Sunday, December 8, 2013

Having a second chance at your once in a lifetime love doesn’t necessarily mean things will go the way you plan.

Logan Brookes and Andrew Eastin thought they had found true happiness, that their lives were finally coming together. Their relationship was no stranger to trials and tribulations, but nothing could have prepared them for the troubles they had yet to experience.

After overcoming her fears only to lose the love of her life again, Logan faced a bitter reality. Finally accepting that she could not change things that were out of her hands, she resolved there was one thing that she could control—her own life, and her own acceptance.

Andrew couldn’t imagine living without Logan. He never dreamed she would turn to another man. Losing her to someone else was one thing, but losing her completely would send him spiraling out of control. When fate intervenes and paths are rerouted, Andrew is faced with unimaginable decisions.

A love interrupted only led to betrayal and more lies, and lies destroy people. Unless, you destroy the lies.

Andrew takes it upon himself to fight for the only thing that has ever mattered in his life. Logan. He would come up against his own family if he had to in order to protect her and her unborn child. If he has anything to say about it, nothing will prevent Andrew
and Logan from breaking free, being together, and interrupting the lies that threaten to end them both.

You still have time to read Book 1 of the Interrupted Series...

Coming soon to:
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Logan Brooks and Andrew Eastin shared a once in a lifetime love. After losing her parents and overcoming many obstacles, she could not handle the possibility of losing him, too. She loved him enough to walk away, for both of their sakes. 

As tragedy strikes again, Logan is on a downward spiral. Andrew knows she needs protection from herself, and he needs to love her through it, even if only from a distance. 

When fate intervenes and allows them a second chance at love, will Logan and Andrew risk it? The Attraction is undeniable. The sexual tension, relentless. She is everything he has ever wanted. He sweeps her off her feet, renewing all that was lost. 

Andrew promised her forever, but can words ever be enough? Can love prevail when life has different plans—bringing on more pain and emotions than imaginable? When lies and deceit corrupt the one thing sacred to them, plans will be ruined, promises will be broken, and hearts will be shattered.

What happens when the unknown threatens all of their dreams? Will Logan and Andrew survive their love, interrupted?

A.J. was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. Four years ago, she relocated to the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and four wonderful children, Hayden (15), Jacob (13), Riley (11), and Isaiah (10).

A.J. is passionate about working with people with disabilities, and has a long time love of working with munchkins. She currently owns and operates a childcare facility in North Central Texas.

When she is not busy breaking up fights about who is mom’s favorite, or who ate the last bowl of Fruity Pebbles, A.J. enjoys reading and writing. She also likes chatting and laughing with her book club friends. Love Interrupted is her first book and she is currently working on her second and third novels.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cover Reveal - Misunderstandings, by Tiffany King

MISUNDERSTANDINGS, a new novel by beloved author Tiffany King, is the latest in her Woodfalls Girls NA series, which began with the emotional NO ATTACHMENTS, and continues with the sweet and charming novella, CROSS COUNTRY CHRISTMAS.  The series need not be read consecutively, each is a stand alone, focusing on goings on in the charming Gilmore Girls-esque small town of Woodfalls.


Just when she thought things were looking up…

Two years after a devastating breakup, Brittni Mitchell has moved on from Justin Avery—or so she tells herself. But when she returns to Seattle for her best friend’s engagement party, Brittni finds herself the victim of a disastrously timed elevator breakdown. She’s trapped with the last person she wants to face, and forced to recount the past she desperately wants to forget.

She’s going to have to look back…

When Brittni left her podunk hometown for a big city college experience at the University of Washington, hooking up with a guy like Justin Avery was not part of her plan. Between Justin’s attention-grabbing tattoos, cigarette smoking, and bad boy attitude Brittni quickly chalked him up as “Mr. Wrong.” But his charm was unrelenting, and Brittni’s decision to give Justin a chance quickly turned into the worst choice she ever made.

So that she might be able to move forward.

Now she’s stuck with Justin—literally—and the complicated web of misunderstandings that tied up the truth for two years is about to unravel.

What People Are Saying About It:

“A beautifully woven story of a love that can withstand anything.”—New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams

“Funny, real, moving and passionate, Misunderstandings is a MUST-READ for New Adult contemporary romance fans.”—New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young

“Sweet and sexy! Great characters and an intriguing romance…So good!”—New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack

Purchase Links: Amazon Barnes and Noble Apple

About Author Tiffany King

USA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask. 

You can connect with Tiffany on her webpage at 
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Friday, November 22, 2013

Cover Reveal - Clouds That Were, by Addison Footit

Clouds That Were, by debut author Addison Footit, is an intense
New Adult Contemporary set to be self published in early 2014

Have you ever had a nightmare only to awake and find your life is worse than a nightmare?
A child conceived by mistake, born because there was no other option.
Your life is hell. You can't succeed, you can't be happy, you can't even be sad. You can't be anything.
I never thought I would make it to my eighteenth birthday, I figured I'd be dead by then. I just wanted to make my mother happy, and I always knew the only way to succeed at that was by ceasing to exist.
And then I met Chase. He saved me. From her, from myself, and in the end, from death. My life was so dark and cloudy for so long, I never thought I would see the sun. But with Chase, they were merely clouds that were.

Goodreads Link:

Addison Footit is a major reader about to take that big ole leap of faith into authorhood. She's a YA/NA indie lover, and if you're a fan of awesome indies like Andrea Randall, Michelle Mankin, K.A. Tucker, Aleatha Romig and C.J. Roberts, you'll feel right at home in her angsty but hopeful emotional heartscape. She's also quite the social media maven, so take a like to her at the following spots:

Thanks so much to Kelly, of the amazing Have Book Will Read blog, for organizing Addison's first foray into the love-infested waters of the blog tour world!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cover Reveal - Come To Me Softly, by A.L. Jackson

From the New York Times bestselling author of
Come to Me Quietly
comes a scorching new adult romance in the Closer to You series.

A second chance at life…
A second chance at love…

Jared Holt never thought he deserved either—until he found both in the arms of Aly Moore. Aly has loved Jared for as long as she can remember, and she’s more than ready for the future they’re making together. But Jared can’t help remembering his own family. And he’ll never forgive himself for what happened to them. How can he allow himself the very happiness he once destroyed?
To live a life worthy of Aly, Jared knows he has to stop running and finally put his past to rest. But when he decides to face his demons head on, he encounters more than he bargained for: a dangerous mix of jealousy, lies, and dishonest intentions. When those intentions threaten Aly, Jared loses all control, giving into the rage that earned him his bad boy reputation years before. And he’ll fight to protect her no matter what it costs…even if he destroys himself in the process.

Excerpt from Come to Me Softly
I gasped when strong. arms wrapped around me from behind. Then I melted when he buried his face in my neck. Jared spun me around and pressed me up against the cool metal of my car door. His hands were on my face, in my hair, slipping down my sides before he brought them back up to force me to look at him. “Thank you.” Desperation poured from him, his hold increasing as he stared down at the shock I felt lining my face. “Thank you for fucking believing in me, Aly. For getting me.”

Fear lashed across his face. Or maybe it was remorse. He swallowed hard, his voice hardened with strain. “I’m scared to think of where I’d be right now without you.”

That fear that had flashed on his face coiled in my stomach. Because I didn’t know where he’d been. Had no idea where the last three months had taken him. How far. How low.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to know.

“You’re here with me now.” I had to believe that was all that mattered.

He grimaced. Gripping my face, he leaned down and kissed me, hard and demanding. There was no soft affection, none of the playfulness from upstairs. This was a seal. A branding. He jerked back. A storm raged in the blue of his eyes. “Don’t think I can’t see all those questions burning in your mind, Aly. And I may not have all the answers right now, but we are going to figure this out. Do you understand me? I promise you that.”

And I saw it all there, the torment that plagued Jared, this beautiful man who had lost his way, the one desperate to find his way home.

A Note From Fred: I love A.L. Jackson's poignant, intense and deeply felt style. It's like poetry, only instead of words, she uses emotions. Well, technically she does use words, okay. But in a tender and subtle way that leads to that lovely throat-constricting, tear-duct squeezing state of catharsis that her readers have to come to know and crave. And Come To Me Softly, and the Closer To You series, promise to deliver that delightful, delicious delirium once again!

Coming Summer 2014!

Join us for the COME TO ME SOFTY Cover Reveal Party happening all day today! A.L. will be hanging out talking books, boys, and giving away a ton of special prizes from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm MST!

Be sure to enter the COME TO ME SOFTLY Cover Reveal Giveaway!!

Prizes include an A.L. Jackson Ultimate Signed Paperback Collection, signed COME TO ME QUIETLY paperbacks, treats from Sweets by Steph, and prize packs from Molly McAdams, Gail McHugh, Raine Miller, Gretchen de la O, Kim Karr, and Madeline Sheehan!

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And don’t miss COME TO ME QUIETLY, Book One in The Closer to You Series

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Lost to You and When We Collide comes a new adult novel of one woman’s obsession: a man who’s as passionate as he is elusive—and as tempting as he is trouble.…

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It’s been six years since she’s seen her brother’s best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it’s time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…

Just when she opens her heart to her friend Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can’t resist. Covered in tattoos and lost in rage, he’s begging to be saved from his demons—the memories of the day he destroyed his family. As the two reconnect, their passion is hot enough to torch Aly’s judgment. But can she risk her future for a man who lives on the edge of destruction?

“Exquisite, beautiful, poignant…A.L. Jackson is in a league of her own.” S.C. Stephens, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Reckless

You can preorder Come To Me Quietly, here!

About author A.L. Jackson

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Pulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children.

Look for Come to Me Quietly and Come to Me Softly coming soon.

Thanks so very much, and a major tip of the hat to Shh Moms Reading, Literary Mania Reviews, and Brandee’s Book Endings for organizing this awesome cover reveal!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Happy Release Day to The Sea of Tranquility, by Katja Millay

Here is my original review of the Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay, from September of 2012. It's being released today in paperback by Simon & Schuster's Atria Books, but I just wanted to take a brief moment to remember the feeling of encountering this magical book, which I truly believe is destined to become a classic, for the first time, unencumbered by expectations or preconceptions. It was, and remains, one of the best reading experiences of my life, and I hope you'll join me in celebrating as it becomes part of the more widely accessible print universe, where it will take its place among peers like John Green and Jay Asher. Here it is:

I loved this beautiful and emotional contemporary romantic drama. I felt caught up in, and utterly swept away by its power, like a small boat being slowly but inexorably driven by the wind into a storm, an emotional storm that left me washed up and wrung out, but somehow richer as a person for having experienced it. It's beautifully and poetically crafted - every element, every character, all combine and contribute to the artful and emotionally intense world author Millay creates.

So what's up with that "Sea of Tranquility," referenced in the title? "It sounded like this beautiful, peaceful place," MC Nastya (it's a Russian name, "NAH-stee-ya") reflects. "Like where you'd want to go when you die. Quiet and water everywhere. A place that would swallow you up and accept you no matter what." But like so many things in this book, the Sea of Tranquility isn't what it seems. It's only an illusion, concealing the truth that "[i]t's not a sea at all. It's just a big dark shadow on the moon. The whole name is a lie." Sadly, Nastya is as bitter, sullen and sometimes snarky as her analysis of the lunar landscape might suggest. Her caked on makeup, her four-and-a-half-inches-of-insanity stilettos, her so smexy its barely there black attire? Maybe all that is an illusion too, concealing that Nastya's got more issues than the National Geographic, as she so succintly summarizes it. When we meet her, it's just three days before she's to start her senior year at a new school, and her Aunt Margot, with whom she's now living, is explaining Nastya's "unique circumstances" to the principal. It's not clear what those "circumstances" are at this point (read the blurb for clues), and since figuring them out is an enormous part of the emotionally satisfying process of reading The Sea of Tranquility, I won't take that away from you. But what is clear is that Nastya's painstakingly contructed facade of unsubtle "stay away" intimidation is covering a fractured and fragile host of emotional detritus, fear foremost, with deep, deep anger running a close second. Maybe that's why she's willing to let Drew Leighton, a Ken doll clone who's "the kind of good-looking that transforms once self-respecting females into puddles of dumbass," attach himself to her, for social cover. And it's definitely why, she tells herself, she's drawn to Josh Bennett, a boy who is so alone on his regular lunch-time courtyard bench that she wonders if he's a ghost, and that no one goes near him because the bench is haunted. She'd love to be rocking a bubble like he's got, to keep everyone away from her, too. (Kinda weird though that she keep ending up in his space, if she's so damn intent on being alone?)

And so our dramatis personae take the stage. It is hard to share too much of their story, of what happened to Nastya to make her who she has been or will become, because that is the story, and in some ways it is a mystery story, even a crime story, so "le spoilerisme," as we french people call it, would be even worse than usual. But I can share that Nastya is an amazing, complex and real feeling character, with a unique voice of broken bravado. Yes, maybe her persona and her carefully constructed facade are illusions. But unlike the titular celestial sea, she is possessed of depths where silent storms continually rage beneath the surface.

And I can also share that the world Nastya inhabits is a vividly imagined and poetically described one. Yes, it's familiar high school terrain to we YA-ficianados, but it's more nuanced, more chiaroscuro than is typically the case. Those mean girls? Maybe they were nice once, and maybe they can be again, if somebody calls them on it. Those douchey bros? Maybe one will have the grace to regret some of the crap he's pulled. Those throbbing crazy alcohol fueled parties where bad things can happen fast? Uh oh, yep, bad things can still happen fast.

I also loved how this book has major themes, one of which is the power and fragility of the creative impulse and process - how vital and irrepressible it is, and how devastating its loss can be. It's expressed in many contexts, images and examples, and it makes Nastya's loss and devastation all the more poignant for being so continually up in her face. Another major theme is the idea of salvation, of rescue - but it's subtle, never cheesy or obvious, and it's never really clear who is being saved and who is doing the saving. I also want to mention that for me one hallmark of a good book is that you fall in love with at least one of the characters. Here, you can't help but fall in love with so many of them that you feel like Jude Law at a nanny convention. Each of them, obviously Nastya and Josh (I'm gonna be disappointed if I don't see some swoonworthy casting boards about this guy), but also Drew and Tierney, various parents, grandparents, aunts, brothers, sisters, holy crap there are a lot of them! And they are all richly dimensional and again, real feeling.

This is a compelling and satisfying read that will draw you into its world fast, and make you want to stay there for a long time (and fortunately it's substantial enough that you can!) I not only couldn't put it down, towards the end something happened that was so intense that it made me stand up, and I realized when I finished, as the tears began to flow, that I was still on my feet, in a kind of weird unconcious standing ovation for this superb bravura performance by an author so polished and artistically skillful that I really can't believe this is her first book. Thankfully I also really can't believe it will be her last, so there's that to look forward to. Speaking of which, yes, this is a standalone, and I appreciate that. But like I said, there are some awesome side characters (and couples) whose stories are worth imagining. Just in case you don't have anything else to think about, dear Katja!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Sea of Tranquility - Updated! YA March Madness Championship Round

Theres's an awesome competition for readers of Young Adult going on right now, YA March Madness, and my favorite book of 2012 has made it to the Championship Round. Here's the web site for Chick Loves Lit blog, where you can vote now, and again each day through Wednesday. I'd like to encourage you to vote for The Sea of Tranquility, and to read it if you haven't yet, it's an amazing book!

I'd also like to just pause for a second to bask in the glow of making it this far, from an initial field of 64 books, here to the final round of two. The first round was tough for fans of indie contemp, because TSoT was facing another awesome indie author. And when it survived that round to face The Fault In Our Stars, by John Green, honestly, it was tough to be optimistic. But Nastya and Josh's story kept going, and now here it is, facing The Golden Lily, by Richelle Mead.

I didn't know much about Richelle Mead's world until now, but it's kind of intimidating, yo! In its last round, TSoT survived a challenge from "Shadow and Bone," by Leigh Bardugo, an NYT bestseller with a movie deal, a sequel cued up, and a bunch of bloggers campaigning on her behalf. Richelle's book is even more heavily credentialed - it's a spin-off from the hugely popular 6 volume Vampire Academy series, one of YA PNR's most epic franchises (over 3.5 million sales, and is being filmed by the producer of the Transformers series!) TGL debuted as a number 1 bestseller on the USA and NYT best seller lists, it even has its own frickin' Wikipedia page! We are still relying on our slightly used six inch stilettos of insanity, a pile of sawdust, and an ache in our hearts where the echoes of a now silent piano are still half heard, half remembered. Oh yeah, we've got a lot of love, too, for the most awesomest book most of us have ever encountered. It's strikingly ironic to me that The Sea of Tranquility is up against a book which features such a richly imagined supernatural world where powerful protagonists wield wild and weird talents against fantastical foes. Here are the very first words I read from The Sea of Tranquility, a brief excerpt Katja published on Goodreads, before the book itself was even available:
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.
If that sounds harsh, depressing or grim, let me assure you that it is anything but. It's dark, but lyrical and intense, a richly imagined and beautifully written world that will become part of your internal landscape forever.

If you haven't read The Sea of Tranquility, please take a look at this cool video made by my friend Mollie Kay Harper. It will def give you a feel for the vibe of the book (enough to vote on in anticpation of loving it!)

Thanks to Maryse's Book Blog for the awesome TSoT image above!

Friday, February 15, 2013

67 Shades of Luck

Colleen Hoover. She's like the Beatles of indie authors, although she'd prob rather be the Avett Brothers. But she's a breakthrough, out of nowhere rejuvenating life force that shook up a moribund industry and made it rock. And Katja Millay? She's the Rolling Stones. A butt-kicking BAMF with a black heart carved out of solid titanium. And the two of them are now -right this minute!- together, somewhere in America, in a hotel room where Katja has just signed a pre-pub galley of her amazing book, The Sea of Tranquility, that Colleen is giving away on her blog. When last I looked, there were 67 entries. 67 is my lucky number, as my friends and family are no doubt tired of hearing. In fact my rock band was called "67 Jag," true story, you probably never heard of us, but I digress. Go now enter, win, use my 67 shades of luck, I'm happy to share with you it if it will get you to read these two blindingly brilliant architects of awesome whom I love so much! Scoot! Git! Go!