Saturday, August 31, 2013

Where I Become a Crazy, Flailing Tween. Thanks JLA and Origin!


AHHHHHH! GAH! OMG! What the WHAT? NO JLA DIDN’T!

Ok, sorry. I just had to get that out of my system. *Phew* Seriously guys, this is the MOST INTENSE read, like EVER. First off, get ready for Daemon’s head. There are no words that can truly express the sheer joy and ecstasy that is being inside the mind of the galaxy’s sexiest alien. NO WORDS!  Just this:

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Then of course there is the whole Kat is basically being held prisoner and Daemon has to save her,
so then came this:

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True fact: in all honesty, I was never into boy bands, nor did I understand the screaming girls. Until Now. JLA has reduced me to one of those crying, flailing, wannabe-tweens with the Lux series. And Origin just pushed me right over the edge into crazy territory. Seriously, this was me reading Origin:




This book is so heart-stopping wild from page one until the very last line, which will cause your brain to completely overload (see above). The lengths Daemon goes to to rescue Kat are mind-blowing. What the two of them have to endure is overwhelming. They are strong, but will they really get through this unscarred?

We meet some awesome new characters in the book, including my new fave Archer. When you learn Archer’s secret, just GAH! Every thing goes into free fall. Forget what you think happened to Dawson and Beth. You will NEVER guess what’s really going on. This is jaw-dropping news, so make sure you have a pillow nearby to cushion the fall. Then wait until you meet Micah. He is terrifyingly AWESOME!

Some old favorites also make significant re-appearances. I love seeing Luc again AND learning so much about him. I <3 you Luc. Paris returns, Nancy Husher and her cringe-worthy self is back, Sargeant Dasher will make you scream. And BLAKE…….Oh BLAKE….just…I can’t even go there. Blake's story made me do this:


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I want to squeal about so many moments, but I don’t want to give away a thing. You have to experience it all. I will say that you will laugh, cry, scream, cringe, cry again, scream some more, and then just be left breathless. Forget a rollercoaster ride, ORIGIN is one ginormous free fall! Go forth and loose your lunch (in the most perfectly AMAZING way that is!).


Thank you Jennifer L. Armentrout for an EPIC (and I hate that word, but so appropriate) book!

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So.....when's the next one coming out???




Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive. 

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.  

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive. 

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.  

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?








ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.




Friday, August 30, 2013

One Night in the Spa by Kathy Lyons Blog Tour





One Night in the Spa
Kathy Lyons
Publisher: Entangled: Ever After
August 26, 2013
Print Length: 74 pages
ASIN: B00EGJE2WS

What starts out as a simple massage treatment for spa manager David’s best friend Kim, turns into a night of seduction and sexual discovery.

Always relegated to the friend zone, David is determined to show Kim what she’s been missing…one erogenous zone at a time. Sure, their friendship is on the line. And sure, David’s hiding a motive larger than either him or Kim. But the second his hands touch her smooth skin, he just doesn’t care anymore.


Kim’s been so focused on the loss of her sports career that she’s had no time for romance or sex. But her response to David can’t be denied. Is it just that her body’s been missing out, or could her heart be involved too?



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Excerpt:

“So I’m trying to bulk up, but without…”

Kim Castillo tried not to strangle her client. He was a middle-aged bodybuilder, a man who’d spent thousands on personal training, and who was currently doing nothing more than asking her advice. It wasn’t his fault that she felt as though she was about to crawl out of her own skin. He was droning on about different supplements, shifting into poses to show off his progress.

Can you say midlife crisis? He was a jerk, but he paid well, and damn it, she couldn’t stop looking. Not just at his impressive pectorals, but at the guy doing squats a few feet away. There was an adolescent in the corner who had really nice calf muscles, and even the old guy near the cardio machines had broad shoulders. Old, young, athlete, or not—if the body was male, she was looking. And that made her absolutely insane.

That was her. Miss Ogle-the-Weight-Lifters.

It’s a medical condition, she reminded herself. There were fancy words for it, even a chart with hormone levels and the like, but it all boiled down to two words: super horny. Yup. That was her: twenty-four years old and suddenly a female horndog.

She ground her back teeth, trying to force herself to focus on her client. Besides, there was nothing new out there for her to see. She was no stranger to the male form. She’d practically grown up in various gyms around Chicagoland, she’d aced all her anatomy classes, and then she’d become a personal trainer while building a pro racquetball career. She knew bodies—male and female. And yet for some reason, completely out of the blue, she abruptly couldn’t stop staring at them.

“Kim? Kim, what do you think? Can you see a difference?” Frank Johnson struck another bodybuilder pose, flexing his pecs and bunching his abs. At some point, he’d pulled off his shirt just so he could show off for her. And damn it, he was impressive for a middle-aged guy with a wife, a mortgage, and three kids.

“Very nice,” she said, unable to keep the throaty purr from her voice. Where the hell had that come from? “But you need to put on your shirt. We’ve got a policy on that, and I am the manager here.”

“Oh. Right,” he said as he took his time getting dressed again. “Um, hey, I know you have brochures and stuff on the supplements the club recommends. Do you mind if we go grab a few?”

She blinked. “No problem. I’m sure Danni can—”

“But I want to go over them with you.” He flashed her a charming smile. “Do you mind? I’d really appreciate it.”

She blinked. It was against the rules to take a member upstairs to the office suite. The club was open until eleven, but the office suite closed at seven and it was now after nine. As manager here, she had to stick to the rules. “Tell you what, I’ll grab what we have and bring them down while you shower.”

He rubbed a hand over his head and looked rather charming, with the way his pecs bunched as he did it. “Come on, Kim. You’ve known me for years. I just want to talk to you about them.”

She looked at Frank, feeling jittery and lustful all at once. God, she was sick. She just wanted to get home so she could climb the walls there. But then her business mind kicked in. Yes, Frank was a jerk, but one who paid very well. And—bonus—if she made nice with him now, she could probably get him to sign up for the elite training and sports massage package. Sales were sluggish; her job here at John’s Fitness depended on that promotion going well. And all of that—the forms and the brochures—were upstairs.

“We just have to make it quick,” she said with a smile. “Follow me.” She breathed a sigh of relief as they left the main weight room. Her eyes had been roving so much, she’d given herself a headache.

Frank kept talking as she led him up the stairs. Kim tuned him out, her mind already churning over ways to blow off steam. Maybe a sauna. Her knee injury meant she couldn’t exercise except for yoga, and frankly, turning herself into a pretzel hadn’t worked for her.

She unlocked the door to the office suite, flipping on the light as she went to the bank of filing cabinets. Beyond her were the offices—hers included—completely dark at this late hour. Frank was following a step behind her, gabbing all the way. But at his first pause for breath, she went into her sales pitch.

“You know about the spa attached to the club, right? Pamper Me Spa. Have you thought about our new fitness massage package? It’s perfect for elite athletes like— Ump!

Suddenly, Frank had shoved her up against the filing cabinet so hard the breath was knocked from her lungs. Then before she could do more than gasp, he had flattened himself along her back. His hands turned into tentacles, groping her everywhere while his erection started shoving rhythmically against her butt.

She couldn’t believe how fast it happened. One second, elite athletics, the next—pinned.

“Frank! Stop!”

“Yeah, baby, show me how you like it,” he groaned in her ear.

WTF? Fury pounded in her ears, and she started to move on reflex. She slammed backward with her elbow and stomped hard with one foot. But she was flattened, and worse, he had about a hundred pounds on her. She had little leverage and he was just too damned big.

She was just gathering breath for a really good scream when suddenly, the bastard was off her. She barely registered an umph of sound before she was staggering backward, abruptly free of the asshole.

She stumbled then caught herself, her knee suddenly blossoming in pain. She ignored it. Spinning around, she watched in stunned surprise as…



My Review:
Facial, Foreplay, and some Funny Business After Hours

I thought this was a really fun, steamy read. Kim is a tough cookie and David is the hottest spa manager I've even seen. The interactions between the two are light and humorous. It's the classic best friends but we really want more relationship. And thanks to Kim giving up her wild work-out schedule due to an injury, she's finally hit puberty (yes, you heard that right) and her hormones are raging. 

I couldn't stop laughing at the puberty conversation between Kim and David. It was awkward, humiliating, and hysterical. And the fact that Kim suddenly wants to jump ANY man's bones (size, shape, age, personality, be darned!) is just BAWHAWHAHAHA. At least she recognizes the problem. Admitting her weakness is the first step.

So how do you handle such wild hormones? You "de-stress" at the spa. Only David has other plans for Kim's special visit. Let's just say he offers her the "Friday Night Full Service Special" wink-wink. And Kim is all in. Like.....really all in. I will never look at a spa the same way again.

Too bad Kim's high is short-lived since David has been planning to steal her business out from under her. What? Was it all a part of the plan? Did David seduce Kim just to get her guard down so he can swoop in and leave her unemployed? You'll have to read to find that out.


This is a cute and sexy read. Kim and David are fun characters to watch. There's a little bit of romance, a lot of smexy, and a subtle mystery involving some corporate espionage. What more can you ask for?




About the Author:

Kathy Lyons writes light, funny, sexy stories for Harlequin Blaze. She loves the faster pace of category books and that her humor can shine through.

She leaves the dark, tortured love stories to her alter ego, Jade Lee.

Visit them both on the web at www.kathylyons.com  or www.jadeleeauthor.com 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday





Check out Parajunkee & Alison Can Read for more information on this Friday blog hop and to sign up and join the fun.

This week a question:

If you could only have ONE – one book – for the rest of your life. Don’t cheat…what would it be?


Oooooo, tough question. Can it be a series??? That would be easy then, Harry Potter! I could read that one over and over a million times. Or maybe the Lux series by JLA, or even the Covenant series. Oh, decisions, decisions, decisions. I honestly can't decide on this one. I can't pick just ONE book. Since I can't choose an entire series I guess I will have to go with:




It's really long and I could take my time and examine each and every line. Fun huh?

So what would you choose? 

Happy Friday & Stay Gold!

DiSemblance by Shanae Branham Book Blast & Giveaway!

DiSemblance DiSemblance by Shanae Branham

Jason Tanner’s life has always been different from the ordinary citizen’s. It started when he was an infant and his parents were only teenagers. A computer science prodigy, Lloyd attended MIT but left a pariah in the eyes of the school’s dean—but a computer physics genius in the eyes of his primary investor. Then his theories and ideas created a holographic machine and their world shrunk as contact with the outside world became less and less frequent. A computer prodigy now himself, Jason is about to learn that the world never waits for you if you have the ability to change it: it will come for you. 

 Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he appears to abduct terminally ill patients before returning their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. When he picks up the trail, it leads straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner. 

 Jason has been living life through the world of Lloyd’s invention and wishing he could carry on a relationship with Boston, the beautiful girl next door. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, he is brought back to reality in a hurry. He is forced to destroy all of the planted evidence—and finds he is being targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac,Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.





ShanaeAuthor Shanae Branham I am a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer’s Expo. I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet. In fact, I have struggled with Dyslexia my whole life, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when DiSemblance won a Silver metal in the fantasy/science fiction category at the eLit awards in 2012.  



 
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ruin by C.J. Scott Book Blitz & Giveaway!




Ruin by C.J. Scott
(A Summer in Winter Novel 1)
Publication date: August 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Kate Bell isn’t perfect. Not even close. The things she got up to in college would cause her parents to fall off their pedestals in shock. Home for the summer vacation, Kate settles in for a long, boring break in the tiny backwater of Winter with folks who still treat her like she’s twelve.

Then Ben Parker arrives and suddenly Winter gets interesting. He’s hot, mysterious and good with his hands. Kate falls for him instantly, but her cop father warns her to stay away. But how can she stay away from someone as compelling as Ben? Someone who thinks she’s perfect just the way she is?

When Ben’s secrets catch up to him, not only is Kate’s heart in danger of being broken, but Ben’s entire future could be ruined.

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Excerpt:

He gave me a sad smile. "I'm not a monk, Kate. If you kiss me...I can't stop there."
His words probably had the opposite effect to what he wanted. It spurred me on, because now I knew he was on the brink of giving in. On the brink of falling into the abyss with me.
I touched his face. His jaw was rough from his stubble. A small muscle pulsed against my fingers.
"Kate, please," he whispered. But he didn't pull away. Didn't stop me getting closer.
I stroked his lower lip with my thumb, and he groaned deep in his chest.
"Ben," I murmured.
He brushed my hair off my shoulder. His fingers caressed my neck, sending tiny tingles racing down my spine. My heart hammered against my ribs to the tune of kiss me, kiss me, kiss me. I wanted this man. Wanted to know him intimately.
My head told me it was impossible that I could feel this way after such a short time, but my heart was ignoring it, lost in a mad, chaotic rhythm of its own.
Ben's hand cupped my hip, his other pressed against my back. It was all the encouragement I needed. I closed the final small gap between us until I was crushed against his body. It was hard and ridged, warm.
Our lips met in a kiss that turned my legs to jelly. My knees buckled, but Ben's arms circled my waist. He held me there, firm yet gentle, like I was something precious. I felt dizzy and weightless. The world spun one way and I the other, out of control. I didn't care. It was exactly what I wanted to feel. Exactly how I'd always imagined a kiss should feel.
Yet I wanted more. The kiss filled me with longing that clawed at my heart. It wasn't enough. Not nearly enough.
***To read the extended version of this scene and discover what Ben has tattooed on his shoulder, check out C.J.'s website http://www.cjscottbooks.com

I don't know about you, but I SO want to know about that tattoo!




AUTHOR BIO
C.J. loves reading stories that take her away to another world. If she’s in the middle of an amazing book, she’ll keep reading while cooking or cleaning (when she can be bothered doing either).

She likes interesting artwork but can’t paint, sketch or make anything more complicated than a snowman from plasticine. She enjoys beautiful gardens but hates gardening. She also hates housework, cooking (see above) and writing about herself.

C.J. loves connecting with readers. The best place to interact with her and other fans is via her Facebook page. That’s where she posts teasers and other stuff from her books.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Entangled Bliss Celebration-Why I Love Bliss Books



How do I love Bliss? Let me count the ways

1. I love the men
2. I love the romance
3. I love the heat
4. I love the men
5. I love the sweetness
6. I love the men
7. I love the Happily Ever Afters
8. I love the men
9. I love the passion
10. I love the men!



I recently went on a one-click Amazon buying spree and filled my Kindle with every Bliss book I hadn't yet read. I have so many favorites since I love every one I read. They are the perfect pick-me-up, feel-good stories. Great for a beach read, lounging by the pool, or relaxing before you fall asleep. While I love them all, here are some of my more recent favorites:


Why do I love this story? Firefighters, New Orleans, and Spicy Food!
You can check out my full review of this fabulous story HERE.
I adore Jason Landry and Colby Robicheaux. And I have to include a picture of my own personal 
Jason Landry:


Jason can pull me from a burning building anytime!

I also adore his BFF Cane (who I might add is getting his own book!). Cane is sexy and I can't wait to read his story. Here's how I see Cane:


But.....then Rachel posted this lovely picture for the Flirt Squad that made me go Hmmmmm:


So now I'm torn. I <3 Channing, but Cane #2 is just, yeah!



Another favorite of mine is


I love a good taboo workplace romance. What makes this one even better is how much Eve Doucette despises and it threatened by the gorgeous Matt Brison. How these two really thought they wouldn't hook up was beyond me ;) 

For the record, here is my Matt:


Yeah, he can totally be my boss any day!



One more of my recent faves is 



A jilted bride, the groom coming home to marry someone else, and the sexy playboy she blames for the breakup? Yup, that's a story I have to read!

And here is my Nate (YUM):


*sigh*



Here are a few more Bliss Books I absolutely adore:

      
Bliss Books are perfect Happily Ever Afters that make you swoon, *sigh*, and smile!




Don't forget to join the Bliss Ball Facebook Parties with the lovely Bliss authors on August 27 and August 29 from 8-10pm EST. We will be chatting with Bliss authors, readers and there will be more great prizes to win! Check out our full list of Bliss books and come ready to party and win!




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Monday, August 26, 2013

Entangled Teen Ember Launch!



Welcome to the Entangled Teen ember, a division of Entangled Teen August 26th launch party! Today, we're celebrating the release of DARKER DAYS  by Jus Accardo CHAOS by Christine O’Neil!

DARKER DAYS by Jus Accardo



Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course...

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they're recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing...

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.



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CHAOS by Christine O’Neil



My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly I can kill people when I lose my temper. Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I'm stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this---annoying and super-hot---guy all up in my business, I'm about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there's this council for semis that wants me dead. They think I'm bad to the bone and when my ex suddenly dies, it's like everyone is determined to take me out. Mac might turn out to be my only salvation, but he's got secrets of his own---that may just kill us both.


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Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon Book Blitz & Giveaway




I am so excited to participate in the book blitz for Life, Love & Lemons by Magan Vernon!
I am a HUGE fan. You can check out my review of the book HERE.
You can also check out my reviews of her How to Date an Alien series at www.mereadalot.com!



Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon
Publication date: August 20th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis:
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Stone. But as their relationship blossoms, a jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

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Excerpt:

"You know I'm pretty sure that all that's involved in high school dancing is just dry humping and swaying back and forth," I said as Kai helped me move my parent's couch back.

"Well, I don't want to dry hump or just sway back and forth," he said with a big grin on his face before setting the couch down.

"We don't have to do this right now either. It's a Sunday morning and all." I walked over to the front of the couch, not taking my eyes off of him.

"Homecoming is Saturday, and the only dance I know is the Hokey Pokey." He shrugged

"Besides Mom and my sisters are at small group and your parents can sleep through anything, so why not now?"

"Okay." I let out a deep breath and opened my computer. "But you really didn't take any kind of dance classes? I had ballroom dancing freshman year in gym."

"Bentley, I've gone to public school all of my life. The only dance we ever learned was line dancing when I was in grade school up in Wisconsin, and I'm not doing that at Homecoming."

He laughed.

I started up the song and set my laptop down and stepped in front of Kai, putting my right hand up toward him. “I definitely don’t think there will be line dancing at Homecoming,” I said, putting my hand in his.

“And you make fun of my music?” Kai asked as the song crooned through the speakers on my laptop. I put Kai’s right hand on my hip, and then placed my left hand on his upper arm.

“This is Sinatra, I really don’t think there is anything to be making fun of, and besides I don’t think we could really do ballroom dancing to punk rock.”

“I’m sure we could try." He smiled and kissed my forehead.

I rolled my eyes. “Okay,  now that we have the arm position it’s time to move our feet, and if you step on my bare feet I am going to punch you.”

He playfully hovered his foot over mine, so I pinched his arm. “If you don’t behave then I’m switching the music to country.”

He let out a big sarcastic sigh. “Fine.”

“Okay, so left foot then right foot then together,” I said as we moved in unison.

“Then right foot goes back and then the left foot meets it.”

We moved together doing a few box steps. It felt kind of silly to be dancing in my pajamas in the living room.

“You know, I really don’t think that anyone is going to be doing the waltz at Homecoming,” I muttered

I looked up to see him mouthing ‘left, right, together’.

“Well what do people usually do then?" He looked down at me and stopped mouthing the words.

The Sinatra song ended and a slower punk rock song played, one that Kai had actually put on my computer.

“Usually…" I put both my arms around his neck. “It’s kind of more of a close, swaying motion.”

“Oh." He wrapped his long arms around my waist and pulled me as close as I think two people can get when one was over six foot and the other was barely over five foot three.

“Like this?" He swayed slowly back and forth.

“Usually it’s not some sort of a giant dancing with a midget.” I laughed.

“Fine then." He bent at his knees and picked me up off of the ground, so that my legs were dangling in the air while he continued to sway back and forth. “Is that better, shorty?”

I wrapped my bare legs around his waist. “Now it is."

I leaned in and ran my tongue along his bottom lip, tracing the lines of his lip ring.

“I don’t think that’s part of the waltz." He smiled and pressed his forehead to mine.

“It is now." I kissed him, pretty hard, since he fell back into the couch with me still in his arms.

Maybe I should have taken him up on the night alone instead of Homecoming. It felt so good to just be in his arms, and the kissing wasn’t so bad either. I could forget about the world every time that Kai kissed me. It was like his lip piercing had some kind of magical powers that just made all my problems disappear as long as we were kissing.



Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Review- TWO by Leigh Ann Kopans

TWO by Leigh Ann Kopans
Publication date: October 2013

From Goodreads:
Elias and Merrin are on the run.

After escaping the Biotech Hub, they thought they could breathe easy, or at least a little easier. But when bombs slam into the Social Welfare Hub only hours after their arrival, it becomes clear there's nowhere to hide - and no end to what Biotech will do to get them back. 

Their last chance for safety and answers is the Clandestine Service Hub. CS has intel on the real, broader purpose behind Fisk’s experiments , and the newfound knowledge of the horrors hidden deep within Biotech’s walls sends Merrin back to recover a secret formula that could ruin the Supers’ world forever—and might just save the lives of the Biotech victims spiraling out of control.

Elias' sisters are counted among the victims of Fisk’s experiments, and if Elias can't find and help them, their powers will destroy them--sooner rather than later. Returning to the place it all began terrifies him, but with Fisk ready to make an example out of Merrin, and his sisters’ lives --and the lives of all Supers--hanging in the balance, he might not have a choice. If he can't find the courage to face his worst fears, Elias might lose more than his newfound powers. 

He might lose everyone he loves.


My Review:
Super Heroes, Super Powers, Super Action, & Supersonic = Super Awesome!

GAH! I think that was my first word when I finished this book. Or maybe it was AHHHHH! This book was just book is just OMG amazing. The best part? We experience it all through Elias! ACK! I could seriously live in Elias’s head…all the time. Love you Elias! 

So, I had the worst time trying to write this review. I don't want to give anything away because this book is so intense you need to experience every single moment. There are so many things I want to EEEEEEEEPPPPP about! But I'm going to do my best to tell you why I loved this book without giving away any secrets. 

I’ve been waiting for this book since the moment I finished ONE. I HAD to know what happened to Elias and Merrin. Where did they go? Were they safe? What really happened to Fisk? Will Elias or Merrin ever be more than a One? So may unanswered questions. Well, let me tell you.....ALL of these questions are answered! TWO is amazing and everything I hoped it would be (and then some). When I finally finished it felt like I ate an entire tub of ice cream and chased it with a half pound bag of M&Ms. I was so worked up from all of the action and suspense it was like the biggest sugar rush ever.  If you love superheroes, you will totally fall for TWO!

Elias and Merrin lovers get ready! You will experience a whole new side of this sweet love story. Seeing things from Elias's POV is a huge treat. There were times I wanted to strangle Merrin for causing my adorable Wonder-Boy so much stress and fear. But then I remembered that Merrin is strong, fierce, and incredibly determined. She loves Elias with all of her heart, but to stay safe would not be true to who she is. Elias fell in love with the “in the action” Merrin, not a girl who stays behind and hidden in the corner. Watching Elias struggle with Merrin’s decisions is heart wrenching. But these two are meant for each other. They have to work it out….they just have too!!

The journey these two take is wild, crazy, and full of surprises. They will learn quickly they aren't safe anywhere and that the secrets at the Biotech Hub run so much deeper than they ever imagined. The action in this story is heart-pounding and the suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat.

We see some of our favorites from the first book. Leni and Daniel are back in all their glory, Elias’s wonder-twin sisters (Nora and Lia) are still trying to get a grip on all of their power, and even Merrin’s parents and brothers stop in to help. The reunions are fantastic.

We get to meet some pretty amazing new characters as well. Hayley, Click, Gallagher, and Vera are all amazing Supers with awesome powers. I won’t tell you what they can do, but Hayley is full of snarky charm, and Vera is full of geeky-goodness. I hope we see more of Click in the future, and Gallagher is a save the day kind of guy. They all add to the excitement of the story and help our fabulous duo uncover the truth behind the intentions of the Biotech Hub (which are CRAZY). I even enjoyed (and want my own personal) Kara. Seriously, where's my Kara?

Without being too spoilery, here are some of my favorite tidbits: Powers, limbs, and virginity are lost. Powers and allies are gained. Secret missions and uncontrollable powers could be deadly for some. While secret missions and new powers could turn others into really super Supers. 

I LOVED TWO! It's got it all: romance, action, suspense, mystery, secrets, and amazing super powers. What more could you want? I'm ready to throw on my cape and go supersonic! 



So in a nutshell you will spend most of the story like this:

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Then there are the times you will do this:

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You will want to see Elias like this:

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And at the end you will want to do this to Leigh Ann Kopans:





My only questions is........WHEN DO WE GET MORE?????





Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in
Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)