Michelle’s Top 10 Picks of 2015!

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I’ve read a lot of books this year. A lot of them were good…but some just stayed with me and just made it hard for me to move on!
These are my top 10 picks for 2015!
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Meant For Me by Ann Lister
Yours All Along by Roni Loren
Souls Unfractured by Author Tillie Cole
In A Lifetime by Ariadne Wayne – Author
What He Left Behind by L. A. Witt – M/M Fiction
The Summer Remains by Seth King
Easy Silence by Beth Rinyu
Indigo Road by RJ Jones
Every Wrong Reason by Rachel Higginson
Upending Tad Bundle (Volumes 1, 2, 3) (Upending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery) by Kora Knight
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Upending Tad, Bundle 2 (Volumes 4, 5, 6) (Upending Tad: A Journey of Erotic Discovery) by Kora Knight
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I’m so proud that I made my Goodreads goal and went way over than my set goal!

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COVER REVEAL: The Lie by Karina Halle

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The Lie AMAZONTheir love led to a lie.

Their truth led to the end.

Scottish enigma Brigs McGregor is crawling out from the ashes. After losing his wife and son in a car accident – and, subsequently, his job – he’s finally moving forward with his life, securing a prestigious teaching position at the University of London and starting a new chapter in the city. Slowly, but surely, he’s pushing past the guilt and putting his tragic past behind him.

Until he sees her.

Natasha Trudeau once loved a man so much she thought she’d die without him. But their love was wrong, doomed from the start, and when their world crashed around them, Natasha was nearly buried in the rubble. It took years of moving on to forget him, and now that she’s in London, she’s ready to start over again.

Until she sees him.

Because some loves are too dangerous to ever rekindle.

And some loves are too powerful to ignore.

Can you ever have a second chance at a love that ruined you?

The Lie is a second-chance romance with a dark, forbidden twist.

 

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Halle HeadshotWith her USA Today Bestselling The Artists Trilogy published by Grand Central Publishing, numerous foreign publication deals, and self-publishing success with her Experiment in Terror series, Vancouver-born Karina Halle is a true example of the term “Hybrid Author.” Though her books showcase her love of all things dark, sexy and edgy, she’s a closet romantic at heart and strives to give her characters a HEA…whenever possible.

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiancé and rescue pup.

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BOOK REVIEW: The Storm (Storm 3.5) by Samantha Towle

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STORM (noun)—a turbulent disturbance; a disruption or dispute.

Jake Wethers’s life is perfect. He’s married to the woman he’s always loved, and they have three beautiful children. The Mighty Storm is still going strong, and his record label is thriving.

Jake has everything—a life he thought he would never have and one that he didn’t think he deserved.

Not so long ago, Jake’s life wasn’t perfect. The unexpected and untimely death of his best friend, Jonny Creed, sent an already out-of-control Jake spiraling down further.

Drug addiction. Alcohol. Women.

Jake was in the fast lane to following Jonny to the grave until Tru Bennett walked back into his life and changed everything.

But now, the past that Jake left behind has come back to find him. And what the past brings with it is going to be one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced.

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I am a BIG fan of the Mighty Storm series and it is a lifetime favorite of mine. I can still recall the moment that I finished Jake and Tru’s story and the sheer panic that ensued right after because well…. It was OVER! What in God’s name would I read next and how do I get over this massive book hangover (this was before I even knew a term had been coined). So yes, huge panic attack to say the least. So you can imagine how happy it always makes me when Samantha Towle adds on to this unbelievably addictive series and there was no question that I’d pick up this novella, The Storm.

I confess that I had a perma-smile already plastered across my face from the very first page. I loved seeing Jake and Tru settled with their beautiful trio of kids and still deeply, madly, and hungry in love with one another. The physical chemistry between the two of them hadn’t ebbed since the moment they’d reunited in The Mighty Storm. There’s just something so wildly beautiful about these two. It could be the loyalty and the innate love they have for one another from the very start of their relationship. It’s the term “meant to be” that rings loudly when I think of them. In The Storm, Samantha Towle proves just true that sentiment is. When Jake’s past returns to haunt him, the fear that curses through reverberated off the digital pages of my Kindle. Scared to death of losing Tru and his family, Jake must once again rely on the genuine and unwavering love that exists between them and Tru doesn’t disappoint. It’s what makes me love Tru so much and it’s why she’s still a staple heroine in my book. She’s incredibly strong and steady—she loves deeply, she looks past her own hurt and allows love to take precedence. She rocks my socks.

The best thing about this novella was that it gave us something new and I couldn’t agree more wholeheartedly with the author when she mentions in her note to her readers that this was a novella that was needed to complete the series. YES, YES, YES! I loved that she gave us a side of Johnny that I am sure many fans didn’t even know we needed. The Storm completed the storybook ending. It sealed the deal in such a perfect way and I couldn’t have asked for more. I love that Samantha was able to unearth something totally profound without tainting Jake’s and Tru’s LOVE story. If anything it just proved even further the longevity and the strength of their love. The Storm is the perfect example of what a novella should be. It held just the right amount of drama to get hearts pumping and palms sweating, it had all the swoon-factor we all look for when we’re reunited with our favorite characters, and it had an end that satiated a reader’s need.

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Coming out of my cage
And I’ve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all
It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss
Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a cab
While he’s having a smoke
And she’s taking a drag
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his chest
Now, he takes off her dress
Now, letting me go

I just can’t look its killing me
And taking control
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibis
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
Cause I’m Mr Brightside

I’m coming out of my cage
And I’ve been doing just fine
Gotta gotta be down
Because I want it all
It started out with a kiss
How did it end up like this
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss
Now I’m falling asleep
And she’s calling a cab
While he’s having a smoke
And she’s taking a drag
Now they’re going to bed
And my stomach is sick
And it’s all in my head
But she’s touching his chest
Now, he takes off her dress
Now, letting me go

‘Cause I just can’t look its killing me
And taking control
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea
Swimming through sick lullabies
Choking on your alibi
But it’s just the price I pay
Destiny is calling me
Open up my eager eyes
‘Cause I’m Mr Brightside
I never
I never
I never
I never

About the Author:

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New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and international bestselling author Samantha Towle began her first novel in 2008 while on maternity leave. She completed the manuscript five months later and hasn’t stopped writing since.

She has written contemporary romances, THE MIGHTY STORM, WETHERING THE STORM, TAMING THE STORM, REVVED, REVIVED and TROUBLE.

She has also written paranormal romances, THE BRINGER and the ALEXANDRA JONES SERIES, all penned to tunes of The Killers, Kings of Leon, Adele, The Doors, Oasis, Fleetwood Mac, and more of her favourite musicians.

A native of Hull and a graduate of Salford University, she lives with her husband, Craig, in East Yorkshire with their son and daughter.

You can find Samantha at –

Facebook: Books by Samantha Towle – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Books-…

Twitter: samtowlewrites

Website: http://www.samanthatowle.co.uk/

BOOK REVIEW: King & Tyrant by TM Frazier

Book one and two in the King series.

King:

Homeless. Hungry. Desperate. Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from. A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, sex or a combination of all three. King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.

Tyrant:

I. Remember. Everything. But the relief I thought I would feel never comes, and I’m more afraid now than I was the morning I woke up handcuffed in King’s bed. Because with the truth comes dark secrets I was never meant to know. I will put the lives of those I love most at risk if I let on that my memory has returned, or if I seek help from the heavily tattooed felon who owns me body and soul. I don’t know if I’m strong enough to resist the magnetic pull toward King that grows stronger every day. He’s already saved me in more ways than one. Now it’s my turn to do whatever it takes to save him. Even if that means marrying someone else…

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After reading King and Tyrant, I feel like I just watched an action packed movie—explosives, gunfights, blood bath, crazy hot sex and all!!! Doe and King’s love story had it all. The book gave us a great introduction to who Brentley King was and how his ugly childhood shaped him to become THE King. I really liked that the author started off the book this way because it held my interest from the get go and by adding on a sidekick like Preppy and Bear, she really gave us a great trio of characters to start off what would be one of the most interesting, yet bizarre stories I’ve read all year.

King was definitely one enigmatic man. Though in the years that he’d become this monster who had absolutely no regard or guilt over taking someone’s life, his own world is suddenly turned upside down when he becomes wildly obsessed with Doe from the very moment he lays his eyes on her. An instant connection, a love at first sight if you will. And though their love story is weirdly unconventional to say the least, I really did enjoy the ride. The fighting back and forth, the yelling and kicking which would then turn into passionate, rough sex—well, that had my lady bits buzzing. Thank you very much! And while Doe begins to fall in love with King, the loss of her own memory is still a huge weight on her shoulders. Not knowing where she came from and who she is, I felt bad for her especially when she starts feeling guilty about the choices she’s been making. Their story was full of secrets and violence and it kept me on my toes. I wanted to find out who Doe really was and I wanted to see how King’s and Doe’s relationship would unfold as well.

King and Tyrant were action packed with tons of twists and turns that will both shock you and make your stomach uneasy. I mean, some of the scenes in this book were out of control and definitely not one for the faint of heart. Though the dialogue was a bit rough for me, this book did take me on quite a ride. There were a whole lot of romance alongside hints of heartwarming and comedic elements in a world full of drugs, murder, and deceit. Like I said in the beginning, these books were so bizarre, I still don’t really know how I felt about these books. Either way, I was entirely entertained  the whole way through and I’m sure you will be too.

We Like It Big Tunes:

I am colorblind
Coffee black and egg white
Pull me out from inside
I am ready, I am ready, I am ready,
I am taffy stuck and tongue tied
Stutter shook and uptight
Pull me out from inside
I am ready, I am ready, I am ready,
I am fine

I am covered in skin
No one gets to come in
Pull me out from inside
I am folded and unfolded and unfolding
I am colorblind
Coffee black and egg white
Pull me out from inside
I am ready, I am ready, I am ready,
I am fine
I am fine
I am fine

About the Author:

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T.M. Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and baby girl.

In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents although her spelling could have (and could still) use some help.

It only took her twenty years to start the next book.

The Dark Light of Day was her debut novel.

She LOVES talking books with her readers.

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Homewrecker Incorporated By S. Simone Chavous – Pre-Release & iTunes Release

Title: Homewrecker Incorporated
Author: S. Simone Chavous
iTunes Exclusive Release: Dec 29, 2015
Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
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Without love, marriage is just business. At least that’s what Claudia Mason tells the women who seek her firm’s unique services. With wealthy husbands who see their wedding rings as meaningless pieces of jewelry, they trust Claudia to do whatever is necessary to gather the hard evidence needed to shatter an ironclad prenup. 
She is the best in the business and has yet to meet a mark she couldn’t get the goods on— solidifying her belief that no man can be trusted. After landing a client who is her ticket to retirement, she is on top of the world. Until a chance encounter with Greyston Michaels turns her carefully controlled world upside down.
Greyston shows Claudia a part of herself she thinks she’s lost, making her question everything she believes about men—and love. But in Claudia’s world, following her heart is bad for business. And business is everything.

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S. Simone Chavous is contemporary and paranormal romance author. Her debut trilogy, The Fate Series, has been a best seller in the paranormal romance category. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys reading, sketching, cooking, and spending time with family. She lives in northern Indiana with her boyfriend, two beautiful daughters, and their rambunctious vizsla.
To learn more about S. Simone, please visit: http://www.ssimonechavous.com or connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ssimonechavous.

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Homewrecker Incorporated By S. Simone Chavous – Pre-Release

 
Title: Homewrecker Incorporated
Author: S. Simone Chavous
iTunes Exclusive Release: Dec 29, 2015
Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
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Without love, marriage is just business. At least that’s what Claudia Mason tells the women who seek her firm’s unique services. With wealthy husbands who see their wedding rings as meaningless pieces of jewelry, they trust Claudia to do whatever is necessary to gather the hard evidence needed to shatter an ironclad prenup. 
 
She is the best in the business and has yet to meet a mark she couldn’t get the goods on— solidifying her belief that no man can be trusted. After landing a client who is her ticket to retirement, she is on top of the world. Until a chance encounter with Greyston Michaels turns her carefully controlled world upside down.
 
Greyston shows Claudia a part of herself she thinks she’s lost, making her question everything she believes about men—and love. But in Claudia's world, following her heart is bad for business. And business is everything.
 
 
 
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"If you're looking for a sexy, romantic comedy with stylish characters and a fresh plot, this is your read." – Carter Ashby
 
Top 10 favorite of 2015 – Southern Belle Book Blog
 
"This book is fantastic!" – Ramblings from Beneath the Sheets
 
"Homewrecker Incorporated is a MUST READ! Sexy, intriguing, and did I mention sexy?" – Danielle Allen
 
 
 
S. Simone Chavous is contemporary and paranormal romance author. Her debut trilogy, The Fate Series, has been a best seller in the paranormal romance category. When she isn't writing, she enjoys reading, sketching, cooking, and spending time with family. She lives in northern Indiana with her boyfriend, two beautiful daughters, and their rambunctious vizsla.
 
To learn more about S. Simone, please visit: http://www.ssimonechavous.com or connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ssimonechavous.
 

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ: Sparks Fly by Bella Cruise

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Title: SPARKS FLY

Author: Bella Cruise

Genre: Full length contemporary romance

Publication Date: December 27, 2015

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Blurb

When Ginny Austen left home, she took her big dreams and her broken heart with her. She needed to escape her small town, but most of all, she needed to escape Luke Porter. Her first love, and her first heart break.

But when a new job sends Ginny right back to where she started, the past she tried so desperately to leave behind reappears in the form of broad-shouldered, smart-mouthed hunk, Luke who is impossible to resist and determined to make up for lost time. He still plays a mean game of pool and is super skilled between the sheets, but this new and improved Luke is ambitious, successful, and hiding pain of his own.

** Sparks Fly was previously published as Beach Wedding, and contains all new, additional material. **

 

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About the Author

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Bella Cruise is a Florida girl turned California beach babe. She loves to travel and explore new places, and currently works as a nanny to two adorable little girls. For a close-up view of her crazy life (and favorite cupcakes!), you can find her on instagram @bellacruisewrites.

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