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  • All I Want is You by Toni Blake: Blog Tour & Giveaway
  • TouchStone for ever by Sydney Jamesson: Book Blitz & Giveaway



Toni Blake’s new heartfelt Coral Cove series brings Blake’s incredible talent of creating a story that’s filled with hope and love. ALL I WANT IS YOU starts off the series with the story of Christy Knight, a character who appeared in her Destiny series. Readers will remember Christy from her encounter with Anna Romo, the heroine of Hall Moon Hill (a 2014 RITA Award Finalist), the last installment in the Destiny series. Christy’s life changed when a horrible fire claimed the lives of her mother and father; she’s left to deal with the aftermath of financial troubles on her own. Christy grew up in the small, cozy town Destiny, Ohio, but she feels her future lies elsewhere. In hopes of figuring out what’s next, she’s decided to move to the city.
Christy and her roommate Bethany are struggling to make ends meet. The beautiful jewelry she creates doesn’t pay the bills. To top it off, Christy’s just found out about her Grandpa Charlie’s own financial troubles and that he may be asked to leave his assisted living home. As his only living relative left, Christy feels it’s up to her to help but she can barely help herself. Bethany thinks it’s time for Christy to grow up and find a guy who’s smart, sexy, and solvent. Though Christy’s hesitant about the plan—she’s a romantic at heart after all—faced with few options she’s willing to give it a shot.

The search spells disaster from day one. Her first date fails before it even starts! She did, however, meet her sexy neighbor Jack DuVall. He’s not quite the man she needs at the moment—if only his blue eyes weren’t so mesmerizing. It seems the rugged handyman fits the first two categories (smart and sexy), but he’s all wrong for her. As Jack helps Christy with small patch-up jobs around the apartment, they develop a friendship. Jack hasn’t been entirely forthcoming, he’s not really just a handyman and he’s nowhere near broke. Wary of trusting others because of a painful past he doesn’t want to revisit, he thinks it’s best to wait before sharing too much information about himself.
Meanwhile, Grandpa Charlie thinks it’s time for Christy to take a break from her day-to-day stresses and get some much needed R&R by visiting him in sunny Coral Cove.  Knowing she’s short on funds, Jack wants to help Christy make the trip happen, but how can he without exposing that he’s actually loaded? He joins her under the pretext of needing a vacation as well, splitting the expenses.  As the long hot days turn into sizzling nights together, Jack can’t deny his reasons for going along are far from noble.
The Coral Cove charm captivates Christy and Jack, and a passionate, loving relationship blossoms. Jack finds he had it all wrong—Christy’s not only gorgeous, but feisty and completely irresistible; after so much heartbreak and let downs Christy feels she finally has someone she can trust. But, when Jack shares secrets he’s been holding back, the relationship is compromised. As they both struggle to find their way back to each other, the quirky seaside town of Coral Cove could prove the perfect place to find a red-hot destiny of their own.
ALL I WANT IS YOU is a brilliant start to a heartwarming and sexy series, filled with Blake’s relatable blend of inspiring, passionate stories of hope and new beginnings. Readers will fall in love with the seaside town of Coral Cove and its quirky characters over and over again.


             Christy stood before him frozen in horror.  Of so many kinds.  Frustration that bordered on agony.  Embarrassment that – oh God – he was really
turning her down again.
  And hurt.  There was no other way to describe that part
of it – it simply hurt, so unbelievably much that she wondered how she would survive
As her lower lip began to tremble, she bit down on it, trying
not to let him see.  Not that that was
enough to help this situation even one iota.
She wanted desperately to rehook her bra, but she couldn’t do it from
this angle and could only hold it helplessly in place over her breasts.  She’d never felt so rejected in her life.
Trying to swallow back her pain, a spark of anger erupted
from her.  “Why did you have to
start kissing me?  Why did you even start
this at all?”  She could no longer
meet his gaze – what had become easy and effortless had now grown impossible
again.  At some point her eyes had become
stuck on his chest because, hot and masculine though it was, it still seemed a
safer place to look.
“I’m so sorry, honey,” he said.  “I … didn’t mean to exactly.  I didn’t plan it.  It’s just that you’re … really beautiful
when you’re passionate about something, that’s all.”
She pulled in her breath, both flattered and bewildered – and
Anna’s words came back to her.  About
going for it.  About never knowing how
things would have gone if you didn’t.  So
even now, even as reckless as it seemed, she didn’t hold back.  “I’m passionate about you, Jack.”
He let out a heavy breath.
And her heart beat so hard it hurt.
“I’m passionate about you, too, Christy,” he said.  “Believe me, I am.  I just …”
“What?” she demanded.
Now it was he who looked away, dropping his gaze to the
flowered print of her skirt.  “Maybe
I’m just worried about … attachment.”
“Attachment?” she asked.
He spoke more directly this time.  “Maybe I’m worried that I’ll get attached to
you, or you’ll get attached to me.”
I’m already attached to you.  But this time she held the words in.  Since putting it on the line didn’t seem to
be working in this case.  Who’d have
thought getting lucrative consignment deals for her jewelry would be so much
easier than giving herself to a man – and getting him to take her. 
Somehow Anna’s simple story had made Christy believe that if
she put her heart out there for him to see, she’d find out he loved her,
too.  Anna had made it sound … hard,
and yet at the same time so very simple.
Like the happy ending would just come if you willed it to.  So where was her happy ending?  And why had she been so foolish to believe it
could be that easy?
Instead of saying any of that, though – instead of forcing out
any more honesty and openness – now she found herself trying to deal in
logic.  “I thought you said we’d
come to Florida and see what happened.
That we’d let things take their course, go with the flow.  You’re stopping the flow.”
He looked so pained for her now that she knew her own pain was written all over her face.  It didn’t matter what she said – she’d already
made herself as vulnerable as a person could be.  And the thing about vulnerability was – once it
was out there, you couldn’t take it back.
She couldn’t take it
back.  Anymore than she could rehook her
“That seemed like a good idea at the time,” Jack said,
eyes still fraught with distress.  “But
I’m not sure it’s that simple now.  I
mean, it’s like I said – I’m afraid … one of us will get attached.”
“Don’t you think,” she began desperately albeit still
logically, “that most sex attaches
people?  In some way?  Even if they pretend it doesn’t?”  Oh crap, what was she doing?  Spilling her heart out onto the floor some
more, that was all.  And maybe saying
things she didn’t even really know she felt until this very moment.  “And the truth is – I wouldn’t want to have
sex with anyone I might not get attached to.
It’s a connection.  It’s supposed to mean something.  Even if the whole world has tried to make it
into nothing more than a recreational activity.”  She stopped, sighed, let her gaze drop –
because she realized she’d met his eyes again in the course of spewing out all
this stupid honesty.  And she felt all
the more naked, but it had nothing to do with her state of undress. 
When she next spoke, her voice went softer.  “Or that’s how it feels to me anyway.  So if getting attached sounds so horrible to
you, then I guess it’s just as well you stopped.”


About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Toni Blake’s
love of writing began when she won an essay contest in the fifth grade. Soon
after, she penned her first novel – nineteen notebook pages long. Since then,
Toni has become a RITA-nominated author of more than twenty contemporary
romance novels including her recent 2014 RITA nomination for Half Moon Hill the
last installment in her popular Destiny series. Her books have received the
National Readers Choice Award and the Bookseller’s Best Award, and her work has
been excerpted in Cosmo. Toni lives in the Midwest and enjoys traveling,
crafts, and spending time outdoors. Learn more about Toni and her books at

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TouchStone For ever Book Blitz

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Book Title: TouchStone for ever (The Story of Us Trilogy, #3)
Author: Sydney Jamesson
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 23, 2014
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What would you give to save the one you love? Ayden Stone and Elizabeth Parker are soul mates. They have played at love, succumbed to the magnetic pull of destiny, and forgiven themselves and each other for misadventures in life and love. Now they must look to the future and forever, bearing the scars of battles they have fought and won, together. To keep a promise, one of these fateful lovers must make an agonizing choice and commit to an impossible task; to embark upon an adventure filled with magical moments and unforgivable acts of personal sacrifice. But…with great self-sacrifice comes betrayal. TouchStone for ever is the culmination of an epic love story written in the stars, involving a contemporary Princess and her charming Prince. Readers will experience blazing passion, the anguish of a broken heart and every emotion in between as Beth Parker shares her thoughts and feelings about love, life, and a desperate wish for her happy ever after. Sleeping Beauty has awakened from a great sleep but, sadly, not all fairy tales have a happy ending…not even when you belong together forever, and you’re prepared to give… Everything!


In a flash, he takes hold of both my wrists and wraps them behind me. I feel my back pressing against the doorframe.

The provocative scent of masculine essence and sex on his naked body causes me to shiver and, sensing my responsiveness, he draws his tongue along the soft skin beneath my chin. “Your perfume and your playfulness is a powerful aphrodisiac, Beth.” He nuzzles into my wet hair and I feel the hardness of his erection though the soft bathrobe.

“Ayden, I have neither the time nor the stamina to make love.”

He whispers into my ear. “Who said anything about making love?” He takes hold of my earlobe between his teeth and gives it a gentle tug. “Right now I would like nothing more than to fuck you. Maybe then you would be less inclined to question my stamina.”

His words cause me to widen my eyes and swallow deeply. “I don’t question it,” I reply, softly. “I fear it.”

Meet the Author

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There are those moments in life when a person you respect says something to you that strikes a chord, we’ve all had them … that moment came one Parents’ Evening when I was 16. An inspirational teacher said; “Your daughter should consider a career in Journalism or as a writer, she has a vivid imagination and a flair for creative writing …” As a wide-eyed teenager, those words were music to my ears. How prophetic was it that I went on to do just that …

I have worked in Insurance, Fashion and in advertising as a Copywriter and Commercial Journalist and loved every minute of it; creative people are a lot of fun to be around. I swapped the day job for a more meaningful enterprise: having our daughter Jenna. Now 29, she’s a fiercely independent woman living the dream in Australia. She was a heavenly surprise that had me working freelance for four years, doing what I could between feeds, playgroups and afternoon lessons in preparation for starting school. It’s a ‘story’ we can all identify with, I’m sure.

I made a sideways move into teaching in 1997 and, six years later, became Head of English in a High School, making it my mission in life to introduce young people to a range of quality reading material. I try to foster a love of all things creative in my students and encourage them to find that creativity within themselves.

For as long as I can remember, I have lived with The Story of Us in my head. The fact that Elizabeth Parker is an English teacher should come as no surprise; as novelists we write, initially, about what we know … Yet, I should confess, she isn’t me but rather that young, sensitive and naïve woman we all were or still are. The difference being, she has been victimized and, because of it, remained hidden. But, unlike some characters who may have suffered at the hands of others, she is not damaged: wary yes, but not damaged. She still believes people are innately good and that is one of her many qualities. It is her propensity for compassion that allows her to invite Ayden Stone into her world when, on the face of it, he’s exactly what she doesn’t need.

So that’s me, furiously typing away until the early hours, unveiling the intricacies of a 21st century fairy-tale; creating an epic story that melds a heady mixture of romance suspense and a touch of the miraculous.


Meet Elizabeth Stone; Bolder than ever

In TouchStone for ever, the reader meets a new Beth Parker Stone. She is stronger, bolder; so deep and magnificent is her love for Ayden Stone, she will do everything in her power to hold on to it. She takes the reader on new adventures as she travels the world with Ayden, experiences “everything” and must make decisions daily that, to us, are unthinkable. She must work through the heartbreak; feel the guilt associated with betrayal before considering self-sacrifice, all for the sake of love. As Ayden was the central character in TSFG, as narrator Beth must carry the story forward. She has already earned the readers’ trust in TouchStone for play and TouchStone for giving, but in TouchStone for ever, asks them to believe in her to do the right thing for her one true love; trust her to feel empowered by Ayden’s words, “Be bold, baby.”

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