Thursday, February 11, 2016
Beyond the Stars by Stacy Wise
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Publication: February 8th, 2016
Falling for him wasn't in the plans...
Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Jack McAlister, Hollywood's hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she's reluctantly working as Jack's personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.
Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she's not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she'd be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.
But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss's easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.
Share a funny story about a real job you've had that went as awful as Jessica's pig sitting.
I was the casting associate for a pilot being produced by a Very Famous Television Mogul. During one of our producer callback sessions (read: big time audition), the Very Famous Television Producer’s actress daughter came to visit, along with her fluffy white wisp of a dog. She wanted to sit in on the auditions, but worried that her presence might make an already stressful audition even more nerve-wracking, so she elected to hide under her father’s desk across the massive room, her tiny pup cuddled in her lap. The auditioning actor’s back was to them, so all good, right?
Mid-audition, the tiny ball of fur darted across the room, greeting everyone with shrill yaps. The poor actor tried to continue his audition, but the dog was stealing the scene. Stern-faced producers tried to hold in laughter. Just when the audition couldn’t get any worse, the daughter unfolded herself from her hiding place under the desk, gathered her dog, and walked out, as casually as if she were exiting a day spa. And yeah, we invited the actor to take some time and come back to audition later. Only in Hollywood! :)
About the Author
Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016). She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband, four children, two dogs, and ever-changing number of fish. BEYOND THE STARS is her debut novel.
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
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 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?
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.
Cover comment: Pretty
Book source: I received a promotional eBook in return for my honest review.
There is a tour-wide giveaway of one (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card(open INTL).