Author spotlight: Liz Jacobs

Today, I’m spotlighting an upcoming New Adult novel from debut author, Liz Jacobs!

Book: Abroad #1

Publisher: Brain Mill Press

Release Date (Print & Ebook): June 27th wide release; early access June 17th

About the book:

Nick, a Russian-Jewish immigrant living in America, doesn’t know where he belongs. Socially anxious, intensely private, and closeted, he feels like a collection of disparate parts. When he goes to study abroad in the UK, he is forced to be honest with himself for the first time. If only he can speak to other people without wanting to throw up.

Dex knows exactly who he is: a black queer guy who doesn’t give a toss what anybody thinks of him. He’s got his friends, his family, a glittering future. All right, he also has a bit of a broken heart that he’s been nursing for a while, but he is absolutely, one hundred percent, totally fine. Apart, maybe, from his family’s abrupt move to an affluent, largely white town. Or his younger brother feeling increasingly isolated as a result. Or that persistent broken heart.

When Nick and Dex meet, both find themselves intrigued – and afraid. The last thing Nick wants is to face his deepest secret. The last thing Dex needs is another heartache. But through endless late night talks, both find it harder and harder to resist the terrifying pull of attraction.

But Dex has had to fight too hard for his right to be where he is; Nick isn’t even sure where he’s from. So how can either of them tell where this is going?

Pre-order now:

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About the author:

Liz Jacobs came over with her family from Russia at the age of 11, as a Jewish refugee.  All in all, her life has gotten steadily better since that moment. They settled in an ultra-liberal haven in the middle of New York State, which sort of helped her with the whole “grappling with her sexuality” business.

She has spent a lot of her time flitting from passion project to passion project, but writing remains her constant. She has flown planes, drawn, made jewelry, had an improbable internet encounter before it was cool, and successfully wooed the love of her life in a military-style campaign. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for her essay on her family’s experience with immigration.

She currently lives with her wife in Massachusetts, splitting her time between her day job, writing, and watching a veritable boatload of British murder mysteries.

 

Connect with Liz:

Twitter: @somemetaphor

Instagram: somemetaphor

Facebook: liz.jacobs.9843

 

Cover reveal: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

I’m so happy to be sharing my super-talented book pal’s newest release Somebody Else’s Sky. It’s out on 22 May 2017. If you read and enjoyed book one,  Something in the Way, then you’ll know it ended on one heck of a cliffhanger and I am anxious to find out what happened next…

So here it is!

Photo: Perrywinkle Photography  and Cover Design by  R.B.A. Designs ©

Blurb:

If I closed my eyes, I could still see them – all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine – even if it would be for somebody else.

 

PREORDER LINKS:

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Holiday in the Hamptons by Sarah Morgan

Back view of a woman in a hat, walking with a dog on a pierBook: Holiday in the Hamptons

Series: From Manhattan with love #5

Author: Sarah Morgan

Release date: 15 June 2017

Main characters: Felicity Knight, fiercely loyal to her family and incredibly good at keeping her feelings under lock and key. Seth Carlyle, her ex-husband who never quite got her out of his system.

Blurb:

The perfect summer escape…?

Fliss Knight hasn’t seen her ex-husband Seth for ten years, so when she discovers he is now working as a vet at the New York clinic she uses regularly for her dog walking business, she panics. When Fliss and her identical twin Harriet receive word that their elderly grandmother has had an accident and is in need of help, Fliss grabs the chance to escape Manhattan for the Hamptons.

The first person she meets on her arrival is Seth. Reluctant to confront the issues in their past, Fliss pretends to be her sister. But how long can Fliss keep up the ruse when Seth wants to talk to “Harriet” about why he and Fliss fell apart…and how he can win her back?

As Fliss struggles to keep up with the tangled web she’s weaved, sparks are starting to fly and she discovers that before you can have a future, you have to let go of the past.

Why you should read it: I love the variety of characters in this series. They’ve all been different, yet there has always been that reassuring feeling of familiarity and the feeling that all will be well in the end. In this book, I loved the story’s premise. An old love affair, with the possibility of a reconciliation. The narrative kept me interested as did the entertaining situations and mishaps that Fliss ran headlong into. Seth was a determined character. He wanted to get his girl back and he wasn’t going to give up as easily as he had years before. I liked him a lot. He was practically perfect, with an almost omniscience when it came to his ex-wife’s mind. The chemistry between them was believable and hot and I enjoyed their interactions.

What you may not like: One word: Fliss. She may drive you insane. She drove me insane. I totally sympathised with her up to a certain point, but after her endless laments about being a bad person, not being good enough, blah blah blah, I did lose my rag with her a bit. She has good reasons to be closed off – but they really did grate after a while. Her endless internal dialogue was repetitive and her feelings about herself were exhausting. Her inability to say what was on her mind, and her cluelessness towards Seth made me want to shake her.

Rating: 3/5 for a sweet romance, with a lot of heat and some entertaining situations. A challenging heroine and a saint-like hero.

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

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Author: Alessandra Torre

Release date: 18 April, 2017

Publication info: Previously released as The Dumont diaries.

Main characters: Candace Tapers, a graduate, deep in debt and living paycheck to paycheck. Nathan Dumont, successful businessman with a plan, who intends to make Candace an offer she can’t refuse.

Plot: Candy is on skid row. Despite a good start in life, she’s found herself on the bad side of debt, now working as a stripper in a third-rate club. Escape is not in sight and she only  has time to contemplate how bad things have got. When a rich stranger enters her club and demands she dance for him, she begins to hope that her luck is about to change. She knows how dangerous hope can be…

Nathan is on a mission – he’s looking for Candace to become his wife. He’ll give her everything – except for love, affection and respect. She’s in a hole and really can’t refuse. Only after the weeks become months does Candy realise the ramifications of her decision. Certain at the beginning that love was a luxury she couldn’t afford, she realises that a life with luxury but no kindness is not for her. But what can she do?

Why you should read it: This book! I loved it when I first read it and now it’s back and improved. It came out yesterday and spent all evening reading it. (Good job my family is used to me ignoring them!)  I devoured every word. Nathan is a shit – the best kind of anti-hero, while Candace is plucky and optimistic despite her situation. I loved the developing story and the character development. It’s a guilty pleasure for me when the hero of a book isn’t exactly a good guy.

What you may not like: Ok – parts of the book are pretty messed up – poor Candace gets humiliated at times and treated very poorly. She’s a great character and surprisingly resilient. There’s a lot of sex too – like a bunch. Not a problem for me – (total perv that I am) but if you like your romances to be bright and breezy, this one is dark and dank at times! Hopefully the narrative will help you along and the smut won’t be too distracting.

Rating: I loved the original and welcome the additions to the story – I like Nathan and Candace and I very much enjoyed the story’s evolution. 5/5.

 

Blog tour: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne


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: Walk of Shame

Series: Love Unexpectedly #4

Author: Lauren Layne

Release date: 18 April, 2017

Main characters: Georgiana Watkins, It girl and all-round good egg. Andrew Mulroney, her surly neighbour and Manhattan’s most eligible divorce lawyer.

Plot: Georgie is a care-free socialite who loves life. She loves her life. However, lately it’s been feeling a little…samey? She can’t quite put her finger on it, but the highlight of her day includes hanging out in her building’s lobby and sparring with Andrew Mulroney, her neighbour in 79B. He’s so miserable and stiff – she loves to get a rise out of him. Work him up until he insults her and walks off in a huff. She doesn’t like him at all. Nope, not a bit.

Andrew is a divorce attorney and has worked damn hard to get to where he is in life. He’s focused, driven and has no time for frivolous, work-shy socialites who annoy him every morning. So what if Georgiana is able to befriend almost anyone and he can’t. So what if she actually seems like a lot of fun? Fun isn’t a word in his lexicon and he doesn’t want distractions in his well-ordered life. She’s ridiculous…

As the pair’s battle of wills reaches critical mass, they are forced to look at themselves and ask – can two people so diametrically opposed actually become friends, or more than friends? Or are they more likely to kill each other?

Why you should read it: This book was so sweet! Without being sickly at all. I loved, loved loved Georgie. Her bounciness and optimism didn’t grate – she was genuine and genuinely loved getting to know people. She was real – she gave as good as she got but also had a really sensitive side. Her exchanges with Andrew were entertaining, at times you felt her frustration with Andrew and herself, for not being able to break through his frosty veneer. One of my favourite scenes in a romance book is when either the hero or heroine falls ill (I don’t know why – that’s weird right?) because it shows some vulnerability and a different side to the character. This book had that element so I was happy as a clam!

Andrew was so cold at first – once you realise why he has no emotional intelligence, it all makes sense. He’s a good guy in dire need of someone to remove the poker from his posterior. Georgie’s just the woman to do it.

What you may not like: in the author’s own words, this book is an homage to all romances and romantic films out there. That means some wicked banter, plenty of misunderstandings and sexual tension that is off the charts. Not your bag? Fair enough. The drama is fairly low, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of action.

Rating: 4/5 for a sweet, short read with two great characters. Andrew will make you scream – Georgie will make you smile and I think we’d all love a Georgie in my life. Think of all the doughnuts…

Blog tour: The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

img_0100Book: The Gravity of Us

Series: Elements #4

Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

Release date: 13 April 2017


Main characters: Lucille Palmer, free-spirited florist trying to keep her family together. Graham Russell, successful yet socially inept author, about to crash into Lucy’s world.

“Being around you does something strange to me, something that hasn’t happened in such a long time.”

“What happens?” He took my hand in his then led it to his chest, and his next words came out in a whisper. “My heart begins to beat again.”


Plot: When Lucy’s mother died, she told her to look after her sisters Mari and Lyric. Lucy took the request to heart and nursed her sister Mari back to health following a long illness and continued to reach out to Lyric, despite Lyric’s disdain for her and her cold nature. Despite a turbulent couple of years, Lucy and Mari are a good team and life finds some degree of normality. Until she meets Graham.

Graham Russell is a successful author. He enjoys a comfortable life without excessive emotions. His relationship with his wife is convenient and business-like. When she ups and leaves, Graham is left with a mountain of responsibility and a whole lot of emotions he isn’t able to cope with. His chance meeting with Lucy leads to a whole set of complications he could never have foreseen. His heart is locked up tight but Lucy may be the only one with the key…

Why you should read it: Oh my goodness. If my blurb above was a bit vague, it’s because I didn’t want to spoil anything for you. This story is so good and packed full of emotion and insight that I couldn’t really do it justice in the plot summary. How I loved these complex and spirited characters. Lucy is a saint! A good person through and through who puts up with a lot of crap from others because she loves them. Graham. Graham is tough – almost robotic when we first meet him. His reasons are more than valid and having his point of view really helps the reader understand his motivations and his experiences. His story is a sad one, but the possibility for a happier future keeps you rooting for him throughout.

What you may not like: There are some nasty characters in this book! Like, really horrible! I felt indignant on Lucy’s behalf. She shows kindness and gets kicked in the teeth repeatedly. I wanted to throw my kindle at the wall at times, but thankfully Brittainy doesn’t drag out the hard times. She always gives her characters some trials before getting to the ‘good stuff’.

Rating: 5/5 for a very sensitive, heart wrenching and intelligent read. I loved it and it made me want to punch somebody and hug somebody in equal measure! And my God, that cover *bites fist.*

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Release blitz: Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

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 MISTER MONEYBAGS

(A standalone novel)

Release date 4/10/2017

A Contemporary Romance Novel

New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Authors Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward.

Blurb:

I met Bianca in an elevator.  

She was on her way to interview me when we got stuck.

The beautiful, raven-haired reporter assumed I was a delivery guy because of the way I was dressed.

She had no clue I was really Dex Truitt, the wealthy, successful businessman she’d dubbed “Mister Moneybags”—her afternoon appointment. 

Bianca told me how much she hated Dex’s type—snobby, over educated, silver- spooned men who didn’t appreciate the simple things in life. 

So, after the elevator finally started moving again, I cancelled the interview and let her believe I was someone I wasn’t—a bike messenger named Jay. I loved the way she looked at the fake me and didn’t want it to end.

I began dating her as “Jay”—all the while letting her interview the real me over email.

I didn’t expect that our chemistry online would be just as hot.

I didn’t expect the mess I’d gotten myself into.

I didn’t expect that Jay and Dex would fall in love with her.  

And she was falling for two men.

Only, both men were me.

And when she found out, we were both going to lose her.

Nothing could have prepared me for that day. And I certainly wasn’t prepared for what came after.

All good things must come to an end, right?

Except our ending was one I didn’t see coming.

 

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The authors:

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Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. With more than a million books sold, her titles have appeared in over fifty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in fourteen languages. She lives 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.

Twitter
@vikeeland (https://twitter.com/ViKeeland)

 

 

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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of thirteen novels. With over a million books sold, her titles have placed on the New York Times Bestseller list fifteen times. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 12-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 10-year-old boy. Penelope, her husband, and kids reside in Rhode Island.

Website
http://www.penelopewardauthor.com
Twitter
@PenelopeAuthor (https://twitter.com/PenelopeAuthor)

Cover reveal: Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre

Trophy Wife by Alessandra Torre releasing on April 19, 2017!

Previously released as the Dumont diaries series – it’s been re-edited and updated! So it’s better than ever.

 

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══ Blurb ══

Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont.
That’s what happens when you
develop half a town and sleep with the rest. 

Five years ago, his fiancee disappeared. 

Last night, he proposed to me.

I had wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.

Maybe I should have done my homework first. 

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══ Book Info ══

🏆 Genre: Contemporary Romance

🏆 Amazon Release: April 19th (will release early on iBooks and Nook)

🏆 Cover Design: Judi Perkins, Concierge Literary Design & Photography

🏆 Release promotion: http://bit.ly/2ohGmQC

🏆 Add to Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2nZgQ5f

 

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Author PhotoAlessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She has also served as the Bedroom Blogger for Cosmopolitan.com.


You can learn more about Alessandra on her website at www.alessandratorre.com, or you can find her on Twitter (@ReadAlessandra) or Facebook.

The Mistakes by Elizabeth Brown

A man with a loosened tie looks at the cameraBook: The Mistakes

Series: Off-limits #3

Author: Elizabeth Brown

Release date: 4 April, 2017

Main characters: Winnie Masters, busy heroine with lots of responsibilities and no time for relationships. Mark Bishop, successful lawyer and Winnie’s latest mistake.

Plot: Winnie Masters has a lot on her plate: she’s a librarian by day, (although about to be fired) carer to her younger sister and a budding entrepreneur. She simply doesn’t have time for a full-time  man – she wouldn’t know what to do in a relationship, so she’s happy to hook up with guys as and when she feels like. When her friend Ainsley dares her to go on a sexual hiatus for two months, Winnie is appalled. Even more so when she gets talking to Mark Bishop at her friend’s wedding.

Mark is intrigued by Winnie. She’s spunky, funny and prone to jumping to conclusions. After their hook up, she disappears and he doesn’t expect to see her again. When fate (or more precisely, family) brings Winnie to his office as his new assistant,  Mark knows life is about to get interesting. And sexy. Definitely sexy!

Mark wants Winnie and Winnie wants to keep things casual and moreover, SECRET. That’s the the thing about secrets though isn’t it? They never stay secret for long…

Why you should read it: I love this series. The Lessons and The Rules were really enjoyable and so I was looking forward to Winnie’s story. The chemistry and the banter between Mark and Winnie was highly entertaining. The sexy times were toe curling (in a good way) and there were plenty of those to enjoy.

What you may not like: Winnie man. God she was hard to like. She starts off super in-your-face, then she behaves really ignorantly at the wedding, and it took several chapters for me to stop finding her completely annoying. She’s not a teenager, but the sheer amount of drama she was able to manufacture is astounding. At times I did feel for her, but most of the time I thought she was the one at fault. Zero emotional intelligence. Mark was a fun hero, sure of himself and sexy as sin. He’s a hard working lawyer who also happens to be a contractor in his spare time – the perfect specimen amirite? As the story progressed, he grew more and more sensitive and basically apologised a lot despite having done nothing wrong. It’s probably clear to you by now that I wasn’t exactly on team Winnie!

My final peeve was that some of the descriptions in the book were a bit sloppy and insensitive. For example:

“Deeply tan skin, like his heritage was mixed with something exotic.”

Why use the word exotic to describe a person? An orchid is exotic. A pawpaw may too be considered as such. People aren’t! If you’re describing someone who isn’t white then just say they have darker skin! It drives me nuts. ‘Mixed with something exotic’. Like what – rum?

Rating: ok rant over – I didn’t enjoy this story as much as the other two books. It was a bit clumsy, and featured a pretty immature heroine. So I give it 3/5. There were fun parts and bits that made me smile, but the language in some places really annoyed me.

The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry

TSWBook: The Silent Waters

Series: Elements #3

Author: Brittainy C. Cherry

Release date: September 22, 2016

Main characters: Maggie – once full of life and mischievous – after childhood trauma is silent and withdrawn. Brooks, her best friend and confidante, the only person who has ever fully understood her.

Plot: As a child, Maggie May Riley knew what she wanted. To be happy, she needed to marry Brooks Tyler, her stepbrother’s best friend. It didn’t matter that he was going through his ‘girls are yucky’ phase, she knew he loved her too. One afternoon, while waiting for him to meet her, an event took place that not only robbed her of her voice, but of her innocence.

Years later, Maggie is silent and suffers from agoraphobia. With a family that is struggling with the stress of her situation (and their own bitter resentments), she relies on Brooks. He seems to see into her soul and life is good when they’re together.

It is clear that the pair love each other madly – but what kind of life can they have unless Maggie exorcises her demons? Brooks is a talented musician with a career about to hit the stratosphere. Should she make him stay with her in her small life, or let him fly and realise his own dreams?

Why you should read it: I love, love, loved this book! I read it last night and have no idea why I didn’t pick it up sooner! Brittainy C. Cherry is so talented. I have read most of her other books and they are all high-quality and high drama (but not in a bad way) reads. It was an emotional roller-coaster of a story, starting from childhood into adulthood. I enjoyed the dynamic between Brooks and Maggie when they were younger, and then as they matured. What really came across was Maggie’s personality – she didn’t speak aloud, but from her point of view, you really got a sense of her struggle.

What you may not like: I don’t know – if you read it and don’t like it, let me know why because I adored it. A lot of things happen in the book, but at no point did it feel too much. It spans quite a long time so it felt right.

Rating: Easily a 5/5 for a spectacular read. I just want to re-read it now. Slower, so that I can enjoy every word.