Tuesday, February 9, 2016

#BlogTour for Story of a Kiss Anthology with trailer, review and #giveaway #Romance #NA @XpressoTours



Story of a Kiss Anthology
Publication date: February 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

There will be a thousand kisses in a lifetime but only a handful trapped forever in your heart. This Valentine’s day, join The Story of a Kiss anthology as we take you into the lives of thirteen couples. From a very first kiss of a high-school prom queen, to a kiss that travels the width of time. Kisses of redemption, heartache, discovery, and so much more.

Thirteen authors.

Thirteen kisses you’ll never forget.




Taylor Sullivan- Never Regret
At twenty-four, Margaret Andrews is still a virgin and sick of it. After a year on the top dating site in America, and a late night episode of HUNG on HBO, she’s decided to take matters into her own hands and hires a professional.

Kelly Lincoln- Maybe now
Maybe now I should kiss her.

The thought haunts fourteen-year-old Hunter whenever he is with his best friend, Ava. The second he makes his move, their moment is destroyed and Ava leaves town. Ten years later, she’s back, and so is the maybe now that Hunter thought was buried.

Kathryn L. James- Crazy Beautiful Kiss
Two years after Calista DeLuca and Colin Williams shared a sizzling kiss…the one she couldn’t forget and the one he didn’t remember, their paths cross again. Secrets unfold. Tears fall. Hearts open. He’s the only one who can fade her pain into non-existence, but is it enough?

Sha Renée- Forbidden Kisses
Layla is enlisted in the Navy. Ethan is an officer. According to rules, personal relationships between officers and enlisted personnel are prohibited, but their desire is so strong, they can’t stand to be apart. Can military regulations separate lovers who are destined to be together?

Leslie Kung- At Long Last
Janny and Tom grew up together, but right before their friendship could turn into a budding romance, life and gravity pulled them apart. When the friends reconnected, their chemistry was undeniable–but tragedy put distance between them again. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to finally fall in love.

Emma Marie Leigh- Wrong time
Jo Stevens is an archaeology graduate student on the opportunity of a lifetime- an excavation in Pompeii. When her group discovers a basement, everything Jo knows is rocked. Rules are broken. Lines are crossed. Jo unearths everything she’s ever wanted. She’s just in the wrong time.

Louisa Blackwood- Can’t Let Go
Josephine “Joe” Burke has been running from the past since the night her mother died, choosing solitude over dreams. She’s suddenly forced to return to her Tennessee hometown and to her old flame, Colton James. Joe can feel her defenses crumbling under his irritating charm, but with the past still haunting her future, can she open her heart to happiness again?

Polly J. Brown- Ever Be
Evangeline’s life revolved around the water until she nearly drowned. Now, she’s returned to the beach to confront her fears, and Gregory Owen, the super-bro who saved her life. Greg wants to help, but can she trust his intentions? Or worse, her own?

Jaye Cox- Love in Photographs
When her heart remembers but her head doesn’t, will one photograph change everything? Claire didn’t need her memories when everything within her knew she loved him.

Brandy Ayers- Fighting Faith
At nineteen, Faith spent one perfect, passion-filled summer in San Sebastian. But just when she thought she might have her happy ending, Jasper, the love of her life, shattered her heart. Now, ten years later, they’re forced together once more. Can she hold onto the last few remaining pieces of her heart?

Kate DeHart- Missed Kisses
Struggling with the recent death of her mother, Jess finds solace in her best friend Ben. Everything about them says they shouldn’t click. He’s the trendy guy with the damaged family; she’s the bookish introvert with a lonely heart. Years of sweet memories cause their feelings to grow, until he does the one thing that could tear them apart.

Jody Pardo- Left Swipe Chronicles
Roommates Liz and Michelle venture into the world of online dating. After a series of bad first dates, how many swipes will it take to find her Man of Steel?

Cherry Shephard- Precious
18 year old Precious Montgomery is a nobody, she’s never even had her first kiss . . . but that’s about to change. When her best friend nominates her for prom queen, Precious has just one week to make over her image and beat the queen bee – Amber Delancey. Amber has everything Precious doesn’t: Confidence, sophistication and popularity. But a chance meeting with Amber’s boyfriend changes everything.

Now, Precious has to decide what’s more important; what she’s always wanted . . . or what she’s always had.

Can a crown . . . or a kiss, really dictate your self-worth?


Purchase:
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The number thirteen can be regarded as something unlucky. In the case of the Story of a Kiss, a new anthology released earlier this month, this collection proves lucky to those who pick up a copy. This anthology offers readers a wide variety of romantic stories penned by thirteen authors. At almost four hundred pages, I believe there's something to satisfy everyone's taste. 

The exciting aspect of reading story collections is finding new creative voices and, in this instance, I discovered a group of authors totally new to me. With this bunch of tales I had favorites (which I won't go into detail about). There's sweet, there's sexy, there's even a paranormal (yay!), this anthology reminded me of a heart-shaped box filled with chocolates--a wide variety to choose and enjoy.

I really enjoyed these stories, thrilled at meeting these characters and finding new authors to follow. I liked some so much I would love to see more of these couples in either a novel or another anthology. With our busy lives I find short stories offer readers who want to read but have to do it on the run the option of reading something short but still satisfying. With this enjoyable assortment of romantic stories, the Story of a Kiss anthology is a wonderful way to either begin or end Valentine's Day.

Rating: 4
Cover comment: Pretty
Book source: I received a promotional eBook in return for my honest review.

Giveaway
There is a tour-wide giveaway of one (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card(open INTL).



Monday, February 8, 2016

#VirtualBookTour: Chosen Soldiers by R.H. Scott @LiteralExposure @HarperVoyagerUS

Inside the Book:


Title: Chosen Soldiers 
Author: R.H. Scott 
Release Date: February 9, 2016 
Publisher: Harper Voyager 
Genre: YA Dystopian/Thriller 
Format: Ebook/Paperback

After the missiles tore up the Earth, societies crumbled, leaving scattered patches of humanity struggling to survive. Slowly, a group came together, helping each other regrow a world worth living in.

And then the Others attacked.

Realizing the need to truly protect themselves, they formed the Academy: a place where young people could be built into an elite military force. The training is intense…and so are the consequences for failure. Sloan Radcliffe is not a failure.

In fact, she’s the best of the best—the girls’ Senior Champion—and the only one who can match her is matched to her: her betrothed, Jared Dawson. They are the perfect couple: exemplary fighters, pure leaders, and exceptional role models. But as their time at the Academy draws to a close, Sloan is starting to see signs that maybe their life is built upon secrets…and that secrets are never a strong foundation.

With the battlefront looming and whispers growing louder, Sloan is caught up not only between her loyalties to her people, but also to the man she loves.

 A combination of military sci-fi and dystopian thriller, R. H. Scott’s Chosen Soldiers is an intense look at a young woman’s world shattering under the weight of its own illusions.

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Meet the Author:

R.H. Scott, born 1991, has spent the better part of her life travelling with her mother and sisters. Having lived on three continents by the age of 21, she developed a unique interest in differing societies and psychology. Scott completed a Bachelor of Arts Sociology & Socio-Legal Studies and is currently working on her MSc Experimental Psychology. The granddaughter of two published authors, writing has been a lifelong passion, and outside of her academic endeavors, Miss Scott writes full time, enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, and reading.

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Tour Schedule

Monday, February 8 - Book featured at Reader Girls
Thursday, February 11 - Book featured at Born to Read Books
Friday, February 12 - Book featured at Hot Off the Shelves
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Monday, February 15 - Interviewed at The Review From Here
Tuesday, February 16 - Guest blogging at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
Wednesday, February 17 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Thursday, February 18 - Book featured at Bound 2 Escape
Friday, February 19 - Book featured at CBY Book Club
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Monday, February 22 - Book featured at Rambling Reviews
February 23 - Interviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
February 24 - Book reviewed at Wishful Endings
February 25 - Interviewed at PUYB Virtual Book Club
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Monday, February 29 - Book featured at A Title Wave
Wednesday, March 2 - Book featured at Ali the Dragonslayer
Thursday, March 3 - Book featured at Around the World in Books
Friday, March 4 - Interviewed at Voodoo Princess

Blog Tour: Mystical (Mystical, #1) by @michaeldweekly with excerpt #YA #urbanfantasy @limitlessbooks @yaboundtourspr

YA Bound Book Tours is organizing a Blog Tour for: Mystical (Mystical, #1) by Michael Weekly from Limitless Publishing. This tour will run from February 8-12.

Mystical (Mystical, #1)
Release Date: 12/08/15
Limitless Publishing
240 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
When Eliza Rose found out she was a witch, she thought she’d be casting spells…

However, it turns out Eliza is on her way to becoming a mystical assassin. But first she has to start college with her best friend Dawn Roberts and her feline familiar Jared. If you think college is stressful, try finding your best friend being seduced—nearly to death—by a venomous fairy. Something is horribly wrong, and Eliza must find out what it is.

Knowing who’s who in the Mystical world can be a burden—or save her life…

Murderous mermaids, seductive fairies, and manipulative elves are terrifying enough, but pure witches can become corrupt…and they’re the most dangerous creatures of all. Eliza struggles to discover the source of this chaos, but is repeatedly attacked—and saved by a shadowy figure. On a very personal note, Eliza must learn whether corruption is beginning to claim her mother.

Her strongest ally might be handsome, enigmatic Donovan—but he is hiding a shocking secret…

Donovan wants nothing to do with his old gang—not after the things they’d made him do. But when he meets Eliza, he’s both frustrated by her amateur skills and impressed by her emerging strength, and he feels compelled to help her grow into the assassin she’s meant to be.

Every answer has a price, and there are beings born to corrupt the pure.

Eliza fights to master her skills before it’s too late, while Donovan must determine whether Eliza can be saved…or if she must die to keep her out of the hands of those who would use her powers to reign over all of Mystical.




Buy Links:
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Excerpt 

The weeds continue to wrap around my legs, holding me in place. I shake my head, trying to fall back into reality. I press my lips tightly together and focus on cutting off the weeds slowly. With each slash, it feels like my movement and reactions are slowing down. It must be the scent causing the nerves in my body to act strange. I cover my nose and continue cutting the strands of weed silently. Each cut increases the growth beneath me. The mud from the gravel thickens, gluing me further in place.
The girl moans in pleasure while the weeds attach to me and cling onto the fabric of my clothing. The noise she is making and the weeds from underneath me are overwhelming me. My heart picks up frantically, and my lips feel dry.
The strange creature caresses his prey’s bruised body. There are glowing hickeys all over her skin. He allows the weeds to slither around her neck slowly. He leaves another colorful hickey on her skin. He kisses her neck, eventually pulling on her skin with his sharp teeth.
The scent of his tongue sliding slowly on her neck flows over to where I’m being held captive. My lips part as her eyes roll back into her head. I can feel my mind and thoughts drifting away with her. I want the creature’s lips on my skin just as much as his prey does.
Think, Eliza, think. Stay focused.
I shudder as the cold wind tickles the tiny hairs on my skin. The guy stops kissing the girl and the moans fade away. He looks up and scans his setting. His eyes lock on my hiding place. I increase my cutting movement as fast as I can. He smirks at me with colorful drool dropping to the ground from his white blade-like teeth. His red lips glimmer in front of me in the shadows.
He lets the weeds take over the girl’s body, preserving his meal for later. She is still stuck in ecstasy. Her eyes slide in my direction. Even though she must be in pain, she’s smiling. Weeds form around her body, slither up, and then slap across her eyes and mouth.
The creep holding her captive flutters toward me slowly. He reaches out as weeds beneath the ground and roots spring up and wriggle around my ankles and neck. They travel up against my thighs and then slap across my mouth, preventing me from screaming. I am lifted up against the wall, just how the girl is in front of me.
I raise my dagger to try and cut the weed covering my mouth, but I lose my grip and it falls to the ground. I panic, struggling to breathe, but the same scent crawls into my nostrils. Its sweet taste overpowers my senses. My heart beat slows down drastically as my eyes follow the monster, who is floating in front of me, grinning wickedly. He touches my skin with his soft hand, sizzling and calming my emotions.
My heart skips a beat. It’s finally my turn.

About the Author

Michael believes he is a mad scientist experimenting with his own imagination. He enjoys world building and having alluring conversations with his stubborn characters.
He is your author of The Mystical Trilogy, Casso and TESTED. Specializing in many genres such as Fantasy, Urban Fiction, Dystopian, Young and New Adult. Most of his inspirations come from fairy-tales, music, and his curious what ifs.


You can find him anywhere to snuggling in a comfy seat with hot cocoa Netflix binging, or taking a soothing walk along the forest lines. Possibly diving in a tank with sharks, but that would be too insane.


He is a shopaholic east coaster living in Virginia with his fury companion Coco.
Where the two live happily ever after.

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