Review: Old Flame by Annabelle Blume

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OF Blog Tour ButtonIt takes special talent to create a fully fleshed-out novella, and author Annabelle Blume is a master at it.

Her latest title, OLD FLAME, is her first dip into New Adult, and I’m happy to report she’s made a fantastic contribution to the crowing category with Hannah and Marc. Here’s a little about their story:

Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared. But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong. Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission the man of her dreams.

I’ll admit, at first I thought Hannah was a bit off her rocker with her stalkerish ways and refusal to accept a relationship that was clearly over (and with a total loser, no less), but she’s not a cardboard, two-dimensional character. Rather, she’s got spunk, good looks, and a keen knack for witty sarcasm.

She uses that sarcasm to unknowingly draw in Marc, a simple yet handsome waiter at a college-town restaurant. Except that he’s not. (*wink, nudge*)

As Hannah finishes up finals week, she gets schooled on how to let go, how to move on, and how to spot a good man when she sees one.

I’ll admit, I’d have loved to see more of Hannah and Marc, but if you need a quick read, this will completely satisfy.

Here’s where you can get OLD FLAME:

58a9a-addtogoodreadsWant to win a digital copy of OLD FLAME and a $10 Amazon gift card? Here’s where you can enter.

And here’s more about the fabulousness that is Annabelle Blume:

ABAnnabelle is a best-selling Romance and New Adult author, that is, when she’s not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.

Her degree in Sociology has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle’s unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.

She’s also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com where she helps modern Bombshells and their families live “green”.

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Evernight Teen’s 1st birthday bash!

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1526212_216732245179471_1544403160_nSomeone grab a smash-cake because Evernight Teen is one year old!

It seems like just yesterday I was holding a brand-spanking-new copy of SHRAPNEL, all shiny and smelling of new paper. And now, *sniff* SHRAPNEL and ET are walking on their own, making lots of new friends and fascinating readers with their amazing adventures.

To celebrate, Evernight Teen is hosting a birthday blog hop and YOU get the presents!

  • Grand prize: $100 gift card to iTunes from Evernight Teen
  • Participating Evernight Teen authors are offering prizes on each of their websites (details below)
  • Evernight Teen is offering 25% off all titles Jan. 24- 31! 

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If you haven’t already read it, here’s a little about SHRAPNEL:

teen-shrapnel4It’s been six years since Dylanie and her family visited a Civil War site and the place came alive with cannon fire. Problem was, no one could hear it but her.

Now she’s sixteen, her dad’s moved out, her mom’s come out of the closet and Dylan’s got a spot on Paranormal Teen, a reality TV show filming at historic Oakleigh Mansion. She’ll spend a weekend with two other psychic teens—Jake and Ashley—learning how to control her abilities.

None of them realized how much their emotional baggage would put them at the mercy of Oakleigh’s resident spirits, or that they’d find themselves pawns in the 150-year-old battle for the South’s legendary Confederate gold. Each must conquer their personal ghosts to face down Jackson, a seductive spirit who will do anything to protect the gold’s current location and avenge a heinous attack that destroyed his family.

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58a9a-addtogoodreadsYep, Jackson’s one seriously seductive mofo.

Exhibit A:

A few hasty tugs and I’ve got Jackson’s coat off, his shirt untucked and my shaky fingers fumble with the buttons. I pull him down so I can taste the scar around his neck.

His laugh is a low rumble under my lips.

“What’s so funny?”

“I had no idea scars were so attractive. If I had known, I would have tried to keep the rest.”

“The rest?”

“Most have faded over the decades. This one around my neck is the only physical reminder of the injuries I acquired during my life.”

“At your death.”

“Mmm-hmm.”

His scar is beautiful and tragic and represents all the things he missed in a life cut short. It’s death and I’m life. I’m a heartbeat, a gasp, a warm kiss and soft skin. I want to give all of these things to him.

And now that we’ve had cake and some sweet, sweet ice cream, it’s time for presents!

  • I’m offering a $5 gift card from Amazon. To enter, comment below telling me in which war Jackson served.
  • To check out the other authors’ prizes, be sure to follow the hop here.
  • To enter to win the grand prize, go here and enter using Rafflecopter.

Good luck to all of you! *throws confetti*

Here’s where you can get SHRAPNEL:

Cover reveal: Best Friends Forever series by Dawn Pendleton

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First, let me say that author Dawn Pendleton is about as awesome as they come. So when I heard she was revealing the covers for her BFF series? Yeah, sign me up!

Here’s a little about the series, plus all NINE covers:

The Best Friends Forever Series follows the lives of Hazel, Cheyanne, Destiny, Miranda, Lexi, Audric, Nolan, Andre, and Roman as they attend college at Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each novella features a new point of view, but the series revolves around all nine characters, so get to know your new BFFs!!!

Release dates:
Liar, Liar: Feb 3
Knocked Up: Feb 4
Mall Rats: Feb 5
Terms of Endearment: Feb 6
Cruel Intentions: Feb 7
I Love You, Man: March 7
The 40 Year Old Virgin: April 4
Role Models: May 2
Risky Business: June 6
 
 
 
 

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Dawn Pendleton is a new adult author who began her writing journey in New England with her husband and their pup, though she recently moved to Georgia and promptly became a Southern Belle (or so she likes to think). When she isn’t staring at a blank page, willing the words to jump from her head to the screen, she’s usually playing on her iPhone, reading a book, or taking pictures with her fancy camera (which she has no idea how to use).

Happy book birthday: Broken Pieces by Dawn Pendleton

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!

It’s been a rough year for Gabby Peterman. Her best friend’s dad died six months ago, her other best friend has leukemia and isn’t doing well, and her marriage? After three years, it’s more of a joke than a relationships. Despite all the odds, she’s managed to stay strong for the people around her, supporting them through all their trials. But when death strikes again and one of her closest friends disappears, Gabby loses it.

On the verge of a mental breakdown himself, Wolfe Landon will do anything to win Gabby over. But first, he’s going to prove to her just how much he cares and loves her, because losing her will rip out his heart and soul.

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Dawn Pendleton is a New Adult & Young Adult author living in Maine with her husband and pup.

Right now, she’s working on two manuscripts simultaneously. It’s a difficult task for her, but one she’s certain will pay off in the end.

Want to meet Dawn?

She is also one of the featured authors of the New Adult Sleepover Weekend. You can find all the details here.

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Free Shelf Life 2014 desktop wallpapers!

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It’s almost time to ring in the new year! I hope you’ve got some great plans lined up, even if they consist of curling up with a good book.

A new year calls for a new look on your desktop, so below are three sizes of free, downloadable desktop wallpapers featuring a calendar for 2014. Click to open the full-size image, then right-click to save!

Enjoy!

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Happy book birthday: Natural Harmony by Kate Roth

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Happy book birthday to NATURAL HARMONY, a contemporary NA by the amazing and hilarious Kate Roth!

Here’s a little about the book:

NaturalHarmony_ebookcoverSuddenly named the acting president of her uncle’s record label, former pop princess Sabrina Walker is finally ready to grow up. While her professional life moves forward, she still clings to the last fragment of her past life in the form of an uncertain relationship with her manager, Beau.

When Sabrina hires handsome, young assistant, Wade Lawson, he awakens in her the hidden confidence she’s always desired. What starts as a casual affair quickly intensifies to something much more.

Sabrina must decide—return to the familiar life of an insecure one-hit-wonder, or embrace Wade and the woman his passion has helped reveal.

Natural Harmony is a stand-alone contemporary romance novel for readers 18+ and is the first in the Confession Records collection.

Want a little teaser? Of course you do!

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Here’s where you can get NATURAL HARMONY:

More about Kate:

f0784-kateauthorpicInspired by music, film, art and the wealth of stories she has heard through her career as a professional hair stylist, Kate Roth has been dreaming up love stories since junior high.
Kate’s first two novels, new adult romance The Low Notes and new adult paranormal romance Reckless Radiance were released by Rebel Ink Press in May of 2012 and September of 2013. Natural Harmony is her third novel and her first venture into independent publishing. She is hard at work on the next two novels in the Confession Records collection, as well as her first erotic romance, Last Resort. She is a small business owner and lives in Indiana with her husband, Adam and their dog, Sampson.

You can find more about Kate and her work on her website www.katerothwrites.com and stay up to date with all her news by following her on Facebook www.facebook.com/authorkateroth.

Year in Review: Book Edition

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I’m slightly embarrassed to discover that according to Goodreads, I’ve only read thirty-some books this year!

Granted, that doesn’t include friends’ manuscripts (maybe ten of those?) plus some nonfiction for research purposes, and probably a few others that I didn’t list on Goodreads because, well, some things are just private ;)

Lots of Karina Halle and a ton of New Adult. Other titles are mostly friends’ books, with a few exceptions.

Here’s the list if you’re interested:

2013 reads 12013 reads 22013 reads 3Your turn: How many did you read and what are your top picks for 2013?

Need wins Best Women’s Fiction award!

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book-of-the-year-2013-top-fiveAfter WANT and SHRAPNEL, but before SHELF LIFE, I released an odd and substantial novel–an adult companion to WANT–appropriately called NEED.

It picks up about three months after the end of WANT and is told from Isaac’s POV. Readers had been asking me for his story, but like many follow-ups, it didn’t go the way all readers had hoped. Still, I had to tell the story the way it came to me.

Need.v4-finalIt’s heavily psychological and was very intense to write, so I’m pleased to announce that it’s won an award from Supportive Business Mums over in the UK, placing third for Best Women’s Fiction Book of the Year 2013!

They called it “explosive” and a “fantastically well written, thoroughly gripping story.”

At NASW I described it to readers as the extremely adult, extremely sexy, dirty follow-up to WANT. :)

Either way, I’m so grateful to Ces for not only the award, but for reviewing NEED earlier this year when it debuted. I have a soft spot for poor Ike and love that others “get” him too, so big hugs, Ces!

Introducing Winter’s Sweet Kiss from Roane Publishing

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WSK Tour Button FinalToday I’m ecstatic to introduce to you a brand-spanking-new publisher, Roane Publishing, and their release, WINTER’S SWEET KISS. Seeing as there’s heavy frost on the grass here in Lower Alabama (WHAT???) it seems very timely.

Did I mention there’s a giveaway?

Yep, click above to enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card and paperback copy of WINTER’S SWEET KISS.

This anthology is out TODAY, so be sure to grab a copy (hmm, wouldn’t it make a great gift?) after reading the contributing authors’ Top Two Favorite Winter Traditions.

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Take it away, ladies!

Michelle Ziegler:

My favorite tradition is lovingly named Michelle-ika.  Probably not the most PC name, but it’s what my husband calls the week preceding Christmas. I am no good with surprises, and even worse with waiting.  I shake gifts, I try and get clues-I’m awful. One year my husband and I got snowed in. For fun he gave me one gift a day. The best part is my husband started to love Christmas again, a time of year that used to be hard for him. So although it’s a week of tiny trinkets, my husband’s Christmas spirit shines-which is good enough for me, but who says no to gifts?

My second favorite, is picking out ornaments.  This started because, like most newlyweds we had none.  We started by buying a couple of ornaments every year and just kept up with it.  Now that we have kids, the tradition has more wonder and excitement. Our tree is covered in memories.  Oh, and there’s no worry of running out of room.  Our golden retriever likes to eat at least one or two each winter.  Don’t worry, he doesn’t swallow them. I get to play find the dismembered ornament.

Shaya Roy:

1) Snuggling up with hot cocoa and a book to read on a cold night. Where I live, it rarely ever gets cold. So when it does, I’m sure to make the most of it.

2) New Year’s Resolutions. Love making them. Love breaking them even more. There’s a certain excitement to deciding to be good, and then being bad anyway ;)

Terri Rochenski:

My family used to have tons of holiday / winter traditions, but now that I’m married with children, things have changed. The best tradition we have comes when the Christmas tree goes up – Mr. Elf on the Shelf makes an appearance, and my girls go nuts (in a good way, of course, since he reports back to Santa every night).

The second would have to be spending the holidays with family. There is nothing more important than family, and I want my children to remember big holiday gatherings as I do from my own childhood.

Annabelle Blume:

1. I love to drive around and look at Christmas lights. We play Christmas music and bring hot chocolate, sometimes staying out for an hour or two. We visit many of the same houses every year. Our absolute favorite is the huge place up the road that has an entire light show set to music. They also collect canned goods donations for the local food bank.The residents have really embodied the spirit of the season with their annual display.

2. Making cookies is so cliche, but it’s a completely self-serving tradition. I am in love with those powdered sugar coated pecan cyphers, often known as Italian Wedding cookies. In my family, we have passed down a slightly altered recipe that includes a generous amount of honey, giving them a unique and decadent flavor. I dig myself out from under a mountain of these cookies on Christmas morning while the rest of the family has cinnamon rolls (yuck)!

Lily Carlyle:

Hibernating! I won’t go so far as to say the bears have the right idea (although some days, I think they do!), but winter–and the cold, snow, and sniffles it often brings–are a great excuse to stay inside, snuggled up with a good book and a cup of tea.

Ice skating. This is kind of a wishful thinking thing. I’ve always longed to ice skate on an outdoor pond, wearing a long full skirt, my hands encased in a muff–like the paintings you see. Unfortunately, the only skating I’ve done has been on a manmade county-operated rink with a bunch of other sweaty adolescents (years ago, obviously!). And I’m a really, really bad ice skater. Nonethless, this is a winter tradition I wish I could enjoy, and I still might try it, before I have to worry about falling and breaking a hip!

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New Adult Featured Author: Mara Valderran

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Seventeen-year-old Zelene doesn’t believe in magic or prophecies. When she’s told she is part of the prophecy foretelling five powerful girls bringing peace to the war-torn worlds, she scoffs. The idea of other dimensions layered on top of the world she lives in is almost as ludicrous as the idea that she might be able to save them. After she is attacked by magic-wielding assassins, she finds she can’t argue with reality.

As their enemies strike, the girls are taken back to their world and discover the ties binding them together. Rhaya has always had an uncanny knack for reading people, but can’t seem to unravel the mystery tying her to Isauria, the new friend she bonded with instantly. For years, Isauria has been dreaming of Terrena, a girl living her life on the run in a magical world ripped apart by the tragedies of war, completely unaware that she is psychically linked to the world she was born in.

Zelene views them all with a distrustful eye, familial bonds or no, and can think of a place or two she’d like to shove the crown she supposedly inherited. When she learns that her long-lost twin Ariana has been captured by the rebels, Zelene’s attitude changes. She doesn’t know how she is supposed to go against an army of magic-wielding rebels when her own ability to manipulate the elements is still locked within her. But can she trust the elders to rescue Ariana when it seems their medieval politics are what brought about the war in the first place? With all that is at stake, the answer becomes clear to Zelene.

Screw the worlds. She’s getting her sister back.

Mara Valderran has been coming up with stories pretty almost since she could talk, often commandeering her brother’s G.I. Joes to play out her fictional tales alongside her Barbies. Once she hit adolescence and realized playing with dolls wasn’t cool anymore, she started putting her ideas to paper. And she hasn’t stopped since.

Mara has worn many different artistic hats throughout her life. She has dabbled in screenwriting, plucked guitars and basses, toyed with singing, retired from acting, and drawn some pretty mean stick figures in her time. However, writing books seems to fit her best as she finds nothing more fulfilling than creating worlds and characters she can lose herself in.

Mara lives in the south with her husband and demanding cat. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or spending time at her favorite local coffee shop.

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