31 August 2015

Book Blitz: The 52nd by Dela

The 52nd by Dela 
Release Date: October 27, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis: Not one of the sacrifices chosen over the long history had survived–until now.

On the tip of the Yucatan peninsula, the immortal Castillo family gathers in Tulum. Weary and haunted, they receive the names of fifty-two human sacrifices chosen once every fifty-two years for the Underworld, a tradition thought to have disappeared with the fall of the Aztec and Mayan empires.

Driving home one night, college freshman Zara Moss swerves to avoid hitting a ghastly figure in the road. Lucas Castillo witnesses the car crash, but when it comes time to supervise her abduction from the wreckage, he intervenes. Something is different about Zara: Lucas has been having dreams of her arrival for five hundred years.

As Lucas and Zara come together to put an end to the bloody sacrifices, they discover that the ancient tradition isn’t so easily broken. The gods are angry, and they have until the Winter Solstice to drag Zara to the Underworld.

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Meet Dela, 
 Dela is the debut author of THE 52ND saga, a multicultural paranormal for young adults. Before tracing the minds of Aztec gods, Dela worked as a paralegal and could be found snowboarding at Brianhead, Utah. She currently lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three kids, and two exceptionally fat Chihuahuas. Her website is www.delaauthor.com.

“LOOK OUT!” she screamed, pointing to the front window.
A black figure stood in the beam of our headlights. I slammed my foot on the brakes, but they locked and the car began to skid. The smell of burning rubber filled the car as we screeched across the asphalt. The man didn’t move, and as we neared him, I cranked the wheel to the right as fast as possible to avoid him. We screamed as the car spun out of control.
As we skidded closer to the unmoving figure, I thought he was done for. I expected him to bounce up onto the windshield and shatter the window into thousands of tiny pieces. But the briefest second before impact, my door rushing directly at him, I saw—
It was not a man.

26 August 2015

Cover Reveal: Life After Falling by Alyssa Rose Ivy

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We are head over heels for the Cover of Alyssa Rose Ivy's LIFE AFTER FALLING! LIFE AFTER FALLING is a Contemporary Romance set to be released on October 15, 2015!

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About LIFE AFTER FALLING: One tangled cassette tape. Two tangled lives. Cassidy snaps. She quits her job and fiancé all in the same day and ends up on her parents’ doorstep. In the midst of everything she is determined to fix a broken cassette tape that she thinks holds the key to rediscovering happiness. On her quest to fix the tape she meets Leo, a guy as down on his luck as she is lost. What starts with curiosity leads to something resembling a relationship and maybe a chance at love.        

Alyssa Rose Ivy- Author PhotoAbout Alyssa Rose Ivy: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.        

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Cover Reveal: Seelie by Sarah J. Pepper

Seelie by Sarah J. Pepper
Release Date: Fall 2015
Genres: Adult, Paranormal
Synopsis: Kian traces his thumb over Ryanne’s bottom lip, waiting impatiently for his Seelie princess to surrender to her blood-lust. Her fervor is nearly untamable, particularly when tempted by his addictive kiss. She’ll do anything for him, but he is just as enslaved by her. However, Ryanne’s blood-lust turns lethal as soon as Niall, the Unseelie Prince, steps into her Court. In Faerie, lies are punishable by death. Murder is justifiable. So when Niall oversteps his bounds, Ryanne has no choice but to unleash the blood-lust that rules her.

Meet Sarah, 
Sarah J. Pepper specializes in dark, paranormal romance - think "happy ever after" but with a twisted, dark chocolate center. Real-life romance isn't only filled with hugs, kisses, bunnies, and rainbows. True-love can be more thoroughly described in times of darkness and tribulation. It's in those harsh moments where you see what a person is truly capable of - both the good and bad. Sometimes prince-charming isn't always on time, and the glass slipper is a little snug. However, it doesn't mean Charming is not Mr. Right, and who says every shoe is the perfect fit? Get a glimpse inside her head at www.sarahjpepper.com


25 August 2015

Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

Joyride by Anna Banks 
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 288
Synopsis: A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

My Review:
I borrowed Joyride by Anna Banks from work and this is my honest review.

In Joyride, we meet Carly Vega a teenager living alone with her older brother doing her best to make ends meet, and save enough money to get her parents back from Mexico. Every pay check she receives is handed straight over to her brother to help her parents. Soon she meets Arden, the cute rich boy who likes to have fun.

In the beginning Arden just wants to have fun with Carly. The way the two meet, (during a fake robbery run by Arden) is a little extreme and the way Carly acts intrigues Arden to befriend her. He thinks the two of them would be a nice team. As time goes on Arden starts to fall for Carly and things get interesting from there.

Carly is a really mature, tough girl. I loved her I feel like I can really relate to her. Obviously my parents were not deported, but I started working at a young age as well so I know what it's like to work my butt off at a part time job to pay bills and what not. I also really liked Arden. He was able to get Carly to take a breath and have some fun, which is something we could see she really needed.

The plot of this book was really refreshing. It was intense in that it was two teenagers working hard to get there family back together. But there were times strewn throughout the book that were fun based and I was able to take a breath. I like that in books, and I definitely plan to read more of Anna Banks’ work in the future.

23 August 2015

Review: Inside The O'Briens by Lisa Genova

Inside The O'Briens by Lisa Genova
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Book Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 352
Synopsis: From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s.

Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease.

Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure. Each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease, and a simple blood test can reveal their genetic fate. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. Does she want to know? What if she’s gene positive? Can she live with the constant anxiety of not knowing?

As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate.

Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (The San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core.

My Review: 
I borrowed Inside The O’Briens by Lisa Genova from work and this is my honest review.

After reading Still Alice another of Lisa Genova’s books I just had to pick up anything else she has written. That included picking up her newest, Inside The O’Briens as soon as it released. I enjoy Genova’s books for many reasons. But I think the main reason is because I have always been interested in medical stories and interested in studying diseases for a long time. Reading about these diseases and how they affect families is even more interesting.

Another thing I liked about this book was that it was set in Boston because it is so close to home. I recognized a lot of what the main characters were talking about like the places around Boston, Fenway Park and the Red Sox too of course. These family stories really got to me, throughout the whole book I got to know the family as if they were my own family. I cried when I found out Colleen was pregnant, and got angry every time Patrick did something stupid.

In this book, the disease of choice was Huntingtons. We met the O’Brien family, the man of the house, Joe as well as his wife Rose. Together they had four kids the oldest JJ, then Patrick, Meghan, and Katie. We got to see how this disease affected all of them separately, and together as well. Since their father, Joe was the one diagnosed all four children had a 50-50 chance of getting it. This meant that the whole book was crazy with finding out who had it and who did not. The one person I was really interested in seeing if they had the gene and at the end we did not get to find out. It was so angering but it made the book a little better somehow.

Overall the book was great, not as great as Still Alice but still great enough for me to want to read every other book she has written as well. 

20 August 2015

Blog Tour: Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster

Discovering Delilah by Melissa Foster
Synopsis: After the death of her parents on the day of her college graduation, Delilah Armstrong thought she could finally follow her heart and come out to her closest friends, but the guilt of going against her parents’ beliefs haunts her. The feelings she has for her best friend, Ashley, are stronger than anything she’s felt before, but Delilah has never even kissed a girl, and fear stops her at every turn.

Ashley Carver promised herself that she would never again date another girl who wasn’t out, but that was before she met intoxicatingly sweet and sexy Delilah.

When another girl offers to teach Delilah the ropes, it changes Delilah’s whole world and gives her the courage to go after the only girl she really wants. But coming out isn’t as easy as Delilah imagined, and moving past her parents’ death and the feelings of guilt she is left with is even harder. The intense passion between Ashley and Delilah is too strong to deny, but coming together means risking everything.

Discovering Delilah is an edgy, evocative, romantic story of friendship, family, and the courage to love.

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Meet Melissa, 
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance (M/F, M/M, F/F), romantic suspense, thrillers, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Melissa also co-writes the Love on Rockwell Island series with New York Times bestselling author Bella Andre. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic and always family oriented. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Her interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on social media or her personal website. Never miss a release! Follow Melissa here on Amazon and sign up for her newsletter: www.MelissaFoster.com/Newsletter



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18 August 2015

Cover Reveal: Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

TGet ready for Boiling Point! The next installment in Tessa Bailey's thrilling Crossing the Line series.  We hope you love the cover as much as we do!

Release date: January 26, 2016

About Boiling Point:

Falling for a con man is the most dangerous game of all...
Con artist Austin Shaw's been in disguise so long he's not sure where his fake identities end and he begins. Now that he's been strong-armed into working for a specialized undercover unit working with the Chicago police—criminals with unique “skills”—the last thing he needs is to risk his iron control. Especially when it comes to a certain stunningly sexy hacker who tempts him with every look of disdain.
Polly Banks will never, ever trust a con man. On the trail of a ruthless crook who destroyed the only family she's ever known, Polly is unnerved by the shadow who follows her every move. The one who makes her pulse pound and breath short with lust. Austin. He's infuriating, enigmatic, and pure sex appeal, and she's determined to resist him.
But an untrustworthy man of disguise can become anyone he wants...including a man that Polly must trust if she's to escape their dangerous game alive.

About Tessa Bailey:

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband of seven years and three-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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14 August 2015

Review: Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon


Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has...

Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he's being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she's...well, difficult. And different.

Can something so faketurn into something real?

About the Author

Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures. Going Down In Flames is the first book in Chris Cannon's shape-shifting dragon series.  

My Review: 
I received Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon from the publisher for review, and this is my honest opinion.

Blackmail Boyfriend is about a girl named Haley who is having trouble getting a boyfriend when her brothers make it their business to personally scare every guy away from her. When a rumor starts spreading around the school that she slept with the high school hottie she has to do something to kill the rumor fast.

The hottie of the school is referred to as Bryce, and Haley makes a “deal” with him to clear her name and keep her reputation clean. She basically tells him that since it is his fault the rumor is going around that he has to pretend to be her boyfriend for a couple weeks to kill the rumor and make her seem dateable to other guys.

This book was incredibly interesting. I have read tons of sappy romance, love at first sight kind of books but this was the complete opposite. It was entertaining to watch Bryce struggle with his feelings for Haley that whether he wanted or not were creeping up on him. It was also sweet to see Haley’s best friend Jane to get together with Bryce’s best friend Nathan. I was not sure how that was going to pan out in the beginning but what did happen was on a happy note.

There was no one emotion in this book, it was very much an emotional rollercoaster for Haley and Bryce. But hey, that is what makes a relationship and that is also what made them seem very real to me. I flew through this story a lot faster than I thought I would and that is simply because the plot, and the characters pulled me in and did not let me go until the last sentence had ended. I am very excited to read others books by this author in the near future! 

12 August 2015

Book Blitz: A Killing Among Friends by Toni Morrow Wyatt + Giveaway

A Killing Among Friends by Toni Morrow Wyatt
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Release Date: August 10, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Synopsis: Sennie Lacefield has always felt safe at her family’s peaceful mountain lodge . . .

The only break in her tranquil life was the death of her boyfriend Patrick Devon, which left her heartbroken and unable to understand Patrick’s sullen, withdrawn brother Lonnie. But when her best friend Reatha Alcoker disappears, her sense of security is shattered. With the help of Reatha’s boyfriend Milo Durham, she launches a search for her friend.

More girls disappear, and bodies begin turning up . . .

When one of the missing girls is found dead in a swamp with a symbol burned into her forehead, Sennie focuses on her growing list of suspects. She can’t count on help from the lazy, lecherous Sheriff Warford Cackley. She also has suspicions the sheriff’s son Rex and his nasty friend Ottis know more than they’re willing to share.

Someone is watching Sennie’s every move . . .

Refusing to believe Reatha is dead, Sennie and Milo continue their frantic search, and Sennie is plagued with threatening messages. When another girl’s body is discovered, she and Milo visit the site and find evidence that Reatha has also been there. Some aerial photographs might hold a vital clue . . . if they can find them in time.

As Sennie unravels a tangled web of secrets, arson, burglary, and murder, could it be that a desire to help Sennie has warped the mind of a murderer?

Meet Toni, 
As a child, Toni Morrow Wyatt's family spent nearly every summer visiting relatives in a small, rural community in Arkansas. Finding magic in this place, it is the setting for many of her novels. Her love for southern fiction led to the writing of her upcoming novel, A Killing Among Friends, and also, Return to Rocky Gap. Her work has appeared in From the Depths Literary Journal and Belle Reve Literary Journal. She writes an eclectic blog titled, A Pinch of Me, on Tumblr. She was previously an independent bookseller, owning and operating Kindred Books for seven years.

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Anxiety ran its swift edge through her stomach without warning as she turned to gaze across the lake and into the surrounding dense forest. 
     Someone is watching me. I wish I could see through the trees. They could be anywhere.
      She rubbed her hand down the length of her arm. There was no movement, except for the gentle swaying of the trees as the early dawn breeze rustled their needles and thick, green leaves. She turned forward, but the uneasy feeling didn’t pass. Someone was watching her. The chestnut brown hairs on the back of her neck, just under her long ponytail, prickled. 
     Evil is on the prowl, waiting for the right moment to pounce on me. 
     Bringing her knees to her chest, a ripple of fear dotted her spine, making her skin crawl. The first time she had experienced this feeling was in May, the week school had ended for summer break. The rumors about two girls who had gone missing stayed in the back of her mind. It wasn’t unusual for girls to run off from the small town of Mayrose, Arkansas. They would most likely be found in Little Rock, sad and miserable because city life hadn’t turned out the way they had thought it would. But so far, no one had been able to track down the two latest missing girls. That was unusual. 

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07 August 2015

Cover Reveal: Touching Fate by Brenda Drake

Touching Fate
Release Date: 10/13/15
Entangled Teen: Crave

Summary from Goodreads:
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn't. Aster discovers she has a veryunscientific gift—with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person's fate.

Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday—and Reese's is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death...only to find the one person who can save him.

Aster doesn't know that the hot Dutch guy she's just met needs her help–or that he’s about to die.

But worst of all…she doesn't know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.

About the Author
Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at schooluntil her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of hereccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was onlyfitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with a bend toward thefantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores,and coffee shops or reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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06 August 2015

Blog Tour: For The Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati Guest Post + Giveaway

For The Love of Ash by Taylor Lavati
Synopsis: Maggie Larken is a reformed party girl. After her parent’s death, she’s left to raise Asher, her nine-year-old brother.

Luke Wilson has done everything his parents have ever asked of him. A new teacher, Luke constantly questions where his life is headed.

When Luke and Maggie meet, neither is in the market for a relationship. But sometimes life has other plans. Both navigate new waters as they try to decide where their priorities should lie, while also seizing what they want.

In this heartbreakingly real tale of love, Maggie and Luke discover what being a family truly means.

*This book is a standalone and NOT part of a series. This book contains mature content.

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Meet Taylor,
Taylor Lavati is a twenty-something year old author residing in Connecticut with her husband and dog. She writes both Young Adult and New Adult with ranging genres from fantasy to dark romance and all the niches in between. If she's not behind a computer screen or scribbling in her notebook, she's playing video games, going on hikes, or spending time with her family.

Romance with a bit of CHAOS.

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Guest Post:
I love trying to integrate music into my writing. I feel like the two arts are so similar that it should be an easy task. However, when I try to put a playlist to a book, it’s so much harder to pick just ten songs to fit an entire book. It’s nearly impossible to take your own tastes out of the matter and focus on lyrics and what fits. I think that’s what makes it so much fun.

When I write, I need complete silence to focus. However, once I start editing, the music turns up and inspires me to add to scenes. Whenever I find a song that fits a mood or a phrase or a chapter, I jot it down. An example is when I first started writing For The Love of Ash a song popped on the radio and it actually inspired a lot of who Maggie’s character is. The song was Human, by Christina Perri. If you’ve heard the song, you know how powerful those lyrics are.

Has this happened to anyone else? Have you ever felt so inspired by a song that you did something spectacular? While songs have this power, I think books do as well. A character can resonate with someone and make you want to change. A scene could change your view on something and your life is forever different.

Here are some of the songs (my playlist) that inspired me to write For The Love of Ash. They go in order of the flow of the book so just from the songs you can kind of see the arc of the story and the hardships on the characters. What songs inspire you? What do you think fits with the book? If this were turned into a movie, could you see these on a soundtrack?

    Want to Want Me—Jason Derulo

    Stolen Dance—Milky Chance

    Jealous—Nick Jonas

    Me and My Broken Heart—Rixon

    Skinny Love—Birdy

    Take Me Home Tonight—Jamestown Story

    Save Tonight—Eagle-Eye Cherry

    Human—Christina Perri

    Lovesick Fool—The Cab

    Stay—Florida Georgia Line

    I’m Not Okay—My Chemical Romance

    Change—Taylor Swift

    All That Matters—Justin Beiber

    Make You Feel My Love—Adele

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04 August 2015

**Late Release Day Blitz: Red Blooded by Caitlin Sinead


Caitlin Sinead's RED BLOODED is available now! We're obsessed with RED BLOODED - there's a cute campaign intern, political drama, family drama, a fake relationship for the press, not to mention a bit of mystery. What's not to love? Join the campaign trail with Peyton and Dylan now!


Red_Blooded_final_cover (1) About RED BLOODED

Instead of eating ramen and meeting frat guys like most college freshmen, Peyton Arthur is on the campaign trail. Traveling with her mother, the Democratic pick for vice president, she's ordering room service, sneaking glances at cute campaign intern Dylan and deflecting interview questions about the tragic loss of her father. But when a reporter questions her paternity, her world goes into a tailspin.
Dylan left Yale and joined the campaign to make a difference, not keep tabs on some girl. But with the paternity scandal blowing up and Peyton asking questions, he's been tasked to watch her every move. As he gets to know the real Peyton, he finds it harder and harder to keep a professional distance.
When the media demands a story, Peyton and Dylan give them one—a fake relationship. As they work together to investigate the rumors about her real father and Peyton gets closer to learning the truth, she's also getting closer to Dylan. And suddenly, it's not just her past on the line anymore. It's her heart.
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Excerpt from RED BLOODED

With the flood of more people outside of the Wawa, and even more phones attached to Instagram and Pinterest and god knows what else, there isn’t time to think. There’s only time to act. I brush against Dylan, fear gurgling in my stomach. What if he doesn’t get it? What if he doesn’t want to play along? “Dylan, promise me you’ll keep looking at me as I say this.” His eyes dart up. “What?” “Just, don’t look anywhere else,” I say, as I approach him, our bodies almost touching. “People recognized me.” He jitters, about to look around, but he stops himself. His attention is all on me. “Yeah,” he says, voice low. “Remember how you told me that in politics we need to make the story our own. Make it something positive?” I close the gap between us, my body pressing against his. He stiffens, but only at first, then his breaths grow deep. He nods. “Yeah.” “This is me making my own story.” My palms glide over his knuckles. I press down on his wrists to help leverage myself up as I stand on my tiptoes. I bring my face closer and closer to his, until our lips touch. I move, but barely, running my mouth along his. His mouth opens, and together, our breaths connect. We stay there, not moving past the lip-touching, until he lowers his head. His hands fly around my hips. He pulls at me, pressing my belly into his pelvis as his lips come down hard. His tongue slips into my mouth, tender and curious. I reach my hands around his neck, pressing my breasts against him. His right hand reaches just under the back of my shirt, and his fingers press against my lower spine as his left hand scoops my neck, ensuring my mouth stays with him. Ensuring our tongues and lips can stay together, caressing and connecting. His thumb rubs against the sensitive part under my ear. I arch my back as he holds me close. I’m ready to relinquish everything to him. Just as I’m wanting his hands to skid all over me, just as I’m wanting his mouth to never leave mine again, he draws back. He looks down and swallows. I hold on tighter as his hands glide to my upper arms. We’re both catching our breath as we stare at each other. Then he looks to the crowd that I realize, belatedly, has been joyously catcalling from the Wawa doors. He leans to the side of me that they can’t see. His warm breath blows against my ear. “That was just for show?” he asks. I mumble something and try to nod my head. Up. Down. “Okay.” He lets me go and climbs into the driver’s seat faster than I thought possible. Especially now. My legs feel like Jell-O, my mind feels like something even less solid than Jell-O. I look up in a haze. He opens the door a sliver. The familiar, gruff, Dylan voice is back. “You coming?”


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About Caitlin Sinead

Caitlin Sinead is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Incand her debut novel, Heartsick, is available now from Carina Press. Her writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery MagazineGlimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and her stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The AlarmistThe Binnacle, CrunchableJersey Devil Pressand Northern Virginia MagazineShe earned a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University. Website | Twitter | Facebook | Newsletter
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