Thursday, September 18, 2014



***The powerful continuation of the story that began in Reclaiming the Sand- a tale of love and forgiveness and learning to over come a past that has come to define you.***

Bully and Victim

Friend and Lover

Past and Future

Ellie McCallum and Flynn Hendrick’s story was as painful as it was devastating.  But they were able to find within each other an unlikely yet beautiful love. Despite the obstacles that tried to keep them apart.

And together they rose out of the ashes of their tragic history.

Now years after their life changing reunion Ellie is back in Wellston, having just graduated from college and ready to start her future with the man who taught her how to love. However, returning to a town that held so much bitterness and anger was the last place she wanted to start over.

But for Flynn, who is now an art professor at the community college and firmly rooted in the place that gave them their beginning, she’d do just about anything.

Yet it’s difficult building a life when you’ve only just learned how to live.
 And love, no matter how strong, doesn’t always conquer all.

Ellie and Flynn must learn how far they are willing to go to stay together. Or whether the ghosts of the past will consume them both.

Because finding a happily ever after is harder than it seems. Particularly when you’re fighting against the one thing that could destroy you.


From the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep comes a story of forgiveness, redemption and finding love in the most unlikely of places.


Bully and victim.
Tormenter and tormented.
Villain and hero.

Ellie McCallum was a bully. No connection to anyone or anything. A sad and lonely existence for a young woman who had come to expect nothing more for herself. Her only happiness coming from making others miserable.

Particularly Freaky Flynn.

Flynn Hendrick lived a life completely disconnected even as he struggled to become something more than that boy with Asperger's. He was taunted and teased, bearing the brunt of systematic and calculated cruelty, ultimately culminating in a catastrophic turn of events that brought Ellie and Flynn’s worlds crashing down.

But then Flynn and Ellie grew up.

And moved on.

Until years later when their paths unexpectedly cross again and the bully and the freak are face to face once more.

When labels come to define you, finding yourself feels impossible. Particularly for two people disconnected from the world who inexplicably find a connection in each other.
And out of the wreckage of their tragic beginnings, an unlikely love story unfolds.
But a painful past doesn’t always want to let go. And old wounds are never truly healed…and sometimes the further you try to run from yourself the closer you come to who you really are.

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Contemporary and Paranormal romance including The Find You in the Dark and Bad Rep series as well as the upcoming stand alone romance, Reclaiming the Sand, and a dark new adult series for Gallery Books.

A. Meredith spent ten years as a counselor for at risk teens and children. First working at a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault program and then later a program for children with severe emotional and mental health issues. Her former clients and their stories continue to influence every aspect of her writing.

When not writing (or being tortured with all manner of beauty products at the hand of her very imaginative and extremely girly daughter), she is eating chocolate, watching reality television that could rot your brain and reading a smutty novel or two.

A. Meredith is represented by Michelle Johnson with the Inklings Literary Agency.


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 I am so in love with Elora Ramirez's Somewhere Between Water and Sky. it's a gorgeous book in a beautiful series and I'm super excited to share it with y'all. Check out the release day launch and Elora's super special giveaway!!

Somewhere Between Water and Sky Synopsis: I heard it said once that every human is a story with skin. If this is true, paragraphs would be etched in the scars on my wrists. Whole chapters could be written about the way my heart pounds when I startle awake. And every single one of my tears could fill a book. But stories, with all their promise, only leave room for disappointment. I don’t have room for that anymore. I left it all—the hope, the love, the promise—back in my old life with the ghosts I’d rather forget: Jude. Emma. Pacey. This is how I dare to move forward and to believe in a new beginning. I let go of the old. I just grab the new and run. I don’t wait around anymore. I can’t. Waiting leaves room for the voices. Somewhere between water and sky, I'll find a way to burn these voices to the ground.

Elora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space--including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she's grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband's lavender liqueur.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cover Reveal: Partners by Lilliana Anderson

We have a lovely cover reveal today for Partners by Lilliana Anderson. I’m so excited for this prequel to the FIRES & LIES series. So without further ado:   Title: Partners Author: Lilliana Anderson Release Day: October 13th
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Rules are made to be broken…

All her life, Chloe Donovan played by the rules. She was good. She was daddy’s perfect little girl. That was, until those rules failed her and her family, causing them to lose everything they had worked for.

With her father lying in hospital unconscious, and her mother caught in the depths of depression, it’s up to Chloe to find out the truth and put the real criminals behind bars.

But to do that, she needs help.

Aiden Price was once the head of security at the decimated Donovan Corporation. He protected Chloe, her family, and their clients, as millions of dollars changed hands on a daily basis. Now, with the company in ruins, he has branched out on his own and created the successful, Price Security.

Aiden is the only person her father trusted, which makes him the only person Chloe can trust.

The problem is, he doesn’t trust Chloe. A previous moment of weakness and passion saw Chloe enter and leave his life like a ghost in the night. Aiden isn’t the kind of man a girl walks out on. He says when it’s over. Not the other way around.

On top of that, he doesn’t have any lost love for Chloe’s father. As far as he’s concerned, it was her father who sold the company out which allowed for the aggressive takeover to take place. That act saw his and thousands of other jobs lost. Aiden is a man of honor, and he can’t forgive an action that he saw as guided by pure greed.

It’s up to Chloe to convince Aiden that everything he thinks he knows is a lie. But Aiden doesn’t do anything for free. Partnering up is going to cost Chloe dearly. She just wasn’t expecting to have to pay with her heart…

  Exclusive Excerpt:
“Not one to take a hint are you?” he grumbles as he heads up the path and climbs the steps.
I push off the railing and stand to meet him by his front door. “It’s important.”
“So you keep saying.” He sounds tired, his voice much softer than it had been earlier and he inserts his key, pushing the front door open.
As he walks past me, I smell the faint scent of another woman’s perfume and my mouth speaks before my brain connects. “Have you been with someone?”
Stepping inside his home, he pauses and blocks the door. “That is absolutely none of your business,” he states.
“Does this girl know what you were in your office dry humping me before her? Does she know I’m the one that got you fired up?” I’m attacking him and it’s stupid and unwarranted. Essentially, I have no right to be behaving this way. But I can’t seem to stop myself from feeling a jealous rage at the thought of him with another woman. 
His eyes narrow for a moment and within a blink of the eye his arms shoot out and he grabs me, hauling me through the door and slamming me against the wall. The movement surprises me and I gasp and follow my instinct to fight him. He flattens his body against mine, pinning me so I can’t move and he grabs my wrists pressing them together over my head.
I wriggle beneath him, feeling way out of my depth. I talk tough, but in this moment, I feel anything but. “Let me go, Aiden,” I demand through clenched teeth.
“Why? Isn’t this what you came here for?” He readjusts his grip so he can hold both of my wrists in one hand then trails his other one down my arm. “It’s why you’re here acting like a jealous girlfriend, right?” His hand pauses at my throat and wraps around it uncomfortably as he leans into me, brushing his rough stubble across the skin of my cheeks. “Do you want me to fuck you, Chloe?” He pushes his groin against me and I can feel his erection dig into me. I wince. “No? Then what?” His breath is hot and his fingers tighten around my throat as his mouth moves toward my ear and he growls, “What the fuck do you want from me?”
Tears burn in my eyes and I them shut, suddenly feeling as though I’ve pushed him too far. I should have told Leah to go fuck himself. I should have stayed home and thought of another way to get Aiden to listen.
Things are different now. So much has happened in the last three years. So much has changed in each of our lives. We’re different people. Capable of different things. When you back a person into a corner, you can’t always be sure how they’ll react…
I twist my head away from him as my emotions hit me and I let out a strained sob. I didn’t want to cry. I wanted to stay in control but he’s scaring me. At the sound of my cry, his grip lessens, it’s if he suddenly realises what he’s doing and he slowly releases me.
“Shit,” he hisses, taking a step back to give me some space to move. I don’t waste my time, the moment my hands are free, I swing my body, bringing my arm around and slap him loudly across the face.
“Fuck you, Aiden! Fuck you!” I scream, my body shaking with fear, desire and anger from his intimidation tactic.
His cheek becomes immediately inflamed and I watch the red bloom across his skin, as I glare up at him, angry that we’re even in this situation. Things used to be so different between us...
“I guess I deserved that,” he admits.

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  About the Author: Bestselling Author of the Drawn Series, the Beautiful Series, and the Confidante Trilogy, Lilliana has always loved to read and write, considering it the best form of escapism that the world has to offer. Australian born and bred, she writes New Adult Romance revolving around her authentically Aussie characters as well as a biographical trilogy based on an ex-Sydney sex worker, named Angelien. Lilliana feels that the world should see Australia for more than just it's outback and tries to show characters in more of a city setting. When she isn't writing, she wears the hat of 'wife and mother' to her husband and four children. Before Lilliana turned to writing, she worked in a variety of industries and studied humanities and communications before transferring to commerce/law at university. Originally from Sydney's Western suburbs, she currently lives a fairly quiet life in suburban Melbourne.

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Cover Re-Reveal: LOST IN YOU by Heidi McLaughlin


Today we are revealing the brand new cover of the New Adult novel LOST IN YOU by New York Times Bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin. If you haven't had a chance to read this one, you have to pick it up! The book will be re-released on Tuesday, September 23rd. A novella from the series will be coming out next month so be on the lookout for that!



Ryan Stone is a less than average teenager. He doesn’t have fancy clothes. He doesn’t carry around the latest smartphone and he definitely doesn’t have an MP3 player. Instead, he goes to school, does his chores and dreams of a new life away from Brookfield where he’s expected to follow in his blue collar family’s footsteps. Hadley Carter is America’s Pop Princess. A successful recording artist living her dream with a sold-out tour and a handful of Grammy’s there isn’t much that she wants for, except love. But finding love on the road is near impossible when all she longs for are romantic dinners, a nighttime stroll on the beach and holding hands with someone who isn’t going to exploit her. When a chance encounter introduces Ryan to Hadley, will he be like her adoring fans looking for a way in, or will it be Hadley who pursues Ryan even though it might cost her the only career she's known. Lost in You is a story about following your dreams, taking risks and getting lost in love. Goodreads


Why I changed the cover Since its release, I’ve heard over and over again how much people love the cover, but they’re not fans of “country western” novels. It’s hard to convince people that the novel was about something else. With this story being near and dear to my heart, I went back to Sarah Hansen (months ago) and we started brainstorming. It wasn’t until she found the absolute most fitting image did we start moving forward. Now some of you know I’ve changed a cover before and when I did, I offered new content. This is the same case. I have Lost in Us coming out in October which is the epilogue to Lost in You. I hope you love the new cover as much a I do and love the cover for Lost in Us just as much. Much love, Heidi  
BOOK EXCERPT: Excerpt from Lost in You Her body visibly relaxes. I step closer, my body happy being this close to her. Her eyes close as she breathes in. Is she remembering what we had? Are her memories as vivid as mine? My hands cup her cheeks and I can’t resist the temptation to kiss her. The moment our lips touch, I know. The fire is back. The electric energy coursing through our bodies making us one is stronger than anything I’ve ever felt. My tongue seeks out hers and is met with the same heat and emotion that I remember so well. I know without a doubt that she is the one who can ignite desire within me. I slow things down, careful not to open old wounds. I kiss her once more, before resting my forehead against hers. “I’m sorry,” I whisper. I should’ve asked if she had a boyfriend or a husband before I did that. For all I know, she’s taken and I just assaulted her. “I just had to know,” I say, pulling away from her. “Know what?” she asks. I don’t hesitate this time. I’m not taking any chances. “If you’re the one.” A smile breaks out across her freshly kissed lips and I fight every urge to kiss her again. But I hold back. If someone told me that I was going to end up kissing Hadley Carter after running into her, I would’ve laughed. With utter reluctance, I let go of her. The connection is lost and I hate the feeling that I’ve had to suppress for so long. It’s amazing what one person can do to you with just a simple touch. Hadley is my drug and for the past four years I’ve been jonesing for just the smallest taste. “Do you want to come in?” she points to the apartment behind her. “We can talk. I think we should talk. I have so much I need to tell you.” I look at the doorman who’s watching me like a well-paid hawk. The question still plagues my thoughts. “Are you married?” “No.” “Boyfriend?” “No, I’m single.” Those are the answers that I was looking for. “Okay,” I say. “Okay.” She turns and I follow her up the stairs. The doorman opens the door for us and she nods as we pass them. We stand side by side, waiting for the elevator. When we step inside, she presses the button for her floor and we ride in silence.  

   Heidi is the author of USA Today, Digital Book World, Amazon and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novel, Forever My Girl. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell and two Parakeets. During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting court-side during either daughter's basketball games. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Happy Book Birthday: I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN + Review

If you missed our interview with Jandy Nelson for her official Blog Tour, you can check that out by clicking HERE.

Today's the day! The day is here! You can ALL get your hands on a copy of I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson! The book should be available at all major retailers, but here are some links for some of the most popular stores! 

Amazon || B&N || BAM || iBooks

A peak inside our email inboxes, just for you - because we fangirl - just. like. you. 

Ursula and I (Amber) are pretty obsessed with Jandy Nelson's debut novel: The Sky Is Everywhere (You can read Amber's review here and Ursula's review here). So, when we heard there was a new book on the horizon, it was one of those things that we just couldn't wait for. 

Luckily, we didn't have to. Our very good friends over at our affiliate site: picked us up advanced reading copies at BEA this year, so we've gotten to read the book long before it's release date. 
(go say hi. because they're so rad!!)
MAN I AM SO GLAD. I don't think we could've waited much longer! 

So, check out some conversation Ursula and I had through email about I'll Give You The Sun - we've edited out the spoilers, so this is just for fun. Just so you know it's great and just so you know that you should order it, put it on your TBR list, and read it as soon as you can get your little hands on it! (THATS TODAY!!!) 

Urs: So have you started IGYTS yet!?!?! Can you please!?! I’m half way through and I’m dying over here, I need someone to discuss, laugh, fangirl, cry, etc etc etc with PRONTO!

Amber: I just started!!! Who the hell is Ralph?! I'm already in looove with their inner monologues. Oh maaaan! Jandy is a genuis!! 

Urs: I know right?! That’s what I love the most, I kid you not that I have a post-it tab marking every monologue I think, just when I thought I read the funniest thing ever here comes the other twin and tops it (mind you this has happened more times than I can actually count! lol) … I’m dying with the parrot, if I ever get a pet parrot I will name him Ralph! 

I just love how perfectly dysfunctional they are, it reminds me of Lennie and her grandma (in the dysfunctional department I mean ha!) but you still love them you know? Like family, you don’t care how weird they are you still love them even if they piss you off sometimes haha!  I find myself totally pissed at Jude one second after hearing Noah’s “side of the story” and then 2 chapters later I’m completely hating on Noah when I hear Jude’s “side of the story” … 

I don’t know what is it about Jandy’s writing man that it completely reels me in, I almost feel like I know these characters personally lol … actually I know what it is.. her characters are so human, you just can’t help but feel for them and feel what they are feeling… WHY IS SHE SO AWESOME!? lol

Amber: It's exactly that!! Her characters jump off the pages at you! They're very much in your face. I feel like I could reach out and pet them! (Though that might be a little weird!) 

I think, too, that I like seeing it from the past and from the present, with changing points of view. It's such a new take on the dual POV! At first I wasn't sure about it but now I loooove it! And I really wanna see Noah's art work and Jude's sand sculptures and omg can we talk about this hot British boy that keeps popping up in unexpected places?!??? 
Urs: LOL! YAAAAAAASSSSSS! There is one part where Jude says “He doesn’t talk, he lilts, his words taking to the air like birds” and I could literally see Jude painting this in her head HAHAHAHA! He was described so vividly that I couldn’t help myself reading out loud in an English accent every time he popped up LOL! (total nerd, no shame!)
 The dual POV in the past and the present I think is pivotal in letting us understand what was really happening with them, and in their heads and around them.. we wouldn’t have gotten the whole story if it hadn’t been done this way in my opinion... did we mention Jandy is a genius already?
 And The Bible?! The random tidbits from The Bible had me laughing out loud… Clark Gable will never ever look the same to me ha!
Amber: OH MY CLARK GABLE!!! You ain't Lyin! And that james dean lean. Also, I really like that Jandy isn't afraid to show that sometimes ghosts (even if they're not legitimate paranormal beings) are very real to a lot of people!! It makes me feel not so crazy you know?! (But seriously who is breaking Jude's stuff!? Spooky.) 
I also really dig that their dad, who seems the least likely to embrace their choices is the one who holds their choices on the highest shelf. And the secrets?! It's more like a thriller than a contemporary romance at times and OMCG I LOVE IT. 
"Who knows if there are ghosts or just the living, breathing memories of your loved ones inside you, speaking to you, trying to get your attention by any means necessary? Who knows where the hell Ralph is? No one knows. So we grapple with the mysteries, each in our own way." 
That quote is my life. (But I couldn't really read "sorry Oscar" without saying "oscore!" Lol) 
Urs: I have that quote highlighted, like with an actual marker LOL! 

The secrets are everything, everything we shouldn’t do, or at least try not to, it showed that sometimes we assume and our own mind takes us places that are just so far from the truth, and we tend to underestimate people and their feelings for us, which I agree was the case with their Dad … Ghosts are real! Even if you don’t actually see them or hear them (or even if you do!) I think we all have them, I believe sometimes they’ve been talking to us and we refuse to listen to them… and sometimes we just accept they are there and embrace them… 

I have walked out with life lessons from reading this book (lessons I will pass on to my kids, and friends)… again just like The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy’s writing has left an imprint in my life and she has managed to wedge 8 more people in my heart!

Can we start the countdown to Decatur Book Festival!?!?!? Because meeting Jandy will be for sure a day to remember! <3
(We will have some fun coverage from DBF for you guys coming soon, but you can check out our time with Jandy Nelson at DBF right HERE.)

To wrap it up, here's a few words from each of us on I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson:
There aren’t enough stars in the sky to give this book! and 5 stars is grossly inappropriate!

This is without a doubt my favorite book this year! (and favorite EVER!)
Jandy once again has brought to me a story that made me cry, laugh, think, appreciate life and love and how important it is to be true to yourself. 
A story that only becomes whole when read from both Jude's and Noah's points of view. A journey full of lessons not just for the characters but for the reader. I finished I'll Give You Sun with a smile on my face and a heart full of joy. I feel like every character has taken up residence in my heart and if there was one question left unanswered it was "Where the hell is Ralph?" .... Few authors have been so inspiring and uplifting for me, and Jandy just didn't disappoint! I'll Give You The Sun is on shelves now, go get it because you won’t regret it!

Amber: I wish I could give this book one thousand stars. 

Jandy has this way of writing... I mean, it's hard to explain without sounding like a crazy person but I can feel her words in my bones. In my vital organs. I can feel them when I take a deep breath and close my eyes. But most importantly: I feel them when I'm fighting with ghosts of my own. 

Jandy Nelson saves me time and time again, and this book is no different. It's a MUST READ just like The Sky Is Everywhere. 

I went probably 9/10 of this book without crying. The last few chapters are gutting for me (in a weirdly good way), and at the end I cried like a baby. I swear, Jandy makes me believe in fate on such an insane level that it's chilling. 

You'll love this book. Order it, remind yourself, whatever you need to do. Just make sure you own it. 

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