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Blog Tour: Outside In

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Outside In
by Doug Cooper
Published by Greenleaf Book Group Press
253 pages
Genre: literature 
4.5 / 5

 

They (whoever “they” are) say that teaching is a calling. I’m sure “they” would also say that learning is a calling.

I mean, let’s face it. No one really enjoys learning life’s tough lessons, do they?

In the case of Brad Shepherd, those lessons come especially brutally, even if most of that brutality is self-inflicted.

Brad has been forced to take a “leave of absence” from his job as a middle school math teacher (oh, the horror … faithful readers, indulge me with this aside: surely one of Dante’s rings of hell is teaching middle school math), and in an act of delayed adolescence / screw you, Mom and Dad / you want a leave of absence, I will give you a leave of absence, Brad hits the road to Put-in-Bay, Ohio, an island in the middle of Lake Erie.

Brad’s parents think he’s running away from his problems, and perhaps he is. But really, it’s more that Brad is running to himself, whomever that may be.

Once on the island, he meets a motley crew of drug dealers, hot women, bisexuals, drunk bartenders, and philosophical guitar players. Brad avails himself of each and every one, frequently winding up in a drug haze that disguises the pain he feels. In the book’s Q&A, Doug Cooper draws a parallel between Outside In and Catcher in the Rye, and the comparisons are strong indeed when it comes to Brad’s drug and alcohol usage. At one point, a character points out to him that his mistress is cocaine, a fact Brad refutes.

But it’s true. Brad just isn’t ready to face it at that point.

(When he is, Cooper astutely creates the struggle Brad undergoes to regain his sobriety as one that is challenging, full of fits and starts.)

Through the drugs, booze, and sex, Brad remains a man in search of his identity. Who is he if he can’t teach? Can he still teach? Does he even want to?

Just as his students must do, Brad must learn his lessons, often the hardest way possible. He needs to learn to trust his heart, both romantically and intellectually, and he has to make peace with his parents. He also needs to learn to be his own man and not the mistress of pharmaceuticals and alcohol, as the case may be.

Not to make this novel sound bleak. It is not at all. There are some richly comic moments, and Cooper knows when we need them. Just when Brad begins to feel overwhelmed, something funny occurs to give us a break from Brad’s overwhelming sadness. Yes, he appears happy, but he, like Holden Caulfield, is lost. Whereas Holden tries to find himself in New York City, though, Brad searches in Put-in-Bay.

It is not accidental, I am sure, that Brad’s last name is Shepherd. He is the guide and comfort to others, just as he needs guidance and comfort. He’s a teacher at heart, and there are times he teaches his new friends. Like his middle schoolers, his friends occasionally don’t listen to him; they sometimes take precarious, threatening risks.

And then the teacher becomes the student, and in those moments, we wish the best for Brad Shepherd.

You will not want to say goodbye to him, but Cooper knows how to end Brad’s story. The best writers don’t give readers what they want, they give readers what they need.

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Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Outside-In-Doug-Cooper/dp/1626340048

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Promo Blitz & Giveaway: Deadly Revelations

 

Deadly Revelation – PROMO Blitz
By Andrea Johnson Beck
Psychological Romantic Suspense
Date Published: April 8, 2014
 

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Love.
Dr. Anne Montgomery’s heart and soul belongs to Adam Whitney but her tyrannical husband, Carter Montgomery, continues his ruthless reign by punishing Anne with another murder. Will Carter succeed and take away everyone Anne has ever cared about?
Family.
Something Anne has craved since childhood. Dr. Casey Adler has been the only one Anne considered a sister, until Claire Monroe enters her life. Can her newfound sister be trusted?
Betrayal.
 
Someone close to Anne is helping Carter and everyone is a suspect. As revenge consumes her, she slips further away from Adam but will unexpected news thrust her into the darkness, or will Anne battle the demons and take her life back?
EXCERPT
                    If Anne had ever felt Montgomery blood course through her veins it was in that moment. Every cell boiled beneath her skin. Murder was the only thought in her mind—severe, merciless murder. The kind that would tantalize viewers to gawk at their television screens as helicopters flew over the grotesque scene as a dismembered body was rolled into the back of a black windowless van. The headline would read, “Wife attacked psychotic drug-addicted husband.” And won.

Anne’s emotion paralyzed as did her muscles. She knew fear. Experienced loss, anger, and hatred, tasted betrayal and revenge. What skimmed along her reasoning was new. Darker than anything she had ever felt before. The smell of death burned her nostrils and blood seeped into the floor like crimson polish.
                    In the early morning hours, as Anne slept in Adam’s arms, Carter had invaded the house, cut out another piece of her sanity and then vanished into the night. Carter was the phantom in children’s bedtime stories. The monster that could slip through the shadows, steal souls and taint dreams. Carter was not only Anne’s husband, but also her nightmare.
                    Bites pricked her heart the longer she stared at Robert’s executed body. Anne’s vision blurred and moved and at times tricked her mind into seeing movement from him but he was dead. Robert was dead. Carter had invaded Michael’s home to make a statement. He would never let Anne go.
Dr. Anne Jamison, a brilliant neuropsychiatrist, is living the concrete jungle life in Minneapolis with her fiancé, prominent attorney Adam Whitney. But the mysterious death of Carter Leeds, her beloved former boyfriend, still haunts her…
After three years of unanswered questions, a mysterious package finds its way to Anne. The note inside reveals the possibility that Carter may, in fact, be alive. Even more shocking, her very own fiancé may have had a hand in his attempted demise. Anne doesn’t know what—or who—to believe, and the deeper she digs, the more she is overcome by a dangerous game of cat and mouse. But will Anne’s trust be restored—or will she be the one left plotting revenge?
About the Author: Andrea Johnson Beck
 photo 1001276_432126610237253_1411837118_n_zps3785b185.jpgAndrea was born a Midwestern girl, grew up in Iowa and South Dakota. She came out of the womb writing, her parents have recorded evidence of Andrea’s whimsical imagination. She has had many poems and short stories published over the years, even did free verse sessions at a local coffee shop but there aren’t any recorded evidence of that. Andrea is thankful for the lack of technology in the 90’s.
After twenty-nine trips around the sun, she decided it was time to sit down and write her first book. And, she did. Two weeks before her 30th birthday, Andrea completed, Deadly Deception. Sadly, it sat in her laptop for two years before she decided to self-publish in November 2012.
Montlake Romance loved Deadly Deception and Deadly Redemption so much, they wanted them and their author. Andrea and Montlake Romance decided to interweave the two stories into one novel. The “new” Deadly Deception released October 8th, 2013. The 2nd book in the series, Deadly Revelation, released April 8th, 2014.
Andrea resides in North Carolina with her quirky family, where she homeschools her son and writes about the craziness that pours from her mind. Her son, Logan, has caught the writing bug. He talks about being on the Autism Spectrum and homeschooling at his very own blog, The Quirky Mustache. Logan has touched many lives and is her hero.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Fixed on You

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Fixed On You (Book 1)
by Laurelin Paige
Published by Laurelin Paige
228 pages
Genre: romance; New Adult 
4 / 5

Summary
Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous—the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of it.

Avoiding him isn’t an option after he offers a business proposition she can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

My Review
There are different types of addictions.

There are the ones we all know about – alcohol, drugs, gambling – and then there are those we hear 17828418about and think, “Oh, yeah. That’s an addiction too.” Eating too much or shopping or eating too little.

But what about an addiction to being addicted?

On the heels of earning her MBA, hopeful nightclub manager Alayna meets Hudson Pierce (oh, that name), the piercingly (GET IT??) hot, gorgeous, and sexually compelling owner of the nightclub Alayna hopes to manage.

Hudson wants to hire Alayna (aka Laynie) to help him throw his mother off the scent of a forced marriage of sorts between Hudson and his childhood friend. Laynie agrees – Hudson will pay her enough to wipe away her student loans – but she’s worried. Laynie, you see, is easily addicted to the menfolk. She has a tendency to obsess over the guys she dates, to the point that she has restraining orders against her.

And if ever there was a man to whom she could become addicted, it’s Hudson Pierce.

I’m sure you think you know how this will end.

Given that it’s the first in a trilogy, though, you may be surprised.

What I enjoyed about this book – aside from the scorching headboard rockin’ that I will discuss in a moment – is how evenly matched Laynie and Hudson are. They each bring certain compulsions to the romantic table, and despite Hudson’s immense wealth, he never comes across as if he’s got all the advantages to her disadvantages. They seem well matched. It’s a nice departure from the Dominant Man and Submissive Woman thing that can permeate erotica these days.

Instead, we have two people who are fairly close in age and even closer in spirit. However much she may care for Hudson, Laynie does not roll over and let him take command. She fights for herself and what’s best for her.

Yes, Hudson repeatedly tells us that he’s “dominant” and has a “dominant” personality. In this post-Fifty Shades apocalypse, when we see the word “dominant,” we think of belts and red rooms. Laurelin Paige never quite takes us there; instead, Hudson’s dominance is largely personality-driven.

That isn’t to say that the sexy times are wanting. Strap on your vibrators, girls, because Paige delivers some hot headboard rockin’. If the story and characters don’t inspire you to check out the rest of the series, the horizontal hula-ing sure will.
About the Author
Laurelin Paige is the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Fixed Trilogy. She’s a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine.

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Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17828418-fixed-on-you
Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Fixed-You-Laurelin-Paige-ebook/dp/B00IFVAAGA
B&Nhttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fixed-on-you-laurelin-paige/1115288520?ean=9780991379637
iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fixed-on-you/id820484086?mt=11

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Release Blitz & Giveaway: Taking Chances

 

Taking Chances – Release Blitz
By Ariadne Wayne
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: April 27, 2014

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Lauren and Mark Burrows lost their parents in a car accident one night. Despite their father being the drunk driver, both struggle with the urge to turn to drink; Lauren most of all. When all they have is each other, Lauren feels lost when Mark falls in love with Cassie Warren and moves out.
Ethan Stone has been alone since his divorce. His ex-wife took him for everything, and he has felt empty for a long time. He’s not looking for love, but Lauren brings him back to life. The question is whether she can fight her demons for the man she loves, and if Ethan can handle the wild ride that is life with Lauren.
EXCERPT


With Ethan’s arm around her shoulders, Lauren nestled up close, nuzzling his cheek.
“I did want to watch this, Lauren. You’ll distract me.”
“That’s the idea.”
He grinned. “I am trying not to make our relationship just about sex.”
“I know. I’m happy right here, but I’m still trying to distract you.”
Ethan laughed. “You’re so naughty.”
“Always.” She rolled her eyes. “As if I would be anything else.”
He kissed her lips softly. “Is that better?”
“Getting there.”
“If I keep kissing you, I’m not going to want to stop.” He said, in an attempt to look serious.
“That’s what I’m counting on.”
Ethan kissed her on the nose. “That’s all you’re getting until the movie is finished.”
“Spoil sport.”
She rested her head on his shoulder. Moving his hand down from her shoulder to rub her arm, he shared a smile before snuggling up again.
“I know I tease, but I do like this,” she said.
“So do I. You know, it’s been so long since I was this close to anyone. Just to have you here and in my arms is the best feeling.”
“I’m glad, Ethan. I’ve been looking forward to being here with you, even if it is only for a few days.”
“We’ll have to make the most of it. Spend every second we can together.”
He leaned back to look at her. What this beautiful woman saw in him, he didn’t know. Her long blonde hair hung in curls around her shoulders, and she had those gorgeous brown eyes that just sucked you in. The type you just want to look into forever.
She smiled, and his stomach plunged through the floor. There was so much to her that no-one else could ever know about. How anyone had never worked that out was a mystery, but Ethan saw it.
The depth of Lauren’s feeling in return was obvious. Looking at her, really looking at her, her emotions were written all over her face.
“How can no-one have claimed you before,” he said, softly.
She blushed, colour flooding her cheeks. The look on her face made his heart race at the thought she was his.
“Ethan,” she whispered.
Ariadne Wayne
Ariadne Wayne loves books and lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and two children. Having always had a prolific imagination she now writes the words down instead of storing them in her head where she can’t share them.
When she’s not writing she works in Telecommunications, frequently banging her head on the desk with the random things that can happen to the ordinary phone line.


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Bad Boys of Romance Hop

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Oh you know you love them. Those “bad boys” of romance. 
And now we’re celebrating them and all their naughty deliciousness. 

Which “bad boy” revs your motor? Is he a hero? Villain? A secondary character?
Show those boys off June 7th-June 17th in the “Bad Boys” of Romance Giveaway Hop hosted by

My portion of the giveaway is one digital copy of Bared to You, featuring the hottest Bad Boy out there, Gideon Cross. (Warning: this book features scenes of erotica and some explicitly hot headboard rockin’, and it will make you want to read part II, Reflected in You, and the recently released part III, Entangled in You.) 

 Make sure you visit the other participating blogs. There are a lot of fabulous Bad Boy prizes for you to win!


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Hockey Hop

Toni Aleo a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic is the author of the fabulous Assassins Hockey Series — Join us for the celebration of the re-release of The Assassins Hockey Series including: Taking Shots; Trying to Score and Empty Net – on sale 4/23/13:

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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving a Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

This giveaway is sponsored by these Authors:

The Reluctant Bachelorette by Rachael Anderson

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Giveaway Details
1 winner will receive their choice of a Kindle Fire HD (US Only), $199 Amazon Gift Card or $199 in Paypal Cash (Internaitonal).
Ends 2/28/13

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer http://iamareader.com and sponsored by the authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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