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Spotlight: The Collectors Society by Heather Lyons

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY Synopsis

From the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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About Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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Books I’ve Read: Fierce by LG Kelso

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Title: Fierce
Author: L G Kelso
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 14 Aug 2014
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence. 

Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.

With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent. 

With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.

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OK you know I hate comparing books BUT in this case I have to mention that it really reminded me of Katie McGarry’s Take Me On with respect to the main female character. The grit, determination and strength to overcome her own personal demons and carve a path in a male dominated sport.

I really loved the characters in Fierce. Each having an internal battle with aspects of their lives that have shaped them. The story is told from Tori’s point of view, I would really have liked to see inside Max’s mind, there were some things I would have liked his thoughts on especially the Nicole situation. I utterly adored Max, this guy is the real deal; physical perfection, a committed athlete AND *fans self* he’s a LIBRARIAN.

The training and atmosphere portrayed in the narrative is utterly realistic and draws you into the world of MMA. The way in which the fighters push themselves during training, both mentally and physically especially during the weigh-ins makes you appreciate the commitment and dedication athletes show to achieve their dreams. I loved how that commitment and dedication also applies to other areas of their lives especially their friends and relationships *swoon*

The story focuses around Tori’s character development and the overcoming of past demons. It was easy to relate to Tori and her training being a part of who she was. It was a large part of her and to lose it was like losing a part of herself leading to lower self-confidence and therefore poor decision-making.

Fierce is a story of overcoming fear and failure, it truly is a case of what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger ;)

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Fierce by LG Kelso

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Fierce Synopsis

Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.
Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.
With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.
With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.

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L G. Kelso Bio

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L.G. Kelso writes speculative and contemporary novels. Having grown up watching Xena and Hercules with her grandmother, L.G. inherited her passion for the fantastical, mythological and paranormal. She writes fantasy genre mash-ups that have empowered heroines, complicated heroes, and, of course, magic.
Her contemporary works are NA sports romance novels that focus on people in love with combat sports and sometimes each other. L.G. is involved in combat sports and she strives to bring an authentic view of the always breathtaking, often times crazy, and sometimes painful world of MMA into her novels.
L.G writes in various categories, but her passion in New Adult, and has been long before New adult was acknowledged. This interest led her and a group of other New Adult fanatics to create NA Alley: Bridging the Gap between YA and Adult Fiction.

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Books I’ve Read: Searching For Someday by Jennifer Probst

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Title: Searching For Someday
Series: Searching For #1
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher:  Simon and Schuster
Publication Date: Nov 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Kate has given up on love—at least for herself. She is both blessed and cursed with the ability to sense a romantic connection between two people—a gift that her family passed down for generations. When Kate launches her own matchmaking company, Kinnection, with her two best friends in a cozy New York town, she has to put aside her own romantic disasters to make her business a success.

But when a furious man stalks into her office and accuses her business of being a scam, Kate is given the ultimate challenge to prove herself. Slade puts himself in her hands and asks Kate to find him love. Enraged at his arrogance but stubbornly eager to prove herself, Kate agrees, dedicating herself to the journey of finding him love… only to find herself falling for him along the way.

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I have to start by saying I utterly freaking love this series LOVE LOVE LOVE. Even with the third person narrative that normally puts me off :) While it is third person the narrative focuses so intently on the two main characters that it feels like you are there with them. The alternating focus provided a deep level of insight and understanding to the actions and interactions of not only Kate and Slade but the peripheral characters as well.

While the main focus of the book is the romance, which by the way is fairytale-esque. Jennifer also weaves in an amazing back story to her characters. In this instance Kate has dealt with a speech impediment through her formative years that left her with very low self-esteem. Luckily she find some amazing friends that helped her put strategies in place to overcome the challenges she faced. Not only did these challenges add depth to the story but added to the connection I felt to the characters. Alongside the empathy I felt for Kate, I could also relate to the way she viewed herself and her place in the world.  Add in this the rescue animals and Kate’s beautiful often heart-breaking view of the world and I was deeply invested in everything that happened to these people.

I’ve quickly become addicted to Jennifer’s writing style, the way she effortlessly mixes sweet with sexy alongside snark, sass and fiestyness together with sheer adorableness. Strong female characters, tight bonds of friendship and soul-mates all add up to one heck of an adult fairytale ;)

Spotlight: All For This by Lexi Ryan

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**ALL FOR THIS is book three in the Here and Now series. It is not a stand-alone and it’s intended to be read after LOST IN ME and FALL TO YOU.**

What if you would never remember the day you made the most important decision of your life?

That’s what they’re telling me about the day of my accident—the day I put on Max’s ring and chose him over Nate. I’m counting on the wisdom behind a decision I don’t remember making.

Max is amazing—sexy, sweet, and kind. I was starting to believe happily-ever-after might be in my future after all. Then the unthinkable happened and my world imploded. If I’m going to make this work with Max, I need my missing memories, or at least answers from about those five days before my accident.

But what does my future hold if those answers aren’t anything like I imagined?

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Released August 4, 2014

New Adult Contemporary Romance 

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1) LOST IN ME is FREE through the ALL FOR THIS tour!

2) ALL FOR THIS will be $2.99 on release day and $3.99 thereafter

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 About the Author

Once a college English professor, I now write full time. I live in rural Indiana, where, when I’m not writing, I get to hang out with my husband and two kids–a six-year-old boy and a two-year-old hellion, er, girl. Not surprisingly, reading and writing remain my favorite activities, though both come in bits and pieces these days, not the big hunks of time I enjoyed before I had children. When I’m feeling virtuous, I like to go running (I use that word liberally. I’m really, really slow) or do yoga. Don’t worry, I’m always careful to balance out such activities with a hearty serving of ice cream or a chocolate martini.

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