Monday, November 3, 2014

Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: Freeing Him by A.m. Hargrove

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Today we have a phenomenal new release from A. M. Hargrove with her FREEING HIM, a sexy new romance. Below, you'll find all the book info, and exclusive excerpt, as well as an awesome giveaway!! Check it out!!

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~ Synopsis ~

*This novel contains mature content and is not intended for younger readers. Kolson Hart and Gabriella Martinelli…destined to be together, fated to be torn apart. After avoiding his father for years, Kolson knew asking his father, Langston Hart, for a favor would be like selling his soul to the devil. Only the devil wants more ... more than Kolson is willing to pay. But some promises can’t be broken, not without losing what’s most important. For Kolson, that’s Gabriella Martinelli. Left with two choices–pay up or risk everything–Kolson’s only way out is to do something drastic, something so monumental not even Langston will be able to interfere. The question is: Will it be enough to guarantee Gabriella's safety from his father? Kolson freed Gabriella from her past, and now he’s risking everything for her again. Will she be able to save him from the demon that hunts him? Or is fate too strong for them to fight? As the suds rinse, I stare at and memorize everything about her. A deep clenching pain rips through my gut, and then I know it’s not true what they say about your heart breaking. It doesn’t even come close. Your heart doesn’t break. A gash splits your gut wide open and then it expands straight on up to your sternum until your heart explodes out of your chest. The f***ing thing isn’t broken. It’s goddamn annihilated. And there isn’t enough superglue in the entire world to piece it back together again. And then parts of you start to fall off, one by one. And you know it’s not possible to ever be put back together again. You’re f***ing Humpty Dumpty.

~ Review ~
4.5 Stars

I was really looking forward to this book. I couldn't wait to see what happened with Kolson and Gabby.  

Gabby is finally learning to live after Danny is found dead.  She no longer has to look over her shoulder wondering when he will find her again.  But now she has to get Kolson to open up to her.  He is keeping his past a secret and Gabby knows he needs to share it to help himself heal and move on.  Can she help him?  

Kolson is living in HELL.  He wants to share with Gabby what happened to him as a child, but he is afraid she will leave him once she finds out.  He knows he has to do something once his father comes to him to request payment for the debt.  But what happens when Kolson isn't willing to give what his father wants?  Can Kolson protect himself and Gabby? 

This book will leave you on the edge of your seat in parts.  Wondering what is going to happen next.  I was expecting more to be the cause of Kolson's pain.  And I thought the beginning was a little slow so I cannot give five stars :( 

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~ Exclusive Excerpt ~

“Mommy! Mommy! I’m scared. Where are you?” Dark. It’s so dark. I can’t see anything and my throat hurts so bad. I want my mommy. But she won’t answer me. Why won’t she come? She always comes when I call her at night. But she doesn’t come this time. And I keep calling her. My Spiderman pajamas are wet and I want my blankie because I’m cold. My teeth make a clicking noise because they keep chattering and they won’t stop. I have to pee again and I don’t know where the potty is. I’ve already wet myself once and I don’t want to do it again. Mommy will be mad at me and I don’t want to ruin my Spiderman pajamas. Maybe if I roll up in a ball I’ll be warmer. After a while it doesn’t help much, so I call for Mommy some more. But she still doesn’t come. There’s a noise somewhere and I lift my head. I think I was sleeping. “Mommy, is that you? Mommy!” I sit up and it’s still so dark out. I want to see my Spiderman pajamas so I hold my arm in front of my face but it’s too dark to see anything. I scream. And scream so long my throat hurts. And I cry. “Mommy! I want my mommy!” I curl up, knees to chest, and rock back and forth, crying for Mommy. But she never comes. Something scrapes in front of me. Is it a monster? I think there’s a monster in here and I scream. “Shut up. Stop that screaming or I’ll leave.” I can’t stop screaming. I try but they keep coming out of me, even though I don’t want them to. Something covers my mouth, and a mean man tells me if I don’t shut up, I’ll have to stay in the dark forever. His voice scares me more than the dark. More than not having my mommy. My body shakes and suddenly my voice is gone. I can’t talk. “That’s better. Now listen. This is your new home and the sooner you learn some manners, the better it will be. Behave, and your life will be easy. Obey me, and you’ll be given treats. Disobey, and you’ll be left here alone. Do you understand me?” The mean man says things to me but I don’t know what they mean. I only sit and try to see him. But I only see the dark. “Good. Now eat this.” Something is pushed into my mouth. I can’t eat it because my throat hurts so bad. I start to choke. Then I vomit. The mean man yells and he wipes my face. It’s so dark, I can’t see him. “Drink.” He shoves a straw in my mouth and I drink. When I do, it burns my throat and I cry. “More.” I drink more but it hurts. My face is wet from crying. “Good.” Then I hear the scraping sound and it’s quiet again. And I curl up and cry. I want my mommy. I want her to sing to me and rub my back like she does when my head hurts. I want her to kiss me and tell me a story. I want to tell her I didn’t mean it when I did those bad things and didn’t listen to her. Maybe that’s why she’s not here now. I’m sorry, Mommy. I didn’t mean it. I’ll be good. Come back, Mommy. It’s often said that an addict has to hit rock bottom before they can begin their journey to recovery. My story is much different. Surprisingly enough, I’m not an addict and never have been. But I’ve been at the bottom. More than once. I hit it the first time when I was only seven years old. Not only was it the bottom. It was hell. It’s when I learned to lick the fiery flames of the devil himself. Only my devil was a dragon. Also known as my father. What I didn’t realize was that time was only a dip in the barrel compared to what would happen to me later. The first time I thought he broke me but I didn’t know how wrong I was. It wasn’t until later that I realized what kind of destruction he could spawn. And that time I didn’t only break, he took me apart piece by piece, until there was nothing left to crush. William Shakespeare wrote, “If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” Well, for years I was wronged. And now I plan to seek revenge. Carefully, slowly, and methodically. And when the time is right, I will strike with everything I have.  

  ~ Author Bio ~

 One day, on her way home from work as a sales manager, A. M. Hargrove, realized her life was on fast forward and if she didn't do something soon, it would quickly be too late to write that work of fiction she had been dreaming of her whole life. So, she rolled down the passenger window of her fabulous (not) company car and tossed out her leather briefcase. Luckily, the pedestrian in the direct line of fire was a dodge ball pro and had über quick reflexes enabling him to avoid getting bashed in the head. Feeling a tad guilty about the near miss, A. M. made a speedy turn down a deserted side street before tossing her crummy, outdated piece-of-you-know-what lap top out the window. She breathed a liberating sigh of relief, picked up her cell phone, called her boss and quit her job. Grinning, she made another call to her hubs and told him of her new adventure (after making sure his heart was beating properly again). So began A. M. Hargrove's career as a YA/NA and Adult Romance writer. Her books include Kissing Fire, Edge of Disaster, Shattered Edge, the series the Guardians of Vesturon (Survival, Resurrection, Determinant, Beginnings and reEmergent), Dark Waltz, Tragically Flawed, Tragic Desires, and Exquisite Betrayal. Other than being in love with being in love, she loves chocolate, ice cream and coffee and is positive they should be added as part of the USDA food groups. (If you're wondering, it didn't happen EXACTLY that way, but….) You can also find her on Goodreads as Emerson St. Clair. Her novella series, Dirty Nights, is available and those are a little dark, a little erotic and a lot sexy!
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Release Day Blitz and Giveaway: NOCTE by Courtney Cole

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We are beyond excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Courtney Cole's NOCTE! NOCTE is a New Adult dark romantic psychological suspense novel. Hang on tight because this book will blow you away...


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~ Synopsis ~

SAVE ME AND I'LL SAVE YOU.... My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole. My other half-- my twin brother, my Finn-- is crazy. I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me. I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline. Dare DuBray. He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me. He has the power to destroy me. Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt. Why? Because of a secret. A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming. You won’t either.

~ Review ~
5 Stars 

Let me start by saying when I agreed to this book I had no idea what it was about.  The blurb and excerpts hadn't been released yet.  I love Courtney Cole so I knew I had to read this book.  The only thing I knew was The Letter from Author!!  I'm going to say now that I can't say much about this book without giving the whole story away.  But you definitely need to read it!!

How do you survive life being an outcast?  You turn to your twin and you build an even stronger bond.  That is what Callie and Finn did.  They did everything together.  They planned going to the same college and everything.  Callie needed to look after Finn and Finn needed Callie to help ground him.

Enter Dare DuBray.

Callie wants Dare, but also feels as if she is leaving her brother.  Their bond is so strong she feels guilty.  Can she have a relationship or will it cause her to lose Finn? If she picks Finn then she won't have any other relationships.  How do you get to a happy medium?

This book is amazing.  I never saw some of this happening.  It definitely left me with a WTF just happened moment.  I almost gave up at the beginning, but I am so happy that I didn't because this is one of those books that you have to experience. It doesn't matter what anyone else says about this book YOU need to read and make your own opinion on it.  This book will move you and show you how people react to extremely intense situations.  It makes you wonder how you would handle the situation if you were in their shoes.  I am very happy that Courtney Cole wrote this book this way.  And that she didn't change anything.

~ Excerpt ~

Glancing up, I suck my breath in when I find dark eyes connected to mine, eyes so dark they’re almost black, and the energy in them is enough to freeze me in place. A boy is attached to the dark gaze. A man.  He’s probably no more than twenty or twenty-one, but everything about him screams man.  There’s no boy in him.  That part of him is very clearly gone.  I see it in his eyes, in the way he holds himself, in the perceptive way he takes in his surroundings, then stares at me with singular focus, like we’re somehow connected by a tether.  He’s got a million contradictions in his eyes….aloofness, warmth, mystery, charm, and something else I can’t define. He’s muscular, tall, and wearing a tattered black sweatshirt that says Irony is lost on you in orange letters.  His dark jeans are belted with black leather, and a silver band encircles his middle finger. Dark hair tumbles into his face and a hand with long fingers impatiently brushes it back, all the while his eyes are still connected with mine.  His jaw is strong and masculine, with the barest hint of stubble. His gaze is still connected to mine, like a livewire, or a lightning bolt.  I can feel the charge of it racing along my skin, like a million tiny fingers, flushing my cheeks.  My lungs flutter and I swallow hard. And then, he smiles at me. At me.  Because I don’t know him and he doesn’t know better.   

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~ Author Bio ~

 Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people. Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.      

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