Thursday, February 28, 2013

Random Acts of Kindness - February Wrap-Up

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Book Soulmates
RAK is a monthly meme hosted by Book Soulmates. You can find out more and join in on the fun HERE.

I participated in Book Soulmates' Random Acts of Kindness (one of my favorite blog memes or whatever you call this one) again last month, as I do most months. If you've never participated, I highly recommend it. The sign-up for the new month is posted around the first of the month.

My February RAK - Sent

I did a bit of Eleventh Hour gifting this month. I have sent out quite a bit of stuff this month, so it wasn't until today that I realized that I hadn't sent any formal RAKs! (I try to randomly gift books to folks throughout the month, and I seldom get around to posting that.) Anywho, this is what went out:

I sent Touched by Corrine Jackson to Memrie at Dark Angel Reader from her Amazon wishlist on the RAK form.

I sent Everneath by Brodi Ashton to Froggy at Froggarita's Bookcase from her Amazon wishlist on the RAK form.

My February RAK - Received

I didn't get any formal RAKs, but I did get two fairly random acts of kindness bestowed upon me. The very sweet Lisa sent me an Amazon gift card to buy books to review on the blog. I don't get a lot of support for the blog in my personal life, so this really made my month. I also received a visit from the Book Fairy, who sent me an anonymous Amazon gift card. I'm not quite sure what to think of it, so I'll just be incredibly grateful and leave it at that.

Did you participate in RAK this month? Yes? Well, link me up then!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop (INT)


Welcome to my stop on the Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop. This hop is co-hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Jinky at Jinky is Reading.

What You Can Win

I've been overwhelmed by work, birthdays, and life in general this month, so I was caught with my pants down by this hop. (Literally? Perhaps.) Anywho, I'm lazy and in the eleventh hour, so you get to pick your prize. Sounds pretty good right? I just ask that you keep it below $15US.

The Giveaway

Promo: The Seduced Saga by Kimberly Kinrade

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"Twilight meets Beautiful Creatures."
Introducing a New Adult Erotic Romance

Praise for The Seduced Saga

"Twilight meets Beautiful Creatures - A Simple Mom on Amazon

"Sexy, sweet, suspenseful! The story line is great, the sexy scenes are honest, and the characters are wonderfully conflicted. Kimberly Kinrade knows how to tell a story and weave it together flawlessly." - Jennifer Novotny (Irelynkiss)

"An intriguing paranormal twist of a Romeo and Juliette story. I was hooked within the first few pages." - Josette Schaber (Josette Evanlea)

"True love at its finest." - Stephanie Mayfield

About the Seduced Saga

Rose Wintersong didn’t have an ordinary upbringing. Raised in what most would call a hippy commune, but what is actually a powerful coven of witches, she never questions the life fate chose for her.

Until she meets Derek O’Conner.

Derek challenges everything Rose believes and forces her to see the secrets hidden beneath the whitewashed walls of her idyllic country life.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Book Blast (Giveaway): Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk

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Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk is FREE this week (2/25 to 3/1) on Amazon. Get your copy and find out how to enter to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card below.

Reinventing Claire by Darian Wilk

People get divorced, but that's what happens to other people. That's what Claire thought anyway, until her husband, Charlie, tells her he wants a divorce.

Claire has no choice but to take on the title of Divorced Woman, and face the question she has no idea how to answer. Who is Claire without Charlie? Her family believes her newly divorced woes can be cured by landing herself a boyfriend. With her dating dunce cap in hand, Claire stumbles her way through the foreign territory of online dating.

A teacher from hell, a softball coach, and a sap later, Claire proclaims herself the dating idiot she thought she was, and fears she's doomed to be a lonely, crazy cat lady. But an accidental run-in with an old acquaintance might change everything. What starts with comparing dating battle wounds over a cup of coffee, quickly turns into something Claire had given up on.

As Claire discovers maybe there is love after Charlie after all, Charlie realizes his mistake. He wants her back, and he'll do anything to prove it to her. Now Claire must choose who deserves her heart, and if she's really willing to give it away again.

About the Author

Darian Wilk was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the younger of two children. While still a toddler her family moved back to their home state of Michigan, where she still lives today.

Cover Reveal: Emancipating Andie by Priscilla Glenn

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Title: Emancipating Andie
Priscilla Glenn
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Cover Designer: Okay Creations
Cover Reveal Organizer: AToMR Tours
Release Date: March 2013

Ever since the one time Andie Weber threw caution to the wind - and paid the price for it - she’s learned that it’s safer and smarter to live life playing by the rules. Now she’s got a great apartment, a steady job, and a wonderful boyfriend in Colin; he’s sweet, stable, and essentially perfect – except maybe for the fact that his best friend is Chase.

Chase McGuire lives his carefree, unstructured life strictly for himself. Dripping sarcasm and oozing wit, he refuses to censor his feelings or opinions for anyone, making no apologies for either and wearing his abrasiveness like a badge of honor. No one has ever gotten under Andie’s skin the way Chase does – and vice versa.

So when Andie and Chase find themselves forced to take a two-day road trip together, they are already dreading an inevitable all-out war. But as the trip progresses, and the undeniable friction that has always defined their relationship slowly begins to wear away their preconceived notions of each other, Andie and Chase discover they both have a lot to learn about life, courage, happiness, and the age-old battle between logic and love.

About the Author

Priscilla Glenn lives in New York with her husband and three children. She has been teaching English Language Arts at the middle and high school levels for the past eleven years while moonlighting as a writer, mommy, coach, student, and professional laundry-doer.

If you catch her when she's feeling sophisticated, she'll tell you her favorite things are great books and good wine. In the moments in between, she'll admit her love for anything Ben and Jerry's, UFC fights, and Robert Pattinson.

Glenn is also the author of the contemporary romance/YA crossover Back to You.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Blog Tour (Topic Thoughts & Giveaway): Victoria Rebels by Carolyn Meyer


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Queen Victoria’s personal journals inform this captivating first-person account of one of history’s most prominent female leaders.

Queen Victoria most certainly left a legacy—under her rule as the longest reigning female monarch in history, the British Empire was greatly expanded and significant industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military changes occurred within the United Kingdom. To be a young woman in a time when few other females held positions of power was to lead in a remarkable age—and because Queen Victoria kept personal journals, this historical novel from award-winning author Carolyn Meyer shares authentic emotional insight along with accurate information, weaving a true story of intrigue and romance.

Topic Thoughts
by Carolyn Meyer

Topic 1. What made you decide or when did you know that you wanted to write historical fiction for young adult readers?

I always knew that I wanted to write fiction, but I had no idea how to make that happen or what direction it would take. My early short stories were rejected; so were my first novels. Eventually I was advised to try writing for children, and my first efforts were rewarded: how-to books for kids. As I gained confidence and experience, I tried a young adult novel; it was published, and several more followed. More or less accidentally, I wrote a historical novel about a character who interested me. Then an editor suggested I write about British royalty, and I loved it. After all those years, I had found my niche!

Topic 2. Tell one of the funniest or strangest true stories that you found while researching Victoria Rebels.

Cover Reveal: TIED by Laney McMann


Title: TIED (Fire Born #1)
Laney McMann
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Release Date: September 9, 2013

Normal people don't believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.

Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn't know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.

No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.

Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?

The answer may never be far enough ...

About Laney McMann

With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she'd accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.

You can keep up with Laney on her Website, Blog, Facebook and Twitter!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Promo (Book Trailer): The Turncoat Renegades of the Revolution by Donna Thorland


Title: The Turncoat: Renegades of the Revolution
Author: Donna Thorland
Historical Romance
Publisher: NAL (Penguin)
Release Date: March 5, 2013

They are lovers on opposite sides of a brutal war, with everything at stake and no possibility of retreat. They can trust no one — especially not each other.

Major Lord Peter Tremayne is the last man rebel bluestocking Kate Grey should fall in love with, but when the handsome British viscount commandeers her home, Kate throws caution to the wind and responds to his seduction. She is on the verge of surrender when a spy in her own household seizes the opportunity to steal the military dispatches Tremayne carries, ensuring his disgrace — and implicating Kate in high treason. Painfully awakened to the risks of war, Kate determines to put duty ahead of desire, and offers General Washington her services as an undercover agent in the City of Brotherly Love.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

YA Paranormal Giveaway Hop (INT)


Welcome to my stop on the YA Paranormal Giveaway Hop, which is being hosted by Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (love her!) and Sophia at [YA] Between the Lines (who I just found and followed!).

What You Can Win

I was at a bit of a loss as to what I should offer you guys as a prize, but then it hit me! I ordered the book from Amazon, and it came to me as a paperback. (I try to avoid those on my over-packed shelves, and I really wanted the hardcover of this.) Anywho, my loss may just be your gain! If I have an winner outside of the US or Canada, I'll send you a copy from Fishpond or Book Depository, granted that they ship to you for free.

Shards & Ashes edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong

Gripping original stories of dystopian worlds from nine New York Times bestselling authors, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong.

The world is gone, destroyed by human, ecological, or supernatural causes. Survivors dodge chemical warfare and cruel gods; they travel the reaches of space and inhabit underground caverns. Their enemies are disease, corrupt corporations, and one another; their resources are few, and their courage is tested.

Powerful original dystopian tales from nine bestselling authors offer bleak insight, prophetic visions, and precious glimmers of light among the shards and ashes of a ruined world.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cover Reveal: Bitter Angel by Megan Hand


Title: Bitter Angel
Megan Hand
Genre: Thriller
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: B Design
Cover Reveal Organizer: AToMR Tours
Release Date: April 1, 2013

Torn between two realities.
A choice that will mean life or death.
She won’t know anything… until she wakes up.

College sophomore, Lila Spencer lived Friday night twice. She doesn’t know how or why, just that she did. As if she split in half and went in two different directions.

Out clubbing with her friends, Heather and Nilah, the girls rock it out and party hard. What begins as an innocent night will lead to a deadly fight for their lives, and Lila might be their only chance for survival.

In bed with her boyfriend, Jay, Lila is safe and warm as she drifts to sleep in the arms of the man she loves. Until she is sucked into a horrifying nightmare of her friends’ deaths.

As the sunlight warms her face on Saturday morning, the two scenarios collide. But there can be only one outcome. Will she wake up in her warm bed with Jay by her side, devastated and grieving for her friends? Or was she there to save them?

The answer is just the beginning.

About Megan Hand

At twelve, Megan decided to write a novel. A month later, she quit. A reading junkie by nature, she started writing again in her twenties as a way to get the voices out, because who wouldn't want to create a Real Living Person out of thin air? Megan also plays the piano and sings. She teaches little kids and takes pictures of pretty butterflies. She eats way too much chocolate, is sort of a mad scientist with her blender, and spends an unhealthy amount of time LOLing on Facebook and Twitter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and very smiley son. Bitter Angel is her first published novel.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Blog Tour (Review): Falling for Her Fiancé by Cindi Madsen

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Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?

Title: Falling for Her Fiancé
Author: Cindi Madsen
Bliss (Entangled)
Release Date: January 14, 2013
Acquired Via: Entangled Publishing

My Review

Falling for Her Fiancé is a sweet romance by Cindi Madsen that really makes me eat all of my words about romance novels. I've been on a bit of a binge lately on the genre, and this is the best (strictly) romance that I've read in 2013. While it follows the typical "boy meets girl" pattern that you expect, it is cleverly written and has delightful characters. Also, it is a very clean read that would be perfectly fine for teenagers.

Dani and Wes are those two friends that everyone but them knows should be together. (We've all known those two, right?) They're always on the phone and have kept in touch over the years, through Dani moving to another state and both of their failed romances. However, they are finally met with social pressures that seem to demand them to be in a relationship (though not necessarily with each other). They jump on the opportunity, though not without quite a few awkward moments, laughs, and Indiana Jones references. Dani and Wes spend the novel in an elaborate dance of near-misses. There was, of course, an ex-girlfriend and a potential new man thrown in the mix to make things interesting for the pair. It had me at the edge of my seat and furiously thumping the iPad to keep the pages turning fast enough.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

February New Release Giveaway Hop (INT)


Welcome to my stop on the February New Release Giveaway Hop! As always, it is being hosted by the magnificent O'Dell at Book Twirps and the glorious Dani at Refracted Light Reviews. They exude awesomeness to an extent that I am sure is contagious.

What You Can Win

Since you know your likes and dislikes best, I'm letting your choose which book you win (only one, sorry), granted that it's less than $15US. The above collage is just some suggestions. If there is an adult or children's book that you would prefer, you are more than welcome to that.

The Giveaway

For the Love of Swoon Giveaway Hop (INT)


Welcome to my stop on the For the Love of Swoon Giveaway Hop! It was brought to you by our wonderful hosts, The Book Hookup and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. For this hop, I am going to offer the winner one of my three favorite books with an über swoon-worthy love:

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Skylark by Meagan Spooner
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

However, if one of these don't suit your mood, you can choose a romance novel that you feel aflutter over. Please try to keep it less than $15US.

The Giveaway

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Blog Tour (Review): Eternal by H.G. Nadel

Julia Jones is an eighteen-year-old science prodigy with a big secret. After landing a prestigious internship with brilliant but eccentric Dr. Caleb Bertel, she is finally ready to move on from her mother's death. But after Julia revives Dr. Bertel from a near-fatal electrocution, strange things start to happen.

Without warning, Dr. Bertel disappears. Then Julia receives threatening notes on her car, and someone has her followed. The young police officer assigned to the case, Austin Moore, believes the events are connected and asks her to help him solve the mystery of Bertel's disappearance. Instantly attracted to him, Julia agrees. Still, she knows that she has seen Austin somewhere before, if only she could put her finger on it.

Will Julia uncover the mystery of Bertel's disappearance before it's too late, and does she dare trust Austin with her heart?

Title: Eternal
Author: HG Nadel
Sourced Media Books
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Acquired Via: TLC Book Tours

My Review

Everyone has a guilty pleasure, and romance novels are one of mine. They aren't always my thing, but sometimes they serve as a really great palate cleanser to prevent burnout from all of the science fiction and fantasy that I read. H.G. Nadel's Eternal was exactly the book that I've been needing.

Eternal is about a young girl named Julia who has just lost her mother and is working as a summer intern/research assistant at a forensic pathology lab in California. The book reminds me of M.J. Rose's The Reincarnationist series because of the strange dreams the main character, Julia, has about a girl in medieval times who looks just like her. These dreams begin to occur after an accident in the lab with her mentor, Dr. Bertel, and her meeting Detective Austin Moore, who is working the case. There is a bit of mystery and suspense in the novel surrounding the strange circumstances of Dr. Bertel's disappearance from the hospital and the strange attacks on Julia that begin to occur.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blog Tour (Guest Post): Out & Equal at Work ed. by Selisse Berry

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A major transformation is happening in today’s workplace. This groundbreaking anthology chronicles personal narratives from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied executive trailblazers who have conquered adversity and ushered in policies that affirm and support the LGBT community in the workplace. Out & Equal at Work profiles an advocacy organization located at the intersection of the private sector and the broader social movement: Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, and its visionary Founding Executive Director, Selisse Berry.

Guest Post
by Selisse Berry

I realized a longtime dream with the publication of Out & Equal at Work: From Closet to Corner Office, because it captures the great civil rights movement of our time: equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

The idea for Out & Equal at Work grew organically. A large part of it is sharing the growth of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, the organization I founded sixteen years ago to advance workplace equality for LGBT people. Out & Equal has grown into an international nonprofit organization working with multinational corporations, executives, employee resource group leaders, and diversity professionals to create more inclusive workplaces.

Kindle Fire HD Giveaway - February 2013

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Kindle Fire HD Giveaway!

The winner will have the option of receiving:

Kindle Fire HD (US Only)

Or $199 Gift Card (International)

Or $199 in Paypal Cash (International)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Cover Reveal: A Terrible Love by Marata Eros

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Title: A Terrible Love
Marata Eros
Genre: Women's fiction, Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Cover Designer: Phatpuppyart
Cover Reveal Organizer: AToMR Tours
Release Date: February 13, 2013

Jessica Mackey is living a meticulously fabricated lie of necessity. She's left the secret tragedy of her past behind along with who she was and is forging ahead with a clean slate. Jess soon discovers that passion can't be left behind; her own and that of the one man that sees who she really is. Whose presence caresses her soul in a way that may breach the peaceful life Jess has made for herself.

Devin Castile sees a young woman that is the missing puzzle piece to his existence and who is also the victim to a heinous crime. Devin convinces himself that he can remain emotionally distant even while indulging his physical desire for her. When the lies that Jess has made crumble before their attraction and the truth is revealed, one of them might pay with their life... or their very being.

About the Author

Marata Eros is a mixed-genre writer of dark erotica and fantasy with elements of romance and horror. She has completed her first contemporary romance, A Terrible Love as her next new release. Marata is a passionate reader who loves interacting with her readers and is more grateful than she can express for their support.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Blog Tour (Guest Post): A Predicament of Innocents by George Stranahan

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Education: do we do it to children or with them? When you look at the children’s faces in the portraits of this book, you will see their eyes pleading for the with answer. The essays and vignettes also present clear, passionate and evidence-based arguments for the with approach.

This collection of essays and photographs by a long-time progressive educator and photographer explores the art of teaching, the minds of children, and how the educational infrastructure stifles the growth of both. The portraits of schoolchildren taken over six decades invite pause and reflection — what are they asking for?

Innocents examines educational practices, debates and theory, and advocates learning with children rather than teaching to them. This is a passionate book about the intersection of education and the love of learning.

Guest Post
by George Stranahan

I have come to believe that if I hadn’t left the university behind I never would have tried writing anything beyond equations; equations that might or might not have mattered to anybody else. Perhaps it also had to do with turning forty and that certain amount of pondering that comes then. Well too, my wife of 18 years and mother of 5 children chose to divorce me and she would keep the home and the children. I was the one to pack up and move, from Michigan to Colorado.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop (INT)


Welcome to my stop on the Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop, which is being hosted by two lovely ladies: Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and the author Rachael Anderson.

What You Can Win

As you may know by now, romance isn't my favorite genre to read. I'll be honest - I love a good historical romance or PNR from time to time, but I don't think Kathy would like me including the Sookie Stackhouse series or Philippa Gregory's adult novels on the hop. So today I am going to let the winner of my stop choose one of my favorite YA romances or one of their sequels. Here are your options:

The Giveaway

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Earth Girl by Janet Edwards


Title: Earth Girl
Author: Janet Edwards
Publisher: Pyr
Release Date (US): March 5, 2013
Acquired Via:

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. Eighteen-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an “ape,” a “throwback,” but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

Jarra makes up a fake military background for herself and joins a class of norms who are on Earth for a year of practical history studies excavating the dangerous ruins of the old cities. She wants to see their faces when they find out they’ve been fooled into thinking an ape girl was a norm. She isn’t expecting to make friends with the enemy, to risk her life to save norms, or to fall in love.

My Review

If you're an international reader, I know how you feel. Well, a little bit anyways. You know how there are these really fantastic books in the US that come out, and it's impossible for you to get your hands on them? This was a book like that for me. Earth Girl has been out in the UK since last year, but it doesn't release in the States until March! (That's forever for someone who expects a healthy dose of instant gratification in all the things.) Yes, I know I could get it from Fishpond (which is my saving grace sometimes), but honestly, it can be expensive. (This is why I have never bought my own copy of Burn Bright.) So here I am, knowing a book is out in the world, but I'm unable to get my grubby little hands on it.

It's not a good feeling.

In a way, that very thing also reminded me of the main character in Earth Girl, Jarra. There is this whole universe out there, she knows it, and it's out of her reach. When I started reading the book, I thought Jarra would be a girl like this:

Cover Reveal: Trust in Me by Bethany Lopez

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Title: Trust in Me (Friends & Lovers #3)
Author: Bethany Lopez
New Adult (18+)
Cover Designer: B Design
Release Date: February 28, 2013

Roni’s dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer were smashed under the brutal rage of her ex-husband's fists. Getting divorced and starting over at the age of twenty-two was never her plan, but maybe in Texas, she'll find her path. When the town's local player, Rich, opens a Rec Center, she sees a way to rekindle her dancing dreams...and maybe have a little fun with her sexy new boss.

Rich never expected to fulfill his dreams in the town he planned to leave behind, but that's just what he's doing. His reputation as a noncommittal ladies' man might make it challenging to earn respect in the business world, but he's willing to prove that he's serious. In fact, when it comes to pursuing Roni, he's more than willing. But she's taking a page out of his book, not wanting to risk another relationship. Can he convince her that his playboy days are over and that she can trust him with her heart?

Trust in Me Trailer

About the Author

Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.

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