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Blog Tour | Review: BACK IN MY LIFE by Marie C.R. + Excerpt

April 30, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Welcome to my review tour stop for 

Title: Back in my Life
Author: Marie C.R. 
Date Published: February 27, 2016 
Romance / Erotica

Back in my Life is a story set in the beautiful cities of New York and Chicago. This story is not the typical and simple "boy meets girl, boy and girl get marry story." This story is a powerful story that shows how real and unselfish love truly looks like. The love between Ruby and Clyde is an amazing and genuine love that survived everything that came in between them—even the most painful experiences that destiny had planned for them.

During a college internship at a prestigious New York magazine, Ruby Sparks (a journalist graduate student from Chicago) meets Clyde Holt, (a fellow intern and a creative photography student from a London based college) whom from day one became Ruby's obsession and the new reason for her existence. After developing strong feelings for her emotionally unavailable friend, Ruby finds herself trapped in a whirlpool of emotions while trying to earn her friend's love. What Ruby doesn't know is that while she is looking for true love, Clyde's presence in her life came with a different purpose.

"Clyde, can I ask you a question?" asked Ruby while Clyde was about to open the door of her room to help her in.

"Yes, Ruby. You can ask me a question. But first, I need to get you in your room. You are too drunk to even stand for yourself," said Clyde managing to open the door with one hand while holding Ruby with his other arm, making sure that she didn't fall.

"Do you like me?"

"Ruby, please stop. Now is not the time for that," said Clyde moving both of them inside of Ruby's room and closing the door behind them.

"Please, tell me, Clyde, do you like me? Because I like you, Clyde. I really do," said Ruby stumbling across the room still holding on to Clyde's arm.

"Ruby, please. Let's not talk about that now. I need to get you safe into your bed. Tomorrow, we can talk."

"No, Clyde, I want to talk now. I need to know if you like me. I love you, Clyde. I do. And I can't stand the way you look at me sometimes. The way you look at me tells me that you do like me, that you do feel something for me, but the way you act toward me tell me something else. I am confused, Clyde. I need to know what's on your mind or I will go crazy," yelled Ruby, unable to control the tears rolling down her cheeks while sitting at the edge of the bed. "Please, Clyde, I need to know. I need to know."

Grabbing his hair with both of his hands and walking nervously around the room, Clyde came to the conclusion that it was time to tell the truth. It was time to tell Ruby how he felt. It was time to open his heart to her and let her know how important she was for him.

"Ruby, yes, I do like you. In fact, I love you. I am madly in love with you. But this can't happen. I am a married man. I have to admit that I am not happy in my marriage. Actually, I don't even know if I want to be in that marriage anymore, because my wife...she cheated on me, Ruby. Yes, I found her in bed with another man. My wife was having sex with another man in our own bed. There you have it. That's the truth of my marriage. But you want to know why I can't be with you? Because I think she is expecting my child. And if that's the case, I need to be there for that kid, even if it means to stay with my her in a loveless fucking marriage," yelled Clyde at the same moment he sat next to Ruby on the edge of the bed and while covering his face with both of his hands to cover the tears that were rolling down his face. He had finally told her the truth. At least one truth, the one about his marriage. Unfortunately, the other truth—the one about his job—that one he couldn't tell. So he didn't.

After hearing Clyde tell her his story, his secret, she felt bad. She knew something was happening in Clyde's life, but she never imagined the magnitude of it. At first, she blamed everything on her being drunk and unable to understand correctly, but seeing Clyde's terrible expression on his face proved to her that she had heard correctly. Clyde had just told her the truth and she felt bad for him, so bad that even in her drunken stage she tried to provide support to him, even when all she wanted, at that moment, was for him to make love to her and to forget about the pain he was carrying around.

"I am sorry to hear that, Clyde. I never meant to—"

"Stop! Please, stop. I don't want to ruin the night with this," gently said Clyde finally looking at Ruby with his face covered with tears. "I wanted this night to be special for you. I wanted you to have fun."

"And I did, Clyde. I did. But I also needed to know the truth. I needed to know the reason of your empty-looking eyes. Now I know, and I want you to know that I love you with all my heart, Clyde. I will always do so. I hope that one day you can find that happiness that you deserve," said Ruby while bringing her friend close to her and giving him a tender hug. "Everything is going to be okay, Clyde. I promise."

What happened next was exactly what Clyde was trying to avoid since the moment he laid his eyes on Ruby. Having her there with him made him crave her touch even more, and without been able to control the furious passion that swamped his body, he grabbed her in his arms and with an uncontrollable desire, he started devouring her lips like he had never done to anyone before. In his mind, he knew that he needed to stop, but his body wasn't responding to none of his commands.

"Clyde, I can't believe I have you in my arms. Kiss me, please. Kiss me and never stop."

"Shhh, kiss me, Ruby. I want to taste you, I want to feel you."

"Made me yours, Clyde. I want to be yours."

"I am planning to, Ruby. I am planning to. Just kiss me, my dear and I promise you, I will make you mine. All mine."

"I want to be yours, Clyde. I want to make you forget. Use my body to forget, Clyde, and I promise you that when we wake up tomorrow, things will be different. I promise you, my love. Make me yours. I want to feel you inside of me. That's all I have been thinking about since the first moment I met you."

"Shhhh! Stop talking and enjoy the moment. Let the future take its course. But promise me that whatever happens between us tonight, you will never forget me. Promise me, Ruby. Promise me."

"I promise you, Clyde. I will never forget you. You will always be in my heart. But please make me yours. I can't wait any longer, Clyde. Make me yours, I beg you."

So he did.
** I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review **

First, did you see the cover? It's so beautiful, anyway, as the blurb says, this isn't the typical love-story, also it's cataloged as a erotic romance but... we could say it's just a romantic novel as well, however aside from that, deep down it was a cute and good story.

I can tell you that what I liked most was at the beginning, when Ruby finally "realized" that her passion and what she loved more than anything has to be at the top of her list -by the way, her passion was writing, so yep, how she kind of "confront" the only person who was clipping her wings, then when she moved away after she got accepted for an internship to the place where she could finally made her dreams true, that, was pretty good. Both of our main character, Ruby and Clyde, had been through bad things, we could say; and seeing them trying to get things straight. Dealing with whatever there was to deal with. It was also good.

Overall, I enjoyed it, it was more than just an erotic novel so be open mind. And the way Marie's let me wanting to know more about the mysterious Clyde -or at least what surrounded him- was fantastic.
Book: +3.5


I have been writing for pleasure for the past couple of years, but this is the first time I do a book tour so I am very excited for it. Writing is my passion, and I enjoy using real-life stories as the basis for my novels, but giving them a little twist to make them more melodramatic and breath-taking. I am also the author of Pamela's Confessions and Confesiones del Alma. I currently live in Florida with my husband and three children.

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Sábados de #tips | El uso del guión largo #2ndRoundBBooks

April 30, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Desde mis comienzos en la lectura tanto de libros que ya han pasado por editor y por ende publicación, hasta aquellas historias independientes que las autoras o los autores han comenzado en plataformas gratuitas como en la actualidad lo es el tan famoso Wattpad. Siempre hay una duda que estoy segura a más de alguien le hizo pensar más de lo debido, ¿a qué me refiero? Al uso del guión largo (—). Es por todo ello que para el primer Sábados de #tips les traigo el uso correcto de este guión en los diálogos.

En la literatura hispana el famoso guión largo se utiliza para marcar los diálogos entre los diferentes personajes de cualquier obra. Mientras que en los países anglosajones se utiliza las comillas simples (""). Algo simple, ¿no? Sí, puede ser simple, pero a lo largo del último año he visto a varios, incluyendo mis compañeros quienes al igual que yo se están especializando en el español, utilizarlos mal en cuanto a los diálogos y a las traducciones. En inglés varios autores utilizan el guión largo para demarcar pensamientos o simplemente para cortar una palabra a mitad de oración, al traducir, se traduce todo signo, por ende el guión largo inglés en muchos casos es nuestra coma (,) o incluso puntos suspensivos (...), todo dependiendo de qué función tiene en el texto original.

El uso del guión largo (—) en los diálogos directos e indirectos.
Cuando digo un diálogo directo me refiero a cuando se escribe exactamente lo que cada personaje dice.
—¿Quién anda ahí? —dijo con temor.

Mientras que un diálogo indirecto es cuando el narrador cuenta qué dice cada personaje.
Era el primer día que pasábamos en esta Isla, fue cuando el capitán dijo—: Ahí construiremos el fuerte que nos protegerá de los piratas —señalando a una parte elevada de la playa, que tenía las medidas perfectas para hacerlo.

Luego del guión largo al comienzo de un diálogo directo cuando tienes un signo de exclamación o interrogación sucede lo mismo que si tuvieras una palabra NO VA SEPARACIÓN entre guión y signo.

Ejemplo 1.1
— ¡Mira! —grita Alex.
— ¿Qué? ¿Un chico lindo?
—¡Mira! —grita Alex.
—¿Qué? ¿Un chico lindo?

Ejemplo 1.2
— ¿Les contaste acerca de... lo que sucedió?
—¿Les contaste acerca de... lo que sucedió?

Ejemplo 1.3
Me estremecí. — ¡No pensé que eso sucediera! Todo lo que quería era tener una tarde normal...
Me estremecí. —¡No pensé que eso sucediera! Todo lo que quería era tener una tarde normal...

Ejemplo 1.4
— ¿Nos juntaremos hoy?—preguntó.
—¿Nos juntaremos hoy? —preguntó.

Ejemplo 1.5
— ¡Ese no es su nombre!—exclamé golpeándolo de nuevo, esta vez en la cabeza—. ¡Y lo sabes! No puedo creer que hayas hecho eso.
—¡Ese no es su nombre! —exclamé golpeándolo de nuevo, esta vez en la cabeza—. ¡Y lo sabes! No puedo creer que hayas hecho eso.

En todo diálogo tenemos la presencia de la ortografía puntual, comas, puntos, dos puntos, punto y coma, etc. Cuando tenemos el diálogo de un personaje, pero este hace alguna acción, aclaración o lo que sea, lo cual no dice, pero dependiendo del tipo de narración, nosotros sí conocemos. En este caso muchas veces se utiliza la coma.

Ejemplo 2.1
—Derek suspiré, tratando de evitar pensar en lo que había sucedido. — Estoy hablando en serio.
Como pueden darse cuenta en el ejemplo de arriba, luego del guión continua el diálogo, pero no está presente ningún signo, además, este comienza con mayúscula. En este caso sería:
—Derek suspiré, tratando de evitar pensar en lo que había sucedido—, estoy hablando en serio.
Luego del guión, va una coma y seguido de esta la palabra en minúscula o mayúscula dependiendo del tipo de palabra que sea. Puesto que el diálogo completo sería:
—Derek, estoy hablando en serio.
Ejemplo 2.2
En el siguiente caso tenemos un diálogo simplemente dividido al hacer hincapié en que el personaje dijo algo.

—He estado pensando dijo, — que si quieres podríamos, ¿salir?
En el ejemplo 2.2 los guiones le aclaran algo al lector, pero nunca dentro de estos va algún signo, dígase coma o punto, todos van luego del guión y antes de que siga el diálogo, como podemos ver abajo.
—He estado pensando —dijo—, que si quieres podríamos, ¿salir?

Ejemplo 2.3 
Como en el ejemplo anterior, tenemos signos luego del guión largo, en el caso de tener un diálogo como este:

—Estos malditos pasillos con corrientes de aire—, dijo el señor Smith, aclarándose la garganta.
No necesitamos escribir la coma, ya que dicho diálogo no tiene continuación y simplemente quedaría así:
—Estos malditos pasillos con corrientes de airedijo el señor Smith, aclarándose la garganta.
Puesto que lo que tenemos luego del segundo guión (—, dijo el señor Smith, aclarándose la garganta.) no es diálogo.

Ejemplo 2.4
Esto también nos lleva al siguiente ejemplo.
¿Cómo se usan las comas al final de un diálogo? Si observan el ejemplo a continuación, verán que solamente tenemos una palabra antes de que se haga una aclaración, además tenemos una coma y luego de la aclaración tenemos un punto.

—Bien, —dijo Alex, aplaudiendo—. Eso fue genial. ¡Lo has hecho sin ayuda!
En estos casos es muy simple, solo debemos borrar la coma, ya que esta no cumple ninguna función.
—Biendijo Alex, aplaudiendo—. Eso fue genial. ¡Lo has hecho sin ayuda!

3. EL USO DE "—." Y "—:"
A veces cuando tenemos un diálogo, luego lo cerramos y hacemos una aclaración o algún personaje realiza una acción, volvemos a hacer que el mismo personaje hable, en este caso tenemos dos diálogos escritos por un mismo personaje.

Ejemplo 3.1
—(1er dialogo de Becca)Podrías comerte a todo el equipo de básquetbol. —(ACLARACIÓN)Becca miró a Alex con envidia en los ojos. No la podía culpar. Una ocasión, vi a Becca comerse un paquete entero de galletas de una sola vez. —(2do dialogo de Becca)¿Cómo lo haces?
Se ve un poco raro tener algo así, pero es muy común verlo, si bien tenemos una aclaración larga entre ambos diálogos, está mal utilizado ya que no tenemos la interrupción de otro personaje, por lo tanto sigue hablando el mismo. En estos casos lo que debemos hacer es simplemente unir ambos diálogos, así:
—Podrías comerte a todo el equipo de futbol. —Becca miró a Alex con envidia en los ojos. No la podía culpar. Una ocasión, vi a Becca comerse un paquete entero de galletas de una sola vez—. ¿Cómo lo haces?
Además, el diálogo completo es: 
—Podrías comerte a todo el equipo de básquetbol. ¿Cómo lo haces?
Como ven, lleva un punto entremedio, por lo tanto al utilizar los guiones lo que debemos hacer es dejar el punto luego del guión y no poner salto entre ambos como se ve arriba.

Ejemplo 3.2
Este es un ejemplo para que les quede más claro. Tenemos tres diálogos del mismo personaje y entre cada uno tenemos alguna aclaración o texto.

—(1er dialogo de Less)Si dices que soy débil, te golpearé. —La ira redujo las náuseas en mi estómago.—(2do dialogo de Less)Creo que he probado que no lo soy, especialmente con lo sucedido esta tarde. —Luché por mantener mi voz baja. —(3er dialogo de Less)Solo porque sea chica no significa que soy débil.
Hacemos todo lo visto en el anterior ejemplo, unimos los diálogos por un guión y punto, esto a veces varia y puede llegar a ser coma incluso dos puntos, pero en este caso solo utilizamos punto.
—Si dices que soy débil, te golpearé. —La ira redujo las náuseas en mi estómago—. Creo que he probado que no lo soy, especialmente con lo sucedido esta tarde. —Luché por mantener mi voz baja—. Solo porque soy chica no significa que sea débil.

Ejemplo 3.3
El siguiente ejemplos es acerca del guión y los dos puntos (—:). Esto se utiliza mayormente en los diálogos indirectos, aunque por lo general, también con diálogos que antes tienen verbos como decir, gritar, susurrar, murmurar, etc.

—Detente. —Cuando no respondió, le grité—. ¡Detente!
Como vemos en el ejemplo, luego de cerrar el primer diálogo, tenemos una aclaración y entonces un diálogo que antes tiene el verbo gritar en pasado. En estos casos debemos utilizar el guión y los dos puntos ya que la explicación que va entre guiones está relacionada directamente con el diálogo que sigue.
—Detente. —Cuando no respondió, le grité—: ¡Detente!

Ejemplo 3.4
Otro ejemplo de lo anterior.
Alex asintió y Derek dijo, —Estaré ahí.
En este caso tenemos una coma, guión largo y luego una palabra comenzaba en mayúsculas. Esto es un diálogo indirecto, además tenemos el verbo decir, entonces con todo lo anterior, el uso correcto es el siguiente:
Alex asintió y Derek dijo—: Estaré ahí.

Los pronombres son palabras que pueden remplazar al sustantivo, tenemos muchas clases de pronombres, pero esto no lo explicaré ya que sería aún más largo.

Ejemplo 4.1
En este ejemplo tenemos el pronombre él sustituyendo al nombre del personaje. Luego de un guión el cual lo prosigue un pronombre o incluso el sustantivo, y que además tiene cualquier verbo mencionados antes, siempre se invierte el orden.

—Hola —él dijo, sosteniendo una caja gigante con un lazo rojo—. Feliz cumpleaños
De guión, pronombre y verbo pasa a guión, verbo y pronombre.
—Hola —dijo él, sosteniendo una caja gigante con un lazo rojo—. Feliz cumpleaños.

Ejemplo 4.2
Otro ejemplo de lo anterior, pero ahora tenemos el sustantivo en lugar del pronombre.

—¡Oye! —Derek gritó, tratando de impedir que avanzara—. Tienes que calmarte. Less no corría ningún peligro.
—¡Oye! —gritó gritó, tratando de impedir que avanzara—. Tienes que calmarte. Less no corría ningún peligro.

Si palabra que va luego del guión que cierra un diálogo va en mayúscula o minúscula depende de:
¿Qué hay antes del guión? Si tenemos un punto que cierra el diálogo y luego un guión, lo que venga después de dicho guión va en mayúsculas, puesto que tenemos un punto sin importar la palabra que se encuentre antes del guión.
Si no tenemos punto, o si no tenemos cualquier signo antes del guión, entonces luego de este la palabra va en minúscula, a excepción de que sea una palabra que se escribe con mayúscula.

Ejemplo 5.1
En el caso de que no tengamos nada antes del guión y, además, luego tengamos el verbo decir, entonces dicho verbo va en minúscula. Como lo vemos a continuación:

—Lo dudo. Y realmente no deberías hablar —Dijo—. Creo que te has hecho un daño permanente en tus cuerdas vocales.
—Lo dudo. Y realmente no deberías hablar —dijo—. Creo que te has hecho un daño permanente en tus cuerdas vocales.
Si tenemos un signo de exclamación o interrogación antes del guión, esto quiere decir que a menos que sea un verbo que explícitamente nos diga que el personaje emitió algún sonido, la palabra va en mayúscula puesto que el punto que vemos en los signos !? es un punto que nos obliga a escribir la palabra que lo prosigue con mayúscula.
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¿Qué te ha parecido la entrada? ¿Desconocías algunos de sus usos? ¿De qué te gustaría que fuera el siguiente sábado de #tips?
No olvides participar en el sorteo del blog, además, si tienes un blog, no dudes en decírmelo :)
Todo comentario es apreciado.
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Reseña: H DE HARRY de Darlis Stefany #2ndRoundBBooks

April 29, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

¡Primer jueves de reseñas!
Como lo prometí, todos los jueves desde ahora en adelante, si no tengo inconveniente, ustedes tendrán una reseña de algún libro o historia de Wattpad en español, y que mejor que comenzar con una de las historias que me ha enamorado al igual que a varias personas más, H de Harry de la increíble Darlis Stefany.

Título: H de Harry
Autora: Darlis Stefani
Serie: BG.5, #1
Géneros: Romance contemporáneo, Chick Lit

Kaethennis ha disfrutado de los placeres de la vida. Mucho. Casi se puede decir que demasiado. Es un alma libre, o al menos así se definiría ella. Kaethennis solo tuvo una debilidad, un desliz: Jake. Jake le dio la espalda a Kaethennis, él simplemente huyó, literalmente.

Pero también está Harry.

Harry Jefferson vive por la batería, sus manos son sus herramientas de trabajo, su medio para hacer lo que ama: música.

BG.5, la banda a la que pertenece Harry, está en Liverpool.
Los Stuart, la familia a la cual pertenece Kaethennis vive en Liverpool.

Harry ha ido al hospital y Kaethennis... también.
Él la ha ayudado y ella podría ayudarlo...

Ahora Harry y Kaethennis no pueden mantener las manos quietas. Y Kaethennis no sabe si la "H" es de Harry o de huir.


Para comenzar los jueves de reseña, salgo de la oscuridad para hacer oficial el hecho de que soy fiver desde hace mucho, es que ¿cómo no amar esta saga y en especial a estos atractivos hombres? Para aquellos que no tienen idea de lo que hablo, aunque a estas alturas es un poco difícil, me refiero a unos libros o historias que desde hace un tiempo han venido causando sensación en la tan famosa plataforma gratuita para escritores, Wattpad, hablo de la saga BG.5 escrita por la venezolana Darlis Stefany. BG.5 es el nombre de unas de las bandas, lamentablemente ficticias, que enamoran a millones de fanáticas en todo el mundo y que está conformada por cinco atractivos hombres. Aunque además de estos cinco chicos, también tenemos otros personajes, algunos de los cuales igual tienen una historia independiente, pero vamos conociendo a todos a lo largo del primer libro.

Pero hoy solamente me centraré en el primer libro. H de Harry es el primero de la saga BG.5, además, es el comienzo y nuestra presentación de las increíbles vidas de cinco atractivos británicos; Harry, Doug, Ethan, Dexter y Andrew; en la actualidad Darlis está terminando la historia de Ethan.

En H de Harry, Darlis nos sumerge en las vidas de Kaethennis y Harry; quienes se conocen en una ajetreada visita al hospital, obviamente ambos llegan ahí por diferentes razones. Años después ambos se vuelven a reencontrar por cosas del destino, y bueno esto también sucede debido a la hermana menor de Kae quien resulta ser una de las mejores fivers que puede existir. Podríamos decir que Kae es una mujer... decidida, pero el estar alrededor del atractivo Harry Jefferson parece afectar un poco su cordura, sinceramente no la culpo. En el libro vemos cómo ambos superan diversos obstáculos para poder estar juntos, desde antiguos amores hasta rumores que a más de una persona indeseable involucran.

En general, la historia me encantó de principio a fin, cada capítulo me dejaba con ansías y ganas del siguiente, y a pesar de que cuando llegó el final este me fascinó, igual de cierta forma me entristeció ya que terminaba la historia de estos dos; pero, ¡Darlis nos regaló capítulos extras! Y esos me encantaron igual o más que el propio libro.

Pdta. ¡Felicidades Darlis por la publicación del libro!
Libro: +5 estrellas

¿Ya has leído la historia? ¿Qué opinas? No olvides participar en el sorteo que se encuentra al final de la entrada, además, los comentarios siemrpe son bien recibidos :)

Conoce a Darlis
Venezolana, nacida un 06 de febrero de 1995 y actual estudiante de la Universidad Central de Venezuela de la facultad Ciencias Jurídicas y Políticas en la carrera de Estudios Políticos y administrativos. Esos son los datos más importantes de Darlis Stefany (y no, no es un seudónimo, ese es su nombre real).

Su camino como escritora comienza a los doce o trece años de edad luego de haber criticado al menos cinco historias diferente, cuando toma la decisión de dejar las críticas a un lado para iniciar su propia historia.

Para describir a Darlis Stefany quizás debes pensarlo profundamente, pero la mayor parte del tiempo la encontrarás frente a la computadora gruñendo, riendo o llorando, pero no pienses que está loca, ella simplemente está en su mundo. También puedes encontrarla estudiando y mareando a todos sobre lo que aprende.

Le encanta que en sus historias de algún mondo el mundo de la música siempre se haga presente, puesto que la música le da el “toque” a la vida. Tiene este pequeño enamoramiento con el Reino Unido, lugar que espera visitar alguna vez y crear bandas la vuelve loca, claro que las bandas reales también la enloquecen.

La encontrarás despierta por las noches analizando algún libro (mientras intenta dormir) o procesando alguna historia que le gustaría escribir (razón por la cual no puede dormir). Te dirán que ella es un conjunto de contradicciones a lo cual ella te dirá “no les creas, ellos están mintiendo o quizás si dicen la verdad.”

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Release Day | GRIPPED by Joanne Schwehm

April 28, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios


February 9

**Intended for readers over the age of 18**

Dane Prescott spends his days staring at perfect holes, and knows how to use his stiff shaft to get there. He’s as hot as he is good at the sport he loves more than breathing.

Dane has one goal and one goal only, to be on the professional golf tour. It’s who he is and what he lives for. Women, although fun, aren't in his long-term plans.

Beverly Whitfield didn’t start off as the confident woman she is today. Teased mercilessly as a child and always feeling second-best, she set out to change her future and is finally putting herself first. Never in her wildest imagination did she think she’d fall for a man with stunning good looks and sex seeping from his pores. And, oh yeah, he plays golf.

To those who say golf is complicated and frustrating, Dane says, “No, that’s love.” 

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Join Joanne on Release Day where she will be celebrating the Release of Gripped In her personal group, Joanne's Book Junkies!

Family and friends are the most important things to Joanne. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, reading, relaxing on a beach and shopping. She has an addiction to Coffee and Diet Coke; you may want to stand clear if she hasn't had her daily intake! Writing has been something that has been private and not shared until the day she decided to publish Unexpected Chance. Waking up one morning to the voices of Alex Logan and Aubrey Ryan changed everything!! She is an avid sports fan especially when it comes to the New York Yankees & Dallas Cowboys. She also enjoys playing and watching golf.

She firmly believes when that unexpected chance comes, take it. Don't let it pass you by. You never know what you could be missing.

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Blog Tour | Review: GRIT by J.C. Valentine + Giveaway

April 27, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Welcome to my review tour stop for 
GRIT by J.C. Valentine!!
Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post :)

Title: GRIT
 J.C. Valentine
Spartan Riders #1
Publication Date: 
April 19, 2016
Adult, Contemporary Romance, MC Romance

Gabby Morgan isn’t looking for love. Not even a little romance. Following a rocky past that she’d just as soon forget, she’s determined to focus on the future. One that most certainly doesn’t involve the tough-as-nails, short-on-words, hot-as-hell biker…or his kid.

Blake Mahone may not be done with women, but he’s finished with relationships. Then Gabby Morgan enters the picture. She’s flawless, refined, and as his kid’s teacher, way out of his league. She acts like she hates him, but her eyes tell a different story. Before he knows it, Blake finds himself hot for teacher, and he’s more than ready to learn all her secrets. Now all he has to do is convince her to give him a shot…without getting them both killed in the process.

** I received an ARC in exchange of an honest review **

I was looking forward for this book since I read the synopsis plus I'd already read one of J.C.'s books and I loved it, and this is kind of odd because I'm not into MC Romances —even when I've already had my part of these books. Anyway, I read it and it was fantastic! J.C. has done it again.

Grit is an adult MC contemporary romance written by the amazing J.C. Valentine, and it’s the first in the Spartan Riders series. J.C. plunges us into Gabby and the-sexy Blake’s lives. Gabby has been through a lot lately, she moves back to her parent’s after a bad breakup, now she’s settled with a new job as a teacher. And because she really cares for her family, the last thing she wants is her bad-past choices hurting them. But the good part is that at least she’s trying to get over all that, but the last thing she wants is a man. But it’s difficult when you have someone as Blake —and I don’t blame her either. So, Blake, what can I say about this man? I liked his character —a lot. And specially the lovely way he's with his child —I loved Ash! Oh and he's the president of The Spartan Riders MC. So what those two have in common? Actually, more than they can imagine —and well, aside of Ash, who's also Gabby's student. He's a little man plus he looks alike his dad —How can't love him?

As I said, it was a fantastic read, and the way things ended I'm so looking forward for the second book. The instant attraction between these two characters were incredible, how all ended between them, however, there were parts in this book where for example I didn't like some characteristic about Gabby, but then I kind of understood her, and it made that my whole perspective change, but overall, it was pretty good and I highly recommend it. BTW, congrats J.C! 
Book: +4.5

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J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Review: OWNED by M. Never + Giveaway

April 27, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Title: Owned
Author: M. Never
Series: Decadence After Dark #1)
Publication date: September 29th 2014
Genres: Erotica, Romance

***Content Warning***
Owned is a dark erotic romance. Please pay close attention to the use of the words dark, erotic, and romance. It has intense sexual situations, a Master/slave relationship, mild abuse, and some violence. Reader discretion is advised.

“I like you collared, baby. I like you naked, I like you mine.”

Ellie Stevens has lusted over Kayne Roberts since he first walked into the import/export company she works for a little over a year ago. As Expo’s most important client, Ellie has always kept a safe distance from the man with the majestic blue eyes – until temptation finally gets the better of her. Impulsively, Ellie invites Kayne to one of Expo’s infamous company parties her flamboyant boss is notorious for throwing. Unbeknownst to Ellie, the god in the Armani suit isn’t just the suave entrepreneur he portrays himself to be. Underneath the professional exterior is a man with a secret life, dark desires, and nefarious contacts.

In a hidden corner of a trendy New York City lounge, the spark kindling between the two of them ignites. Unable to resist the sinful attraction, Ellie agrees to leave with Kayne, believing she is finally bedding the man of her dreams. Little does she know when she walks out the door, she’s about to be Owned.

GREAT READ !!! Owned was a great and interesting read. If you aren't of age I would be careful. There are a lot of sexually situation that people might not approve of. When I continued to read I couldn't put the book down! M.Never has out done herself and has made one for the ages. The story was inspirational and a nail bitter. On a scale of 1-10 I would give it an 9.5. I hope to see more great work from M.Never. This book was way better than fifty shades of grey ! and was very original. All in all I would definitely recommend this book.   
Meet the author!
M. Never resides in New York City. When she’s not researching ways to tie up her characters in compromising positions, you can usually find her at the gym kicking the crap out of a punching bag, or eating at some new trendy restaurant.

She has a dependence on sushi and a fetish for boots. Fall is her favorite season.

She is surrounded by family and friends she wouldn’t trade for the world and is a little in love with her readers. The more the merrier. So make sure to say hi!

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Review: ANGEL IN TRAINING by C.L. Coffey + Giveaway

April 27, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Welcome to the review for 


After a night out turns fatal, a misunderstanding with the Archangel Michael presents Angel with a chance at Eternal Life: the opportunity to earn her wings and one day become an archangel herself.

Angel is given the task of protecting her charge, trainee detective, Joshua Walsh. There's no denying the attraction between Angel and Joshua, only Michael has pretty strict rules: no drinking, no drugs, and certainly no relationships with humans. Thankfully, she's got other things to deal with, like trying to convince Joshua New Orleans has a serial killer who is preying on other angel potentials like herself.

Angel must quickly learn that when keeping someone safe, doing the right thing is not always the easiest, especially when you've got an archangel looking over your shoulder.

GREAT READ !!! Angel In Training was a great and interesting read. At first it was difficult to understand the plot. But once I continued to read I couldn't put the book down! C.L Coffey has out done herself and has made one for the ages. The story was inspirational and a nail bitter. On a scale of 1-10 I would give it an 9.5. I hope to see more great work from C.L Coffey. To be honest I've never read or heard of a story like this one .The passion and heat passion between Angel and Joshua was undeniable. All in all I would definitely recommend this book.

Meet the author!

Cheryl works in an office by day. By night she leads a (not-so) secret life DJing, and throughout it all, is constantly scribbling away as the plot bunnies demand constant attention.

Her first novel was written when she should have been revising for her exams. While it is unlikely to ever see the light of day, it was the start of long relationship with the evil plot bunnies of doom.

A need to do more than just one subject led her to the University of Hull, where she graduated with an honours degree in American Studies. For the third year of the four year degree, she was able to call Baton Rouge home. Since then, Louisiana has claimed a large chunk of her heart, and remains a place she will always consider home.

LSU was where she discovered FanFiction and currently writes (mainly) CSI:NY stories and a Rescue: Special Ops story.

When not transcribing the stories of the angels and archangels, working, or DJing, she is at the beck and call of three cats – all of whom rank higher in the household than she does.


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Review | CHAMPIONS: At fires's end by Charlotte Jain + Giveaway

April 27, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Welcome to the review for 
CHAMPIONS by Charlotte Jain! :)
Seventeen-year-old best friends, April and Kyle, are thrown into the final battle of the Titan and Olympian war. Locked into an endless struggle, the Immortals have finally reached a solution - bestow mortal Champions with control over the elements to wage their final campaign.

Bestowed with control over fire and water, April and Kyle were raised by Immortals with a single purpose - win the war. After finally uncovering the remaining Champions' identities, April and Kyle must launch themselves into their final battle for survival. Winner takes all. But the Immortals are growing restless, and time is running out.

* I was given an ARC of this novel, to give an honest review so here it is!*

GREAT READ !!! Champions at fires end was a great and interesting read. At first it was difficult to understand the plot. But once I continued to read I couldn't put the book down! Charlotte Jain has out done herself and has made one for the ages. The story was inspirational and a nail bitter. On a scale of 1-10 I would give it an 8.5. I hope to see more great work from Charlotte Jain.

Charlotte Jain is an Arts graduate from Melbourne and the author of the Champions series. When not scrawling exciting YA tales filled with magic and adventure, Charlotte enjoys travelling the world and snuggling up on the couch watching movies.

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Release Day: SAFE WITH YOU by Sophia Lira + Giveaway

April 26, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Happy Release Day to

Safe with You by Sophie Lira!
Join us in celebrating this new release from Swoon Romance!
Enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.
Happy Book Birthday, Sophie!

Title: Safe with You
Author: Sophie Lira
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Genre: New Adult

O​livia Simon is starting over in the Big Easy. Her new job as a yoga instructor means she gets to pursue her passion, while giving her the motivation she needs to get back on track. But she's scared. Really scared. Scared her abusive ex-boyfriend will find her. Scared of all things that go bump in the night... and day. She knows her ex will have a claim on her future happiness unless she can find her own peace. Which starts with Kyle.

Kyle Avery, a former college baseball player on the brink of going pro, is also starting over. His dream since Little League was shattered when a jealous rival went too far in a pre-season game. After a few surgeries, all Kyle is left with are a few rods in his leg, a rebuilt knee, and no idea who he is without baseball. But when he trades center field for a yoga mat, he finds solace in a way he never imagined. Kyle knows there’s something about Olivia. Something he needs to move forward.

But Olivia loves to run, and it's too soon for her to be playing house. Olivia and Kyle want to invest in each other, but the secrets they've kept take a dangerous turn when Olivia's past returns with a vengeance. Devastated and helpless, Olivia wonders who she can really trust, and Kyle questions if he was ever able to keep her safe.

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New Adult aspiring author from the East Coast. Lover of coffee, huskies, traveling, music, yoga, sports, & craft beer.


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Release Day: THERE ONCE WERE STARS by Melanie McFarlane + Giveaway

April 26, 2016, 0 Comments | Comentarios

Happy Release Day to
There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane!
Join us in celebrating this new release from Month9Books!
Enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.
Happy Book Birthday, Melanie!

Title: There Once Were Stars
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

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Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her upcoming YA trilogy: THERE ONCE WERE STARS and her YA urban fantasy series: SUMMONER RISING.


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