Giveaway & Review: Riptide by Skye Jordan

Riptide (A Renegades Novel) by [Jordan, Skye, Swan, Joan]When pro surfer Zach Ellis isn’t traveling the world-wide competition circuit, he works as a Renegade stunt double for the hit TV series, Hawaiian Heat. After years of tangling with the ocean, his body has paid the price. So when he gets a shot at a star roll on the show, Zach’s all in. He celebrates the career opportunity by taking a chance on a woman who’s not his usual island-girl type, only to discover he can’t bear to let her go.

Tessa Drake belongs mired in legislation battles in Washington DC, not standing on the sidelines of a filming set in Maui like a wannabe starlet. But even more important than her law career, Tessa needs Zach Ellis’s signature on legal papers. Papers that relinquish his parental rights so Tessa can adopt the girl who already calls her mommy. When she discovers Zach has slipped out of town before she makes contact, Tessa takes solace in the sexy star of Hawaiian Heat. A man whose warmth and dazzling grin makes her Mensa-level IQ vanish into thin air.

After an electrifying night together, Tessa is horrified to discover just who rocked her world. Zach is stunned to learn he’s a father. And both find themselves caught in a riptide pulling them in the opposite direction of their dreams.

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It’s no secret I am a HUGE fan of Skye Jordan’s Renegade series… I just LOVE the stunt men, Hollywood movie sets, SPUNKY females, behind-the-scenes of a blockbuster shenanigans, and how real life will always overshadow the entertainment industry. I get giddy anytime I hear about a new story in the works… so when I heard about Riptide, I was eager to join the blog tour!

Skye Jordan never disappoints: this is another great love story with complex characters, an unpredictable plot, and steamy sexy times. Like all good romances, this is a fun page turner with lots of surprises and teh cutest three year old ever.  Sophia stole every scene she is in, as is the way with young humans. lol

I especially enjoyed how Zach and Tessa were honest about the emotions that come with sudden parenthood.  Even when you know its coming, parents have to juggle responsibility while dealing with emotions like selfishness, vulnerability, doubt, pride, overwhelming love, and hope. I also liked how transparent Tessa was regarding Corinne’s death.  Her friend withheld the severity of her illness, and I know that this does cause anger and disappointment when you are also feeling grief and loss of a close friend.  I appreciate the author’s ability to balance the real emotions of “getting the rug pulled out from under you” – this happens a few times in the story.  Tessa stays the course with her job and Sophia and Zach finds his way – all while they are way out of their comfort zones.

Skye JordanSometimes fun. Sometimes naughty. Always romantic.

I am a New York Times Bestselling Author writing under the pseudonym Skye Jordan for my more … sexually heated … works.

My Skye Jordan novels are all about enjoying that little wild streak we all have, but probably don’t let out often enough. About those fantasies we usually don’t get the opportunity to indulge. About stretching limits, checking out the dark side, playing naughty and maybe even acting a little wicked. They’re about escape and fun and pleasure and romance.

And, yes, even love. Because even as Skye Jordan I’m just a happily ever after kinda gal.

Forward Into Darkness by Marlene Perez

For Valencia Paine, the world is as small as her family’s estate. Confined to the grounds because of unrest from the human-animal hybrids whose labor runs the city, Valencia observes life in Sombria from the other side of a wrought-iron fence. Her father, a powerful scientist in Sombria’s popular—and oppressive—regime, claims it’s for her own protection. But Valencia isn’t content to stay cloistered inside a cold, lonely mansion, with only books for company. When she slips away and encounters Mateo, a mysterious stranger with ties to the city’s hybrids, she finds herself drawn into a life forbidden to her—and into a resistance movement that defies everything she thinks she knows. As her father tightens his control of her by arranging a marriage to Henri, a rising star in the regime, Valencia becomes more determined to discover the truth. Will her defiance change her—and her world—forever? With thrilling twists and romantic interludes, this fantasy is perfect for fans of Ransom Riggs and Marie Lu.

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Marlene Perez is the author of paranormal and urban fantasy books, including the best-selling DEAD IS series for teens. The first book in the series, DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK, was named an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers as well as an ALA Popular Paperback. DEAD IS JUST A RUMOR was on VOYA’s 2011 Best Science Fiction, Horror, & Fantasy List. Her novels have been featured in Girl’s Life, Seventeen, and Cosmopolitan.

She grew up in Story City, Iowa and is the youngest of twelve children. She lives in Orange County, California with her husband and children. Visit Marlene at www.marleneperez.com or follow her on Twitter @MarPerez.

 

Excerpt & Giveaway: The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

Published by Entangled Teen

Released on May 1st, 2017

Genre: YA Fantasy

With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel’s been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her defective heart.

But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni’s vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical mobster in the city wants the vase for himself.

Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.

But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline’s freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel’s heart…

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Whatever natural tendency toward hope Anjeline once possessed had manifested itself into something harder on her face. Her eyes were far away, like she had thoughts on bigger things than just freedom. “This isn’t like your books,” she said as though Rebel were naive. “They’re stories that know nothing about life. People are thornier than what those things tell you. Good doesn’t always win. Light doesn’t always burn away the darkness.”

Rebel pressed her lips into a hard line. “Maybe it’s you who knows nothing about people. Darkness exists because light casts a shadow. That’s life…painful and beautiful all at the same time.” Books might have not told her everything about magic, but they taught her how to see it in all things.

Anjeline’s lips twitched. “Painful but beautiful. Sounds more like human love.”

“Now that, I wouldn’t know,” she said sarcastically, but she meant it. She took a cold breath, feeling for her pendant resting on her chest. There was a black void in her heart, where the love of a parent, the love of anyone, had never occupied.

Golden eyes met hers, Anjeline contemplating her with that look. “You’ve always been without kin?” Rebel nodded, turning aside from the fascinated gaze roaming over her. “So, you’ve never been loved?”

The question wasn’t just about family. Rebel shrunk from those words, unable to stop from gravitating toward the ones living in the back of her mind. Believing herself, maybe, to not be worthy of it, or anything good. That black void had yawned so wide she used to think gathering stolen treasures could fill it. She used to put rocks under her pillow, wishing for them to turn into diamonds. But she was a book no one wanted to open. A riddle no one dared to answer. A lost girl no one desired to find.

Her heart was tired of not being useful to anyone— especially herself.

She was tired of being a captive to her own flesh. With a shake of her head, she didn’t reply. But as Anjeline gazed at her with that look, as though something tied them together, her chest hummed with…what, exactly? She tried willing it away but it spread deeper. She rubbed at her bruises, as if calming the ones within. Her numb hands shook, and she rummaged in the satchel for her pills. Anjeline persisted to stare, unbothered by the cold. Lucky her. “Stop staring at me,” she said.

Anjeline clicked her tongue. “You could just ask me.”

“For what?”

“For warmth.”

Rebel glanced up in both sheepishness and stubbornness. Taking that for an invitation, Anjeline moved closer. “I’m fine…”

“I can hear your teeth rattling.”

“I’m…”

Anjeline put a finger against Rebel’s lips. “Shh. If you’re frozen, neither of us will get our wish.” The light in her palm danced, and she placed a hand atop Rebel’s.

The air throbbed between them. It crackled and purred, and Rebel startled as her blood hummed at the touch. Wisps of sultry light danced across her arms, snaking around her legs and torso in a shroud of warmth.

J.C. WELKER is a YA Fantasy author who’s been, among other things, a fashion designer, a graphic designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously).

She’s best known for writing and producing the documentary short films focusing on homeless Iraq vets and LGBTQ+ issues in the military, which was selected by the North Texas Film Festival and featured on CURRENT TV. Her recent novel placed first in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards, and she continues to work towards giving a voice to stories that are needed, while facing magic and monsters along the way.

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Searching for Sarah by Julieann Dove

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SEARCHING FOR SARAH
Julieann Dove
Series: The Sarah Series # 1
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: April 27, 2017
Sarah Keller is convinced that her Mr. Right is stuck in traffic…in another country…on another planet. ‘Thirty-one and still single’ isn’t how she wants to be introduced by her dad. That’s why she’s on five dating websites, posing as anything from an avid gardener to a crazed thrill seeker.
Sam Turner is a single dad, workaholic, who owns his own company. Long-term relationships have never worked out for him. That’s why he needs a nanny.
When a mutual friend suggests Sarah take the job temporarily, everything changes for them both. Sarah begins falling for the man who meets almost none of her online criteria. And when strange things start happening—things that jeopardize the safety of Sarah, Sam is the last person she would imagine is hiding something.
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Julieann Dove began her writing career not long ago. Taking a break from her job as a bookkeeper was just what the doctor ordered, to tap into her creative side. When she’s not writing, she loves playing with fabric at her sewing machine, baking new recipes, and playing in the dirt, trying to get things to grow. Julieann loves old movies, and never tires of listening to music—it’s where she finds most of her inspiration for her books.
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Guest Post by Katie McElhenney, author of The Things They’ve Taken


The Things They’ve Taken by Katie McElhenney

Published by Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy / paranormal

 

All Lo Campbell wants is to be a normal teenager—to go to one high school, live in one place, and have one real friend. Instead, she travels the country with her mother, chasing the unknown, the “what else” that’s out there…

Until one day, the “what else” chases back.

Determined to rescue her mom from whatever supernatural being took her, Lo will need more help than a badly dressed demon obsessed with country music. She’s going to need a Tracker—and lucky for her, she finds one. Shaw is strong, good-looking, possibly available, and utterly infuriating. Sure, he may have secrets, and his help costs more than a brand-new car, but she’ll have to deal with him if she wants to find her mother—and get her home alive.

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Songs to Break Your Heart To

I’ve never met a person who could break my heart as easily as song can.

In my book, The Things They’ve Taken, our heroine, Lo, has her radio bewitched by a demon to only play songs by Patsy Cline. In the words of the demon who did the rigging, “How are you supposed to learn about love and loss without listening to Patsy Cline?” He has a point.

Some of my earliest memories are of my mother putting on Patsy’s greatest hits record, our house filling up with the sounds of slide guitar and that unmistakable contralto croon. At once strong yet fragile, Patsy had a voice that resonated somewhere inside me in a place I didn’t understand yet. I couldn’t always make sense of the lyrics, but I could feel them. The emotion behind her words began a life-long love affair with love songs—the more heart wrenching the better.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Let Me Leave– Marc Broussard

Anyone can sing about the glorious madness of falling in love, but few can help you through the times when it’s all gone wrong (especially those times when it’s all your fault). (Honorable Mention: Break Your Heart- Bare Naked Ladies)

Misty Blue– Dorothy Moore

I’m an absolute sucker for the time signature in this song.  If aliens invaded earth and only heard this song they would think humans were only put here to slow dance and cry.

(Honorable Mention: These Arms of Mine-Otis Redding)

Morning Song for Sally-Nancy Griffith

The fact that love has ended doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth it. A beautiful tribute to memories and hope. (Honorable Mention: I Will Always Love You- Dolly Parton)

Long Ride Home– Patty Griffin

This song will tear you to pieces. Regret, reflection, and the heartbreak of knowing sometimes it really is too late to change. (Honorable Mention: Ghost- Indigo Girls)

Ex Factor-Lauryn Hill

Sometimes love is over and it’s time to let go, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. (Honorable Mention: Neither One of Us Wants to Be The First to Say Goodbye- Gladys Knight and the Pips, Like A Friend- Pulp)

Empty-Ray Lamontagne

A perfect song for rainy autumn mornings when you feel only the heaviness of love and none of its redemptive lightness. (Honorable Mention: Purple Rain- Prince)

 

Katie McElhenney was born in Philadelphia into a big family of curious kids and patient adults. A voracious reader and unapologetic daydreamer, she knew she wanted to become a writer someday. With the support of an amazing family, great friends, and some truly spectacular teachers she has written short stories, poems, and novels. A solar-powered human, she now lives in Los Angeles and uses the great weather for year-round trips to the beach and long runs (where the best inspiration happens). Find out more about her at katiemcelhenney.com

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#Review: Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey

Bailey_TooHardtoForget_MMThe third book in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series about four siblings on a cross-country road trip, perfect for fans of Gena Showalter and Julie James!

This time, she’s calling the shots.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he’s been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy’s determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she’ll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.

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SO. GOOD.

As a long time Tessa Bailey fan, I knew I’d love this new series about sibling driving cross country and I was right. This is the third title in this series, and while you don;t have to read the books in order, I recommend it. The glimpses of Peggy in the first two books made me look forward to her story… and what a story it is!

There are flashbacks to the secret, taboo love affair between a salty, widowed football coach and a perky, ballsy cheerleader. There are unresolved feelings about how the relationship ended. There is a push/pull between guilt and peace, family obligations and personal desires, painful pasts and possible futures, strict control and wild abandon.

Peggy’s story is vastly different than the ones that preceded it, and I must admit that I underestimated her. She seemed a bit flaky in her siblings’ books, but she is a force to be reckoned with when she is on a mission. And in this book, she has quite a few missions… relationships with her family, making Coach Elliott eat his heart out, helping his daughter, helping his star player, and moving past personal issues as she stops in his neck of the woods on the way to New York. So many layers to this story, and I deeply enjoyed everyone. And as with all Tessa Bailey books: the sexy times are off the charts hot! This couple is especially combustible!

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Guest Post: Top 5 things I’d say to people writing their first novel by Tessa Bailey

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Bailey_TooHardtoForget_MMThe third book in New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey’s Romancing the Clarksons series about four siblings on a cross-country road trip, perfect for fans of Gena Showalter and Julie James!

This time, she’s calling the shots.

Peggy Clarkson is returning to her alma mater with one goal in mind: confront Elliott Brooks, the man who ruined her for all others, and remind him of what he’s been missing. Even after three years, seeing him again is like a punch in the gut, but Peggy’s determined to stick to her plan. Maybe then, once she has the upper hand, she’ll finally be able to move on.

In the years since Peggy left Cincinnati, Elliott has kept his focus on football. No distractions and no complications. But when Peggy walks back onto his practice field and into his life, he knows she could unravel everything in his carefully controlled world. Because the girl who was hard to forget is now a woman impossible to resist.

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Romancing the Clarksons Series

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TOO HARD TO FORGET, #3

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Top 5 things I’d say to people writing their first novel.

My advice isn’t going to be right for everyone, but here’s what I wish someone had told me when I knew absolutely nothing about writing and/or the industry!

  1. Take risks. Write what speaks to you and have confidence in it. Don’t write like your mother is reading over your shoulder. It took me a while to learn that lesson and it paid off!
  2. Know where your book fits in the market. What genre is it? What word length is best for that genre? What makes it different and which editors/agents might it appeal to? It’s good to pay attention to editors/agents on social media because they’re often very vocal about what they want submission-wise. It might be exactly what you’re writing and you don’t want to miss that shot.
  3. If there’s a scene or a line of dialogue bothering you? Delete it. Don’t leave it there. Just get rid of it and that annoying splinter under your skin will go away. Don’t sacrifice quality for word count.
  4. Try and learn/decide as much about your characters as possible before you start writing. Every inner thought or interaction depends on their past, so know their insecurities well and use them. Make sure their struggle is right there on the page.
  5. Be disciplined. Writers write. If you want to write a book, you might need designated writing times you can realistically stick to. Don’t accept your own excuses. Writing can be a lonely job and you don’t get a pat on the back for reaching your word count every day. That reward has to come from you, so if incentivizing yourself works, do that, too. Whatever gets those words on the page

 

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highres-MJB_5140.jpgTessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans, and laptop, and drove 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 Long Island, New York with her husband and 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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Interview with L.B. Simmons, author of Into the Light

When Aubrey Miller begins her education at Titan University, she is no longer the beautiful, blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl of her youth. In fact, she’s no longer even Aubrey Miller. Now with jet-black hair, multiple sets of eccentric contact lenses, and several facial piercings, she’s veiled herself in complete darkness as a form of protection for herself, as well as others.
As she enters her first year of college, her goal is simple: earn a degree with the least amount of social interaction as possible. What she never anticipates is the formation of very unlikely relationships with two people who will change her life in ways she never believed possible: Quinn Matthews, the overtly cheerful pageant queen, and Kaeleb McMadden, a childhood friend who never really let her go.

Over the years, as their connections intertwine and strengthen, a seemingly indestructible bond is formed between the three. And eventually, the ties of friendship and discovery of first love begin to coax her from her darkened path as they slowly bring Aubrey back to life.

Spanning the course of four years, this is the story of a young woman’s plight to finally reemerge,finding strength within unbreakable bonds as she delivers herself from her own manufactured darkness and safely back . . . Into the Light.

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Can you tell us about your book, Into the Light, in 45 words or less?

Into the Light is about Aubrey Miller who, due to the death of her family, masks her appearance to keep people away. In college she meets three special people who give the courage to face her inner self and eventually shine through her manufactured darkness.
What was your favorite scene to write?

There are so many. But one of my favorites is a scene in which Aubrey loses herself once again in her fear after coming so close to accepting person she used to be. It’s an emotional scene where her love interest is forced to let her go, realizing that no matter how much he wants her to stay for him, she needs to wade through her darkness alone and find her own way.
What was the hardest scene to edit out?

I didn’t really edit out any scenes, but the one that gave me the most difficulty was the death of her father. I really went back and forth a lot with my beta readers, trying to give the scene enough power to show the reader why Aubrey morphed into her darkened alter ego Raven without overwhelming them.

What theme song would you give Into the Light?

I would say Time, by Battleme. It reminds of a girl who is caged in her own fear and unable to fly.
Take me outside now, give me a bed I’m going down

I hear I’m losing bad, it’s better to lose than see you again

I’ve got no wings to fly, clipped them and caged my high

So now your bird’s not singing, singing again
I’ve got this future song

doing away with the freaks alone…
I’ve got no wings to fly, clipped them and caged my high

So now your bird’s not singing, singing again

What else are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a new YA novel, titled We, the Wildflowers. It’s about four friends with troubled pasts, who find root in their friendship and begin to bloom.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

The last book I could not stop raving about was The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon. Her writing is absolutely breathtaking and I’m a HUGE fan of anything she writes.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Gah. So many books. I would say the number one on my TBR is The Chosen by J.R. Ward. I’m a HUGE fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series and cannot wait to see what’s in store.

After graduating from Texas A&M University, L.B. Simmons did what any biomedical science major could do. She entered the workforce as a full-time chemist. Years later, never in her wildest dreams would she have imagined herself a USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance author as well.

L.B. Simmons doesn’t just write books. With each new work, she attempts to compose journeys of love and self-discovery so she may impart life lessons to readers. Several novels later, she’s tackled suicide, depression, bullying, eating disorders, as well as physical and sexual abuse, all the while weaving elements of humor into the storylines in effort to balance the difficult topics. Often described as roller coaster rides, her novels are known for eliciting a wide range of emotions in each story she tells.

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Review: Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey

From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.

Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home to her mother, Ansley.

Ansley has always put her three daughters first, especially when she found out that her late husband, despite what he had always promised, left her with next to nothing. Now the proud owner of a charming waterfront design business and finally standing on her own two feet, Ansley welcomes Caroline and her brood back with open arms. But when her second daughter Sloane, whose military husband is overseas, and youngest daughter and successful actress Emerson join the fray, Ansley begins to feel like the piece of herself she had finally found might be slipping from her grasp.
Even more discomfiting, when someone from her past reappears in Ansley’s life, the secret she’s harbored from her daughters their entire lives might finally be forced into the open.

Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

Kristy Woodson Harvey has been called the “next major voice in Southern fiction” for good reason: her novels are steeped in the characters, dialogue, settings, and cultural charm that can only be found below the Mason/Dixon line. Slightly South of Simple is the latest example of the author’s tremendous skill in crafting contemporary fiction with Southern style.

The book is about what happens when several people descend on the sleepy coastal town of Peachtree Bluff, Georgia and shake up Ansley Murphy’s laid back life. Each of her three daughters visit for different reasons, but at the same time. Her first serious boyfriend commissions her interior design business as he restores his storm damaged boat. One of her sons-in-law travels from New York to ask his estranged wife for a second chance. As each character’s story unfolds, layers of life’s universal experiences are revealed: family, betrayal, forgiveness, second chances, hope, mothers, daughters, sisters, and surviving loss of life and love.

The narrators switch between Ansley and her eldest daughter, Caroline. They are very different people, but have more in common than they’d like to admit. Slightly South of Simple has humor, grief, surprises, and long buried secrets among the cast of characters. It is a heartwarming tale of finding rest and renewal near a southern shore, and I cannot wait to read what happens next in the series.

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2015), Lies and Other Acts of Love (Berkley/Penguin Random House, 2016) and the Peachtree Bluff Series, beginning with Slightly South of Simple (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2017). Dear Carolina was long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, has been optioned for film and has appeared on numerous “must-read” lists. Lies and Other Acts of Love was a Romantic Times top pick, a Southern Booksellers Okra Pick and is a finalist for the Southern Book Prize.

She blogs with her mom daily on Design Chic, the inaugural member of Traditional Home’s design blogger hall of fame, about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life and loves connecting with readers at kristywoodsonharvey.com.

Harvey is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism and holds a master’s in English from East Carolina University, with a concentration in multicultural and transnational literature. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications and websites, including Southern Living, Traditional Home, Domino, Houzz and Our State. She has been seen in Readers’ Digest, Women’s Health, The Washington Post, Dr. Oz The Good Life, The Huffington Post, USA Today’s Happy Every After and North Carolina Bookwatch, among others. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five-year-old son where she is working on her next novel.

New Release: Starstruck by Kalli Lanford

Starstruck by Kalli Lanford
RELEASE DAY BLITZ
April 24, 2017
 

My father, the king, has condemned my friend Lestra to death for treason, and I’ve joined with her brother Slaine, the most beautiful male Enestian I’ve ever seen, to save her. Although even being seen with him is forbidden, for Lestra and the promise I made to my brother, I’m willing to take the risk. But time is short, and if we’re caught, we’ll be labeled traitors and executed.

To enlist help for our daring rescue, Slaine leads me into a dark, dangerous underworld where an uprising against the crown is brewing. And if the rebels discover I’m Princess Murelle, even Slaine’s status as a commander and vow to protect me with his life might not save me.

 
Kalli Lanford, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Ring’s movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all of her culinary skills to the Food Network) and attending her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction, her biggest passion, and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.