Monday, May 22, 2017

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Making It Right (Most Likely To #3) by Catherine Bybee



Title: Making It Right
Series: Most Likely To #3
Author: Catherine Bybee 
Release Date: May 9th, 2017

Synopsis:
In the final book in bestselling author Catherine Bybee’s Most Likely To trilogy, River Bend’s rebel follows in her father’s footsteps to become sheriff. But it might be time to forge her own path…

Some kids inherit a family business; Jo Ward inherited a badge. Once voted Most Likely to End Up in Jail, the town wild child has become sheriff—hell-bent on uncovering the truth about her father’s mysterious death. Life is quiet in rustic River Bend, but Jo longs for something beyond her small hometown and the painful memories it holds. All that keeps her sane is the support of her best friends, Melanie and Zoe.

But when Jo signs up for an expert law enforcement training seminar, she meets Gill Clausen, whose haunting eyes and dangerously sexy vibe just may challenge her single-minded focus. Commitment-phobic Jo can’t deny her attraction to the arrogant federal agent, and when odd things start happening around River Bend and danger surrounds her, she realizes she’ll need his help to discover who’s out to remove her from River Bend…permanently.

As Jo and Gill work together, it’s clear they make a great team. But can Jo loosen her grip on the past enough to let love in and reach for the future?


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About the Author:
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.


My Review:
I love Catherine Bybee and as I've said before, I will read the phone book if she writes it :D So it is not a big surprise that I loved this story. I think that Making It Right is my favorite book in the series. There is just something about Jo, Gill and their story that simply grabbed my heart and that was it. Which is not that surprising considering the fast pace, the suspense, the emotion, the fun situations between the characters and the off the charts hotness factor of Gill :D

Jo is an incredible character. On the outside, she looks all tough and strong and like she can deal with everything. Even Mel and Zoe don't really see her vulnerable side. But considering the way she lost both her parents, it is quite understandable. But all that is eating her from the inside and in a way, she is not really living her life to the fullest. That's until she meets Gill and he manages to breach her defences and discover the vulnerable woman underneath. 

And Gill is definitely a dream boat I would love to surrender to. I loved Luke and Wyatt from the first two books in the series but there is just something about a big, bad tattooed bad boy with a chocolate voice that gets my motor running. And Gill is all that and so much more. He manages to do something no one else before him does. He sees behind the mask Jo puts in front of everyone. He sees the gaping wound left after her father's death and the pain and fears she still lives with. Of course Jo and Gill's relation ship is not easy. There is danger lurking in every dark corner and people who are ready to kill to get what they want. But together, they find the strength to find their HEA.

For me, this was one incredible read. It is emotional, suspenseful, fast paced, romantic and definitely HOT. I definitely recommend it. And it is a standalone even if it is the third book in the series, so you can just start from this one :)




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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Another Postcard (Stone Butterfly Rockstars #1) by Elle Christensen




Title: Another Postcard
Series: Stone Butterfly Rockstars #1
Author: Elle Christensen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 16th, 2017

Synopsis:

Brooklyn Hawk is an enigma. Highly sought after for her incredible voice, her talent shines bright in the studio. But a dark past and a secret she holds close to her heart keep her from permanently stepping into the limelight.

Until her favorite band offers her the chance to chase her dreams.

As the lead singer for rock sensation Stone Butterfly, Levi Matthews is wary of bringing in new talent. But he has heard just how amazing Brooklyn is and when the need for another singer arises, he’s confident that she is the perfect addition.

However, he doesn’t count on laying his heart at her feet.

But the world of music can be as dangerous as it is thrilling. Joining Stone Butterfly on tour was hard enough for Brooklyn, but when she finally succumbs to Levi’s charms, the rock ‘n’ roll life turns deadly.

Will Levi and Brooklyn keep their voices and their hearts entwined? Or will the music prove too hard to survive?  


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Excerpt:

Levi

Just inside the door, I put my hand on her arm to halt her exit.

“Dinner?”

“Nope.”

“Lunch tomorrow?”

Brooklynn sighed and turned to walk away, but there was a smile flirting around her mouth.

I grabbed her arm to stop her again, pulled her inside and shoved the door shut. Walking her backward, I crowded her up against a wall. Having caught her by surprise, she didn’t protest when I dove my fingers into her hair and angled her head. I didn’t give her any time for her mind to catch up, covering her mouth with my own. She gasped, and I took advantage of the moment, my tongue entering her mouth to lick and tangle with hers. I groaned at her taste, it was fucking incredible, and I knew I was instantly addicted. Her hands had been at her sides but they slowly crept up over my chest, to hold on to my shoulders as though they were the only thing holding her up.

I combed my fingers through her hair and then they traveled down to splay across her back, pressing her body forward and flush with mine. Fuck, she felt good. My erection was on the brink of exploding, so hard it was almost painful to breathe. I had to stop before I reached a point of no return. I knew I could seduce her right out of her clothes at that moment, but she’d never forgive me. No, we’d fuck when she wanted it with a clear mind. I backed off of the kiss and then slowly withdrew completely. She was dazed and mussed up, looking like she’d just been thoroughly kissed. It was a look I hoped to see on her more often.

I cupped her face and waited until the fog dissipated from her chocolate orbs. “How about I cook you breakfast?” I grinned roguishly and winked.

“Are you kidding me?” she scoffed at my cheesy line.

I just shrugged and grinned. It was worth a shot


About the Author:
   

I’m a love of all things books, a hopeless romantic, and have always had a passion for writing. Between being a sappy romantic, my love of an HEA, my crazy imagination, and ok, let’s be real, my dirty mind, I fell easily into writing romance.


I’m a huge baseball fan and yet, a complete girly, girl. I’m an obsessive reader and have a slight (hahaha! Slight? Yeah, right) addiction to signed books.

I’m married to my very own book boyfriend, an alpha male with a sexy, sweet side. He is the best inspiration, my biggest supporter, and the love of my life. He is also incredibly patient and understanding about the fact that he has to fight the voices in my head for attention.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them!   

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My Review:
I am new to Elle Christensen's writing, so I wasn't completely sure what to expect from the book. But the synopsis intrigued me and I was definitely excited to read it. And I have to say, I wasn't disappointed. The story was sweet, romantic, hot, heartbreaking. Ultimately, this is a rockstar story, but it is so different than everything else I've read in this genre.

Levi and Brooklynn are two incredibly characters. Through the author's words, I was able to feel their energy, their passion, excitement and sometimes even pain. Levi is not the typical rockstar. He doesn't change women like underwear and does not get involved with groupies. But that doesn't mean that he is not protective and passionate alpha. He is ready to give everything for the people he loves. To be honest that was kind of a breath of fresh air. It was different and captivating. And I can honestly say that I fell hard for this sexy lead singer.

Brooklynn is also not the typical heroine. She is tough, independent, and also scarred from a past that made her build walls around her heart and not allow anyone to get close. But somehow with his persistence and tenderness, Levi manages to  break her defences and conquer her heart. Their path is definitely not easy but their HEA is so worth it.

I really enjoyed reading this book and now I am definitely a fan of the author. And I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the books in the series :)




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Friday, May 19, 2017

Book Oscars 2016: Penny Reid's Must Read Books

Hey Everyone :)  
We are all bookworms, so we thought that it will be cool to find out which are the Top 10 Must Read Books for each of our Oscar winners :)

Here's what Penny Reid thinks everyone should read :D


1. The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss


2. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas


3. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov

          

      

4. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

   

5. Persuasion by Jane Austen


6. Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway


7. The Scretape Letters by C.S. Lewis


8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling


9. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris


10. American Gods by Neil Gaiman

    

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Release Boost + Review: Swear by Adriana Locke


Title: Swear
Series: Landry Family #4
Author: Adriana Locke
Genre: Second Chance/Military Romance
Release Date: May 15, 2017

Blurb

Ellie Pagan has a list of reasons to stay away from Ford Landry.

It’s a mile long and was so much easier to stick to when he was a world away. Now that he’s standing in front of her—body hard and chiseled from a stint in the military, suit cut to perfection, and a smirk she could never resist—remembering all the reasons why just got a whole lot harder. 

Ford gets Ellie isn’t his biggest fan. He just doesn’t care.

Standing in front of him, giving him hell, she’s even prettier than he remembered. All he can think about is how she felt in his arms, the taste of her kiss, the sound of her giggle in the middle of the night. He may not know how to win her back, but he does know this: he may have let her go once, but that’s one mistake he won’t make again.

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Author Bio

USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.

She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather's nice and there's always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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Review
A really nice read! 
One of the things that I loved the most was the possibility to read more about the Landry family <3 <3 
Loved the banter between all the brothers, sisters, wives, parents.. A really big and heartwarming  family.
I liked Ellie and Ford as a couple: they have history together, but different life choices forced them to stay apart for many years. Even so, once they meet again, the pull that they have toward each other is irresistible, and so is the love between them.

One thing that I would have loved to know more about was their past relationship, and the days that led to their first breakup. I would have appreciated more insight on the reasons of Ellie's resentment toward Ford when they met again. Especially because Ford, sometimes, appeared to take lightly what happened to them when they were young... yes, he said he was sorry, but I wished he explained more what brought him to do what he did.





Book Oscars 2016: What You Don't Know About Penny Reid

Hey Everyone :)  
Do you want to learn some interesting facts about our Book Oscar winner Penny Reid? If so, just scroll down and learn some things you don't know about her :)


Hi Penny:)
It's so much fun having you around :D So tell us 10 things our readers don't know about you ;)

Penny: 
1. I’m severely left handed. I’m not even sure what my right hand is for…

2. ‘Penny Reid’ is a penname

3. My blood-type is O+

4. I was a Chemical Engineering undergrad/major in college

5. I’m dyslexic (was diagnosed as “retarded” at 7) and read 1-book a week beginning at age 8 (until after college) in order to try to “fix” myself.

6. I’m the youngest of 5 children.

7. Final Fantasy VII is my favorite video game

8. I coached crew (rowing) for 3 years before I had my first child in 2007.

9. I knit, and crochet, and sew, and lino-print, and every other craft known to hu(wo)mankind.


10. I’m really, really terrible at meeting and talking to people—because I’m a hermit—so I have three friends in “real life”. Total. 

Excerpt Reveal: The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley


I was lucky enough to read an ARC of "The Farthest Edge", and I loved it! Can't wait for you all to meet Evangeline and Branch! E.       
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A delicious world of erotica, BDSM with alpha-subs and their Dommes, and a gripping love story…Welcome to The Bee’s Honey! The second standalone title in New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series, THE FARTHEST EDGE is a seductive and rich love story releasing June 6, 2017! And check out the tantalizing excerpt below!

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About THE FARTHEST EDGE (Erotic Romance Releasing June 6, 2017):
Step into the Honey Club, where every sensual boundary will be tested in search of the ultimate pleasure…
Branch doesn’t exist. Living off the grid, he’s looking for a way to forget his past and the guilt that plagues him. But no woman has ever been able to bring him to the edge he craves.
After a traumatic experience of her own, Evangeline stepped away from the decadent world of the Honey Club. But when she gets Branch’s offer—to play without boundaries or commitments—it’s too tempting for her to refuse.
As their passion ignites, Evangeline and Branch push each other to their farthest limit, fulfilling their darkest desires while falling harder and deeper than they ever imagined.

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Aryas knew her. He knew what she liked. He knew how she played. He knew exactly what would make her squirm in her seat. And he knew precisely how long it had been since she’d had her kink. “You’re throwing down the gauntlet,” she accused quietly. “You feel like picking up the glove?” he shot back, shaking the piece of paper at her. She stared into Aryas’s eyes. No strings. Anything she wanted to do to get him off. When he was done with her, he’d vanish from her life. Her gaze dropped to the paper. “Be you, and we’ll make it interesting, lay five grand on that fucker, he’ll give you one go and then he’ll move on,” Aryas pushed, but it was a dare. She looked back at him. A dare. Yes, he knew her. “No reflection on you and your skills, which are sublime, my beautiful baby.” He grinned wicked grin. “Just that this guy is unbreakable. There’s no edge for him any Domme can get anywhere near to push him off and that’s what he’s looking for. Being taken to the farthest edge and shoved right the fuck over.” Taken to the farthest edge. Evangeline was not into that. She wasn’t into extreme. Not like many who were into that in the life. No, the edges she coasted were exactly what Aryas wasn’t quite saying, but she read this guy couldn’t handle. Unless he had the right Mistress to lead the way. Damn it all, she was getting wet. “Five grand?” she snapped. Aryas pressed his lips together and she was too peeved to get more peeved that he did it to suppress his amusement. He unpressed them to confirm, “Five grand. But Leenie, babe, just to get it straight, he walks away from you at first meet, we’re even. It’s only if you get a crack at him the bet is on.” She lifted her nose at the same time she snatched the paper from his hand, declaring, “He won’t walk away.” “He might,” Aryas said gently, and his sudden loss of humor and careful tone made her focus on him again. “Beware of that. He’s done it before. In some ways, he doesn’t give a shit about anything. In some ways, he can be frustratingly choosy.” “If I want him, he walks away, I’ll still get him,” she announced.   


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About THE DEEP END:
Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…
Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.
When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…
Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

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 About Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.   

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Oscars Winner: Waiting on Wednesday with Penny Reid

As part of our Book Oscar week for Penny Reid, 
we are bringing back Waiting On Wednesday :)
So here is what you can expect next from the lovely Penny Reid!
  • July/August 2017: Winston Brothers, Book #4 (Beau)
  • October/November 2017: 'Marriage of Inconvenience', Knitting in the City Series, Book #7 (Kat)
  • November/December 2017: 'Nobody Looks Good in Leather Pants' eBook and Print editions
  • April/May 2018: Winston Brothers, Book #5 (Roscoe)
  • July/August/September 2018:'Laws of Physics' Trilogy, Hypothesis Series #2 (Abram)
  • October 2018: Winston Brothers, Book #6 (Billy)
  • July/August/September 2019: 'Fundamentals of Biology' Trilogy, Hypothesis Series #3
Well, we can say that Penny will spend a lot of time in her writing cave, that's for sure!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Oscar Winner: Interview with Penny Reid


Now it's time for an exclusive interview with The Book Oscar Winner in the category for Best Book, Penny Reid! :) Just scroll down and check it out :)

Hi Penny :)
Congratulations on your win and welcome to Living in Our Own Story :) Thanks a lot for sparing the time to answer a few questions for us and our readers.

LIOS: What prompted you to write and release your first book?
PENNY: I wrote my first book on a bet. A colleague of mine (who happened to be a Ph.D. biochemist) loved reading romance novels, but complained that she had a difficult time finding characters to whom she could relate. I told her I could and would write a novel about a (book) smart heroine if she took me out for a fancy dinner.

LIOS: What is your inspiration for writing such incredible books?
PENNY: I don’t know how incredible they are… but usually inspiration comes from the characters. I think and plot and obsess about my characters until they feel real to me. Then I try to write a story worthy of them.

LIOS: When did you know you wanted to be an author?
PENNY: I’ve always written short stories (since I was about 8) and have loved to read. But I thought people became authors like people became mermaid (i.e. it never happened).

LIOS: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
PENNY: Average (from chapter 1 to epilogue) is usually two months. I’ve written books in as little as 17 days and as long as 7 months.

LIOS: Who is your favorite book boyfriend?
PENNY: Viv from Painted Faces by L.H. Cosway or Captain Wentworth from Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

LIOS: Who is your author idol?
PENNY: Jane Austen. Her characters are smart and clever, her stories have relevant commentary (on the current events of her time), and the romance always feels believable and fantastical at the same time.

LIOS: What sexy scene from your books you would like to re-enact in real life?
PENNY: None, so far. Though I’d like to write a sex-in-space (zero gravity) scene . . .

LIOS: Do you remember the first book that made you cry and how old were you?
PENNY: It was the 3rd book in The Lord of the Rings (The Return of the King) and I was 14 (spoiler alert—when the reader thinks Frodo has died).

LIOS: What is your writing Kryptonite?
PENNY: Too much coffee. If I drink too much coffee then my brain won’t allow me to focus. It’s the worst, because I really love coffee.

LIOS: What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
PENNY: I don’t find writing male POV any more or less difficult than writing female POV. Some characters are exceptionally difficult to write because I share very little in common with them (like Drew from Beauty and the Mustache). And some characters are exceptionally easy because he/she is basically me (like Cletus from Beard Science).

LIOS: How do you select the names of your characters?
PENNY: Sometimes it depends on the needs of the book (e.g. Ashley’s brothers all needed ridiculous “hillbilly” names, to trick the reader into misjudging them early on.) But if the name doesn’t matter to the plot/central theme of the story, I go to baby-naming websites and randomly click on a letter.

LIOS: What was your hardest scene to write?
PENNY: Drew Runous’s epilogue at the end of Beauty and the Mustache. Being inside his head was. . . difficult. I don’t think I could write from his perspective again; the scene took me over a week to write.

LIOS: What can we expect from you next?

PENNY: Next is Beard in Mind, book #4 in the Winston Brothers series! He’ll be paired off with Quinn Sullivan’s sister Shelly (from Neanderthal Marries Human) and . . . it’s a very weird book. 😉

Dating-ish by Penny Reid is LIVE!

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Dating-ish, an all new standalone from the USA Today bestselling Knitting in the City romantic comedy series by Penny Reid is now LIVE!

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'Dating-ish' can be read as a standalone, is a full length 100k word novel, and is book #6 in the Knitting in the City Series.
There are three things you need to know about Marie Harris: 1) She's fed up with online dating, 2) She's so fed up, she's willing to forego the annoyance and consider more creative alternatives, and 3) She knows how to knit.
After the most bizarre and irritating first date in the history of humankind, Marie is looking for an alternative to men. With the help of her friends, she quickly identifies a few possibilities:
Need a cuddle? Use a professional cuddler. Need affirmation? Get yourself a life coach. Need an orgasm? Try orgasm meditation! Why does she need the hassle of a romantic partner when she can meet all her needs with paid services?
But then her irritating date resurfaces. And he's not at all the person she thought he was. And he suggests a different--and crazier--solution to her dilemma . . .
As everyone knows (or will soon come to realize), traditional relations between humans are a thing of the past. Robots are our future. And if robots are our future, then why do we need other people at all?
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Meet Penny Reid:

AuthorPhoto-500x500-300x300Penny Reid is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Winston Brothers and Knitting in the City series. When she’s not immersed in penning smart romances, Penny works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She’s also a full time mom to three diminutive adults, wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.
 

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Twitter: @ReidRomance
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