Friday, 19 December 2014

Book Blitz: Leon's Way by Sunniva Dee; Excerpt + Giveaway

Leon's Way 
Author: Sunniva Dee
Release Date: 19 December 2014

I’m Leon , number one object of Deepsilver’s rumor mill. Owner of student hotspot, Smother.

Since I was sixteen, the world has been mine. I do everything—
My way.

Every co-ed in town clenches her thighs over me, but most don’t fit the bill. See, I like my girls broken . Once I detect my shade of don’t-give-a-fuck damaged, I fight hard, I fight dirty, and I don’t give up until—
I conquer.

Drunk fathers and frequent beatings don’t merit attention, but when my despicable dad starts the process of croaking, I’m forced to remember. Thus, the downward spiral begins: my latest broken-girl turns the tables on me and splits. My hot-as-hell employee, Arriane, throws me the curve ball of a lifetime. And suddenly—
I’m out of control.

But at the center of my chaos, she exists. Always close, always sweet, and so beautifully fucking… wholesome. She represents everything I’ve shied from in a woman. Still—
I crave her.

I’m Leon, and I don’t deny my cravings. Just—this girl is not surrendering. So here I am, fighting harder. Fighting dirtier. And goddammit all, I will—

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The man I’ve loved for years is going ballistic. Books, glasses, and candles ricochet off the walls and crash to the floor. The low growl contained in his throat unleashes as he hurls his stereo at the window, making the glass panes shatter on impact.

“She fucking left me for him!”

He spins and locks on me. When Leon stares at you, he consumes you. He traps you in a small, flustered vacuum where he’s all that matters. “Leon… you’ll be okay,” I begin, but my voice trembles.

I can’t wrap my mind around this meltdown. Nothing ruffles him, nothing surprises him; in all my years at the club, I’ve never seen fissures in the marble of my boss’ beautiful façade. With the exception of his girlfriends, everything he touches remains orderly, and yet he’s losing it so completely right now.

This state he’s in… It doesn’t rock my need to be there for him. I—

Am always close.

He’s my love. My unreciprocated love, because I am just Arriane, his left hand, the favorite bartender. Not one of the dolls he breaks.

Leon’s chest lifts and sinks with his turmoil. “I’ve never worked to keep someone the way I did with her. Fuck, I did everything I could while all he needed to do was barge into Smother. He fucking stole her from under my nose!” Angry tears glitter, drifting over surreally blue irises.

“Stole?” He’s delusional.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Cover Reveal! Second Debt by Pepper Winters + Giveaway

Second Debt (Indebted #3)
Author: Pepper Winters
Release Date: Early 2015

“I tried to play a game. I tried to wield deceit as perfectly as the Hawks. But when I thought I was winning, I wasn’t. Jethro isn’t what he seems—he’s the master of duplicity. However, I refuse to let him annihilate me further.”

Nila Weaver has grown from naïve seamstress to full-blown fighter. Every humdrum object is her arsenal, and sex…sex is her greatest weapon of all.

She’s paid the First Debt. She’ll probably pay more.

But she has no intention of letting the Hawks win.

Jethro Hawk has found more than a worthy adversary in Nila—he’s found the woman who could destroy him. There’s a fine line between hatred and love, and an even finer path between fear and respect.

The fate of his house rests on his shoulders, but no matter how much ice lives inside his heart, Nila flames too bright to be extinguished.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Blog Tour: His Saving Grace by Sharon Cullen; Guest Post + Giveaway

His Saving Grace (Secrets & Seduction #4)
Author: Sharon Cullen
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: 23 December 2014

Perfect for fans of Mary Balogh, Sharon Cullen’s captivating novel tells the deeply emotional tale of two devoted lovers facing the ravages of war.

For months now, Lady Grace Ashworth has mourned the death of her beloved husband—until the day a very-much-alive Michael arrives at her front door. It’s nothing less than a miracle. However, Grace soon realizes that this Michael isn’t the same man who left for the Crimean War. She’s stunned to learn that he has suffered a devastating head injury. Putting all her own desires aside, Grace resolves to devote herself to Michael’s recovery and to love him no matter what troubles may come.

Convinced that his wife is wasting her time on a broken man, Michael attempts to shield Grace from a life of inconvenience by driving her away. But Grace will have none of that. Despite every obstacle Michael throws in her path, she stubbornly soldiers on, fighting not only for their marriage but for the love they once shared. In the end, will her determination alone be enough to save Michael from the darkness that threatens to consume him?

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Guest Post- The Crystal Palace

“I thought that since you loved your little glass houses so much, you would like to see a large glass house.”

This was more than a large glass house. This was the Crystal Palace, the largest glass and steel building ever made. She’d heard of it, of course—who hadn’t? It was one of the greatest achievements in England’s history. She’d read many articles about the structure designed by the famous Joseph Paxton, head gardener to the duke of Devonshire, but she’d never thought to see it for herself.

She climbed down from the carriage and looked with awe at the massive building. Sunlight reflecting off the hundreds of glass panes caused her to squint.

“No use standing around gawking at it when we can go inside.”
– His Saving Grace

The heroine of His Saving Grace enjoyed gardening. Grace had a small glass conservatory built, which turned out to be her saving grace when life got too much for her to handle. Her conservatory became her sanctuary.

While I was researching the time period that His Saving Grace took place in I was excited when I discovered the Crystal Palace. I knew Grace would be awed by the exhibit that so closely resembled her conservatory—only on a much, much grander scale.

I loved writing the scene when Michael takes Grace to the Crystal Palace. It’s one of the few scenes in the book where we see Michael and Grace as they probably had been before Michael’s accident and one of the fewer scenes in which Michael’s injury was not a central theme.

The Crystal Palace housed the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Hyde Park, London. It was the biggest building made of steel and glass at that time and was backed by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria.

The exhibition and the building were only meant to last six months after which the building was supposed to be torn down, but the steel and glass structure was so popular that private investors raised the funds to have the building moved to a more permanent location. It couldn’t remain at its original location because it wasn’t built to stay there and the ground couldn’t support the incredible weight of the building for much longer.

Originally the building housed an exhibition of the world’s most up to date technology. Hundreds of countries contributed to the endeavor.

After the building was moved the exhibition changed somewhat to reflect different nationalities and time periods. There were dinosaur exhibits, Byzantine exhibits and Egyptian exhibits just to name a few.

Even after the building was moved it proved to be incredibly popular. One of its most endearing qualities was that it brought all different walks of people together. Shop owners mixed with nobility. Laborers mixed with shop owners. Vendors came daily to sell their wares.

What was meant to last only six months ended up lasting forty years. Popularity began to decline in the 1890s. In the early 1900s it was revived and rose in popularity for a short time before it declined once again in the 1920s. In 1936 the Crystal Palace was destroyed by a fire that people could see from eight counties away.