The Dead Beats by Emma Meade

Story: It’s good to be alive…when you’re dead! Meet Alex & Tristan, modern star-crossed lovers of the supernatural variety.
Vampire rock star, Tristan, has a serious obsession with Bruce Springsteen and is battling a ‘can’t live without you’ sort of love for Alex. He’s trying to persuade her to come over to the dark side, but so far she’s resisting his efforts…

Our rating: 5 out of 5 blood thirsty stars

Review: First we do need to say this is for a mature audience. The Dead Beats is a short story which actually appears in Emma’ book Night Sighs a short story collection. This has to be one of the best short stories we’ve read in a long time. In a couple of pages Emma does what many authors can’t do in a whole book. She brings romance, heartbreak, fear, and even some steamy love making scenes. Tristan is one HOT and scary vampire. In a couple of page you see him go from a young in love vampire to a dark and jaded rock star. The music adds to the dark and sexy feel of this story. As a reader you find yourself wanting Alex to give in to Tristan’s love, but then fear for her and want her to run. This short story will take you on a whirlwind of emotions, and the ending will leave you wanting more. It will also make you want to read more of Emma’ books. We know we’ve added all of them to our list.

So grab yourself a drink and read The Dead Beats

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Breaking Waves (Heart Waves) by Danielle Sibarium

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Story: From the moment they met, Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, but she never dreamed it would happen like this. Jenna is left shattered and broken. When life becomes too painful to deal with and she feels completely alone, there’s only one person to help her pick up the pieces and move on. The one person she doesn’t want to turn to. The one person she promised to stay away from. Tyler. Can Jenna put aside everything she knows about him and let Tyler help heal her broken heart?

Our rating: 5 out of 5 Romeo and Juliet stars

Review: Warning you will need a huge box of tissues and that’s only for the first couple of pages. A huge, big, explosive event happens, which will blow your mind. It’s rare for a book to have a great sequel and this book has an amazing sequel. Breaking Waves is just as good and entertaining as Heart Waves. There is so many twists and turns your emotions will be going crazy. Each character had us so pulled in, which made it impossible to put this book down. We liked that Jenna seemed to grow and become more independent. Okay, we all thought we loved Reece, but now, Tyler playing a bigger role in this series, has made us jump ship to Team Tyler. He is one hot love interest. We like that he’s flawed in all the perfect ways. Okay a little part of us still don’t fully trust him, but there’s just something about a bad tortured boy we love. We also notice we began to really like Mike in this book. Chelsea actually is team Mike and wants him for herself. He becomes the friend Jenna really needs. We were a little disappointed in her best friend Grace. She seemed like such a good friend in the first book. Hopefully by book three she will go back to being the friend Jenna needs.There is a lot of secretes that go unanswered in this book, which just brings more excitement for the next installment in this amazing, thrilling series. Danielle is a brilliant writer and knows exactly how to make a reader cry, rejoice, and fall in love even when our hearts are broken. We can not wait for the next book. This is a series you must not miss.

So grab a big box of tissues and read Breaking Waves.

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **

First Love (Now and Forever) by Melissa Johns

Story: Emily Stone has moved from her life in Texas to start over in New York. She left her friends and her father behind to be closer to her mother. She just wants to find happiness and maybe a few friends but when Eric Mason enters her life, she knows she wants more. Eric has been raised to be a professional quarterback. His father has a plan and Eric isn’t allowed to stray off his path but the first day of his senior year, his eyes find Emily and he knows he won’t be the same again. Struggling to keep a balance between school work, football and a social life, they find themselves falling in love with each other until the night of the Senior Prom when she learns the truth that Eric has been keeping secret from her. Will their love be able to remain strong?

Our rating: 3 out of 5 red stars

Review: We love the whole idea behind this story and were really excited to read it. We hate to start a review with negative comments but we think we should get it over with so we can focus on the positive right after. We hate to judge a book on the grammar unless it effects the story. It was so hard to get into this book because we kept finding mistakes and over used words. For example the word “as.” We all agreed that after a while we began to count how many times the author used the word “as” instead of focusing on the story. Description was also needed. The story took place in Buffalo yet we never hear about the cold weather or snow. Our other issue was the dialogue it felt too mechanical at times. Emily is supposed to be from Houston yet she has so accent nor does anyone ever comment about her accent. There was also no emotion described besides her heart melting. When Emily breaks up with Eric there is no huge melt down that takes days or even weeks to deal with it. For a girl who was so in love and needy of Eric she was too quick to walk away from him over something really silly. Now for the good: Half way through the book we started to ignore the short sentences and hardly any description because we really started to care for Eric and Emily’s relationship. We agreed no matter how much the little things bothered us we could not put the book down and this is why we gave this book 3 stars instead of 2. We love that Eric’s favorite color is red, and Emily makes sure to use this color to gets the things she wants. It also helps that the steamy scenes between Eric and Emily were hot! Eric can easily become one of our boyfriends of the week. The part of the story that did keep us engaged also inspired us to read the next two books. We truly believe if the author would have developed this story a little more it would have been a five star book.

So if you don’t mind the grammar put on your favorite red shirt and read First Love (Now& Forever).

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Winter S*cks! Remembering Summer

If you are anything like us you are sick of the winter. Sure it was fun at first, getting to wear sweaters and your favorite sexy boots. But enough is enough. We are officially over snow, cold days, and having to wear a big bulky coat. It’s time to remember what the warm sun feels like. Here are our top 10 choices for the best summer romances that will make you forget it’s cold outside. They are in no particular order.

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Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer — they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

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After suffering a great loss, Emma is ready to get her life back to normal. She is spending her summer, before her junior year, with her new boyfriend Court. They are both working at Fairland Park alongside her best friend Britney. Emma is spending all her time with Court and is really falling for him. But things change when she meets Nash. She begins to question her feelings for Court. Is Court the right choice? Or is Nash the right choice? Emma will fall in love this summer. But will it lead her to happiness or a broken heart? It will be a summer full of romance, music, and moments Emma will never forget.

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Sixteen-year-old Piper Wesley has always been better at hooking fish than guys. But with her best friend Benny by her side, she’s never minded. And besides, her fishing skills have made her a celebrity in her hometown of Islamorada, an island paradise in the Florida Keys.

So when a slump in tourism threatens to sink her family’s fishing charter business, Piper recruits Benny to help her win a major fishing tournament and the $25,000 grand prize. It seems like a perfect plan. Put her skills to use, win some money and help her parents weather the storm.

Except that now Benny cares more about hanging out with his girlfriend Marina than helping Piper. And he keeps disappearing, usually after something suspicious happens on the island. Add in Logan, a Michigan transplant with a growing interest in something other than Piper’s fishing, and it looks like practicing for the tournament will be anything but easy.

Leaving Piper to wonder how she’ll win. And who will be there when it’s over.

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Jenna Kingsley has a gift. She knows things. With a simple touch she can pick up personal information from jewelry or objects. While at a neighbor’s party, a voice mesmerizes her. Jenna is momentarily frozen as a ring is placed in her hand. White electricity surges through her and a dire prediction is made. “It’s like Romeo and Juliet. You’re going to break my heart.”

From the moment they meet, Jenna is enchanted and entranced with Reece Walton. She’s thrilled to learn he’s spending the summer two houses away from hers. Every moment they spend together is magical. But she can’t get the prediction out of her mind. As the summer draws to a close and secrets are revealed, can Jenna get past the fear of being left with a broken heart to live in the moment with Reece or will her fear of being hurt fulfill the prophecy?

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Austin music fest

Yay, summer in Austin!

Good food, good times. Fun for everyone!

Okay, living with my sorority-brainwashed cousin, who willingly goes by “Party Penny,” is not exactly what I had in mind.

All your favorite bands

But the cute musicians I’ve met totally make up for it . . . like Sebastian. Swoon.

All ages welcome

So why can’t I stop thinking about Penny’s friend All-American Russ and his Texas twang??

Saturday & Sunday, from noon to midnight

Don’t wait up!
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Two irresistible boys. One unforgettable summer.

Lori can’t wait for her summer at the lake. She loves wakeboarding and hanging with her friends—including the two hotties next door. With the Vader brothers, she’s always been just one of the guys. Now that she’s turning sixteen, she wants to be seen as one of the girls, especially in the eyes of Sean, the older brother. But that’s not going to happen—not if the younger brother, Adam, can help it.

Lori plans to make Sean jealous by spending time with Adam. Adam has plans of his own for Lori. As the air heats up, so does this love triangle. Will Lori’s romantic summer melt into one hot mess?

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Summer has always looked forward to spending her summers at her Aunt’s beach house with the Donovans. To her, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house was magical, especially getting to spend time with the Donovans – her best friend Rachel and Rachel’s brothers Nathaniel, and Drew. Here at Aunt Sookie’s beach house, they can be anyone and anything they dreamed. For Summer, she had always wished to become as pretty as Rachel and for her brothers to think of her as more than Rachel’s friend. For Nat and Drew, summers at Aunt Sookie’s beach house meant fun and escape, a place where they go to with their mom and sister for the summer, away from city life. They never thought this summer would be different. They never thought things would change as much as they did…and it all began with them falling for and loving Summer.

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According to her best friend Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie—she’s already had that kind of romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

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Sometimes I wake up shivering in the early hours of the morning, drowning in dreams of being out there in the ocean that summer, of looking up at the moon and feeling as invisible and free as a fish. But I’m jumping ahead, and to tell the story right I have to go back to the beginning. To a place called Indigo Beach. To a boy with pale skin that glowed against the dark waves. To the start of something neither of us could have predicted, and which would mark us forever, making everything that came after and before seem like it belonged to another life.

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A summer to remember…
Angie always thought high school romances were just silly infatuations that come and go. She certainly never thought she would fall in love over one short summer. But when she meets Jack, their connection is beyond any childish crush. Suddenly, Angie and Jack are filling their summer with stolen moments and romantic nights. But as fall grows closer, they must figure out if their love is forever, or just a summer they’ll never forget.

Let us know which book is your favorite summer romance book.

Guest Blog by Diane J. Reed

We are excited to bring you our very first guest blogger. Diane J. Reed is the author of Robin in the Hood.

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We first met Diane when she emailed us about her book. We were hooked by just reading the synopsis. Our review of Robin in the Hood is coming soon. Now we are excited to let Diane

Stealing Hearts

 Books and movies are filled with couples who commit crimes and live their lives on the run. Just the mention of Bonnie & Clyde conjures up glamorous images of two beautiful bank robbers in the Great Depression who lived their lives free from society’s rules.

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And then there’s the Sundance Kid and his strikingly beautiful girlfriend Etta Place, two lovers who looked like any upstanding Victorian couple—except for the fact that they were notorious outlaws in cahoots with none other than Butch Cassidy! Could it be that danger was central to their attraction—and perhaps the rush of adrenaline and life on the road became a substitute for love?

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Etta Place & The Sundance Kid

In my YA novel Robin in the Hood, pretty boarding-school teenager Robin McArthur suddenly discovers that her family has gone broke and she’ll have to live in a foster home. So she decides to kidnap her dad to hide him from authorities and to rob banks to help make ends meet. But on her first “bank job”, with adrenaline popping and sizzling through her veins, Robin stumbles upon the handsomest criminal she’s ever seen! Here’s what happens in Robin’s words:

I squinted and inched to the left, peering into a particularly dark patch beside the wide tree trunk.

And that’s when I saw him.

Or I guess I should say, he chose to reveal himself.

A tall guy, maybe a year or two older than me, in a black t-shirt and torn, faded jeans. His tangled, sun-bleached hair looked like it had never seen scissors, yet it framed his tan skin and piercing blue eyes like a rugged surfer’s. To my surprise, he flashed a half-smile, making the jagged scar across his cheek press into a dark, thin line, like a dagger. For a second, I wondered if it was a warning—

“You gotta be kidding me,” he shook his head, folding his tattooed arms. “You honestly think you can take on this bank?”

He leaned his tall frame against the tree, appearing amused. Instantly, I could tell from his ripped clothes, sinewy body, and nearly feral gaze that he was pretty much everything Pinnacle had been paid so handsomely to keep out of my reach.

Beautiful.

Deadly.

And well within kissing distance—

Without warning, his intense eyes locked on mine as if we were the only two people who’d ever mattered on planet earth.

And all at once, I felt a weight dislodge and explode into a gazillion pieces inside my chest.

This is my heart—

This is my heart on CRACK.

Yes,  ATTRACTION + ADRENALINE prove to be a mighty potent love spell for Robin! But even she understands that such a relationship might be doomed if it’s not based on the real thing. So although she’d love to kiss this devastatingly handsome guy (who she later finds out is named Creek), what she does is use her brains instead. Realizing later in the novel that Creek has more experience at crime than she does, she offers for them to become partners. But there’s only one problem—Robin discovers that Creek is committing these crimes for the very same reason she is: to provide for his family.  Both of them are not in it for the thrills after all, but for LOVE. And it’s that depth of compassion that Robin sees in Creek that truly ends up stealing her heart. Yep, Robin does fall for Creek—hard. And what happens next in the story I’ll let you find out by reading the rest of Robin in the Hood.

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But until then, I’d love to hear if you’ve ever been in a situation where someone stole your heart faster than a pickpocket could take your wallet. Was adrenaline and dangerous excitement involved in the situation? Or do you think you just sensed the real thing: a deep reservoir of love in the other person? Can stealing hearts ever turn into an enduring kind of relationship? Maybe with a little extra help from Cupid, such love might really last . . .

We would like to thank Diana for guest blogging this week. Let us know what your thoughts are on love, and don’t forget to check out Robin in the Hood.

Cover Reveal: Cheating Death

We love when one of our favorite authors tells they are coming out with a new book. It’s like having Christmas early. We also become very honored when they ask us to help celebrate one their special days. Today we are excited to be part of Jen Naumann’s cover reveal for Cheating Death. We hope you love it as much as we do.

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Lysandra Brooks remembers everything about the day she almost drowned alongside her grandma, especially the set of mysterious eyes she saw at the bottom of the lake. Ever since then, she’s been seeing strange things when she is near water – things that aren’t really there. Because of it, Lysandra has the tendency to avoid anything that isn’t on dry land. On her last day of high school, however, the biggest party of the year is set to take place at a fellow senior’s lakeside mansion. Despite her fears, Lysandra decides to prove to her friends and herself that she can handle it. 

But after a horrific night of drinking and drama that leaves Lysandra feeling lonely and confused, she nearly drowns for a second time, only to be saved by the new guy in town. From that moment on, Lysandra’s world is turned upside down with the discovery of mind blowing secrets, including a revelation that something sinister is after her soul.

Let us know what you think

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