Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Destined For Doon: A Bonus Scene


Destined For Doon - the second book in the Doon series releases September 2, and we have a sneak peak of it with a bonus scene. 

You can read a review of the first book HERE

DOON Bonus Scene
Duncan’s Visit
Mackenna
(This scene takes place before chapter 15, first thing in the morning.)

“Why are you telling us what to do? We’re not your subjects.”
Though I had yet to form an opinion about what Duncan asked, I couldn’t help but bristle at his request. He’d rudely interrupted our breakfast to say he couldn’t stay because he had official business concerning the Centennial. Disappointment turned the pancakes in my stomach into hockey pucks.
Duncan raked his fingers through his already disheveled hair, making it even more chaotic. “Why did I expect ye to be reasonable? Since I canna accompany you today, I am requesting that you and Veronica remain in the castle with Fiona.”
At the first sign of dissention, Vee had retreated to the periphery of the scene, where she watched like an extra. “So we’re your prisoners again?”
Duncan blinked several times. His voice, when he answered me, was raspy with intensity. “You’re not my prisoner. Ye never were.”
He’d just informed me that I would have to spend the day with a royal babysitter. So I begged to differ. “What am I then?”
“You’re my—” He paused his dark velvet eyes suddenly miserable. “My—my guest from America.”
If I was truly his guest, as he claimed, I had a choice in the matter. “What if I say, ‘no’?”
Rather than argue, he clasped my hand in his and continued to plead his case. “Please, Mackenna. It would be a great comfort to know you were close by—and safe.”
Just a touch—his skin against mine—sent my heart into overdrive. Suddenly lightheaded, I had to grip the table with my free hand to steady myself. How dare he make me almost swoon!
“If ye will not do it for me, do it for your friend’s sake.”
A vision flashed of the beret-wearing attacker trying to hit a home run with Vee’s head. If Jamie hadn’t intervened, she might have died. Deflated, I agreed to Duncan’s demands. “Fine. We’ll stick around.”
The relief on his face almost made me feel sorry for giving him a hard time. “Thank you. Please allow Jamie and me to make it up to the both of you on the morrow.”
Like an invisible string, the mention of the king wanna-be propelled Vee forward. “How is your brother?”
Duncan favored her with an impish smile. “He’ll live. Jamie’s known for his particularly thick skull.”
Ha! So I wasn’t the only one to notice his freakish obstinacy.
“Oh. Well, I’m relieved to know he’s okay.” Vee, on the other hand, seemed attuned to the softer side of Prince Jamie.
Satisfied that he’d accomplished the purpose for his little visit, Duncan swaggered across the room. “It’s settled then. I will leave you in Fiona’s most capable hands. The castle has an excellent library if ye are so inclined.”
“Really? Thanks.” Vee’s eyes glazed over in literary rapture—my best friend had never met a book she didn’t like. So not only were we stuck in this gloomy castle, but now we would have to read as well. Duncan was sooo going to pay for this.
At the door, he made a low bow. “If ye will excuse me, I must take my leave. Until tonight, m’ladies.”
“Can’t wait!” I flashed him the Streetcar smile I’d perfected performing a Blanche DuBois monologue.
He paused, hand on the doorknob, to return my fake smile with his own genuine lopsided grin. “Just because you think me a right dense oaf, doesn’t mean I’m incapable of recognizing sarcasm when it hits me up alongside the head.” He cocked his right eyebrow in a deliberate display of superiority. “Even if I choose to forgive the source of said sarcasm because I’m a gentleman and she’s so lovely.”
With the last word and an infuriating wink, he made his grand exit. From behind me, Vee chuckled under her breath before returning to her blueberry pancakes. Sure, it was funny to her now—but just wait until Royal Emo Boy accosted her with another one of his mood swings.

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For a complete schedule of Doon bonus scenes and a chance to win custom Doon swag visit the Summer of Doon giveaway at www.DoonSeries.com

Doon is available wherever books are sold. Destined for Doon releases 9/2/14.

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Copyright © 2014 by Carey Corp and Lorie Moeggenberg

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.

Thank you to the Alan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation for use of the Brigadoon premise.


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Doon Summary: 




DOON…

Veronica doesn't think she's going crazy. But why can't anyone else see the mysterious blond boy who keeps popping up wherever she goes? When her best friend, Mackenna, invites her to spend the summer in Scotland, Veronica jumps at the opportunity to leave her complicated life behind for a few months. 

But the Scottish countryside holds other plans. 

Not only has the imaginary kilted boy followed her to Alloway, she and Mackenna uncover a strange set of rings and a very unnerving letter from Mackenna's great aunt—and when the girls test the instructions Aunt Gracie left behind, they find themselves transported to a land that defies explanation. Doon seems like a real-life fairy tale, complete with one prince who has eyes for Mackenna and another who looks suspiciously like the boy from Veronica's daydreams. But Doon has a dark underbelly as well. The two girls could have everything they've longed for...or they could end up breaking an enchantment and find themselves trapped in a world that has become a nightmare.

DOON is loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, with permission from the ALan Jay Lerner Estate and the Frederick Loewe Foundation. Follow the journey at http://www.DoonSeries.com

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Destined For Doon Summary: 
**SPOILER ALERT** IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST BOOK, THE SECOND SUMMARY CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS


The second book in the popular new Doon YA series that takes on a classic story, Brigadoon, and spins it in a new way to give readers a fresh, modern experience.

In this sequel to Doon, Kenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake-choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. Worse, she's received proof she and Duncan are meant to be, along with torturous visions of the prince she left behind. So when Duncan shows up and informs Kenna that Doon needs her, she doesn't need to think twice. But even if Kenna can save the enchanted kingdom, her happily ever after may still be in peril.

The Doon novels are a part of Blink, HarperCollins Christian Publishing's new YA imprint that delivers empowering and heartening literature while maintaining a tradition of imaginative and impactful storytelling.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Instagram 10k Giveaway!


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A Playlist: Unwritten by Chelsea M. Cameron



UnWritten by Chelsea M. Cameron

July 2014





Unofficial Summary:

Blair Walton isn't your average tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her bff Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death, if she knew about them. Blair and Raine keep their smut peddling ways a secret from everyone, including family.

On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research." It just so happens that Blair has a guy that's ready and willing. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit and gets bonus points for being a single dad. But what started out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. Someone else is writing this love story and Blair has completely lost control. But will Declan still feel the same way when he finds out the truth about Blair and her secret motives?



Playlist: UNWRITTEN
Feet Don’t Fail Me Now- Need to Breathe

Money Money Money- ABBA

Pompeii- Bastille

Peace- O.A.R.

The Walker- Fitz and the Tantrums

One- Ed Sheeran

Single Ladies- Beyonce

Depeche Mode- Personal Jesus

All of Me- John Legend

Ellie Goulding- This Love (Will Be Your Downfall)



About Chelsea: 





Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)

Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, Listen coming out in 2014.



Monday, July 21, 2014

A Playlist: Teaching Roman by Gennifer Albin


TEACHING ROMAN by Gennifer Albin

June 2014


BOOK SUMMARY:


Jessica Stone has her life in perfect order until her perfectly boring boyfriend Brett puts things in perspective. So when she receives a call to action from her heartbroken best friend Cassie, she ditches her plans for Winter Break in gloomy Olympic Falls and sets off to Mexico for some fun in the sun.

Determined to use her oceanview to prep for her MCATS, she doesn't plan to run into anyone from Olympic State, least of all the cute communications prof she's been crushing on for a year. When he unexpectedly saves the day, the two are thrown together in a distinctly extracurricular activity.

Roman Markson doesn’t expect to run into anyone he knows from Olympic Falls while visiting his family in Puerto Vallarta, especially not a former student. Although Jess Stone has a way of catching men’s attention, a relationship with her is strictly off-limits. However, the rules feel less strict in Mexico, so they agree to a plan: one week in paradise and nothing more.

But avoiding each other back on campus is harder than they anticipated, especially when they can’t stay away from one another. Neither is sure what they have to learn—and lose—before life teaches them a lesson they’ll never forget.




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Friday, July 18, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Come to Me Recklessly by A.L. Jackson! + GIVEAWAY

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Synopsis

His heart was turned off…

Until she turned him on…

Christopher Moore gave up on the idea of love years ago. Now, his life is an endless string of parties and an even longer string of girls. Enjoying the physical perks with none of the emotional mess, hes convinced everyone that hes satisfied—everyone but himself. 

Samantha Schultz has moved on with her life. Finishing her student teaching and living with her boyfriend, shes deluded herself into believing shes content. But there is one boy she never forgot—her first love—and she keeps the memory of him locked up tight. She will never allow any man to break her the way Christopher did.

When Christopher's sister and her family move into a new neighborhood, Christopher is completely unprepared to find Samantha living at the end of the street. Memories and unspent desires send them on collision course of sex, lies, and lust. But when guilt and fear send Samantha running, Christopher will have to fight for what has always been his.

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No Apologies: A Blog Tour Guest Post! + Giveaway

We're excited to bring you a fun little guest post from author Sybil Bartel today! She's the author of No Apologies (that sexy guitar/naked guy cover up there ^^^). Everyone loves hearing from authors, so let's dig on in, yeah!


No Apologies Synopsis:

Never apologize

Hard-edged rocker Graham Allen has it all. He's flush with cash from playing bass in a band by night and restoring classic cars by day. And there are plenty of women willing to share his bed for a night, complication-free. Perfect, because if there's anything he learned from his past, it was to never get attached—to anything. So when bartender Carly Sullivan flashes her innocent smile, Graham isn't prepared for what happens next.
Never fall in love
Two rules, that's all Graham has—never apologize and never fall in love. He knows Carly is everything he should avoid. Cheerful and sweet, she has "relationship" written all over her. But Graham can't stay away from her probing questions and concerned blue eyes.
When Graham discovers Carly is hiding a crushing secret, he's prepared to risk it all. Until in one single moment, everything changes and Graham's past threatens to collide with his future. His life is crumbling down around him, and soon no apology in the world can save him.
He should've known to walk away.

Guest Post: My Favorite Part of Writing New Adult

(not mine. Sybil's. you silly kids!) 
My Favorite Part About Writing New Adult by Sybil Bartel
My favorite part? Is this a trick question? Oh my God, I love it all! Well, okay…maybe not all. There’s that whole poor decision making process all these characters are so fond of, or the relationship struggles they flounder through, or the moments you want to cringe from the asinine things they say. Can I say asinine in a blog post? Crap. Well, I just did. But back to the favorite part. Hmm…
I’m thinking.
Faaav-vooor-ite-paaart. Okay. Can I just say all? Like as an inclusion? All parts equal the total sum? …No? Shoot. Then I choose this: The Desperate Parts. Oooooh the desperate parts. I’m all warm and fuzzy now. You know that feeling when you want something so bad, you’re desperate for it? And not just desperate, but really desperate? Yeah, that. It’s the part that makes you do crazy. It’s the part that makes you see red. It’s the part that makes you more determined than you’ve ever been. And it all happens because you want something. You want someone.
For Graham, that someone is Carly. He wants what he knows he can never have. He wants it so bad he can’t see straight. And it’s his recipe for disaster, spectacular, epic, disaster. His self destruction in his drive to erase his one blinding want was so, so painful to write—I couldn’t have loved it more. Wait. That came out sounding a little bit twisted. You’re totally reading into that statement right now, aren’t you? Just wait, I mean keep reading, I can explain. Really!
There is a simplistic beauty to the New Adult genre that settles around me like a warm security blanket. My security is knowing that these characters will not complete the circle. Oh, you’ll want them to and it may seem like the last lines of all your favorite New Adult books give you closure but really they don’t. If you read between the lines, you’ll realize that these characters are just beginning. They will live on, in our hearts and in our minds, because they are not finished. They aren’t done living their life. Their full circle won’t happen between the pages because it can’t.  And I love that.
I love writing the raw, gritty, desperate scenes. They’re full of the character’s mistakes and shortcomings. And I love how these characters struggle through, looking for their Happily-For-Nows. Because HFNs? That’s what the New Adult genre is for me—the beauty of a desperate, flawed character whose story doesn’t end on the last page. 

About Sybil Bartel:
I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.

I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you really want to know about me:
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

In The Desert by Deirdre Riordan Hall::Excerpt + Giveaway






Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Age Group: New Adult


Twenty-year-old fiery film student, Brighton Holmes, knows exactly what she wants: an epic adventure on the open road in her late father’s 1969 Chevelle, alone. Her quest is to visit all fifty states and find a place to call home.

When a family friend asks for a favor, UK rocker in recovery, Alex Stihl, joins her on the road trip, stirring up trouble; the last thing she needs. It doesn’t help that he has a mob of fans and a crazy ex-girlfriend tailing his every move.

Brighton and Alex clash as they cruise out of New York, she grows resigned in the rolling hills of Amish country, and he crashes hard in a hotel on the edge of the Smoky Mountains. While Brighton seeks a place to wash her mind of the past, Alex dodges reminders of heartbreak.  

They both try to escape everything they have in common: heartache, loss, and confusion about what’s next. But the magic of New Orleans unites Brighton and Alex as they fight desperately for the other until the stars in the desert sky lead them to discover exactly what they’re resisting and missing.

When they reach the Oregon coast, Brighton uncovers her musical talent, bringing them closer together and helping her reconcile losing her father. But the trip comes to an end when they arrive in Los Angeles. Real life intervenes, splitting them apart; she moves into her new off-campus apartment and he has to return to his band.

After the semester begins, Brighton tries to shake her mind loose from Alex, but the memory of his sexy voice, rainy day eyes, and the miles they shared lingers like a song stuck in her head. Six months later, when his band returns to Los Angeles for a concert, the compass of her heart finally leads her home.

Excerpt:
Alex pulled her into an alcove, protected from the rain. She pressed in against him, their faces inches apart.
“Why would you need a brolly, if you have me?” he said.
The way he said brolly made more laughter tickle her tongue, but the question, the offer, of having him, made it fade on her lips.
“Do I have you?” she asked. Her throat tightened at the possibility that the relief from loneliness she yearned for may or may not be found in him.
“Do you want me?”
His breath smelled like wine and mint and shelter.
Her pulse quickened. She’d never wanted anyone more in her life. She fought her way to his lips. They were out of the rain, but somehow her face was damp as another secret found its way to the surface.
“I have something for you,” Alex whispered.
His sexy voice was magnified against the backing track of the rain. He’d already given her so much. She had everything she wanted snugged tight into that hidden little alcove.
He dug his hand into his pocket, his hips pressing up against hers in the small space. He pulled out a guitar pick. “For you,” he said placing the vinyl chip in her hand.
On one side, it was printed with a series of numbers: 50.8429˚N, 0.1313˚. She breathed in his crooked smile.
“Coordinates if you ever get lost again.”
She turned the guitar pick over in her hand. On the other side, it had the date in July when they’d met along with the word always.
“In case you ever forget.”
They kissed, never wanting to forget that moment before stealing back through the sopping streets, the glare of headlights and streetlamps guiding their steps in the inky night.




The short author bio:
Deirdre Riordan Hall is the author of upper young adult and new adult fiction. She spends her days with her family, writing (what else?!) at the custom-made desk her husband crafted, or seaside, pretending to be a mermaid. Click here for the long author biography.  

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