An Amazing New Adult Title from Sarina Bowen

I will probably gush when helping with the cover reveal for this one… but I got to read it a while ago, and have just fallen in love with this book. And the author is pretty amazing, too. This is far from your typical NA (at least if we’re talking about the hypersexualized, borderline abusive alpha, love triangle stuff I’ve seen altogether too much of.) This book is sweet and funny, sexy and so VERY real.

So… without further ado…

The Year We Fell Down

 

Here’s the official blurb:
She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead.
Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.
Also, he’s taken.
Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else can quite understand.
They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard.
But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.
Warm, funny, and often heartbreaking, The Year We Fell Down is New Adult contemporary romance. Contains: hot hockey players, too many pairs of crutches, gallows humor, Princess Bride references, and a slightly outrageous vibrator scene. (Sexual situations make the book suitable for ages 18+.)
The expected publication date is Monday, March 17th, 2014, on all of your favorite e-book websites.
Sarina Bowen writes contemporary romance and new adult fiction from the Green Mountains of Vermont. She lives with her husband, two children, eight chickens and an unwieldy pile of ski and hockey equipment.

 

Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya

I’m excited to help with the cover reveal for a new book from one of my Swoon Sisters, Tamara Mataya! If you haven’t read her sizzling book, The Best Laid Plans, you’re missing out! Here’s her upcoming:

JUST BREATHE

By Tamara Mataya

Just Breathe cover

A New Adult Romance

Releasing May 2014

Published by Swoon Romance

Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another

city without so much as a “goodbye.” Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told friends the break-up was

mutual and she endured the heartbreaking split without support from the people she’s closest with.

Instead, she embraced her librarian job as therapy and spent her nights medicated by a thick cloud of

pot smoke. With her lungs, and heart, screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking cold turkey. Just when

she’s about to ask for support from her friends, and let them in on the truth of Jason’s humiliating

betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain.

Enter sexy-as-hell library patron Dominic, who literally knocks Elle off her feet during a memorable first

encounter. Can he help her forget Jason’s very existence? He can sure try, and Elle is more than ready

to let him. Dominic makes Elle feel wanted and special, and puts effort into coming up with dates that

don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle is starting to feel whole again, Jason returns, determined

to reunite. His effusive apology and reasons for leaving are a balm to her battered ego, but she rebuffs

his attention.

But nothing good can last forever, and Elle catches Dominic in a devastating lie. How could she have

been so wrong about both Jason and Dominic? Is letting Jason back into her heart a safe bet since he has

already proven he can’t be trusted? The wrong choice could see Elle’s happy ending go up in smoke. But

when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.

About the Author

Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons

and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed

with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn’t an

issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good

live show.

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Bloodlust – A Barbarian Love Story by Nicole Zoltack

Hi, everyone! Nicole Zoltack is a friend, and she’s asked me to help share with you the cover for her upcoming release. Ta Da!

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Isn’t it just beautiful? And it’s perfect for the story.

Here’s the blurb for BLOODLUST, a NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.

Desperation…

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.

Betrayal…

Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Bloodlust…

Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

The cover is so fitting, am I right?

The story will be released on February 24th.

Be sure to look for it on Amazon on the 24th — but for now you can add it on Goodreads.

 

Bio:

Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially fantasy romance. When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or zombies, she loves to spend

time with her loving husband and three energetic boys. She enjoys riding horsesNicole

(pretending they’re unicorns!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dress in

garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. To learn more about

Nicole and her writing, visit her blog.

Win a V-Day Prize Pack!

Valentine's Day Giveaway

 

Yesterday I posted a collage showing all the awesome Adult books you can win by entering the V-Day giveaway… (one of them is mine! Eep!)

What I didn’t mention is that author Melissa Petreshock — one of my Swoon Romance pub sisters — is also giving away a gorgeous bracelet to one lucky winner! Check it out: Bracelet

Pretty, no?

Here’s the rafflecopter where you can enter to win! Please remember that these are Adult and New Adult books and some of them may contain graphic content intended only for readers over the age of 18. By entering this raffle, you are stating that you are 18 or over.

The full list of books and prizes available to win:

Race to Kill by Rachel Kall

Love And Cupcakes by Susan Bishop Crispell

Men and Martinis by Delancey Stewart

Magic at Work by Sotia Lazu

Death of a Waterfall by Kara Leigh Miller (Signed paper copy, US only)

The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar

Main Attraction by Ava O’Shay (Signed paperback, US only)

Changed by You  by Natalie S. Taylor

Yours, For Now by Siren Allen

Breaking the Rules  by Melinda Dozier

Chance by N.M. Lombardi

Operation: Cupid by Allyson Lindt

A Walk in Darkness by Jill Robi

Spiraling by Rachel Cross

Melt My Heart by Rachel Cross, Nicole Flockton, Debra Kayn and Holley Trent

Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh

Almost Married by Roe Valentine

At Your Service by Anais Morgan

A Late Thaw by Ana Blaze

1 $5 giftcard from AJ Mathews (Author of Goodbye to You, available from Swoon Romance Fall 2014)

1 “You are mine, and I am yours.” book quote bracelet from Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

Love is in the Air

Or it’s supposed to be, right? It’s almost Valentine’s Day.

As a grownup, I’m not sure what that really means to me. My husband and I have fallen into the stodgy mindset that this is a day created to sell cards and flowers. We will never again make the mistake of heralding the fine dining cattle call on Valentine’s night after a particularly horrible experience at Mr. A’s in San Diego many years ago. It’s not worth the price hikes, cold entrees and hovering wait staff pushing  you out so they can seat someone else at your table. It’s certainly not romantic… With all that there is to be negative and grumpy about on this day…why is it that I still hope he’ll walk through the door Friday after work with an armful of flowers or a box of chocolate? Why is there still some part of me that wants to buy in? Maybe I’m a romantic hypocrite.

Now that I have kids, there’s a whole other — very welcome — aspect to the day. I spent hours filling out Ninja Turtle valentines with the boys… Yesterday we rolled pretzel sticks in white chocolate, covered them with sprinkles and wrapped them up for the big guy’s class… today we’ll make heart-shaped cookies and decorate them for the small guy’s class. I love that they’re far too young to be jaded or put off by holidays that come with lots of glitz and goodies. It makes it fun for me to still be excited.

Actually, my life philosophy — when it comes to commercialized holidays, birthdays, or any other reason to buy a bunch of Hallmark crap and blow paper horns — is that if there’s an excuse to make a day special, shouldn’t we take it? Life can be long and dreary, I think… why not embrace any reason to make one stand above the drudgery of countless days that are all the same? Bring on the glitter and heart-shaped candies! (Now if I could just get the hubs to buy in, too!)

Do you have any Valentine’s traditions? Do you fall on the romantic side or are you more like the hubby, who thinks that he shouldn’t be told when to be romantic?

I hope you’ll share your thoughts… and come back this week for a fun V-day prize pack of awesome books and a gorgeous bracelet, courtesy of some of my author pals! Here’s a quick view of what’s up for grabs… I’ll post the rafflecopter tomorrow!

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