Thursday, October 23, 2014

Release Blitz, Review & Giveaway: Profile (Social Media #5) by J.A. Huss

 Title: Profile (Social Media #5) 
Author: J.A. Huss 
Publication Date: October 22, 2014 

All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.

Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back.

Sometimes not even a prince can save you.

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The shouting starts as I exit, but I just flip my sunglasses down and push right through them. I’ve been doing this for twenty-seven years. Some encounters have been more stressful than others, but I’m not the kind of movie star who punches out photographers. They are making a living. Yeah, they are parasites who make a living off me, but fuck it. I really have no beef with them. In fact, most of them are nice when they’re not stalking you.

But then I see that bitch from Buzz Hollywood. She steps right in front of me and sticks that microphone in my face. “What will Jasinda think when she finds out you’re cheating on her?”

I actually stop to laugh. Ray grabs my forearm and tugs, trying to get me moving again. But I shrug him off. “I hope,” I tell the reporter as I look her in the eye, “she feels ashamed of herself. Jasinda”—I am facing the camera now, so I address her directly—“you’re a lying bitch. If you’re even pregnant, I’m up for a DNA test any time you are. I have a wife now and her name is Grace Kinsella-Asher.” And then I turn back to look at all of them as they hover close behind me. “And now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get her a coffee and a muffin. Blueberry,” I add. “Grace likes blueberry. And she likes iced tall sugar-free caramel, nonfat, light ice, Starbucks double shot on ice. At least”—I stop to have a chuckle—“when she has money on her Starbucks app, she does.”

“Does she have money on her app, Vaughn?” a reporter from an internet blog asks me. 

He’s nice, and funny. And never too serious about what he prints. “Her coffee worries are over, yes.”

Now they chuckle with me and I turn away and start walking down the street to the Starbucks. Half of them follow, but they stay behind me. Like a little train of leeches—annoying, but harmless.

See, this is how you handle the media. You don’t have to give them what they want, you just have to give them something they can use. Now they have two factoids about Grace to run with. Tomorrow everyone will be drinking that coffee concoction and the blueberry muffins will be sold out.

The day after tomorrow, they will be after the personal details of someone else and no one will give a shit about us until the next movie comes out, or I get nominated for an award, or Grace gets pregnant.

God. that makes me smile like an idiot and when I look over at Ray, he’s shaking his head. “What?” I ask him.

He holds up a hand. “Nothing.”

We turn right at 16th Street and head down towards the Starbucks.

“But,” he continues, “you have a stupid grin on your face. And if I didn’t know better, I’d say you are in love.”

“I am in love.” I let out a breath. “I love this girl. I’m gonna marry her again and get her pregnant, and spend the rest of my life bossing her ass around and pissing her off.” I glance back at Ray. “She likes it. But she also likes to fight it.”

“Mmm-hmm. If you say so, boss.”

If you've read the previous parts in this series than you already know what's going to happen. And if you haven't, then I definitely don't want to spoil your pleasure by letting you know. I will just say that it is intense, heartbreaking, captivating and it will keep you on your toes all the time ;)

I have to say that this part in the Social Media Series surprised me a little bit. I expected it to be intense and heartbreaking but J.A. Huss surpassed all my expectations with her mastery in telling a story. I felt like I was part of the book, part of the characters' lives. I was able to experience the Vaughn's anguish, Grace's fear, their mutual love and heartbreak. It really touched me and even though the pantie melting scenes are missing from this installment, I think it is one of my favorite. It managed to add new layers to Grace and Vaughn's characters, show their demons and their strength of character. I loved that Grace didn't give up and fought with everything she had. I fell even more in love with Vaughn when he stuck to his guns  and did what he had to, even when most of the world was against him. I loved the change in him from the ultimate playboy to the loving, gentle, perfect boyfriend. Who wouldn't want one of those? ;)

As a whole this part in the Social Media Series was the most heartbreaking and intense one. It kept me glued to my seat and it left me reeling once I was finished. My head is still buzzing with possibilities what will happen in the last book. The cliffhanger is not as huge as the ones from the previous two parts but is big enough to actually keep you in suspense for the next two weeks :) 

Title: Home (Social Media #6) 
Author: J.A. Huss 
Publication Date: November 5, 2014 

I just want my Grace back. I want the girl I found sending me dirty tweets on Saint Thomas. I want the girl who reluctantly gave in to my charms and let me boss her around. I want the girl who sent me to my knees and made me imagine what her fairy tale would look like with me in it. I just want to move on. I want to plan the future and think about kids and preschools and college funds. I want everything she ever wanted,  and I want us to make it happen together. But the media needs more from us. More dirt. More pain. More payment for past transgressions. You can't change the past. And even though Grace is ready to put her demons to bed, mine are just starting to get restless. Because when you've silenced as many enemies as I have, you know that secret won't stay buried forever.

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J.A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label). 

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

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