Friday 27 February 2015

**Blog Tour** Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez

Meet Till & Eliza in Aly Martinez’s newest fighter series!

“Hi.” I stood up off the bed as he started climbing through the window.
His eyes went wide when he saw me, causing him to momentarily lose his balance on the windowsill and go crashing to the floor. “God. Damn,” he cursed as he rose to his feet while taking in my new wardrobe. “You… I…um…” His hand went to his lip.
He was rooted in place only a few steps away, but his eyes traveled over every inch of my body and back again.
Till was speechless. I had never felt so empowered in my life.
“Are you okay?” I feigned concern as I slowly approached.
“Not even close,” he told my breasts, making me giggle. 
After sliding a hand under the edge of his T-shirt, I raked a fingernail over each of his abs before dipping it into the waistband of his jeans.
“I’m sore today,” I announced, closing the distance between us. My breasts were pressed against him, but he still hadn’t even attempted to touch me yet. I had plans to remedy that. I smirked then stood up on my tiptoes, kissing the base of his neck. “Make me sore for tomorrow too.” At the last second, I darted my tongue out to the hollow dip at the base of his neck. It was meant to tease him, but as the taste of his skin hit my tongue, I was flooded with memories of taking more of him in my mouth. The moan escaped before I’d even felt it coming.
A loud rumble shook his chest, but that was the only warning I received. Suddenly, I was off my feet and sailing through the air. Just as I landed on the bed, Till crashed on top of me. His mouth roughly landed on mine.
“Tell me we can’t do this again,” he demanded as his hands found my breasts.
“We’re definitely doing this again.” I arched into him.
“It’s gonna get so messy, Eliza. Please.” He groaned as I reached into the front of his jeans.
“I’m okay with messy,” I breathed, guiding his hand from my breast and into my panties.
“Fuuuuuck” he cursed when he discovered just how thorough I’d been with the razor earlier. His finger pressed inside me as his body traveled down the bed and settled between my legs, stripping my panties off during his descent.
He added another finger in a less than gentle but overwhelmingly intoxicating, rhythm.
“Tell me to stop, Eliza. We can’t do this again.” He grazed his teeth on the inside of my thigh.
“We’re already doing it.”
“Tell me to stop.”
“It’s going to ruin us.”
“If you don’t stop talking, you’re going to ruin this.”
“I’m serious.” He kissed the inside of my other thigh, his fingers never faltering in their steady pace.
“So am I. Stop trying to talk yourself out of this while your fingers are buried inside me.” I threaded a hand into his hair and gave it a gentle tug.
“Goddammit. Tell me to stop!” he demanded one last time, but his fingers sped before twisting in the most delicious way.
I decided to give him what he wanted, but only because I knew he wouldn’t follow through.
“Stop.” I rolled my hips forcing him even deeper.
“Well, it’s too fucking late now.”
I would have laughed, but his mouth sealed over my clit and stole my breath, words, thoughts, and orgasm. My body shook as he pushed me higher even while I was falling. It shouldn’t have worked like that, but whatever voodoo magic Till Page was working with that night was all right with me. He didn’t stop swirling his tongue until I used his hair to pry his mouth away.
“Too much!” I cried. 
He looked up with a wickedly proud grin. His hand disappeared, and seconds later, his cock replaced it.

Sound is an abstract concept for most people. We spend our lives blocking out the static in order to focus on what we believe is important. But what if, when the clarity fades into silence, it's the obscure background noise that you would give anything to hold on to?
 I've always been a fighter. With parents who barely managed to stay out of jail and two little brothers who narrowly avoided foster care, I became skilled at dodging the punches life threw at me. Growing up, I didn’t have anything I could call my own, but from the moment I met Eliza Reynolds, she was always mine.  I became utterly addicted to her and the escape from reality we provided each other. Throughout the years, she had boyfriends and I had girlfriends, but there wasn't a single night that I didn’t hear her voice.
 You see, meeting the love of my life at age thirteen was never part of my plan. However, neither was gradually going deaf at the age of twenty-one.
 They both happened anyway.
 Now, I'm on the ropes during the toughest battles of my life.
Fighting for my career.
Fighting the impending silence.
Fighting for her.
 Every night, just before falling asleep, she sighs as a final conscious breath leaves her.
 I think that's the sound I'll miss the most.

Aly Martinez

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Aly Martinez is a stay-at-home mom to four crazy kids under the age of five, including a set of twins. Currently living in South Carolina, she passes what little free time she has reading anything and everything she can get her hands on, preferably with a glass of wine at her side.
After some encouragement from her friends, Aly decided to add “Author” to her ever-growing list of job titles. Five books later, she shows no signs of slowing. So grab a glass of Chardonnay, or a bottle if you’re hanging out with Aly, and join her aboard the crazy train she calls life.

Nicola's 5 Bare Naked Stars*****Review

Oh my!! This book. These characters….
I absolutely LOVED this story. Truly, truly loved it and if I could give it more stars I would.
After reading the synopsis when I got an email saying how ‘Fighting Silence’ was right up my street I just knew I was going to enjoy this book. But by god was I surprised at just how much?
I was hooked and my heart captured from the first instance.
Aly doesn’t pull any punches as she throws us right into the thick of things from the start and does not let up throughout the books entirety.  Our emotions are thrown off kilter and left with an aching heart.

“I won’t leave ever again. I swear. It’s me and you forever, Eliza.”

For Eliza and Till growing up was not that easy as what it should be for kids. Born to parents who couldn’t give a shit about them, they found comfort in an old condemned apartment. From there an odd friendship is formed which, as the years pass, grows into a formidable bond that will hold them together, yet test them. They became each other’s rock when everything seemed to tumble around them
For Till, Eliza is too special to him and although he loved her he didn’t want to risk a relationship in fear of losing her forever.

“Till and I both knew we had a strange relationship. It was more than a friendship, but there wasn’t romance or sex. There was definitely love though. Immeasurable amounts of it. I knew that Till had this grab fantasy about me. But what he didn’t realize was all that he gave me in return. He was the only thing I’d ever had that I honestly though I couldn’t live without. Till Page was my soulmate on every level.”

Unfortunately, you can’t live in fantasy forever.

“No more, Till. I love you, but I’m sick of living in your fantasy. My door will always be open for you…No more windows. No more pretending…
…The fantasy’s over. Let me know when you’re ready to use the door.”

I loved Till and my heart broke for him as well. He had such a beautiful heart and didn't know his own worth. Not having the parents that cared about him or his brothers caused him to doubt himself and he became so focused on taking care of others that he forgot to take care of himself. He worked his arse off to guarantee his brothers were well cared for and had the best life he could offer them.  Working 2 jobs plus at a new gym every spare hour, he was determined to make a career from boxing so he could finally have the money to provide for his family.

“I believe you’re going to set the boxing world on fire, because every time you put on those gloves, you’re doing it for them.”

His determination was inspiring and though he wanted to give up at times he kept going for the sake of his brothers.
I loved Eliza’s character. She was incredibly strong and independent, yet giving and loyal. She took Till into her heart and never let him go. She saw something in him that he never thought possible; a man who was worthy of love.
Her commitment to Till and his brothers was admirable, especially for someone so young. She became the woman in their lives that they could look up to and the one they could count on to stick around even when times got a bit rough. She was the glue that held them together; the heart and soul of their family.

I absolutely loved his journey of self-worth, and how he overcame incredible odds to make it to the top. He had to fight the silence, but with the people he cared about most surrounding him he fought and in the end won.

“Home of
Till Page
On The Ropes’ First World Champion.”

Told in Duel POV, we get more of an insight to how both Eliza and Till are feeling in certain situations when they are both together and apart. It showed us just how much Till was struggling to face reality and to take that leap of faith to ‘walk through the front door’. I just wanted to reach in and shake some sense into him. It was heart-breaking. You could see the love they felt for each other, you could feel it and I was hoping with all that I am that they would find their happiness together.

‘Fighting Silence’ is the first book I have read by Aly Martinez and I must say I am utterly impressed. This isn’t just your typical fighter; oh no. What Aly has delivered is a truly beautiful and heartfelt story of two people who found love in each other when they got it from nowhere else. They become each other’s rock; their everything. Though neither Eliza nor Till live a conventional lifestyle, they found a family with one another that no one could take away. Growing up too quickly, they learned to navigate the world with challenges that others their age have never had to face.

This is a story of fantasy and reality; knowing the difference and about having the willingness to fight for what you want and what you deserve. And by hell do these two deserve it.
Thank you Aly, for this magnificent story and these amazing characters. I am forever in love with them and cannot wait to get so much more of them in the future.

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**Release Day Blitz** Ethan Walker's Road to Wonderland by L.J. Stock

Book: Ethan Walker's Road to Wonderland
(Road to Wonderland Series #3)
by L.J. Stock
Genre: New Adult


At nineteen, the world has so many possibilities. 

Ethan Walker was a typical teenager in that respect. He was happy, living at home with his family and partying when the mood struck. He was in no rush to grow up. His life was a blank page just waiting to be written, but that couldn’t last forever. 

Unfortunately, reality came knocking at Ethan’s door, forcing him to face truths he’d never allowed himself to see in the past - truths that soon robbed him of his innocence and youth. With the life he’d always known gone forever, Ethan found himself battling demons in disguise, only to find his own weakness was his worst enemy. 

When temptation turned to indulgence, and the ghosts of his past encouraged him to dig deeper, Ethan sought salvation in the form of violence. His fists and fortitude became his bread and butter, but the new turn in his life rejected the familiar and opened the door to more evil.

Inevitably, the darkness tried to sink him, and there was only one constant light that somehow seemed to shine brighter than the promise of escape: the mystery girl with the golden hair. 

In order to survive, Ethan had to dig deep and find a strength in himself not even he was sure existed. Only when he found himself on a path to Wonderland did he start to see a future beyond his past. All he had to do to get there was learn to breathe and not get himself killed in the process.

**Book 3 in the Road to Wonderland Series, Ethan Walker can be read in conjunction with Izzy Moffit's Road to Wonderland by Victoria L. James and Paris Hemsworth's Road to Wonderland by Francesca Marlow or standalone.

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About the Author

From a young age L.J. Stock was led by her imagination. From the moment she could read she fell into worlds where trees could talk and little girls could move things with their minds. 
In no hurry to grow up, she found stories all around her, in the forests of Plym Bridge, the moss covered hills of Dartmoor, then, as she grew older, the wide spread city of Houston, where she currently resides and works. A constant daydreamer, she hopes that one day, her passion can become something more than just a hobby for her. 
Still led by her imagination, the worlds have slowly grown from childish adventures to urban fantasies and romances. With inspirational authors such as Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, John Grisham and Stephen King guiding her through her life so far, L.J. Stock has finally decided that it is time for her to go for gold and try land herself on someone else’s future list of favorites. 
Putting words on paper is as essential as breathing to her, but on the rare occasions that she isn’t writing, she can be found with a video game remote in hand or curled up on the couch with her pup and a good book. Music is also such an important part of her life, it’s a wonder there isn’t a background soundtrack playing wherever she goes. 
A good girl to most, a bad girl to a few, L.J. believes that every genre should be attempted and is more than likely to have tried to release three hundred series’ ranging from vampires and werewolves, to dystopian and even classic romance, before she reaches even middle age. At least, that’s the plan for now.

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Thursday 26 February 2015

**Release Blitz** Vandal by Carian Cole

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It' release day for Vandal by Carian Cole!! We're so excited to be sharing this fantastic romance with you--and Carian is hosting a giveaway, as well as sharing an amazing excerpt! Be sure to check it all out!


Exclusive Excerpt:

I slowly walk down the dark hallway and stop at Katie’s doorway. Her pink nightlight is on, illuminating the room. I don’t want to go in, but I can’t stop myself. The mix of her presence and her void is completely overwhelming, and I fall to my knees in the middle of the room. The pain in my chest is like nothing I have ever felt before, as if my heart is being ripped from my body and sliced into tiny pieces. I want her back so bad. I want to just feel her tiny hand in mine and tuck her into bed.

Lifting my head, my eyes fall on Teddy, Katie’s coveted bear that she left here to ‘take care of me’. I crawl to the small bed and lie my head next to the little bear that, just a few days ago, we tucked into her blankets together until she’d be back. Pressing my face against the little bear, I can’t hold back my tears anymore.

Vandal Synopsis:


She takes my breath away; she is so beautifully damaged.

Yes I had broken her, ravished her life, destroyed her happiness. I brought her to ultimate despair. I was responsible for all the pain and suffering that now brought her to her knees in front of me.



Reckless in her agony.

She is a mirror of my own tortured soul.

But what I took away I can give back.

In ways she cannot even begin to imagine.

She is everything right in all my wrongs.

She loves me. She needs me.

She has no idea I’m the one who wrecked her life.

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(Storm, book 1 in ASHES AND EMBERS)

Wendy's 5 Bare Naked Star Review

Oh My! Vandal, Vandal, Vandal! Where do I start?

Carian brought us Storm and his story was, more sensitive, more controlled, I felt.

Vandal is completely out of control in almost every aspect of his life, brought on by a devastating tragedy.

Tabitha too has lost her way.

I really don’t know how to tell you how fabulously hurtful, heart breaking and hot this book is, without feeling like I’m breaking a confidence, like I’m giving away someone else’s secrets. Vandal’s story can only by experienced by you. There were times through this story I felt like I was interrupting preciously dark moments but couldn’t look away.  How is it possible for an author to make you feel that way, to suck you in and yet at the same time feel like you are sneaking a peek.

I liked this book a lot, the story is raw, the relationship slightly off kilter but totally right for them and to get them out the other side. However there were lighter moments too and the humour got me  through.

It’s a dark, physical read and will be difficult to read in parts, but the pull of the story and the need to have Tabitha and Vandal get a HEA will get you through the heartache, I promise. But expect ugly, snotty crying.

Carian Cole Bio:

carianI have a passion for the bad boys, those covered in tattoos, sexy smirks, ripped jeans, fast cars, motorcycles and of course, the sweet girls that try to tame them and win their hearts. My debut series, Ashes & Embers, follows the lives of rock band members as they find, and sometimes lose, the loves of their lives.

My first novel in the Ashes & Embers series, Storm, published on September of 2014. Vandal, the second novel in this series is publishing in February of 2015. I currently have approximately nine books slated for this series, as well as an MC series in the works, and a few stand-alones coming in 2015 onward.

Born and raised a Jersey girl, I now reside in beautiful New Hampshire with my husband and our multitude of furry pets and spend most of my time writing, reading, and vacuuming.

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Tuesday 24 February 2015

**Cover Reveal** A Gorgeous Mess by Layla Wolfe

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Book: A Gorgeous Mess
Author: Layla Wolfe
Genre: Erotic, M/M, M/C

Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul.

ANSON: I was just a mercenary back from fighting the good fight overseas. I was on a quest for my father, my roots, looking for answers. Turk Blackburn, Bent Zealots MC Prez, ordered me on a fresh operation to prove myself, my guts, my valor. Infiltrate the Navajo Rez and find out who is claiming the Zealots’ turf, using kids to cook drugs.

My partner is the famous badge slut, Ormond Tangier, known far and wide for his mad oral skills, his subservience to anyone in uniform. Mercenaries don’t wear badges, but my dominant side soon has me all over that seductive Spanish servant. A man may as well have a few laughs while on a fatal mission. Because these things never end pleasantly.

ORMOND: I was flung into a life-or-death battle against the slimy Iceman, leader of a rival MC. Iceman is running all sorts of questionable ops on Bent Zealots land, and now Anson and I have to prove our street creds just to stake a claim in our own backyard.

I’m a friend of cops, firemen, and soldiers alike, but suddenly I only want one man ordering me around. Anson Dineyazzie, macho half-breed hired gun, has stolen more than just my heart. This was never supposed to happen.

ANSON: I swear I’m never falling for that service bottom Ormond. I’m accomplishing this op and going back to Afghanistan. But I have to wrest control of this Rez land from Iceman and the lethal hit man who has been trailing us. I’d bury anyone who got between me and Ormond. Does that mean I’m in love? God, I hope not. Don’t think I can take that again. Just need to get back onto the open road and blow the dust from my soul.
Publisher’s warning: This book is not for the faint of heart. It contains scenes of gay sex, illegal doings, violence, and forced seduction roleplay. There is no cliffhanger and there is a HEA.

Layla Wolfe is satisfied with a leather jacket, one bad-ass pink camo compound bow, and a vicarious outlaw lifestyle.

Layla has published 25+ erotic romance titles under the name Karen Mercury.

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