Cover Reveal + New Release ~ ‘Torn Hearts’ by Claire Contreras.

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Free, free, FREE!  Torn Hearts follows Mia and Jensen’s story in the beginning. Like many of our own stories, theirs is not complete.  Their story will continue in Paper Hearts releasing September 10th!

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Torn Hearts by Claire Contreras.
Hearts #1.5
Genres: Romance, New Adult.
Release Date: 30th July 2015.

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SYNOPSIS

I met a boy once.

He made my heart go into a frenzy every time he looked at me, and my knees go weak whenever he touched me. Our love was so beautiful that even its demise was bittersweet.

I met a girl once.

Her world, full of possibilities, made me feel like even I had a chance at being someone. She believed in me. She loved me. We were so secure, that even our breaking point seemed hazy.

Until we reached it.

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Claire Contreras

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.


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Book Review ~ ‘Upside Down’ by Lia Riley.

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Upside Down by Lia Riley
Off the Map #1
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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SYNOPSIS

If You Never Get Lost, You’ll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

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Book Review ~ ‘Upside Down’ by Lia Riley ~ 4 Stars!

‘Upside Down’ was the perfect blend of new adult contemporary romance, humour and real life which had me unable to put it down. However, it was the added psychological elements, brought about by heroine Natalia’s OCD tendencies, that really made this book stand out in its genre.

When we first meet Natalia, I could feel straight away that there was more to this girl than what we were first presented to. I admired her strength when it came to choosing to leave behind her life in America to visit Australia, especially when she knew that it would be hard on her family. It sounds strange, but for me I liked that she did the right thing by her, and didn’t allow herself to be held back by a guilty conscience of leaving her father. The added heartbreak of her having lost her older sister Pippa two years previously, just made Natalia’s escape to another country seem all that more important, and I really admired her for putting her fears behind her and doing what she wanted to do.

The characters were really well developed throughout this novel, and just looking at the person that Natalia became at the end of the story, in comparison to the troubled girl at the start, we can see that realistic development of a young person that happens when they travel alone for the first time.

Now Bran was the perfect hero, with the perfect mix of snarky bad-boy, but passionate, thoughtful lover. The spark between him and Natalia was just brilliant to read and I loved seeing the progression of their relationship, especially as their trust in each other grew, and they began to share dark secrets from their past with each other, without the fear of judgment.

To see Bran as fearful was a brilliant change from other books in this genre. It’s all too often that we see the girl become scared of her feelings, and start to doubt herself, but I loved seeing Bran distancing himself and being fearful of love again. The added drama of his relationship with his ex-fiancé and the self-doubt this causes Natalia, made for some really emotional and heartbreaking scenes, which had me really hoping that their love would overcome all obstacles, even when their future seemed bleak.

I loved the family elements that were woven throughout the novel, and I laughed and raged in equal measure in the chapters where we see Natalia’s hilariously misguided mother, who at first was great comic relief, turn into a spiteful, cruel and condescending woman, who blames Natalia for Pippa’s death, something that beats Natalia back into the downtrodden and broken girl she was before she met Bran.

This was a fantastic novel, which really made me feel every emotion of the characters. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 Stars is the way that OCD was depicted. It’s clear that Natalia doesn’t have a very serious form of OCD, however, I felt that the true impact of her OCD tendencies in small everyday situations wasn’t emphasised as much as it could have been. It’s the little things like her wanting to run back to her dorm room and check that her hair straighteners or oven was turned off, that I would have loved to have seen, and how this more serious side of OCD may have affected her relationship with Bran. Nevertheless, I enjoyed every minute of this novel and there was a real feel-good factor throughout that made this the perfect book to escape into for a few hours.

4 Stars!

*Review copy was provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book Blitz ~ ‘Stealing Third’ by Marta Brown.

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Stealing Third by Marta Brown
Publication date: July 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

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For Emily, going to camp, the summer before college starts, means leaving her feuding parents alone for the next eight weeks, and coming back to divorce papers is a risk she can’t take.

But no matter how many meddling phone calls, questionable hair decisions, and possibly illegal hookups she plans, her parents still march her off to Camp Champ totally against her will.

No matter. A few broken rules, and Em will be home free. That is, until she learns Tyler Ford, her baseball coach father’s star player and her drunken party hookup, is at camp, too.

For Tyler, summer is the onramp to the biggest decision of his life: med school or major leagues. Mega hot, possibly underage Emily? A complication he does not need.

But as the summer heats up with strikeouts and stolen bases will Tyler and Emily hit a home run and get what they’re after? Or will they both be thrown a curveball…in the game of love?

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Emily

Tyler’s question catches me off guard, since getting in trouble on purpose is all I’ve been trying to do since I arrived at camp, but right now, that’s not why I’m here. Unless giving Tyler hell can get me in trouble.

“Well?” Tyler asks. His breath, minty and cool, rushes over my face, reminding me just how close we are. “If you’re not here to see Todd, then what are you doing here?” His jaw is tense and flexes as he stares at me.

I bite my lip, unsure how to answer now that I’m here and we’re standing so close I can feel the soft fabric of his Henley brush against my slightly sunburned skin.

Tired of all the games we’re playing, I drop my eyes to the ground and fidget with the frayed hem of my jean shorts. “I…I came to see you,” I admit, trying to keep an edge of anger in my voice, but it comes out sounding exactly the way I feel. Vulnerable.

“Why?” he whispers, angling his head so our foreheads almost touch, the space between us so small I worry he can hear my heart thudding in my chest.

I swallow hard. Why am I here?

My mind races with the excuses I used to justify stomping over here—but with his body so close, and his eyes so intense—flirting with Jenny right in front of my face, or teasing me on the dock, or his antics on the field when I could have sworn he was about to kiss me, all seem irrelevant.

The truth is—I wanted to see him.

“I came to…uh…wait—” I know why I stomped over here to see him, mad, and jealous, and determined to stop this game we keep playing, but why is he so mad? Because I’m breaking the rules? Or is it because of something else?

Putting a hand on my hip, I pull away so I can see his face, hoping I’ll find an answer there. “Why do you care if I was here to see Todd or not?”

Tyler blinks like the question has thrown him off guard. He steps backwards and rakes his hands through his hair, taking with him the heat from his body, and sending a chill up my arm in its absence. “You should go, Emily.” The intensity in his stare at war with his words.

“Why?” I take a step towards him, wanting to feel his body close to mine again, wishing he’d tell me to stay.

“Emily.” It’s a plea.

I press again. “Tell me? Why would you care if I was here to see Todd?”

Tyler drops his hands to his sides, sucks in a deep breath, and then lets it out in one quick push of air. “Because the idea of him kissing you, or touching you, or even being near you infuriates me,” he says so deep, and quiet, it comes out more like a growl.

My breath catches as I stare into his eyes—and unlike today on the field—this time he doesn’t hesitate.

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Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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