Thursday, September 3, 2015

Football in Books

With football season here I thought I would share with you some of my favorite football inspired books. 

However you must know this...

I'm not a fan of football. I was raised in a Bronco's only household. Both my parents are from Bronco Country so it was either be a Bronco's fan or not a football fan. I picked the second option.  Also only Bronco clothes are allowed in their home. I'm not joking. 

I then married a Raider fan. Who tried telling everyone I was also a Raider fan since I'm married to him. Um, nope! I hate the fact that when we're out doing things on a Sunday and the game is on we have to come home so he can watch his team. I don't understand why since they always lose. 

Then I gave birth to a Seahawks fan. That boy ran my dad into the ground trash talking when they beat the Bronco's in the Super Bowl. 

With so many die hard fans around you would think I would be all about it. Not so much. 

But let's get on with my list! 


In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.

She knows Descartes and Kant.

She knows academia and Oxford.

She knows that the people who love you leave you.

She knows how to be alone. 

But when Molly leaves England's grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn — she didn't know a summer could be so hot, she didn't know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn't know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever...

Mature New Adult novel — contains adult content, highly sexual situations and mature topics. Suited for ages 18 and up* 


To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…


She’s always been one of the guys. 

Ainsley Martin grew up beating boys at sports, and resigned herself to the fate of always being a girl friend, and not a girlfriend. Transforming from a jock to a computer nerd didn’t help her win guys, but it did get her a job with the Corrigan & Co. Foundation. As the head of computers and technology for the foundation and its secret society, she normally works behind the scenes, overseeing the rescue of women and children. But this time, Jane Corrigan needs her to be on the front lines, and it may just be her undoing. Yes, she knows football, but she doesn’t know how to handle falling in love.

He’s never had trouble getting girls into his bed. 

Zack Taylor learned early on that women only wanted him for his fame. Going home with them has allowed him to take his own pleasure, while knowing his heart will never be involved. Until he mistakes a beautiful woman for a groupie and tells her to get on her knees. When she stands up to him, he knows that he has to have her. All of her. He pursues Ainsley, trying to show her he’s more than what she sees on the football field.

Someone’s trying to sabotage the Las Vegas Legions football team, and Ainsley and Zack may just become collateral damage if they’re not careful. Can they learn to trust each other or will the biggest SECRET of all destroy them both? 

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love.

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she's shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It's a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

New Adult/Contemporary Romance with a HEA - Recommended for readers 17 and older. 

Football pro Mick Riley is an all-star, both on the field and in the bedroom. But a sexy, determinedly single mom just might be the one to throw him off his game...

For years Mick has been taking full advantage of the life available to a pro athlete: fame, fortune, and a different girl in every city. But when he meets and beds confident, beautiful event planner Tara Lincoln, he wants much more than the typical one-night stand. Too bad Tara's not interested in getting to know football's most notorious playboy any better.

As the single mother of a teenage son, the last thing Tara needs is the jet-set lifestyle of Mick Riley; even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand was unforgettable. Tara's life is complicated enough without being thrust into the spotlight as Mick's latest girl du jour. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a heartbreaker like Mick.

But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind.

Release Day Blitz:Caustic by Morgan Black

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Skye Kellan is losing everything. She lost her sister, Leia, six years ago. She just lost her job after sleeping with an important client. And now she’s losing her grandfather, who is dying in a hospital back home. While on his deathbed, Skye’s grandfather makes one final request: track down Leia and bring her home. Ellis Waters knows Leia -- at least he did when they were both at Connecticut Psychiatric. But he’s better now, and he hasn’t heard from Skye’s lost sister since. When Skye pleads with him to help her find Leia, he begrudgingly agrees. But neither are prepared for the secrets they will uncover about Skye and Leia’s mysterious past – and the killer who wants them both dead. Sometimes secrets are better left buried.  

Want to read a prologue to Caustic? It is currently in ONE: A collection of eighteen brand new sexy one night stories.

Finding Skye by Morgan Black ~ Skye Kellan just wants a body to snuggle up against during the lonely nights that remind her of a dark past. One night with a potential client, is exactly the release she needs. No nightmares when you don't sleep, right?
About Morgan Black
Morgan Black is a hair stylist by day and hottie writer by night. She walks her dogs in high heels and never leaves the house without red lipstick. She firmly believes in the power of Zen, and does Yoga freely in her backyard, in her favorite set of pumps. Morgan Black also writes hot vampire erom under M. Black.

Book Blitz: Impossible Choice by Sybil Bartel

Impossible Choice by Sybil Bartel
(Unchecked #2)
Published by: Carina Press
Publication date: August 31st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance


Book two of Unchecked.

After her parents were murdered, Layna Blair spent three years on the run—until Marine Sergeant Blaze Johnson stepped in and saved her. With him, Layna knew safety for the first time…but two weeks after shipping out for another tour in Afghanistan, Blaze comes home early.

When Layna sees the jagged wounds covering his body, every truth she thought she knew is destroyed. Blaze is distant and angry and though her heart is shattered, Layna desperately tries to keep their relationship together in the face of another tragedy. When the tenuous bonds holding them together are ripped apart by a revenge-hungry maniac, Layna must trust her survival instinct and bury her past for good.

But the enemy is two steps ahead, and before she can take action, Layna’s hand is forced by his deadly demands—save herself or save the man who risked his life for her freedom. Blaze saved her once. This time it’s her turn to protect him.

91,000 words
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I grew up in Northern California with my head in a book and my feet in the sand. I dreamt of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books drew me into the world of storytelling. I love the New Adult genre, but any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful makes me swoon.

I now live in Southern Florida and while I don’t get to read as much as I like, I still bury my toes in the sand. If I’m not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in my backyard, you can find me spending time with my handsomely tattooed husband, my brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer…
But Seriously?
Here are ten things you probably really want to know about me.
I grew up a faculty brat. I can swear like a sailor. I love men in uniform. I hate being told what to do. I can do your taxes (but don’t ask). The Bird Market in Hong Kong freaks me out. My favorite word is desperate…or dirty, or both—I can’t decide. I have a thing for muscle cars. But never reply on me for driving directions, ever. And I have a new book boyfriend every week—don’t tell my husband.

Author Links:   Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads

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-One (1) ebook copy of Impossible Promise (book 1). 
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Review: Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?

For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, a part of her died forever. Or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him. 

Don’t miss this stunning conclusion to the unforgettable love story that captivated over two million fans online.

Sarah's Review: 
I was really nervous about starting this just because the way things ended in Bad Romeo. I love Cassie and Ethan's chemistry when it's a good time in their relationship. I was worried about how they were when it was bad. It was like a viscous cycle they were going around and around in. So my anxiety was at a high while reading this just because I was waiting for Ethan to mess up again and I was worried what that was going to do to Cassie for the third time. I'm glad she didn't let him in right away, I like how she kept him at arms length protecting herself. Most characters would have just jumped into bed together again. But I really like how they were working on their relationship and trying to just be around each other. 

I love how the book ended and where Ethan and Cassie ended up. I wish Ruby would have been in it more in the present day part. Maybe we can get a novella of how she fell in love with her Australian? ��

Blog Tour: Punished by Krys Fenner

Punished by Krys Fenner
(Dark Road Series, #2)
Publication date: Late June, 2015
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Young Adult


Hope springs eternal for everyone except Bella Kynaston. She survived the rape, but making it through the trial is another deal all together. As lies come forward, more questions arise leaving Bella to suffer more punishment than she believed she deserved. Sometimes ending it all seems like the only answer. Will she find the peace she so desperately seeks if the pain permanently ended?

Jeremiah believed he’d done the right thing, even if the timing hadn’t been ideal. The only way to protect Bella was if he stayed out of her life. Or so he thought. When Bella starts dating David, Jeremiah thinks David could save her. As it turns out, things progressively get worse. Could Jeremiah be the solution? If so, can he get to her in time? Or will he suffer the worst punishment of his life and lose her forever?

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Swifty tapped on the wheel of his car. Stupid policeman took forever. He’d recognized the guy from his photo. If he was at the juvenile detention center, it could only be for one reason: question Cristobal. While this probably would’ve been the best time to go in and tell the officer all he knew, too many complications would occur by that one act alone. He’d probably be charged with accessory after the fact. He knew everything that happened and had done nothing to help stop Gervasio. Hell, he technically hindered their investigation by keeping his trap shut. Which was exactly why he needed to talk to Cristobal.
The dark-skinned jackass walked out the door and headed toward his unmarked. At least the guy was leaving. Unfortunately, the man hadn’t been inside for as long as he expected. Must mean Cristobal had kept his trap shut too. Great. Just what he hadn’t needed. Cristobal had to sing like a canary. Swifty ducked down in his seat as the unmarked drove past him. 
Satisfied the officer was out of the way, Luis, aka Swifty, climbed out of his vehicle and stepped inside. Based on his coded conversation with Gervasio, he had less than a week to get Cristobal on their side and make sure his brother never got released. What would it take to convince Cristobal to work with him?
Luis knew the letter that had been dropped off at the girl’s house was only the beginning. He’d spent the better part of the night before trying to get someone’s prints on the damn thing before it ended up in her mailbox. That stupid bitch, Heather, hadn’t fallen for any of his tricks. She’d typed out Bella’s name on the envelope, used a sponge to seal the envelope and wore gloves as she worked. If nothing panned out from this conversation with Cristobal, he’d have to figure something else out. 
Good thing the check-in process took less than five minutes. He used the fake ID that labeled him as Luis Hernandez and walked over to the corner table Cristobal usually occupied. The visit was unplanned, so he had to wait for the detainee to arrive. 
“Swifty? Does my brother know you are here?”
Luis stood and clasped hands with Cristobal. “He would not be happy if he did. No, he does not know.”
“I am surprised to see you. Is everything okay? Mi madre?”
. Your mother is fine. I spoke to her this morning. I came because I need you to do something for me.”
“I am not sure I understand.” Cristobal and Luis sat.
Where did he begin? There were things he dared not mention: his father, for one, or how he has attempted to protect the girl in question. “Your brother, he is worse than before. Obsessed even. He says he only wishes to be free of this... burden, but I do not believe he will stop there.”
“What are you saying?”
Luis leaned in close and whispered. “I believe he plans to end the issue... permanentemente.” Permanently.
“I cannot help. This... issue... is not the only one threatened.”


At the age of 16, Krys Fenner fell in love with Psychology and Creative Writing. At that time she wrote her first short story dealing with sexual abuse and forgiveness. Psychological issues in her family filled her with the desire to help others using her own experiences. So in 2004, she earned an Associate of Arts in Psychology. And while her sister is the one with dreams of becoming a Psychologist, Krys Fenner returned to Creative Writing. She is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts and plans to continue on to a Masters degree, where she can major in her first love (Creative Writing)  and minor in her second (Psychology).

Author Links: Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

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Tour-wide giveaway (US & CAN)
-1 signed paperback copy of Destroyed & Punished, 
-1 e-copy of Destroyed & Punished, 
-1 t-shirt (winner will have option to select Destroyed or Punished design, size, and colour)
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Blitz: Up For Forever by Heather Young-Nichols

Up For Forever by Heather Young-Nichols
(Up For Grabs #2)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 1st 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance


For Kendra Roberts, love is for fairy tale princesses who don’t live in the real world. Mr. Right? What a joke. It’s more like Mr. Right Now.

But imagine her surprise when she realizes it’s been two whole years, and Mr. Right Now has become something more. How the hell did that happen?

Panic sets in when Kendra finds out that Adam Burger might be planning a future for them and making her his “Mrs.” Mrs. Burger.

Not. So. Fast.

Kendra ends things with Adam, feeling bad for letting things go this far.

After months of trying to convince herself she made the right decision, a mutual friend’s wedding throws them back together again.

In one mind-blowing moment, Kendra comes to the crushing realization that she’s been in love with Adam all along.

But when Adam seems to have already moved on, will Kendra fight for their forever after? Or will she let her once Mr. Right Now go and become someone else’s Mr. Right?

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      “What did I do?” I cried hysterically to the sky once we were on the sidewalk. I had to move, my skin was crawling, I wanted to tear it off my bones, but instead, I headed to the left then turned around. Back and forth. Pacing. I was pacing the streets of New York for God and everyone to see. The blaring horns of the taxis blended into the loud hums of the engines. “What did I do, Flannery?” I yelled.
      “What’s going on?” Ava put those blue eyes on me without judgment. She looked scared though. Concerned.
      “She broke up with Adam.”
      “Why?” Her eyes were wide with complete and utter disbelief.
      “Because I’m a fucking idiot. What did I do?” Sliding down the side of a building until my butt smacked the pavement, I sunk my hands into my hair pulling it tightly around my fingers.
      “We can fix this.” Flannery sat beside me. “Everything can be fixed.”


I  have been writing since I was a kid when I wrote short stories for my mom and gave them to her as gifts. She loved it. Then I wrote my first novel length story in 2009 and have been going strong since then.

So I love coffee (usually the cold kind), I love books (usually the hot kind). If I’m not writing (which I do a lot of) and I’m not spending time with my family, you can find me with a book or my Kindle. I still prefer print and buy my favorites even when I already have them digitally but I do use my Kindle relentlessly.

September 2013 was the month things got real. I signed my very first book deal with Swoon Romance that I am totally hand flapping and nerdy dancing over.

All author photos by Autumn Zolton Reyes

Author links:   Website   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |   Goodreads


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Review: Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Publication date: September 22nd, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Horror


Romeo and Juliet meets Children of the Corn in this one-of-a-kind romantic horror.

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

These are the last words Ash Larkin hears before her mother returns to the spiritual commune she escaped long ago. But when Ash follows her to Quivira, Kansas, something sinister and ancient waits among the rustling cornstalks of this village lost to time.

Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own.

As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late. Before she’s all in—blood and salt.

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Lisa's Review:

I received an advanced copy of this book while at San Diego Comic Con. I was really excited when I got the ARC and had to read it immediately. 

I did not want to put this book down and when I was forced to due to work it was a major struggle. There were so many different twists happening throughout the book that made the ending completely unexpected. The day I finished it I arrived late to work because I had to know how it ended. 

This book reminded me a combination of The Village, Children Of The Corn with a touch of romance. This combination made this book amazing. 

The characters are developed so well it was easy to relate and connect with them. I totally felt like I knew these characters and not just the main characters. I felt this way about all of the characters. 

Ash and Rhys are twins. Ash has seen a dead girl almost all of her life. The dead girl never harmed her at all but was just hanging around. Their mother, Nina, used protection symbols on Ash to address this. Their mother often spoke about the village she was raised in, Quivira, which was where she learned about alchemy. Rhys believed Quivira is a cult commune. Nina leaves to return to Quivira indicating she was called to return. Ash and Rhys then follow her to save her.  While at Quivira, Ash meets Dane. What they learn about themselves and others in Quivira changes their thinking and their lives completely. 

I want to continue on and on about this book but I don't want to give too much away. You all really need to read this book and when you do, come talk to me because I'd love to talk to someone about it. 

The only downfall of the book is not really about the book at all, rather it is about the next book, The Last Harvest, which I have to wait until Fall 2016 to read. UGH! It will be a very long year.