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text 2018-09-07 17:10
Excerpt Reveal - Big Stick

 

 

Excerpt Reveal – BIG STICK by R.C. Stephens

 

About the Book:

 

Hockey is my life. And it’s a great one. There’s an endless line of women, and I get to hang with my best friend Oli. Everything is perfect until she shows up. Oli’s twin sister, Flynn...hates my guts. I don’t blame her. I’m part of one of the worst nights of her life. 

Now she’s next door and seeing her every day is killing me slowly. I wonder if we can ever get back to being friends. The way she looks at me sometimes, well, let’s just say my hockey stick isn’t the only thing that’s feeling hard these days. 

But if she finds out the secrets I’m keeping, forgiveness will be the last thing on her mind. 

 

Purchase Link: https://entangledpublishing.com/big-stick.html

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40518491-big-stick

 

 

 

 

Excerpt from BIG STICK:

 

He takes a step toward me, and a charge of electricity runs through my body. Myles wraps his arms around my waist and pulls me into him. His stare heats my whole body. I don’t know why my hand, which is still in a mitten, comes up to caress his face, other than I need to touch him.

 

 

“Do you remember the time we went tobogganing?” he asks out of nowhere. His voice is raspy and filled with longing.

 

“There were many times. You may want to specify,” I answer, a hint of my previous laughter still lacing my tone.

 

“It was in ninth grade, and I was home for Christmas break,” he says and cuts me such a hot glare that I know exactly what he’s talking about. We had gone out that day on our own, since Oli was home sick. I begin to see a pattern I’m only noticing now. It was at times that my brother wasn’t around that Myles and I got into these heated situations.

 

Kind of like now.

 

“We went down a hill on the toboggan, and I thought it would be fun to give us a little spin along the way, and we ended up wiping out, and I landed on top of you,” Myles says, his breath ragged and his eyes trained on mine. My lips ache to touch his, and judging by his searing gaze, I know he wants it, too.

 

I nod and swallow.

 

“I wanted to kiss the hell out of you that day. I want to kiss the hell out of you now.” His face moves closer to mine. I nod, and before I can remember where we are and what we are doing, his lips press to mine. His warm skin makes my body want to combust. He wraps his arms around my back, and I wrap my arms around his head, and our lips mesh together, our mouths open as our tongues tease and taste. I want him to touch me all over, kiss me, love me, but the voices that were background noise only moments ago come to the forefront of my mind, and I hear them more closely now. We aren’t alone. Our kiss slows, and he presses his forehead to mine as we take a few breaths to gather ourselves. To tuck the unbridled heat away. This, too, is becoming a familiar motion. He presses a kiss to the top of my head. The gesture is warm as he holds me close. He

releases me and looks down at me.


“That day, when I didn’t kiss you, I told you that you couldn’t be a lost boy anymore. You had to be Tinker Bell.” He smiles.

 

“That was the most romantic thing anyone had ever said to me,” I answer, a little breathless. But the sarcasm in my tone dominates.

 

“I should get points for that, right?” He chuckles. “You became my Tink that day.” He takes my hand. I don’t answer him, but in my head, I agree with what he’s said. We reach the entrance to the coffee shop. “You want to get that drink?”

 

I take a breath. I don’t know why I feel like I am holding my breath around him.

“Yes,” I answer, and he guides us toward the restaurant.

 

We are seated at a table for two off to the side. The lights in the restaurant provide a romantic glow. We order hot chocolate. I take the warm mug in my hands and watch the little marshmallows float on top. Myles is quiet. One look at him tells me he’s gone inside his head.

 

“In some ways this feels like déjà vu,” I say a little hesitantly. He’s been making an effort with me. Trying to break me out of my shell. Now it’s him who’s withdrawn into his shell.

 

“We spent a lot of time together growing up. We’re bound to have lots of these moments,” he says.

 

“What are you thinking now?” I ask. For the last seven years I’ve had a picture in my mind of how things would be if I ever saw him again. Only now it looks nothing how I pictured things would be. Seeing him reminds me of what I lost. I figured the feelings I once had for him were gone but they aren’t. My feelings are very real and overwhelming.

 

“I want you so bad it physically hurts, but inside here”— he touches his chest where his heart is—“I don’t think I’d be any better at caring for other people than my father, and that scares me to death. I can’t date you because I want all in with you.”

 

 

About R.C. Stephens:

 

As far back as R.C. Stephens can remember she was a sucker for a good romance. Of course there had to be a prince charming even if he ultimately was a dark knight and there had to be a happy ending. She watched the movie Dirty Dancing way too many times growing up and Jean Claude Van Damme movies too. Go figure! After years of saying she would write a book one day, she finally put pen to paper and carved out the plot line for what would eventually become the best selling Twisted Series. Now R.C. is just finishing up her tenth book and can’t seem to stop the stories running through her mind. Visit R.C. on her Facebook page to find out what’s new in her life and what releases she has coming up.

 

R.C. Stephens Media Links:

 

Author Website: http://www.rcstephens.com

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/rcstephensbooks

Author Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/rc.stephens.8/?business_id=166735473993166

Author Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rc_stephens_author/

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1508701.R_C_Stephens

Newsletter: http://rcstephens.com/newsletter/

 

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review 2018-09-02 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Until We're More

 

 

Chelsea is smart, funny, gorgeous, and the best friend I’ve ever had. Ever since she left, I’ve been a wreck. I’ve been focused on keeping my family’s MMA gym afloat while I train and coach fighters, anything to not miss her more. But now she’s finally back, along with her grumpy, possessive cat, and things are weird between us.

 

By weird, I mean I can’t stop thinking about her in that way. She’s in the room next door, and it takes all my control not to storm in there, sweep her up, and bring her back to my bed. Even stranger, I’m pretty sure she’d be into it.

 

And this time, I’m not going to stop fighting until we’re more.

 

 

 

Each book in the Fighting for Her series is STANDALONE:
* Until You’re Mine
* Until We’re More

 

 

About the Book:

Until We’re More 
by Cindi Madsen

 

Series: Fighting For Her Series

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Embrace

Publication Date: August 27, 2018

 

Purchase Your Copy Today!


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Until We're More (Fighting for Her, #2)Until We're More by Cindi Madsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book #2 in the Fighting For Her series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these in order.

Liam is Chelsea's best friend. They met when she moved in next door at least a decade ago. He is attracted to her and is trying desperately to be her friend only. She needs him and he needs her.

Chelsea comes home to San Diego to be part of a project that could make or break her career. At the same time, she is anxious to see those she has missed. Including the love of her life and best friend, Liam.

This story started off with a steady pace and kept the suspense and excitement pumping. This author is a go to purchase for me, and if you had read books by Ms Madsen before, you know why. Lots of humor, heat and heartache, but in the best of ways. I love how I get an HEA that never disappoints. Good addition to the series.


***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by its publishers and Netgalley.com.

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Tour Wide Giveaway:

 

To celebrate the release of UNTIL WE’RE MORE by Cindi Madsen, we’re giving away for a $25 Amazon gift card!

GIVEAWAY TERMS & CONDITIONS:  

 

Open internationally. One winner will be chosen to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. This giveaway is administered by Pure Textuality PR on behalf of Entangled Publishing.  Giveaway ends 9/6/2018 @ 11:59pm EST. Entangled Publishing will send one winning prize, Pure Textuality PR will deliver the other. Limit one entry per reader and mailing address. Duplicates will be deleted.  

 

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

 

 

 

About Cindi Madsen:

 

CINDI MADSEN is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a pretty new pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband, three children, an overly-dramatic tomcat, & an adorable one-eyed kitty named Agent Fury.

 

Website  |  Facebook  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads  |  Amazon

 

 

This promotion is brought to you by Pure Textuality PR.

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-29 21:13
A remarkable lady
The Choice: Embrace the Possible - Edith Eva Eger,Edith Eva Eger

To read any story about the holocaust is always painful. How can a country under the leadership of a dictator perpetuate such horrendous crimes against fellow human beings in the name of a misconceived ideology; the creation of a master Aryan race.

 

Edith Eger lived with her mother, father and two sisters Magda and Klara in Kosice Slovakia. One morning in May 1944 she and her family (minus Klara who successfully managed to hide from the jack booted thugs) together with a great number of fellow Slovak residents were arrested and bundled into animal transporters then taken to Auschwitz birkenau extermination camp. What followed was one of the greatest acts of mass genocide ever committed. On arrival at Auschwitz the new residents would be greeted by the quietly spoken Dr. Mengele...."I recognize the uniformed officer from the selection line. I know it's him, the way he smiles with his lips parted, the gap between his front teeth. Dr. Mengele, we learn. He is a refined killer and a lover of the arts".......The good doctor gives directions either to the left or right. Those who went left, children and those over 40 received an immediate death sentence under the guise of a communal shower. This was the last time that Edith ever saw her parents again. Edith and Magda survived, Edith being discovered discarded and naked barely alive hidden beneath a pile of bodies.

 

The Choice is a story of survival. It is the account of a woman badly traumatized  by inhuman treatment yet able to use this terror and in a positive way help others address their own issues and grief...."Just remember, no one can take away from you, what you've put in your mind. We can't choose to vanish the dark, but we can choose to kindle the light.".......In life there is always a choice and by sharing openly our greatest fear, and with the help and guidance of professional psychologists living can be worthwhile and meaningful again. Many thanks to the good people of netgalley for a gratis copy in exchange for an honest review and that is what I have written.

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review 2018-08-26 13:59
Heartbeat
Until We're More - Cindi Madsen

This is book #2 in the Fighting For Her series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading these in order.

 

Liam is Chelsea's best friend.  They met when she moved in next door at least a decade ago.  He is attracted to her and is trying desperately to be her friend only.  She needs him and he needs her.

 

Chelsea comes home to San Diego to be part of a project that could make or break her career.  At the same time, she is anxious to see those she has missed.  Including the love of her life and best friend, Liam.

 

This story started off with a steady pace and kept the suspense and excitement pumping.  This author is a go to purchase for me, and if you had read books by Ms Madsen before, you know why.  Lots of humor, heat and heartache, but in the best of ways.  I love how I get an HEA that never disappoints.  Good addition to the series.  I give this book a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by its publishers and Netgalley.com.

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text 2018-08-10 14:03
Embrace Sale Blitz

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Calling all new adult readers! You don't want to miss this special Entangled Embrace sale. All full-length Embrace books are on sale for just 99¢ for a very limited time! Shop all books on sale here.

 

To celebrate this very special Entangled Embrace sale, we have a lightning round of questions and answers with some Embrace authors! Get to know them a little bit better, then shop the sale – 99 books for only 99¢ each!

 

 

What kind of Romance Hero is the sexiest?

 

Amanda Weaver: Brooding intellectual.

Beth Anne Miller: Man in Uniform.

Reese Monroe: Vampire

Magan Vernon : Man in a suit.

Delancey Stewart: Brooding Artist

Jennifer Blackwood: Man in uniform.

A.J. Pine: Tall, Dark, and Bearded.

Julie Patricka: Artist

Jocelyn Adams: Villain-turned-hero of any kind, but I am partial to vampires.

Robin Bielman: I love them all.

Lynn Stevens: Athlete.

D.R. Graham: The sensitive tough guy.

Kendra Highley: Snowboarder.

Christina Phillips: Man in uniform.

Katana Collins: Mmmm. I've always been partial to the bad boy with a heard of gold. The bad boy who loves animals or has a pet will always win me over!

Stacy Wise: Athletes are super sexy!

Season Vining: Tattooed and educated.

Cindi Madsen: Athlete.

Megan Westfield: Athlete.

Lindsey Frydman: An artistic and charming, yet tortured hero.

Jessica Lee: Vampire.

Amy Murray: All of the above as long as he's strong!

Jen McLaughlin: Man in uniform.

MK Schiller: Marine

Ciara Knight Man in Uniform.

 

Do you prefer romance that gets steamy or that closes the door?

 

Amanda Weaver: Steamy!

Beth Anne Miller: I like a little steam!

Reese Monroe: Closes the door.

Magan Vernon: Steamy, but not too steamy.

Delancey Stewart: I like sweet with heat (steamy with the door closed!)

Jennifer Blackwood: Steamy, please!

A.J. Pine: The steamier, the better!

Julie Patricka: Give me some steam!

Jocelyn Adams: Steamy all the way.

Robin Bielman: Steamy ;)

Lynn Stevens: Both!

D.R. Graham: A little bit of both.

Kendra Highley: In the middle.

Christina Phillips: Steamy.

Katana Collins: Oh, steamy! For sure, steamy!

Stacy Wise: I prefer romance that closes the door.

Season Vining: The more steam the better.

Cindi Madsen: I like both! Romantic chemistry & slow burn is my fave.

Megan Westfield: Closes the door.

Lindsey Frydman: I love a steamy romance read, but I do prefer to keep the door half-way closed in my own writing.

Jessica Lee: Steamy!

Amy Murray: Closes the door.

Jen McLaughlin: Steamy!

MK Schiller: Steam, please.

Ciara Knight: Both.

 

What is your all time favorite trope?

 

Amanda Weaver: Enemies to lovers.

Beth Anne Miller: Enemies to lovers.

Reese Monroe: Ugly duckling.

Magan Vernon: Enemies to lovers with a one night stand and accidental pregnancy Delancey Stewart: Friends to lovers.

Jennifer Blackwood: Enemies to lovers.

A.J. Pine: Enemies to lovers!

Julie Patricka: Reading=enemies to lovers, writing=fake relationship.

Jocelyn Adams: Opposites attract.

Robin Bielman: Friends to lovers.

Lynn Stevens: Enemies to lovers.

D.R. Graham: Bad boy, good girl.

Kendra Highley: Fake relationship.

Christina Phillips: Enemies to lovers.

Katana Collins: Enemies to lovers. There is something about the contrast and then the couples discoveries about where they were wrong about one another that wins my heart. Stacy Wise: Friends to lovers always satisfies.

Season Vining: Enemies to lovers.

Cindi Madsen: Friends to lovers.

Megan Westfield: Love triangle.

Lindsey Frydman: Enemies to lovers. *Swoons*

Jessica Lee: Enemies to lovers.

Amy Murray: I love a good enemies to lovers romance!

Jen McLaughlin: Best friend’s little sister.

MK Schiller: Fish out of water.

Ciara Knight: Friends to lovers.

 

Coffee vs. Tea?

 

Amanda Weaver: Tea

Beth Anne Miller: Coffee

Reese Monroe: Coffee

Magan Vernon: Coffee

Delancey Stewart: Coffee

Jennifer Blackwood: Tea

A.J. Pine: Coffee

Julie Patricka: Water. I have finally accepted that I need to drink all the water.

Jocelyn Adams: Coffee

Robin Bielman: Coffee

Lynn Stevens: When I run out of coffee, I drink tea. :)

D.R. Graham: Tea

Kendra Highley: Tea

Christina Phillips: Depends on the time of day!

Katana Collins: Coffee

Stacy Wise: Coffee

Season Vining: Neither (gasp!)

Cindi Madsen: Diet Mtn Dew

Megan Westfield: Coffee

Lindsey Frydman: Coffee

Jessica Lee: Coffee

Amy Murray: Coffee

Jen McLaughlin: Coffee

MK Schiller: Coffee

Ciara Knight: Coffee

 

Abs vs. Arms

 

Amanda Weaver: Arms Beth Anne Miller: Arms Reese Monroe: Arms Magan Vernon: Arms Delancey Stewart: Arms Jennifer Blackwood: Arms A.J. Pine: Arms Julie Patricka: Arms Jocelyn Adams: Arms Robin Bielman: Can I pick both? Lynn Stevens: Abs D.R. Graham: Jawline, piercing eyes. Kendra Highley: Arms Christina Phillips: Arms Katana Collins: Abs Stacy Wise: Abs Season Vining: Arms Cindi Madsen: Forearms Megan Westfield: Abs Lindsey Frydman: Arms Jessica Lee: Arms Amy Murray: Arms Jen McLaughlin: Abs MK Schiller: Abs Ciara Knight: Solid chest.

 

Mountains vs. Beach

 

Amanda Weaver: Paris

Beth Anne Miller: Beach

Reese Monroe: Beach

Magan Vernon: Forest

Delancey Stewart: I can’t choose! I love both.

Jennifer Blackwood: Mountains

A.J. Pine: Beach

Julie Patricka: Beach

Jocelyn Adams: Forest

Robin Bielman: Beach

Lynn Stevens: Mountains

D.R. Graham: I live in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia, so both mountains and beach in one day!

Kendra Highley: Disney World!

Christina Phillips: Beach

Katana Collins: Beach

Stacy Wise: Beach

Season Vining: Beach

Cindi Madsen: Mountains

Megan Westfield: Mountains

Lindsey Frydman: Mountains

Jessica Lee: Mountains

Amy Murray: Beach

Jen McLaughlin: Beach

MK Schiller: Mountains

Ciara Knight: Mountains

 

 

 

Sale Blitz Giveaway

Prize To celebrate this sale, Entangled is giving away a prize pack including The Zodiac Pressed Powder Shadow Palette from ColourPop & Kathleen Lights, a DIY Custom Light Box, and a Hidden Moon Stone Candle. Enter here!

 

 

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