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About ROWDY

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances.

After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol’ boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn’t going to let himself trust a woman again. But that’s before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who’s suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned.

Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun—a world of unhappiness she couldn’t wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who’d been head over heels in love with her little sister.
Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly—until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good.

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And don’t miss the previous books in The Marked Men Series

RULE

JET

ROME

NASH

About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She also introduced the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this last summer starting with BETTER WHEN HE’s BAD. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

Links: Website/Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Jay Crownover Goodreads

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Losing Track by Trisha Wolfe

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Losing Track (Living Heartwood #2)
by Trisha Wolfe
Release Date: 10/15/14

Summary from Goodreads

Sometimes you have to lose your way before finding the right track.

The roar of a bike engine. The vibration between her thighs. The feel of cool darkness kissing her skin as she coasts along twisty back roads at night—Melody Lachlan lives for these things. Ever since Mel and her best friend Darla escaped their small, backwoods town, they’ve traveled the countryside in search of fast rides, tatted bikers, and good times. 

A self-proclaimed poet and lover of all things free, Mel views her life as one long bike ride—with pit stops along the way to numb the pain. But she never saw herself as a junkie. Party as hard as you ride. That’s her motto…until a tragic night steals her soul. Then she’s forced to delve below the surface, to where her demons rage. 

When she meets recovered drug addict Boone Randall, she’s more likely to deck him than kiss his dimple-adorable face. She doesn’t want his help; doesn’t want to own up to her part in that night. She just wants to do her time and keep her promise to her friend. Yet Boone challenges Mel, and soon she doesn’t mind sharing the road. Only when Boone’s own secret demons threaten their newfound, fragile security, Mel’s course becomes rocky, and she must decide if letting her well-worn track marks fade is worth finding a new path.  

Told from Dual point of view from Melody and Boone, this is a New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers seventeen years of age and older.

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Content is for readers 17+ please read responsibly ;)

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About the Author

I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY’S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE’S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.

I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.

A proud business owner, I’m partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who’s the sounding board for my male characters.

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Review: Making Headlines by Erin Brown

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Title: Making Headlines
Series: Taking Flight #2
Author: Erin Brown
Publisher: Self Published
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Rating: 3/5

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When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.

Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.

Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity.

When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted.

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Making Headlines has a few similarities with Deeper by Robin York in respect of the fallout experienced by women specifically when their sexual activity is made public knowledge.

Following a random hook-up the night before freshman year officially starts, Sophie finds herself the recipient of  online shaming. The dual narrative provides the deeper understanding of the level of inequality still experienced in today’s society where intimate matters are concerned, essentially misogynistic in their values. The double standard toward these type of situations is passionately portrayed within the narrative.

Sophie is a wonderfully strong character with an underlying layer of vulnerability. Her  goal of being an investigative journalist including her tremendous talent is put to the test in uncovering the culprit of the shaming.

Sophie’s tendency to flirt shamelessly counts against her both within the plot and also in forming a connection with the reader. It is only when the plot gets past this barrier that a true connection to Sophie is achieved, the way in which Luke views her aids this aspect. I liked Luke from the beginning even with his player reputation, he was very realistic and a typical guy. Only realizing his mistakes in retrospect :)

I  really liked the aspect of the plot involving role-playing games and how they can help build self-confidence within the gamers. It made me think of all the ways this idea could be utilized in library lessons ( a librarians mind never shuts down) :)

While the story itself was enjoyable it is Sophie as a character that is the outstanding feature for me. She is a fascinating, multi-talented woman who would make a terrific role model if you disregard her excessive flirting.

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Making Headlines Synopsis

When a one-night stand turns into an online photo scandal, Sophie Tucker and Luke McGraw become campus celebrities overnight for all the wrong reasons.

Sophie Tucker can’t wait to start her freshman year of college—she has a full scholarship to her dream school and her sights set on landing a coveted staff writer position on the college newspaper. But when a scandalous photo from a one night stand she barely remembers is posted on The Score List, a new tabloid-style gossip site the campus is buzzing about, Sophie realizes her freshman year isn’t going to be what she imagined. As more photos are posted, Sophie decides to use her journalistic prowess to take down the anonymous person behind the site.

Luke McGraw is that guy—the vice president of his fraternity, the online editor of the school newspaper, and the one every girl wants to date. When a photo of Sophie, the girl he hooked up with the night before classes started and can’t get out of his head, shows up on The Score List, he knows that he has to find out who is behind the site—both to avenge Sophie, and to save the reputation of his fraternity.

When Sophie and Luke realize they’re both investigating, they decide to team up. But focusing on the investigation instead of each other proves difficult, especially when neither of them are sure the other can be trusted.

In a story full of the scandal, mystery, intrigue, friendship, and cheeky, sexy romance, Making Headlines channels Veronica Mars and Greek, in the companion novel to Taking Flight.

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Erica Brown Bio

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Erin Brown is a writer, Whedonite, Whovian, yogi, HGTV addict, and connoisseur of The CW’s TV line-up. She was born and raised in Arkansas, lived in New York City for five years, and recently moved to Singapore, where she lives on the beach, which is completely wasted on her because she is a ginger and the sun is not her friend. She is the author of Taking Flight and Making Headlines: A Taking Flight Novel. You can follow her on Twitter @erinbrownwrites.

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Musical Moments: Come Back to Me by Mila Gray Playlist

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Book Angel Booktopia is delighted to welcome Mila Gray today to share the songs that capture the essence of Come Back to Me. Enhance your reading experience by listening to the playlist as you read :)

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I always write to music. I’m obsessed. My Come Back To Me playlist kept growing and growing. I think because the emotions in the book are so intense – moving from excitement and the thrill of first love to extreme sadness and grief through to recovery and then the inklings of love again.

Of all my books, it’s the playlist I listen to the most often, with songs on it from Fink, Daft Punk, Joni Mitchell, Ed Sheeran, The Civil Wars, Tom Odell, Birdy, Sia and The National, among many others.

For me the British musician Fink is probably the sound of that book. His music wrenches at my heart. I can feel the loss that Jessa feels which really helped me write the book and get into the heart of it.

Also there’s a great track called Please Baby Please by Serena Ryder, which was so utterly perfect for the book. It’s as if it was written for Jessa and Kit. The story is, I’ve been told, very heart-wrenching. A lot of people have told me they cried from the first chapter and I think this song, towards the end gives me butterflies.

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Home on leave in sunny California, Marine and local lothario Kit Ryan finds himself dangerously drawn to his best friend’s sister, Jessa – the one girl he can’t have.

But Kit’s not about to let a few obstacles stand in his way and soon Jessa’s falling for his irresistible charms.

What starts out as a summer romance of secret hook-ups and magical first times quickly develops into a passionate love affair that turns both their worlds upside down.

When summer’s over and it’s time for Kit to redeploy, neither Kit nor Jessa are ready to say goodbye. Jessa’s finally following her dreams and Kit’s discovered there’s someone he’d sacrifice everything for.

Jessa’s prepared to wait for Kit no matter what. But when something more than distance and time rips them apart they’re forced to decide whether what they have is really worth fighting for.

A breathtaking, scorchingly hot story about love, friendship, family and finding your way back from the edge of heartbreak.

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