Dear Life, Meghan Quinn – Blog Tour



We’re celebrating the release of DEAR LIFE by Meghan Quinn! Available on Amazon and #Free on Kindle Unlimited!

 

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DEAR LIFE
NA Contemporary Romance

Designed by: Meghan Quinn

Photographer: Lauren Perry

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Four lives. Four stories. Four sets of letters. Four brave souls in need of guidance while facing life’s greatest challenges.
The anonymously published Dear Life program is designed to help them step outside of their comfort zones, face their obstacles, and relinquish their demons…and prove their existence.
With their lives teetering between wanting more and losing it all, all four souls dive into the program as a New Year’s resolution, sending them on a crazy, life-altering journey.
Dear Life,
Please be kind.
Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.


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I’m gonna need sometime to collect myself after this beautiful story. God! It is SO GOOD. I DO NOT HAVE WORDS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE IT.

The characters, the plot, the setting, all of it, so very good and so heartbreaking. These four broken people, trying to start afresh are thrown together and make relationships to last a lifetime. Their journey is explored so beautifully, it’s just heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. They’re in denial, they’re scared and they’re grieving and I JUST WANT TO WRAP MY ARMS AROUND THEM AND JUST HUG THEM FOREVER SO THAT THEY KNOW THEY’RE NOT ALONE.

This book has made me cry some ugly tears and I don’t know whether I appreciate it or not. I mean, yes, ALL THE FEELS, but still. I got so wrapped up in the story of these four characters and their need to start afresh and it was sensational!  The four of them are so different and they deal with things in a very different way. They have a distinct voice throughout the story and it shines through.

Holly & Jace are dealing with some really hard losses and they don’t know what to do with life because of it. They’re so hurt and broken that they’re sure that they’ll never stand up again and they really made me cry bad. So, so, so bad. They’re just… going through so much and I applaud them for the strength that they have.

Carter, though not dealing with such a huge loss, has his own demons, his own issues that are so complicated and have him in trenches that he’s grappling in the sea and he can’t come out of the water and it’s killing him. His struggle is so profound, so real, it broke my heart. I related to him a whole lot. He’s stuck in a place he hates with no hopes of ever coming out of there and that sucks.

Of them, Daisy’s struggles are the least heartbreaking. Not to belittle her character, because she is AMAZING, but she hasn’t seen that bad a loss as the others have. She has so much life in her, despite the recent events in her life and that makes me like her so much more. She’s the strongest of them all and she’s ready to fight and that is so good.

All in all, THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ BECAUSE IT IS SO FREAKING SHIT GOOD AND YOU CANNOT MISS IT. OKAY?

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Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.

Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!
Visit my website: http://authormeghanquinn.com/ 

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The Universe Of Us, Lang Leav – Book Review

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Lang Leav presents a completely new collection of poetry with a celestial theme in The Universe of Us.
Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.

 

 

 

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*ARC provided via netgalley in exchange of an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and not biased in anyway.*

This is my first reading in poetry. I mean, sure, we had poetry for lit class in school, but post that I never really read any poetry. Until, one of my friends recommended Lang Leav to me. He was full of praises and begged me to read any of her works because she’s just so good. And, because I trust his judgement a whole lot, I decided to give it a go.

Boy, am I glad that I did! I absolutely loved it! The absolute gorgeousness with which Lang captures emotions and plays with words is amazing. Every poem is a story of its own and it baffles me that she can convey in a few lines what many can’t convey through entire books. She’s really gifted.

I absolutely adored all the poems. They were so beautiful. Happy, sad, heartwarming and heartbreaking all packaged in this one beautiful book for the world to read and experience love. *sighs*

It’s really, really beautiful. I mean, I’m running out of words now. Beautiful, gorgeous, ethereal, transcending and whatever other adjective you want to use. This was beautiful. I’m glad I decided to pick this up. I know I’m going to read all of her work ASAP and I know that I’m going to be just as blown away by them as I am with this!

If you haven’t read her poetry. You’re missing out. Lots. Please pick up one of her collections ASAP! You’ll be thanking me.

 

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7012565The enchanting work of contemporary author and artist Lang Leav swings between the whimsical and woeful, expressing a complexity beneath its child-like facade.

Her imagination stretches across a variety of disciplines encompassing art, poetry and books. She is currently represented by New York literary agent Al Zuckerman from Writers House.

Frequently invited to exhibit at high profile exhibitions locally and overseas, she has since built up a loyal following of international fans. Her handcrafted book, Charlie’s Widow, was presented to iconic film director Tim Burton at the opening of his Wonderland exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

Lang is a recipient of The Qantas Spirit of Youth Award and was later granted a coveted Churchill Fellowship. Her fashion label Akina has achieved critical and commercial success, stocked in key boutiques around Australia and later in cutting edge Harajuku, Japan.

She has completed shows in several cities including Santa Monica for the renowned Copro gallery; who have worked with artists such as Mark Ryden and Audrey Kawasaki. She was hand-picked to exhibit in the landmark ‘Playboy Redux’ curated by The Warhol Museum and Playboy Enterprises; alongside contemporary greats such as Gary Baseman and Tara McPherson.

In 2013, Lang launched her latest book Love & Misadventure, published in the US by Andrews McMeel. The Amazon #1 Bestseller is now available from major bookstores worldwide including Barnes & Noble, Kinokuniya, Fully Booked, Waterstones, Periplus and Chapters/Indigo.

Compromised, Emmy Curtis – Release Blitz

 

COMPROMISED
Alpha Ops #5
Emmy Curtis
Releasing March 1st, 2016
Forever

It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life. But when her wedding erupts in gunfire, Sadie Walker realizes this is not the life she wants-her fiancé’s work with Delta Force will always cast a shadow over their relationship. After leaving the hard-muscled hero at the altar, she thinks she’ll never see him again . . . until a chance encounter reveals that he still has a strong grip on her heart.

On a covert assignment overseas, Simon Tennant is shocked when he spots Sadie with another man. Jealousy flares, as does an irresistible urge to keep her protected. Amid a dangerous game of international espionage, he’ll have to convince Sadie just how perfect they’ve always been together. This time, nothing will take precedence over winning her back, no matter the cost to his cover-or his life . . .

 
EXCERPT

“We might not be friends, Sadie. But we are something.”

She moved her head so that Simon let go of her chin. “You used to tell me that I was your everything. Your port in a storm. Your sanctuary when you came back from a mission. Did you ever wonder what you were to me? You were the man who always disappeared. The man who was there, but only until your phone rang. I loved you, but you were a ghost to me. Is that the ‘something’ you mean?”

“Sadie.” He looked devastated, and she cursed herself for saying those things. As true as they were, she hadn’t wanted to explore their relationship right then. Nor ever if truth be told.

 “But that’s all just history, isn’t it?” she said, trying to sound flip.

He leaned in. She knew he meant to kiss her, and she wanted to move, wanted to slap his face and run. That’s what she should have done.

Instead she allowed her mouth to open slightly as her eyes fluttered closed. Just one kiss. A safe, goodbye kiss…and then all rational thought escaped her.

His tongue touched hers and her senses and nerve endings came alive. He felt like home. A dark, impenetrable, warm and sexy home. Her heartbeat raced and butterflies heralded the coming of spring in her stomach. He still wanted her. She still wanted him. She didn’t care about anything else.

She held his face as she stood and climbed astride his thighs, still kissing him. His hands went to her breasts, running the backs of his hands over the swell above her neckline. And then he found the zipper of the dress, and pulled it down to her waist.

He yanked her toward him and put his mouth around her nipples, through her bra. As he sucked and bit she arched her back, aching for him to make her feel more. And more.

She grabbed his short hair and rammed her mouth against his. She wanted to hurt him, to be hurt by him, to bruise her mouth, so she’d be sure him being here wasn’t some crazy illusion. But mostly so he’d regret lying to her and leaving her.

His dick strained against his cargo pants, and she ground herself against it, moving her hips so that she could feel the whole length of him.

“Stop,” he whispered, out of breath. “Not like this. I don’t want to hurt you.”

“Now you decide you don’t want to hurt me?” she whispered back.

His hand splayed against her throat, dragging his fingers slowly from her chin to her bra. His mouth followed, slow and firm. She wanted to protest, but his tongue snaked a hot trail over her pulse points making her heart race. She’d protest in a minute.

“You’ve changed so much,” he murmured against her throat.

She was about to respond when he found his way under her skirt to her panties. He slipped under them as if he was trained in stealth. Which, come to think of it, he was.

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Emmy Curtis is an editor and a romance writer. An ex-pat Brit, she quells her homesickness with Cadbury Flakes and Fray Bentos pies. She’s lived in London, Paris and New York, and has settled for the time being, in North Carolina. When not writing, Emmy loves to travel with her military husband and take long walks with their Lab. All things considered, her life is chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny. And if you get that reference…well, she already considers you kin.

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Loving Ashe, Liz Madrid – Book Review

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Three years after her ex-boyfriend left her to pursue his Hollywood dream, Riley Eames’ love life is still on hold, hindered by questions only he can answer. So when he asks to meet her for a booty call while he’s in town, she reluctantly agrees, only to find herself stuck in the hotel elevator with charming British actor, Ashe Hunter, who’s in town to promote his latest movie.

But even as sparks fly between them, Riley realizes that to fall in love again, she has to move on from the past, even if it means letting go of the questions she’s been seeking answers to, and uncovering secrets meant to be hidden.

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Okay. So, Ashe. Where can I find one of him for myself?
Liz, you’d know where, right?
Because I really, really need an Ashe Hunter for myself. With the looks, the body, the accent, the personality – entire package.
As you probably gathered, I’m absolutely smitten by this one man. Ashe Hunter is really a force to be reckoned with, you know? He’s so honest and real and persuasive and not ready to let go that you just can’t help but give into him. I mean, which girl can turn down noodles in a crowded restaurant, coffees, talks and lots of flowers and texts? Certainly not me and definitely not Riley.
Okay, so maybe I should backtrack a little, help you understand, right?
So, I’ll start from the beginning. Riley Eames is a hardworking girl who loves to read and work at the book cafe she partly owns. She adores her three nephews and looks up to her sister and brother – in – law in every aspect in life. Riley Eames is also nursing a broken heart from three years ago when her childhood friend/long term boyfriend left her to make a career in Hollywood leaving her with nothing but a mattress and $20,000 in the dead of the night.
She’s reasonably not over the break up yet, especially the way she was abandoned. So, when said ex, Gareth Roman, hunts her down on social media and asks her to come see him while he’s town, she agrees. She knows its probably just a booty call and she might not get answers to the questions she has, but she can’t help herself. So, she goes. But, she can’t find it in herself to actually knock on his hotel room door and turns back to the elevator, where she’s stranded in with a handsome stranger.
Riley and Ashe seems to hit it off instantly and spend time getting to know each other while stuck in the elevator together. They have dinner after they’re out and Ashe even drops her home and sends her flowers the next day.
It’s all the beginning of a happy romance until Riley’s sister, Paige butts in. She thinks that Ashe is in it just for one thing and is afraid that he’s going to break Riley’s heart, just like Gareth did. The fact that Ashe and Gareth are long time co – stars who have been working on a movie together doesn’t really help matters. However, Riley is absolutely smitten by Ashe and against her better judgement and her sister’s protests, she continues to see Ashe and their relationship progresses.
Things get even worse for the couple when Gareth actively starts seeking Riley out and denies everything she accuses him off.
As Riley turns to her sister for help in her troubled times, she learns of past secrets that have the power to make or break her life. A betrayal that runs deep in the family, a brother – in – law who is more manipulative and selfish than she could think of, a sister who might have been out with her own agenda and a father who wants nothing to with her leave Riley with important decisions to make.
The question that remains is, is she strong enough to love Ashe even after everything?
Riley is an amazing and strong protagonist. She has a lot of her own demons that she’s fighting, but the way she appears to the world – happy and normal – shows just how strong she is in dealing with everything. Yes, she’s been sheltered a lot by her elder sister and she’s done a lot of stuff she’s not proud of, but she’s learning and growing up. She’s trying to stand her own and to fall in love again. I love that she isn’t perfect and that she misses things easily. It makes her character more real. She’s smart and honest and passionate about anything and everything she does. The love that she has for her nephews is amazing. I love her.
As we all know by now, I’m absolutely smitten by Ashe. He’s handsome, has a posh English accent and knows exactly how to woo a girl. If that’s not enough, he’s caring, understanding and supportive. He stands by Riley as she goes through a lot of ups and downs in her life. He’s always there for her, supporting her and holding her. He’s her shoulder to cry on, her ear to listen, her mind to give advice and her mouth to kiss. He’s grounded and real. He loves his family very much and absolutely dotes on his niece.
Yeah, you see why I’m smitten with him, right?
Loving Ashe is a really heartfelt story that will leave you reeling and wanting for more. The way that Liz describes her characters and brings them to life is amazing to witness. Each and every word of this story is beautifully written.
The characters are real, deep and flawed. People make mistakes. They lie and they manipulate. But, what matters in the end is that they try to redeem themselves and that they love.
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Happy Readings! 😀