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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blog Tour Stop: Destructive Silence by L.U. Ann

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If you never speak of the past, can it be erased?
Lacey Edwards has a past.
A past which changed her life forever.
A past she is desperate to forget.
Lacey is quiet and reserved compared to her best friend Becca Fox. They became instant friends when Lacey moved to Maryland nine years ago. Becca helped pull Lacey out of her internal shell to experience life. By high school, Lacey was active in the club scene and would occasionally have to drag Becca with her. One night, Lacey realized she might be able to run from her past with the help of Becca and one steamy Caine Rogers.
Lacey didn't know, until it was too late, how feelings, honesty, heartbreak and life altering events can change a person. Lacey has Becca’s support but will that be enough?
Will Lacey sacrifice her own happiness to do what is expected?
Appropriate for readers 16 years and up. This novel contains heavy life issues that some might find offensive.

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If the decisions you make don’t define you, what price would you pay to change them?

“Close your eyes. This is the darkness I see, I feel, I live because of my choices."

I spent my life running. Running from my past. A past that changed my life, robbed me of my childhood, and bound me for a life of silence. Silence protected me from further hurt. When I couldn't control my life, I found reprieve in my silence. Dark, cold silence. I’m trapped, trying to find my way out, trying to make a stand, trying to finally live; but is it too late?

Lacey Edwards fought emotional turmoil most of her life. She made choices that unknowingly put her through more painstaking heartache. She found bits and pieces of happiness in all the wrong areas except for one. This one gave her hope for a fresh new life full of promises. Could she hold onto it, or would it slip through her fingertips?

***Warning*** Young Adult Edition. Appropriate for audiences 16 years and above. This novel contains heavy life and social issues that some might find difficult or offensive.

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Author L.U. Ann moved to Colorado from the Eastern Shore of Maryland with her husband and two children. Life in Colorado is so much different. In Maryland, you would find her in the garden tending to her vegetables and flowers, sea glass and shark tooth hunting once a week, and enjoying the kids swimming in the backyard. Her life took a drastic change when her family moved to their own “Little House on the Prairie" at an elevation of over 6,000 feet above sea level, and a semi-arid climate that makes it hard to grow anything. While barely anything can grow where she resides now, the wildlife makes up for it. Mountain Lions, and coyotes, and rattlesnakes, oh my!

She tries to spend a little time each day writing, but domestic chores around the house usually take precedence. She would much rather hide them from her husband. She tends to her loving four-legged children who at times become much too demanding when she locks herself in the office. This often results in MORE domestic work, and she finds herself cleaning up after their deviant behavior.

At night, you’ll find her begging the kids to go to bed so that she can catch up on the latest book before her sister can. Yes, she is an avid reader who escapes her chaotic but wonderful home to the feisty depths of romance land in search of her newest book boyfriend. Shh, don’t tell her husband!

She is an artist by the grace of God. She worked as a set designer for six years, helping establish a local children's theatre where she was the scenery artist, set, and prop designer. Before that, you would find her covered in paint, so engrossed in painting a mural that time didn't exist. Graphic design is her guilty pleasure.

Special Note From L.U. Ann

I created this Young Adult Edition to reach a wider audience. Lacey is nineteen years old and finishing high school. The issues she faces are the very issues a teenager could be facing right now, some possibly even younger.

This series deals with heavy life issues. Issues that are real. It may not be for everyone, but it's a reality for so many. I hope you take some valuable information away from reading A Destructive Novel series. If anything, please read the resources found in the back of each book.

Thank you for the opportunity to tell Lacey’s story. My story.

L.U. Ann

Monday, February 17, 2014

Blog Tour Stop: Finding Home by Aine Kelley


Can two broken people help each other learn to love again and find their way home? 

For Samantha Cole, love and relationships have never come easy. Pain and heartbreak have forced her to build a wall around herself. Hoping to start over, Sam leaves Boston behind and moves to Napa with her best friend. Trying to make better choices in love, Sam establishes rules to keep her heart safe. Little does she know that one man will challenge her and change her mind. He has the potential to break down her walls and bring her heart back home. 

Ben Foster has been dealing with heartache and guilt for the past two years, believing he lost his only chance at love. Pounding guys on the Rugby field and running the family winery get him through the pain. When Sam arrives the fog over his life slowly lifts. He wonders if she is the one who can help his heart find a new way home. 

Letting go of the past and moving forward is not always easy. Their connection is strong, but their pasts keep getting in the way. Will Sam and Ben's journey tear them apart or help them find a place to call home?

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Looking up into her moist eyes I

pull her close to me. Our arms hug each other with a fierceness that’s getting

rid of every loose fragment of damage. We’re expelling each and every bad

memory and all the shit that’s fucked us up. “I don’t want to let you go. Can

we stay like this for a little while longer?” Her head nods on my shoulder as

she sinks deeper into our embrace.

“You feel incredible in my arms. I

never thought much about guardian angels, but I think you’ve been sent just for

me. Your arms wrapping around me make everything go away.”

Sam’s arms grip me with even more

vigor. I feel her breath and lips tickle my ear as she turns her head into the

crook of my neck. Feather light kisses touch my neck and earlobe as she

whispers; “You’re wrong Ben; you’re my angel. You make me believe that love can

exist.” Her head pulls back but her arms stay firmly in place. “Your voice

brought light into my life when all I could see was darkness. When I’m all

alone, it’s your voice that I hear when I drift off to sleep at night.”

I turn and press my lips onto hers

tenderly and hold them there for several seconds before breaking away. We stay

holding each other well into the night. Finally, her breaths change and I

realize she’s fallen asleep on my shoulder. I gently shift her body close and

place one arm underneath her legs to pick her up. She stirs slightly and turns

her head into the curve of my neck and inhales deeply. “Mmm, you smell so


I hold her against me as I chuckle,

“Oh yeah? It’s a combination of sweat, wine, and you.”

Sighing she lifts her head with her eyes still closed. “How

is it you know to say the exact thing a woman likes to hear?”

“I don’t know about that. I guess

you bring it out of me.”

We get into the truck, and I buckle

her up. I fight off the images of the accident and instead focus on Sam.  I listen to her steady breaths and watch her

sleep. She hypnotizes me.  I’m captivated

by her heart, beauty and soul. Her capacity to let me in is remarkable and

humbling especially when I don’t think I deserve it. Home has to feel a lot

like this because I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Aine Kelley is a Massachusetts native who resides in a small seaside community outside of Boston. Besides her immense love for her hubby and two girls, she's a great lover of her Patriots and Red Sox! She's a one click addict and loves getting lost in a story. Like Sam in her book, she's a huge 80's movie lover and a music freak! Her love of books, beta reading for authors and reviewing for a blog, led her down this crazy yet exciting writing path. She's so excited for you to get lost in Ben and Sam's story. Her motto is: Live freely, laugh heartily and love deeply

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Aine Kelley Fun Facts

1.       I have a potty mouth. It doesn’t come out all the time but when it does it tends to shock people.

2.       I am a sucker for anything chocolate. It is a true addiction.

3.       I love wine. Like really love wine. Red or white, I’m not biased.

4.       I attend boot camp twice a week for personal torture. That’s when you may hear my potty mouth.

5.       My original title for Finding Home was Say Anything, but legally I didn’t think I could do it.

6.       My Kindle currently has 40+ books waiting to be read and yet I keep one-clicking. It’s yet another addiction.

7.       I am a sucker for the Love Songs channel on Sirius XM. I’ve been known to wipe away tears as I’m driving and listening to a mushy and gushy one.

8.       Some of the best friendships I have formed started on Facebook.  Being in the indie author world I get to talk to the most amazing women I have had the pleasure of knowing.

9.       I started writing Finding Home on my summer vacation before going back to work. I worked on it every night after my kids went to bed. It is a true labor of love and I have a new appreciation for people that work multiple jobs and juggle being a wife and mother.

10.   Like Sam in my book, I am a true 80’s geek and love all things movie and music from that time period.

11.   I’m an only child.

12.   I love the Peanuts. I have to watch the holiday specials every time they come on with my daughters.

13.   I go to the beach pretty much every day in the summer.

14.   I’m a big sports fan. My favorites are football and baseball. Go Patriots and Red Sox!

15.   I was editing my book when the Red Sox won the World Series. I was so excited that my lap top fell off my lap and crashed on the floor. I then happy danced around the house.

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Blog Tour Stop: Indulge by Angela Graham

        Logan West’s life is anything but ideal.

Mindless sex, tedious business ventures, and the occasional poker game keep him occupied, but he only lives for one thing: fatherhood.

Oliver, Logan’s three-year-old son, is his entire world. Raising him alone, Logan finds his only joy in spending time giving Oliver the childhood he deserves. But every other weekend, he allows himself the chance to live as a man—a man with deeper desires. Logan knows what he likes, what he wants, and what he needs. He has no interest in dating and believes there’s no risk worth taking for romance, but his casual sexual escapes rarely leave him satisfied.

It takes an unexpected decision from his sister Julia and a road trip to the small town of Harmony with his best friend, Caleb, to open Logan’s eyes to new opportunities outside his programmed world. Its not what he expects, but Logan’s always looking to indulge.

This can be read as the first in the Harmony series or anytime during the series. It is not a mandatory read to enjoy the series, simply a companion read. This novella is Logan's story of how he ended up living in Harmony and right next door to the woman that would forever change his life.
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I loved this book! It was such a good look into what Logan was like before meeting Cassandra. I will say that Logan comes off like an insensitive jerk but it is because he's hurt. He is trying to protect his heart and his son from another disappointing woman. What better way to do then to use em and leave em! I also enjoyed reading more about Caleb. He sounds like an interesting character who would have an interesting story to tell! hint hint :)

Whether you have never read the Harmony Series or have read them, this book is a must read at some point! I actually liked reading it after I have already read the first two because it helps assure me that Logan and Cassandra are perfect together. Logan does a lot of fighting to win Cassie's heart and reading this novella makes me feel for him. The guy in this novella would never fight for a girl not worth it and Cassie is worth it!!
Meet the Author
    I am happily married to my husband of five years, have three wonderful children and a beautiful feline companion that keeps me company during late night writing binges.
My love of reading has been life long but it was in early 2012 when I was inspired to finally put pen to paper and write my first story. Since then I haven't been able to stop, fueled purely by my passion to write a story and create characters that readers will enjoy.
New Adult romances are my go to books to read as well as to write. They are young, fresh and full of hope. What's not to love!
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
- Ella Fitzgerald
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Check out the other books in the Harmony Series
 Inevitable (Book 1)
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        Irreplaceable (Book 2)
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Blog Tour Stop: Conklin's Foundation by Brooke Page

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Becca finally found her courage and faced her tormentors head on to get what she deserved: respect and Tyler Conklin.  Becca’s faith in Tyler is solid, but is he willing to completely open up to her?  They both have past baggage, and as Becca says, Tyler’s is particularly old.

With everything they have been through, Becca and Tyler know that secrets get them nowhere.  They have made great leaps and bounds in their relationship, but Becca can’t help but feel he is still keeping something from her.  Between the local detective snooping around and asking questions at the Conklin building and Tyler’s evasive answers, Becca remains skeptical about his excuses.  The detective seems more interested in Tyler’s father’s “projects”, but Tyler’s hands seem to be in the pot as well.

Unfortunately, Tyler’s past comes back in his face along with his shady business.  Will Becca hold true to her new found confidence and claim what’s hers… including Tyler?



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Brooke Page

                Brooke Page is a newly Independent author of Conklin’s Blueprints.  She and her husband live with their two children in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  When she is not writing or spending time with her beloved family, she enjoys using the pottery wheel and reading.  For more projects and insights on upcoming books and events, please visit Brooke Page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/authorbrookepage), and follow her on Twitter, (BrookePage05).  Brooke Page would also love to hear from you via her email address if you have any questions or comments about her books, authorbrookepage@gmail.com.

Blog Tour Stop: Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes


Title: Queen of Hearts

Author: Colleen Oakes

Genre: YA, YA Fantasy, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Fairy Tale Retellings, Fantasy and Sci-Fi.



Not every fairytale has a happy ending.

This is the story of a princess who became a villain.


A Father’s Betrayal. A Kingdom with a Black Secret. A Princess Slowly Unraveling.

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.


When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.


Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.


Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.






Colleen Oakes is the author of the Elly in Bloom Series and the upcoming YA fantasy Queen of Hearts Saga, both published via Sparkpress. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son. When not writing, Colleen enjoys swimming, traveling, and immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She is currently at work on the last Elly novel and another YA fantasy series called Wendy Darling.