Release Blast – Rekindled Moments by Dori Lavelle

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Synopsis:  The truth will always find a way out.


Carlene Adams’ new life has been an illusion, her newfound joy just for rent. The life she craves can’t really belong to a girl who is responsible for someone’s death.

Her greatest fear has been realized. Nick Johnson, her second chance at love, has discovered her true identity and disappeared from her life.

She will need to find a way to move on without Nick. But the memories of their time together haunt her relentlessly. As Serendipity’s Businessman of the Year, his face is everywhere—in magazines, on the television screen, and behind her eyelids. Soon, rumors about her past cause her life to spin out of control, and she finds herself even further from her dreams.

But Carlene is good at hiding from the past. She’s done it once before. She can do it again. She can leave her hometown and begin again somewhere new. But she can’t move on without telling Nick the truth about the life he thinks she took, and everything that came before.

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Dori Lavelle is a mother, wife, and lover of happy endings and mint chocolate. She thinks love and chocolate make such a perfect pair. Give her a great romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate and she’d be one happy woman. Don’t forget to leave behind a couch with lots of cushions. And maybe light the fireplace?

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Sydney Reviews The Replacement by Rachel Wade

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Synopsis:  My name is Elise Duchamp. I’m twenty-three years old and I’m known as the town whore.No, not the kind who exchanges sexual favors for money. The other kind. The kind who gives it all away for free, whenever and however she likes. I am that girl. The one everyone whispers about and the one none of the girls seem to like, because all of their boyfriends either want to sleep with me or already have. Promiscuity is my thing—the kind that slowly, violently turns my insides black, but gives me something I need.All things considered, I’m not completely reckless. I’m safe, and contrary to popular opinion, I do have a heart. I live in a world of careless choices, and with those choices come careless people. I cannot judge them, because I am one of them. I too bow down to the altar of the self-serving. I am not a good friend. I am not and never could be anyone’s girlfriend. I’m convinced any goodness in me shriveled up and died long ago.

But I am a replacement. That is something I know how to be, and this is a story of the lengths I’d go to in order to keep it that way.

Review: 

The synopsis captures the tone of this book perfectly. It was a complete book for me. Complete in the sense that you had an amazing story, with a smart and sympathetic main character, combined with group of secondary characters who each had complexity and depth and it was topped off with a great setting.The Replacement encompassed all of that and more.

From page one you are smacked in the face with Elise’s life, her reality, and you want to weep for her, but shake her, too. Rachel Wade captures how Elise’s childhood trauma shaped her present life in a way that makes you love Elise. Even when she’s doing bad things, when she’s given up on herself, and even when she looses hope, you hoped for her. 

I enjoyed the relationship dynamics in the story. Elise and all the men in her life brought different traits out of her, from her disgusting relationship with her bosses married brother, to the sweet, yet sexy relationship between her and Ryder.

I’ve been reading a lot of books about damaged characters over coming lately and the element shared by all of them is the ability the author has to make you see the good in the character even before the character does. Wade does a masterful job at doing this and if it ended any other way, I would have been really upset.

Allow me to introduce to you one of these complex secondary Characters.

Nate, it’s nice to meet you, since you’re new to town, I wanted to know more about you. Can you tell me a little more about yourself. Where your from, what brought you to Gig Harbor how you and Natalie meet? 

Hey, nice to meet you. I’m from Phoenix, AZ. I actually moved to Gig Harbor to be close to my grandfather. He’s getting up there in age and he doesn’t really have anyone around to help him out. I figured I could go to school and find work anywhere, so I just decided on a change of scenery.

You seem like a sweet, kind pretty together young man. So maybe you can tell me, why do men cheat? I hope that question doesn’t make you uncomfortable. 

Wow, isn’t that a loaded question. Uh…I have no idea why men cheat. Sometimes I think guys just want to break the rules. Sometimes there’s too much pressure, too many expectations in a relationship. Sometimes things are too perfect, or there’s no excitement. Or sometimes they’re just curious, I guess. That’s all I’ve got, sorry.

Obviously, you’ve heard about Elise’s reputation, why do you think there is such a double standard about women who sleep around versus men who sleep around? 

I’ve never understood that, to be honest. I think chicks are really harsh on each other over that stuff. It seems like people just expect guys to screw up or something. When we cheat, no one’s surprised. But when a chick cheats, we’re ready to burn them at the stake. It’s kinda messed up.

Now that you’ve had time to reflect, how do you feel about your actions? 

How do I feel? Man, I don’t know. No comment. Can I say that? Yeah, no comment.

A few of my favorite things

Tattoo References: Elise and Ryder have tattoo’s and get more tattoos in the book. Elise has a birdcage with a bird flying out of the open door. The bird carries a heart that says “Quand on veut, on peut.” Means “When one wants, on can.” in French. She gets another tattoo on her other hip which is a nest on a tree with a pile of hearts. “My has a home,”

Movie References:  None

Favorite Line:  “This is my kind of romance, Art and ink and blood. It’s damn sexy, and the gesture has rendered me speechless.” Elise says this after Ryder takes her to get a tattoo as a gift. For anyone listening, this would be my perfect gift. 

*Just a few of my favorite things. 

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Author Bio:  Rachael Wade is the Amazon bestselling author of THE PRESERVATION SERIES, LOVE AND RELATIVITY, and the upcoming New Adult sci-fi series, THE KEEPERS TRILOGY. When she’s not writing, she’s busy going to concerts, watching too many movies, and learning how to protect animals and the environment. She’s an avid Brandi Carlile fan and loves all things Tim Burton.

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“What Works” Marketing Symposium 2014

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Welcome to the Online Marketing Symposium. Another cool creation for the community from Arlee Bird, and hosted by Yolanda Renee, Jeremy Hawkins, and Alex J. Cavanaugh.

The rules are to share a marketing campaign that worked or didn’t work. Well, I haven’t published a novel, yet (hopefully I won’t have to stay that after April (nudge nudge wink wink)). There a few places I go as a reader to find books to read and I can only hope that other readers do the same.

If I need to find like minded people eager to help with anything from a blog post to spreading the word about a new release, I think Facebook Groups & Goodreads Books Clubs are great marketing outlets. 

I would love to hear if engaging your audience in these two forums translate into book sales.

Also, as someone who host blog tour stops in the form of book reviews, do they translate into book sales and how can you tell?

Well, as you can see, I’m not much help.

So, when it comes to marketing, “What Works” for you? Write clearly, I’ll be taking notes. 🙂

Quick shout out and Congrats to Peyton Manning and the Denver Bronco’s – Super Bowl Bound. I named my dog after Peyton Manning, so we are quite excited!!!!!

Sydney Reviews Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe

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Crashing Into You by B.D. Rowe
Publication date: October 3rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
Bookish college sophomore Sydney Baker wants Evan Taylor with every ounce of her being. The hottest stud on campus, Evan is six foot four, ripped, stacked with muscles. He’s even easy to talk to.There’s just one problem: he’s her roommate Melanie’s boyfriend.But when Melanie tragically dies after a night of wild partying, Sydney and Evan turn to each other in a time of intense grief. And it doesn’t take long for their close friendship to blossom into something more.

Unfortunately for Sydney, secrets from the past soon put her relationship with Evan to the test. Especially when a sexy blonde freshman makes her way into Evan’s life, and tries to rip away everything Sydney holds close to her heart.

Review: 

The lingering feeling I got after reading this book was ‘that was strange.’ And, it was complex and funny as hell. It was different then anything I had read before. It was totally secondary character driven for me. I loved the supporting cast. Evan illicits a pattern of hate him/love him/hate him reactions from me throughout. Lukas the shy, gay guy, side kick was witty and funny and you wanted to hear his entire story from the beginning. Even Sydney’s roommate,  Melanie and then later her sister Michelle were such intriguing character. I applaud Rowe’s ability to develop these characters by their actions and few words.  I loved that.

Sydney was close to being really annoying, but she had a good reason to be, considering her past.  She redeemed herself by having some crazy hot dreams (see tattoo reference below), funny self talk and an interesting history.

My only issue I had with the book was the ending. It was bizarre and happened way to fast.

The conclusion maybe a little unbelievable, but the book had a great mix of horror, humor, sexiness and psychos. I hope this  book is a series, because I can’t wait to read what crazy stuff Rowe will come up with next.

Tattoo References: One tattoo was the MC’s name tattooed on her love interested, but that turned out to be one of her lusty dreams. Then he had “a string of star tattoos, both big and small, ran from his nipples all the way to his left shirt.”  and “a tiny string of stars right below his neck line and a bald eagle that covered his upper back.”

I don’t like to judge people by their tattoo’s but the front tattoo I can’t picture and Evan didn’t seem like the old school americana design tattoo type of guy. I wish she would tell us what his tattoo’s mean. 

Movie References:  Blade Runner, The Matrix, Being John Malkovich, Sophie’s Choice, Defending Your Life, Transformers, The Proposal, Vertical, While You Were Sleeping, Vertigao – cool mix of movie references.

Favorite Line: “So he did you in a position where he didn’t have to see your face.” Great line from Sydney’s roommate and best friend Lukas.

*Just a few of my favorite things. 

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Author Bio:  B.D. Rowe is a Sacramento native with a penchant for crafting tales of romance, mystery, and intrigue. You can often find B.D. at the local coffee shop drinking white chocolate mochas and writing into the wee hours of the night. This is B.D.’s first New Adult novel.

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Sydney Reviews Entangled Moments by Dori Lavelle

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Synopsis:  A deadly accident can take a life in more than one way.

Four years ago, Carlene Adams made a deadly mistake. A tragic accident derailed the future she’d hoped for, taking the life of the man she’d planned to spend forever with.

As a self-imposed penance for her solitary sin, Carlene has given up on every dream she ever had. She has committed to spend every remaining moment trying to make up for that one instance when everything changed.

Then she gets a second chance.

When Carlene meets Nick Johnson, the single kiss they share awakens the desires she shoved aside for so long. Suddenly she wants more than what she believe she deserves. Will she ever see him again? And if she does, what will that mean for her?

A thing of fate.

Leaving the life she built on regret, Carlene waits for fate to intervene. But just as she begins to believe in a fresh start, she’s forced to realize a horrible truth—one with the power to send her second chance crashing before it even takes off.

Nick isn’t who she thought he was. She isn’t the girl he believed her to be, either. Their lives were intertwined even before they met, and if Carlene tells him the truth, she’ll risk tearing them apart—for good.

Review: 

In Entangled Moments, Lavella packs a lot of tension, suspense, secrets, romance, sex and lies into a few pages. The journey of Carlene’s rags to riches story may have an air of fairytale to it, but it is fascinating.

The story begins with a chance encounter and a dramatic kiss.  From that moment on, you don’t see how they can, but you root for Carlene and Nick to get together. It’s the unlikely and frustrating encounters throughout the book that kept me reading.  Once they were together, you knew it was only a matter of time before their secrets would tear them apart. It’s like watching the NASCAR race only for the train wreck.

Without giving away to much, I will let you know the ending will not disappoint. It left me with my mouth wide open and I wasn’t expected it at all.

My one issue that added to the fairytale feel of the book (fairytale as in unbelievable) is the setting.  The book is set in some small town called Serendipity (ironic name) frequented by celebrities and wealthy people, but the book never goes into where or why. I can’t image a city like that anywhere in the world and it left me annoyed, but not enough to put the book down.

If you enjoy a little mystery with your romance, check this book out. Lavelle does exactly what she needs to do, which is get you hooked enough to make you want to see what happens next.

Tattoo References: None

Movie References:  None – a few references to the movie like way Carlene & Nick meet and get together.

Favorite Line: “For years, I’d lived life holding my breath, except when I came here once a month to exhale.”

*Just a few of my favorite things. 

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Dori Lavelle is a mother, wife, and lover of happy endings and mint chocolate. She thinks love and chocolate make such a perfect pair. Give her a great romance novel and a mug of hot chocolate and she’d be one happy woman. Don’t forget to leave behind a couch with lots of cushions. And maybe light the fireplace?

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