Written on her Heart Blog Tour!!!

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Synopsis

Andi Callaway has dreamed of becoming a published author her entire life.

Ford Delaney has always wanted nothing more than to escape his past.

An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything—her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education—to get it.

She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great—which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.

Review

Written on her Heart is a refreshing NA contemporary romance that I quickly found myself fully engrossed in. It was one of those books that I didn’t want to put down for anything. I just wanted to know what would happcoveren between Andi and Ford and how they would get there.

Andi Callaway is young and very determined not to let anything get in the way of her ambitions to become a published writer someday, not her family, friends, or her boyfriend, Peter.  I really liked Andi as the narrator and main character, even though I sometimes wanted to shake her for being so stubborn, I liked that she wanted to live up to her own expectations of herself, rather than someone else’s expectation of her. I found Andi to be a very realistic character, with some depth to her, quirks, as well as flaws. She was a character that it was easy for me to relate to in terms of drive and motivation. Andi is one of those characters that while she is stubborn you want her to succeed and you find yourself cheering her on.

On the other hand is Ford Delaney, super-stud bestselling author, and Andi’s new boss. I was so surprised that this character had as much depth to him as he did (which I really liked) and I enjoyed seeing him struggle to figure out his feelings (even if I was yelling “oh come on!” at him at a few points in the novel. I loved him.

One of the things I really liked about Written on her Heart was that it was sexy, but I wasn’t slapped in the face with sex on every page. There was substance to the book, the characters had depth and dimension. The romance was teased out and developed in a way that left me wanting more. I enjoyed the flirty aspects of the story, which made me want that romance that I hoped would happen before the end.

Written on her Heart by Paige Rion is the perfect flirty and romantic summer read that I was looking to kick-off the season with. It’s a great book to kick back and read on the beach or on the porch with a glass of wine. But I will say that once you pick up this book, you won’t want to put it down!

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About the Author

Paige Rion is a contemporary romance author. She’s a mother, wife, blogger, hopeless chocoholic, coffee-addicted, wine-lover. Her debut, novel—a new adult romance—Written On Her Heart, is the first in the Callaway Cove series. The next in the series is to be released this summer. She loves connecting with readers on her blog and social media. You can visit her website at http://paigerion.com/

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Interview with Katie Hamstead, author of Kiya Hope of the Pharaoh

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Amanda: In three words how would you describe yourself?
Katie: Wife, mother, Aussie.

Amanda: What made you want to be a writer?
Katie: I don’t think there was one specific thing that made me decide. My parents always nurtured my creativity, so I’ve been writing stories since I was twelve. The writing has been on and off over the years, but when I found myself with downtime after I married and fell pregnant, I picked it up again.Then, after positive feedback, I decided to look into querying. What could it hurt right?

Amanda:  What is your writing process like?
Katie: I am a pantser, so I come up with an idea, work out the beginning and the end, and allow my characters to take me the rest of the way. For Kiya I needed to implement research and establishing a timeline of events, and I molded the story around that.

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Blog Tour: Review- These Things About Us by Laura Beege

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Synopsis:

Antonia is leaving the last shards of her life in Tucson behind to find her mother and start over. Turns out that’s easier said than done. London is a pretty big city, a hundred bucks don’t get you far and you can’t just make your past disappear.
When sweet and caring uni student Wesley gets her a job and a room in his father’s pub, Tony is unprepared for his older brother Trace who despises her at first sight. She’s unprepared for someone whose secrets might be darker than her own.
Following a path of breadcrumbs and tangling up in Trace’s past, Tony slips back into a world she thought she’d escaped the day her father went to prison.TheseThingsAboutUs-Cover

Review:

These Things About Us is a touching story about an eighteen year old’s struggle to find her mother and discover who she truly is. I found myself being able to relate to Antonia (aka Tony) throughout the story. We all have things about our pasts that we are embarrassed to share and/or want to hide from the people around us, which makes Tony’s story a universal one.

After Tony’s father is thrown in prison she becomes a “bad girl gone good.” She desperately wants to separate herself from her old life to the point of resisting everything and anything that reminds her of her past. While to the people around her Tony may seem perfect, on the inside she struggles and hates that she is drawn to “bad boy” Trace.
I liked Tony as a character and found it easy to get into her head and become immersed in her story. However, I wanted to learn more about her past, more about what made her take such a drastic 180° change. My favorite thing about her was that she grew as a character and you saw the person she wanted to be vs. the person she truly is.

Trace on the other hand, is a bad boy with a huge chip on his shoulder. He immediately dislikes Tony, has a violent and unpredictable temper, and has a string of women in and out of his room. While Trace is a jerk, I like that Laura Beege has given us a glimpse of his past and home life. Similar to what is  seen in the real world, Trace acts the way he does for a reason and while I don’t feel that this justifies his abusive and violent behavior it helps to explain his issues.

I like the way that the author has developed the characters in These Things About Us. She shows the good and bad sides of them and doesn’t leave them as one-dimensional cookie-cutter characters. They each had their faults and flaws which I thought made them extremely realistic. While I was left with questions, I genuinely cared about the characters in this novel and wanted to know what happened to them long after I finished reading.

The plot was paced well and I wasn’t bored with the action for one moment. Actually I read the majority of the book in one sitting and surprised myself when I looked up and saw how much time had passed. While this wasn’t an extremely emotional read, there were some very gripping scenes in the novel that tugged at my heartstrings.

Overall These Things About Us was a very good Summer read and it left me wanting more (please give us a sequel). There were a few slight issues I had with it, but nothing worth complaining over!

Rating 4/5 stars! A great summer read for people ages 17  to their midtwenties!

Check out my video interview with the author, Laura Beege!

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Review- Stripped by Brooklyn Skye (Nicole Steinhaus): Beautifully written & full of emotion

Synopsis of Stripped

College freshman Quinn Montgomery will do anything to avoid the mistake her sister made—killing herself over a boy. But when she is forced into nude modeling at a local college to support her family after a bankruptcy, she begins to crack, just enough to let Torrin, the university’s top varsity oarsman, see that the real Quinn is not as feisty and unapproachable as she wants everyone to think. But letting someone in comes at a steep cost and, it turns out, Torrin is connected to Quinn’s family in more ways than she could ever imagine.

Stripped Review

Quinn Montgomestrippedcover3_5x8ry’s life has spun out of control. Her family is in the midst of a scandal, leaving her father unemployed and Quinn is struggling with both the death of her sister and  paying for her own education.  As a result of all of this heartbreak, Quinn holds everyone she meets at an arms length and puts up walls so high and thick that it’s nearly impossible to see what is behind them. She is afraid to let anyone get too close to her and most of all afraid to allow herself to love someone.

Torrin finds Quinn to be a bit of a mystery and even though most of her comments directed at him are snarky, he still wants to befriend her despite her tough exterior (much to Quinn’s dismay).

The characters in Stripped were not only unique, but also believable. While I wanted to smack Quinn at times, her character was very well written. As a reader, I could feel the sheer amount of pain and frustration she was feeling over the mess that her life has become. I loved her interactions with Torrin and the relationship that develops between two people who have both been badly hurt by their pasts. I found myself smiling at (and kind of crushing on) Torrin every time he brushed off one of Quinn’s insults or gave her a glimpse into his own life and sometimes wondered why he kept coming back.

I was so emotionally invested in Stripped and the characters that I hated to put it down, even to work or sleep. Brooklyn Skye h

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as written a story full of skeletons hiding in closets, realistic and likeable characters, and very touching, heartfelt moments.

Stripped is a great addition to the NA genre. It was heart wrenching at some points and hilarious at others. I highly recommend it for readers in their late teens to mid twenties, as so many readers will be able to relate to the stories of Quinn and Torrin.

4.5/5 Stars

You can find STRIPPED on Amazon Here and Barnes & Noble Here .

You can also follow Nicole on Twitter (https://twitter.com/NicoleSteinhaus) or Brooklyn Skye (https://twitter.combrooklyn__skye) or visit her web site (http://brooklynskye.wordpress.com/) for updates, teasers, and more.

Don’t forget to check out my inteview with Nicole Steinhaus Here where we talk pen names, NA, and her inspiration for Stripped. Read the interview and enter to win the Stripped ebook giveaway!