Tattoo Tuesday – Matthew Turner

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I’m thrilled to bring you this amazing Tattoo Tuesday Story!

Take it away, Matthew. 

To understand the meaning of my tattoo, requires us to travel back to 2004. You see, as a wayward nineteen-year-old, I drank and partied and did what I liked. I’d also spent four months travelling Australia, and although I saw a great deal and met some of the most wonderful people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, in hindsight I wasted away my time.

I also wasted a lot of money on endeavours that ultimately lead to the same demise… the dreaded hangover.

But what fun. And if you can’t have fun at nineteen, when the hell can you? But I digress, for my tattoo story stems from another trip after Australia. A trip to Northern Kentucky, and YMCA Camp Ernst. A trip that wasn’t really a trip, rather my first real job.

Anybody who’s worked at a summer camp understands how real a job like this is, as it tests you in every single possible manner. Now, don’t for a second think I transformed into a born again Christian who never drank a drop again. I didn’t. I continued to do immature and wayward things for a long, long, long time.

But Camp Ernst taught me a lot about life… about me… about the true meaning of work and love and others…

Loving it oh-so much, I returned in 2005, and 2006, and 2007, and ended up spending eight summers within the walls of my spiritual home. I have no idea who I’d be without Camp, but I wouldn’t be the me of now. I doubt I’d write, for one. I doubt I’d live a creative life at all. In fact, I doubt a lot of things, but this is a what if I’m glad not to consider.

In 2010, I returned to Camp Ernst for a single week. In my late twenties, I had a real job with real responsibilities, but I couldn’t stay away. Like a drug, June came and sent me scurrying to the phone where I spoke to Eli (The Camp Director), pleading with her, “Can I come for a week? You don’t have to pay me! I just need to be there.”

At this stage, my once-upon-a-time campers were now my colleagues and peers. More important, my friends. Molly decided we should get a tattoo, and capture the moment and the meaning of a place we all hold dear in our hearts (despite the sleep deprivation, frustration, and low pay).

Five of us entered that tattoo parlour, with a simple design in mind: a triangle, because that’s the YMCA’s icon – an icon of strength, love, and equality; and the words, ‘This is goodnight, not goodbye’ – because these were the lyrics of Linger, a song we had all sung around the campfire hundreds of times before.

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And it’s fitting, because I’ll never say goodbye to Camp Ernst, no matter how old I get. Saying goodnight to those we love is like a promise to see you soon. I like this, and so, in many ways, my tattoo not only captures my love for my spiritual oasis, and the meaning it’s brought to my life, but to those I love – those from the past, present, and the ones I’ve yet to meet.

On my right forearm, on Tim’s left, Molly’s side, Saunie’s foot, and Davey’s too, five people with the same tattoo, but in different, yet equally meaningful locations. We all have our reasons for loving camp, and we’ll be forever connected through ink.

 

And so, that’s my tattoo story. I plan to get many others, too. I like the idea of my arms and back and chest full of words and sentences I adore. Lyrics and quotes and sayings that mean something to me. But that’s for the future, and other stories.

For now, I have one, but it’s an awfully special one.

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On the 16th September, TICK to the TOCK is having a Kindle Countdown Deal, so will be a mere $.99 :)

Thanks so much, Matthew. Click on his book to pick up a copy.

If you want to connect with Matthew Turner, check him out on Goodreads

 

The Deeper We Get by Jessica Gibson – Cover Reveal

 Book Synopsis: 

Chad Langer was always running. Running from his past, afraid of letting himself be happy and free. College was going to be his new start. New city, new school, new people.

Scarlett would be his undoing. He knew it the moment he saw her. Something in her eyes called to him. She was just as broken as he was.

Sometimes the past doesn’t stay in the past. Will they be able to overcome the obstacles set in their path?

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About the author:
UntitledJessica Gibson is a recovering bookaholic, she’s down from four books a week to a more reasonable one. It was that love of words and creativity that made her dream about writing her first book. That dream was hidden for years, always put on the back burner, filed away in the “someday” section, until her husband Matt gave her the kick in the pants she needed to actually get off her butt and write.

Jessica and Matt live in Southern California and have a serious addiction to reality tv shows like Pawn Stars and American Restoration. They have one amazing son who runs circles around them both.

Aside from writing, she runs an online event planning business called the Release Day Diva. In addition to novels, Jessica writes and maintains the blog Book on the Bright Side. Keep up with Jessica and her latest releases and events on her blog.

Books by Jessica Gibson:

NA Contemporary Romance

The Harder I Fall
The Deeper We Get  
Contemporary Romance
Dressed in White
*Till Death Do Us Part coming soon*
Never Let Me Go Parts 1-3 coming late October
 
YA Paranormal:
Haunted U School Spirits book 1
Paranormal Romance
Blood Lust
Love and Blood
Blood and Sacrifice
 
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Kelly’s Quest by Jennifer Ann – Cover Reveal

I had the honor of beta reading this book and it is so good. Unfortunately, you have to wait until October to read it, but the cover reveal will have to hold you until then.

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Synopsis:
Shunned by her family back home, she followed her best friend to New York with aspirations to start over. Now broke and homeless with two guys vying for her affection, she realizes she made a colossal mistake. If she gives in to her desires, will she only be breaking the rule she set for herself, or will she also be proving she’s the disappointment her family sees her as?

Kelly Cavenaugh is a lot of things: intelligent, sexy, vivacious, and a great friend. But the one thing she’s determined to prove to herself and others is that she’s not promiscuous. So why do a spoiled rich boy with a dark past and a former Marine with a high-powered job have to come along and try to break her resolve?

Theo Roberts and Erik Murphy only have two things in common: they’re both dangerously gorgeous, and have their sights set on Kelly. Everyone tells her Erik isn’t someone she wants to get involved with, however, and Theo seems to be the total package. If Kelly allows herself to be with one of them, the choice should be easy. But it’s complicated, and she’ll find herself struggling to separate passion from reality while trying to establish her new life.

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Author Bio:

JenniferWhen Jennifer Ann isn’t writing heart wrenching romance novels with hot scenes or chasing her children around southern Minnesota, she either has her nose stuck in someone else’s book, is curled up watching a movie, can be found taking pictures of other people (not in a creepy way), or is rocking out at a concert. Her debut novel ADAM’S LIST is set for release June 17, 2014.

Jennifer also writes YA paranormal under Jen Naumann.

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Sydney Reviews Irons by MJ Fields

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis:
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 I was born and bred to be the man I am today. My father and his father were both graduates from The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Both went on to become helicopter pilots. Both had seen plenty of action. Both had met and caused devastation. Both men, who I respect more above all, had served and protected the United States and her people honorably for decades.My best friend, William Cruz, who attended the academy with me, had flown beside me, had lived the same life as I had and shared the same ambitions in life, was gone now. This was not part of the plan. Will and I were supposed to have each other’s backs, support each other and never let anything supersede our bond.
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I sat on Norfolk Beach needing to feel close to him on the anniversary of his death. It was a beautiful day in May and I was cutting class. I had done the same every year since he passed.

Jaxson Irons was only supposed to be in Pensacola for a year. But now three years later I still hadn’t heard from him. I saw a man running down the beach and I knew immediately who it was.

Jaxson didn’t respond the way I had dreamed he would. He told me we would catch up someday soon. I stood and watched until he was gone.
Thump, thump. I placed my hand on my chest as I felt my heart beat again for what felt like the first time in three years. Thump, thump. I felt the blood moving quickly through my body. Its heat once again present. Thump, thump. I looked up at the sky and let out a breath. A breath that I had been holding forever. Thump, thump.

I felt tears fall down my face as I raised my hands in the air and laughed out loud. Just then the clouds parted for the first time in forever. I saw the sun smiling down on me.

Review: 
The only problem I had with this book is it ended way too soon. I needed more and am a little annoyed with MJ Fields for ending it when she did.  I have to wait for book #2 & #3 or how every many the author decides to give us. Honestly, she could give us #100 and I will still read this amazing romance between these two complex characters. 
I loved the story concept at it’s core. Chalked full of drama from the beginning, you care for these two characters immediately. Who says solid relationships can’t develop out of tragedy. 
The story had quite a lot of suspense, which was unexpected, but flowed well into this angst filled and emotional love story. 
The dynamic between Jax & Francesca can be a little frustrating, but it only adds to the enjoyment of the story. Stick with them, it’s worth it. 
If you like your sexy on the intense side, you won’t be disappointed. 
Can’t wait to see this story continue. 

Giveaway:

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)
–A signed copy of Irons
–3x eBook copies of Irons
–$20 Amazon Gift Card
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–$5 Amazon Gift Card

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MJAuthor Bio:  MJ Fields’s love of writing was in full swing by age eight. Together with her cousins, she wrote a newsletter and sold it to family members. Today, she has four self-published series comprised of seventeen titles, including MEN OF STEEL, which was acquired by Swoon Romance in June 2014. MJ is a bestselling erotica author and former small business owner, who recently closed the business so she could write full time.

MJ lives in central New York, surrounded by family and friends. Her house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time, and she would have it no other way.

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Hope for Her – Top 10 Favorite Lines – #9

Through out the month of September I’d like to introduce you to the characters and my Top 10 favorite lines in Hope for Her.

Carrington Olivia Butler

FAVORITE LINES

Line #9 – Chapter Two: 

I considered my high school experience normal, in the strictest scene of the word: normal activities, normal parties, and normal boyfriend. My girls and I infiltrated the cool kids club occasionally. My junior year, I caught the attention of Matt Brennan. His popularity extended to me due to our relationship, and I held popular girl status by association until graduation.

Carrington spent her life living in the shadow of her more successful siblings, but now she is ready to shine. I can related. My brother lives a charmed life and I have to remind myself we just took different paths.

Do you have a sibling who’s life seemed a lot easier then yours? 

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Charming the Outback by Leesa Bow – Book Blitz

I’m so honored to bring you news of one of my favorite people and my friend from Down Under, Leesa  Bow. 

Leesa writers about gorgeous footballers (Aussie Style) and sexy romance. 

 

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Title:  Charming the Outback
Author: Leesa Bow
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Book Blurb: CtO

When jaded city girl Maddy McIntyre packs up and leaves Adelaide for a new job in the country, it’s not only a chance at a fresh start.  Six months ago, the first guy she’d ever loved shattered her heart before moving home to Broken Hill. Deep down inside, Maddy is hoping that living in the same town will give her an opportunity to prove to Luke that she’s one temptation he can’t resist.

But when she arrives in Broken Hill, Luke White is not the same guy she knew in the city.  And it soon seems very clear that he doesn’t want her there. Although Maddy settles in quickly, excelling at work and partying with her new friends, she can’t understand why Luke is remaining so distant. Particularly when all her instincts are telling her that they’re meant to be together –  and that he feels the same burning attraction.

As Maddy learns more about Luke’s family and background, she begins to understand that his mixed messages are caused by balancing what’s expected of him with what he really wants. Maddy gave Luke her heart long ago and, despite their differences, she knows she’ll only ever be happy with her hot country boy. But how can she convince him that she’s the risk he needs to take?

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About the Author:

LeesaLeesa Bow grew up in Broken Hill and moved to Adelaide, South Australia with her husband.

Leesa writes about new adult romance and loves to read. In her spare time, Leesa enjoys watching basketball and football, having beach days with the family, catching up for coffee with girlfriends, and taking long walks along the beach.

Leesa only began writing when her second daughter became sick with cancer. Initially writing was therapeutic, but when her daughter got the all clear, she decided to continue writing seriously.

Leesa is a member of the Romance Writer’s of Australia (RWA) and the South Australian Romance Authors (SARA).

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Hope for Her – Top 10 Favorite Lines – #10

My second novel comes out on October 1st and I am super excited because it’s a unique story and it takes place at my alma mater, FSU (Go Noles!) and it has some intense moments and it’s the first book in a SERIES.

I wasn’t sure I could write a series because let’s face it, I have the attention span of a two year old, but I did it. And, I love it. I hope you do, too.

Through out the month of September I’d like to introduce you to the characters and my Top 10 favorite lines in Hope for Her.

Josh Griffin

FAVORITE LINES

Line #10 – Chapter One: 

“Yeah, FU’s PKP’s snort pixie dust and sit in a smokehouse in the backyard singing old Negro spirituals.” I collapsed into the nearest leather chair. “Hey, but, we’re all brothers. No matter where I pledged, right?”

I stared at him, waiting for his answer.

“We are brothers.” Jackson stood up. I followed and relaxed knowing he meant more than our fraternity connection. I missed my oldest friend.

While this is a love story, I had the opportunity to explore this relationship between my male MC (Josh)  and his best friend (Jackson). This is also the first book I’ve written in duel POV from the female and male MC. Challenging, but it had to be done and I had to maintain it through out the series. My beta readers said I did a good job with making the voices so distinct, they never got confused (Wipes the sweat from my brow).

Do you like duel POV or would you rather hear from one POV through out? 

pbsThe pre-order price for Hope for Her is .99 cents. Pick up your copy now, the rate will go up to $2.99 after October 1st.

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