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LETTING GO
Book 4 in the College of Charleston Series

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Some people like a little chaos. Not Sarah. Growing up in a house of humiliating filth means she has three crystal-clear goals:

  1. Get through college, however she can.
  2. Keep her four-year-old sister away from her mom’s hoarding.
  3. Never, never let disorder take over her life.

Of course, studying, working, and taking care of a toddler mean Sarah has no time for fun. Until she meets Zac.

He’s sweet, he’s funny, they have compatible plans for the zombie apocalypse. But Sarah can’t let him in. It’s not just his three drooly, sloppy dogs—with him in her life, the pristine future she’s working for would be shredded before you can say Down, boy!

Sometimes falling in love is really all about letting go.

 

 

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I’ve been obsessed with watching the show Hoarders for a long time, and it’s been in the back of my head to write something that deals with this fascinating and heartbreak issue. Of course, part of my obsession comes from the fact that I can’t understand the mentality of someone who doesn’t know how to let go, so it only made sense for me to write from a family members perspective. I’m just excited that my editor at Lyrical, Alicia Condon, and my agent, Stacey Donaghy, are both thrilled about this idea as well!

New Release: Until We Break by Jamie Howard

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Until We Break

Jamie Howard

NA Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

 


 

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When Sloane Avery stops to help a stranded driver, she finds more than a broken down car on the side of the road. Luke Evans is faster and sexier than her Maserati, but with her heart still on the mend, she’s not interested in taking him for a test drive. Despite their initial disdain for each other, emotion and passion simmer, complicating their fragile friendship. But when a tragic loss and devastating betrayal send them spiraling, their growing love isn’t enough to save them.

That was five years ago, practically a different lifetime and definitely a different Sloane. Before she’s been hardened by booze, sex, and as much distance as she could get from the past. Now, called home on a family emergency, she’s determined to hold onto her heart the next time she sees Luke.

Except Sloane’s not the only one who’s changed. Luke’s turned his life around. Only the reappearance of Sloane and the reminder of his biggest mistake can put a dent in his plans. Luke is set on fixing what he’s broken. But with her emotions boiling to the surface, Sloane needs to decide if falling in love is life’s greatest gift or its cruelest joke.

 

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Jamie Howard is a writer, legal and compliance specialist for a worldwide brokerage firm, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art. When she’s not tapping away at the keyboard or capturing the world through her trusty Canon, you can find her binge-watching TV shows, devouring books, and perfecting her gaming skills. She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs in New Jersey, and is almost always awake early enough to see the sun rise, even on the weekends.

Jamie is represented by Jessica Watterson of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

 

 


 

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Until It’s Right
Coming March 1, 2016
Available for Pre-Order

Haley Mitchell is tired of moping. With her broken heart repaired with a thick layer of duct tape, she’s 27232711ready to put her ex behind her and move on. After a chance encounter in a club, she’s convinced she’s met Mr. Perfect. But when he accidentally gives her the wrong number, the stranger on the other end of her texts becomes her confidant.

Kyle Lawson has always had more luck with computers than women. So when the new temp, Haley, arrives, he has the misfortune of falling for her, only to land firmly in the friend zone. But when he learns the mysterious woman he’s been texting is actually Haley, he keeps the entire thing a secret.

As things move straight from platonic to decidedly hot, Kyle must come clean about his secret texting identity and risk losing the woman he’s fallen in love with.

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 Last True Hero (Battle Scars #1) by Diana Gardin
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance (Military)
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For seven years he’s
fought for his country. Now he’ll fight for her.
    Army Ranger Dare Conners
has been through hell. He’s left combat behind, yet the memories that refuse to
fade are proving just as dangerous. Ordered to take R&R, he joins his buddy
for beaches, beers, and babes—if that can’t cure him, nothing will. But when he
meets Berkeley, a woman who affects him like no one else, a new kind of battle
begins . . .
    An Admiral’s daughter, Berkeley knows her
life has been planned since birth. The right school, the right boyfriend—and
now that she’s graduated—the right marriage. But after years of being right,
Berkley is ready to be a little wrong. And Dare Conners has wrong written
all over him. The sexy soldier has a body built for sin and secrets he won’t
share. What starts as a fling quickly grows into something more. But summer
can’t last forever, and when the truth comes out, both Berkeley and Dare could
be in for quite a fall.

EXCERPT
    He offers nothing
more. I stare at him for another second, then replace his tags under his shirt.
My fingers linger on the skin at the top of his chest. “I’m sorry.”
    He nods. “Don’t be.”
    We let the silence
wash over us once again.
     I glance at him out
of the corner of my eye after a few minutes. I want to know. I want to know the
answers to all of the questions lurking behind those beautiful eyes of his. And
so I know it’s time for me to go.
      “Dare…”
     He looks over at me,
his hands clasped behind his head. “Berkeley.”
     Dammit. Does he
somehow know I have trouble continuing to speak when he says my name? Does he
know?
     “Thanks for the
beer,” I say, sitting up.
     He doesn’t. “You’re
welcome. Are you leaving me so soon?”
     No. “Yep.”
     His mouth turns
down, and I keep my hands firmly in my lap so that I don’t brush a finger
across his full bottom lip.
     A low rumble of
thunder rolls around us, and I glance up at the sky. A storm is obviously on
its way.         When I look back at Dare, his gaze hasn’t moved from mine.
     “Dare…”
      He begins shaking
his head before I’ve even begun my letting-him-down-easy speech. Does he read
my mind, too?
      “This has been a
really great night…”
      His hand on my chin
stills me. It stills my thoughts and it stalls my words. I’m helpless with his
hand on me.
      “Don’t do that,” he
says softly. “Don’t give me your ‘let-him-down-easy’ speech. Let’s pretend
we’ve moved past that, okay? You don’t want to do this again, then tell me the
real reason. I don’t do bullshit.”
      He releases my skin,
but there’s a burning in the spot now that wasn’t there before.
      It takes me a moment
to find my voice, and Dare waits patiently while another rumble of thunder
rolls over our heads.
      “I’m…I’m super
attracted to you, Dare. But I’m not available to date right now. I’ll probably
never be available to date. It’s…complicated.”
      “You have a
boyfriend.” He says it like a fact, not a question.
      “I do not have a
boyfriend.” It would have been the easy way out. I could have just let him
believe that, but I find myself unable to lie to this sharp, sexy, honest man.
     He stares at me, his
expression unreadable. He rubs his rib again, and I allow my eyes to travel to
that spot. He notices, and stops rubbing. When he speaks again, his voice
hasn’t changed. It’s still soft, and still like a rough edge of a stone left
out in the wind.
     “So…you just aren’t
that into me.”
     I wish he’d stop
searching for reasons. “Some things just aren’t going to work out.”
     “I didn’t ask you to
marry me, Berkeley. I didn’t even ask you out on a second date yet.”
     I raise my eyebrows,
and he quickly regroups. “I was going to. Shit, of course I was going to. But,
if you don’t want to hang out again, I guess I have to accept that.”
     I so don’t want him to accept it. But I nod my head, just as the sky above us
opens, and we leap out of our chairs and sprint for the house.
     By the time we reach
it, we’re soaked. We run around to the driveway, where Dare’s truck is parked,
and he helps me in and buckles me up while the rain pelts him.
      When he finally
makes it to the driver’s seat, he’s laughing. He runs his hands through his
sopping wet hair, and I realize mine must look like a wet dog. Groaning, I pull
out my hair tie and shake my mess of curls out around my shoulders.
     “Shit! I didn’t
realize it was supposed to rain tonight.” He scrubs his face with his hands,
and then turns to face me. “I’m—”
     He freezes when he
looks at me, and my suspicions are confirmed. I’m definitely the hottest mess
he’s ever seen. My hair is flopping everywhere, and I’m sure the small amount
of makeup I had on my face now looks like I’m starring in
The Walking Dead.
     But that doesn’t
matter. I just told him I couldn’t see him again. Who the hell cares what I
look like?
The way he’s staring
at me is causing my new pets, my butterflies, to take furious flight and my
heartbeat to speed up at an alarming pace.
     Then he reaches out
and brushes that stupid strand of hair out of my eyes. The one my mother can’t
stand.
     “I love this,” he
says. “I might as well tell you, seeing as how I won’t get the chance again.”
     His finger follows
an invisible trail along my cheek, pausing at the hollow beneath my eye. “And
these. I fall into these every single time they’re focused on me. It scares the
shit out of me. And nothing scares me, Berkeley.”
     My breath is gone.
I’ve lost it somewhere between his finger tracing a path on my face and the
beautiful words he’s speaking. About
me.
    His finger changes
trajectory, trailing down until he reaches my lips. Which are probably
trembling. “Do you know how long I’ve been looking at these? All fucking night.
All night tonight, and every other time I’ve been in your vicinity.”
    His eyes drop to my
lips then, and he uses his thumb to part them. Hot lava flows from my core into
my every extremity until I feel like I must be catching fire. He’s setting me
aflame. His touch, his words, those eyes on me. I can’t contain the desire that
wells up inside me.
     “Dare.” I breathe.
     His eyes flicker
back up from my lips. “Berkeley.”
      “I guess if you’re
going to kiss me, you’d better do it now. You might not get another chance.”

 

 

 

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Diana Gardin was born and raised combing the coasts of Southeastern Virginia. She is now a happy resident of South Carolina as she married into an enormous Carolina-rooted family. She loves the beach, and even more than that she loves to read while sitting on the beach.

While writing was always a passion of Diana’s, she enrolled in college to become an elementary-school teacher. After eight years of teaching in both Virginia and South Carolina, she decided to stay at home with her first child. This decision is what opened her eyes to the fact that she still very much loved to write, and her first novel was written.

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My Charleston Trip

Have you read my College of Charleston series? Book one is The List and book two is No Regrets (book 3, Moving On, will be out February 2016). If you have, then you might be interested in the pictures from my recent Charleston trip!

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Our first morning in the Charleston area was spent in North Charleston, giving us the perfect opportunity to hit up the Tanger Outlets, which also happens to be where Cami takes Annie shopping in The List!

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I may not have a bucket list (and I’m definitely not in my teens), but that doesn’t mean we couldn’t do some shopping of our own. Here’s my best friend, Erin, and me at the outlets!
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When we finally made it downtown, I had to take a trip over to check out the dorm Cami and Annie–and Chris–lived in. Yup, here it is, the College of Charleston’s College Lodge! On the left is a picture of how it looked when I wrote my book, versus how it looks now. (They painted it without my knowledge.) 

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I also swung by the college bookstore to buy myself a little souvenir…

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Right down the street from College Lodge sits the Francis Marion, which where the group goes to eat breakfast for Annie’s birthday in The List and No Regrets. The Starbucks they frequent is in the lobby. Right across the street is Marion Square Park, which I didn’t get a picture. :-(

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King Street is just across the street, and if you ever decide to take a trip to Charleston, you’re definitely going to want to take a walk up this street! It’s gorgeous and a great location to do some shopping – just be sure you bring your credit card! It’s also expensive!

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I mention the City Market a few times in my books. It’s a really fun place to visit that’s open daily, allowing tourists to shop for souvenirs from local vendors.
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Carriage tours are also a favorite tourist attraction.

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Remember how Annie and Cami talked about the dangers of walking on Charleston sidewalks in heels? Here’s why:

Bike Taxis are one thing I haven’t mentioned in my books, but if I end up writing a fourth I’ll definitely add it! These are a lifesaver when you’re trying to cross the city wearing three inch heels – especially after a few drinks!

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And here’s Waterfront Park, which was a favorite place for Annie and Ryan to jog in The List.
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Check out the gorgeous pier:

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The bay (If you look close enough, you can see Fort Sumter in the distance):

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And of course, the Pineapple Fountain (also a favorite place for kids to swim on hot summer days during tourist season):

 

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Erin, and Me in front of the fountain:

And finally, the Ravenel Bridge (It wasn’t lit up at night, so I had to settle for a day shot):

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What’s one of the BEST things about Charleston? The food! If you ever visit the city, expect to be full (and broke) when you leave. Charleston has some of the most delicious (and expensive) restaurants, but it’s worth every penny! While visiting we ate at Magnolia’s, Cypress, The Drawing Room, Toast and Kaminski’s. We also hit up The Rooftop Bar and Henry’s for drinks in the evening.

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Erin and me at Magnolia’s:

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While there, Erin and I also got tattoos – just like Annie. Like I said, I don’t have a bucket list, but this is something we’ve been wanting to do together for a few years, so we decided to just go for it.

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Our last morning in Charleston we took a quick trip out to Isle of Palms. This was the day before the hurricane rains hit (which flooded the downtown area) so it was chilly and windy and threatening rain, but it was still great to be back after four years!

Driving under the Ravenel Bridge:

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Here’s the street view of Isle of Palms:
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Look at this amazing houses on Isle of Palms? The picture doesn’t do them justice, trust me!It was a house like this one that Liam’s dad owns in No Regrets-and where they have their amazing beach parties.IMG_4854

And that’s the Charleston portion of Momcation 2015! You can check out the Walking Dead portion on my October 29th post, which is part of the Band of Dystopian Zombie Blog Crawl for Halloween week! 

Did these pictures spark your interest? If so, be sure to check out my College of Charleston series, available from Lyrical Shine and inspired by this gorgeous city!

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No Regrets

College of Charleston series, #2

Kate L. Mary

NA Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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College is supposed to be fun…

Go to parties

Pick up guys

Maybe get in a little trouble

On the surface Cami is your average, wild teenager out to have a good time, but inside she’s struggling. Almost a year ago her best friend was in a car accident, an accident Cami feels responsible for. Since then, she’s made it her personal mission to experience everything life has to offer, both for herself and for Julie, who will never have fun again.

Then she meets Liam, her cousin’s sexy roommate. Hooking up with a hot British dude seems like the perfect way to start off the school year, but the more time she spends with him, the more she finds herself actually liking the guy. Which totally screws up her plans to live life with no regrets…

 

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      By the time Friday rolled around I had talked myself into believing the whole thing with Liam was nothing serious. He’d invited me over to his place because Ryan had a date, which I took to mean he wanted to be alone with me. In my head, I was kind of picturing the evening being more like a booty call. We’d enjoy a quick romp in the sack while Ryan was out on his date, then order a pizza. Maybe go for round two if we had time.

      That wasn’t exactly what happened, though.

      When I got there, Liam answered the door with a big smile on his face and a dozen pink roses in his hand. It was adorable and definitely made my heart skip so many times I wondered if it was playing jump rope. He’d really thrown me off my game.

      “Wow,” I said, taking the bundle of roses and giving them a sniff. “I wasn’t expecting flowers.”

      “I noticed your mobile case was pink, so I thought you’d like the color.”

      Okay, so maybe it was a little cliché, but pink was my favorite color. And the fact that Liam had noticed was so sweet I found it difficult to speak. Which for me meant a lot. It also made him about a million times hotter, and made me want him about a billion times more. Go figure.

      Liam held the door open so I could go inside. He didn’t even make a move to kiss me, which totally blew because at that moment I was imagining sucking on his bottom lip.

      The guys didn’t have a table in their apartment, which was why I’d kind of figured Liam and I would be lying naked in bed with a box of pizza between us. There was, however, a small bar between the living room and kitchen. That’s where Liam had set out two plates and two wineglasses, along with a bottle of what appeared to be champagne. He even had a candle lit. And the apartment smelled a-maz-ing!

      “Did you cook?” I asked, standing in front of the bar with my mouth hanging open.

      I’d never had a guy buy me flowers before, and I definitely hadn’t thought for a second Liam would. Plus, he’d actually cooked. For me. It was like his body had been taken over by pod people.

      “Of course.” He grinned and picked up the bottle of champagne. “I invited you over for dinner. What did you expect, pizza?”

“Umm…yes?”

      Liam laughed and ripped the foil off the bottle. He turned it away from me while he worked on getting the cork out. The pop was so loud it made me jump, and the cork flew about three feet through the air before hitting the kitchen cabinet. I was kind of wishing he had aimed at me. Right at my head. Maybe the jolt would have helped me make sense of the situation, because I was totally confused.

      Liam filled the glasses and handed me one. “We have about fifteen minutes before dinner is ready.”

      I stared at the champagne in my hand and frowned. “You know you don’t have to get me drunk, right?”

      “What are talking about?” He paused with his glass halfway to his lips.

      Liam looked hurt, which made me feel like a total bitch. He’d gone to so much trouble with the whole thing, but I couldn’t even enjoy it because all I was thinking about was jumping his bones. Yeah, I was being a mega bitch.

      “I’m kidding.” I forced out a smile and held up the glass. “This is awesome. Thanks!”

      He relaxed and returned the smile, and we clinked our glasses together.

      Even though I didn’t get the booty call I’d been hoping for, the night was pretty sweet. Liam turned out to be a really good cook. He’d made spaghetti, which didn’t sound like a big deal until he revealed he’d made his own sauce. Color me impressed. Plus, he’d made the meatballs too.

      I was pretty full after stuffing my face full of Italian food, so I couldn’t eat dessert right away. Cheesecake drizzled with caramel, chocolate, and chopped pecans. Where the hell did this guy come from? While we waited for our food to digest, we sat in the living room and talked.

      “So you mentioned you have a sister. Any other siblings?” I asked, sipping the champagne. The bubbles tickled my lips and made me giggle.

      “Just the sister,” he said. “Half sister, really. We have different dads. My mum was married to Elisabeth’s dad for about ten years. They split up, but he’s still around. Treats me like a son too.”

      “What about your biological father? Does he live in England?”

      “No, actually. He lives in the States, which is why I’m here.”

      He took a drink of his own champagne while he studied me. I got the feeling he didn’t talk about his dad a whole lot and he was debating whether or not to tell me more. I honestly wasn’t sure how much I wanted him to share. I was really starting to like Liam—like him like him—and I was afraid if I got too attached, it would thwart some of my wilder plans for college life. I couldn’t really pick up guys in bars and go home with them if I was in a relationship.

      Plus, I’d promised Julie I wouldn’t settle down until I was a hundred years old. At least.

      Liam must have decided I was worth making himself vulnerable, because he said, “He has a place here, actually.”

      “Really? In Charleston?” It was a bit of a surprise since he hadn’t mentioned it before, but it explained why he was here. Kind of. He did say his dad was a jerk.

      Liam nodded. “Isle of Palms. You remember the beach house the frat party was at?”

      Was he kidding? How could I forget the beach house? Not only was it pretty much the nicest and most expensive building I’d ever set foot in, we’d shared a pretty amazing moment in that upstairs bedroom. Just thinking about it made my body shiver with pleasure.

      I put my hand on his leg and smiled up at him. “I remember very specific things about the beach house.”

      “You did seem to have a pretty brilliant time.” Liam flashed me a lopsided grin that showed off those adorably crooked teeth of his. God, was I glad his mom never got him braces.

      “It wasn’t nearly enough, trust me.” I ran my fingers gently up his thigh.

      Liam cleared his throat and shifted his whole body until he was sitting almost out of my reach. My hand was still on his knee at least. “You know you’re making it bloody difficult for me to turn over a new leaf, right?”

      “I like your old leaf,” I said, flashing him a pout.

      “Right.” Liam chuckled and shook his head. “That house belongs to my dad.”

      My hand froze on his leg. There weren’t many things that could have distracted me from all the dirty thoughts going through my head, but that was definitely one of them.

      “Your dad owns that mansion on the beach?”

      “He may be a tosser, but he happens to be a very rich tosser. He’s why I came here, really. He threw my mum money over the years, but it wasn’t much. She couldn’t pay for me to go to uni, and it was either beg my dad for the money or work my own way through. I really wanted to tell him to sod off, but I felt like he owed me. Anyway, he agreed to pay my way, but only if I came here. Said he wanted to get to know me. Maybe he’s gone soft in his old age, I don’t know. Whatever the reason, I saw it as my only option.”

      “So he’s not a total tosser then?” I loved all the British slang, so was sure to emphasize the word.

      Liam chuckled again. “No, I guess he’s not a total tosser.”

      I mulled the whole thing over as I emptied my glass. Liam wanted to turn over a new leaf. His dad was a prick and he didn’t want to be that way, which I could understand and even respect. But what did that mean for us? He’d made me dinner, bought me flowers, and opened up to me all in one night. It was starting to feel dangerously close to girlfriend territory.

      Which was something I was going to have to get a handle on real soon.

      I set my glass on the table, then took his and did the same. He eyed me as I scooted closer to him, as if he was afraid I was going to attack. Of course, he was right to be concerned. I was going to attack, and I wanted things to go my way for a change.

      I leaned closer, waiting for him to make a move to kiss me or stop me from kissing him. The conflict in his eyes was obvious. He thought it was a bad idea. Unfortunately for him, I thought it was pretty much the best idea I’d had in a very long line of great ideas.

      “Let me thank you for dinner,” I said, moving until our faces were less than an inch apart.

      We were so close I could see little specks of brown in his eyes. My nose grazed his and he sucked in a deep breath. His very intense gaze moved down to my mouth. Then his lips brushed against mine and he closed his eyes. I followed his lead, squeezing my eyes shut as our mouths moved together. Quickly. So fast it took my breath away. Liam thrust his tongue into my mouth and slid his hand up my back, gripping my neck. Not just holding me there, but pulling me closer to him. Like he might never be able to get enough.

 


╣About the Author╠

Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She grew up in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.

Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes who can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.

Be sure to check out her bestselling BROKEN WORLD series, which is a top 100 book in dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction on Amazon.

 


 

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THE LIST
Book 1 in the College of Charleston Series
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The List. Twenty things every girl must do before she turns twenty…
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Body piercing
Get drunk
First kiss
But thanks to her crazy, over-protective father, Annie Roth is way behind schedule. Good thing it’s her first semester of college, because Annie is more than ready to start checking off items. . .
Fake ID
Skinny dipping
Road trip!!!
Where it gets complicated? Ryan and Chris. Best friends. Both sweet, funny, totally hot, and totally into Annie.
But there are some things on The List that Annie only wants to do with Ryan. . .
Lose it
Get Heart Broken
Fall in love

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Moving On
Book 3 in the College of Charleston Series
Coming February 2016 Pre-Order Now!

After a year with her dying aunt, Bette knows what she wants from life.Moving-On-mockup3
1. Keep Aunt Missy’s House
Chris Pressley is the perfect roommate—uptight and damaged and hung up on his ex. And hot. Bette doesn’t date, but she definitely likes looking.
2. Get Her Dream Job
Chris just needs to get away from the happiest couple on campus: the sweet, shy girl he loves and his former best friend. Watching Bette rock her tattoos and her curves even as she builds her own business is an education. That’s probably why he can’t keep his mind off her…
3. Never Compromise
Bette isn’t interested in changing for anyone. But the heat rising between her and Chris won’t leave her the same…

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New Release: Delayed Penalty by Sophia Henry

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DELAYED PENALTY

 

 

Delayed Penalty
Pilots Hockey # 1

Sophia Henry

Releasing September 1, 2015

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╣Synopsis╠

 

She closed her heart long ago. He just wants to open her mind. For fans of Toni Aleo and Sawyer Bennett, the debut of Sophia Henry’s red-hot Detroit Pilots series introduces a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love.

 

Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she’s relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player—until she realizes that he’s the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before.

 

Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that’s what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice.

 

After everything she’s been through, Auden can’t bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she’ll give him a chance—long enough to prove he’s finally met the one who makes him want to change.

 


 

╣My Review╠

When college student Auden is assigned to be a translater for Russian hockey player Aleksandr, the attraction she feels for him is only physical, and she’s positive that likeing the guy will be an impossible feat. Aleksandr not only has a reputation, but a cocky attitude that is more than a little off-putting. But it doesn’t take Auden long to realize that Aleksandr’s attitude is a show, and behind the mask he wears is a damaged guy trying to heal from. His tragic past is something he and Auden have in common, and soon the two find healing in each other.

Delayed Penalty is a sweet hockey romance that kept me glued to my Kindle! Since I prefer the nice guy, I was happy to find out that Aleksandr’s attitude was all for show. Once the real man came out, he was sweet and sensitive, and cared about Auden. Add the fact that he was hot to all that, he was a mega-hot hockey star, and you have one swoon-worthy character. I thought the chemistry was good and the story progressed well, and the backstory with the two characters was just enough extra plot to keep me interested in the story. Looking forward to more books from Sophia Henry!

5stars


 

╣Excerpt╠

      I’m pretty sure there were only two ways Crazy Hair could have looked better than he had at O’Callaghan’s. The first was as he did right now: sitting on a bench in the locker room wearing nothing but the lower half of his uniform, including his skates, sweat rolling over his sinewy pecs and creating a happy trail all the way into his hockey pants.
      The second way—I can only assume—would be if he were completely naked.
      “Aleksandr, this is Auden Berezin. She will be your translator.”
      “I don’t need a translator.”
      I almost laughed, because he’d said he didn’t need a translator in Russian.
      “You must talk with the media at some point, Sasha. They’re riding my ass to get better answers from you than ‘was good game.’ ”
      Aleksandr Varenkov, hot Russian hockey god, laughed, showing the perfect set of white teeth I’d noticed at the bar.
      “You have your teeth in, but you haven’t even showered yet?” Orlenko asked.
      Was Orlenko a mind reader? I sure hope not, because I would be fired for thinking about my client naked.
      “I wanted to look good for pictures.” Aleksandr winked at me. Then he stood, and drops of sweat raced down the hard planes of his chest.
      I’d never been so envious of perspiration in my life.
      “Sometimes I talk in the shower. Will she translate for me in there?”
      My cheeks began to burn, so I averted my eyes, lowering them to the black Cyrillic script tattooed down his sides, then thought better of that line of sight and studied the soiled beige carpet below my feet.
      “Aleks—” Orlenko sighed, rubbing his forehead.
      “Zhenya,” Aleksandr began. “You know I’m kidding, yes?” He shoved a towel onto the shelf above his nameplate and walked away without waiting for an answer.
      “Yes,” Orlenko hissed. He’d said it under his breath, but I heard him and wondered what my grandpa had gotten me into. “Well, that was Aleksandr Varenkov, your client. He’s a talented player and a good man. But he can be a little—”
      “Douchey?” I offered in English. I shouldn’t have said it, considering Grandpa’s professional reputation was in my hands. Then again, Evgeny Orlenko was Grandpa’s friend first, so maybe he wouldn’t be too hard on me. Besides, Grandpa knew what kind of mouth I had, and he’d sent me for the job anyway.
      Orlenko laughed, and continued in Russian. “Wild was the word I was looking for, but your adjective may not be that far off.”
      “I’ve got it, Mr. Orlenko.”
      “Are you sure?” He inspected me through thick black-rimmed glasses that were too small for his puffy face.
      “As a college student with an active social life, I’ve learned how to handle arrogant douche bags.” This time I was being paid to handle one.
      “I shouldn’t be having this conversation about one of my clients,” Mr. Orlenko said, his lips quirking up, then back into a tight line. At least he was trying to keep a straight face. “You’re like a breath of fresh air, Audushka. I hope you stay that way even with his off-ice antics.”
      Off-ice antics? What the hell did that mean and why would I have to deal with them? “Will I have to hang out with him outside of the arena? I thought I was here to translate for media interviews after games and some practices.”
      “Aleksandr speaks very little English. He’ll need your assistance in all aspects of his career; interviews, community service. At least, until he gets acclimated. Vitya said you were here for the month, is that correct?”
      “Yep. All of winter break.”
      “You’ll be putting in a lot of hours.”
      “I’m a hard worker. And I need the cash. Got cut from the soccer team, and I have to replace the scholarship money I lost.” I was running my mouth again. Maybe I did need to tone it down.
      “Well, I’m sorry to hear that. The being-cut part.” He cleared his throat. “Here’s my card. I wrote my cell number on the back. If you have any trouble or if Aleksandr makes you uncomfortable in any way, please give me a call.”
      “Thanks.” I scanned the card wondering if I should try to memorize his number now, since I wasn’t sure how stable this client sounded.
      After Orlenko left the locker room, I realized I hadn’t asked him what I should do next, and he hadn’t given me instructions as to where I should wait while Aleksandr showered. Since I wasn’t part of the media, I was extremely aware of being the intruder standing in a room of half-naked men. A shower shouldn’t take very long, so I dug my e-reader out of my messenger bag and sat down on the stool that Aleksandr had just vacated.
      “Ewww.” I jumped up and skimmed my palm against my damp backside. Hadn’t even thought about any runaway sweat that might’ve dripped from Aleksandr’s lean, hard body onto the stool.
      Stop. Just stop thinking about the shiny, wet flesh covering his impeccably carved frame.

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╣About the Author╠

 

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Sophia Henry, a proud Detroit native, fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to North Carolina, where she spends her time writing books featuring hockey-playing heroes, chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

 

 


 

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The List

College of Charleston series, Book #1

Kate L. Mary

NA Contemporary Romance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

╣Synopsis╠

 

 

The List.
Twenty things every girl must do before she turns twenty. . .
 

Body piercing
Get drunk
First kiss
 

But thanks to her crazy, over-protective  father,  Annie Roth is way behind schedule. Good thing it’s her first semester of college, because Annie is more than ready to start checking off items. . .

Fake ID
Skinny dipping
Road trip!!!

Where it gets complicated?  Ryan and Chris. Best friends. Both sweet, funny, totally hot, and totally into Annie.

 But there are some things on The List that Annie only wants to do with Ryan. . .

Lose it
Get Heart Broken
Fall in love

 

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╣Excerpt╠

 

     

      “I don’t want to go crazy, Cami. I just want to experience the normal things teenagers experience. While I’m still a teenager. I’ll be nineteen next month, and I haven’t done anything! I have one year.”

      Cami nodded as a slow smile spread across her face. “Kind of like a bucket list for your teen years.”

      I grinned and my wet hair bounced around when I nodded emphatically. “Exactly!”

      Cami jumped to her feet and started pacing the room. “That I can help with! But we should start a list right now. Write it all down, so we can mark it off as we go.”

      My insides jumped and fired to life, and I got to my feet too. “That’s a great idea.”

      Cami grabbed a notebook and flipped it open, then grabbed a pink Sharpie. At the top of the paper she scribbled Annie’s Bucket List. “Okay, what’s first?”

      I chewed on my bottom lip and ran my hand through my damp hair. “Let’s start small. Buy makeup.”

      Cami nodded and jotted it down, then said, “And some new clothes and shoes. Girly stuff.”

      She wrote down, buy a dress and heels and I inwardly cringed. Wearing heels seemed a bit unrealistic, but I was determined to do this. Even if I fell out of my shoes and broke my arm in the process.

      “Get highlights,” I said.

      Cami giggled while she wrote. “With your hair, I’d get lowlights.”

      I nodded even though I had no idea what she was talking about. She’d know better than me.

      Cami looked up and raised an eyebrow. “Get your ears pierced?”

      “And something else too! Like my nose or my belly button!” I was getting really excited. Bouncing around like Cami. I’d always been intrigued by the way most girls these days glinted under the lights. It was rare, especially in California, to see girls in their teens without multiple piercings. I wanted to be one of those girls.

      Cami wrote it down before looking back at me. “A tattoo?”

      I hadn’t even considered that one. Something inside me jumped, but with the painful way it twisted I wasn’t sure if it was fear or excitement. “I don’t know…”

      “We’ll put that one on the shelf for now. What else? Just fire them off and I’ll write as fast as I can.”

      I took a deep breath and went for it. She was willing to help, so I shouldn’t be scared about revealing how little I’d done. “Go on a date, go to a formal, go skinny-dipping, get drunk, have a first kiss, stay up all night, take a road trip with a group of friends.” I took a deep breath and peered at her out of the corner of my eye, but she hadn’t even blinked and she was still scribbling away. “Have sex….”


 

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╣About the Author╠

Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She grew up in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.

Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes who can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.

Be sure to check out her bestselling BROKEN WORLD series, which is a top 100 book in dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction on Amazon.

 


 

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New Release: Letting Go by Jessica Ruddick

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Letting Go

by Jessica Ruddick

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╣Synopsis╠

 

How long do you hold on?

 

Cori Elliott likes order. Her schedule, her social life…even her GPA is perfect. Then she finds out her high school boyfriend’s death wasn’t an accident—it was suicide. The devastating revelation is enough to fracture her perfectly structured life, sending Cori in a downward spiral of self-doubt and impulsive decisions.

 

And right into the arms of Luke Evans.

 

But Cori’s life isn’t perfect anymore. In fact, it’s all coming apart. The only way she can save herself is to let go of everything—including the girl she used to be. Even if it means losing the one guy who might just be perfect for her in the process…

 

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╣Review╠

 

College student Cori isn’t looking for romance when she meets Luke. Her high school boyfriend hasn’t been dead long, and she’s still dealing with the loss, not to mention the guilt. Then there’s school and life and a million other reasons she doesn’t have time to add romance to her life, but sometimes we find ourselves falling for a person even when we don’t want to.

Letting Go was a fast and easy read, with fantastic writing that really pulled me into the story! There were a lot of moments when I teared up, moments when I laughed out loud, times when I was frustrated with Cori or Luke for making what I thought were stupid decisions, and even moments when I felt angry. But even after all that, when I got to the end of the book my overall impression was “how sweet,” because that’s what this book was. Sweet.

Cori and Luke had an instant connection, but I didn’t feel like they were being pushed together unnaturally, and the chemistry was good. They were two average people who had busy and realistic lives and problems, and there were plenty of hurdles to overcome (not all of which they did gracefully), but in the end I felt like their progression was very realistic, which is what I look for in a story. Perfect characters who don’t make mistakes don’t hold any appeal for me. Overall, a quick and easy read, light but emotional at the same time, and a new adult book well-worth picking up!

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╣About the Author╠

 

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Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.

 

 


 

 

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Ever Always
Falling Deep

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Cover Reveal: Delayed Penalty by Sophia Henry

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Delayed Penalty
(A Pilots Hockey Novel)

by Sophia Henry

Coming September 1, 2015
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╣Synopsis╠

She closed her heart long ago. He just wants to open her mind. For fans of Toni Aleo and Sawyer Bennett, the debut of Sophia Henry’s red-hot Detroit Pilots series introduces a hockey team full of complicated men who fight for love.

Auden Berezin is used to losing people: her father, her mother, her first love. Now, just when she believes those childhood wounds are finally healing, she loses something else: the soccer scholarship that was her ticket to college. Scrambling to earn tuition money, she’s relieved to find a gig translating for a Russian minor-league hockey player. Until she realizes that he’s the same dangerously sexy jerk who propositioned her at the bar the night before.

Equal parts muscle and scar tissue, Aleksandr Varenkov knows about trauma. Maybe that’s what draws him to Auden. He also lost his family too young, and he channeled the pain into his passions: first hockey, then vodka and women. But all that seems to just melt away the instant he kisses Auden and feels a jolt of desire as sudden and surprising as a hard check on the ice.

After everything she’s been through, Auden can’t bring herself to trust any man, let alone a hot-headed puck jockey with a bad reputation. Aleksandr just hopes she’ll give him a chance—long enough to prove he’s finally met the one who makes him want to change.

 


 

 

╣About the Author╠

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Sophia Henry, a proud Detroit native, fell in love with reading, writing, and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to North Carolina, where she spends her time writing books featuring hockey-playing heroes, chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts with her husband.

 

 


 

 

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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Game of Love by Ara Grigorian

Today I’m revealing the cover for Game of Love, a new sports romance from Ara Grigorian! Check out all the fun details about this sexy romance and enter his fantastic giveaway!!

 

Game of Love

by Ara Grigorian

New Adult Contemporary Sports Romance

Coming May 4TH

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╣Synopsis╠

Game of Love is set in the high-stakes world of professional tennis where fortune and fame can be decided by a single point. Gemma Lennon has spent nearly all of her 21 years focused on one thing: Winning a Grand Slam.

After a disastrous and very public scandal and subsequent loss at the Australian Open, Gemma is now laser-focused on winning the French Open. Nothing and no one will derail her shot at winning – until a heated chance encounter with brilliant and sexy Andre Reyes threatens to throw her off her game.

Breaking her own rules, Gemma begins a whirlwind romance with Andre who shows her that love and a life off the court might be the real prize. With him, she learns to trust and love… at precisely the worst time in her career. The pressure from her home country, fans, and even the Prime Minister to be the first British woman to win in nearly four decades weighs heavily.

As Wimbledon begins, fabricated and sensationalized news about them spreads, fueling the paparazzi, and hurting her performance. Now, she must reconsider everything, because in the high-stakes game of love, anyone can be the enemy within… even lovers and even friends. In the Game of Love, winner takes all.

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╣Excerpt╠

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“We are made strong by the difficulties we face, not by those we evade.”

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      Gemma’s security flanked her, their grip tight on her arms. Bedric, her coach, rushed ahead, slamming open the hotel’s glass doors to the roar of the French paparazzi―a cacophony of questions, comments, and insults.

      Gemma moderated her breathing, prepared for another three-second spurt of chaos.

      Three...

      “―What happened in your hotel room?”

      They knew. Dozens of cameras from all directions chirped and flashed. She kept her eyes trained on her goal: the awaiting car.

      Two...

      “―Mademoiselle! Gemma! One smile.”

      The paparazzi bore in from her right. Only a few more steps. A knee rammed into her thigh. That one would leave a mark. A bruise that the papers would dissect and analyze gratuitously.

      One...

      “―Why were you hiding for four months? Were you going to quit tennis?”

      Don’t react. Say nothing. Bedric forced the car door open, giving Gemma the opening she needed to squeeze in. He followed.

      Zero.

      The door slammed behind them, and the sounds of commotion lowered to a gentle hush. Black tinted windows offered a veil of privacy. Bodies, camera lenses, and faces smashed against the glass. Only inches separated her from the paparazzi. There had been a time when she used to move to the center of the car, creating as much separation as possible. But now she knew better. Distance was a mere illusion of safety.

      The locks engaged, and the car accelerated away.

      She didn’t like surprises―particularly on game day―but in this case, her security lead’s demand to move her to another hotel had been spot- on. It was one thing for the paparazzi to gather outside. It was quite another when one found his way into her hotel suite... while she slept. The French paparazzi were setting a new standard.

      “This is not good,” Bedric said in stoic English.

      She eyed her superstitious coach, who was always concerned with deviations from routine. But the concern etched on his face wasn’t about superstition. He didn’t want a repeat performance of the Australian Open months earlier.

      “You have not rested,” he continued, “and you have yet to get breakfast.”

      “We’ll be fine. We are fine,” she said, nearly believing it herself. “As for breakfast, we’ll grab something at the new hotel.”

      The car swerved as the driver made a temporary effort to lose their tail. Memories of another car chase months earlier inched its way into her throat.

      “There will be people. You don’t need more distractions.”

      “More distractions?” She had woken to the sound of an intruder in her suite, and now she was rushing from one hotel to another on the morning of her quarterfinal match. How much worse could it get? “We’ll be discreet. Run in, eat, and we’ll be off.”

      The car’s tires screeched as the driver took another quick turn. It was happening again. Another chase just before a critical match. Only this time, the driver wasn’t drunk.

      From her bag, Gemma removed a tennis ball and twirled it in her hand. One point at a time. She focused on the soft texture. Familiar. Calming. Poking out from inside her bag, the newspaper article from the day before mocked her. Inch-tall letters above her picture: The Great HypeFive Years and Still Waiting. She squeezed the tennis ball over and over again until her fingers went numb.

      She dropped the ball back inside the bag, then closed her eyes, hoping to salvage some sleep. She crossed her arms and tried to control her shivering. No, she wasn’t cold. She just wanted five minutes alone with the bastard who had violated her space. Gemma almost wished the coward hadn’t bolted when she charged him, tennis racquet in hand.

 


 

 

╣About the Author╠

34019c_ecb294aa4a244d158202952d64580733.jpg_srz_p_165_150_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Armenian by heritage, born in Iran, lived in Barcelona, and escaped New York until he found his home in Los Angeles, Ara’s first eleven years were both busy and confusing. The fruit salad of languages would slow down his genetically encoded need to tell stories. Until then, an alter ego would be required…

He received an engineering degree from California State University Northridge and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. Today, he is a technology executive in the entertainment industry. True to the Hollywood life, Ara wrote for a children’s television pilot that could have made him rich (but didn’t) and nearly sold a video game to a major publisher (who closed shop days later).

But something was amiss until his wife read him the riot act. “Will you stop talking about wanting to be a writer and just do it?” So with her support (and mandate), and their two boys serving as his muse, he wrote stories.

Fascinated by the human species, Ara writes about choices, relationships, and second chances. Always a sucker for a hopeful ending, he writes contemporary romance stories. He is an alumnus of both the Santa Barbara Writers Conference and Southern California Writers’ Conference (where he also serves as a workshop leader). Ara is an active member of the Romance Writers of America and its Los Angeles chapter.

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Ever Always by Diana Gardin

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A Nelson Island Novella

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Ever Always is book two in the Nelson Island series by Diana Gardin. This novella tells the story of Ever Allen and Hunter Waters after Sam has run off to Nelson Island. When I read the first book, Wanting Forever, I hated Hunter and Ever. A lot. Sam is a nice guy who gave everything up to protect the girl he loved. Even though I don’t understand his line of thought or how he believed the choices he’d made in any way benefited him or Ever, I got why he was written that way. He made decisions based on emotions rather than taking the time to think it through clearly, so it fell in line with his character.

“Sam was the fixer; he would rather make her(Ever’s) headaches go away than find out what caused them in the first place.”

Reading Ever Always didn’t really make me change my mind about Ever and Hunter, but something I really hadn’t really been expecting happened. I found myself wanting Ever and Hunter to get together. Did I like either one of them? Nope—Ever I especially disliked—but I couldn’t deny their chemistry or the fact that they belonged together. I just didn’t love the way they chose to go about it. Diana Gardin did a good job of developing the characters and explaining how things had played out. As children, Sam, Hunter and Ever had always been together. The three of them against the world. As they grew, feelings developed, and somewhere along the way Ever chose Sam. Being the dutiful brother, Hunter stepped back. Good for Hunter. Too bad he couldn’t be that loyal as an adult. To be fair, I liked Hunter a lot more than I did Ever. I understood his emotions more, I felt they were more legitimate, and even the ones that weren’t made sense when you saw them through the eyes of someone who had been denying his feelings for years. Doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s a douchebag, but I understood him at least. Especially when you take in the complication of a mother who had always favored Hunter.

“Maybe, on some level, he’d just allowed Sam to swoop in and scoop Ever up off her feet when they were teenagers because he knew Sam deserved her love so much more than he did. When Ever had chosen Sam, it had sliced him up inside, but he’d felt relieved. Because finally, Sam had been given the love he deserved.”

Of course, Hunter did a fair amount of blaming Sam for hurting Ever with his happiness. Like Sam should have locked himself inside and embraced misery just because Ever wasn’t next to him. If you love someone, their happiness should make you happy, and the fact that neither Ever nor Hunter cared whether or not Sam was happy pissed me off.

“Hunter tried not to feel bitter, but it wasn’t exactly working. It was going to hurt Ever, seeing what Sam had built down there without her.”

“Hunter could almost feel the tiny pinpricks of pain all of his (Sam’s) comments were inadvertently causing Ever’s heart. Sam would never hurt her on purpose, but Hunter couldn’t fathom why he couldn’t see how this was hurting her. Seeing him happy here was what was going to give her closure, but it still hurt her.”

And this was after Ever and Hunter had already grabbed a little bit of happiness on their own, if you know what I mean. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Ever at all. She is by far one of the most selfish characters I’ve ever come across, and as far as I’m concerned, Sam is better off without her. From the second Sam left Ever couldn’t think about him without feeling bitter. Like he’d seen her dead father, kissed her on the forehead and said, “Hope you get out of this. I’m on my way to Paris. Catch you later.” She acted like he was on a vacation, and even though she claimed to be happy in Duck Creek and not want to leave, every time she heard Sam talk about Nelson Island she was bitter and angry and jealous. And I don’t think it had anything to do with her loving Sam. I think she just wanted him to be at her beck and call like he always had been.

“He couldn’t see her, couldn’t touch her. Couldn’t comfort her. For the first time in their relationship, he couldn’t be there for her right now. At least not in the way she needed him to be.”

Basically, their relationship had to be on Ever’s terms or it wasn’t going to be. Which to me means she never really loved him. I’ve spent the last ten years following my husband all over the country. Leaving family behind, saying goodbye to friends who are practically family, leaving beautiful places I’ve loved for middle-of-nowhere bases. But it’s all been worth it because I love him. If Ever really loved Sam, she would have been happy to be with him anywhere. The way Ever and Hunter betrayed Sam is unforgiveable. It’s one of those situations where even though it turned out good for all the parties involved—Sam was free to move on and find his own happiness—it just didn’t justify the actions. And to see Ever get jealous of Sam and Aston after what she’d already done…What a bitch! The clincher for me was after Ever and Hunter left Nelson Island and Ever ended things with Hunter. She couldn’t be happy with hurting just one brother. Oh no, she had to destroy them both in the same day. Nope not a fan of Ever. Like I said, even though I didn’t like Ever and most of the time I thought Hunter was a jerk, I wanted them to get together. They deserved each other, and had they been a little nobler and gone about it the right way, there could have been a lot less tears and heartache for everyone involved. The good news about this novella is that it made me love Sam that much more. Sam and Aston were very attracted to each other, but Sam stayed loyal to Ever. He still only thought about her, and he was genuinely happy to see her when she came to visit. Sam is the kind of good guy you want to have as a main character, and this novella only confirmed that. Once again, Diana Gardin has created characters who are real and complex, and brought out a whole range of emotions. While I didn’t love them, I wasn’t bored reading about them. I even got teary-eyed when Ever finds out she’s going to have her dream job. It’s good when an author can create characters that you find yourself rooting for even though they aren’t exactly the kind of people you like. It means there’s depth to the story, which is what I look for when I read a book. People have layers, and so should characters.

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Diana Gardin was born and raised combing the coasts of Southeastern Virginia. She is now a happy Dianaresident of South Carolina as she married into an enormous Carolina-rooted family. She loves the beach, and even more than that she loves to read while sitting on the beach. While writing was always a passion of Diana’s, she enrolled in college to become an elementary-school teacher. After eight years of teaching in both Virginia and South Carolina, she decided to stay at home with her first child. This decision is what opened her eyes to the fact that she still very much loved to write, and her first novel was written. Diana is also the author of the Young Adult novel COLOR BLIND and the New Adult series the Ashes series.


 

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Wanting Forever (Nelson Island, #1)

New Adult Contemporary Romance

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For Sam Waters, it’s Aston Hopewell. Talk about a girl out of his league. But he’s just a hired hand, happy to keep his head down and work hard on her father’s ranch. With a warrant out for his arrest, he can’t afford trouble. Everyone thinks Aston’s life is perfect, but she knows the truth: nothing is as it seems. The only one who gets that is Sam. He understands her in a way no one ever has. But even he won’t tell her everything-until the night that changes their destiny forever . . .

 

 

Color Blind

New Adult Contemporary Romance

Camryn Grimes has a choice to make. Two amazing boys have declared her as their heart’s18625127 desire. But will Camryn choose based on what her head thinks is good for her, or what her heart knows she wants? Seventeen-year-old Cam is a successful student and star of her school dance and theater department. She’s captured the attention of Luka, a handsome athlete who is known around school for his good looks and future in college basketball. Cooper arrives on the scene on a racing motorcycle, and his bad-boy demeanor leaves Cam feeling breathless and confused. In the end, her heart wants what it wants. But when the mob comes to their small coastal town in the form of Cooper’s presumed-dead father, Camryn is caught in the most dangerous spot possible: the center of the conflict. Will Cooper be able to save her from his father’s cross hairs? Or will Camryn end up making the ultimate sacrifice for love?

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Ashes (The Ashes Series #1)

New Adult Contemporary Romance

Paige Hill is discovering who she is again after losing everything she loves in a tragic fire. She’s endured a long road to recovery with the help of her best fiend Gillian and is finally beginning her life again: college, a job, and a blossoming love she never even saw coming. Clay Forbes is the notorious campus playboy. He’s a star athlete, a senior architecture major, and the only son in a family with power and money back in his hometown. When he crashes into Paige, his whole perspective on life shifts, and his world as he knew it becomes nonexistent. He’s wrapped up in her. They’re both learning how to love, but Clay’s ex-girlfriend Hannah won’t make it easy for them. She puts a target on Paige’s back, and won’t stop until she’s derailed their budding romance once and for all. Who will be left standing after the ashes settle for the second time?

 

 

 

Settling Ashes (The Ashes Series #2)

New Adult Contemporary Romance

He broke her heart, she’s missing the largest piece of the puzzle… Paige Hill is no stranger to physical pain, but the ache that plagues her heart is an entirely new kind of hurt. She left Rutherford to escape it, but did she make a huge mistake? Her ex-boyfriend Beau, who scooped up the broken pieces of Paige like he never got the chance in their past, doesn’t think so. He wants her to stay… Clay Forbes can’t eat, can’t sleep, and can’t fight the murder charge that hangs like a guillotine over his head. None of it matters if Paige won’t forgive him. He’ll do anything to find her and bring her home. But how safe will that home be when the two are finally reunited? It seems the death of Hannah Davis is definitely unfinished business in their small college town, and someone is still on a mission to keep Clay and Paige apart…this time forever.

New Release: Wanting Forever by Diana Gardin

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Wanting Forever
by Diana Gardin

New Adult Contemporary Romance
Grand Central Publishing

 

Sometimes the one thing you want is exactly what you can’t have.



For Sam Waters, it’s Aston Hopewell. Talk about a girl out of his league. But he’s just a hired hand, happy to keep his head down and work hard on her father’s ranch. With a warrant out for his arrest, he can’t afford trouble.

Everyone thinks Aston’s life is perfect, but she knows the truth: nothing is as it seems. The only one who gets that is Sam. He understands her in a way no one ever has. But even he won’t tell her everything-until the night that changes their destiny forever . . .

 

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Diana Gardin was born and raised combing the coasts of Southeastern Virginia. She is now a happy Dianaresident of South Carolina as she married into an enormous Carolina-rooted family. She loves the beach, and even more than that she loves to read while sitting on the beach.

While writing was always a passion of Diana’s, she enrolled in college to become an elementary-school teacher.After eight years of teaching in both Virginia and South Carolina, she decided to stay at home with her first child. This decision is what opened her eyes to the fact that she still very much loved to write, and her first novel was written.

Diana is also the author of the Young Adult novel COLOR BLIND and the New Adult series the Ashes series.

 

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I’m so excited  to announce my 3 book deal with Lyrical Press Books, the digital imprint of Kensington Publishing! Thank you to my amazing agent, Stacey Donaghy.

Look for The List, my New Adult contemporary romance May 2015!

 

 

The List
Book #1 in the College of Charleston series
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Annie Roth is only a few weeks from her nineteenth birthday when she leaves for college, but she’s never lived a day in her life. Raised by an over-protective father, Annie’s never gone on a date, had a first kiss or even flirted with a guy. Now facing freedom for the first time in her life, she is determined to have a few normal teenage experiences whiles she’s still a teenager.

With the help of her bubbly roommate, Cami, Annie makes a bucket list for her teen years. Twenty things she needs to experience before she turns twenty. It starts off easy enough—getting her ears pierced, having her first date, going skinny dipping—but things get complicated when Cami’s cousin Ryan and his best friend Chris get involved. Chris likes Annie, but she can’t seem to shake the unmistakable pull Ryan has on her, and despite her determination to cross items off her list, there are certain things she only wants to mark off if Ryan is involved.

I have an agent!

I’m still a little in shocked – and super bummed that I left my bottle of champagne in Oklahoma – but I’m thrilled that I now have an agent! The super amazing Stacey Donaghy at Donaghy Literary Group read and loved my NA contemporary romance, THE LIST. I am beyond thrilled to finally be able to say I have an agent, and super pumped at how enthusiastic she is about my book!