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Retribution Tour: Top Ten Inspirational Authors

Big Book Little Book welcomes Virginia Brasch as she shares her top ten of inspirational authors.
retribution coverAn eye for an eye. Bailey Russell is an assassin on an Artemis Agency assignment that is both business and personal: take out Amir Fahad, the arms dealer, who killed her partner. She’s put together an ideal plan that includes using herself as bait. Grieving the loss of her former partner and her team’s faith in her she vows the only way this mission ends is in death: hers or Fahad’s.
A dangerous web they weave. British Intelligence Operative, Ben Ambrose, is married to his job. And for the past three months that has meant living undercover as part of Fahad’s crew. Three month’s work blown when he feels compelled to risk his life to protect Bailey and her friends from Fahad’s men.
The best laid plans. Bailey’s plan ruined. Ben’s cover blown. Their entire professional lives consist of lies and subterfuge, but there’s one thing Bailey and Ben can’t hide from each other, their growing attraction. Still, each wants to complete their mission at all costs: personal and professional.
Payback’s a bitch and this time her name is Bailey.

Jane Austen
She sweeps us into the past and teaches us that women don’t have to accept the lot that’s handed them. They’re allowed to dream and reach for goals.

Louisa May Alcott
She too won my heart with Jo March and her desire to write and strive for things otherwise denied her gender at the time.

Sandra Brown
I just adore her writing. It can be gritty and real and pull you in easily. What writer doesn’t aspire to that?

Steig Larrson
In Lisbeth Salander, he creates the ultimate outcast, an almost frightening character who becomes a vigilante and seeker of justice.

Sara Gruen
Water for Elephants was such an amazing book. I cried, I loved it, I borrowed it from my mom and read it in a day and then bought a copy for my in laws. She’s a great story teller.

Sherrilyn Kenyon
Her books take place in our world and yet there’s some serious world building going on in her books. She’s a master at it and she makes it look easy. I love Greek Mythology too so that’s an added bonus.

Johanna Lindsey
If you like historicals and you don’t know her name; well you’ve been living under a rock. The amount of research to accurately write a historical boggles my mind and yet she does it well. And often. She should teach a class on being prolific with so many hit titles under her belt.

JK Rowling
She worked as a single mother on welfare while writing the Harry Potter series. She knew what she wanted and she never gave up. She is endlessly inspiring.

Neil Gaiman
“Make Good Art.”

Dean Koontz
For scaring the hell out of me while I was home alone one summer morning and teaching me how powerful words can be. And making me invest in a nightlight.

Post written by Virginia Brasch

author pic braschVirginia Brasch, author of Retribution, the first book in the Artemis Series is making her writing debut. The married Pennsylvania native has an inherited love of books. Virginia was tired of reading stories about helpless damsels in distress and started writing about her own kind of heroine.
She snorts when she laughs, has an unfortunate fondness for karaoke, a growing collection of books, and is drawn always to the sea. She was also once hit in the head by a small sailboat’s boom and tossed overboard. This taught her the importance of expecting the unexpected. She enjoys dirty jokes and swears like a sailor though claims to be “****ing working on it.”
Virginia is an adventurer who lives a wildly exciting life. Afraid to fly, she travels infrequently. She gets excited to spend a night in reading or snuggle up watching a movie with her husband. She likes hanging out with her mom or tentatively venturing out with girlfriends, lured by promises of wine and laughing until it hurts.
She writes suspense with a romantic kick and fully believes heroines should be a bit brash. For more romantic suspense fun, or just for a chat, you can find Virginia on twitter (@Virginia_Brasch), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VBrasch), and her website (http://virginiabrasch.wordpress.com/). She encourages readers to go ahead and be a little bit Brasch.

Retribution is LIVE and available to buy from amazon.co.uk (here)

To learn more about Retribution and Virginia check out the other stops on the blog tour (here). Alternativley Virginia is active on Facebook (here) and on Twitter (here).

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Cover Reveal: Face Time

Today is the cover reveal for Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) by SJ Pajonas. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The cover is designed by Forward Authority.

Face TimeAfter the best first date ever, Lee thought Laura was funny, intelligent, and impulsive; a whirlwind of bright laughter and happiness. Laura loved Lee’s sweet smile and the way he expertly filled in every awkward pause. He held her hand and then pulled her in for the most perfect kiss she’s had in years. What could possibly be wrong? Just the 7000 miles that separates them the next day.
Even though Lee has gone home to Seoul, Laura can’t stop thinking about him. What starts as an innocent text thanking him for their dinner date becomes something much more: someone either of them can’t live without. But Laura’s got a live-in mother going through a midlife crisis, and Lee’s stressful traveling schedule means they’ll be apart for some time. Life, family, and a complicated past also get in the way, and they’re both going to need actual face time to figure it out.
Told from both Lee and Laura’s point of view, FACE TIME is a funny, romantic, modern-day story about two people who connect across the world.

Excerpt

Lee’s eyes are bloodshot and tired, his rounded cheeks sunken in with fatigue, but it looks like he won’t leave unless someone comes along and peels him off the couch.
I hate to do it, but I lean forward and squeeze his knee. “Lee, you look so tired, and I know you have to be up early. We should call it a night.”

Disappointment falls over his face and he sighs, putting his hands on his knees and forcing himself to stand up. Once my coat is buttoned-up, he reaches out his hand and helps me up with a smile.

Outside, I direct him north on Broadway to Third Street where I can get a cab going west towards Chelsea and be home in ten minutes. I used to walk this area all the time when I went to NYU, and the corner of Third is as good a place as any to say goodbye. An NYU building towers over this corner, fenced in by greenery and a large tree arcs out overhead. In a few weeks, the branches will be filled with buds and trees will explode with leaves all over the city. I can’t wait for spring.

“You live on Fifteenth Street, right? I saw the address you sent me,” Lee says, his hand clutching mine. “Over by Chelsea Market?”

“Yeah. I go there all the time. The neighborhood has grown in the last few years especially. It doesn’t look anything like it did when I moved in.”

“Seoul is always changing. After the war, it just grew and grew and now there are new buildings up every year there.”
Our conversation dies as we near the corner, and I slow down to a stop. I… I really don’t know what to do. I know this can’t go anywhere.

“I can get a cab going crosstown from here,” I say, looking down at my shoes. “If you walk back over to Lafayette, you can get a cab going uptown.”

“Okay. Laura…” He turns to face me, so very close. He withdraws his warm hand from his pocket and softly strokes the length of my chin, pushing my eyes up to his. I guess I’m not the impulsive one tonight. “I’d like to see you again. Somehow. I don’t know when I’ll be back in New York, though.”

“I understand.” I clench my legs together because a fire is burning right in the middle of them, and I haven’t had sex in so long I don’t know what to do with the feeling. My vibrator doesn’t count. “Maybe we can keep in touch, if you’re up for it.” I smile at his eager face, only three inches from mine.

“I think I’m up for almost anything when it comes to you. In fact…” He steps in even closer, letting go of my hand and pulling me in by the small of my back. “I’m going to kiss you, and I’m not going to regret it for a second.”
Pulling my face to his, our lips meet hesitantly at first, warmth growing between us as a breeze curls around my legs and up my jacket. His lips brush against mine, feathery light and playful, soft and sweet, the test kiss when you put your toes in the water and see if the bath is hot enough. Then I lean in and bind my lips to his. This kiss goes all in, a deep inhale followed by the kind of release that makes my eyes roll back in my head. If I were paying closer attention, I’d notice the curry, the beer, and the coffee, but instead all I sense is the seed he’s planting in my soul, the one that takes root and convinces me I’m a worthy person again, worthy of love and affection, worthy of attention.

I set my hands free from their safe haven between us and wrap them around his waist, sighing and enjoying this regret-free kiss. It just pushes Lee even closer, both of his hands on my cheeks, guiding my mouth into his, and his relief is evident in the release of his muscles along his waist and back.

Earlier, I wanted to pause time in several instances — when he took my photo, when he held my hand, when he smiled at me over the top of the coffee bar — but, now, this is what I want to remember. This is the moment when he likes me for all the right reasons, and I want to capture that blissful ignorance and never live without it.

The moment unsticks, our lips pulling away at the same time, and he kisses me along my left cheek to my ear. I hug him close and rest my forehead on his shoulder.

“Thank you for tonight, Laura,” he whispers in my ear, and I nod into his sweater, letting myself feel happy for this instead of sad he won’t be here tomorrow. We dislodge our arms from each other and do our best to smile at one another before he takes my hand, leads me to the curb, hails a cab, and puts me in it.

“Don’t be a stranger, Lee,” I say, before raising my eyebrows at him and closing the door.
My last glimpse is the smile on his face, his hand raised in goodbye, as my cab speeds away down Third Street.

sj pajonasS. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job.
Released is S. J. Pajonas’s second work, book two of four in the Nogiku Series. The first book in the series, Removed, is described as “a wonderful story” with “engaging characters, seamless world building, and an action packed plot.” It’s an “up-til-3am-because-I-read-it-in-one-sitting book.” She also writes contemporary romance and her upcoming first book in the Love in the Digital Age series will be published in 2014.
S. J. lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
You can find and contact her at her her website, on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pintrest, Filicker, Instagram and on Tumblr.

You can find Face Time (Love in the Digital Age #1) on Goodreads (here).

Are you a Wattpad user? S. J. Pajonas will be posting the first chapters of FACE TIME to Wattpad (here) starting March 9, 2014. Follow her to get a new chapter each week, six in total, leading up to the publication of FACE TIME.

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Camp Christmas Book Blitz: Guest Post and Giveaway

This is my stop during the book blitz for Camp Christmas by Jk Rock. Camp Christmas is a novella which is part of the Camp Boyfriend series and is free to download on the publisher website!

Camp Xmas cover 2Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?

Why did you decide to write a Christmas themed novella? How do you feel about Christmas and how do you celebrate Christmas?

While we were writing Camp Boyfriend, we quickly became enthusiastic about the story possibilities for characters at Camp Juniper Point. We grew attached to all of them and started talking about the kinds of other stories we’d like to see. One of our ideas was to write a story set during the school year so we could see one camp character outside of camp. We were intrigued with the idea of some of the characters knowing each other away from camp—and maybe having a different relationship at camp versus at home.

From that idea, we tried to figure out a way to bring a “camp” feel to the story even though it was set during the school year. We talked about some kind of field trip or adventure experience that would let the kids be outdoors and in nature. That led to someone saying “ski trip” and someone saying “at Christmas.” Like all the best ideas brainstormed together, the concept sprang to life so organically that I don’t even remember who said what. It just happened and we both loved the idea of a Christmas story.

Being married to brothers, Karen and I end up celebrating a lot of holidays together and Christmas is no different. We love the holidays! Our husbands are two of eight siblings, so family parties are big, noisy and fun. We laugh a lot and make crazy amounts of food. We test new drink recipes alongside new cookie recipes. A lot of family parties are pot luck so no one gets stuck doing all the work. Plus, we all like to try each other’s concoctions, so it’s perfect that everyone brings a little something to a Rock gathering.

Can you tell us a bit about the Camp setting in this series, how the camp setting influences the story and what your own connection is with camp?

In Camp Christmas, we meet characters from Camp Juniper Point during the school year, so the setting is away from the North Carolina camp, unlike the rest of the books and novellas in the series. However, the setting puts the characters out in nature, testing their skills more than they expect in the great outdoors! Their camp experiences prove helpful.

We love the settings in all the stories for the way the characters connect with nature. That’s certainly not a goal- who thinks about connecting with nature as a teen?!—yet kids who go to camp often comment on the way the outdoors awed them. Being in nature, even if that’s not your favorite part of camp, is something special and out of the ordinary. Also, there is more opportunity to experience the power of nature—getting lost in the woods, tipping a canoe, fighting the rapids in a kayak, climbing a mountain. Or in the case of Camp Christmas, a major snowfall.

Karen and I both attended summer camp as teens and loved it. We are not outdoorsy girls by any stretch, but I think we both came away with deeper appreciation for the deep quiet of a summer night in the remote mountains or the awe-inspiring power of a lightning storm with only a piece of canvas over your head. Of course, we also came away with plenty of memories about boys met while at camp and the friendships we made. All of that helps fuel our stories.

How did your interest in reading and writing start?

Karen and I both have long histories with books, reading and writing! I know Karen had teachers point out her writing skill to her early on in her academic career, but I’m taking full credit for twisting her arm into using it more . She has an amazing sense of story and a flair for the dramatic, so working with her is incredibly fun.

But before writing…there was books. Karen’s house is stuffed with every YA known to mankind. She took her job really seriously as an eighth grade teacher and read absolutely everything out there to give the best recommendations to her students. She is great at matching up reluctant readers with the right kind of story to pique their interest.

As for me, my love of reading began when my parents read to me as a child. They love books and shared that love with me. I read every Nancy Drew book and then moved straight on to Wuthering Heights! I got a Master’s degree in literature so I could study books more and learn from people who adored them as much as me. After grad school, it became apparent the only way I could crawl deeper inside a book was to write my own, and that’s just what I did.

If I had to choose between reading and writing, I’d always take reading. It’s easier and more fun to let someone else pull me along on a story until I’m completely drawn into another world. But I think I would always come back to writing because it is fun to try to create that magical experience for someone else.

JK Rock is the pseudonym for writer duo Joanne and Karen Rock. Why did you decide to write the Camp Boyfriend series together, how do you write this series together and what do you like or don’t like about writing a series together?

Joanne and I have been close friends and sisters-in-law for many years. We both married into the Rock family- a group of seven brothers and one very strong and awesome sister. We adore our in-laws, but when get-togethers got a bit intense, sports-wise, we always found a corner to quietly lose ourselves in a conversation about books and writing. Joanne had been writing for Harlequin for years, and I soaked up all she shared about her experiences as a working author. I felt so complimented when she asked for my opinion on some of the plots of her books, and loved hearing about and reading them.

One day, Joanne encouraged me to try writing and I have to admit, my first attempt was a complete fail! I loved creating dynamic characters and interesting situations, but had no clue how to tell a story. Joanne read through my attempts, was so generous with her help, and encouraged me not to give up. Eventually I completed my first YA novel, and we were both so excited when many agents requested the full. Joanne also shared my disappointment when it was rejected. While commiserating during one of shopping/lunch trips to Burlington, VT, we started discussing the possibility of writing a YA book together. Since we shared the same love of books and story-telling, and got along so well, we knew it’d be a wonderful experience! One idea led to another and by the time we’d finished desert, we had the rough outline for the first book in the CAMP BOYFRIEND series, and ideas for two more to follow. We fell in love with the concept, the world and characters we imagined that day, and couldn’t wait to get started.

Within the month, we’d met several times to outline the plot, develop the characters, and create the world of Camp Juniper Point. With all of the pieces in place, we began swapping chapters to write based on previously agreed upon plot events. Once one of us received a chapter from the other, we would read through, add suggestions, then write the next one before sending it back. If one of us had a preference to write a particular scene, we made sure that it went to that person. In that way, we both felt fulfilled and energized by this unique process.

Writing can be, at times, a lonely process. Yet writing with a partner means you aren’t alone. In those moments of doubt or question, when you aren’t sure if the direction you took is the right one, you have your co-writer to call. Problems no longer seem insurmountable or even that difficult when you have another brain to help figure it out. What’s more, it’s great to surprise each other with funny lines or swoony moments. Since writing with Joanne, I too have begun writing on my own for Harlequin. It’s satisfying in a different way, but not quite as much fun. That spirit is reflected in the CAMP BOYFRIEND series. Sometimes we made each other laugh so hard, our husbands wondered if we were really ‘working’. It often didn’t feel that way!

The books in the Camp Boyfriend series are Young Adult, but you both also write Adult books, Can you explain why both genres appeals to you and what is the difference between writing for Adults and Young Adults and what you like about each of them?

We love writing both genres! Writing Young Adult and Adult Contemporary Romance allows us to craft genuine and moving love stories that appeal to readers of all ages. Many of our YA fans are adults who love teen fiction as much as we do. Some of our YA fans have read our adult romances and loved them too. Romance is classic. It’s an experience, no matter your age, that all can relate to. Writing for teens and adults allows us to explore a full range of romantic experiences and not limit ourselves to only one age group. It stretches us as writers, and challenges us to dig deeper into the genre.

YA Contemporary Romances are about firsts. First crush, first kiss, first heartbreak, first love… there’s a delicious sense of fragility and awkwardness about it… like a springtime garden. The promise and potential for greatness. An insistent sense; an urgency. The characters haven’t been hardened yet by disappointments and throw themselves into experiences that may or may not turn out the way they’d hoped. While YA characters’ reckless exuberance and rebellion can sometimes lead to epic fails, it can also lead to incredible joy. These extremes are unique to adolescent literature and teen life. Who hasn’t felt like they were on top of the world one day and wish they didn’t have to get out of bed the next? (Okay- maybe that was just my teen years- lol)

Adult Contemporary Romances are about second chances. These are adults who’ve survived their mistakes or adversity, yet may not have fully healed from these experiences. They carry scars that affect the way they view love, sometimes making them reject the very thing that is best for them. What is amazing about this genre is to show how it’s possible to overcome the challenges you’ve faced in life and to grow enough to be able to find lasting love. I adore these characters so much because they’ve been hurt, or have an obstacle that holds them back, yet find the strength to overcome them. There is nothing that brings me to tears faster than two imperfect characters who discover that they are perfect together.

Each book in the camp boyfriend series has a different main character, but former main characters do make an appearance in later books. How did you come up with the idea to write this series this way and what are the pros and cons of writing a series with different main characters?

It really comes down to a matter of author preference. It’s a very subjective choice. For us, we were intrigued by the opportunity to use the same world, but dig deeper and focus more on specific characters in different books. Both of us are people watchers. It’s fun to sit in a park and imagine the lives of the individuals that pass us. In CAMP BOYFRIEND, we have that opportunity. In one book, a character is a supportive best friend with a bit of an anger issue. In another book, that BFF is now the main character. We get a much better understanding of her, why she has this temper, and root for her as she grows and finds true love. An even greater jump happens when we switch our focus to another cabin entirely, a different set of girls, and get to know them in a way we hadn’t before. You never know someone until you’ve walked in their shoes. And you never know a character until you’ve read his or her story. It’s a thrill to live in a different character’s world and inhabit their lives for different books, rather than staying with only one protagonist for the entire series.

The benefit to writing books with different main characters is that we never feel like we are covering the same ground. Each character has his or her own unique points of view, challenges, and goals for us to explore. This keeps us on our toes as writers as we need to look harder at these characters and envision what kinds of stories will help them overcome what’s been holding them back from finding love. We both want to give our readers fresh and dynamic stories every time. By shifting the series to a different character with each book, they still have the Camp Juniper experience, while seeing it through the unique experiences of that protagonist.

A con to writing books with different main characters is really a logistical issue. It is actually quite intensive work to make sure that the large cast of the series is consistent throughout. Their back stories may be more developed given a particular novel, but they need to match what was written about them in other books. Also, the timeline of events need to match up, requiring meticulous planning. In the series, we actually have an overlapping scene that appears in two books. Both scenes are told from different characters’ points of view. We needed to ensure that every concrete detail matched, while making it seem different and specific to that character’s perspective. However, the extra work is worth the effort when the end result is so rewarding!

JKRock4Sisters in law Joanne and Karen Rock write Young Adult books under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. They bonded on a set of bleachers, watching their respective Rock boyfriends play baseball, and later, as young wives married into the same big family. Today, they have fun reliving teen drama on the pages of their YA books in their ongoing Camp Boyfriend series, which reviewers have noted for its authentic treatment of navigating relationships and self-identity. Individually, Joanne and Karen write adult romance books for Harlequin. Joanne is a three-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart winner. Her books have been reprinted in twenty-six countries and translated into twenty different languages. Karen’s debut romance, WISH ME TOMORROW, has garnered critical acclaim for its sensitive portrayal of a cancer survivor’s journey. You can learn more about their upcoming projects and previous releases at http://jkrock.net
You can find out more about J Rock and their work by visiting (here) at their author site and or (here) at the Camp Boyfriend Site, conversing with them On Twitter (Joanne, Here) (Karen, Here), or by visiting theirFacebook (here), Pintrest (here) or Goodreads (here)pages.

You can find out more about Camp Christmas on Goodreads(here) It is free to download on the Spencer Hill Contemporary website (here) or you can buy it on Amazon for 0.99$ (here).

While it is part of the Camp Boyfriend series it can also be read as a stand alone.
So far this series contains 3 book: Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5), Camp Boyfriend (camp Boyfriend #1) and Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5).

This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

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The book blitz runs from 17 December till 21 December, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours here

Giveaways!

One of the giveaways is US Only, here is what you can win: signed copies of J. Lynn’s FRIGID, Kimberly Sabatini’s TOUCHING THE SURFACE, J.K. Rock’s CAMP BOYFRIEND, journal, chinese lantern, pen, stickers, assorted bookmarks, friendship bracelets, Camp Boyfriend pen and mini-flashlight and Bath and Body Works Triple Moisture Cream in Aruba Coconut.

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Geek Girl Giveaway!

Following the huge success of ‘Geek Girl’, Holly Smale has returned with Model Misfit.

Model MisfitHarriet Manners is back and she is still a geek.
Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts.
She knows that humans have 70,000 thoughts per day.
She knows that Geek + Model = a whole new set of graffiti on your belongings.
And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.
But Harriet doesn’t know where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives. And with her summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get away. Can Harriet cope with the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes?
Will geek girl find her place on the other side of the world?

To learn more about Harriet and her adventures visit the series Facebook page here
Geek Girl will be published on the 26th of September and is available to pre order from Amazon (here)

To celebrate the release we have teamed up with Harper Collins Children’s Books to offer you the chance to win both Geek Girl and Model Misfit!

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Book Excerpt: Breaking The Reins

Today we are delighted to share an excerpt from Juliana Haygert‘s Breaking The Reins.

breaking the reinsHorses, mansions, tea parties, and lies are twenty-year-old Hannah Taylor’s life. To others, her family and her relationship with Eric is perfect. But she knows the truth. She lives it.
After a fire takes her grandma’s life and kills her horse, Hannah’s immaculate life spirals out of control. Her father disapproves of her decision to run her grandma’s ranch instead of focusing solely on learning the family business; Animal Control brings her Argus, a mistreated horse that she can’t turn away even though she’s not ready for another horse; and her boyfriend, Eric Bennett, a world famous polo player, becomes possessive and authoritarian. Despite her best efforts to disguise it, Hannah grows wary of him.
Then, Leonardo Fernandes struts onto the polo scene. A cocky rookie with a messy life of his own, he’s drawn to Hannah and isn’t afraid of showing it, even when Eric makes it clear she is his and he’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way. Hannah suffers for Eric’s jealousy. The abuse only gets worse when Leo steals the title of best polo player in the world from Eric.
But the title isn’t enough for Leo. He wants Hannah too, and she can’t deny her attraction to him either. Somehow, she must find a way to break free from abusive Eric before he breaks every bone in her body.
**New Adult Contemporary Romance Novel**

I stepped toward the big French doors when I heard a shout and stopped. I looked around, trying to find the source, but didn’t see anyone. Letting my curiosity win, I descended the porch steps and followed the short stone path around a tall wall. Perhaps I shouldn’t spy, but I was concerned it could be someone who’d been riding and fell or something.

What I didn’t expect was to find Leo arguing with his father. In Portuguese.

I should have left. I should have retreated, pretended I never saw anything, and went back inside the main house and back to my mother and her friends.

But I caught a few words and sentences whispered in fast, harsh tones. Disappointment. Make me proud. Grow up. Work hard and stop playing.

My curiosity piqued, making me stay glued to my spot in the corner.

“Me deixa em paz, tche!” Leo shouted, turning his back to his father and stalking away.

I stepped back and hid behind the wall, hoping for all that was holy that he hadn’t seen me. My hopes went down the drain when he stepped around the corner three seconds later, his hard eyes on mine.

“I’m sorry,” I whispered. “I didn’t mean to.”

His jaw tightened, and he crossed his arms over his blue T-shirt. The color emphasized his bright eyes, and the fabric clung to him, especially over his stomach, where a dark blotch of sweat showed off his hard abs. His goddamn white practice pants and the sweat-damp hair didn’t help either.

“How much did you hear?” he asked.

I swallowed, forcing my mind to push back images of his god-like body. “Not much. But I only understood a couple of words here and there.” I shifted my weight, uncomfortable under his gaze, not only because I’d seen and heard something I wasn’t supposed to. Keep your mouth shut, Hannah. Keep your damned mouth sh… “Want to talk about it?”

The shine in his eyes changed, and the tension in his neck seemed to lessen. He shook his head. “Don’t worry. It’s just the usual banter.”

Usual? I didn’t like the sound of that. His family seemed so perfect, so warm, so close, so happy. His sister had said he rarely smiled, which seemed odd since I had seen him smiling before. I was dying to know why he and his father usually argued.
Instead, I started a new subject. “I heard you’re staying.”

He nodded. “It was the plan all along.”

“Really?”

“Sim. Polo in Brazil isn’t that strong. Here, though, is another story.”

“I see.” I looked from side to side. “Do you and your brothers plan on staying for … long?” I pressed my lips together, chiding myself for almost saying forever.

“We don’t know. Perhaps, if all goes well.” He took a step closer, his eyes still on mine, making me slightly breathless. His body loomed closer, the difference in our heights and widths almost hilarious, if it wasn’t for the fact it turned me on.

Crap.

“I hope we do.”

A shiver rolled down my spine.

juliana haygertAbout the Author:
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog (visit here)
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
To learn more about Juliana and her work visit her at her website (here),her blog (here), Facebook page (here) and Goodread’s authors page (here). Alternatively you can converse with her on twitter (here).

Breaking the Reins was published on the 19th of August and is available to buy from Amazon.com (here), Amazon.co.uk (here) and Kobo Books (here).

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Book Excerpt: All In by Marta Brown

Marta Brown

All In CoverOn the picturesque island of Martha’s Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.
Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.
As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.
With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

Ashley

His head is down as he crosses the private section of the beach, staying close to the water’s edge but avoiding the moving tide.
“Lane,” I call out over the noise of the party and the waves, but he doesn’t seem to hear me, so I call his name again, this time louder. “Hey, Lane.” He glances up and scans the party, squinting before finally seeing me. A smile flashes across his face. I smile back as I approach him, my flip flops kicking up sand behind me.

“Hi,” I say. My drink, mostly untouched, sloshes and spills over the lip of the cup when I stop in front of him.
“Looks like you’re having fun.” He nods at my drink and then up at the party.

“I actually just got here. I’m glad you came.” I feel my cheeks heat up, and I’m relieved it’s dark enough that he can’t see. “I think Andrew’s around here somewhere.” I look over my shoulder to point Lane in the right direction.

“Ah, no thanks. I think I’ll steer clear of your kind of parties,” he says, shoving his hands in the pockets of his cargo shorts.
“What do you mean my kind of parties?”

“Nothing, never mind.” He kicks at the sand and looks uncomfortable.

“Oh no.” I cover my mouth with my hand. “Did you get in trouble last night when the cops showed up?”

“Yeah, thanks to your boyfriend,” he says with a sneer that makes me take a step back.

My boyfriend?

“I’m not sure what his deal is, but he’s a serious dick.” Lane’s jaw is tight, and there’s not a hint of joking in his tone.
“Gregory?” I ask wide eyed. Why would he think Gregory is my boyfriend? I have a flash of Greg and I at lunch together looking very much like a couple and then again at the bluffs when he gave me his coat, something a boyfriend would do. Oh.

“He is definitely not my boyfriend,” I say seriously. “He’s my ex, if you can even call it that. We dated for like a second, but it was never very serious.” Why am I telling him all this? Stop rambling, Ashley. I dig my toes into the sand. “But you’re right about one thing. He is a dick.” I give Lane a playful grin and watch the light from the bonfire bounce off his features as his jaw loosens and a tentative smile spreads across his face.

From a distance, I hear Gregory’s voice, and when I glance over my shoulder, he’s stumbling our direction, obviously drunk and completely uninvited.

“Speak of the devil.” I roll my eyes and that makes Lane smile bigger.

“The rest of the staff is over there,” Gregory slurs, pointing to the tent where the cater waiters are busy putting out more hors d’oeuvres. Lane ignores his snide remark, never taking his eyes off of me.

“It was nice seeing you again, but I gotta go,” Lane says, and I’m immediately disappointed that he’s leaving.

“Are you sure?” I look down at my feet and try to garner enough nerve to ask him not to go. “Stay,” I say so softly it comes out as more of a whisper when I look back up at him.

He peers over his shoulder across the small peninsula to the lighthouse then back at me. “I’m sorry, I can’t…I…I have to work.” He looks genuinely disappointed, and I wonder if he knows I am too. “But hopefully I’ll see you around, okay?” He gives me a smile that makes my knees go weak before taking off down the beach. In the faint light coming off of the fire, I see him glance back at me before he cuts across the sandy peninsula and disappears into the shadows of tall sea grass.

Lane
He’s not her boyfriend.

I shake my head to clear my mind before I steal one last glance over my shoulder at her as I walk away, but it’s on a loop, and it’s all I can think. He’s not her boyfriend.

I shake my head again, this time to snap myself out of it. There’s no way a girl like that would go for a guy like me anyway. Would she? I shut my eyes and replay the way she looked at me through her long dark lashes, softly asking me to stay, causing my stomach to knot.

“He’s not her boyfriend,” I say out loud at the door of the lighthouse. I pull my keys from my pocket as the sounds of the party float through the otherwise quiet night, and I feel a stupid grin spread across my face despite the rude remarks I just got from that ass-hat Gregory. Seriously, when will the ‘help’ jokes get old?

“Let go. You’re hurting me,” a girl yelps from down the beach. I spin around and from the light coming off the bonfire I can see Gregory’s hand is wrapped around Ashley’s arm, and she’s wincing in pain.

Without a thought, I drop my keys to the ground and take off running, reaching them in seconds. “Let her go,” I yell. My fists ball tight, ready to make him if I have to.

“Mind your own business, loser,” Gregory snarls back as he jerks Ashley by the arm eliciting another cry.

“Lane,” Ashley says, struggling against his grip, fear on her face.

I lunge forward and grab Gregory’s arm, yanking him away from her with a force that surprises even me. “I said Let. Her. Go.”
Ashley falls to the ground when Gregory releases his hold, rubbing her arm in pain. I kneel down and brush the hair from her face, searching for any other signs of injury as adrenaline pounds in my veins.

“Are you okay?”

“I’m fine. I promise,” she says, our eyes locked with one another. “Thank you.”

“Come to save the damsel in distress,” Gregory says in a patronizing tone, looking down his nose at me. Convinced Ashley’s alright; I jump up and face him. He’s poised and ready for a fight, and that makes two of us. “You do know the peasant doesn’t get the girl, right? The prince does.”

I can’t stop the laugh that comes out of me. “Are you serious right now?” Who does this guy think he is? “Dude, when a girl’s screaming to be let go, it’s a pretty good indicator that she doesn’t want you, prince or not.”

I hear a light snickering from behind me before I see that a small crowd has gathered around and is watching us intently. I’m surprised they haven’t all started chanting ‘fight’ by the way they look on like we’re simply the entertainment for the evening.

“You know what? She can slum it all she wants with you. She’s nothing but an uptight frigid tease anyway. Good luck getting into her pants,” Gregory says, wearing an arrogant smirk, his arms crossed leisurely across his chest like he’s just landed a fatal blow.

My vision goes red. He’s about to find out exactly how a real blow feels. To the face.

marta brownMarta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)
She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.
When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.
Learn more about Marta by visiting herWebsite (click here to visit), on her Goodreads authors page(here) or Tumbler (here). Alternatively you can converse with Marta on Twitter (here)

All In is available to buy from Amazon.com(here),Barnes and Noble (here) and Kobo Books (here)

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