Carry Your Heart by Audrey Bell

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Description:
Champion skier Pippa Baker lost everything in the avalanche: her boyfriend, his best friend, and her will to win. After a year of grief, she returns to competition.

She finds more than buried memories and steep slopes in Utah. She finds Hunter Dawson, a heartbreaking daredevil with the gold medals to prove it. And she finds that his reputation doesn’t stop her from falling hard, and that her heart might not be as broken as she once believed.

But, Hunter has scars and memories too—scars that make him believe falling in love might hurt too much, scars that make him run.

Pippa knows how much love hurts when it’s gone. Will she stop herself before she’s in too deep? Or will she let herself fall?

This is a new adult, contemporary romance novel.

My thoughts: 3.5 panties/stars. To me this book was more about following your dreams than anything else which I liked! Pippa has suffered such a tragic loss that I don’t know if I could recover from something like that. I love that she gets up and tries again, and she sees how much she misses skiing and how much she really needs to do something for herself. She has some very hard times while trying to bring her status back up in the skiing world. It doesn’t help that she is falling for the bad boy who seems hell bent on messing with her. Along with everyone else from her past who is making her feel bad for trying to move on with her life. You can feel Pippa’s pain in this book how confused she is about what is going on. She wants to be happy you can feel her trying to let the past go and move on. Everyone has struggles maybe not quite to this level but we all have them and we all have to learn how to embrace them or we can never move forward. In this book you see Pippa trying her hardest to move forward.

About the Author: (no photo)
Audrey Bell lives in New York City, where she indulges her SoulCycle addiction and expresses her passionate hatred of the 6 Train. You can find her reading in Central Park, overcaffeinating at Starbucks, or trying to kidnap her neighbors’ Maltese puppy. She loves hearing from readers
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Sin at Sea By Emma Nichols

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Blurb: When Alysin decided to surprise her boyfriend at work with dinner, the surprise was on her. Since he was going at it with his secretary on the conference table, she packed a bag and called her BFF. Jolie and Alysin had been traveling the country, working as digital nomads for ten years ever since graduation. Taking this as a sign it was time for a new move, they decided to take a cruise, regroup, and make a plan.

Then she meets Mr. Bedroom Eyes. Following her lead, they pretend to be married so that she can rid herself of the guy who started hitting on her before the boat left the dock. Though it was supposed to be a momentary arrangement, he asks her to take it one step farther. Then another and another. The cruise promises to be memorable in every way that matters.

Along the way, Alysin learns that she won’t have to fake an orgasm if she’s with someone who knows what to do, that not all men suck, but the best ones suck really well, and that sometimes what starts out as something pretend, can fast become something completely real. Will the woman who lives life with no regrets, regret that she made that stupid rule about not exchanging names and contact info?

My thoughts: I love quick books like this! Even more so when they are super hotttt like this one! This book was very steamy which made it all the better when the book is short like this. Emma did an amazing job and I do know that I will be waiting for the next one to come to see what happens! Mr. BE was super cute and I know he has a secret that wasn’t relieved and I am dying to know what it is!!! I love that the girls in this book just do what feels right for them. They are free as birds I cant even begin to think what that would be like! I don’t know if I would love it or hate it lol maybe a little of both! Emma super great job I love it!!! This will be the first blog posting where I give panties as rating so 5 panties go off for you Ms. Emma you get 5 out 5 panties!!!

Sin at Sea Long Excerpt

The new guy sat down. I stared over at him. “Hey, don’t mind me. I just ended up getting drawn into your little charade. Hope you don’t mind if I enjoy my meal while we keep up appearances?” He smiled

“Nope. We’re good,” I replied.

Though I was smiling at him, I had little to say. There was so much going on in my mind…and thanks to Jolie, having an orgasm wasn’t part of that. Still, I wasn’t going to turn down the possibility of some amazing guilt-free sex with a hot guy for anything. Only I wasn’t sure how to gain his attention. My smile hadn’t worked. The kiss hadn’t accomplished anything. What was it going to take to get a man like that to be interested in spending a few meaningless days on a cruise with me? Guess I’d simply have to try the direct approach.

“Are you married?” If that didn’t break the ice, nothing would.

“No,” he said, cocking his head.

I leaned in. “Really? Because you look like the marrying kind.” I took another bite of my potato salad.

Throwing his head back to laugh, he said, “I run too fast. No one can catch me, let alone keep up!”

“Thank you for saving me. I’m here with my friend. She is napping right now. I’m not used to having to fend off guys anymore,” I admitted as I kept on eating. Isn’t it nice when you don’t want anything from someone and you can just be yourself? That was the freedom I felt around Mr. Bedroom Eyes.

He smiled and I saw he started to extend his hand. I knew he was about to introduce himself, so I stopped him. “Listen, you can tell me your name, but I’m just going to forget it. I’m lousy with names.”

“Okay, so we’re not exchanging names? Is there anything you would like to exchange?” He smirked.

“Yes, as a matter of fact. How about bodily fluids?” I smiled and stared at him with a suggestive look.

He…choked on his Coke. When he finally stopped coughing, I was about finished eating. I don’t let much come between my food and me even if I don’t look like it.

“Sorry, I’m not used to women being so direct,” he said with a smile as he wiped his face.

“I don’t play,” I said honestly. Then I stood. I am known for my exits. As I turned, giving him full view of what I considered my best feature, I shot over my shoulder, “Think about it.” Then I walked away. Always…and I mean always leave them wanting more. I didn’t have to look back to know that he was staring at me. Let him stare. With my head up and shoulders back, I headed to the elevator.

Emma Nichols Author Bio

What made her decide to be an erotica author?

Simple.

How else was she going to parlay her two favorite past times into a career?

Emma is single and loving it. Like her first character, Alysin, Sin for short, she doesn’t believe in settling or in settling down. She loves to indulge in her passions whenever the mood strikes and enjoys keeping all of life’s cliche moments spicy.

Known for her sense of humor, Emma surrounds herself with friends whose antics often become the source of book fodder. Her ideal situation would be to explore the Caribbean while writing. She pursues that dream daily.

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Love Plus One by Andrea Smith

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Blurb: It had been a year ago that 19-year-old Lindsey Dennison’s life had taken an abrupt turn. While away at Cornell for her freshman year at college, her parents’ marriage had imploded. Lindsey learned the harsh truth about her father, and his involvement in criminal activity that was the focus of a major federal bust. Her father had slipped out of the country with his lover and cohort in crime, Susanne, shortly before the FBI arrest warrants could be served. He was now a fugitive from justice, deserting his only child. Lindsey was left trying to pick up the pieces of the life she now realized had been a house of secrets and lies for all of those years.

After her mother’s marriage to Eric Slater, one of the special agents of the FBI involved in the federal investigation that occurred in their hometown of Indianapolis, Lindsey decides to start fresh at a new college close to where her mother, step-father and baby brother Bryce are now living outside of Washington, D.C.

Life is different now for Lindsey, but it is about to change even more. Her step-father’s partner and best friend in the bureau, Trace “Taz” Matthews, is about to rock her world in more ways than one. Taz is nearly ten years older than Lindsey, but her initial interest in him is physical only. Lindsey has a problem that she is certain Taz can fix . . . but will he?

Despite their best efforts, Lindsey and Taz are tossed together by fate on more than one occasion, and this G-Man does not appreciate the distraction. There are complications for Sammie and Slate along the way as well. A risky pregnancy for Sammie requires the family to pull together and Lindsey’s life suddenly becomes increasingly complicated.

There is a budding romance on the horizon for Lindsey with a wealthy, Ivy-League type guy she meets at school by the name of Kyzer Stanfield. Kyzer’s interest in Lindsey does not sit well for Taz. When Lindsey must leave school to return home to help her mother, Taz is relieved that she will be distanced from the pursuit of Kyzer. . . but not for long.

Things are never quite as they seem. Lindsey will learn a brutal lesson about trust, compassion and strength. Taz will learn lessons about love, intimacy and honor, and that sometimes doing the right thing has consequences.

My thoughts: So I am always afraid that when I read a second book in a series. I really liked the first book it has some good twisted and turns so as any reader we worry what the second one will be like. But I am so glad that had no reason worry this book was just a as good as the first one! 4.5 panties for this book. There are some very very dark parts of this book and when I was reading it I could almost feel it coming but not quite like this! Holy wow!!! In the first book I was not a big fan of Taz he kind of got on my nerves to be honest but I loved Lindsey I was hoping that in book two she would get her chance to shine and boy did she! You can almost feel her growing and becoming a women and learning what it is like to do things that you have been sheltered from. Like sex, boys, drinking, etc. The story line has some great twists and turns and some you don’t see coming and that is one of the things that I loved the most.

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Dark Dawn by Melissa Brodsky & Nicole Andrews Moore

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Blurb: In the beginning God made the heavens and the earth, and everything in between. The In-between was unplanned, unexpected, and unwelcome. Every action causes a reaction and when mankind was born, so were the Fae. Suddenly it was up to Heaven to save Earth. God created Angels to right his wrong, to save human kind. A deal was made, an agreement of sorts. The Angels would protect humanity from Fae domination and destruction, and in return they would have inhuman strength and immortality. Thus a time of angels swooping in to save humans from free will, bad decisions, and big mistakes began. They protected humans from the Fae who intentionally enslaved them, leaving shells of humans, or worse, leaving nothing at all.

Even God doesn’t always learn from mistakes. Angels were given freedom of choice. Some Angels chose wrong. When some of them spread their wings, they went too far, and just as Icharus was punished for getting too close to the sun, they were punished for getting too close to mankind.

So they fell. Falling was the easy part.

My thoughts: I love Nicole and Melissa they are amazing separate and together they are just as great!!! I love them and this book! We all know that paranoramal books are not my favorite! But I liked this one! Let me tell you why; I liked that it started off B.C.!! I like old school books when they go back like this one does. These aren’t your typical Angels they yes they want to do what is right and serve God but you can tell they want to do it their way! I could not wait to see which angel will fall apart and which one will not fall on the wrong side of the line when the Angels are given free will.
Melissa and Nicole did a great job with this book it kind of makes you rethink the stuff that you have learned. Could this really have happened this way?!?!? I liked this book a lot! Thank you so much to Melissa and Nicole for letting me read and write about this book! It was truly great and I cant wait to see what Melissa does with the next one!!!

Excerpt: It was late afternoon when they returned and it was Anna’s restlessness that caught Seth’s attention. The rest of the Guardians went to their rooms to unwind, but Anna was pacing on the roof. Instead of settling into their office, as he normally did, Seth walked the extra steps to discover what was troubling Anna. This was completely unlike her.

“Anna,” he said calmly when he reached her.

She whipped around. Her wings were unfurled and twitching nervously. The rustling of her feathers concerned him. When he saw the look in her eyes, he was even more disturbed. “Why?” She asked as her eyes darted about…up at the sky, then over the edge of the roof, back to Seth and all around. “Why are we not permitted to form attachments? Why can we not…be friends with humans?” The frustration in her voice was evident. “Why, Seth? What is so wrong and different about us that we can’t be around His other creations?”
Seth slowly came closer. He feared she was about to cry. In all their years of communal living, he had seen her cry…never. She hadn’t shed a tear over wars. She had seen countless horrific events pass, yet this was the first time anything had ever seemed to get under her skin and affect her.

“There’s nothing wrong with us, Anna. You know that. We simply shouldn’t be distracted. Attachments create distractions; they make us weak. We would be inclined to put the good of the few above the needs of the many. That isn’t our mission. No entanglements. No distractions. These rules were created for a reason.” He spoke in gentle soothing tones. It was obvious his words fell on deaf ears.

She shook her head. “We weren’t supposed to live together. We were supposed to be scattered about the globe. Instead, you decided that we should act as one. If that can change, if the Father can understand the rationale for that change…maybe there could be more…”

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Tempest Torn Cover Reveal!

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Blurb:

A night of passion. A raging fire. A home destroyed.

The sun returned and Joey and Marti felt they had turned a corner in their relationship. Only when they turned that corner, they ran right into the insurance adjustor, Finn. She wasn’t just any woman, though. She was the one woman Joey always believed he’d spend the rest of his life with, but they couldn’t make it work. Soon it was obvious that she didn’t just want to adjust the value of the house, but remind Joey of the value of their relationship, and adjust his attitude about the future.

Suddenly, Joey struggles to choose between two women…one who has never and would never hurt him and one that his heart can’t let go despite the hurt. He’s not the only one with a choice to make. Never again will Marti allow anyone to make her question her own worth.

A tempest brewed. A man is torn. A woman refuses to wait.

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Author Bio:

Nicki has lived in Charlotte, North Carolina with her children for the past eleven years and her husband for the past three. Her journey has barely begun and she has loved every minute of it. Every day of her life seems to bring new adventures, some bigger, better, shinier and prettier than others. She’s still getting used to that new life smell she’s experiencing, a combination of hope, love, and happiness. (The perfect scents to build a new life on…)

For fun, she spends time with those she cares about, cooks, reads, writes, and especially lives to travel. The current travel goal: visit every Margaritaville. Three down! (Eleven to go?)

In May, Nicki started the blog Stories and Swag to promote authors. Her writing can also be found on Shine, where she is a Shine Parenting Guru and an award winning Yahoo! Contributor on YourWisdom as the relationship and dating expert. In addition, she has been published by McClatchy News in their syndicated papers.

Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Smashwords in ebook, paperback, and even some audiobooks.
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In no particular order: wife, mommy, novelist, blogger, life coach, traveler, adventurer, foodie, and friend

Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful? by Kuir ë Garang

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“Is ‘Black’ Really Beautiful?” is a controversial book inspired by race, racism and the misuse of ‘color’. I found this book to be thought provoking however a very, very difficult read. The Preface of the book suggested to me that I would find situations or events, things he has witnessed in his years of work with immigrants and races of all kinds. Instead, I found that the writing was bland and often confusing. I had to re-read paragraphs over and over to understand what Kuir was saying. For instance, this citing:

From ‘discovery’ of Africa to slavery and colonization of Africa, the Colored American had a sea of bullshit, mocked by bullshit, and lowered perceptually in humanity ladder of greatness by loads of bullshit (called science then) Yes, Harry, there is a lot of bullshit now, more than ever before. And of course, bullshit perpetuates bullshit. If there is so much bullshit around a person, the, when that person sees a lot of potentially-affecting bullshit all around her, then she has no option “to continue to make assertions that purport to describe the way things are,” however that person is doing nothing but creation of some more “bullshit.”

My thoughts: I completely get what he is trying to say I see that racism still has a place in our world today. Ok so 3.5 stars!!! Here is the thing I think that if you have not had a first hand experience in racism than maybe you shouldn’t write like you have. I am not saying that he hasn’t but I felt like maybe I have had more experience with it, with my mom being indian. I know that this book should have had a second set of eyes to maybe go through and revise it maybe!!
I agree that he is on to something with the way the race card gets used way to often these days. I believe that it gets through around a little too much when it is not needed. Like it is being used to get something that maybe they shouldn’t be getting or trying to get out of something maybe they should be! I think that the author makes great points and that people should read this for what it’s worth as in maybe we should all take a look back see what racism really might be these days!

Cover Reval Awakening the Fire: Book II of The Inferno Unleashed

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Title: Awakening the Fire: Book Two of The Inferno Unleashed
Author: Jake Bonsignore
Genre: YA Fantasy / Thriller
Release: August 30, 2013
Book Design: Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography
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** SYNOPSIS **

Breena Taljain’s idyllic days in Araboth came to a skidding halt when circumstances forced her into the dangerous hinterlands. The dire sacrifice she made to protect her comrades tainted her heart with hatred and despair. To cleanse herself she must outrun Death’s relentless pursuit and venture into the bleak unknown. With the odds stacked against her, stumbling into love when she least expects it may very well be her saving grace.

Meanwhile, succumbing to the Patriarch’s devious traps has Galbrecht Atalir questioning his motives. The folly of his recklessness has left him physical scarred and mentally traumatized. Now he must overcome more adversity as the wrath of the Sin Ministry bears down upon him. He will need more than wits and quick fists to find the truth he has sought for seven years.

Alas, every second Breena is apart from Galbrecht draws her further into strife. With her world rapidly crumbling inwards, she puts everything on the line for a last stand against the ruthless force that threatens to destroy all she holds dear….

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