Thursday, July 30, 2015

Barclay Publicity's Summertime Giveaway- Michelle Madow & Jodi Linton

More than 20 authors will be sharing their best and worst pick-up lines during this EPIC eReader Giveaway! Win dozens of prizes, including swag packs, print or eBooks, gift cards, tote, posters, themed prizes, etc...and of course, a grand prize of four (4) eReaders!

Today we have Michelle Madow sharing her 'oh so amazing experience' (:P ) on the dating app Tinder.
And we also have Jodi Linton sharing her worst pick-up one liner. ENJOY!

Michelle Madow

As I’m sure a lot of you know, the most recent trend in online dating is an app called Tinder. A few months ago, a friend convinced me to give it a try. I did – because why not? It’s free, and since technology is such a big part of our lives in this day and age, online dating has lost a lot of the stigma that it had a few years ago.

For those of you who haven’t heard anything about Tinder, here’s a brief summary about how it works: 
  • You make a brief profile with 1-5 pictures and a few lines about yourself.
  • It’s connected to Facebook, which creates trust that the people you’re talking to are real.
  • If you think a person is hot, you swipe right on their picture. If they’re not your type, you swipe left.
  • A chat box will be available only if both people have swiped right to each other. (This way, you’re not bombarded with messages from people who aren’t your type.) 
Once the chat box is available, both people are mutually attracted to each other! Yay! Now…
it’s time for the inevitable pick up line. I have gotten a lot of terrible ones. 
So I hope you enjoy this collection of terrible pick up lines (and my responses) that I received on Tinder!

For the record, I’m not on Tinder right now. Occasionally (once every few weeks), I’ll go on the app hoping for a miracle, but I give up after a few hours, when I receive an onslaught of cheesy pickup lines and am reminded about why I stopped using the app in the first place.

All-access doesn't mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

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Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in The Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's latest YA series, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner, was published in March 2014 by Harlequin Teen. The second book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, released in November 2014, and the third book, Diamonds are Forever, will be coming out in November 2015. Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing.

Michelle lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling the world, shopping, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and loves talking with fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Visit Michelle online at
To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow's Street Team on Facebook!

Jodi Linton

Hey there!

This blog is dedicated to every wannabe smooth-talker. 

My name is Jodi Linton. I’m the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and my upcoming The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club Series with Entangled Publishing. I’ve lived in Texas my entire life. And no, I’m not married to a ‘real’ cowboy. But I do share my suburbia home with a teacher who has a hobby moonlighting as a drummer. 

Today I want to talk about horrible pick-up lines. You know, the ones that make you cringe with their seediness.  I’ve weathered my fair share of creepy one-liners, and while I’m like, “Get the hell away from me!” at the time, they can be quite hilarious in retrospect. 

So when it came to needing a line for this blog post, I asked a fellow author friend about the worst pick-up line ever used on her, and hers beat any of mine hands down.  Her lovely boyfriend shot off this heart-stopper when they first met: “Hey, baby. You got five minutes to regret?”  I’ve gotta say it is pretty good, and yeah, maybe back in the day when my husband was trying every play in the book to snag a date with me this one would’ve made me laugh. And it probably would have made me say, “Buy me a drink, and then we’ll see about the next five minutes.” 

Tell me. What’s some of your favorite worst pick-up lines ever? 

Bye for now, y’all,
Jodi Linton

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and the upcoming The Original Sinners Motorcycle Club with Entangled Publishing. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she is not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river. Join the Pink Pistol Readers! Jodi Linton's official Street Team for insider scoops on all her upcoming books.

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Pretty Lawless Blurb

She's about to go vigilante on his ass...

Laney Briggs was almost certain that her sexy-assed Texas Ranger, Gunner Wilson, was gonna pop the question. Instead, he went and pulled one helluva fast one—he arrested her best friend, Luke Wagner and skipped out. Now Pistol Rock's firecracker deputy is ready to go Wild West on Gunner...if she can just keep that raw, sexual chemistry under control.

Gunner was planning to propose, and it all went to hell. Now he's boots-deep into an investigation with ties to the Dirty Southern Mafia and corrupt cops. Yep, Laney is definitely gonna have his hide. Especially when she finds out just how much he's been keeping from her...

But Laney has a weakness for Gunner's delectable cowboy hotness. And for him, she will break every rule in the book—including the ones she's sworn to uphold.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Barclay Publicity’s Summertime eReader Giveaway

Ahoy, Mateys!
It's been a long time since I got to read a nice book and a really really long time since my last update here. But the only thing I have in my defence is that I have been crazy busy with college and this being my start of last year in college and most importantly poor time management. I have decided to try and manage my time properly and get back to reading some nice books. From now on I'll try to post at least 2 reviews in a month along with one general update. To start off I have participated in this huge and fun tour. For next few alternate days you are gonna get to read the BEST (or WORST) pickup lines shared by amazing authors and a humongous giveaway!

More than 20 authors will be sharing their best and worst pick-up lines during this EPIC eReader Giveaway! Win dozens of prizes, including swag packs, print or eBooks, gift cards, tote, posters, themed prizes, etc...and of course, a grand prize of four (4) eReaders!

Today we have Patty Blount sharing a funny passage from her book in which she based her heroine on herself and the story has parts based on actual pickup lines once used on her.
Today we also have Sarah Castille sharing her worst pick-up line experience.

Patty Blount

Hello! I’m Patty Blount, author of young adult and contemporary romance novels. But I also have a fulltime job in IT in addition to my writing career. IT stands for Information Technology. It used to be the computer department, but as technology advanced, so did the term. My job is to write the instruction guides people need in order to correctly use their computer systems. I’ve been doing this work for about twenty years now, so in a very real sense, I’ve watched the industry grow up. 

When I was just starting out, Windows hadn’t been born yet and the internet was still reserved for government or scientific use. It was also a man’s world – still is, to a large extent – but most of these guys were Big Bang Theory characters and not exactly the stuff of romance novels.

Until now.

In A Match Made at Christmas, my first contemporary romance, I thought it would be cool to make geekiness a hot and heroic character trait, so I gave my heroine my day job and made the hero an executive in the same field. Here is a passage from the story based on actual pickup lines once used on me. In this scene, hero Lucas is quite attracted to heroine Elena, but trying to play it cool. Except his friends, Al and Debbie, won’t leave him alone.
“Oh, you’re in IT, too?” Al’s grin got wide and just a little bit wicked.
“Luke’s head of development at Burke & Kirk. Lucas, you have to try out some of those software developer pick-up lines on someone who gets them.”
Elena’s lips twitched and she groaned just for form. Inside, she was grateful for the change of subject. “Okay. Gimme one. Let’s see what you got.” 
“Come on, Luke! Don’t be such a dick.” Al elbowed him.
“No. And don’t call me a dick.”
“Please? I want to hear these, too.” Debbie patted the table between them.
“Okay, okay. You asked for it.” Luke rubbed his hands together and gave Elena a smoldering look, dropped his voice down an octave. “I hope you’re broadband, baby, because I really want high-speed access.” He wiggled his eyebrows.
Elena rolled her eyes. “That’s terrible.”
“Yeah, man, that was awful,” Al agreed.
“I warned you.”
“Come on, do another one,” Debbie said.
Elena put out a hand. “Please don’t use the obvious puns on RAM or motherboards.”
Lucas looked at her sideways. “Please. This isn’t my first program.”
She snorted and let him continue. Luke took her hand and leaned in real close. “Baby, you overclock my processor but trust me, there’s no part of my body that’s micro or soft.” He delivered the final words with his eyes locked on hers.
Elena stared into his dark eyes and felt herself melting, weakening, and might have leaned over the table to fuse her mouth to his…

What do you think? Is this a hot geek? I will admit these lines made me giggle but, no – they did not work on me!

The sequel to A Match Made at Christmas was released on June 30th. It’s called His Touch and is about Elena’s sister, Kara, and her second chance at love. I also have a new young adult novel coming out in August called NOTHING LEFT TO BURN. It’s about a boy named Reece who joins the fire department’s junior squad to win his father’s respect. Pre-order today
Dear Dad,
I promised Matt I'd do this-become a Junior Cadet. That I wouldn't let you break me down. I know you hate me. Blame me for everything you lost. But that day I lost my brother and my dad. You could never be proud of me, could you? I was too "different." So, just in case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm saying goodbye. Maybe someday, you'll miss me.

Reece's words make her ache. Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse where she volunteers is the only place that feels like home. She wants to help Reece, but his dad is her boss. And she won't risk her place as a Junior Cadet-it's all that she has. But when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, her whole world is about to go up in flames. And the only way to save themselves is to risk getting burned.
Patty Blount is the award-winning author of Some Boys, TMI, and SEND, plus contemporary romances from Tule Group. She lives on Long Island with her family and lots of books. Tweet her @pattyblount or visit her website to read book excerpts.

Sarah Castille

MY WORST PICK-UP LINE by Sarah Castille
Once upon a time, there was a Canadian girl who lived in London. One fine summer day, she put on her riding leathers and hopped on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle and they took a drive through the city to a quaint pub in the East End of London. While her boyfriend tended to the motorcycle, she went into the pub to buy a couple of pints.
The pub was unlike anything the Canadian girl had ever seen. Dark and dank, with a low ceiling, crooked floors, dark wooden beams, a roaring fire in a massive stone fireplace and a worn, polished bar at least fifteen feet long. A lazy hound with gastric problems lay on a braided rug in the middle of the pub, adding a distinctive aroma to the already pungent scent of yeast and stale beer.
Several grizzled old men played cards at a table in one corner. An elderly couple dozed in front of the fire. And a group of guys sat at the bar chatting up the female bartender who sported multiple facial piercings and two full sleeves of tattoos.
The Canadian girl slid onto the last seat at the bar and asked the bartender for a pint. Almost immediately, one of the guys broke away from the group. Tall and broad, with a chiselled jaw, shaved head and a pillowy abdomen, he approached her with slow, measured steps. His piercing blue eyes slid over her leather-clad body like a soft caress, lingering over the swell of her breasts crushed beneath her tight leather jacket. He leaned into her, his voice low and husky.
“Ya’re so Peas in a Pot I could Tu’penny Post me meat on ya, Basin Of Gravy.”
Very eloquently, and in her best Canadian, she said, “Eh?’ 
With a sympathetic smile, he drew closer, his fetid breath a whisper in her ear. “You don’t have any Cockney in ya, luv?” 
“Do you want some?” 
“Sorry,” she said, inwardly cringing at the worst pick-up line ever. “I only ride Canadian.”

My latest release is Beyond the Cut, the second standalone book in the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club series. It was inspired by my motorcycle adventures across Europe, and it’s got all the hard riding, fierce loving, outlaw bikers you could want, plus a feisty heroine, a villainous villain and two little kids who can melt an outlaw hero’s heart. 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah Castille, worked and traveled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. She writes erotic contemporary romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them.

Beyond the Cut (SINNER’S TRIBE MC #2)

As a teen, Dawn ran from a life on the streets straight into the arms of Jimmy "Mad Dog" Sanchez, a biker who promised to be her knight in shining armor. But his love was just another cage. Years later, Dawn's former life still has its hooks in her and she'll do whatever it takes to break free. When Cade "Ryder" O'Connor, a member of a rival club, makes her an offer, Dawn finds herself in a different, hotter kind of trouble with one irresistible Sinner…

Cade is an outlaw biker with allegiance to one thing and one thing only: The Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club. But when it comes to the stunningly sexy, fiercely independent Dawn Delgado, Cade finds himself…hungrier for more. Trouble is on Dawn's heels and he wants to be the answer to her prayers, whether she wants him to be or not. What can't be denied is the red-hot attraction between them. However, as they fall deeper, the danger rises and Cade may have to sacrifice it all…

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Chronicles from Chateau Moines by Evelyne Holingue (and an apology)

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Welcome to my tour stop for Chronicles from Chateau Moines by Evelyne Holingue. This is a middle-grade historical fiction. The tour runs March 2-13 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule. 

About the Book:

September 1970: Scott’s mother has recently died and his father gets the crazy idea to move his family from California to Normandy. Now Scott has to learn to live without his mom while adjusting to France. In his seventh-grade class there is only Ibrahim who comes from another country. Scott doesn’t even want to play his guitar anymore. Why does his father think that life will be better so far from home?

Scott has no idea that his arrival is also a challenge to Sylvie. While her best friend is excited to have an American boy at school, Sylvie cannot say one word to Scott. She can’t even write good songs in her notebook anymore. Why is life so different since Scott moved to Château Moines?

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era and told from the perspectives of twelve-year-old Scott and Sylvie, this is a story about loss and friendship, music and peace, and also about secrets.

Although this is a work of fiction, the cultural, social, and historical background of the early 1970s in France and the United States inspired the writing. At the end of the book the reader will find a list of the songs, the names of singers, and bands mentioned through the novel as well as some elements about fashion, immigration in France, the Vietnam War, and other cultural, social, and historical facts relevant to the period of time.

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Hi BookWorms!!! Today I was supposed to post the book review on the book as part of blog tour but sudden date changes for college fest and me being selected as one of the event co-ordinator took up all my time and I did not get time to read this one. I am really sorry and want to apologize to both Ms.Holingue and Candace for the delay, and I will really try to read it soon and post the review in 2-3 days. 

About the Author:

evelyne0115I was born and raised in Normandy, France, where I spent most of my childhood reading. 
My first published piece of writing was a poem about a man spending Christmas behind bars. I was eleven years old and wasn’t paid for my work, but I was hooked.
I studied French Literature at the Université de Caen and at the Sorbonne in Paris and worked in a publishing house before moving to California, following my husband.
It was a challenging time in my life as I was leaving my own career, my family, my friends and my beloved Paris behind.  But how could I say no to the dreams of the man I love?
Readers enjoy escaping the familiar for the unknown.  Being a foreigner is discovering the unknown day after day, not only for the time of a book. However, since most things in life come with a silver lining, I credit this move for giving me the opportunity to write. Through my words, I share my affection for my native and adoptive countries that I love equally. 

Two (2) kindle copies of Chronicles from Chateau Moines (INT)
Ends March 18th

This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review:Voices, Old & New by Various


Blur:  Voices, Old & New is a fantastic collection of short stories featuring the very best submissions from Indireads’ 2nd Short Story Competition 2014. 

Rating:  4/5

Authors:  Naheed Hassan , Sabahat MuhammadJohn Sequeira , Karthik L.Komal SinghMaria Perry Mohan,Neelesh InamdarRoshan Radhakrishnan , Ruchi SinghSanjay MadhavanShivani ShourieSid BalachandranAda WiamSonia RaoVarsha Pillai,VibaAdiana Ray , Anamika GKAniesha BrahmaDiganta SarkarDola Basu SinghFarida Rahman,Jaspreet Soni

Source: Publisher

Extra: Available for free, for a limited time, to all new and existing subscribers of the Indireads newsletter. 
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Published January 15th 2015 by Indireads

My Review

Voices, Old & New is a collection of short stories by various Indireads authors.The stories are of different genres and lengths so you never know what you will find as you turn the page and go to the next story.Some of the stories were very well written and left a lasting impression on me.Some of them were too short and over before I had gotten my head around what was going on but overall, I loved the collection and enjoyed the whole book.All the stories stand alone and share no connection with each other.

The genres were Romance, Crime and Mystery, Drama and Paranormal and we had almost six stories in each genre.

Some of the stories like Boomerang under Crime and Mystery made me think of the consequences one's actions have.It had a sinister tone to it and I was spooked yet pleased by how it ended. In The Ballet Lesson under Drama, two sisters find their connection again.Knight in Shining Armour shows us how sometimes fairy tales are left unfinished.

Some of the tales are tragic, some have a happy ending and others are left to the readers imagination but they all have a something in common--they make you think and don't fail to entertain.

If you are looking to experience a myriad of emotions, Voices, Old & New should not be missed!

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Come, The Dark (Forever Girl #2) by Rebecca Hamilton

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Publication Date: 6th January 2015
Published by : Immortal Ink Publishing
Pages: 361 (estimated) 
Source: E-Arc.  (Edit: and my own Kindle copy)

Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.
Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.
A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.
TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

My Thoughts

I wrote this review back in March 2014 when I received the e-arc. I read this book again yesterday and this time I read the finished copy that I brought after its release. Going back to it almost after a year made me felt like I was reading the story for the first time as I almost forgot the surprising twists and turns it takes, so some of my opinions have changed now. I'll be putting my new opinions in purple along with the original ones. :)

I loved "The Forever Girl" (Review), I enjoyed Ophelia Journey in "Her Sweetest Downfall" (Review) and I was eagerly waiting to have the next book. So when I got a chance to read "Forever Girl#2" before its release I quickly grabbed the opportunity and got an e-ARC. 

I enjoyed Cordovae's Journey. But I didn't had that instant connection with this one like I had with the previous two books. Beginning was gripping and when 'THE EVENT' occurred I was so curious to know what will happen next but then there came in the only minus point Cordovae's reaction, I mean I understand why she was reacting that way but I don't know why I felt it was 'too much'. Only that part was hard for me to get through but as soon as I was 30% into the story, it became more appealing and after few more pages I was so engaged that I didn't put down my kindle till I read the last word. 
This one was again action-packed, in fact, it had the most enthralling events- be it the sparks flying between the love birds or the fight with 'the bad'.    

While reading it second time I felt instant connection with the story and instant pull. This time around I was not irritated by Cordovae's reaction and instead had sympathy for her. I don't know why (I guess it's the miracle of arc edits) but this time I could fully comprehend her mental state and her non-accepting behavior. 

The plot was amazing and the ending Oh My God that was a total surprise. I loved all the characters tough but sweet Tess, Caring Verity and intense n caring William

We also meet few of our favorite characters from book #1 and the way Rebecca Introduced them here I was all like "no!no!no! this can't be" but by the end my reaction was "Phew! Now that is good" ;)      

Like in her previous two books Rebecca has kept a balanced story pace not too slow so that the reader do not get bored and not too fast which might make it difficult to understand. The story is a perfect mix of everything romance, sadness, courage, friendship and betrayal too. 

To the author, I would like to say "Your Imagination is amazing. The world and the creatures that you have created are addicting and I can't wait to get back and live in that imaginative world of yours. :D"

I am happy with the this story took shape and I am going to rate it:

4 out of 5

About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on twitter @InkMuse

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