Release Blitz | Constellation by Jennifer Locklear (@RandomCran)

20 October 2016

Today I am taking part in the release blitz for Constellation by Jennifer Locklear! Read on to find out all you need to know about the book and to read my review.


Title: Constellation
Author: Jennifer Locklear
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 20



She's intelligent, beautiful, and emotionally numb.

He's older, sophisticated, and harboring secrets.

Up-and-coming executive, Kathleen Brighton is ready to launch her family's firm into the next level of success. Polished and professional on the outside, Kathleen's personal life is a source of constant struggle and letdown. But after one night alone with Jack Evans, her sexy new colleague, her life takes a turn toward erotic intensity

Torn between her instinct to guard herself and her irresistible desire for Jack, Kathleen has only known heartache. And when she finds herself in the middle of a shattering personal crisis, she must trust fragile and uncertain bonds to survive. Will Kathleen conquer the demons of her past to find a future worth fighting for?


When Constellation first opens we meet Kathleen Brighton, a young woman working at her father's advertising firm who has a one-night stand with a coworker, Jack Evans. Jack is much older than her but she has been attracted to him since he started working there and since he is now divorced she indulges in the attraction. 

This book is all about the two of them and how they navigate the minefield they have to endure to be together. On Kathleen's side it's the wrath of a father who she neither cares much for or gets on with and, on Jack's, is the fact he has a daughter from his previous marriage. I love how they had factors that affected the relationship, so often it is just one of the pairing whose past or current family situation affects the relationship and I loved that for a change.

Jack doesn't make things easy for himself, the morning after their first night together he gives Kathleen a frosty reception that makes her doubt what she has done. I never really understood why he did that and it made me not like him at the start but he redeemed himself. He is so caring and sincere throughout the rest of the book that I completely forgave him. 

Oh and then there was Heidie! Jack's adorable daughter who you can't help but love and you can see why Kathleen falls hook, line and sinker for her. She is such an intelligent young lady and I loved reading Kathleen's interactions with her. They never failed to make me smile. She reminded me a lot of my own six-year-old niece. 

Once I got to the halfway point of this book I couldn't put it down, this book is so much more than a love story! My heart went out to Jack and Kathleen in the second half of the book and I loved seeing them battle through together and then of course came the inevitable and I wanted to cry! 

I will admit this book really didn't go the way I was expecting it to which made me love it more and I also didn't realise it was part of a trilogy so I can't wait for the next installment to see what is in store for Kathleen and Jack going forward.

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Jennifer Locklear lives in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. She married her high school sweetheart, Morgan, in 1995. She is the mother of two children, a son and daughter.

Jennifer enjoyed creative writing as an adolescent, but set aside her favorite hobby to concentrate on college studies, career and family. In 2010, she rediscovered her passion for writing when her husband recruited her to edit his own stories. They co-authored and published their debut novel, Exposure, in 2014.

Since 2000, Jennifer has been employed in fundraising and development for a non-profit organization. She has been a contributing reviewer for the “Bookish Temptations” book blog and is a founding moderator of “Argyle Empire,” an approved fan site for author Sylvain Reynard.

Constellation is Jennifer’s first solo novel.

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Book Blast & Guest Post | All Access by Liberty Kontranowsky (@liberty_k)

19 October 2016

Today I am taking part the Book Blast for All Access, book on in the Fangirl Series by Liberty Kontranowski, read on to find out all you need to know about the book and Liberty!

I am also hosting a guest post written by Liberty on why she loves reading and writing books with happily ever after's. 



Genre: Chick Lit
Release Date: 28th September 2016

Every fangirl has a fantasy . . . what happens when that “if only” dream comes true?
Though she’s a single mom wedged firmly into thirty-something territory, author Kallie Reagan’s devotion to rock star Niles Russell knows no bounds. To pay homage to her muse, Kallie writes a smokin’ hot novel featuring a hero who looks and acts an awful lot like Niles — and a heroine who may or may not have a smattering of herself thrown in for fun.

When Niles learns about the book and surprise-texts Kallie, the two deliciously complicated creatives become fast friends . . . and so much more. But trying to define a relationship that’s laced with closeted skeletons, half-truths, and constant question marks proves harder than making it big. If they’re going to progress from Fangirl Infatuation to The Real Deal, these two need to give each other All Access to the most important place of all: their hearts.

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Guest Post:
Why I Love Writing (and Reading!) Books with Happily Ever Afters

Reading is an escape. A chance to leave your world for a few hours and enter into one you’ve never known, or that you could never experience quite like the narrator has. It’s the opportunity to live a different life, meet new people, see new places. It’s magical, really, and when the author does his or her job well, it’s a real gift.

This is why I love writing. I love knowing that with each chapter, my readers have the chance to check out of The Real World for just a bit and indulge in the escapism that might make their “meh” day a little more tolerable. Heck, according to some of the messages I got from readers following the release of my debut novel, ALL ACCESS, their days sometimes turned around completely. They became so absorbed in Kallie and Niles (the main characters in ALL ACCESS) that they were more concerned about what was coming next for them than the fact that the house needed vacuuming or the laundry needed folding. They experienced that very rewarding feeling of departure, which is sometimes all we need to redirect our days ... and our attitudes.

This is also a reason I write in the genre I do. For classification purposes, I suppose you could call my stories Romantic Women’s Fiction. Or RomCom. Or whatever you like, really. The Fangirl Series is essentially ChickLit meets Rockstar Romance. The writing is in first person, very dialogue-heavy, and breezy and fun. My intent is for the reader to be able to put herself into Kallie’s shoes and envision exactly what it might feel like to live out her own rockstar/celebrity fantasy. Notice, I said, “what it might feel like” because it’s my sincerest hope that my readers get that “immersive” experience, where they actually feel themselves in the story. Where they feel themselves meeting their celebrity heartthrob, or feel what it’s like to shake his hand, give him a hug, or kiss his warm, yummy lips. (Phew! It’s suddenly getting hot in here!)

Because I’m all about The Feels, I love reading and writing stories that offer the oh-so-famous Happily Ever Afters. Sure, couples may go through a whole lot of stuff to get there, but when they pull through their challenges and end up stronger than ever, how great of a payoff is that? And when they learn things about themselves and each other in the meantime? Ugh! Doesn’t get any better! I love knowing that the characters I’ve just spent several hours with (as a reader; many months with as a writer) are in good hands at the end of a story. That a hopeful future stretches out before them. That there’s a chance we’ll revisit them in future books to see what they’re up to and how they’ve grown even more.

When I read a romantic book, I love, love, love feeling happy and optimistic about the characters and their stories, and somehow that always translates into feelings of hopefulness in my own life. (Isn’t it funny how we take bits of characters and stories with us into our own lives? That’s what I meant by the “gift” statement I made at the very beginning of this post.) And as an author, I love knowing that I can offer this to my readers, too.

While I enjoy and value books of all types, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for romantic novels. There’s just nothing more uplifting than a good love story. In a time when life is so series and there’s turmoil and unrest all around us, escaping into a world where love prevails is just the medicine we need.

Thank you for allowing me to share these thoughts today. What types of books are your favorites? How do you like to escape “real life?”

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Liberty Kontranowski

About the Author:

Liberty Kontranowski is a romantic women’s fiction author who adores all things lovey-dovey with a pinch (or more) of hubba-hubba. When she’s not at the keyboard, she’s taxiing around her three boys, knocking back craft beers with the hubs, blogging, fangirling, and dreaming up more fake people. She also spends an inordinate amount of time drinking coffee and dreaming of the day she can bid adieu to far-too-wintry Michigan and move to a place where she can write with her toes in the sand.
Liberty loves to hear from her readers (and otherwise cool people) so give her a yell.

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Book Tour & Giveaway | Use Somebody by Beck Anderson (@BeckAndersonID)

13 October 2016

Over the last few week's I have been taking part in the promo for Use Somebody by Beck Anderson and today is my slot on the book tour! Read on the read a new excerpt and enter a giveaway to win a $25 Amazon Gift card.


Use Somebody is Beck Anderson's newest Hollywood standalone!
Now Available!
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Jeremy King, Hollywood über-agent to the stars, knows that sharks gotta swim. He’s one of them, after all. He’s never met a deal he couldn’t strike or an argument he couldn’t win. LA is his kind of town—they both never stop moving.
So when his friend and client, movie star Andrew Pettigrew, invites him on a “man-cation” to the wilds of Idaho for a little fly-fishing, Jeremy’s not so sure. He might not have cell service. There’s no way there’ll be any supermodels to woo. And his idea of the great outdoors is a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway in his Tesla Model S—moose definitely do not factor into the picture.
Fitting then that because of a moose, he meets Macy Shea Summerlin, the best fly-fishing guide on the South Fork. Jeremy’s surprised and tantalized, but Macy isn’t having any of his alpha male posturing. She gives as good as she gets, and she knows how to throw a mean right hook.
As the two of them get tangled up in each other’s lives, both Jeremy and Macy must come to terms with winning and losing and letting love in. And Jeremy has to find the answer to his own question: Is he simply “using” Macy or could he really “use” someone like her? Find out in Use Somebody, book 3 of the Fix You series.
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I look at the wide fresh scar on the palm. “And how did you do that again?”

Her face clouds over for a moment. Her brows knit together, the eyes go down to the counter, her lips press into a thin line. Then she looks up at me, transformed, a smile on her face and a shrug on her shoulders. “Stupidity.” She tilts her head, waiting for me to tease her or laugh it off.

I don’t. “No, Macy, really. How did that happen?”

“I already told you, I was helping a guest gut a fish and gutted my hand instead.”

I lean closer to her. “Then how come every time I ask your face looks like somebody ran over JT over there?”

Her smile drops. “I do not.”

I point the loaf of bread at her. “No, don’t lie. I hate lies. Your face tells a different story, even if it’s just for five seconds, until you paste the fake-girl smile on. Something bad happened.”

I swear her eyes well with tears. Then she shakes her head no, tosses her hair, like she’s shaking the memory to the edges of her mind, or clearing the etch-a-sketch of a horrible image. She’s still for a moment.

“Lots of bad stuff happened. Life happened. This?” She holds the palm up. “This is nothing. I cut it gutting a fish. End of story.”

It’s clear from her tone, clear that she’s not trying to lie. She’s trying to get me on board with the approved story. Trying to protect herself by putting another witness in her court. Another witness to stand up for her.

If that’s what she needs right now, so be it. “Fine. Don’t tell me now. But don’t lie. I fucking hate liars.”

She seizes on an opportunity to change the subject. “Mouth! You, Mr. King, need a swear jar.”

She jumps up and starts rifling through the cabinets. In the cabinet to the left of the oversized Subzero she succeeds. “Aha!”

She pulls out a mason jar and plunks it on the kitchen island. “Put a buck in there.”

“What?” I’ve cracked an egg and use the shell to separate the white from the yolk.

“You owe the swear jar a buck. Out on the river, I’ll keep track for you. At the end of the night, you come home and put your fine in the jar.”

It hurts me to hear the strain in her voice. I answer, help her forget our earlier discussion. “Who gets the jar at the end of the week?” She’s trying so hard to lighten things up, steer the conversation far away from her. Her wounds.

“Consider it an extra tip to your favorite river guide.”

I point to the back pocket of my jeans. “Wallet’s in there.”

She smirks. “I don’t think so. I’m not touching your butt.”

I hold my hands up. “I’m covered in egg. Just grab the wallet.”

She rolls her eyes and comes over to me. The weird scruffy dog lifts his head up, watches her. She stands behind me for a minute and lingers. I smell her and feel her warmth against my back. I take a breath in through my nose and try to exercise some restraint. “Fine.” She quickly snatches the wallet out of my pocket and pulls a bill out.

It’s a twenty. She frowns. “No, it’s a buck for the jar.” She pulls the billfold wider and thumbs through the bills.

“What?” I’m back to cooking. I don’t look up. I know exactly what.

“There’s nothing smaller than a twenty in here, Mr. King.”

I keep my head down. “Guess a twenty will have to do.”

She huffs and plucks one out, stuffs it in the new swear jar. “You are a piece of work.”

“So I’ve been told.”


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About the Author:

Beck Anderson is a two-time Rita© finalist and author of four novels including the Fix You series and The Jeweler. She’s also a wife, a mom, an educator, and a walker of a small, bossy dog-slash-evil genius.

Review | Twelve Bells by B.B. Leslie (@bridgettleslie)

11 October 2016


Pages: 49

In her struggle to heal the emotional torment caused by her ex-fiancé, Lynette Frank attends a speed-dating event to give herself a psychological edge in her quest to find the right man. Each man she meets challenges her to fully resurrect her dating life. But is it all too much too soon?

I was contacted by Bridgett to review her book, a novella set during a speed dating evening. It's a very short novella and only takes half an hour or so to read but it's thoroughly enjoyable! 

It's told from Lynette's POV as she meets 12 men at the event and you get to see their interactions. I loved reading the variation of the different men and seeing her reaction to them and gauging their thoughts on her. I have never been speed dating and I found this book and its setting highly entertaining and it has kind of made me want to try speed dating! 

I loved to see the Lynette coming out of her shell as the evening went on and her confidence grew. It was lovely to read and watch unfold and every man she talks to is so different. I found myself chuckling as I read it. 

Twelve Bells was a great, fun read and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for a romance book that is enjoyable and a quick read.

Blog Tour | The Wave by Lochlan Bloom

09 October 2016

 Read on to find out all you need to know about The Wave by Lochlan Bloom and read an excerpt from the book.


When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.

As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.

Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter?  Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.

The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.


‘Hearst,’ the man said extending a hand. ‘My employer has been interested in your case.’
‘Your employer?’ μ asked. ‘What case?’
Was this a joke? Looking around μ looked for help, but nobody else appeared to be listening to this corner of the table. Was this man from the office? Human resources?
‘My employer has a very unique perspective on it.’
Hearst gave a lopsided grin that was entirely out of place and reached into his jacket pocket. He produced a small card, bright green in colour and about half the size of a business card.
‘He wants me to pass this on to you.’ Hearst put the piece of paper, for it was actually surprisingly flimsy, into μ’s hand. On it was written a number: 324-52-867. It didn’t look as if it was the correct format or enough digits to be a phone number. But it was the name below the number that caught μ’s attention. In a crisp dark green font was the name Ddunsel. μ's heart jumped at the sight of the name. He was about to ask Hearst what it meant when the drunks returned from the bar.
They came bearing a tray of drinks, lurching gaily across the wet paving stones. Simmonds was no longer with the group and, when one of those who had remained outside asked where he was, they were told:
‘Simmonds was cunted.’
He was sleeping it off in the toilets. That seemed to be the impetus needed to split up the little party.
Now that their host was no longer present, those friends of Simmonds who had only turned up to be polite started to make their excuses and leave. Many of them looked as though they had already stayed longer than they would have liked, and seized this opportunity in case Simmonds should miraculously wake up and corral them into further festivities.
Meanwhile, the contingent freshly returned from the bar seemed determined to get drunk with or without Simmonds and were quite oblivious to anything but their own inebriation. They laughed and shouted across each other as the rest left. There was a short flurry of activity as everybody disentangled from the table, putting on scarves and coats and shaking hands. It was only after this commotion subsided that μ noticed his mysterious companion, Hearst, had disappeared.

μ had been hoping for an opportunity to restart the conversation and speak to this man further, but in the confusion he had somehow slipped away. What had he meant by his ‘case’? Was he really employed by someone called Ddunsel? The way he had handed the card over had suggested he was serious, but then what, if anything, did that have to do with the script? Was Hearst responsible for sending it from Brazil?

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Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.