Book Blitz: Image Adjuster by Lily Alexander

Image Adjuster
Lily Alexander
Publication date: March 11th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

In Hollywood, image is everything.

Being part of a power couple can mean the difference between your star rising or being iced out of roles. No one ever said the relationship had to be real.

Stephanie, an actress and the daughter of Hollywood royalty has made a thriving business out of posing as a girlfriend to celebrities who need a bit of a PR boost. Everything is scripted and when the contract ends everyone goes their separate way.

No feelings, no risk, just acting.

Devon is just another client – no matter how handsome he might be, how compatible they seem. The arrangement works perfectly. It’s all business. Definitely just business.

Unless it’s not.

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Blogger’s Thoughts

The fake lover trope is one of my favorites. Imagine my happy heart when Xpresso announced they have ARCs available for reviewers! So my review will come soon 🙂

 

EXCERPT:

“Sounds like I’m barely needed at all.”

“Oh, quite the contrary.” He wiggled his black eyebrows at her suggestively. “I need you. I want you. You are an integral part of this scheme.” He playfully sandwiched one of her hands with his own and cradled it gently before releasing it again.

Stephanie shook her head, trying desperately to ignore the tiny flash of heat in her chest at his words and touch.

“You sure you haven’t done this before?”

“Absolutely.” He reached across the table and took both of her hands into his. Stephanie sobered for a moment and was caught up in the serious expression of his icy eyes that were anything but cold. “Stephanie Von Feldt? Would you please help me con the press and general public into believing that we are a hardcore devoted couple? Then have a fantastic blow-out breakup fight with me in public so everyone knows it’s over?” His playfully serious expression was just too much.

“Why, Devon Greene, I would be so honored to charge you a small fortune for providing just such a service.”

As Devon planted a gentle kiss on her knuckles, the quiet sound of a camera shutter went off just on the other side of the patio.

“Whoops, spotted.” Devon’s bright smile faded a bit, then brightened again. “Guess today that guy got lucky. That’ll be worth a couple weeks’ pay with TMZ.”

“I’ll never understand why the ones with just a phone don’t turn that fake shutter sound off. Seems silly to give yourself away if you’ve managed to ninja stealth yourself an exclusive picture.”

Devon threw his head back in laughter, nodding his agreement.

Momentarily distracted, he tapped out a text to someone after his phone pinged, and glanced around, a half-grin on his face.

“Everything okay?”

“Yeah,” he nodded. “Someone from work is giving me a hard time. I think she’s around somewhere or drove by or something.”

After a few watchful moments, he let it go and they chatted a bit more, his attention split between Stephanie and his phone.

It was silly to feel jealous, but she couldn’t help it. Said co-worker was a she, and he was amused by her.

Giving herself a mental slap, Stephanie pushed those thoughts and feelings away and focused on their conversation and her coffee.

Not long after, they finished their drinks and went their separate ways, Stephanie torn between being nervous about spending so much time with Devon all at once with minimal script planning time and being relieved that it would be over before she could make a fool of herself or lose her professional edge.

Who was she kidding – she was already losing her edge. The worst part was that for the first time since she could remember, she actually genuinely got along with a client.

She liked him.

The very idea made her shiver and tingle with long-repressed feelings like want and need.

Stephanie was in big trouble.


Author Bio:

Lily is a Colorado native enjoying the fantastic climate of Southern California with her family and cranky cat after surviving more than a decade in hot, humid places where hurricanes get their own season and Winter is a myth.

The written word is her favorite thing – reading or writing, she doesn’t discriminate. Left to her own devices she can read about a book a day; that HEA is a powerful drug!

As an only child she grew up inventing elaborate stories for her dolls to act out. She started word processing on a computer around age 10 and never looked back. After suffering the heartbreak of catastrophic drive failure a regrettable number of times, she has finally learned to back things up appropriately and often.

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Book Blitz: The Plan by Whitney Dineen

The Plan
Whitney Dineen
(The Creek Water Series #3)
Publication date: March 10th 2020
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Contemporary, Romance

Bead shop owner Amelia Frothingham has been keeping a secret from everyone she knows.

She pretends to be the ultimate care-free bohemian chick, but the truth is, she’s the world’s biggest control freak. Much to the delight of her Southern family, Amelia’s life appears to be smooth sailing. That is, until bad boy rockstar Huck Wiley mysteriously blows into town like a spring tornado.

Like every other woman under eighty with a pulse, Amelia’s intrigued. So when Huck starts showing up in her shop with flirtation in mind, she finds herself getting sucked into the rock god vortex. But her previous attempts at long-distance love have always ended on a sour note, so Amelia has vowed never to repeat the experience.

What Amelia doesn’t know is that Huck has a secret of his own, and he has no intention of returning to Los Angeles before he’s good and ready.

Will Huck stay in town, scattering the beads Amelia has finally gotten sorted? Or will he head back to his glamorous life and take her last chance at spontaneity and love along with him?

Find out in this deliciously funny romcom about love and life in Creek Water, Missouri!

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Blogger’s Thoughts

Would you look at that cover?! So fitting for a main character that knows her way in the kitchen! I am so excited to share this with you guys today. Courtesy of Xpresso and the author, of course, I also have an ARC and I cannot wait to share my review! The excerpt below sound so amazing 🙂

 

EXCERPT:

By the time three thirty rolls around, I haven’t had a customer in over an hour, so I decide to run upstairs and make a cup of tea. Just as I’m about to turn on the television while I wait for the water to boil, the bell over the shop door rings. Note to business owners, the ticket to more foot traffic is leaving the store in pursuit of tea. I might need to write a book. I could call it “If You Make Tea, They Will Come.”

I turn off the pot and run downstairs to see who my customer is. When I hit the bottom step, I have a clear view of a person standing next to my brightly painted apothecary drawer full of carnelian beads. I’m either in the throes of a major hallucination or dreams really do come true. Huck Wiley, or someone who looks enough like him to be his identical twin, is standing under one of the three beaded chandeliers hanging from the ceiling above my workstation. He’s looking at the necklace I was just working on.

He’s wearing jeans so faded and torn they look like they’re ready for the rag bin, yet I’m willing to bet he spent more on them than most people spend on ten pairs. The rock god is sporting a vintage U2 t-shirt and a black leather jacket. I can’t see what his shoes look like because there’s a display case blocking my view, but I’d put money on biker boots.

The floorboards creak as I step forward. My disbelieving eyes focus like a thirsty wanderer lost in the desert having just spotted a distant source of water. Whoever he is, he turns and looks right at me. His smile is so bright I may have gasped out loud in response. Seven more steps land me directly in front of him.

“Can I help you?” My tone is prim, reminiscent of a school librarian daring a student to try to check out a book before paying his overdue fine.

“Hey there,” he croons in that voice, the one I know so well from having spent hours listening to his music. My mouth hangs open like I’m a drooling idiot, but I can’t seem to close it. “I heard you gave beading classes and I was wondering if you have a special session for kids.”

I temporarily forget that he and I speak the same language. Did he just ask me about beading classes? I must be experiencing a particularly vivid fantasy. Rock star Huck Wiley can’t possibly be a closet beader, can he? Wait, he said “for kids” … Maybe I fell asleep when I went upstairs to make tea and this dream is making up for last night’s ball and chain fiasco. If so, it’s a good one.

The vision in front of me releases an easy laugh, a real laugh. Huck Wiley is probably used to odd reactions from strange women, and let me say, I’m doing my darndest to behave strangely. “Would you tell me when those classes are?” he persists.

Forcing myself to behave as normally as possible, I robotically tell him, “I have one on Wednesday and Thursday right after school, so four o’clock. They last for an hour and the price of the class includes the materials for one bracelet. It usually takes four classes to complete a project.” I don’t mean to brag, but my acting skills have gone untapped until now and I managed to get that whole sentence out without tripping over my tongue.

He nods. “Would you be available for a private lesson during the morning sometime?”

I shrug awkwardly like I’m having some kind of seizure. “For now, or during the summer?” What kid isn’t at school during school hours now?

“My daughter will be doing online school and I’d like for her to have a break during the day. You know, other kids get recess and lunch, I’d like for Maggie to get out and about.”

My jaw drops wide open. My earlier attempts at appearing normal have failed me. I’m back to feeling like I’m in a science fiction television show and I’ve just leaped out of my body. It’s like I’m watching me have this conversation with the biggest rock star of our time from the ceiling. The part of me that’s escaped its confines wants to shout down to the rest of me, “Close your mouth, girl!” But I can’t, so I don’t.

Instead, I say, “I’m sorry, but are you Huck Wiley?”

“I am.”

“Why are you here?” I demand. “Don’t you live in Los Angeles or something?”

“Or something,” he answers evasively. Before he can say anything else, I reach across the counter and touch the man’s face. His slightly stubbly beard scratches at my fingertips and then I swear I don’t know what comes over me, but I pinch him.

He jumps back and releases a short bark of surprise, assuring me he’s not some figment I’ve conjured. “I’m so sorry,” I say, quickly regaining my senses. “I thought maybe I was dreaming you up or something.”

“I think you’re supposed to pinch yourself when you think you’re dreaming,” he says, looking at me like I might be an escaped mental patient.


Author Bio:

Whitney loves to laugh, play with her kids, bake, and eat french fries — not always in that order.

Whitney is a multi-award-winning author of romcoms, non-fiction humor, and middle reader fiction. Basically, she writes whatever the voices in her head tell her to.

She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jimmy, where they raise children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

Gold Medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2017.

Silver medal winner at the International Readers’ Favorite Awards, 2015, 2016.

Finalist RONE Awards, 2016.

Finalist at the IRFA 2016, 2017.

Finalist at the Book Excellence Awards, 2017

Finalist Top Shelf Indie Book Awards, 2017

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Cover reveal: Coop by Giulia Lagomarsino

Coop
Giulia Lagomarsino
(Reed Security, #22)
Publication date: April 13th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Coop

Becky is life. She’s the sunshine that lights up my world. But for some reason, I just can’t seem to fully commit. Everything in my head is screwing with me, and if I don’t figure it out soon, I’ll lose her. And to make matters worse, my sweet angel of a daughter has turned into a rebellious seventeen year old that is doing everything in her power to kill me. Something’s gotta give or I’m going to lose everything I’ve fought for in my life.

Becky

Coop has always been a mystery, but he was my mystery. Now, though, I can’t take any more. I want him, but I want all of him. If he can’t let me in, I can’t stick around. I need the whole man, not just the pieces he’s willing to give me. But even if I get him, can I hold onto him? He’s the one thing I want most in this world, but I have a feeling that things aren’t going to go my way.

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Blogger’s Thoughts

I have two books from Giulia Lagomarsino and I cannot wait to get to them. With a bit of luck, it will be this month. However, this cover is absolutely fantastic! I love the color scheme, I love the pecs … yeah, blame me for it! But admit it, you like ‘em as well!

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

Author Bio:

I’m a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, “No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book.” I didn’t think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn’t already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven’t been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.

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February NonBookish Wrap Up

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I have complained already about my terrible February in my bookish wrap up, no need to mention it again here. But, when it comes to crocheting, I did not have such a bad month. I am actually quite happy. I managed to finish one crochet project – a baby blanket (I told you about it in January) and I even managed to start a new project: a light pink summer blouse. Also, I received this month’s Little Box of Crochet, that has materials for a beautiful shawl which happens to be almost in the same shade of pink like my summer blouse.

I didn’t manage to have any walks or spend any quality time out of town with my other half, but in the evenings, we started watching Gotham on Netflix and we are both hooked by the plot. I am loving this series! We are also waiting the next episode from Manifest. Well… we try our best to relax after work.

No sewing performed this month, but I think I did good anyhow.

That’s all I have for now. I hope March will be amazing for you guys and remember to enjoy every moment 🙂

Cover Reveal: Love Under Protection by Aubree Valentine

 
Cover Reveal for Love Under Protection by Aubree Valentine


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We are thrilled to share the cover for LOVE UNDER PROTECTION by Abree Valentine, an upcoming book in the second season of 425 Madison Avenue. Check out this awesome cover for a must-read fling romance!


Harley
My best friend asked me to be his best man at his destination wedding.
 
With a demanding and stressful job with NYPD life for me was all work and no play, but a week-long trip to Hawaii to celebrate Jameson’s nuptials sounds like the perfect excuse to get away.
 
Leaving work behind wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be, though.
 
That was until she walked up to me at the bar.
 
After a night of unbridled passion, I discover…she’s the maid of honor in Jameson’s wedding.
 
Raylynn
My best friend asked me to be her maid of honor at her destination wedding.
 
After finding my now ex-fiance in a compromising position, escaping to Hawaii is the perfect excuse to find myself again.
 
With nothing to lose, I approach the hottest guy in that bar and take a chance on getting my own groove back.
 
There’s just one hiccup…he’s actually the best man in Liv’s wedding.

It was only supposed to be a fling, but when returning home leads to chaos and one relocation to New York, can these two love birds go from fling to forever? Time will tell.
 
Afterall…425 Madison is the perfect place to fall in love.

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Don’t Miss Love Under Construction by Aubree Valentine from the first season of 425 Madison Ave.

 

“From beginning to end the pages of Love Under Construction had me captivated, it’s dramatic and emotional story line tugged on my heartstrings, and stirred up a serious case feels.”  —RedsRomanceReviews on Love Under Construction
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About Aubree

 

Aubree Valentine is a wife, mom and avid reader. Her love of books goes far behind weaving her own stories to tell. She realized her dream of becoming a published author by the time she was in high school and knew she’d stop at nothing to make that happen. 
When she’s not writing, she can be found chasing after her twins or her dogs, curled up with a good book or still working with some of her favorite authors.

 

About the 425 Madison Series

 

 

Welcome to 425 Madison Ave the perfect place to fall in love. Nine delicious romances set in fast-paced & sexy NYC just waiting for you to read.

 

This season will feature some new authors as well as some of season one’s favs. Back for season two is Allie York, Leigh Lennon, MK Moore, Aubree Valentine, Lauren Helms, and Katy Ames. Plus a warm welcome to KC Enders, and Marcie Shumway! 

 

Not only do we have a sexy mix of new and returning authors, prepare for pages packed with new romances, characters, and tropes all from the same well-loved high-rise apartment building in NYC. 
Make sure to follow the 425 Madison Avenue Facebook page for more on release dates, cover reveals and author spotlights. For exclusive excerpts, giveaways, and news subscribe to our 425 Madison newsletter!

 

 

 

 
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February Wrap Up & March TBR

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February has come and gone and I have no idea when the days flew by. Granted, I spent 90% of my time at the office and I am not happy about it at all. I did my best to read something, but I was so tired and so consumed by my job that I just couldn’t focus on it. I am so disappointed because I let my job consume me again and I allowed my free time to be taken away so easily.

I cannot even remember which books I read this month, but I will do my best to list them here. Sadly, I did not manage to review any of them yet, but I spent today writing my articles and scheduling (yes, I am scheduling!) Them. So here they are:

  • Mine to Five by Tara September
  • An Everyday Hero by Laura Trentham
  • One Night With His Rival by
  • The Boy Next Door by Ella James
  • A Curse So Dark And Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I failed the readathon I was participating in during February and, even if 6 books read are still 6 books, I had a big TBR to go through. Statistically speaking, I have one review up, out of 6. Good news: the next days will be full of book talks!

March has started and look at me being on time with my TBR. Again, I have ambitious plans which I must accomplish:

  1. Odriel’s Heirs by Hayley Reese Chow
  2. The Atlantis Bloodline by C.A. Gray
  3. Sting by Cindy R. Wilson
  4. Malice by Pintip Dunn
  5. The Raven and the Dove by Kaitlyn Davis
  6. Sam’s Folly (Midnight Sons Book 1) by Carmen DeSousa
  7. Unleash You by Diana A. Hicks
  8. Flawless Foundations by Lauren Helms
  9. The Rebound by Lynn Stevens
  10. The Water’s Edge by Martin Morton
  11. The Waking of Ghosts by Liliana Rose
  12. A Country Dilemma by Sasha Morgan
  13. Love Under Protection by Aubree Valentine
  14. Starting Over At Acorn Cottage by Kate Forster
  15. Highland Sword by May McGoldrick
  16. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer

 

16 books mentioned, but I do want to recover as much as possible from the February and January books. I have started an Excel spreadsheet where I am tracking all the titles on my TBR, so that I won’t lose count, so I am well aware of how many I leave behind every month.

With all this being said, I intend to bring back the balance to my life and stop giving my free time away so easily. Monday will be a challenge! Until next time, happy reading!