Books, Photos & a little bit of everything else: Apr. 14

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  • Binding Ties by Katija O: Blog Tour & Giveaway

  • Accidentally Still Married by Carmen Falcone: Release Week Blog Tour & Giveaway

  • Julia Bramer Sale

  • Interim by S. Walden: Blitz & Giveaway

Book: Binding Ties (Majestic Pearls 2)
Author: Katija O
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis


After a brutal and potentially fatal assault, Mia Tandy finds herself alone and abandoned by not only her true love Nicholas—but possibly the one who truly loves her, Dr. Xavier Young.
In an attempt to help her get her life together, her brother, Peter, and a silent partner set up a small café just for Mia … something she’s always dreamt of.  Possibly giving her a new lease on life.
On the other side of town, Nicholas’ father, Reynold, has plans of his own, trying to uncover a long lost secret that’s about to turn, not only his own world around, but causing a rippling effect that will touch Mia and his son Nicholas.
Mia, trying to stay away from the likes of that wealthy world and the negatives that come with it, once again has it all thrown right back in her path when Nicholas returns and the secrets that have been in the past are now in full view, confronting them all.
For both Nicholas and Mia, trying to keep away from each other is proving to be their biggest challenge yet.  Once again, obstacles and social status are keeping them apart, but their love for each other is growing day by day.
Will their love be enough to get them through the torment, the lies and the challenges? 


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Author Bio


Not to stray from the common Author cliché, I loved to read as a child – I actually excelled in reading from a young age.  This was definitely to my advantage.  In saying that I only enjoyed reading “happily ever after stories.”
As I grew older my pleasures turned to “teen romance stories” with the obvious transition being heavy love stories and of course Jackie Collins’ novels.
Then due to relationship and work commitments my reading all but ceased until my children were at an age where I could steal and hour or two (which then became an hour or four). 
A few years ago I discovered the Twilight Saga, this kept my thoroughly entertained for years as I read and re-read numerous times… Enter 50 Shades.  I think the fact that these books were written by amateur writers stirred something inside of me.
A few years ago my dear mother passed away, I became really lost —books became my saviour.  They took me to a very special place … away from reality.   One night I had this dream, it was so vivid in my mind that when I awoke it was fresh and alive.  It just kept growing and growing and that’s when Majestic Pearls was born.  I’ve not looked back since.
Music is my passion, I love it! Though it needs to be genre’s from the fifties through to the eighties.  Everything I do is done to music from my writing through to my housework—it soothes my soul.
I also have full time duties with my husband (fourth child) and our family business and three sons which all keeps me on my toes, there’s never a dull moment around my house.
Living in the beautiful Melbourne Australia, we have an abundance of restaurants and café’s which is my other passion … coffee dates with my wild and wacky high school friends … after thirty plus years we still catch up regularly and have a wild time.  All of these people and my large family form my circle … a circle that I love and are thankful to have.

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Synopsis

Some believe in fate others not so …
Who would think that a simple car accident could determine someone’s destiny?
But when Mia Tandy meets Nicholas Devlin their world’s are changed.
Falling in love should be simple, should be natural and joyous but, as they are from different world’s,  there are many obstacles thrown in their way.
There is one thing that no one can control and that is undying love. Fate has brought these two together, and class is keeping them apart.
What they don’t realize is  … they are somehow connected.
One person holds the piece to this puzzle.
A secret from yesteryear and a certain string of pearls holds the key.  These secrets not only are the key to a old romance but a key to their destiny.
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Accidentally Still Married
by Carmen Falcone

Series: Naked Truth, #2

Cover Designer: Sweet & Spicy Designs

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 13, 2015

 

 

Grace King needs to save her catering business by all means necessary. Even if it means striking a deal with the hot estranged husband she walked out on, but can’t forget despite her best efforts.

Sebastian Zwane is baffled to discover he’s still legally bound to the woman who broke his heart. With a booming career and new offices to open, the last thing he needs is a scandal and for her to demand half of the empire he built after their separation.

The bargain that will get them both what they want is put to the test by their sizzling attraction—stronger than ever, in spite of their rocky past. When the deal is over, will they be able to walk away from each other?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beats doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband—living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing her passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps bragging about. When she’s not lost in the word of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

She loves to procrastinate, so please indulge her and drop her a line @ carmenauthor@yahoo.com. For more info, visit her website: www.carmenfalcone.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Julia Bramer Sale

April 14 – April 17

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April 18- April 21

 

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~A lot can change in the space between devising a plan and carrying it out. That space is called the Interim.~
High school seniors Jeremy Stahl and Regan Walters aren’t friends. Not even close. He’s a picked-on, picked-apart loser outcast. She’s a cool kid running with the popular crowd. It’s unlikely they’d ever speak to one another. Too bad he’s madly in love with her. But what does it matter, anyway? He’s got no time for love. Only revenge.
Meticulously detailed in the pages of his battered red notebook is his master plan: April 14, 9:30 A.M., two guns, eighty rounds of ammo, backup knives, eleven victims. He’s finally ready to answer every single taunt, jeer, and flying fist—unwarranted abuse that’s spanned six years of his lonely life. He’s justified. He’s ready. But he never readied himself for her.
Regan finds his journal. She reads it, and when he discovers her intrusion, he has to switch tactics. She’s a liability now.
Better fix that.

 

(WARNING: This is a New Adult standalone that contains graphic language and violence, including gun violence. If school shootings are an especially sensitive subject for you, then I urge you to refrain from reading this book.)
 
 

Excerpt:



His heart plummeted when their eyes met that morning. And then the anger bubbled up in his chest almost immediately. The things she must know! He knew she read it. A girl would have read it. Fucking girls. It was written all over her guilty face, her deer-in-headlights eyes. Her body language. He saw the imperceptible tightening of his words against her chest—her biceps flexing as she secured his notebook to her body. Like she owned it. Like she owned him.

The hell you do, he thought.
Letter to the Reader:
Dear Reader,
Not many authors will discourage you from reading their work. After all, the goal of our stories is to grow our readership, not diminish it. I’m well aware of that, but when I first became inspired with Jeremy’s story, I knew I would have to go about promoting it in an entirely different way—something far removed from my past marketing campaigns. I knew I would have to hide the book, stamp disclaimers all over it, plant seeds of doubt in your minds, decline requests for advanced reviews—in essence, all the things an author SHOULD NOT do when marketing her book. That’s why it took me so long to write the damn thing—over a year of worrying, second-guessing, flip-flopping, arguing. Jeremy sat waiting patiently, and I stared back at him wondering just how much he would destroy my career.
Then I remembered that his story is exactly the type of controversial social issue I enjoy tackling. I knew I had to write it because I could. I could be sensitive to the subject matter without being PC. I could leave my political and moral opinions out of it. I could make it a human story, not a gun story. I could do all these things if I worked very hard—if I was diligent and faithful to my characters and their experiences. Once I realized these things, I stopped fretting and just started writing, careful to keep all the details private and sacred. That’s how writing should be: private and sacred.
Now Jeremy’s story is no longer private, but I hope you will find it sacred. I hope you will throw off your preconceptions and bury your social and political views, your moral judgments. It’s too easy to go into a story like this already angry, especially if you or someone you love has experienced gun violence. I urge you to think long and hard before starting Interim if you are especially sensitive to the topic of school shootings. There are extremely violent, descriptive scenes, and I do not wish for my book to be a trigger for you.
I am well aware of the social debate a book like this may provoke. I did not write it for debate. I did not write it to make a statement about guns, gun control, gun access, Constitutional rights, etc. I am not interested in comparing my story to the horrific school shootings that have taken place in the United States. I have no motive other than to tell a story about an abused boy who felt he deserved justice. What you take away from the novel is entirely up to you.
Love,
Summer

 

S. Walden used to teach English before making the best decision of her life by becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Georgia with her very supportive husband who prefers physics textbooks over fiction and has a difficult time understanding why her characters must have personality flaws. She is wary of small children, so she has a Westie instead. She is the USA Today bestselling author of Going Under. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about it.
She loves her fans and loves to hear from them. Email her at swaldenauthor@hotmail.com and follow her twitter feed at @swaldenauthor.
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