Seven Deadly Sins by Fisher Amelie ~ Fury Announcement and Covers Reveal

The much anticipated, release of Fisher Amelie’s third standalone installment of The Seven Deadly Series, FURY, finally has a release date! Stay tuned below for the reveals of her new covers for VAIN and GREED, a chapter from FURY, as well as the heart-stopping trailer for FURY, due out May 4th, 2015.

Prepare Yourselves.

About FURY:

Revenge is an euphoric thing. Trust me on this. Nothing compares to the release you get when you ruin someone’s life. When they’ve stolen important things. Things that didn’t belong to them. Things I revel in making them pay for.

What? Have I offended you? I’m not here to appeal to your delicate senses. I have no intention of placating your wishes or living within your personal belief system nor do I care if you hate me. And you will hate me. Because I’m a brutal, savage, cold-blooded murderer and I’m here for my revenge.

I’m Ethan Moonsong…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most sacrificing man to the most feared and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Fury May 4

The new cover for the first standalone in The Seven Deadly Series, VAIN.

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The new cover for the second standalone in The Seven Deadly Series, GREED.

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And now for an excerpt from FURY, due out May 4th, 2015…

I heard a snap and the light cracked on, piercing through my closed lids. My head pounded and I groaned then rolled over, pulling my cover over my head to drown out the source of my pain.

“Get up,” a deep voice commanded. “Get up,” he continued, kicking my shoe.

“Dad,” I rasped. “I’m hungover and feel like shit.”

He was silent for a moment so I pulled the cover down just enough to see his face. He was not amused.

“Ethan, watch your language, get your butt up, and find a job.” I didn’t answer him. I had nothing to say that would please him. “And while you’re at it, stop this ridiculous drinkin’, son.”

I sat up, ran my hands through my long black hair and wrapped the length around my fist. I sat back against the wall, reveling in how cool it was, and tried not to vomit.

“Did you see them today?” I asked him, unable to help myself.

My dad removed his hat and leaned against the jamb, scrubbing his face with his free hand. “You like to torture yourself,” he said, shaking his head then sighing. “You remind me so much of your mama.”

The mere mention of my mother sent me spiraling down once more in depression. We’d lost her a few years before and I was still in agony. That, coupled with the fact that Spencer Blackwell stole my girl right out from underneath my nose, was enough for me to drink to excess every night. I hate him.

“Are they,” I swallowed, afraid of his answer, “are they together now?”

My father sighed again. “Ethan, get dressed.”

“Are they?” I asked again, letting my hand drop to my side. My hair slid with it and cascaded down my back.

“You are a stubborn boy. Yes, okay? Yes, they’re together. All the more reason to move on, son.”

My body suddenly weighed a thousand pounds and I felt my head reeling. So it was true then. They were together and they would probably get married and I was going to have to sit there in that godforsaken small town and watch it all happen. I was going to get a front row seat to my own misery.

I nodded once, rested my hands on my knees for a brief moment, then ran past my dad, shouldering him as I did so and nearly knocking him over before making it to the small bathroom across the hall and retching everything in my stomach into the toilet.

My dad stood in the bathroom doorway shaking his head in disappointment. When I was done, I fell back into the wall. That look shamed me to my core. Any time my dad felt let down, I felt the weight of my disgrace so heavy the only thing I could think to dull the ache was to drink myself into a stupor. It was a vicious cycle.

I let my hair cascade over my face. I heard the old wood floor creak beneath his feet as he left without another word and jumped when the front door slammed. My eyes closed as my head pounded.

The claw foot tub sat to my left so I leaned up and turned on the water, slowly removing my clothing one piece at time. Each movement felt like a hammer slamming into my head.

“God,” I groaned. “I am an idiot.”

I stood then stepped underneath the warm water and just stood in silence, letting the water absorb into my hair and seep into my skin. I breathed in the steam deeply. I was miserable. Not just physically but my heart was the heaviest it’d felt since my mom passed and I had no one to blame but Spencer Blackwell for that.

The asshole who rode into my life under the guise of helping his sister only to yank what I thought was a stable foundation right out from underneath me. He stole from me, a bona fide thief, and I wanted to make him pay. No, I needed to make him pay.

But how?

I finished showering and threw a towel around my waist, stepping from the tub and toppling onto my bed when I reached my room and fell to sleep, not even bothering to dress myself. I fell quickly, fantasizing about my revenge.

I must have slept for hours because when I woke, it was pitch black outside. I rolled onto my side and checked my alarm clock. Eleven o’clock. Perfect timing, I thought.

I sat up and tucked my towel around my waist a little tighter, stood and went straight for my dresser. I grabbed a pair of boxers and socks and put those on before heading for my closet and tossing an old, worn pair of jeans on, a thermal and an old tee. I brushed my teeth, grabbed my wallet and keys, threw on my boots and headed toward my piece of shit truck.

I knew exactly where I was going because it was where I planned on going every night until I forgot about Caroline Hunt.

My truck started but barely and I tore out of our driveway not bothering with my seatbelt, kicking up dust and rocks as my tires spun against the loose gravel. I’d replaced my stereo because I couldn’t stand radio, at least not Kalispell radio, and plugged my phone into the audio cable. Bastille’s Dreams remake blasted and I turned it up, letting the painful lyrics wash over me, fueling my desire to get plastered as quickly as possible.

I entertained myself with thoughts of strangling Spencer Blackwell with both hands then beating the crap out of him with my fists. Bastard. I pulled into the local pub and put my piece into park before tucking my left foot into the emergency brake.

I disconnected my phone and the stereo went silent, reminding me of how alone I really was. I turned the engine off and absolute silence surrounded me. I couldn’t take it. My door creaked with age as it swung open and I slammed it shut, unable not to. The fury raging in my blood was more than I could contain.

Before heading inside, my hand went to the empty space between the cab and the bed and searched for the bottle of whiskey I always had wedged in between. I took a large swig, not wanting to spend too much of my savings on the liquor inside the crap establishment. After all, I was going to need it. Revenge was a costly business.

I took one more swig for good measure and wedged it back in its usual place then wiped my mouth on the back of my sleeve. My hair swung heavy in my eyes. It was still a little wet from my shower and I thought about tying it back with the extra leather tie I usually kept in my glove compartment but thought better of it. It helped me hide and I wanted to hide.

I looked around me. The lot was full but I only recognized a few cars this time which was good because I had no intention of making conversation. Regardless, most of Kalispell had stopped trying because I’d rarely done any responding since Cricket cut out my fucking heart and ate it raw. The hair was only insurance.

I took two deep draws of air, gulping it down, desperate for it to soothe me but, of course, it didn’t. I let each escape my lips in shaky breaths and clenched my fists over and over before deciding to head inside.

My boots crunched the gravel beneath my feet as I headed toward the door. When I entered, I ducked my head toward the floor and let my hair cover me, not that it did any good other than to conceal me. I could still feel the heat of their stares, though, still feel the pity in their gazes. I wanted so badly to yell at them to fuck off but I kept as much composure as possible. I couldn’t get kicked out of the only real bar in Kalispell.

I picked a stool at the end of the bar, the same stool I always did in the corner and in the back because it was dark. I sat and met Vi’s eyes. She sauntered over to me, placing her elbows on the bar top, giving me a clear view of her generous chest. I held back my eye roll.

“Hello, darlin’,” she drawled. “You look like shit.”

“The usual, Vi,” I told her as quietly as I could.

“How ‘bout a kiss then first?” she asked, leaning in a bit more.

“Christ, Vi, how many times? Huh? Just get me the gosh damn drink.”

She laughed. “Already worked up then, I see. I like it,” she said, winking.

Vi, or Violet, was thirty-nine years old, had lived in Kalispell her entire life, and had worked as a bartender for over fifteen years. I could tell at one time Vi had been a beautiful woman but I could also tell she had heard many hollow promises from equally hollow men and that she obviously believed them all. Otherwise, why would she still be there? I watched her tired eyes and her slightly too-forced smile. She had the look of someone who used to be chased but had graduated to the chaser. She looked miserable.

She left and returned with an empty glass and a bottle of Jack. She set the glass on the bar and filled it to the brim. She was being generous. She was always this way. She told me once she hoped I would drink it all away and decide to take her up on her offer. I told her that would be a cold day in hell, to which she only laughed.

“Drink up, buttercup,” she said, smiling lasciviously.

“I will,” I told the bar top.

I watched the world around me through the breaks in the hanging strands and six glasses later, I was starting to finally feel numb. I lifted my head a little feeling slightly relieved, feeling like I could breathe a little deeper now that the ache wasn’t so severe. I continued to search the crowd, not knowing who I was really looking for.

A quiet but persistent nagging awareness took residence in my chest for some unknown reason as I watched a girl dance on her own in the middle of the dance floor. Others around her paid no attention to her but she was the first person my eyes were drawn to. I studied her.

Her hair was tucked into a blue scarf, little tendrils peeking through and grazing across her neck whenever she moved. She was extraordinarily tall and her hips and rear end were more indulgent than I’d ever considered before. She turned slightly, giving me her silhouette. Her stomach was flat and her breasts were full. She was beautiful, I could tell, even if I couldn’t see her fully through the low lights.

“Jeez,” I said, swiping a hand down my face. “I’ve had too much.”

But I still couldn’t stop watching her. She wore worn jean cut offs, a fitted button up with the sleeves rolled up her forearms and ankle boots. She rolled her shoulders playfully, enticing someone she knew just off the dance floor. Another girl joined her side and they did the robot. She threw her head back and laughed.

This shocked me almost sober. “That laugh,” I whispered to myself. “That laugh,” I repeated. I knew it but couldn’t quite place it.

She took her friend’s hand and twirled her around the floor vivaciously. She was so full of life. So my exact opposite.

She lightheartedly skipped in place and raised an arm in salute to her friend before turning toward me.

That’s when I got a good, clear look at her. I gasped out loud and placed my hand on the back of my head, my elbow on the bartop, ducking my head down lower to hide myself further.

Please, please, please do not recognize me, I thought, still watching her from the corner of my eye.

She stood two seats down from me. “Vi!” she said, laughing a little. “Vi!”

Vi turned toward her. “Hey, baby! What’ll it be?”

“Can I have a water, please?” she asked, sitting down and releasing a breath of exhaustion. She continued to smile, though, and it ate a little at my gut.

“Of course,” Vi answered and started to pour water into a clear plastic cup. Vi’s eyes pinched a little. “Hey?” she said.

“Yeah?” she asked.

“How come I never see you drink anything harder?”

Her face fell a little but picked right back up. No one would have noticed it but me. “I’ve never had good luck with alcohol,” she admitted a bit sadly.

Vi was quick enough to recognize something there that didn’t want to be said and let it go with a nod, handing over the water without another word.

“Vi!” someone else called out and she walked their direction.

She took a long drink from her water and set it down, turning toward the crowd and surveying the dancers. A small smile tugged at the corner of her mouth, some private joke she shared with herself.

I looked on her for a long time. Long enough for my heart to calm itself. Long enough to struggle with myself in an internal argument. Finally, I decided that I wasn’t watching her because I found her attractive, though I knew she was. Only that I was wondering what she was doing there.

She turned around in her seat after catching her breath and glanced at me. For a moment, I believed she didn’t recognize me but I was wrong. A second scan confirmed it for her. She leaned in and narrowed her eyes. Shit.

Ethan?” she asked. “Is that you?”

“Hello, Finley,” I answered.

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FisherAmelieAbout Fisher Amelie:

Fisher Amelie resides in the South with her kick ace husband slash soul mate. She earned her first ‘mama’ patch in 2009. She also lives with her Weim, ‘Jonah’, and her Beta, ‘Whale’. All these living creatures keep the belly of her life full, sometimes to the point of gluttony, but she doesn’t mind all that much because life isn’t worth living if it isn’t entertaining, right?

Fisher is the author of The Seven Deadly Series, The Sleepless Series, and Leaving Series, and was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award.

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ALP’s Best of 2014

In case you were unaware there are six of us on the blog.  Six.  When was the last time you knew two women to agree on anything?  Let alone six!  So instead of one master list that we all begrudgingly agreed on we have each selected our favorite books of the year.  Every list is different, some are long some are short, some are really two lists.  Some are ordered and some are just a group of favorites in no particular order.  We will guarantee you that between the six of us there is something that you haven’t read and will love.  So without further ado, our Best of 2014!!

Books2014~SAI have two list for my Best of 2014, standalones and series.  Some of the standalones are techinically part of series but can be read without reading the rest of the series.

STANDALONES

#8 ~ Rome by Jay Crownover

Coming in at number eight on my standalones is a book that is part of a series, but can be read as a stand alone, should you not want to read the entire series.

Rome was beautiful and damaged and just so good. I absolutely loved his story and his broken soul. I quite enjoyed his story of redemption and finding himself in a way that he hadn’t expected.

Rule | Jet | Rome | Nash | Rowdy | Asa

#7 ~ Deacon by Kristen Ashley

Number seven of my standalones is another book that is part of a series, but can be read by itself, if you so choose.

I’ve got to be honest and tell you I was intrigued by all that was Deacon before this book was released. He was just such an unknown. I’m glad that we got to know him in this book. He was just as hot and amazing as I thought that he might be. Deacon was protective and caring and alpha and wonderful.

Knight | Creed | RaidDeacon

#6 ~ Letting Go by Molly McAdams

This book starts out by devastating you. The true sign of an excellent book, in my opinion! My heart hurt, physically ached reading this book. There was just so much pain that leaked from the pages that I could feel it in every word. Getting to witness the healing was amazing.

Letting Go

#5 ~ Above the Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow

Above the Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow Author is part of her In Too Deep series, but can definitely be read all on it’s own. Though I do suggest reading Gracie’s story because it is incredibly poignant and brings light to an issue not heavily covered anywhere.

Above the Noise was beautiful and tragic. Instead of being all sunshine and roses there was hardship. The book was based in reality. The one we live in. It was beautiful. There were moments I laughed and moments I cried. Both happy tears and sad tears.

In Too Deep | On Solid GroundAbove the Noise

#4 ~ Rellik by Teresa Mummert

This book was intense. That’s the best way to describe it. I loved Rellik for all of the reasons he hated himself. He was much more than he thought he was. The secondary characters in the book were amazing too. I can only hope that Teresa sees fit to give them their own stories.

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#3 ~ Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

This is one the best stand alones I’ve read in recent years. Archer’s story is so tragic. He broke my heart with his innocence and heart. He was such a wonderful person faced with incredibly horrific circumstances. His ability to persevere was wonderful.

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#2 ~ Cut Too Deep by KJ Bell

Cut Too Deep is definitely not for the faint of heart. It deals with some pretty dark issues, and doesn’t tiptoe around the hard stuff. It pulls more emotions out of you than you knew a book could do. There were times that I was completely livid and times I was bawling so hard I literally could not see well enough to continue reading. When I learned what had happened to Hadley I had an actual physical ache in my chest. The depth of emotion that KJ Bellwas able to write into her book was amazing.

Cut Too Deep

#1 ~ Black Box by Cassia Leo

Black Box is a love story, but it is much more a story of survival. Of hope. Of learning to trust. It is also a story of unimaginable horrors and devastating losses. Of not having the kind of peace, love, and support from the people we need it from the most. But most of all it is a story about the darkness that lives inside of all of us and working to overcome it. Cassia did a masterful job of tearing my heart and soul open with this book then artfully patched them back together.

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SERIES

#8 ~ Give Me Series by Kate McCarthy

This series is suspenseful and fun and has hot rockers. What more can you need? Oh you want danger and hot men in uniform? This has got those too. Do yourself a favor and pick this series up now!!

Give Me Love | Give Me Strength | Give Me Grace

#7 ~ Eagle Elite Series by Rachel Van Dyken

Hot. Mafia. Bosses. Do I really need to say more? I loved these books. I especially love the internal struggle that the characters go through. There is nothing I appreciate more than some damaged characters learning that they are worthy of more than they ever thought.

Elite | Elect | Entice | Elicit | Enforce | Bang Bang

#6 ~ Flat-Out Series by Jessica Park

This series was perfectly imperfect. The characters were flawed and awkward and real. There was not one person in the series that was too good to be true. Their stories were tragic and heartbreaking and real. So real. I loved every second of every book.

Flat-Out Love | Flat-Out Matt | Flat-Out Celeste

#5 ~ Playing With Fire Series by Tara Sivec

In case you haven’t noticed a theme in the books I like, I have a thing for protective forces. Be it military, security corps., mafia (that might be stretching things, but they are protecting the family!) or something along those lines. Tara’s Playing With Fire series has that in spades. Military, retired military, and security corps. There is suspense and tragedy and wonderful love stories all wrapped up in between too. If any of that appeals to you, you should check these books out!

A Beautiful Lie | Because of You | Worn Me Down | Closer to the Edge | Complete Series

#4 ~ The Ruin Series by Rachel Van Dyken

Ah, yes, she has already made the list, but I don’t care. I love this series.
There is tragedy. Lots of tragedy, as well as an overabundance of well-deserved happiness. Above all the characters find their redemption and there is little I love more than that!

Ruin | Fearless | Toxic | Shame | Complete Series

#3 ~ The Pieces Series by Jamie Canosa

I cannot tell you how much I loved this series. Jade’s story was tragic in the most horrific ways possible. Kiernan was nearly perfect in so many ways, except the most tragic one. And Caulder, good lord, Caulder. He was everything. Just everything. This series was heartbreakingly tragic and healing and wonderful. A definite must read by Jamie.

Falling Into Pieces | Angel | Pieces of My Heart

#2 ~ Becoming Calder/Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan

This story started slow, I’ll admit, but it was amazingly written and so detailed I felt like I was walking along with the characters at every turn. Add on top of that the hardships and trials that Calder and Eden faced and you have a formula for an excellent book.

Becoming Calder | Finding Eden

#1 ~ The Closer to You Series by A.L. Jackson

Come to Me Quietly has touched me in a way few books do. There is something in the the tragic circumstances from which hope is able to blossom that is completely different from other books with the same themes.AL Jackson is a masterful story teller who was able to put me not only into the heroines shoes but also the heroes. Every second of their pain and loss, their hope and love was mine. It was in me.
Come to Me Softly is a seamless continuation of Come to Me Quietly. There is no time lapse or series of events that happen between the books that we only know about because of flashbacks. We get to see the struggle that happens for Aly and Jared from the exactly where we left off in CTMQ.

Come to Me Quietly | Come to Me Softly

Best2014-P

These are in no particular order, save my number one.

The Cranberry Inn Series by Author Beth Ehemann.

I was introduced to Brody Murphy by my friend Kaci and I am so thrilled I took her advice.

From his sweet and persistent pursuit of Kacie to the adorable way he was with the Twinkies, I loved everything about Brody. If you have not met this sexy hockey player, I encourage you to do so.

Room For You (CI #1) | Room For More (CI #2) | Room For Just A Little Bit More (CI #2.5)

Bang by Author E.K. Blair

Holy Mind F*ck! This is one of those books that I COULD NOT PUT DOWN! It was intense and dark and gritty and full of twists! I required hand holding from my book bestie, Whitney, and I am so glad that she was able to help me get through it. I am anxious for 2015 as we have the next book, Echo, to look forward to.

Bang (The Black Lotus Series #1)

The Album by Author Ashley Pullo

 This was a refreshingly different read for me that both tugged on my heart and made me laugh. These characters struck a chord with me and I am so pleased to have discovered this author.

Review –> http://wp.me/p48pQL-1db

The Album (Book #1) | The Ballad (Book #2)

 Livvy by Lori Otto

Livvy (Choisie Book #4) from Lori L. Otto is the final book in the Choisie Series. The series follows the story of Livvy Holland and Jon Scott from teenagers into early adulthood. I absolutely loved watching these characters grow up together.

It’s no secret that Lori is one of my favorite authors. She captured me as a lifelong fan with her Emi Lost & Found Series. The Choisie Series is a spin off from her first series and is packed full of feels as you get to experience the joys of first love through the eyes of Livvy and Jon.

Contessa (Choisie 1) | Olivia (Choisie 2) | Dear Jon (Choisie 3) | Livvy (Choisie 4)

 With This Heart by R.S. Grey

With This Heart by Author R.S. Grey is pretty high at the top of my list. RS Grey packed all the things I love into this standalone book that kickstarted my love for this author. I encourage you to meet Beck and Abby SOON!!

From My Review:
This is a story about second chances and choosing to live the kind of life that leaves you with no regrets. It’s about being brave in a scary big world and stepping outside your comfort zone. It’s about first loves, first kisses, and all the other firsts that young love experiences. But above all, it’s about not taking anything for granted.

With This Heart

Crashed (Driven Trilogy #3) by K. Bromberg

This was the EPIC conclusion to Colton & Rylee’s story. It was the Colton we have come to love but it was intense and sweet and steamy and made me love that arrogant man so much more. If you have not yet met Colton Donovan a.k.a. “ACE”, please do soon.

Driven (Book #1) | Fueled (Book #2) | Crashed (Book #3) | Raced (Book #4 – Companion Novella)

The Seductive Nights Series by Lauren Blakely

The Seductive Nights Series from Lauren Blakely brought a Book Boyfriend by the name of Clay Nichols into my life. He is a dirty talking – suit wearing – alpha male and I am smitten with this Blakely boy.

Lauren was super busy this year giving us new book boyfriends in the Blakely Universe. I have some catching up to do on the series, but 2015 is already looking promising with another Blakely boy in the Seductive Nights Series COMING SOON!!

First Night (FREE) | Night After Night (#1) | After This Night (#2) | One More Night (#3) | Complete Series

Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo

Chasing Abby (Shattered Hearts Series #4) by Cassia Leo was the heartwarming conclusion to this series that first sparked my love for Cassia. Abby’s story was beautiful and packed full of emotion.

It’s no secret I am an Adam girl. But let me tell you – grown up Chris Knight is a force to be reckoned with as both a loving husband and doting father. If you have not read this series, carve out some time and prepare for a journey.

Forever Ours (0.5) | Relentless (1) | Pieces of You (2) | Bring Me Home (3) | Chasing Abby (4)

All 2014 Colleen Hoover Releases

Colleen Hoover is my favorite author and she gave me three books this year. I am calling it a tie on these books as I can’t possibly choose 1.

Maybe Someday combined reading and music into one UNFORGETTABLE story. This was not just a book – it was SO MUCH MORE and I love Ridge & Sydney.

The Book – The Soundtrack – The Experience <–that sums it up right there.

Maybe Not gave us more Warren & Bridgette – something I was longing for after Maybe Someday. So Colleen graciously gave us this novella and I fell so much more in love with Warren.

Ugly Love – words fail me on how to describe my love for this book. It was unlike anything Colleen has given us before and simply reminded me of why she is my favorite author. Tate & Miles – and the possibilities of the big screen are just icing on the cake for this book.

Maybe Someday | Maybe Not | Ugly Love

 Patricia’s #1 Book of 2014

I thought long and hard about which book was my TOP book of 2014. So without further delay – my #1 Book of 2014 is…

Bright Side by Kim Holden

This book touched me in such a profound way and even though I was devastated by this story, I was left with such a full heart in the end. The message was beautiful and certainly left it’s mark on me. #‎DoEpic‬

Bright Side

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These are in alphabetical order except for my #1 at the end

The Addicted Series/Calloway Sisters spin-offs by Krista and Becca Ritchie

There is no way I could pick just one 2014 release from Krista & Becca Ritchie. After all, the did write my favorite series. Kiss the Sky, Hothouse Flower, Thrive, and Addicted After all were all released this year and are part of the Addicted series.Why do I love these books? That’s easy. The perfect amount of angst, an amazing storyline, and some of the be…st characters I have ever read. The series covers three different couples and each are so unique that it never gets old. There are no cliffhangers but I do recommend reading in order.

Addicted to YouRicochetAddicted for Now | Kiss the Sky | Hothouse Flower | Thrive | Addicted After All | Fuel the Fire (coming soon) | Long Way Down (coming soon)

The Cranberry Inn series by Beth Ehemann

Our own lovely Patricia messaged me one day telling me about a great new series that I just HAD to read. Sweet, fun story with a hot guy… I’m sold. Little did I know that The Cranberry Inn series by Author Beth Ehemann would be so awesome it got places on my coveted re-read list.  Brody is just… sigh. A cute storyline and great side characters add even more to this story of a single mom and a swoony hockey star.

Room For You (CI #1) | Room For More (CI #2) | Room For Just A Little Bit More (CI #2.5)

Draw Me In by Megan Squires

I read Draw Me In by Megan Squires – Author almost a year ago. This was a January 2014 read but I’ve never forgotten this beautiful love story. I laughed, I cried like a baby and ended this amazing stand alone a big pile of happy goo.Spunky girl, hot businessman with a secret! Sound good? Give this clean, contemporary romance a try.

Draw Me In

 Eversea series by Natasha Boyd

I’m not always a fan of ‘famous people’ reads like actors, rockstars, etc but The Eversea Series by Author Natasha Boydswept me up her awesomeness. Three words… Jack freaking Eversea. Whoa!An actor looking to hide encounters one of my favorite female characters, Keri Ann and the sparks fly even though Keri Ann wants nothing to do with his lifestyle. This series is pretty near perfect. There is fun, there is angst, and did I mention Jack? Seriously, read it. Do it.

Eversea | Forever Jack | Mistletoe and Hollywood

 Flat Out Celeste by Jessica Park

It’s no secret that I stalk the crap out of Author Jessica Park. I pretty much think she’s a genius. Flat Out Celeste (spin off from the Flat Out Love series) just rocked my world. I fell in love with these characters in Flat Out Love and Flat Out Matt so this book was just icing on the cake.Celeste is quirky and vulnerable and it was amazing to watch her fall in love with Justin, a guy with his own social awkwardness. This book contains my favorite scene of the year… the Christmas tree! If you haven’t read it, you won’t know what I’m talking about but it’s so darn sweet. I recommend definitely reading FOL first and FOM (novella) if you are so inclined.

The King’s Trilogy by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

I’m all for a good paranormal series so when a friend recommended the King’s Trilogy by Author Mimi Jean Pamfiloff to me, I got book one. Then I read it straight through and started book two the same day. I wound up reading all three books in two days because I couldn’t put them down.These are adult but oddly enough there isn’t much sex, mostly tension especially at the beginning of the series. But they are dark and gritty. Very different from anything I’ve read before. In fact, I’m still suffering a hangover from this series.

King’s | King for a Day | King of Me

Love, In English and Love, In Spanish by Karina Halle

I bow down to Karina Halle for consistently creating amazing and different books. She can change genres and still all of her books have a very “Karina” feel to them.Love, In English and Love, In Spanish were not as dark as some of her other books but damn, did they tear me apart. They are not easy to read, I could feel the character’s hearts bleeding from the …pages but it was so worth it.A young girl (early 20’s) spends a summer in Spain tutoring English students and falls for Mateo, the very hot and older (late 30’s) former soccer star. Problem… Mateo is married and though he is unhappy, they fight to balance what they know is right and their growing passion for each other.

Love, In English | Love, In Spanish

 The Breaking Nova series by Jessica Sorensen

I *might* have fangirled a little over Jessica Sorensen when I got to PA for her at a book signing. I was so in love with the Breaking Nova series, I squealed when I found out the last book for the main characters was coming out on my birthday. It was like my own special birthday present.Anyhow, this series is not easy to read. They are dark and deal with issues such as suicide and drug addiction in a very real and gritty manner. I cried so hard, especially in book two watching Quinton and his struggles overcoming his problems.

Series: Breaking Nova | Saving Quinton | Nova and Quinton: No Regrets

Spinoffs: Delilah: The Making of Red (novella) | Tristan:Finding Hope (novella)| Wreck Me

Nowhere But Here and After the Rain by Renee Carlino

That dang Author Renee Carlino… can she write a bad book? How on earth was I supposed to choose between Nowhere But Here and After the Rain. I guess I give a slight edge to NBH but both of these books are too good to be ignored.Nowhere But Here has a sweet journalist who falls for a vineyard worker who is harboring a few secrets. Beautifully written, one of… the best stories I’ve read. Ever. Not just this year. Plus it’s on sale right now over half off. After the Rain is a little darker, a little more angsty and a whole lot epic. This story covers the span of several years and Ava’s struggle to love, let go and forgive as she meets a guy, Nate, who is struggling to find his place in the world. This is super emotional and if you don’t cry, I’d be very surprised.

Nowhere But Here | After the Rain

 Sparrow by Sara Mack

Sparrow by Sara Mack was breathe of fresh air for me. This second chance romance is told from the male POV and Sara does a very good job making it realistic. In fact, the realness of these characters is what makes me love them so much. Kyle is perfect, yet he’s not. He’s just an all around great guy who loses his first love as a teenager and then encounters her again in his mid 20’s.There is some angst but overall, this is a fairly light read and should leave you with a big smile on your face after it’s over. Highly recommended!

Sparrow

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Were you wondering when Colleen Hoover was going to make an appearance on my list? Since I’ve been going in alphabetical order, we are finally able to talk about Ugly Love!!!If you haven’t at least heard of this book, you are probably living under a rock. She has sold the movie rights, Nick Batemanis involved in the project and the book is freaking fantastic. …Ugly Love is definitely ugly at times. I cried but since Colleen can inject her snarky sense of humor into almost anything, there were lighter moments as well. Miles is kind of an ass until you really get to know him and then your heart just shatters.This is beautifully written and will remain in my favorite books of all time category.

Ugly Love

*** Tie for #1 Book of 2014 ***

The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons and Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Yes, that’s right… here it is. Prior to this, my picks were in alphabetical order but I now give you my #1 read for the year. Only there was a tie. These books are so different, it wasn’t fair to choose one over the other as they are equally amazing. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan – Archer has earned a spot as one of my favorite BBF’s with his quiet strength and…vulnerability. Bree is amazing and so loving, perfect for our silent boy. If you haven’t read this book, I am truly sorry for you. Contemporary stand alone. The Collector’s Society by Heather Lyons – This is Alice in Wonderland meets modern day romance. Part fairy tale, part mystery, part contemporary romance, TCS is unlike any other book I’ve ever read. It’s truly unique and will keep you turning the pages. This is book one in a series but ends in a good place.

Archer’s Voice | The Collectors Society

I feel like I’m not fangirling appropriately over these two authors and their books. The truth is that both had other books in my top of 2014 list other than these two so I will list those as well:

I couldn’t leave out the other books by Mia Sheridan and Heather Lyons. Mia also release Becoming Calder and Finding Eden (the two make up a series) which touched my heart and left tears dripping down my cheeks.

Becoming Calder | Finding Eden

Clearly, I like the angst which is darn good considering I also loved the Fate Series by Heather Lyons, part of which was released this year. The series starts out YA and ends contemporary (fairly clean, very little sex). This is a fantasy series and deals with ‘real’ people who possess elements of magic. I will forever carry a book hangover from this series and it’s one of my all time worst ugly cries. Please note this series also contains a love triangle.

A Matter of Fate | A Matter of Heart | Beyond Fate (novella) | A Matter of Truth | A Matter of Forever

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Rock My Body by Michelle A. Valentine

This is the final book in her Black Falcon series. I fell in love with this series when I read Rock the Heart quite awhile ago. My favorite part of this book is the epilogues where we get to catch up with all of the characters from the series.

Rock My Body

After the Rain by Author Renee Carlino

This is a beautiful story about love, loss and learning to live again.

The Journey Home by Kelly Elliott Author

I love all of Kelly’s books but this one is my favorite by her. It was beautifully written and so much deeper than her other books.

The Journey Home

Burying Water by. K.A.Tucker (Author)

This was a very emotional story about finding oneself and learning to live again. What would you do if you woke up one day and didn’t remember who you were? How would you move on with your life?

Burying Water

 Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Colleen is one of my favorite authors. Her books bring out every single emotion and I love that about her writing.

Ugly Love

Fragile Bonds by Sloan Johnson

I work in healthcare so I completely understand the connection between Melanie and Alyssa throughout this book. This is a very emotional story about living life to the fullest, love, loss and second chances.

Please have a box of tissues handy when you read this book!

Fragile Bonds

 My #1 books of 2014 are actually a series of books.

The Ever Trilogy by Jasinda Wilder

This series has stuck with me since the day I finished the first book in the series which is titled Forever and Always! The second book is titled After Forever and the third one is Saving Forever.

This series took me on quite an emotional rollercoaster. There were times when I was reading that I wanted to throw my kindle. Sometimes the characters made some really stupid decisions but in the end everything turned out so beautifully.

Cade and Ever are two of the strongest characters I have ever read about. They both went through some pretty horrible experiences but their love for each other got them through.

Forever & Always | After Forever | Saving Forever

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#1 ~ Forever Ours & Chasing Abby by Cassia Leo

When I joined the book world I found The Shattered Hearts Series by Cassia Leo and fell in love. This year I read Chasing Abby and Forever Ours. Both are great.

Forever Ours is the prequel to the series, it came out this year. I’m glad that the new people to discover the series get to start with this book. I was a die hard Team Adam girl until this book and it brought me over to Team Chris. His love for Claire goes above and beyond.

Chasing Abby is the ending of the series and what an ending it is. I laughed and cried my way through this book. I didn’t want it to end but I was extremely happy when it did.

Both books left me with glorious book hangovers. Do your self a favor and pick this series up.

Forever Ours (0.5) | Relentless (1) | Pieces of You (2) | Bring Me Home (3) | Chasing Abby (4)

#2 ~ Magen McMinimy ~ All Books

The Half Blood Princess series (Book 1 is FREE right now) follows Sophia and her friends. It contains Vampires, Shifters, and Witches. I fell in love with this series and couldn’t put it down. This a complete series.

Blood Claim (FREE) | Boxed Set #1 | Boxed Set #2

The Immortal Heart series (Book 1 is FREE right now) is a new take on Fae and Immortals. It has almost every supernatural possible in the series. This is also a complete series.

Immortal Blood (FREE) | Series Links

Twins of Aurora series was fantastic. Once I started I had to have more from her. Because of this series I started stalking, I mean following, her. Her writing style is wonderful and has easy flow. She makes it easy to just get lost in the world that she has you picturing. It was very easy to picture my self as the main characters in her stories.

Twins of Aurora | Sacred Fire

#3 ~ Vital Sign by J.L. Mac

I have read every book she has put out and this one just spoke to me. Vital Sign is a must read for 2015 if you haven’t read it yet.

This book has so many emotions in it that it keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. while reading this I had to stop multiple times just to compose my self.

Vital Sign

#4 ~ Being Sawyer Knight & Taming Ryder by Nicola Haken

Being Sawyer Knight was my first and I loved it. Nicola has a way of writing that you almost forget that you are reading about two men. All that shines it the beautiful love story, the passion and the struggles they go through.

Taming Ryder is amazing on its own. Ryder is a strong man but in his own way. He’s cocky but you love him for it.

Being Sawyer Knight | Taming Ryder

#5 ~ ‘Til Death Do Us Part Series by Krissy V

Earlier this year I took a chance based on a recommendation from another blogger and fell in love. Krissy V’s has taken the topic of spousal abuse and made you feel what the victim and the abuser are both going through.

I have never read a book quite like this one. In the beginning the only thing I wanted to do was kill Felix my self but by the end of the series I was partially rooting for him. She showed that abuser are not only a product of their upbringing but that it can just the person them self.

Throughout all of the abuse and struggles Tasha never gives up. She pushes through and tries to see the light. She tries to keep her friends and family close through it all.

If you are looking for a great emotional and dark read then this is the book for you.

For Better or Worse | In Sickness and In Health | To Love and To Cherish | To Have and To Hold | For Richer or For Poorer

#6 ~ Love Lost by Maria Desouza

For a debut novel it reads like a seasoned author wrote it. She has a beautiful way with words that lets you imagine you are the main character. Her writing enables you to feel every emotion she portrays.

In Love Lost, Jason and Selene meet only to discover they are both after the same person. Lucio. He is the ultimate bad guy. Tall, dark, brooding, violent and drop dead sexy.

Love Lost

#7 ~ Securing Her Heart by Elizabeth James

All of her books are wonderful but Securing Her Heart is beautifully written and wonderfully heartwarming. You can tell that she poured her heart and soul in to this book.

Jolene and Ryder have know each other forever but she takes off for design school and he joins the military. Everything is going great in their lives and then the flood gates open up and all hell breaks loose. This is a great read that will stick with you and have you wondering what they are up to.

Securing Her Heart

#8 ~ Doubt (The Connected Series) by K.A. Hobbs

Yes the book has a lot of sex in it but this is actually a book that it works in. She has written the kind of book that you could take it out of and it would still get the point across. She is on the way to being a seasoned author.

Doubt | Assured | Broken

#9 ~ Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

I know this book is not from 2014 but that is when I finally read it. Many people have read it but those who haven’t need to. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover was an amazing read.

I read this book and couldn’t put it down. This was my first book by her and I plan to read many more. I have not picked up Losing Hope yet but I will. This book was a heartfelt roller coaster in its self so I am afraid to pick it up.

Hopeless | Losing Hope | Finding Cinderella

#10 ~ Shy of Tomorrow by S.H. Pratt

In Shy of Tomorrow, the main character is a librarian and she meets her love interest there. Who doesn’t want to meet their man in a library. This book has everything you could ask for in a book funny one liners, sweet and sassy banter and a lot of heart felt emotions.  It is the perfect read on a rainy day, day at the beach, by the pool or even just on a lazy Sunday.

Shy of Tomorrow

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Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

An amazing read …the way she writes helps you see EVERY character’s point of view and feel for them all!

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon

#5Greats  Gripping storytelling at its BEST.  A gift to the reader.  YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!

Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Love Archer, so different and good and an original story line. Fall in Love with Archer!

Undeniable by Madeline Sheehan

I’m a sucker for a GREAT biker book and this one is THE best!

More Than Forever (More Than Series, Book 4) by Jay McLean

#HappyTears…These characters are so lovable and I enjoy it every time I open a Jay Book!

No Strings Attached by Hilary Storm (Rebel Walking #3)

#UglyCry  My BIG ugly Cry.  Love me some Luke and this one delivers.

Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest Series, Book 4) by Tijan

I’m addicted to Tijan and these characters.  She writes like no other!

Bender (The Core Four Book 1) by  Stacy Borel

Waited on this book to come out and was so happy when it lived up to my expectations and the some!

A Very Xander Christmas by Anne Mercier

 #MyHeart  Anne is so dear to me, and this book will ALWAYS hold a place in my heart! Check out her series, it’s fantastic!

A Haunted Heart by Kristi Pelton

This book (and Kristi) also means a great deal to me…I was there from the start and so very blessed to be a part of it! Read it ..it’s SOOO good!!

Wounded by Jasinda Wilder

So different and so very fantastic, with wonderful characters.  It blew me AWAY!

Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

#Funny, I enjoyed reading this book, it was funny and wonderfully entertaining! #Soccer

Willing Captive by Belle Aurora

This book was not at all what I thought it was going to be…  It was so much better than that!

Beautiful Broken Rules by Kimberly Lauren

I loved the way these characters stories were told, loved the dynamic of them! WONDERFUL READ!

Storm (Ashes & Embers book 1) by Carian Cole

#Steamy, everyone should get caught in a snow STORM!!  Hot!  Looking forward to the next in this series!

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Synopsis:

 Haley Martin decides the only way to let go of her lingering nightmares is to literally move on. Taking a leap of faith she finds herself enrolling at a campus hundreds of miles away from home.

She leaves any thoughts of dating again in Jersey, that is until fate crosses her path with a blue-eyed stud named Kyler King. He is notoriously known for being emotionally unattainable, but his façade is only to hide the burdens he bares every day.

As Kyler and Haley’s physical attraction becomes deeper, the secrets of the past threaten to surface. When Haley’s past collides with the present, will her secrets prove too big of an obstacle hindering their happily ever after, or will letting go be the key that locks their bond forever?

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Ho Ho Ho…we’re on the road for the holidays with audiobooks! 

 
This event will run until December 31. This week we’re featuring:Abbi Glines

ONE MORE CHANCE by Abbi Glines

New Adult Contemporary Romance

The unforgettable story of Grant and Harlow from Take a Chance continues in this brand-new novel in the Rosemary Beach series from number-one New York Times best-selling author Abbi Glines.

She was it. His one. His only. Then he made the mistake of letting her go.

After fighting his way into Harlow Manning’s heart – and revealing a side of himself no one had ever seen before – Grant Carter destroyed his own heart by giving in to his greatest fears and doubts. Months later, he’s stuck in a miserable routine. Work relentlessly. Beg his best friend, Rush, for news about Harlow. Avoid all other friends. Leave nightly voicemails for Harlow, pleading with her to come back to Rosemary Beach. Fall asleep alone. Repeat.

Miles away, on her brother’s Texas ranch, Harlow can’t bring herself to listen to Grant’s voicemails. Though she wants to be with him, and knows he regrets letting her go, she doesn’t know if she can trust him. When he discovered the truth behind her sheltered upbringing, it shattered their relationship, but the secret she carries now has far greater consequences. Can she risk giving Grant one more chance, or will the gamble ultimately destroy her?

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HOLD ON TIGHT by Abbi Glines
New Adult Contemporary Romance

Dewayne Falco has been a fixture in Sea Breeze since his appearance in the very first book, Breathe. He always had the one-liners and smart remarks that made you laugh. But there was never any insight into his life. Other than being best friends with Marcus, Preston, and Rock all his life, you knew little else. Until now. In Hold on Tight, Dewayne’s past pain is brought front and center while he realizes not all was lost – and that there may be hope for him yet.

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Abbi Glines

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of TWISTED PERFECTION, FALLEN TOO FAR, NEVER TOO FAR, JUST FOR NOW, WHILE IT LASTS, BECAUSE OF LOW, BREATHE, THE VINCENT BOYS, THE VINCENT BROTHERS, THE EXISTENCE TRILOGY.

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