Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family--and if so, with whom? She can't dodge the tough questions--not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.
You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…
Adam Drake knows that he's made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia's facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia's life or the man she can love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first...even if it means he's out of the picture entirely.
Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?
This novel is the third and final book in Adam and Mia's trilogy, but they will be featured in future Gaming the System novels.
Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, released December, 2013.
She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting.
She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.
Brenna’s short story “The Love Letter” was the Grand Prize winner of the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest. As such, it was included in the anthology of the same name (Ballantine, 2011)
All BrokeDown Rusk University #2 By: Cora Carmack Published: Oct. 28, 2014 Publisher: William Morrow PB Source: Publisher Add to Goodreads GR's Summary: In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love. Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.
Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause. Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help. Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.
All Broke Down was an utterly spectacular sequel in the Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack. I loved All Lined Up, the first book in the series, but All Broke Down was a whole new level of greatness. For one thing, in All Lined Up, I could not stand Silas. He came off as a complete jerk, womanizer, and a "bad boy" in the most unappealing way possible. When I found out that book two was going to be his story, I had some reservations. For one, how could I possibly enjoy a story with the main character being one that I could not relate to and stand? Well, I was curious to see if Ms. Carmack would be able to change my mind and win me over. I'm happy to say that not only did Silas win me over, but by the end of the story; I loved him.
Silas was a very complex character with a lot of layers, and a great story to tell. He had anger issues, felt inadequate, and harbored so much fear, that he began to cause his own downward spiral. He had a dark childhood, which was a big factor in why he had so many issues. When he meets Dylan, he is in for quite a surprise. She is different from any girl that he's ever met. He becomes very intrigued by her, and quickly makes certain assumptions that are not true. She comes from a wealthy and privileged family, and she feels stifled by them. However, she didn't always lead a life of wealth, stability, and privilege. Dylan believes in fighting for justice and standing up for others. She is dedicated to her beliefs, and loves to help others. Silas is very different from any guy that she's ever gone out with. Yet, she is very attracted to him, and see's good in him. When he asks her to help him become a better person and make better decisions, she quickly agrees. Here is someone that she can help. In return, Silas wants to help her discover what she wants in her life, and make her go for it, instead of always trying to please others.
I loved Dylan's character! She reminded me a lot of myself when I was younger. She wanted to bring about positive change in the world, was optimistic, and never gave up. She was a great friend, and hard worker. She was the catalyst for change in Silas' life, and I enjoyed seeing him make such a tremendous amount of character growth. We also get Dallas, Carson, and Stella from book one, and meet Dylan's best friend Matt. I enjoyed getting a lot of Stella in this book. She was such a fun character. I felt like I got to know quite a few of the football players a lot more in this sequel, and am looking forward to getting a few of their stories as well.
The romance between Silas and Dylan was both sweet and sexy. These two had great chemistry, and I loved the way they complimented and balanced each other. They were such a great couple, and in this case, I couldn't have picked a better match for Silas. This story flew by! I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open any more, and then after four hours of sleep, I picked the book right back up.
Ms. Carmack brings up a really serious issue in this story. I don't want to give anything away, but I will say that I applaud her for bringing this issue in to the spotlight. My heart broke for what happened, and it really affected me. I hope it brings about more awareness. I love how Dylan believed even if we can only help one person at a time, it is worth it. I loved Ms. Carmack's sentiment about how important it is to stand up for others and demand justice. Even if we think that we are unable to change the system, we must not give up!!!
I give, All Broke Down, by Cora Carmack, 5 Powerful, Thoughtful, Romantic, Sexy, Silas Virus Filled Stars!!! Ms. Carmack is one of my favorite authors, and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next! She truly is an amazing and talented author!!!
My Favorite Quote:
"I hold her, and I know now why caring about another person is so damn scary. It's not that they won't care about you back, because that either happens or it doesn't. You live with it or you do everything you can to change it. The really scary thing is the moment you realize that for the rest of your life, you'll feel twice the pain, twice the joy, twice the fear." (eARC, Loc. 3461)
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.
I am thrilled to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout's STONE COLD TOUCH! STONE COLD TOUCH is the second full-length novel in Jennifer's The Dark Elements Series, a young adult paranormal romance being published by Harlequin Teen!!!
Stone Cold Touch The Dark Elements, #2 by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Date: October 21st, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Teen Source: Publisher Synopsis: Every touch has its price Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could. But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay...
Ms. Armentrout is a master writer. I can't get over how talented she is. She has this amazing ability to weave these stories that hook me, pull on my heart strings, have me hanging on every single word, and begging for more! How does she do this to me every single time?!!! I don't know, but I absolutely love her for it. Every single moment with a Jennifer L. Armentrout book is magical. I get lost in to whatever world that she pulls me in to, every single time. Stone Cold Touch was another spectacular addition to The Dark Elements Series. This story had it all; suspenseful plot twists, great characters, steamin' hot chemistry between the characters, and of course, it kept me guessing what would happen next the whole way through. Stone Cold Touch left off where White Hot Kiss ended. Roth is temporarily out of the picture, and Zayne starts to express his deep rooted feelings to Layla once and for all. He asks her to take a chance with him and see where it will lead. Even though I'm in love with Roth, I was excited to learn more about Zayne and see how things would work between him and Layla. However, my impatience grew when things between Zayne and Layla didn't really click. I was expecting all of this hot chemistry and explosive attraction between the two of them to create fireworks. Instead, Layla acted uncomfortable with Zayne, and I felt like he was pursuing her, and she was hiding or acting awkward with him for the most part. The two of them are great characters separately, but together, it just felt forced. Roth ends up showing back up, and things take an interesting turn in the story! He is back because a Lilin (a powerful demon created from Lilith) has been released in to the world, and he must find and destroy it. Roth proceeds to tell Layla that they cannot be together, because he doesn't have deep feelings for her. What they had was just a fling, and it won't happen again. Of course Layla is heartbroken, and turns to Zayne for comfort. Even though Layla plans on staying away from Roth, she just cannot avoid him. He's back at school, in her classes, sitting at her lunch table, and following her around. Layla and Roth partner up to find the Lilin, and the more time they spend together, the more that their is no denying the powerful chemistry and feelings that these two share for one another. Ms. Armentrout writes the best endings in her stories! She is the queen of crazy cliffhangers! The ending in Stone Cold Touch had me crying my eyes out! I don't know how Ms. Armentrout does it, but she sucks me in every single time! I was completely flabbergasted by the ending, but in retrospect, should have figured it out. The clues were there from the very beginning. I'm 100% Team Roth! He loves Layla so much and is willing to do anything, and I mean sacrifice himself for her. That is true love right there!!!
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout gets 5 Sultry, Steamin' Hot, Unpredictable, Crazy Cliffhanger, Rothalicious Stars!!! If you are a huge JLA fan, you will not be disappointed! If you haven't tried out any of her books, and enjoy young adult paranormal romance, try The Dark Elements Series, and welcome to your new addiction!
And don't forget!
The choice is yours...
Beginning today you’ll have 3 weeks to visit the series website, www.thedarkelementsseries.com, to take a poll and decide which guy Layla should ultimately choose in the final book in the trilogy, Every Last Breath.
At the end of 3 weeks, we will tally all the votes, and that’s when Jennifer L. Armentrout will start writing Every Last Breath. The guy who gets the most votes is the one Layla will pick.
To prevent early spoilers, we're not going to reveal who won the poll in advance…you’ll have to wait until Every Last Breath goes on sale on July 28th, 2015 to find out whether Zayne or Roth wins Layla in the end. We promise the book will be epic and definitely worth the wait!
I’d remained in bed after that, trying to sort through the odd tingling in my chest. There was a slight smile on my lips, because Zayne…well, he’d made my day, but then I’d remember what Roth had said to me the night before and the smile would wash away as if it had never been there. I probably needed to get used to the whiplash mood swings. It wasn’t until after dinner that I decided to scrub a day’s worth of gunk off myself. Gingerly, I peeled the bandage off, happy to find that the cut in my arm was healing as expected. I didn’t need to cover it anymore. The arm was still tender, but the Warden blood in me was quickly undoing the damage from the iron. After changing into fresh pj’s, like a total hermit, I padded over to my desk, where I’d left my cell phone. It had been on silent all day and when I tapped the screen, I wasn’t surprised to see a slew of texts from Stacey. Where r u? R u skipping, u ho? A minute later: Your locker misses u. Guess u sick with the herp? Oh my God. I laughed out loud, grinning as I thumbed through her texts. Our bio sub is still hot. U r missing this. Bio is lonely. My boobs miss u. How weird is that? That was notably weird and yet not surprising. If I get my cell taken from me, it’s ur fault. Holy shit, Layla, where r u?!? Air punched out of my lungs as I read the next text and the several following them. U have no idea who just walked into bio!!! Roth is here! Holy Canola oil, why aren’t u here to witness this? Ok. He says he had mono. Srlsy? Do people still get mono? And who in the duck was he kissing? A second later—Duck? I didn’t mean duck. That’s SO not what I meant, autocorrect. Another text had come in about fifteen minutes after the last one. He asked where u were. I told him u joined a cult. I laughed. He didn’t. Finally, the last text was to call her if I wasn’t dead. “What in the Hell?” I tossed my cell onto the bed, mouth hanging open.
About Jennifer L. Armentrout:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
Serve, #2 by Tessa Bailey Released: October 27th, 2014 Publisher: Entangled: Brazen Source: Author Synopsis: He’ll train her to lure another man. She’ll lure him instead. When interior designer Eliza Ballas accompanies a friend to New York’s premier BDSM club, she’s taken aback by the sheer want that overruns her body—especially when a sexy Brit assumes Eliza is adept at dark, sensual arts. If she’s going to play, she’ll need an erotic education, and she knows just the man to teach her how to submit… Oliver Preston isn’t one to turn down pleasure, but Eliza’s his sister’s best friend, and he’s torn between a sense of duty and his rock-hard need to find out if she tastes as delicious as he’s dreamed. Unable to handle thought of another man owning her body, he draws Eliza deep into his world of exquisite pain and pleasure. He has three lessons to instruct her. Three lessons to drive them both to the brink of ecstasy. And three lessons before he must give her to another man...if he doesn’t lose himself first.
*Ahem* Please give me a moment .... I'm still doing this ....
Hot Damn!!!!!!!! Mr. Oliver Preston ... Where have you been hiding all this time?? In Tessa Bailey's naughty vault of course!!!! What would I give to spend a day in that vault ... Gahhhhhh!!!! I have been waiting to read Oliver and Eliza's story from the moment I met them in Owned by Fate, which is the first installments in the new deliciously addictive Serve series. Eliza Ballas needs somebody to teach her about the mysterious and seductive world of Club Serve. She knows exactly who that person will be. When playboy Oliver Preston comes face-to-face with his sister's best friend at Club Serve, he can't walk away from her proposition. Three lessons that's all she wants. What Oliver never expected was to fall hard for Eliza. He wants her for himself. Three lessons are simply not enough, especially after he sees the way Eliza's body responds to his touch. Will Oliver be able to reveal his feelings to Eliza or will he let her walk away into another man's arms? Some words of advice before you read Exposed by Fate .... Forget about wearing panties .... They are a waste of time ... Mr. Preston said so! And, trust me when I say that they will melt right off of you! You heard Oliver ... Skip the panties! Be prepared. Tessa Bailey's newest dirty talker will turn your world upside down! You will be thinking about him for DAYS after reading Exposed by Fate! I don't even know how to describe the chemistry between Eliza and Oliver. It's so powerful and erotic. They have known each other for years. They both have feelings for each other, but they never said anything or acted on those feelings. He promised her three lessons, but he knows that it won't be enough. He wants to be the man in her life. That scares him and he thinks that he's not good enough for her. OMG! Oliver's filthy mouth is so DELICIOUS!!!! The things he says to Eliza?!?!?! It's insanely hot!!!! Don't even get me started on the sex scenes .... they are FIRE!!!! This book has the hottest shower scene EVER!!! *Fans Self* If you have read Tessa Bailey's previous books you already know that she writes the most amazing characters! Eliza and Oliver stole my heart just like every other character she has written. The story and couple might change, but Tessa's writing style is always PERFECTION! She pulls you into the story and she never lets you go until the very last page is turned! The banter, the romance, the funny moments and the passionate ones. Everything is set up so that you get an unforgettable reading escape every.single.time. It's no secret that I am a HUGE Tessa Bailey fan. Her books are the reason I love reading so much! Her stories make me happy. No matter where the story takes place, I feel at home. I read about characters that feel so real that I have a hard time believing that they are fictional characters. She creates a world where I want to live in! The Serve series has one final installment. It's going to be EPIC! I can feel it! I already know that the two main characters of the last installment will ROCK MY WORLD! Is it February yet?!?!?!
I give, Exposed by Fate, by Tessa Bailey 5 smokin' hot, page-turning, the-split-gets-a-makeover, no-panties-required stars!
First we want to start off by saying thank you for joining us. We are huge fans and are thrilled to get inside your mind for a little while. Hello!! Thank you for having me. You’ve been so supportive of my books and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that. Thrilled to be here :) Let's get this party started! We want a glimpse into behind the scenes of the Serve series…what was your inspiration for the titles of this series and when was that “aha” moment that you knew you had to put these stories to pen? To be honest, when I was first approached about doing this series, it didn’t seem like it was for me. The stories take place at a BDSM club, which isn’t a world I’m overly familiar with, apart from a few research trips. I needed it to be about the characters, like my other books. There is a BDSM theme, but it doesn’t necessarily dominate the storyline, which is where I found my comfort zone. I had the “aha” moment when I did a character outline for Jonah. Once I got inside the characters’ heads, I couldn’t wait to start writing. Did writing this series teach you anything about future stories you would like to write? Yes, I think I’m definitely allowing myself to take more risks, thanks to this series. I’m taking the sexual intimacy and kicking it up a notch. I wrote blue collar cops for so long that these heroes are a necessary change of pace. If you’d asked me a year ago if I would write a BDSM club owner I would have told you I wasn’t right for the job. But I made him my own by giving him a Navy background, a slightly odd sense of humor, a knack for poker. I think mostly it’s becoming more and more exciting that I get to create whoever I want and bring new characters to life with each book. What were some of the challenges in bringing this series to life? There is another author (Katee Robert) who is going to release some books with Serve as the setting, so we needed to build a world we both agreed upon, even though our characters/storylines won’t connect. What exactly is located on each floor of the club, the décor, the layout, safety protocol, etc. In terms of challenges, it wasn’t really difficult, though, because Katee is really easy to work with :) Which song would you say represents best …
Jonah & Caroline
How it Ends by DeVotchka. I listened to this song on repeat while writing OWNED BY FATE and it sunk its claws in. There is a lyric that goes, “You already know how this will end,” which I thought was a major theme in the book. They were doomed to end, but their hearts wouldn’t allow it. AND DAMN. That should have been the tag line.
Oliver & Eliza
Every Night by Jose Salvat. This song is SO SEXY it makes me cry. Sexy tears. It’s just so Oliver. He doesn’t deserve the girl but he can keep her coming back with his body. UNFFFF.
If you could describe each of the characters of the Serve series with only one word which word would it be? Oh my GOD. This is tough. Oliver: Hidden Eliza: Starved Jonah: Enigmatic Caroline: Loyal Do you have a favorite part from Owned by Fate and Exposed by Fate? I’m sure I have favorite parts in both books. When Jonah meets his daughter for the first time in OWNED BY FATE. That was a great moment to write. In EXPOSED BY FATE, I think my favorite scene is a toss-up between Eliza kissing Oliver on the dance floor at the gala. OR when she’s juggling on his kitchen floor while doing the splits :) *Ahem* The split will never be the same after reading Exposed by Fate ... lol!!! If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your books, who would play your characters? OH MANNN. These are such good questions. Good thing I’m prepared! Wait. Can I bring people back from the dead?
A young Marlon Brando, circa On the Waterfront.
Elizabeth Olson (the other Olson sister).
For sure, Chris Pine with darker hair/slightly taller.
Great picks! If any of the Line of Duty characters would meet your Serve characters, who would you think would get along the best and why? Haha! I think Daniel Chase and Oliver Preston would definitely size each other up, ex-playboy vs. ex-playboy. Eliza and Story would probably get along well, too, being that they’re both fun-loving, but strong when it’s required. In some ways, I think Jonah was similar to Derek Tyler, actually. Strong, silent type. I’d love to get them all in a room together! OMG!!! That would be awesome!!!! Dirty Talkers reunion!!!! Eeeeep!!! In Exposed by Fate we meet Frankie De Luca the heroine of the next installment of the Serve series. Can you tell us a little about her book? All I can say is, hold on to your hats for this one. I’m almost done writing it and – hands down – the sex is the most explosive and daring I’ve ever written. This is a serious case of opposites attract. Controlling Brit meets irreverent tomboy. Something about these two together just works so well – I’d go as far to say the dialogue is just as good as the sex. I hope, anyway! Frankie is edging her way in as one of my fave heroines :) We are so excited for Driven by Fate!!!! We can’t let you go before we celebrate your sexy new series.... Let’s pretend for a moment that you are sitting at the bar of Club Serve. The barman brings you a Red lollipop-garnished Martini and a shot of Ouzo. Which one do you accept and why?? This is the hardest question yet. Is BOTH an option?? LOL. I would probably slam back the shot of ouzo and chase it with the martini. I’ve just outed myself as a lush! Both is an option! I think we would have done the same thing!!!! Teehee! ;) Thank you so much for stopping by Tessa! We can't wait to see what's next! Thank you so much for having me – I had an awesome time. Great questions! xoxo
About the Author
Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.