Release Blitz + Excerpt + 5 Star Review: Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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Dirty Letters

Release Date: 11/05/2019

 

A Contemporary Romance Novel

 

New York Times Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

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I’d never forgotten him—a man I’d yet to meet.

Griffin Quinn was my childhood pen pal, the British boy who couldn’t have been more different from me. Over the years, through hundreds of letters, we became best friends, sharing our deepest, darkest secrets and forming a connection I never thought could break.

Until one day it did.

Then, out of the blue, a new letter arrived. A scathing one—one with eight years of pent-up anger. I had no choice but to finally come clean as to why I stopped writing.

Griffin forgave me, and somehow we were able to rekindle our childhood connection. Only now we were adults, and that connection had grown to a spark. Our letters quickly went from fun to flirty to downright dirty, revealing our wildest fantasies. So it only made sense that we would take our relationship to the next level and see each other in person.

Only Griff didn’t want to meet. He asked that I trust him and said it was for the best. But I wanted more—more Griff, in the flesh—so I took a big chance and went looking for him. People have done crazier things for love.

But what I found could change everything.

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EXCERPT REVEAL:

 

The small dining room table had a pile of mail. I’d had Dad’s mail forwarded to my house, so mostly it was just catalogs and junk. Once a month, Mrs. Cascio sent me everything that arrived, even though I’d told her it wasn’t necessary. I mindlessly fingered through the pile, not expecting to see anything worth keeping. But I stopped at an envelope addressed to me—well, not me, but Luca Ryan. That was a name I hadn’t heard in a long time. In second grade, my teacher, Mrs. Ryan, started a pen pal writing program with a small town in England. We weren’t allowed to use our real last names for safety reasons, so the entire class used her last name—hence I was Luca Ryan. I checked out the return address for the sender’s name. 

G. Quinn 

Wow, really? It couldn’t be.

I squinted at the postmark. It was from a PO box in California, not England, but I didn’t know any other Quinn other than Griffin. And the handwriting did look pretty familiar. But it had been close to eight years since we’d exchanged letters. Why would he write now? Curious, I ripped it open and scanned right to the bottom of the letter for the name. Sure enough, it was from Griffin. I started at the beginning. 

 

Dear Luca, 

 

Do you like scotch? I remember you said you didn’t like the taste of beer. But we never did get around to comparing our taste in hard liquor. Why is that, you might ask? Let me remind you—because you stopped answering my letters eight damn years ago. I wanted to let you know, I’m still pissed off about that. My mum used to say I hold grudges. But I prefer to think of it as I remember the facts. And the fact of the matter is, you suck. There, I’ve said it. I’ve been holding that shit in for a long time. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not obsessive or anything. I don’t sit in my house thinking about you all day long. In fact, there have been months that go by when thoughts of you don’t even enter my brain. But then some random thing will pop into my head out of the blue. Like I’ll see some kid in a pram eating black licorice, and I’ll think of you. Side note—I’ve tried it again as an adult, and I still think it tastes like the bottom of my shoe, so perhaps it’s that you just have no taste. You probably don’t even like scotch. Anyway, I’m sure this letter won’t find its way to you. Or if by some miracle it does, you won’t answer. But if you’re reading this, you should know two things. 

1. The Macallan 1926 is worth the extra cash. Goes down smooth. 

2. You SUCK. 

 

Later, traitor, Griffin 

 

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5Star

Michel’s Review

The dynamic duo, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward have released Dirty Letters, their final novel for 2019. Dirty Letters was a phenomenal book that featured two very unique people finding love through words.

Dirty Letters features the story of two individuals who find love through years of letters. Luca suffers from debilitating anxiety and PTSD which deeply affects how she maneuvers through life. Griffin has experienced his own trials, tribulations, and heartbreaks. Through letters they both find much more than a way to escape their own worlds but also a way to express themselves completely.

A pen pal writing assignment was a life line for two children and became so much more. At the age of seven Luca and Griffin became childhood pen pals who shared so many things they could never express outside their letters.  They became best friends until life got in the way and ended their letters ended abruptly.

Eight years later at the age of twenty five, Luca finds herself forced to deal with her father’s death from a year earlier. Her therapist, Dr. Maxwell, helped her decide to face the reality and get the task done herself rather than hiring someone else to do it. When she finds a recent letter from Griffin it changes her direction once again. He’s angry that she stopped writing without explanation. He goes as far as saying she SUCKS!

After rereading some of the letters from the past and reading some of the unopened letters, she finally gets the courage to write him back. She owed him an explanation and huge apology. Thus begins the exchange.

They don’t know each others real identities, names, or occupations. This gives them the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to express whatever they desire. It allows them to become more susceptible to experiencing real emotions without boundaries or expectations. It allows their thoughts to become creative and their dirty desires to surface.

Let the fun begin, hang onto your seat, and get ready for one of the best books the dynamic duo, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward has written. What I loved most is while this book dealt with serious afflictions, it was also fun, light-hearted, and very witty. It was their best book of 2019!

I highly recommend reading Dirty Letters by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

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penelopewardPENELOPE WARD:

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.

 

She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.

 

With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.

 

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Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author.   With millions of books sold, her titles have appeared in over a hundred Bestseller lists and are currently translated in twenty-five languages. She resides in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.

 

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Duo 5+ Reviews and 2017 Favorite : The Player Duet by K. Bromberg – The Player… Book 1 and The Catch … Book 2

The Catch

The Player Duet – Book 2

By K. Bromberg

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After an unexpected twist of fate, All-Star catcher Easton Wylder is left questioning the loyalty of everyone around him.

Even the woman who shares his bed, Scout Dalton.

But if Easton thought being uprooted to the last place he expected was the only challenge life had to throw at him, he was dead wrong.

With an ailing shoulder and his career in limbo, his decision to make an unexpected change leads him to question everything – Scout’s love, family loyalties, and whether he can conquer the one obstacle he’s never been able to overcome. The secret he’s never shared with anyone.

He may be a man pushed to his limits, but he’s hell-bent on proving his worth no matter the cost.

 

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Michel’s Review

The Player

The Player Duet – Book 1

When The Player released in April I was unable to read it because my personal life was out of control.  I knew that it was going to be a part of a duet and decided to wait to read it closer to the second book’s release.  I read this book days before the second book released and was completely mesmerized with this story.  I was counting down the days for the second book to release.

The Player by K. Bromberg is very different from any sports romance I have read.  She took a different approach with the characters personalities as well as the plot.  It was not your typical sports romance where the player is a player and his lady is oblivious to the professional sports world.  K. Bromberg flipped the switch and threw some fast balls that most readers wouldn’t see coming.  She also created complex and compelling characters who were intelligent, responsible, and attuned to their world.  She added extra layers by giving them both very different kinds of daddy issues, career goals, and personal issues. She added the competitive side of the professional athlete and business practices in professional sports.  Then she added the most important element of all, the sizzling hot romance that would make any reader feel like they were scoring a home run.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty.  He has been a part of the Aces since he was a kid watching his father, Cal Wylder make major league records.  He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and is quickly building record breaking stats when a deliberate and illegal play results in an injury that could end his career.  He’s still in the rehab process weeks after his surgery and management is not happy.   He’s signed a contract to be back on the field within months rather than letting nature take it’s course in healing properly.  His career is on the line and the management has brought in the best physical therapist in the sport to rehab him.  Rather than Doc Dalton showing up for therapy sessions, his daughter Scout Dalton has been assigned to him.  He’s reluctant to put his trust in her until she finally proves she is just as good as her father is at her job. She earns his respect and in the process wins his heart.

Scout Dalton is determined to get Easton back on the diamond in the allotted time even though she thinks it’s a ludicrous demand by management.  She’s a professional and very good at what she does.  She’s determined to gain the season contract as the lead physical therapist for the Aces for her father’s practice.  It all depends on Easton getting back in the game.  The last thing she needs is to fall in love with Easton when her professional ethics are on the line.

At this point I’m sure you are thinking that this plot has been covered before and you would be right.  The difference is the layers and the complexities that K. Bromberg brings to the game.  Both Easton and Scout have their own secrets and insecurities.  They are both drowning because of their father’s professional reputations.  Add a competitive enemy determined to ruin Easton’s career, it puts both their careers on the line.  Then the unthinkable happens and you guessed it…CLIFFHANGER!

The cliffhanger was shocking!  It had me counting down the days for The Catch to release.

K. Bromberg brought her A Game in this book!

Michel’s Review

The Catch

The Player Duet – Book 2

I downloaded The Catch the moment it went live and started reading it immediately .  I did not put this book down until I finished it.  As soon as it was finished I was texting my friend, who also read the first book in this duet, raving about the book!

OMG… K. Bromberg scored big with The Catch!

So without giving away spoilers, K. Bromberg resolved the shocking cliffhanger right off the bat but not without a lot of tension and unease.  That part of the story becomes less important as the rest of the story begins to play out.  Both Easton and Scout’s secrets are exposed.  Both of their father’s ulterior motives and ruthless control over them becomes even more complex.  The result is both of their careers at this point in time are ruined.  The expectations of the management, the league, and the fans is beyond their control.  The only thing they have is each other and their relationship is strained.

They are both going to have to re-evalute their professional goals, their family responsibilities, and their relationship with one another.  Once their secrets are out they are going to be fighting to save their relationship and careers.  They may find that they are their own worst enemy.  Can these two look beyond what’s on the surface and look at what’s in their hearts.

Of course K. Bromberg is going to give them their happily ever after but she is going to make them work for it.  In the end it’s better than winning the World Series.

 

 

 

 

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00074]Baseball has never been sexier in an all-new novel by New York Times Bestselling Author, K. Bromberg.

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything.

So, when an injury threatens to end Easton’s season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it’s not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

Scout Dalton’s out to prove a female can handle the pressure of running the physical therapy regimen of an MLB club. And that proof comes in the form of getting phenom Easton Wylder back on the field. But getting him healthy means being hands-on.

And with a man as irresistible as Easton, being hands-on can only lead to one thing, trouble. Because the more she touches him, the more she wants him, and she can’t want him. Not when it’s her job to maintain the club’s best interest, in regards to whether he’s ready to play.

But when sparks fly and fine lines are crossed, can they withstand the heat, or is one of them bound to get burned?

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New Release + Review: How To Date A Douchebag:The Failing Hours by Sara Ney – How To Date A Douchebag Series – Book 2

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Are you ready to meet Zeke? Sara Ney’s HOW TO DATE A DOUCHEBAG: THE FAILING HOURS is available now, and trust us – you do not want to miss this one!

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How To Date A Douchebag: The Failing Hours

How To Date A Douchebag Series – Book 2

By Sara Ney

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About THE FAILING HOURS

Zeke Daniels isn’t just a douchebag; he’s an asshole.

A total and complete jerk, Zeke keeps people at a distance. He has no interest in relationships–most assholes don’t.

Dating? Being part of a couple? Nope. Not for him.

He’s never given any thought to what he wants in a girlfriend, because he’s never had any intention of having one.Shit, he barely has a relationship with his family, and they’re related; his own friends don’t even like him.

So why does he keep thinking about Violet DeLuca?

Sweet, quiet Violet–his opposite in every sense of the word. The light to his dark, even her damn name sounds like rays of sunshine and happiness and shit.

And that pisses him off, too.

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5Star

Michel’s Review

After reading How To Date A Douchebag: The Studying Hours , I was not sure how Sara Ney would be able to redeem Zeke Daniels or make him at least a bit likable.  This guy was a pure jerk.  His roommates ( who are equally just as bad in their own way ) even thought he was an A-hole.  He’s arrogant,confrontational,selfish, and closed off.  He doesn’t discriminate, he treats everyone he comes in contact with the same.  Unlike his roommate Oz, he doesn’t have a charming bone in his body.  He doesn’t claim to be a ladies man, he’s the exact opposite.  He knows his popularity with women is because he’s an athlete.  He doesn’t try to charm their pants off nor does he try to make them feel good.  Jock groupies are just easy lays in that moment in time.

Zeke is struggling with school.  He needs a tutor to help write his Biology paper.  His position on the wrestling team is also on the line and it’s not because of poor grades.  His bad attitude is taking it’s toll on the team.  The coach has laid down the law.  He has to become a Big Brother mentor or lose his place on the team.  It’s time to man up and get with the program.  Zeke is not a happy camper.  He hates the idea of kids.

Violet was assigned to be Zeke’s tutor but bailed when she saw him in the library.  He intimidated her.  Now she’s forced to own up to ditching him and do her job.  As she gets to know him, she begins to see there are many layers to Zeke Daniels.

Violet and Zeke’s paths cross outside of the library.  She babysits a young girl while her parents attend class.  They both are spending time with children in need.  The difference is how they approach their care.  Zeke quickly realizes he needs Violet’s help in the childcare department.

As Zeke’s layers begin to peel away, the readers begin to see a different side to Zeke.  He’s a closet nerd who loves building model planes and reading history books. He is also very observant of others and secretly helps the only way he knows how.  He has a penchant for gambling as well.  He takes on bets he cannot win.  His prickly nature is his armor to protect himself from disappointment.  He has abandonment issues that stem from his childhood.

Violet and Zeke have more in common than they both thought.  As both of their layers begin to peel away, they begin to find a true friendship.  They might even find love.  Zeke’s a work in progress but is worth the effort.  Violet is the only one brave enough to peel those layers away.

I thoroughly enjoyed watching Zeke transform into the person both Violet and Coach saw hiding below the surface.  He’s not perfect and still a bit too blunt, but he is a good guy after all.  He’s a work in progress and is excelling.

I am thoroughly enjoying the How To Date A Douchebag series by Sara Ney.  The witty dialogue, snarky attitudes, and creative pickup lines before each chapter are a bonus that makes this series stand out.

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How To Date A Douchebag Series

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How To Date A Douchebag: The Studying Hours

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About The Studying Hours

CRUDE. ARROGANT. A**HOLE.
No doubt about it, Sebastian ‘Oz’ Osborne is the university’s most celebrated student athlete—and possibly the biggest douchebag. A walking, talking cliché, he has a filthy mouth, a fantastic body, and doesn’t give a sh*t about what you or anyone else thinks.

SMART. CLASSY. CONSERVATIVE.
Make no mistake, Jameson Clarke may be the university’s most diligent student—but she is no prude. Spending most of her time in the hallowed halls of the library, James is wary of pervs, jocks, and douchebags—and Oz Osborne is all three.

She’s smart, sarcastic—and not what he expected.

…EVERY DOUCHBAG HAS HIS WEAKNESS.

He wants to be friends.
He wants to spend time with her.
He wants to drive her crazy.

He wants…

Her.

*****

5Star

Michel’s Review

How To Date A Douchebag: The Studying Hours by Sara Ney was a hoot!

Sebastian “Oz” Osbourne is the star wrestler and manwhore on campus.  He is a pig and makes no apologies.  He’ll hookup with a girl in a closet, bathroom, hallway, or anywhere he can drop his pants.  He’s moving onto his next conquest before he has his pants zipped from the last.  He doesn’t do girlfriends or dates.  He’s too busy with wrestling, maintaining his GPA for his scholarship, and working.

When Zeke Daniels bets Oz he can’t get the nerdy looking librarian type of girl sitting at the table across from them to kiss him, Oz can’t turn the bet down.  As he approaches the girl in glasses, pearls, and a cardigan, he thinks it’s going to be easy pickings.  He’s in for a great surprise.  This girl could care less that he is the most desired guy on campus.  She doesn’t even know who he is.  Convincing her is impossible until he mentions money.  This smart mouthed girl is willing to listen.  She’s willing to help with the bet for a price.  The price doesn’t include getting to know him.

Oz is baffled by Jameson Clark.  She’s the first girl to turn him down.  She’s the first girl that actually stands up to him and talks to him as a person rather than a superstar jock.  He’s intrigued and wants to get to really know her.  The chase is on.

Oz and Jameson become reluctant study partners.  Their study dates turn into a friendship that has limits.  Oz is chasing Jameson.  Jameson is pushing Oz back every time he gains ground.  Oz has a lot to learn about real women and real people.  He has to learn the world does not revolve around him.  While Jameson may enjoy teaching Oz a few lessons, her heart is starting to get caught up in the process.

The Studying Hour was a delightful and fun reading experience.  I loved the snarky banter and witty comebacks.  The chemistry between Oz and Jameson was sizzling hot. I highly recommend this book.

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About Sara Ney

7798960Purveyor of all things witty & romantic, I love: iced latte’s, traveling, and bright, bold colors. On any given day, you can find me in my office, lovingly gazing at my bookshelf or shuffling my Bic felt-tip pen collection. I love hand writing letters, and sarcasm.

I live in the midwest, but “Will Write for Travel,” and believe everyone should follow their dreams, no matter how big or small. My favorite authors include Cindy Miles, S Walden, Suzanne Enoch – and am a glutton for Historical, RomCom, Sports and MC romance.

One husband. Two daughters. Plenty of chaos.

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New Release + Complete Series Review: More Than Friends by Monica Murphy – The Friends Series

 

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More Than Friends

Friends Series – Book 2

Mature YA Romance

By Monica Murphy

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Synopsis:

He’s not perfect, but he’s all I want…

I’m your average girl at your average high school, trying to figure out my place in life. After catching my now ex-boyfriend messing around with my now ex-best friend, I’ve made some big changes. No more band, no more backstabbing friends and no more boring old life. Now I have new friends, a new job and new interests.

But there’s a certain someone who’s interested in me, and I don’t get it. Jordan Tuttle could have anyone he wants. He’s the most popular boy in school. Rich, gorgeous, smart and the star quarterback, he’s perfect. Yet he acts like he wants no one else but…me.

So despite my fears and doubt, I let him get close. Probably too close. I discover that he’s not so perfect after all, but it doesn’t matter. I’m falling for him, even though he runs so hot and cold. I know someday he’s going to break my heart.

And I’m going to let him.

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5Star

Michel’s Review

Series Review

The Friends Series by Monica Murphy is Mature YA.  There is some sexual content. I would recommend this series to ages sixteen or older…..

Welcome to the world of the new breed of teenagers.  While this new breed of teenagers seems a little more worldly, completely jaded, conscientiously immoral, and emotionally stunted, they are still normal teenagers in regards to emotional maturity and growth development.  What has changed is the world in which they are becoming adults in.  As a mother of two teenagers, one a junior in high school and the other a freshman in college; I have witnessed and dealt with very similar situations that come about within this series.  Monica Murphy has captured today’s new teenager and put their teen drama in words that keep the reader captivated in their world.

Today’s new breed of teenagers differs from our generation because of the technology and social media age.  They have access to too much information through technology. Because of social media they no longer have to take responsibility of their actions and comments.  They can hide behind hashtags.  It’s a new form of bullying and self importance.

Their world is fast paced.  Most parents are busy working and tending responsibilities.  Others are self absorbed and leave their children to tend their own business.  They rely on technology as a source of keeping their children occupied outside of school.  Parents have been taught to give their children better lives than they had themselves when they were younger.  The result has become astonishing.  Kids today have everything from phones, computers, tablets, gaming systems, and every other conceivable gadget on the market.  They are given cars the moment they become licensed to drive because it makes life more convenient for all of the family members.

 These kids have not been taught to earn their way except for the grades they earn in school.  When they struggle with school, we become helicopter parents and make their way easier.  We expect them to excel but don’t allow them to fail. Some parents take the other route and treat their children as business transaction.  They pay them to excel, they give them money to entertain themselves, they use money as a motivator for obtaining success.  They do not allow them to fail.

The result is the new breed of teenagers trying to grow up too fast.  They are still not emotionally mature enough to handle a lot of situations they get themselves into.  Their world depends upon social media to validate them as individuals.  Somewhere along the way these kids have a crash and burn crisis they can’t handle.

I know I am not the perfect parent.  My kids are not the perfect teenagers.  We have had our own very real teenage dramas in the family.  I am sure there are more to come.  The one thing I have learned along the way is to take everything in moderation, set better examples, and communicate better.

They will become adults.  They will learn how to deal with real life.  They will go through the same journey to maturing and becoming emotionally stronger.  They too will become parents of teenagers.

Monica Murphy has captured the heart of the teenage world.  She brings their dramas to life and portrays them with complete realism.  She also brings the modern day family dynamics into the mix which makes this series become more than a young adult romance.  Each of the characters within this series has a story to tell, lessons to be learned, and maturity to be developed.  They are very real teenagers. I could easily see this series becoming a television series or movie.

41mlwrcz3rl5StarThe series begins with One Night.  This novella introduces the characters in this series.  It begins at a early summer party at Jordan Tuttle’s house.  What happens at the party changes the direction of every one of the characters lives in their senior year of high school.  Friendships are broken.  Lives are going in different directions.  New relationships begin to develop.  Social statuses are changing.  Individuality is starting to emerge.

One Night is the perfect opening to the Friends series.

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51o4ef4czyl5StarJust Friends is the first book in the series.  It is loaded with drama.  A love triangle that tears apart three life long friends.  Each of these three people go separate directions in their senior year.  They are all struggling with the loss of their tight knit friendship as well as dealing with emotional feelings.  Their behaviors are destructive in many ways.  Their use of social media becomes a battle ground for bullying.  Rather than dealing with the situation that tore their friendships apart and their own emotional deficiencies, they make poor choices that could hurt them more.  They also begin to become individuals rather than molding themselves to fit within the friendship trio.

The end result has not played out.

One has chosen a new love interest that may not be the right person for her. His lack of commitment and notorious reputation are questionable.  On one hand he seems perfect but not quite right.  She is still pining for the boy that betrayed her. On a positive note, She has also developed a new friendship that is a good influence in her life.

The other girl has gone off the deep end and into the wild zone.  She is starving for attention.  She feels she has to be competitive with her former best friend.  At the same time she is reeling from the loss of the two friends that always cared about her.  She’s become the girl with the worst reputation in school.  She has isolated herself by her actions.

The boy in the middle has made very poor choices that led to losing a friend and losing the girl he has always wanted.  He let his hormones make his decisions.  Now he’s going through his senior year without his two best friends and is dating a girl he really doesn’t like.

The teenage drama was in full motion.  Where it will lead is questionable.  The semester has barely begun.

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51sftfrael5Star+More Than Friends goes in another direction and focuses on two other characters within the Friends series.  This one features the popular football star that everyone wants to know and the shy band girl that was betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend.

They have both existed in different social worlds within high school.  While one has been the center of attention the other has content in her own social circle.  One seems like he has everything because he’s rich, popular, and has parental freedom.  The other seems like she has nothing because she’s smart, middle class, and a band geek.  The truth of the matter is she is more emotionally stable than he is.  She has a more rounded life.

After catching her boyfriend with her best friend, she is tossed into a new direction her senior year.  She has left band and is determined to become involved in other school activities.  The most popular boy in school wants to date her.  He is out of her social realm and has a very questionable reputation.  He’s determined to win her heart.  She’s afraid of giving him too much of herself.  She’s been hurt before and doesn’t know how to deal with his social status.

He has always kept himself separate from the school population.  Sure he’s the most popular guy but that is because he plays football and throws epic parties every week.  He’s never allowed anyone to get close to him.  Girls are expendable.  The guys from the team are just people he has to play nice with.  One girl has always had his attention and now she’s on his playing ground.  He is going to get the girl.  The problem is once he gets her can he keep her?  He doesn’t know how to play well with others.

I absolutely loved this book.  Both of these teenagers were dealing with very real issues in their lives.  They both lacked confidence within themselves.  They both had emotional maturing to do.  They both were perfect for one another but didn’t know how to open themselves up and become vulnerable.

Their story is unresolved…

I can’t wait to see what direction their lives go as the school year progresses.

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The Friends Series

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One Night

Prequel To Friends Series

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Synopsis

ONE NIGHT is a FREE prequel to my new YA novel JUST FRIENDS, available now!

There’s a party over at Jordan Tuttle’s house tonight and everyone is there. Including…

Olivia: Who’s leaving for her dad’s house in Oregon tomorrow. So she plans on having the time of her life tonight with her best friends.

Dustin: Who wishes Livvy could see just how much she means to him.

Emily: Who’s trying her to best to get with someone. Anyone.

Cannon: Who has an encounter with Em he won’t be able to forget.

Amanda: Who’s finally ready to go all the way with her boyfriend.

Tuttle: Who discovers the girl he’s always secretly liked just might like him back.

Warning: This story contains mature sexual situations and is suited for a 17+ audience.

(ONE NIGHT is also published on Wattpad)

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Just Friends

Friends Series – Book 1

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Synopsis

“Drama, drama, drama – you know you love it! And Monica brings it in this super sexy and refreshing, un-put-down-able YA!!” Rachel Van Dyken, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

With friends like these…

It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times—and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.

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CMP_Edit-8-2I write books. I have the best job ever. New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. Writer of new adult contemporary romance-ish stuff. Published with Avon and Bantam. Mom and wife. Native Californian.

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Happy Release + Review: Game Changer by Melissa Cutler – Bomb Squad Series – Book 3

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Game Changer

Bomb Squad Series – Book 3

By Melissa Cutler

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Synopsis

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad–an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but saying good-bye to the woman who’d captured his heart is easier said than done…

After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every day like it’s his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish playboy. The only door it hasn’t opened is the one to Harper Johnson’s bedroom.

Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of Brandon’s “carpe diem” conquests, but when she needs someone to keep the peace in the tavern she owns, Brandon offers his help–as long as she agrees to a very tempting trade. It isn’t long before the two realize that a deal struck between friends who can’t keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle…

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5Star

Tracey’s Review

Harper Johnson and Brandon Theroux have what you might call a ‘complicated’ relationship. Harper, local bar owner, and Brandon, decorated war veteran and captain of the local hockey team, have spent years dancing around each other, constantly fanning the flame of their attraction to each other. When life-changing events arise in each of their lives, will the spark grow or quietly go out?

I started reading this book and I could NOT put it down. Melissa Cutler has taken a very real, very sobering subject, and woven it into a story about love, passion, and finding that person inside yourself that you’re truly destined to be. I absolutely felt that the ‘heavy’ subject matter only made Harper and Brandon and their relationship more real. They are working through things that many of us face, and their long journey to a place of self-acceptance, finding their bliss, and opening themselves to the reality that has been a long time coming is well worth the read. I am a sucker for a friends to lovers read, and when there is enough angst and growth to make it a little harder to get to that place, even better. The chemistry between Harper and Brandon is white-hot, but it’s the evolution of their relationship, the blossoming of a true friendship, that had my heart. And, I’m not gonna lie, the sexy time here, oh, my goodness, break out the fan! Saying that the love scenes are steamy is not doing this book justice, and Brandon might just be one of my new favorite BBFs. I loved seeing his growth as he realizes what will truly make him happy. And Harper’s strength, her journey to a place of true peace, is so uplifting, and a lesson in a follow-your-bliss, take no prisoners approach to life. The addition of a quirky, loveable, unique cast of supporting characters make for a group of folks that seem like a lot of fun to be around, and make me eager to read more about them all.

Game Changer is a book with plenty of heart, passion, and soul, and turned out to be a gem of a read that I couldn’t recommend more. I easily give it 5 stars, and look forward to reading more books by Melissa Cutler.

***ARC Received from Penguin Group via NetGalley for an honest review***

5Star

Michel’s Review

I absolutely love the Bomb Squad series.  This series not only gives the reader a sizzling hot romance, it also gives the reader a deep and meaningful story that is realistic. It touches on many emotions and insecurities that we all possess.  It taps into their greatest fears as well as their greatest triumphs. This series features the wounded heroes that sacrificed a part of themselves for our country.  Now they are home and learning to live with their losses.  They are trying to make a new “normal” in their lives.  They are trying to put the war in the past and move forward.  Each character has a story that is going to win the readers over.

Game Changer is a friends to lovers kind of romance.  Both Harper and Brandon fought hard to overcome their issues.  Their love for one another was astounding.

Once again Melissa Cutler has delivered another fantastic book!

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Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad–an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss…

Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into Destiny Falls and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed never again to be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings–and desire–for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

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Undefeated – Book 2

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. The team’s battling a losing streak, but the season’s biggest game changer is one player’s second chance with the one who got away…

Yoga instructor Marlena Brodie is always up for a challenge, and her new job of snapping Bomb Squad out of their rut is definitely that, even though it means being in close contact with Liam McAllister, her high school crush gone bad. She can feel the damage pouring off of him—but also a wild and sexy strength that calls to her.

The Army turned Liam McAllister into a man, but as a combat medic, he saw far too much to ever be whole again. He’s not interested in the civilian world beyond his job as a carpenter, but he never stopped wondering what might have been with Marlena—and it isn’t long before she’s crashed through his carefully constructed walls. He longs for a new beginning with her, but to be the man she deserves, he’ll have to step out of his defensive zone and score the most important play of his life…

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game changerGame Changer – Book 3

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad–an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but saying good-bye to the woman who’d captured his heart is easier said than done…

After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every day like it’s his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish playboy. The only door it hasn’t opened is the one to Harper Johnson’s bedroom.

Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of Brandon’s “carpe diem” conquests, but when she needs someone to keep the peace in the tavern she owns, Brandon offers his help–as long as she agrees to a very tempting trade. It isn’t long before the two realize that a deal struck between friends who can’t keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle…

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Author Bio:

Melissa CutlerMelissa Cutler knows she has the best job in the world, dividing her time between her dual passions for writing sexy contemporary romances and edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense for Harlequin, Penguin, and Kensington Books.

She was struck at an early age by an unrelenting travel bug and is probably planning her next vacation as you read this. When she’s not globetrotting, she’s enjoying Southern California’s flip-flop wearing weather and wrangling two rambunctious kids.

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Happy Release + 5 Star Reviews: Under The Influence by L. B. Simmons

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Under The Influence
By L. B. Simmons

Dalton,

I loved you once. A love I thought irrevocable. A love I mistakenly believed could transcend both time and circumstance. Under the influence of my dimwitted, naïve, traitorous heart, I became intoxicated with what I now know was simply a figment of my self-indulgent imagination. So drunk on the feeling, I couldn’t see what was right in front of my face. So foolishly enamored, I blindly followed my heart into the depths of an emotion that would ravage me.

Years later, I know now what I wish I knew then. I am stronger. Smarter. Tougher. I will not allow myself to be broken again.

I loved you.

I raged for you.

I wept for you.

And now, I’m letting you go.

Author’s Note: Under the Influence is the journey of two childhood friends that spans the course of five pivotal years in their lives. It is a story about their discovery of true friendship as it blossoms into first love, their experience of crucial sacrifice and ultimate betrayal, and their endurance of agonizing heartbreak on the way to finding lasting redemption.

 

Dalton POV:

All that remains is the orange in the sky and the sweet scent of the angel lying next to me. Nothing else.

We watch in silence as we always do until the sun finally sets, then both breathe out a long sigh before I turn to face her. “I have something for you. It’s not much, but I saw it and thought of you.”

Her eyes widen with excitement as an equally joyful smile spreads across her beautiful features. I reach into my pocket and pull out the item I spied just a couple of days ago, buying it as a gift for her birthday, but it turns out I really suck at surprises. Who knew?

Dangling the long strand of black beads in her face, an unexpected rush of anxiety races through my system. I’ve never given anyone anything. Ever. I find it extremely unnerving.

Her grin widens further as she extends her hand, uncurling her fingers and exposing her palm. I lower the bracelet and watch as it coils into her grasp. My eyes rise to meet hers and I swallow deeply, trying to rid the nerves constricting my throat. “It’s uh …They’re onyx—the beads. I read that they offer protection for the person who wears them. I just…”I clear my throat. “I wanted you to be protected even when I’m not around.”

Her smile is hindered as her teeth graze her bottom lip. I fight the urge to take that pouty lip in between mine, breaking my stare from her mouth and bringing it back to the bracelet before glancing back to her sky blue eyes.

She turns to fully face me, the bracelet still secure in her clenched hand. Her expression timid, she inquires, “Put it on me?”

I nod and slowly uncurl her grip, allowing my touch to linger on the soft pads of her fingers with each one drawn away. She shivers in response and I breathe a light chuckle through my nose, still amazed each time I elicit those involuntary reactions from her. Once the bracelet is pinched between my fingers, she turns her wrist and waits patiently as I hook the ends together. Releasing it, I watch as it slides gracefully along the skin of her arm to land across the bones of her wrist. My hand instinctively rises and my fingers trace its traveled path, raking over the bracelet as I clench her hand in mine and press a soft kiss in the center of her palm.

Her breath shudders before she whispers, “I love it, Dalton. It’s…perfect. Thank you.”

I feel my face warm with her compliment, so break my eyes away from her to focus on the stars. After a couple of moments of peace-filled silence, I inquire, “If you were a color, what color would you be?”

Taking her eyes away from the bracelet, she giggles and twists to look at me. “What color would I be?”

I nod. “Yeah…”I stall, stunned with my need for honesty. “It’s just, sometimes I feel like a chameleon, you know? Forced to change my colors based on where I am in my life.”

I release a weighted breath. “Lately it feels as though I change them so often, I’m nothing more than a fucked-up version of an impressionist painting.”

Glancing to the side, my heart lurches as she crinkles her nose in confusion, my absolute favorite of her expressions. My eyes linger the light scattering of freckles on the bridge of her nose before once again seeking comfort in the obscurity of the night sky. “To those far away, I project a solid, recognizable image. But in reality, I’m comprised of nothing but a series of angry, incoherent brush strokes in every color imaginable. Disjointed.”

I twist my neck and pin her with my stare. “Broken.”

Her mouth dips at the corners before she turns on her side and tucks her hands under her cheek, her blue eyes sincere. “Do you think Renoir and Monet didn’t know what they were doing? That they didn’t purposely place each stroke of their paintbrush in order to create their envisioned masterpiece?”

She tightens her gaze. “You are a work of art, Dalton. Your own masterpiece, regardless if you choose to acknowledge it or not. Every experience that paints your picture is a stroke made just for you. Each one of them is essential in order for you to grow, to learn, and to teach.”

She shrugs her shoulders. “You ask me what color I would be? Well, I would be every single color I could because to me, those colors are emotions. Feelings. And life would mean absolutely nothing without the many colors that surround us. The many … experiences we live through that propel us forward into the people we are meant to become.”

5Star

Tracey’s Review

Dalton Greer and Spencer Locke have been best friends since they were very young, seeing in each other a safe place, the other half to each other. But Dalton is hiding the truth of his life from Spencer, a life that will ultimately bring devastation and division in its wake, and will test the love that has grown between them.

What makes a book a 5-star read for me? It has to grab me from the minute I start reading, to be a read that I can’t put down, that keeps me from doing anything else until I finish. And it will be the book that evokes emotion, that brings out all of the feels, running the gamut from joy to tears to angst. Under the Influence has all of this and more.

OMGoodness, L.B. Simmons, you’ve gone and done it. Nine percent into this book, and I was crying. You had me for the duration, and I had only made it through the first couple of chapters. I was hooked on Spencer’s and Dalton’s story from the very beginning, and it just never stopped. Both Dalton and Spencer have experienced the worst that life has to offer a child, and so find themselves irrevocably drawn to each other. But while Spencer has been able to move forward, Dalton has hardened himself, not allowing himself to love anyone.

“I find myself utterly fascinated, awestruck even, that there are people actually capable of truly loving someone without wondering when and how they will be betrayed. However, the knowledge of their existence also saddens me because the cold reality is, I will never know that type of love.”

Dalton breaks my heart. Capable of so much more than he has allowed his circumstance to dictate, he has closed himself off from feeling anything for anyone, except for Spencer, and for his friend, Rat. Just as he allows himself to admit his feelings for Spencer, he is faced with the ultimate loss, a loss that will completely alter the course of his, and Spencer’s, life. And Spencer shines, just beautifully exemplifies what true love is all about, in accepting Dalton, with all of his flaws, and loving him, perhaps more, because of them.

Under the Influence is ultimately a story about facing our demons and emerging stronger on the other side. L.B. Simmons has done an amazing job of crafting a book filled with characters that are flawed, yet redeemable, capable of love even when they don’t realize it, and stronger than the sum of their fears. This is absolutely one of the best books that I have read this year, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Filled with joy, pain, intrigue, and a healthy dose of passion, Under the Influence gets 5+ ‘I can’t put this book down to save my life’ stars from me. Do yourself a favor and add this to your TBR.

5Star

Michel’s Review
Once again L. B. Simmons has surprised me.  After reading the synopsis for Under The Influence, I had formulated an idea of what this book was going to be about.  When I dove into the story I quickly realized that this story was much more than I expected. It was a complete surprise!
One choice, one decision, one moment in time can forever change your life.  It can send your life into a new direction.  It can lead to new opportunities or it can hold you imprisoned in a world you didn’t understand.
Dalton and Spencer have been friends since their early teens.  The two have a deep connection to one another.  Spencer is everything good.  Dalton needs her goodness. But he made choices at an early age that guarantee that his life is going to be anything but good.  To protect Spencer from his ugly life he will make choices that will break both of their hearts.
Dalton made that choice.  He never knew that choice would keep him from the woman that is the light in his world.  He never knew that he needed someone when the sun set at the end of the day.  He never knew he could love.  He never knew what it felt like to be loved.  That one choice could destroy everything.
I am not going to say much more about the book because this is one each reader needs to experience themselves. The story is captivating, emotional, and fast paced.  L.B. Simmons has once again delivered a beautiful story of love and redemption.
I highly recommend  Under The Influence by L. B. Simmons
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L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and
holds a degree in Biomedical Science.
She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years. She lives with her husband and three
daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.

 

Confess by Colleen Hoover…5 Star Reviews …The Art… Finding Your Heart Somewhere Between The Truth And The Lies

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Confess

By Colleen Hoover

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Release Date : March 10,2015

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Synopsis:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping some major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

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Robin’s Review

Colleen Hoover is well-known for including innovative and artistic features in her novels. Whether she is collaborating with a musician or artist, writing poetry or writing in the lyrical style, Hoover’s creativity makes her stories unique and special. In the past, she successfully collaborated with recording artist Griffin Peterson for Maybe Someday. Peterson wrote and recorded several songs that are included in the story. I found that listening to each of the songs while I was reading Maybe Someday greatly enhanced my reading experience.

Colleen Hoover has now collaborated with artist Danny O’Conner to create paintings that are included in Confess. Hoover also asked her readers to submit anonymous confessions – real confessions – some of which were chosen to be included in Confess. In this story, anonymous confessions are left at the door of artist Owen Gentry, and he uses these confessions as inspiration for his paintings. Pictures of Danny O’Conner’s paintings are found throughout the novel.

Confess is a deeply moving story about two individuals who each have a past shrouded in mystery. Twenty-year-old cosmetologist Auburn Reed recently moved from Portland, Oregon to Dallas, Texas. She needs a second job so she can afford to hire an attorney. Twenty-one-year-old Owen Gentry is desperately in need of an assistant to help in his art studio. Auburn notices the “HELP WANTED” sign in the window of the art studio first. Then she notices a sign that reads CONFESS. Finally, she notices a multitude of confessions – each written in different handwriting – which cover the windows of the studio. When Owen opens the door of his art studio to find Auburn reading the confessions, it felt like fate was throwing these two characters together.

Colleen Hoover’s writing is top-notch in Confess. One of her greatest strengths is her ability to weave an unforgettable story, and Confess is unforgettable in the best kind of way! Owen Gentry and Auburn Reed both have their own secrets. In fact, there is a lot of mystery surrounding the main and secondary characters. It didn’t take long for me to realize this, and if you are anything like me, your head will be full of questions as you read this novel. If you didn’t already know this about Colleen Hoover, you will find out she is an expert at slowly unwinding her story, giving readers small bits of information until you finally have the full picture at the end of the novel.

Confess was not easy for me to read. I have read every novel Colleen Hoover has published, and Confess has a darker feel to it than most of her previous novels. My emotions were all over the place while I read this story. Parts of Confess left me feeling very sad. I felt anger. Angst. But I also felt hope, and there were plenty of moments where I caught myself smiling, laughing and feeling joy. There are huge reveals in Confess. Twists in the storyline. I am still intrigued by the confessions submitted by real people like you and me – most of them are profound and heartbreaking. And O’Conner’s paintings are incredible. Confess is a very special novel that is well-deserving of 5 stars. You won’t want to miss reading this latest novel from author Colleen Hoover!

5starredMichel’s Review

Colleen Hoover has once again delivered a compelling novel that touches more than the reader’s mind.  She incorporates their senses as well as their imagination.  She taps into their emotional realm and touches their soul.  She engages the reader’s complete attention.

Colleen is known for her collaboration with other types of artists to bring her stories to life. She collaborated with musician Griffin Peterson in her novel Maybe Someday and brought music to her story.  This time around in her latest release she has collaborated with artist Danny O’Connor to bring color and visual emotions to the reader.  She has also incorporated some of her readers by using their confessions to inspire her writing and the artist’s paintings.  This monumental collaboration resulted in the truly touching novel Confess.

Confess has a bit of a darker undertone than most of Colleen’s novels.  It starts out with despair and heartache.  The kind of heartache that will never go away and be forgotten.  Time does heal the deep rooted pain to a dull ache that remains in the soul.  Time also gives back a new kind of balance that helps alleviate the pain.  Time gives us new things to focus on, new things to love and cherish.  It teaches us that it’s okay to move on and live again.  It teaches us that is okay to have regrets, remorse, heartache, and rebellion.  It also teaches us that it is okay to be happy, live life to it’s fullest, and that love is the greatest gift.  The one thing about life is that it is going to be no matter what.  That is where confessions come into play.  They can be good or bad.  They can be mean or pleasant.  They can be beautiful or ugly.  They are parts of ourselves that validate our lives.

Owen Gentry is a gifted artist that uses anonymous confessions as inspirations for his work.  He lets they confessions touch his soul and guide his brush.  He has witnessed life at it’s ugliest and knows that others have had their own personal crosses to bear.  When he places a help wanted sign in his studio window he is unaware that is the first footstep to a new journey in his life.  It has opened the door to his destiny and fate.

Auburn Reed has come to Texas with a purpose.  She is young and broke.  She needs money to bring her purpose into action.  Her job as a cosmetologist isn’t going to get it done.  She needs another job.  When she stops at a storefront window and begins to read confessions pasted all over the windows, she is mesmerized.  When she spies the help wanted sign in the window, she knows fate has led her down this path.  When she meets the charismatic artist, Owen Gentry, she knows her destiny is somehow intwined with his.

Auburn and Owen’s lives have been fated for a long time.  Their history is intertwined in a very odd and mysterious way.  The other people in their lives are dictating the path their lives are on at this time.  It will be up to Owen and Auburn to make their own path and let destiny guide them.  They will have to let go of the secrets in their souls.  They will have to confess.

Colleen Hoover delivers a powerful message throughout Confess.  She not only delivers an entertaining novel, she gives her readers food for thought.  Then she adds an extra layer of icing by giving her readers another way to experience her story.  She gives them a visual with the artwork by Danny O’ Connor.

Danny O’ Connor’s contribution was breathtaking.  Each of the paintings captured that one moment and monumental emotions of that moment.  He looked into the soul of the characters and gave them more than a face.  He painted their souls.

Confess is a consuming reading and visual experience.  Thank you Colleen Hoover and Danny O’ Connor for this experience.

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All of the confessions inside the book are true, and were submitted anonymously by readers.

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About Colleen Hoover

Colleen HooverColleen Hoover’s love for writing began in 1985 when she was five years old. Her first story was titled “Mystery Bob” and was a huge hit with her mother, who was really good at faking interest.
Colleen continued to write short stories for friends and family until December of 2011, when she decided to write a long story she titled, “Slammed.” She self-published SLAMMED to Amazon in January, 2012 and it hit the NYT’s bestsellers list in May, 2012. She has since signed with Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, and now has six NYT’s bestsellers. Colleen prefers to be called a writer, as the term “author” still terrifies her and makes this feel like a job with expectations. She doesn’t work well under pressure and hopes writing will always remain fun and exciting.
Colleen’s newest novel, UGLY LOVE, releases August 5th, 2014. She is currently working on a new novel, CONFESS, which she is writing as fast as she can before she wakes up from this crazy dream.

You can follow Colleen on Instagram and Twitter @colleenhoover. You can also find her on her blog at http://www.colleenhoover.com where she holds a daily book-a-day giveaway, or on her very active Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/authorcolleenhoover where she loves to give away more free stuff when her husband isn’t looking.

Colleen also wants the world to know that writing short biographies in third person is incredibly awkward.

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About Danny O’Connor

DOC-profile-pic-01My name is Danny O’Connor I’m an artist from Liverpool UK and I studied Graphic Arts at Liverpool John Moores Art School.

My work is a celebration of contrasts focusing mainly on portraits and figures with a prevalence of opposing artistic influences. My inspiration walks a tightrope between high and lowbrow sources as diverse as Comics, Illustration, Character Design, Tattoo art and Graffiti to Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Art Noveau, Modernism and Constructivism all pulled together to create hyper stylised and abstracted works. Contrasts play a big role in what I do, it’s probably the most resounding feature throughout all of my work in one way or another. I like to mix natural flowing lines with harsh diagonals. Clean crisp areas of colour with layered messy splashes of paint. I’m trying to achieve something that appears both modern and almost futuristic whilst retaining a raw traditional aesthetic.

The paintings are built up in layer upon layer of paint which give the pieces great depth of field. They are created with an arsenal of tools that doesn’t settle with convention. As well as the more widely acknowledged paint and brush I use all manner of mediums such as, Correction Fluid, Spray Paint, Ink, Paint Markers, Texture Pastes, Charcoal, Graphite, Oil sticks and Collage. All applied in an equally diverse manner using brushes, fingers, paint rollers, sticks, paper and cardboard to drip, splash, spray, print and stroke the paint onto the surface.

Danny O’Connor aka. DOC Artist based in Liverpool UK

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