Secrets of a Chalet Girl

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What it’s about

Set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous, Secrets of a Chalet Girl is the second book in Lorraine Wilson’s fabulous Ski Season series.

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OK OK so the blurb doesn’t really give much away does it. Secrets of a Chalet Girl is a lovely novella from the wonderful Lorraine Wilson. Its the second book in her Ski Season Series. Set in the Slopes of Verbier its story centres on Flora and Zac whose story begins at the wedding of Holly and Scott. We of course already know Holly and Scott from the first book in the series – Secrets of a Chalet Girl. Flora is just beginning to recover after getting out of a bad relationship and as part of a dare kisses Zac during Holly’s hen night. You know the rest, girl meets boy, boy is hot, boy drags her back to his chalet.

This story follows Flora and Zac on their Holiday fling, the ups, downs, the twists and the turns.

It is a lovely way to pass an hour or two getting caught up in a short story that doesn’t require you to get heavily invested. And let me tell you this, no one – and I mean this, no one can fit a whole story into 70 odd pages the way Lorriane Wilson can. Good as she is though she will always leave you with a taste of more!

I for one am looking forward to Revenge of a Chalet girl out on December 19th. I can only imagine what Lorraine has in store for us!

Far Too Tempting

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What is it all about?

Jane Black has written the breakup album of the century, earning her a Grammy, a huge legion of new fans, and the pressure to repeat her success. Sure, the heartbreak from her husband’s unconventional abandonment might have been her inspiration, but it hasn’t done her any favors in the dating department. So when Matthew Harrigan, the toughest music journalist out there, asks for an interview, Jane agrees—as long as her personal life is completely off-limits.

British, gorgeous, and way too tempting, Matthew’s the first guy Jane’s been attracted to since her husband. As she spends more time with him and their relationship heats up, though, so does her writer’s block. How can the queen of the break up pen the perfect follow-up when she’s seriously in love?

What I say
There is nothing quite like snuggling up on the couch on what may as well be a winters night with the fire blazing, something to much on and a good book. Even better when that book is from one of your absolute favourite authors and you have an advance copy. Yup thats right, ever since I read her first book, Caught Up In Us I just can’t get enough of Lauren Blakely and what have become known as ‘The Blakely Boys’.

This most recently Blakely Boy is no different, Matthew Harrigan is just as adorable and impossibly sexy, or should I say as ’eminently lickable’ as all those that came before him. Our leading lady is also just as fabulous. Jane Black, the woman who had her heart shredded and is fighting her way back.

As always I was totally hooked from the word go. Lauren Blakely always reels us in nice and quickly and we eat up the story. The only problem with that is that because we can’t get enough we read into the wee hours of the night, the story is over way too quickly and we are left with a book hangover. While that sucks as a reader I am sure it is music to an authors ears!

Far Too Tempting is also funny. While I always say I don’t ‘do’ comedy – this wasn’t comedy as such. It was witty. It was banter. It was very Lauren Blakely. If you have ever been lucky enough to have had interaction with Lauren you will know this book is all her. Even her emails are laced with it. It’s not forced humour or that she is trying to be funny, I’m guessing this is just Lauren’s personality and we are very lucky that it transpires into her books.

Basically what I am telling you is this book is awesome and you need to go and buy it.

Where?
Amazon: B&N: iBooks:

And just for a little teaser

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Willing Captive

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Title: Willing Captive

Author: Belle Aurora

Genre: New Adult

Release Date: September 26, 2013

Hosted by: Love Between the Sheets

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Synopsis

Delilah “Lily” Flynn is used to her drab existence. Lily’s been living it for twenty two years.
Her boring life is suddenly turned on its head when she’s rudely kidnapped from her bedroom.
Or so she thinks.

Nox Taylor is far too high up in his field to be assigned a babysitting job.
There’s nothing more he wants than to complete his mission so he can be rid of the smartass tomboy, Lily.

Day after day, Nox watches Lily and her strange ways. She’s unlike any woman he’s ever met.
Getting close to the girl is purely for her own protection…right?

Lily never imagined she’d make her first real friends in captivity.
What lengths would she go through to keep them?

(Author note: This is NOT a dark romance.)

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WOW!! Sometimes a book stuns me and leaves me (almost) speechless. Willing Captive is one of those books. As usual, I did not read the blurb. I was expecting something along the lines of Fifty Shades, you know all dom and sub and she can leave when she wants – yada yada yada.

Was I in for a shock? Willing Captive is one of my favourite books of this year. I could not put it down which is funny because I have put off reading it for ages. It was totally gripping. Unlike most anything else I have read. The closest I think would be The Pleasures of Summer by Evie Hunter. Still though I was definitely the one held captive by Belle Aurora.

It has everything, it’s not dark but its edgy. It’s sexy yet not tacky or predictable. It’s compelling – from the outside Lily looks like she has it all. However she was lonely and isolated and had no life to speak of, then she finds happiness and it’s taken away from her again. My heart was broken for her. Did I mention the book was HOT. Nothing like a big sexy man getting in touch with his emotions. There aren’t many books I read a second time, but this will certainly make that list.

I told my sister in law to read it and thought I would share her ‘review’ with you;

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I agree with her though. 5 blazing hot stars for Belle Aurora and Willing Captive.
Now I am off to find another fix from her collection!

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A little taster?

Walking over to the door, I close it, taking my time so as to not make a sound. Once it’s shut, I open the dresser drawers, take out a pair of simple white underwear and a matching plain bra, remove the tags, then step into the panties.
As soon as I reach down to pull the panties up my legs, the door swings open. I see a scowling Nox, but when he sees the position I’m in, his scowl disappears to be replaced with a slightly gaping mouth.
I’m mortified. But the look on his face tells me he’s possibly just as mortified. Maybe more. And I certainly got the results of my experiment. Forcing down my flush to no avail, I clear my throat and check my watch. Nodding with pursed lips, I say clinically, “Forty seconds, give or take. Not bad, Nox.”

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Buy the Book

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About the Author

Belle Aurora is twenty six years old and was born in the land down under.
At an early age she fell in love with reading. Boredom one summer had her scouring the bookshelves at home. She stumbled across Sandra Brown’s Breath of Scandal and fell in love with romance.
Having been brought up in a loud and boisterous family of Croatian descent, she developed a natural love for dramatics and humor. Only some years ago had she discovered a new love.
Humorous romance novels.
Kristen Ashley and R.L. Mathewson had opened a brand new world where she could lose herself yet feel safe and at home in their stories. Belle has been known to become a screeching banshee while anxiously awaiting their newest titles.
Belle never thought she would write. It had never interested her until recently. Friend-Zoned began to form and in February this year Belle typed the words Chapter One. And she fell in love.
With words.
With writing.
With a creative imagination she never knew she harbored.

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Connect with the Author

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What? Who, me? Get outta here!

That is exactly how I felt earlier. Here I was driving home from College in bloody awful conditions and I heard my phone buzzing a couple of times. I had pulled into a petrol station and I had a couple of tweets. Congratulating me on my nomination for the Festival of Romance. I had no idea what they were all about. Then it happens. My phone dies. Yup, that’s kind of typical of how my days was going up til then.

I get in and plug in my phone and start up the laptop and I had a couple of Facebook notifications and more tweets. Thankfully one of them had a link. Then I almost pee’d in my pants. Like really. I have been nominated for Romance Blogger of the Year. ME!! Along with four other wonderful bloggers;

Shaz Goodwin and Jera’s Jamboree
JB Johnson and Brook Cottage Books
Kirsty McLenna of For the Love of a Good Book
Carol Wright of Dizzy C’s Book Blog

Good luck to all of you wonderful ladies, though I am sure that like me, ye feel like winners already!

Oh yeah, all those tweets and the nomination sure made my day a whole hell of a lot better 😉

Finding Cinderella

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What it’s about

This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen
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One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

What I thought

I think my heart literally broke reading this story. We all know Daniel as the joker of the pack, the ultimate piss taker. I thought his book would be just more of that. Should have known better. We know Colleen Hoover likes to pull at our heart strings. She didn’t just pull this time, the mean cow (only kidding!) twisted them too. I think I even heard one snap but I was so busy wiping the tears on my cheeks I couldn’t be too sure. Only, just to be a complete contradiction it was completely heart warming at the same time. It restores our faith in fate. You know that old saying “what is meant for you won’t pass you by!”. It reminds us how fragile love is and yet how strong it can make us. How with that person, our soul mate – our other half, we can overcome anything. For a novella this story packed a punch. It certainly isn’t one that I will be forgetting for a long time to come.

Oh yeah, did I mention that this book is free in all outlets?

I’d just like to add

Do you know how hard it is to make money out of writing books. I do, having friends in the industry it has become abundantly clear. We like to think it’s all glitz and glamour and these authors have it made. It’s so not true. The money we pay for books, in the early days even the signed authors don’t get a whole hell of a lot, even less if you are self published. We never hear them complain. They work so hard to bring us our books.

So when I heard that Colleen was releasing a Novella about Daniel and Six i was happy dancing all over my house. OK so maybe I only did that in my head but I was so bloody excited. Then hold up, it’s gonna be free?? Holy hell. You do know that everyone one of CoHo’s fans, and oh my God there are many, would have bought this book. It would have been a bestseller in record time. She would have made whatever money she would from it and been a happy little bunny. But no. Colleen wanted to say thank you to her fans. Her acknowledgement to fans is amazing. Never expected but much appreciated all the same. It doesn’t hurt that the book is pretty butterflying amazing either.

What Colleen Hoover said

I can’t count how many times I’ve been told I was insane for giving this novella away for free. Maybe so, but I’ve never been more excited about the a release as I have been about this one. I’m so thankful to be able to show my gratitude to all the readers who have supported me over the past two crazy years. This novella is for you, for completely changing my life.

Says it all really….We love you too Colleen!

The Lie

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Award-winning and international bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is taking her new suspense book, The Lie, on tour! Find out all about the new release, read guest blogs and interviews with Ashley, PLUS enter to win an eBook copy of The Lie, an audio copy of Accountable to None (from the hugely popular Eviserating the Snake Trilogy) and the chance to interview Ashley live on Blog Talk Radio!

 
 

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What they say:

‘Karmen Moncrille’s name has been known throughout the world since the age of sixteen when her first book shot to the top of the bestseller’s list. Now everything she writes is an instant hit, and her legions of devoted fans eagerly await her next release. The mysterious Karmen always blamed debilitating panic attacks as the reason she avoided publicity and has become a recluse. Which is exactly what she wants the world to think. Only Karmen knows the truth behind her introverted nature. Terrified of being asked where her ideas come from, she fears being branded a raving lunatic. Now just a week before her twenty-third birthday, Karmen s world implodes. The madness that haunts her dreams spills over to her reality and she questions her sanity. Suddenly everything has changed and now the world will transform with her. Her last book will unleash the truth and alter mankind forever. Is Karmen’s ability to write a gift or a curse? She’s about to find out if her entire life is a lie. And why she was destined to write it.’

 
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What I thought
Any of you that are regular readers of this blog know that this is not my forte. I often say that I don’t ‘do’ paranormal but I suppose that this isn’t entirely true seeing that as time goes on I seem to be racking up quite a few paranormal books on my ‘bookshelf’.

This is the first book that I have read by Ashely Fontainne so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The result of this was me stopping for a quick coffee on my way home from college.at 12.30 before doing the housework, lighting the fire and having dinner ready when everyone got home at 5. What really happened was we went home at 5 to a cold messy house and I made hotdogs for dinner.

I loved Ashley’s style of writing, it’s the style I like to think I write in, though she is obviously so much better at it. Its easy to read, almost like you are having a conversation and this is another reason she is able to get you hooked so quickly and easily.

A must read for all fans of paranormal and yet a great read for those who are not a fan or only skirt around the edges. I will admit I found the start of the book a tad confusing and will even say it messed with my head a little. However the further you go in everything becomes clearer. There are a lot of twists and turns along the way and many shocks in store for the reader. Ashely Fontainne has a great knack of keeping the reader hooked.

 
 

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Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne is an avid reader of mostly the classics. Ashley became a fan of the written word in her youth, starting with the Nancy Drew mystery series. Stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters that lurk within us are her favorite reads.

 
 

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Win 3 e-Copies of The Lie by Ashley Fontainne

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Want more from Ashley?

Why not check out Ashley’s other books, such as the bestselling Eviserating the Snake Trilogy and award-winning thriller Number Seventy-Five.

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The best interview?

Of all the interviews I have done on this blog two of them still receive hits on a daily basis. With only 10 hits between them I thought I would put it out there and see who you thought deserved to be labelled ‘Best interview of 2013’ in my end of year awards.

Did you know I was having an end of year awards? No? Me either I just decided about two lines ago 😉 The seed was actually planted back in August by the lady we all have to thank for me starting this blog, none other than Carmel Harrington.

So who do you think should win this (not so) coveted title?

The fabulous Neda from The SubClub Book Club, who just cannot fathomm that her interview was so popular! I mean, of course it was. She has one of the best blogs around for us readers that like it a bit hot 😉 To have a look at Neda’s Interview click HERE.

Mr Drake Stevenson, a character interview from The Rocker That Needs Me, by the super talented Terri Anne Browning. My first and so far only interview with a character from a book. I must admit – I was a bit skeptical but it was hugely enjoyable and well the figures speak for themselves. To read Drake’s Interview click HERE .

I can’t wait to see what you think.