Clever #CoverReveal: S’more to Lose by Beth Merlin

S’more to Lose
Beth Merlin
(The Campfire Series #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: December 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Four years after her life-changing summer, Gigi Goldstein thinks saying goodbye to Camp Chinooka means saying hello to a brand new life. Now faced with a second chance at her career, she is filled with more hope than she’s felt in a long time. Her design house is taking the fashion world by storm, even attracting notice of Victoria Ellicott, the fashionable British socialite who just happens to be engaged to the future king of England. When Gigi is chosen to design the royal wedding dress in London, she is forced to confront her ex-fiancé, Perry Gillman, now a successful composer with a hit show on the West End.

But when Gigi learns Perry’s been dating Victoria’s sister, who rivals her in looks, style and sophistication, Gigi can’t help but feel inadequate in everything. Her world begins to crumble as she develops a creative block so debilitating, she fears that a wedding dress of royal proportions is never going to happen. Even a budding relationship with the handsome, wealthy, and rich Viscount of Satterley can’t make her forget about Perry and her inability to get over him. As the world gears up for the wedding of the century, Gigi is on the brink of buckling under the immense pressure of the uncertainties of her future and failures of her past.

Will she be able overcome her creative paralysis to design the dress of Victoria’s dreams, or will she break down now that she has even s’more to lose?

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Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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Clever #CoverReveal: Love, Secrets and Absolution by K.L. Loveley

Love, Secrets and Absolution
K.L. Loveley
Publication date: November 4th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

People in the village gossip and say that Grace’s long-awaited son Alfie is “different”. He is a lonely boy with secrets, lies and obsessive thoughts.

How far can a mother’s unconditional love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?

Set in Nottinghamshire, England – this gripping psychological drama follows the lives of Grace and her son Alfie, who transforms from a naïve boy to a University student spiralling out of control. A coming-of-age story with a difference.

A family falling apart: deceit, betrayal, teenage angst, love and addiction.

Will anybody find absolution?

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K.L Loveley is an exciting new author from Nottinghamshire, in England. Her debut novel ‘Alice’ is at times, a gritty but true to life story of a woman who finds herself in desperate straits.

The author’s love of writing began with a gift of a five year lock up diary at the age of seven and she has never stopped writing since. In addition to writing novels, the author writes poetry and will be sharing some of these on her blog.

She lives with her husband in a quaint village in Nottinghamshire and enjoys walking and cycling in the famous Sherwood Forest. The author and her husband own a narrowboat, and spend time navigating the British waterways. She spends many cosy evenings on her boat writing additional novels which will be released in the future.

To date, the author has enjoyed 40+ years working as a Nurse for the NHS , the latter twenty years as a Practice nurse in Primary care. During this time she has gained valuable knowledge and skills, which she has been able to transfer and use in her writing when related to medical and social issues.

K.L Loveley is a prolific reader, and reads a wide variety of genres. Some of her favourite bestselling authors include, Joanne Harris, Jodi Picoult, Marian Keyes, John le Carré, Maeve Binchy , Jojo Moyes and Philippa Gregory. She actively reviews the books that she reads on her blog klloveley.com and on GoodReads.

The author uses a pen name, K.L Loveley, aka Katie Lily Loveley. She felt compelled to use these names of her female ancestors, as a unique way of keeping their memory alive. Katie Loveley was the birth name of her maternal great grandmother. Lily, the Christian name of her paternal Grandmother. Alice, the main protagonist of her debut novel, was the name of her maternal grandmother. However, all of the characters in her stories are purely fictional.

She is currently working on a new novel which she hopes to publish in the near future.

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Blazing #BlogTour: The Sweet Spot by Anneli Lort

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Title: The Sweet Spot

Series: Appleton Vale, Book 1

Author: Anneli Lort

Publisher: Creativia

Cover Artist: Louise Mizen Ferguson

Release Date: July 4, 2017

Romance Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports

Words: 89,500

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Blurb

TheSweetSpot

The Sweet Spot is a classic love story with a sexy, modern edge, set in the sleepy West Country village of Appleton Vale, and in the glittering world of professional golf.

Olivia escapes London to overcome memories of heartbreak, and moves to Appleton Vale to ghostwrite the autobiography of Sebastian Bloom, former world number one golfer and global icon. But he doesn’t make things easy for her; Olivia is not ready for a new relationship and fights her feelings for Sebastian.

Their story comes to a head at the most prestigious golf tournament in the world, The Open Championship, where Sebastian’s return to form sets up an explosive clash with his lifelong rival, Troy McLoud.

As the lives of Olivia, Sebastian and the residents of Appleton Vale interweave, passions flare and the stakes rise.

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Olivia dressed in the skinny black jeans she knew made her legs look endless, teamed with biker boots and a chunky cashmere sweater. She tied her long, glossy, blonde hair back in a jaunty ponytail, and kept her makeup simple and natural, applying just enough mascara and eyeliner to make her vivid jade green eyes sparkle.  She ignored the niggling voice in her head asking why she was making such an effort to look effortlessly beautiful when she was going to work for such an unlikeable man.

It was only a short distance to the manor, but Olivia took the car as the rain showed no sign of letting up. The dark clouds that had gathered around the village and across the valley suited her mood today.

Passing the stone pillars that marked the entrance to the Bloom estate, she looked down the sweeping, tree-lined driveway, and took in the beauty of the land around her. Clearly it was tended with much love and, to her untrained eye, there wasn’t a blade of grass out of place. To her immediate left, post-and-rail paddocks contained horses and sheep, and further beyond lay open land. To Olivia’s right was manicured parkland, studded with ageing trees, slowly shedding their crisp, autumnal leaves for another year.

Even through the driving rain, Olivia saw it was a breathtakingly beautiful estate, and as she rounded the corner the Manor came into view.

An overwhelming sense of history poured from the building. It was vast but not foreboding, impressive but somehow not overwhelming. Olivia closed her eyes for a moment and tried to imagine what this great house had seen through its 400-year existence. She made a mental note to ask Sebastian to fill her in on the history of the manor: she wanted to soak it up and be a part of it.

She pulled the car up alongside Sebastian’s Bentley and dashed through the rain, up the steps, to the sanctuary of the covered entrance. The brass knocker was the size of her head, and Olivia had a job to get it working due to its sheer weight. After two booming knocks, she heard footsteps coming towards her and the door swung open.

“Hello, my dear, you must be Olivia, welcome to Appleton Manor,” said a comely woman with incredible warmth. “I’m the Bloom’s housekeeper, Hattie Banbridge. Let’s get you out of the rain.”

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Hattie,” Olivia smiled warmly, glancing quickly at her surroundings. ”Wow, this is amazing.”

Olivia stepped through the doorway into the entrance hall, cathedral-like in its size and serenity. Stairs swept down from both sides adjoining a central staircase that dominated the back of the hall, and hanging high above, a vast centerpiece chandelier cast shards of light all around, even on this dark autumnal day.

“It’s a family home,” said Hattie. “We don’t stand on ceremony and we like to have as calm and relaxing an environment as possible.”

Just as Olivia was about to respond, there was a crash from another room followed by shouting. She could hear every word and could only assume it was Sebastian and his sister, going at it like a pair of terriers.

Hattie took Olivia buy the elbow and steered her towards the kitchen, away from ground zero and the argument that was still raging.

“Well it’s usually calm and relaxing here, honestly,” Hattie said, with an embarrassed smile.

“Oh God, don’t worry, it’s fine.  I’ll pretend I didn’t hear anything”, Olivia was equally embarrassed that she had wandered into the battle of the Blooms.

“I shouldn’t tell you this, but he isn’t in the best of moods and Georgiana, bless her, has a habit of pushing all the wrong buttons,” Hattie confided. “The combination of the two of them like that is always explosive. Now, take a seat there and tell me what I can get you to drink while we wait for this to blow over.”

“Coffee please. Maybe I should just make a quiet exit and come back tomorrow?” Olivia winced as another crash came from the far reaches of the house, followed by another outburst of expletives.

“Sebastian won’t be happy if he knows you’ve been here and not seen him. Please, stay for a drink and I’ll see what the commotion is about.” Hattie placed a steaming mug of coffee in front of her and shuffled out of the kitchen to broker peace.

Olivia felt awkward and intrusive, as though she shouldn’t be there witnessing this most intimate of family moments. Restless, wanting to be somewhere else, she got up and wandered to the window overlooking the back of the manor.  Here she got a better view of the lake that ran alongside the vast expanse of lawn, which in turn was set against a backdrop of thick woodland. The tree cover in the distance gave structure to the landscape, and only the raindrops spattering against the windowpane dulled the otherwise stunning vista.

Hearing heavy footsteps approaching, Olivia turned and tried her best not to look as embarrassed as she was feeling. He had to know that she’d heard the row, it had been loud enough to shake the very foundations of the centuries-old manor house.

“This isn’t a good time. I thought you’d have had the common sense to work that out when you arrived,” Sebastian told Olivia in a voice that was quiet but unnervingly menacing.

Shocked at his rudeness Olivia just stood and said nothing.

“Just leave, Ms Carmichael. Come back tomorrow…and for God’s sake don’t regale the entire village with tales of your visit. We like to keep our family business private.”

Olivia was grateful for the escape route she was given. She grabbed her bag and almost ran out of the house, trying to retain some air of dignity and nonchalance about Sebastian’s treatment of her.

It was only when she was at the edge of the estate and heading towards the village that the anger set in. How rude. What gives him the right to talk to me like that?

Anger made her drive like a woman possessed, and one who had been fighting for her space on London roads for years.  She screamed through the village, almost taking out old Mrs Banks who was slowly and painfully negotiating the route from the tearoom to the duck pond.

About Anneli Lort

Author Bio

Anneli Lort lived with a charming cast of characters in her head for a number of years before she found the time to sit down and bring them to life in the Appleton Vale series. Once she put pen to paper her imagination was free to create a character driven world of contemporary romance that is both heartwarming and engaging.

In a public relations career that spanned more than two decades Anneli worked closely with elite professionals at the highest level and with some of the world’s biggest sporting companies. With this came an access-all-areas pass to the greatest sports events on the planet where she saw for herself the tension, drama and emotions that were played out behind the scenes. While TV audiences around the world watched the sporting excitement unfold, she was there to witness first-hand what really happened before and afterwards – the untold stories the rest of the world never got to see.This is the rich and enviable background she brings to her debut novel – The Sweet Spot.

Anneli lives in a village much like her fictional creation – Appleton Vale – that is nestled against the foothills of the South Downs. She spends her days working in brand communications, writing, walking her dog – Hector – and riding her New Forest Pony Henry. The dog shares the house; the horse has his own rather spacious accommodation.

Anneli is currently writing the second novel in the Appleton Vale series – The Country Club – which will be on sale in December 2017.

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of her bestselling debut, The Sweet Spot, Anneli is giving away a £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. For your chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter below. The contest closes at midnight EST on September 8, 2017, and is open to entrants worldwide.

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August 28:

Bookk Review by Foxylutely Books

August 29:

Author Interview with Drops of Ink

August 30:

Exclusive Excerpt at The Bookworm Lodge

August 31:

Exclusive Excerpt at All Things Bookaholic

September 1:

Exclusive Excerpt at Reviews by Crystal

September 2:

Guest Post at Book Huntress’ World
Exclusive Excerpt at Underneath the Covers

September 3:

Guest Post at Lori’s Reading Corner

September 4:

Exclusive Excerpt at I Heart Reading

September 5:

Guest Post at Romance Novel Giveaways

September 6:

Character Interview with Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books

September 7:

Exclusive Excerpt at Romantic Reads and Such
Book Review by Life at 17

September 8:

Exclusive Excerpt at Loves Great Reads

September 9:

Author Interview with Liz’s Reading Life

September 10:

Exclusive Excerpt at Abibliophobia Anonymous

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Bombastic #BookBlitz: Vishwamitra by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal

Vishwamitra by Dr. Vineet Aggarwal
Indian Mythological Fiction
~ Book Blitz ~
11th August, 2017
When Satyavati, wife of Rishi Ruchik,
exchanges with her mother the magic potion for bearing a child, they change not
just their children’s destiny, but also the history of mankind. Born of this
mix up is Vishwamitra, the son of a Kshatriya, who strives to become a
Brahmarishi—the ultimate and most powerful of all Gurus.
Vishwamitra is the powerful story of a
brave but stubborn, haughty yet compassionate, visionary king of Aryavarta who
not only acquires material wealth through military conquests but also becomes
one of the most well-known sages of all times.
If you like… Then you will enjoy Vishwamitra
  1. If you like to read about India’s rich, ancient history, in an easy to read manner, you will love Vishwamitra
  2. If you have ever wondered if the ancients had any knowledge of space & science, you should check out Vishwamitra, the story of the man who created an entire new star system!
  3. If you like reading romance, take time to check out this unlikely love story between a human and an Apsara! Did you know Vishwamitra & Menaka lived together for ten long years?
  4. If you like reading stores that inspire –  check out Vishwamitra, the story of an ordinary man who even dared to challenge the gods!
  5. If you have liked any retelling of India’s original epic Ramayan, you should check out Vishwamitra –  the story of the man who became the guru of Rama, the Scion of Ikshvaku!
About the Author
Dr. Vineet
Aggarwal is described by many as a doctor by qualification, manager by
profession and artist by temperament. Born in a family of doctors, he
successfully completed an initial stint with the family occupation before
deciding to venture into pharmaceutical management and currently pursues
writing and photography as a passion.
He is the author
of popular online blogs ‘Decode Hindu Mythology’ and ‘Fraternity Against
Terrorism and Extremism’ and the author of books ‘Vishwamitra – The Man who
dared to challenge the Gods’ and ‘The Legend of Parshu-Raam’
 

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Clever #CoverReveal: Addicted by Kris Fenner

Addicted
Krys Fenner
(Dark Road Series, #1)
Publication date: September 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Sixteen-year-old Bella Kynaston has been the victim of a brutal rape, by someone she can only describe as ‘the scar-faced man.’ With little recollection of what happened, she must somehow rebuild her life. Being the person she once was proves more difficult than she imagined.

To complicate matters, Bella has just met Jeremiah Detrone, the new guy in school. He’s attractive, funny, and smart. All things she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. Too bad she’s conflicted over so many unexpected emotions. Without realizing it, she falls down a rabbit hole and begins walking a dangerous line between addiction and self-preservation.

As Bella works together with the police to bring her attackers to justice, will she be able to see it through to the end? And even if she does, will it only bring her more pain and misery? Or will she find an anchor in Jeremiah and figure out how to move forward?

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Krys Fenner has been infinitely passionate about writing and helping people for as long as she can remember. To date, she has published two books, numerous poems, and is now avidly working on a fantasy series. Krys received an Associate of Arts in Psychology and is currently working on her B.A.

To find out more about Krys Fenner and her upcoming book releases, visit her official website: http://www.krysfenner.co

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Bombastic #BookBlitz: I Stop Somewhere by T.E Carter

I Stop Somewhere
T.E. Carter
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: February 27th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn’t the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.

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Later, I remember how my dad would stand in my doorway, watching me. Trying to reach me across so little space, yet so much. He stared at me like you look at a museum display or a creature in the zoo. I was the coelacanth and he was awed by my strangeness.

“I brought you something,” he said, holding a bag out across the threshold to my bedroom.

My room was an experiment. Posters and magazine pages and images covered the walls and the vanity and my dresser. All the people I wanted to be, wanted to look like. They were the people who mattered. I stared at myself in the mirror, hating how I looked. I hated how the curves made the boys poke me through the back of my chair in class, and how they made the girls call me fat. I hated how far the people in the magazines were from me. I thought I would never count, because I wasn’t them.

“What is it?” I asked my dad, gesturing toward the bag he was holding.

“I thought you might like it.”

It happened every few nights. He’d show up, presenting an offering in a plastic bag. Makeup. Clothes. Hair bands. He tried. He tried and so I tried, but the discount stickers said it all.

They were marked down, because the lipstick was too orange. The tank top wasn’t cut right. The hair pins would have been perfect for a girl my age – ten years ago. But I wore them for him and he smiled, because he didn’t know the difference.

“Thanks, Dad. I love it,” I lied.

“You’re beautiful, Ellie.”

I was a markdown girl.

I did know the difference.

Author Bio:

TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.

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Blazing #BlogTour: The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester

The Funeral Flower
Michelle Jester
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James… and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.

This book is intended for mature audiences due to critical subject matter.

Note: Due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

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I am a hopeless romantic (I think this is the most important thing to know about me). In addition, I live in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with my husband and high school sweetheart. Together we have a son and daughter.

Throughout my life writing and photography have been my main creative outlets. Especially when I am stressed, I know I can go to either of those things and pour out that anxiety into something good and productive.

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August 7th
50 Book Challenge >> Excerpt
Mes Livres >> Review
Full Moon Bites >> Guest post

August 8th
blogs and coffee >> Excerpt
A British Bookworm’s Blog >> Review
Loves Great Reads >> Excerpt
iScream Books Blog >> Review

August 9th
Adventures in Writing >> Excerpt
Girls with Books >> Excerpt
Midnight Biblio >> Review

August 10th
The Avid Reader >> Interview
Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! >> Review
Summer’s Eve Reads >> Review

August 11th
Books of a Shy Girl >> Review
I Heart Fictional People >> Review
Hot Off the Shelves >> Excerpt

August 14th
Celticlady’s Reviews >> Excerpt
Reading for the Stars and Moon >> Review
The Genre Minx Book Reviews >> Playlist

August 15th
Eru Books and Recs >> Review
The Barefooted Dandelion >> Review
Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery and More! >> Interview

August 16th
Chill and read >> Excerpt
The Anomalous Bookshelf >> Review
The Phantom Paragrapher >> Review

August 17th
Port Jericho >> Review
Lovely Paranormal Books >> Guest post
The Silver Dagger Scriptorium >> Spotlight

August 18th
Simpliread >> Review
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