Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Teaser Tuesday Time

Teaser Tuesday

Take Me teaser

Title: Take Me (a romance boxed set)
Authors: Victoria H. Smith, Ursula Sinclair, Raven St. Pierre,
Olivia Linden, Kenya Wright
Genre: Romance/New Adult
Release Date: July 29, 2014


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Giveaway - Better Date Than Never (Books 1-6) by Susan Hatler


The Better Date Than Never box set from USA Today Bestseller Susan Hatler includes six contemporary romance novellas from the bestselling series, Better Date Than Never. Dating is so much easier when you have good friends to lean on. . . . 

(Love at First Date, Book #1) 
Ellen may not believe in storybook love, but it’s about to rewrite her life. . . . 



Excerpt from Love at First Date (Better Date than Never, Book #1)

Holding Rachel’s bright yellow dishtowel under Chester’s saliva-dripping mouth, I panicked at the morphed sounds he was making. “Hang in there, dude.”

I shifted him in my arms then slammed on the metal bell some more. “Does anyone work here?”

“Can I help?” A male voice came from behind me.

“Yes, this dog got into my purse and—” I paused mid-sentence as my gaze met dark gray eyes that sent a bolt of adrenaline through me. My heart flipped in my chest. Not an appropriate reaction when Rach’s dog could be dying. “I-I think he ate something toxic. Maybe my lip-gloss? Are you the vet? Can you give him that charcoal stuff to make him barf it up?”

He studied Chester’s half-open mouth. “Try setting him down. I’ll take a look.”

“Thanks.” I knelt, still holding the towel under his mouth—because, ew, slobber all over the place.

The vet dropped to his knees next to Chester and pried his little jaw open.

Hech! Hech!

As he examined the dog’s throat, I couldn’t help checking him out. There was something going on behind those dark eyes that had me dying to learn everything about him. Where he was from, what made him tick, what he looked for in a girl . . .

My pulse slammed into overdrive.

Weird that the vet was wearing sweats, though. Maybe he’d finished with his last patient and was going for a run? Definitely looked like a guy who worked out regularly. Yeah, that’s what I should be thinking about while my friend’s dog was gagging for his life. What was wrong with me? Focus, Ellen. “Can you save him?”

(Truth or Date, Book #2) 
Truth or Dare is all fun and games until a spontaneous dare has Gina falling for the office playboy. 

(My Last Blind Date, Book #3) 
Should Rachel risk another dating disaster by trying yet again for love? 

(Save the Date, Book #4) 
Kristen swears off men, but temptation swoops in when her sexy friend Ethan starts flirting with her. 

(A Twist of Date, Book #5) 
Will Melanie have to follow her best friend’s narrow dating rules in order to find lasting love? 

(License to Date, Book #6) 
Kaitlin agrees to five dates in five days only to fall for the mysterious bartender who’s there to witness them all.


GIVEAWAY

Susan is giving one lucky reader a $10 Gift Card

Insipid by Christine Brae

Happy Belated Release Day to Insipid by Christine Brae!! 

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Synopsis

Banal. Lifeless and Colorless.

These are the words that describe my life. I’ve made the right choices, done all the right things. I’m strong, intelligent and highly successful. I’ve lived scrupulously, loved greatly, and shared my blessings equitably. But life hasn’t been fair with me. Now I’m drowning in the middle of the ocean, desperately searching for the shore, surrendering to the fact that I will never be happy. Then he came along. Life is unpredictable. You can play it safe and resist change for fear of the unknown. Or you can close your eyes and take the leap with the knowledge that your life will change forever. Which one will I choose? 

My name is Jade Richmond and this is my story.

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Excerpt
Prologue 
My mom is always there for me,
Her support makes me be the best I can be
She's the one who knows me best.
She comforts me when I'm depressed
She listens to what I have to say
She makes my problems fade away
And though we have our share of fights
In the end she makes everything all right
There are also times we don't always agree
But that's okay because I know she will always love me
Her faith is so strong, her love for me so great
I'd go crazy without her, my mother is my soul mate!
Mother's Day 2004

Today marks the third anniversary of the day I died. The setting sun skates across the water surrounded by the orange sky streaked with alternating layers of blue and white and yellow. The water is still and calm with only tiny rolls of waves washing upon the shore. If I looked far enough, I can see her standing at the end of the universe. I can feel her presence close by. I can hear her sweet singing voice next to me. How many times have I imagined what it would be like if I saw her again? Soon, now.

Soon.

I walk sideways along the shore where the water meets the sand, farther and farther from any sign of life. Away from judgment, from condemnation. From things that remind me of the mess I've made. My hands are full, my steps are heavy. But my heart…it's open. It's free. I've done what I could to apologize for all the hurt I've caused them. I've said the words to tell him just how much I love him. Without me, I know they will all be forced to move on.

I stop in the middle of nowhere, ready to finish what I came here to do. In my left hand is one single flower. A calla lily. Simple and understated, but meaningful. In my right hand is a little box with breathing holes and a chirping sound emanating from it.

Let me sit down for a while, I say to myself. Collect my thoughts. Remember why I'm here. I sit for what feels like hours, but in the scheme of things, I know that it's only for a minute. Slowly, I open the box with the bird in it. A swallow so tiny but whose wings are strong and powerful, cowering along the edge of the box, shaking and afraid. I take a deep breath and touch its head with my little finger. Is that what a feather feels like? I'm shaking. I'm sick. I don't think I can do it. How can something so small scare me so much? How can something as small, as insignificant as a bird, cause me to change my path every time I come across it? Another deep breath as I lift it gently, my fingers lightly enclosing it before I place it on the palm of my hand. Its scraggy little feet feel like pin pricks on my skin.

There. That wasn't so bad now, was it?

I laugh out loud as I raise my arm up in the air, tossing the bird up high, watching it fly far away from me. Ha! Take that!

The tide creeps up. The tiny box washes away as I stand up to complete my journey.

The water is dark. My feet feel cold. With the flower clasped in my hand, I move forward. Slowly, surely. I step upon the sand until I can no longer see my feet.

I flinch and jump up in surprise. Something rubs against my legs. Seaweed wraps around my toes. I close my eyes and keep moving. My last fear. Fear of the bottomless unknown that is part of every life. This will be over soon.

Beyond my comfort zone and into the ocean I go. Deeper and deeper until the tide pushes me forward and my feet can no longer anchor themselves on the sand.

I close my eyes and pray. I pray for forgiveness, but most of all I pray for those who will be left behind.
As the tide carries me further away, I delight in the numbness that the cold brings to my skin. The muffled sound of the water in my ear. The overwhelming, heartfelt feeling of closure.

Floating, floating, floating away filled with so much peace.

AboutTheAuthor

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Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Insipid, her third book, is due to be released in June of 2014. When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.


Sunday, July 27, 2014

WELCOME Francine & Rosa!

Reading DelightZ would like to welcome Francine and Rosa, two very good book lovin' friends of mine!


This picture of us was taken at the Boston Author Event, our first author signing together in March 2013. Since then we've attended three more author events including yesterday's New York Author Occasion. (One of these days we're going to make it to Book Bash!)

Now, back to the big welcome...Francine and Rosa are going to contribute to the blog and I'm super happy to have them join me! I don't know why I didn't think of this EONS ago! We talk books, we share book boyfriends, we write reviews, we attend author signings together. So of course, it's only natural that they are here! So, YAY! Thank you for joining me on this journey ladies! Here's to many more years of being BBFFLs!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

New York Author Occasion 2014

So at 6 a.m. this morning the book bus left Long Island for NYC. 

Then this happened...and it was FAB!!!

The Dark Duet Lady Herself - C.J. Roberts

The Lady of the Manor - Jodi Ellen Malpas

The ANGST QUEEN #TeamJack #VoteforMaxwell - K.A. Linde

The Queen of Emotionally Draining Reads - Mia Asher

OMG! OMG! OMG!
Total Fangirl Moment!
Jake Wethers is my Rock God of all Rock Gods!
And here I am with the Rock Goddess! - Samantha Towle

Braden Carmichael. Enough said! - Samantha Young

I'll have a Denver Omelet please, with a side of Kellan Kyle! - S.C. Stephens

Anthony Rawlings, created by Aleatha's Magical Fairy Dust!
I can't wait to see what she has in store for us with Insidious -
Tales From the Dark Side - Aleatha Romig

Thank you to the super-couple of event organizers,
Trisha & Shawn Brinkley
for arranging another successful NY Author Occasion!
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And of course, I'm so grateful to be able to share the love of books
with Rosa & Francine,
my favorite book peeps!
One of these days we'll get to Book Bash! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fifty Shades of Grey - The Trailer Has Arrived!

It's everything I hoped it would be! And MORE!


Those jeans...Enough said. Is it February 2015 yet?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Review - Between Henry & Clinton by Francine Richetti


Synopsis:

Life has a way of happening 
without notifying you first.

Teo is used to living a life that he inherited; 
a life he thought he was responsible for; 
a life that was brought about by
circumstances out of his control; 
a life he rarely, if ever, talks about.

Teo knows what it feels like to love.
He knows what it means to be depended on.
He knows how to sacrifice.

What he doesn't know, is how to trust,
how to let his guard down, or
how to let himself feel again.

Until, one night, on a stoop in Brooklyn, between Henry and Clinton.

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In celebration of the NYC Author Signing this coming weekend, Francine has put the ebook on sale at the low price of .99 pennies for only a few days. Grab it while you can!

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My Two Cents

5 Fabulous Emotional Stars!

A NYC setting, an English teacher and a musician. What more could I possibly ask for in a book!

Being a proud New Yorker (said with that infamous NY accent), I’m drawn to stories that take place in my hometown where I can easily envision the tree-lined streets, houses, and familiar locales along with the city’s bustling movement. Throw in an English teacher (raises hand…undergraduate English major here) and musician (raises hand…always had a thing for guitar players here…oh wait, I married one!) and we have the makings of the PERFECT storyline for me!

A beautiful debut novel by this first time author, BH&C is a touching romance about a broken boy still dealing with the fallout from 9/11 and the girl who gets too close. Teo never lets anybody “in,” always keeping people at arms length. He was upfront from the start with Natalia that he wouldn’t allow her to get close. But there was a strong connection between them that neither could deny. Observing Teo and Natalia’s blossoming “friendship” from the sidelines left a swarm of butterflies fluttering inside me. I was shamelessly rooting for Nat to make her way into Teo’s heart and leave her permanent mark.

Every greeting, meeting, and coffee date left me “squeeing” for more. And then there was Cape Cod. Double, no, TRIPLE SQUEE! Their conversations can be described as nothing less than intelligent and thoughtful. I love how Teo would always pause, taking time to put his thoughts into ideal words before responding to Nat’s questions or statements. And their touches, their kisses, well…electric!

This book was about relationships. While the main storyline focused on Nat and Teo’s relationship, we are also treated to the heartwarming brother/sister relationship between Nat and Joe; the life-long friendship between Nat and Gitte; and the rather hilarious “friends of the opposite sex” relationship between Nat and Chris. Oh, that Chris (clears throat)!

And then there’s Georgette, Nat’s upstairs neighbor. I think I actually have one of those in my neighborhood (snickers). ;)

But Teo is the one who takes our breath away.
“Don't take the mundane for granted Nat. Mundane is comfortable, safe. With so much in this life that is out of our control, a little mundane is nice." 
The past always has a way of haunting us. Teo is still hurting. As is Nat. And then there are the secrets. Secrets that are unintentionally discovered. A twisted, tangled knot of secrets that could so easily be untied if only. If only what, you might ask. Well, you’ll need to read the book to find those answers.

So, now I’ll be adding the subway token charm bracelet to my Alex & Ani collection. If you want to know why, read the book. Even if you don’t want to know why, read the book. Just. Go. Read. The. Book. You won’t be disappointed.

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