earthquake, it should stop any minute. Just keep crawling toward the door.”

Desperately wishing she could cover her ears to block the screaming, she clawed forward. Her knee dragged behind her, pain pulsing with each movement. Falling apart wouldn’t help matters. She had to get to Mia.

Ryleigh crawled through the doorway, into utter chaos. People trying to push through the mess, others huddled in corners shielding their heads. An injured woman cried as she rocked back and forth clutching her arm. A man crouched over her.

Fear and disorientation held Ryleigh immobile.

Reluctant Prince Synopsis:

Reluctanct3Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow. Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger. Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince

“A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!”

~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

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Dani Lyn Alexander Bio:

Dani-Lyn_Alexander (1)Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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Review: Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Synopsis: Sequel to Armentrout’s “White Hot Kiss,” and picks up shortly after the events of said book. Roth is being shady and pushing Layla away, seems some Lillians are in existence, and Zayne is being hot and perfect. Also, there is a twist at the end.

 

What I liked: Layla and Zayne, or really, just Zayne. Holy Cow, we finally get to learn a little more about Zayne and boy does he not disappoint. He finally declares his feelings for Layla and throws his hat into the ring. Problem is, her kiss will kill him, or steal his soul. Zayne and Layla’s relationship was really the highlight of the book for me. It was so steamy and romantic. I was a Team Zayne member from book one so I feel like this book was written solely for me.

What I Didn’t Like: The plot moved a little slower than previous books. I felt like the central mystery was lagging and this book definitely centered around the love triangle. I’m not complaining but I just felt like the mystery was second to the love story. The ending was a total slap in the face (in a good way) but up until then I was kind of like “huh.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I’m a big fan of Jennifer Amerntrout’s writing, especially her romances, but I was hoping for a little more meat. I’m excited to see what the next book entails, especially considering what is revealed at the end. 7.5/10