Cover Reveal: Bad Son Rising

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COVER REVEAL: Bad Son Rising
By Julie A Richman

RELEASE DATE: August 28th, 2014

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Blurb

People think I’m a douche.
And maybe I am.
I use most people.
It’s what I know.
But if I love you,
I’d die for you.
I just don’t know that I’m worth loving.

Handsome, privileged bad boy Zac Moore has always played by his own rules – at school, in business, with women. He’s rewritten the rules to suit his own needs and his needs are all that matter.

Serious and focused family friend Liliana Castillo has one goal. Leave the pre-Med program at Yale to help people in developing nations.

As their paths cross and uncross, a tale of love, agony, betrayal and growth is woven, transforming two people who’ve hidden from relationships and love.

This is a stand-alone novel.

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“Lils, I don’t know that I’m great boyfriend material. I’m used to being a dick. It’s what I know.” He was hoping she’d say something, but she didn’t. “But I would want it to be different with you. You’re not a drive-by. And I don’t really know how to do the other stuff. But you make me want it. You make me want to try.”

Sweeping her hair to one side, he buried his face in her neck.

Finally, she spoke, “Are you saying this to me because we’re stuck here? Because if you are, don’t. I don’t want a one night stand with you, Zac.”

Letting his teeth graze the soft skin of her neck, he felt her shiver, “I don’t want a one night stand with you either and with my track record I know that may be hard to believe. And of course the one girl I want to believe it, doesn’t.” Pulling his mouth away from her delicious tasting neck, he rested his chin on her shoulder.

“Ok, I’ve got nothing to lose here,” he began. “The weekend we met, all I wanted to do was make you notice me,” he laughed, “and you didn’t even know that I was alive. I wanted to make you smile, Lils. Isn’t that crazy. I just wanted to make you smile.”

Turning herself fully within the circle of his arm, she was on her knees facing him, “You wanted to make me smile?”

He nodded.

“I was so miserable. I just wanted to be over here. I didn’t want to be back at Yale.” Surprising him, she placed her hands on his cheeks, “And you wanted to make me smile?”

He nodded again.

And there it was, beautiful and elusive, and Zac could feel his emotions rising dangerously close to the surface. Liliana Castillo had a heart stopping smile and the only thing he could do was return it with one of his own.

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About Julie Richman

julie richman bioAuthor Julie A. Richman is a native New Yorker living deep in the heart of Texas. A creative writing major in college, reading and writing fiction has always been a passion. Julie began her corporate career in publishing in NYC and writing played a major role throughout her career as she created and wrote marketing, advertising, direct mail and fundraising materials for Fortune 500 corporations, advertising agencies and non-profit organizations. She is an award winning nature photographer plagued with insatiable wanderlust. Julie and her husband have one son and a white German Shepherd named Juneau.

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Desire

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Desire
by Missy Johnson
Publication Date: June 27, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis: I’m a sex worker.

A prostitute. A whore.

Whatever you want to call me, the result is still the same. I sleep with men and I get paid for it. I don’t make excuses for what I do.

Then I learn how fragile life can be; how in an instant, everything can change. My mother disappears and I’m left to care for my two estranged siblings. I can barely manage to look after myself.

How am I supposed to look after a hormonal fifteen year old and a five year old who has no idea who I am?

I just want my old, uncomplicated life back.

Especially when He shows up.

He’s investigating my mothers disappearance, but I can see that it’s more than that for him.He thinks he can help me. He thinks he can fix me.

Only how can he fix something so broken?

About Missy Johnson

Missy lives in a small town in Central Victoria with her husband, and her confused pets (a dog who think she’s a cat, a cat who thinks he’s a dog…you get the picture).

When she’s not writing, she can usually be found looking for something to read.

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Book Blast & Giveaway: Circle of Dishonor

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Carla will award one copy of CIRCLE OF DISHONOR at every stop to a randomly drawn commenter, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to one randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. Please click the banner to see the other stops on this tour.

John “Ice” Takahashi’s final job for The Circle has an unexpected hitch in it; he’s fallen for an innocent civilian and his enemies know it. With his mission in a shambles, he’ll do anything to protect her, including kill. So how can a man without honor prove he’s worthy of her love?

Lena Matthews feels like she’s playing with fire by dating the mysterious Master J. He’s exotic, dangerous, and exactly what she needs in her boring life. With the bad guys bearing down on them, she discovers a whole new world of sensuality that binds her heart to his forever.

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As the hostess led them to their seats, a nice looking man stood a few tables over and waved at John. “Takahashi, come and sit with us.”

John lightly touched her arm. “Lena, I’m sorry, but they’re old friends, and I must accept their invitation.” He placed an arm around her waist.

“I understand. It’ll be nice to meet friends of yours.”

He grunted as if in approval and squeezed her to his side.

She’d meant it. Though she looked forward to talking with John one on one, friends were more apt to repeat stories that would show her layers of the man. Considering how quiet John had proven to be at this point, she hadn’t counted on learning much about him tonight.

The striking auburn-haired woman sitting next to the handsome man frowned at John as if she couldn’t place him and then switched her attention to Lena. The coldness in the woman’s green eyes caused Lena to hesitate and only John’s assuring touch helped her move forward.

“Lena, let me introduce you to Collin and his wife, Olivia. They run a local adoption agency. This is my special friend, Lena.” John held out the chair for her next to the window, across from Olivia, and then he sat next to her across from Collin.

“Ice!” The woman blurted out and then turned to her husband, hitting his shoulder. “His hair isn’t neon blue or long. I didn’t recognize him.”

“It has been a while,” John said without looking at Lena. “I prefer John.”

Ice? She could see someone calling him that. His calm manner probably came across to most as a cold disposition, but she saw the warmth underneath his self-control.

 

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Author Interview & Excerpts: J.D. Hollyfield

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Life in a Rut, Love Not Included

To celebrate the publication of Life in a Rut, Love, Not Included, J.D. Hollyfield stopped by to answer some questions. For more information about the book, check out my review page, where you can also enter to win a signed copy plus a $10 Amazon gift card. Read on for J.D.’s interview, plus some excerpts from Life in a Rut, Love Not Included.

They say you can’t go home again, but in Life in a Rut, Love not Included, Sarah does. What do you think keeps people in general from returning home once they leave?
I can speak from personal experience and in Sarah’s case, leaving the nest was an accomplishment. She had a plan. She wanted to spread her wings and become great, on her own. Wanting to prove to the world she was going to be something great. Being on her own, having a great job, supporting herself, envisioning marriage in her future, her life was on track. Having to return home after losing all you’ve worked so hard for was a hit to her self esteem. You are not supposed to backtrack in life. Having to return home was a sign of failure for Sarah.

What challenges did you face in writing Sarah’s Story?
One of the biggest challenges when it came to the plot was incorporating the cheating. It was how it flowed in my head so that’s the direction in where the story went. But I do not like cheaters. I have been there, and it is not a good feeling. A lot of true emotions went into writing this portion of the story.

Sarah gets scared off love and commitment, yet she finds herself attracted to jack. How did you envision him? What influenced your creation of his character-any previous literary heroes, television film?
Jack-yum! My vision of Jack was a perfect mix of all my book boyfriend qualities. His thick rich brown hair, strong facial features, the light 5 o’clock shadow, those strong shoulders and lean waste. And let’s not forget that happy trail you get a peak of when his shirt lifts as he stretches. *Sigh…

Did you know Sarah’s story would play out before you wrote the book, or did it come about through the writing process?
I started with an idea, and I literally wrote it as it played out in my head. I had a solid idea on who I wanted Sarah to portray, and at which moment the story would begin, which is at a place in which her life is in the dumps.

What is your writing room /area look like?
It’s my desk, once everyone’s goes to bed, a quiet room, while playing Ingrid Michelson Pandora station, with a nice glass of wine.

How did you come up with the title?
When I started the book, I sat down and just let my idea flow on paper. Twelve hours later, I was forced to stop and I had to save my work. Life in a Rut, love not included was the first thing that popped in my head. I saved it as this title assuming I would change it later. When finalizing the book, I just couldn’t let the original title go. I felt it fit and nothing else stood out to me like the original.

What message do you hope readers come away with after reading the book?
Totally quoting the book here but having it all is not all it’s cracked up to be. Sometimes the best things in life are the little things. Sarah was a perfect example of having it all, and realizing once she didn’t have it, that those extra fancy perks in life were not what were truly making her happy. And most importantly don’t give up. Life has a way of side swiping you in bad but also in good. Everyone has a happy ending.

What novelists and novels influence you as you became a writer?
Reading is like an addiction. Once you start you just cannot stop. I would find myself in the most random places trying to get one more chapter in, because I was just so hooked on each book I read. So many good authors from historical, to paranormal, to Contemporary: Darynda Jones, Pamela Clare, Linda Howard, Judith McNaught, Jeanienne Frost, Kristen Ashley, Jennifer Armentrout, I can go on forever.

What is the first book you remember reading and enjoying?
My first Romantic genre book was Linda Howard’s Cry No More. Such an emotional story and I’ll admit, I cried like a baby.

What are three books books you routinely recommend to friends?
The last three books I recommended were Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig, The Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones, and Friend Zoned Series by Belle Aurora

What can we expect from you next?
I am very excited for what’s next. I am dipping into romantic suspense next and look forward to introducing Ava and Devon towards the end of the year!

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Excerpts

Excerpt 1

I begin to move some boxes around, only to break the bottom of one open and have all my things dump to the floor. “Seriously?” I hiss. I kick another box, and it of course domino effects and takes out a crate full of tools. This is just great. I’m bent over to assess the damage, when I hear stomping feet approach.

“What the hell are you doing?!”

I turn to see him quickly walking toward me, jaw locked and wearing an impressively angry look.

“Listen, it was an accident,” I growl out and dip down in an attempt to pick up his tools.

“Don’t touch my equipment!” He swats my hand away and bends down to place his scattered tools back into the overturned crate.

“Listen buddy, it was an accident. Maybe you should find another place to store your junk!”

“Junk, huh?!”

“Yeah, junk—” As I try to finish spitting out my sentence, he bends over and picks up a pair of my shiny stilettos. Dangling my Jimmy Choos over my head, he then proceeds to throw them across the garage.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” I scream.

“Oh don’t worry, sweetheart. I’m just helping you make room for my ‘junk’!”

“Oh no you didn’t!” I get right in his face. He follows suit which brings us nose to nose, ready to face off. His eyes are flaming orbs and I can feel his breath hitting my cheeks.

“You’re going to regret this,” I hiss.

“You have no idea.” In record speed, he raises his hand and throws it behind my neck, then he grabs my head and slams his mouth on mine. I have been pondering the feel of his mouth pressed against mine for days, but it’s nothing like the real thing. Too shocked, I don’t know whether to fight him off or wrap my arms around his neck to deepen the kiss. Before I can find out, he releases me.

“Don’t touch the equipment,” he says, out of breath, and walks out of the garage.

 

Excerpt Two

What the…

Just then, cold water starts spurting straight at my face. I attempt to quickly scrub the remaining shampoo out of my hair. While dodging ice splatter, I throw myself out of the shower, of course slipping right off the mat and onto the floor. What is the obsession with my face wanting to connect with the floor?!  Pulling myself up, I try to get my eyes to stop burning since I have shampoo seeping in them. I focus on my current state of mayhem, grab the nearest towel and barrel out the door.

“Mom!” I scream because there is no way she forgot to pay the water bill. “MOM! Why is the hot water not working? I was in the middle of—”

Oomph! Walking into the living room and slamming right into a hard hot body was not what I was expecting. As I look up while adjusting to my foam-glazed vision, I see Sexy McTouch Me staring at me with that damn grin again.

“How did you get in here?! Where is my mother?” I spit out angrily, trying to look around for my mother while preparing for the lecture of a lifetime on how she has to stop letting this hunk of a man into our home!

“She left it open for me. We are starting the addition today. We had to turn the water heater off to get the wires under the old deck,” he explains with a hint of humor. God, I hate this man.

“Well you could have warned us that you were shutting it off. Some people were actually using that hot water!” I state as rudely as I possibly can while not staring at the day-old stubble lining his oh-so-attractive jawline. “You interrupted my hot shower, you know!”

“I can see that.” He dips down to my feet and stands up, handing me what looks like—are you flipping kidding me—my towel.

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Blog Tour, Giveaway & Review: LIfe in a Rut, Love Not Included

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Life in a Rut, Love Not Included
by J.D. Hollyfield
Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Humor, Romance, Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis: Having it all isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When Sarah Sullivan’s perfect life blows up in front of her, she finds herself crawling back to the one place she never saw herself returning: Home.

At thirty-one, Sarah had it all. Perfect job, perfect boyfriend, perfect life. When all that is taken away from her, she is left heartbroken and angry and desperate enough to let her life swallow her whole…for a while.

Fending off love and the pursuit of happiness completely, Sarah vows to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. She creates a list of goals for herself—starting with a much needed shower—and constructs a plan to dig herself out of her rut. What she doesn’t plan for is meeting the arrogant new employee her parents have hired to work on an addition to their home. Enter Jack Calloway, the handsome, charming, lickable foreman with an insatiable effect on Sarah’s girly parts.

Jack accepts the job, but gets more than he bargained for. Unable to ignore his racing hormones—and calm his temper—over the obnoxious woman who clouds his judgment, Jack pulls her in and steals her heart until she finally surrenders. But is he up for the challenge of picking up the pieces of Sarah’s broken heart? Can he carry her out of her rut?

My Review

Sarah is not always an easy character to like. She frequently behaves like a 21-year-old as opposed to a 31-year-old. She’s silly, immature, and self-absorbed.

But how much of that is of her own accord? How much is because she has been allowed to behave that way?

Yes, she suffers a romantic debacle. As she recalls her relationship with Steve, she casts herself as his caregiver, always quick to sacrifice her own goals and self for Steve’s demands and desires. Yet that in itself is selfish. She believes that she is the center of his life, that only she can properly take care of him. Everything about her is about her.

Sarah’s relationship with her roommate Stacey is equally selfish, albeit with different motivations. Stacey comes from a wealthy family that bankrolls her and, by extension, Sarah. The couture house clothes and shoes, the tony apartment, the access – all of that makes Sarah a bit delirious. It’s only a matter of time until the clock strikes midnight.

Hollyfield doesn’t immediately reveal what happened the day Sarah’s life fell into a rut; she parses it out, bit by bit. By the time we have a full understanding, we like Sarah a little more, making Hollyfield’s pacing a worthy decision.

When Sarah comes home, she continues with her self-absorption until she is forced to consider her life and actions from the perspectives of other people, namely Jack. Upon their first meeting, he is so appalled by her that he tosses her top-of-the-line cell phone into the street. This one gesture seems to put the exclamation point on Sarah’s rut, but in fact it turns out to be the first step in her rehabilitation. No longer tethered to her old life (save through some clothes and shoes), she is free to be the person she could be … and should be.

Once I got over my dislike of Sarah, I got hooked on this story. Yes, it is predictable. Yes, you see what’s going to happen long before you read it. But you know what? It’s still a fun read. Once Sarah pulls herself together, she is charming. And Jack … well, Jack is pretty fabulous. So fabulous, in fact, that you will need to strap on your vibrators, girls, because Jack delivers in the hot headboard rockin’.

This makes for a fun summer read, perfect for the poolside or on the beach.

 

About the Author: J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.

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Promo Blitz: Written on Her Heart

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By Paige Rion
Contemporary Romance / New Adult
Date Published:April 23, 2014
   
  
Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life.
Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.
An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it.
She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.
EXCERPT
He went to pull away, but Andi caught his hand, holding it there.
He exhaled, breath caressing her skin. “How do you do it?” he asked.
She swallowed, a razor blade in her throat while his eyes searched hers. “Do what?”
His face became distorted and her vision blurred until she wondered if this all wasn’t just a dream.
“Get under my skin,” he whispered.
The second the words left his mouth, he leaned in and crushed his lips over hers, kissing her as though it was going to be his last time kissing anyone. She blocked out the world, blocked out every thought except of him and the warmth of his touch. His fingers trailed over her jaw, her throat, and moved over her cool, damp skin, leaving her breathless.
She tipped her head to the side, deepening the kiss, reveling at how the pain in her throat and the throbbing in her chest vanished with his touch. Never before had she felt this. As if she was soaring and falling at the same time. As if she was witnessing something exotic and rare. As if she could die right now and not care, as long as it was in his arms.
She reached up to him, running her hands through his hair, something she had wanted to do from that first day in his office. He groaned and every nerve came alive with each second his lips danced with hers. All her worries slipped away. She was invincible.
And then their lips parted and Ford breathed her name. But when she blinked her heavy eyelids open, seconds later, he was gone.
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Paige Rion is a contemporary romance author. She’s a mother, wife, blogger, hopeless chocoholic, coffee-addicted, wine-lover. Her debut, novel–a new adult romance–Written On Her Heart, is the first in the Callaway Cove series. The next in the series is to be released this summer. She loves connecting with readers on her blog and social media.




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Release Day Blitz: Neanderthal Marries Human (Knitting in the City Series)

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Neanderthal Marries Human
by Penny Reid
Knitting in the City #3
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Women, Humor, Humorous, Romance
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Synopsis: There are three things you should know about Quinn Sullivan: 1) He is madly in love with Janie Morris, 2) He’s not above playing dirty to get what (or who) he wants, and 3) He doesn’t know how to knit.

After just five months of dating Janie, Quinn—former Wendell and unapologetic autocrat—is ready to propose marriage. In fact, he’s more than ready. If it were up to Quinn, he would efficiently propose, marry, and beget Janie with child all in the same day—thereby avoiding the drama and angst that accompanies the four stages of pre-matrimony: engagement, meeting the parents, bachelor/bachelorette party, and overblown, superfluous wedding day traditions. But Janie, much to Quinn’s dismay, tosses a wrench in his efficacious endeavors and challenges him to prove his devotion by going through the matrimonial motions, no matter how minute and mundane.

Will Quinn last until the wedding day? Or will he yield to his tyrant impulses?

Regardless, one thing is for certain, Quinn Sullivan will have to learn to expect the Spanish Inquisition (i.e. the unexpected) if he plans to have and keep Janie Morris as his wife.

This book is not a standalone. It is the sequel to ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human,’ it is book #1.5 in the ‘Knitting in the City’ series, and it is a full length, 100k word novel.

Again, you must read ‘Neanderthal Seeks Human’ first before reading this book.

This book is written in first person, alternating POV (Janie Morris AND Quinn Sullivan; but more Janie than Quinn).

Also in the Series:

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) Friends Without Benefits (Knitting in the City, #2) Love Hacked (Knitting in the City, #3)

About Penny Reid

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SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon… boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).

By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.

 

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