Thursday, August 13, 2015

Book Blast, Excerpt & Giveaway: Igniting Ash by M.A. Stacie

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After a terrible start in life, Asher Harris picks himself up and manages to carve out a fairly decent future. Content with living alone in his bookshop, he shies away from relationships and keeps trust to a minimum.

Emma Carnes hasn’t seen Asher in years, though she’s never forgotten him. Their one interaction as teenagers became pivotal to them both. It gave her a career.

It saved his life.

Emma saw things about Asher that nobody else did. When she urged him to escape a perilous situation, it turned her toward her purpose in life…and saved Asher. Intrigued by the strong man he’s become, she gently persuades him to open up, but finds his emotional walls hard to climb. She also hopes for his help with a troubled teen, Gabe Dearing, who reminds her very much of Asher himself.

Their relationship and ties to Gabe threaten to reveal things someone wants to keep hidden…

Someone is watching Emma, trying to figure out what she knows, and she soon senses something isn’t right. When the bookshop is vandalized and Gabe disappears, only to return bloody, broken, and refusing to say what happened, Asher and Emma search for the truth as their passion intensifies.

The danger mounts, and Emma and Ash struggle to keep what they’ve fought so hard to gain.

But can he save Emma as she saved him so long ago?

Or will a dark and violent history repeat itself and destroy them all?

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She squealed when he grasped her waist and picked her up. His actions came as a shock, his strength too. Her protest hovered on the tip of her tongue, though she never actually said anything. His serious expression and determined strides were enough to keep her mouth closed.

Until he crushed his lips to hers. At that point she knew where it was heading, understood what he meant when he’d shouted. He was sick of holding back. Asher was taking what he wanted and ignoring any possible consequences.

Emma clung to him, their kisses growing deeper and more forceful as he carried her to his bedroom. She kept hold of him as he sat on the edge of his bed, moving her so that she straddled his lap. They’d been here before, only this time the air was electrified, sparks bursting from their touches. He wasn’t going to deny them this time. She could sense from his heated kisses and desperate touches that he was all in.

She blinked, her head spinning when he grabbed her loose T-shirt and pulled it over her head.

He tossed it, not caring to look where it landed. Asher drank her in, his chocolate eyes melting as they perused her chest.

A fire ignited low in her belly, her blood burning through her veins. She’d experienced lust before, however this with Asher was laced with something else. Something deeper.

Slowly, too slowly, he stroked a single finger over the swell of her breast. Her nipples tightened as she silently begged for him to cup them. Her will was enough, because those amazing fingers dipped under the lace of her bra before palming her breast. His eyes never left hers. His touch grew firmer, more demanding. “More,” she whispered. “Asher, more.”

He kissed her long and hard. At the same time she began unbuttoning his shirt, her fingers fumbling so much Asher ended up finishing the job for her. He didn’t stop with his shirt. After rolling her onto his bed, he stood and shucked off his jeans, sliding them down his legs before kicking them across the room. “No more barriers,” he rasped and pulled his underwear off too. His scars were exposed to her, the skin pink and puckered near his navel. There really were no barriers.

Still expecting him to back out, Emma held a bit of herself back. The rejection would sting a little less if she did. However, that became difficult when he hovered over her, pressing his body against hers. His eyes were hooded, and she could feel the heavy thump of his heart when she touched his chest. Hers was as rapid, the thrill of possibility surging in every cell. The connection with Asher was strong, very strong, and much more consuming than anything she’d ever felt before.

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M. A. Stacie is never without a book or her eReader. A voracious reader, with a love of sexy, yet angst ridden novels, she loves getting lost in new worlds. Her need to write did not grip her until after her second son was born, when her previous rambles became fully fledged stories.

She describes herself as one huge contradiction, and though not the most conventional of hobbies, she counts getting new tattoos as one of hers. Along with running, knitting, and listening to loud music. However, she is yet to work out how to do them all at the same time.

M. A. Stacie lives in the UK with her husband and three sons.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Quickie Review: Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Title:  Beyond Shame
Author:  Kit Rocha
Genre:  Erotica (18+)
Publication Date:  September 16, 2012
Series Info:  Book 1 in the Beyond series
Cover Artist:  Bree Bridges
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  This one's a Kindle freebie I downloaded a while back.  As of February 2, 2015, this book was still available for free.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

A dangerous world of sex, lust and violence…

All Noelle Cunningham has ever wanted is a life beyond–beyond the walls of Eden, where only the righteous are allowed to remain, and beyond her stiflingly restrictive existence as a councilman’s daughter. But only ruins lie outside the City, remnants of a society destroyed by solar storms decades earlier.

The sectors surrounding Eden house the corrupt, the criminal–men like Jasper McCray, bootlegger and cage fighter. Jas clawed his way up from nothing to stand at the right hand of Sector Four’s ruthless leader, and he’ll defend the O’Kane gang with his life. But no fight ever prepared him for the exiled City girl who falls at his feet.

Her innocence is undeniable, but so is their intense sexual attraction, and soon they’re crossing every boundary Noelle barely knew she had. But if she wants to belong to Jas, first she’ll have to open herself to a world where passion is power, and freedom is found in submission.. 
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So basically this:

But that ends up not being enough so it turns into this:

Which then culminates into this:

I still can't form full, coherent sentences when talking about this story and I read it back in January.  Lucky for me I decided to make this a quickie review so I'll sign off by saying that this is a super sexy, gritty, intense read that will push your boundaries if you don't read a lot of erotica.  If you're okay with all that though then prepare for a really fun ride. *wink*

Favorite Scenes/Lines:

Because I like fight scenes:
Dom rose to the bait, charging toward him with a bellow.  His hook came slow, so slow the man wasn't just telegraphing his moves, he was sitting down to write them fucking love letters.  Jas took the hit, using the distraction to drive a fist into Dom's midsection.

When he doubled over, wheezing, Jas grabbed Dom's hair and kneed him in the face.  Bone cracked, and he hit the ground again, blood gushing from his broken nose.

Because I like other scenes too *smirk*:
"I want it all."  She freed one hand and reached for him, her fingertips digging into his hip as if she planned to pull him into her by force.  "Does that make me shameless?"

"That makes you hungry."  One more hard thrust buried his cock all the way inside her.  "It makes you mine."

Series Info:
Beyond Shame
Beyond Control
Beyond Pain
Beyond Temptation
Beyond Jealousy
Beyond Solitude
Beyond Addiction
Beyond Possession
Beyond Innocence
Beyond Ruin (Late 2015)

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Cinema Saturdays

A weekly feature where I'll post my favorite movie quotes, upcoming movie trailers, the occasional movie review or subject you to fangirling over some of my most treasured movies in the hopes that it'll get you guys to watch them.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Review: Loving Dallas (Neon Dreams #2) by Caisey Quinn

Title:  Loving Dallas
Author:  Caisey Quinn
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  June 16, 2015
Series Info:  Book 2 in the Neon Dreams series
Cover Artist:  N/A
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  Because I freaking loved Leaving Amarillo.  Thank you to William Morrow Paperbacks for providing me with an e-galley copy via Edelweiss.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

In the second novel in bestselling author Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dreams series, a country rock band and its members embark on the rocky road to fame and find love along the way.

Dallas Lark is so close to achieving his dream of making it big in country music that he can taste it. Arriving in Nashville after signing with sexy, successful manager Mandy Lantram, his life goes from tragedy and turmoil to one lucky break after another—except it isn’t really luck because Dallas has sacrificed everything for his career, leaving behind his band, sister, best friend, and high school sweetheart, Robyn, in the pursuit of fame.

Robyn Breeland is a successful marketing coordinator and promotions specialist for a thriving liquor distributor out of Texas. She loves every aspect of her job: coming up with new ideas, traveling, hosting promotional parties and exclusive events—until it brings her face-to-face with the man who broke her heart, prompting her to erect a steel cage around it.

When their paths collide and they’re forced to work together, Dallas and Robyn realize that the old spark they thought they’d extinguished might still be a burning flame. 
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Seriously guys.  I'm experiencing A LOT of feels at the moment and I don't even know where the hell to start.  *takes deep breath*  Okay here goes nothing...

So if you read my review of Leaving Amarillo, it'll come as no surprise that Dallas wasn't really my favorite.  That said, I caught enough of a glimpse of Robyn that had me to believing that Dallas Walker Lark might very well have his hands full.  And damn if I wasn't right.

Loving Dallas is essentially a story about getting what you want and realizing it may not necessarily be what you need.  Both Dallas and Robyn deal with having their dreams come true only to take a step back and realize that maybe it's not all it was cracked up to be.  Watching them both go through their paces is a nerve-racking and emotional whirlwind.  But it's definitely the good kind.  For the most part.  And those two things that are thrown in near the end?  They had my heart exploding. EX-PLOD-ING!

Casey Quinn writes really awesome female characters.  She writes really awesome males too but, it's the ladies that have been my favorite.   Like Dixie, Robyn is independent, smart, beautiful and does not take shit from ANYONE.  Remember how I said that Dallas was not my favorite?  I take it back.  Casey totally redeemed him in this book.  He's not perfect but, no one is in real life which makes his portrayal THAT much better.  Dallas and Robyn together?  Hell, they could give any 4th of July fireworks display a run for their money.

This goes out to you, Caisey Quinn:

You can't see me but, I'm literally waiting for Missing Dixie like this:

Favorite Scenes/Lines:

Robyn being Robyn:
It is days like this that make me thankful people assume I am a bitch.  Something about my red hair, I guess.  Usually I'm pretty chill, actually.  But incompetence irritates the ever-loving shit out of me.  And I've been dealing with it all morning.  There isn't enough coffee in the world to make this day run smoothly.

My brows lift because I'm confused.  This man I've kept buried in the back of my past has risen and is standing in front of me asking me to dinner.

I check my internal decision-making faculties.

Head: Sure.  Dinner sounds great.  Making peace will be good for you.  Yay, closure!

Heart: Run.  I said run.  Why aren't you running?  For fuck's sake, run already!

His lips press together and then his tongue snakes out and licks them.  Ever felt your ovaries quiver?  No?  It's an alarming feeling. 

Dallas being Dallas:
Robyn is more than an old friend, more than an old flame.

She's the one who blows me away and brings me back down only to turn me inside out and send me into a free fall all over again.

She's my muse.

I should just say it. I should just come right out and tell her the truth. I don't want to go to all of these new places where I'm going to be a fish out of water without her. The memory of the night in New Orleans is burned into my memory - and not just because of the sex - though, good Lord, I think records were broken and laws of gravity were defied. But the city came alive for me because of her. I want her with me. Always.

Series Info:
Leaving Amarillo
Loving Dallas
Missing Dixie (October 27, 2015)

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: Leaving Amarillo (Neon Dream #1) by Caisey Quinn

Title:  Leaving Amarillo
Author:  Caisey Quinn
Genre:  New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  March 17, 2015
Series Info:  Book 1 in the Neon Dreams series
Cover Artist:  N/A
Who/What/Why/Where/How:  I requested an e-galley of Loving Dallas from Edelweiss only to realize it was book 2 in the series.  So I purchased Leaving Amarillo with my own chump change so that I could properly read this series.
Where to Buy:  Amazon

Nashville meets New Adult in Neon Dreams, a dramatic, sexy series from bestselling author Caisey Quinn, about a country band’s rocky road to fame—and the ambition, dreams, and love of the people who make the music.

Dixie Lark hasn’t had it easy. She lost her parents in an accident when she was young and grew up in a ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo with her ailing grandparents and overprotective older brother. Thanks to her grandfather, Dixie learned to play a mean fiddle, inspired by the sounds of the greats—Johnny and June, Waylon, and Hank. Her grandfather’s fiddle changed Dixie’s life forever, giving her an outlet for the turmoil of her broken heart and inspiring a daring dream.

Ten years later, Dixie and her brother, Dallas, are creating the music they love and chasing fame with their hot band, Leaving Amarillo. But Dixie isn’t enjoying the ride. All she can think about is Gavin, the band’s tattooed, tortured drummer who she’s loved since they were kids. She knows he feels the connection between them, but he refuses to see her as more than his best friend’s little sister.

Convinced that one night with Gavin will get him out of her system, Dixie devises a plan. She doesn’t know that her brother has forbidden Gavin from making a move on her-a promise he swore he’d always keep . . . a promise that once broken will unexpectedly change the future for Dixie, Gavin and the band. 
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*sigh*  I'm sitting here staring at my computer screen at a loss for words.  I guess it's better than what I looked like last night after finishing this book:

Don't get me wrong.  I absolutely LOVED this book.  I'm just slightly emotionally wrecked because of it.  Let's get on with the gushing, shall we?

The book blurb does a really good job of giving you an idea of what the story is about so I'm not going to rehash it.  What I will say is that Ms. Caisey Quinn is a hell of a word weaver.  I was hooked from the first line and I may or may not have tried to sneak in some reading time at work.  As a hardcore music lover, I enjoyed that the backdrop for most of the story was a music festival.  She brought the different settings to life in a very authentic way.  I literally felt like I was standing in the crowd watching the band play their hearts out.  I have now added Austin to my list of places to see before I die.

I also fell in love with Dixie, Dallas and Gavin.  I loved them individually, they're interactions as a group and with one another.  My favorite though was Dixie.  I loved everything about her.  I even loved her during the moments that I wanted to shake her senseless.  Her love for music, her family and Gavin are such a tangible thing that you feel like you're sitting next to her on the emotional rollercoaster she's on.  The boys aren't that far behind on my list though.  Gavin is everything you'd expect in a character that's described as sexy and tortured.  The boy's got some demons to deal with but, you can't help but root for him and hope he's able to pull his cranium out of his posterior.  And I can't forget to mention the band's fearless leader Dallas.  Although he's not my favorite of the three, he's still a great character.  He loves and protects his sister fiercely and loves Gavin like a brother.  He's a bit stubborn and headstrong but, those aren't necessarily bad things.

Reading their journey as a band along with reading how Dixie and Gavin's relationship unfolds had me all over the emotional spectrum.  And I loved every second of it.  The story ends with some unresolved issues for all three characters but, I'm okay with that.  It's a series after all and I like knowing that I'm going to get two more books with this trio.

Favorite Scenes/Lines:

Dixie being Dixie:
There is a lot to be said for breakup sex.

No pressure.  No worries about being perfect.  Just give me one last orgasm please and thank you and goodbye.  Have a nice life, or don't.  Peace out.

Okay, now I actually am annoyed.  This conversation just took a left turn right into Piss Me Off Town.

The combination of what he's doing to me causes the remaining brain cells necessary for playful comebacks to explode on impact. 

Some of the reasons I fell in love with Caisey Quinn's writing:
That's the funny thing about music.  Part of the magic, I guess.  Sometimes it replenishes me, like I'm feeding off its energy and it fills me.  And other times, it pulls at my pain, weaves its way through the strands of my soul and wrecks it.

The sound lifts and holds me while I play my heart out.  The music flows around us and into me, lighting every single cell my body is composed of on fire from my toes to my head until I am blazing with the heat of it. 

I feel tiny beneath him, but I hold my own as we fight for control of our kisses.  We are breaths and moans and pleas in the darkness.  Flesh on flesh.  Tongues and fingers finding each other again and again.  Battling for more, like the composition I still remember.

Series Info:
Leaving Amarillo
Loving Dallas
Missing Dixie (October 27, 2015)

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