Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Chosen by J.R. Ward - Waiting On Wednesday


I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am that The Chosen will be here soon, I have been rooting for Xcor since day one.  I am one of those readers that always hopes the bad guy can find his happiness, even if he never becomes what everyone else would consider a Hero.  I mean come on Anti-Hero's need love too and no Anti-Hero deserves it more than Xcor in my opinion.  I have loved 'watching' him grow over the last several Black Dagger Brotherhood books.  While he has never been a cut and dry character his complexity and depth is more than I think we readers ever expected, but what else would The Warden give us? She writes some of the best anti-heroes out there. Of course you aren't here to 'listen' to me wax poetic about my love of J.R. Ward or Xcor, here is what you really want to know:

The Chosen by J.R. Ward releases:
4 April, 2017





Book Description:

A scorching forbidden love threatens to tear a rift through the Black Dagger Brotherhood in 
J. R. Ward’s newest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.


A Letter from J.R. Ward:

I’m so excited for people to get a gander at THE CHOSEN! For me, the book raises the question of the “irredeemable” hero. Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, spearheaded an assassination attempt against Wrath, the true King of the vampires. He conspired with the glymera. He even attacked one of his own soldiers, stabbing Throe in an alley so that the male would be taken in by the Brothers. He has been a marauder and an aggressor both in the Old Country and in Caldwell, in the New World, a fighter who fell in with the Bloodletter and assumed that mantle, a mercurial, truly frightening force in the world.

Not exactly a romantic hero. Unless you’re Harley Quinn.

For Xcor to find any redemption with readers, in my opinion, two things had to happen: one, I needed to show the “why” of his journey to darkness; and two, it was important that his actions going forward be both moral and consistent. Having reach his low point- because, let’s face it, if you’re an enemy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, and they’re keeping you in a frickin’ cave so they can kill you, you’re probably at rock bottom- the issue becomes what does Xcor do with the realizations that come with him being on death’s door.

Assuming he lives through what they do to him. 

In the end, I let Xcor do the talking. Which, considering all I can do with my writing is listen to my Rice Krispies anyway, is my SOP. (Standard Operating Position, or, also, Stupid Operator Position. Probably the latter is more appropriate.) There’s this maxim in storytelling that you need to “show” not “tell”, and it’s true, that wins the day every time- but it’s also scary as an author. Because what if a person in one of your books refuses to evolve? That’s not a bad thing if you’re talking about an antagonist, but if it’s a potential hero, you’ve got a big problem. 

Look, I fell in love with the guy by the end, okay? 

You’ll have to form your own opinion about Xcor as a person, of course, and if I did my job correctly, I believe you will share my view. I will say, in warning, that two of my friends left with his novel in their hands yesterday- and they cried in airports and on planes all the way to their respective homes. So it’s a rough book to get through in the beginning- I certainly felt that way while I was writing it. And I will tell you, I also cried at the end, just for a different reason.

I want to thank you for your support, and wish you many happy late nights of reading not just my books, but all the others that are out there! I am so very grateful that I get to do this for a living- and please, give Xcor a chance? I know I did, and he did not let me down...

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J.R. Ward is the author of over twenty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series, The Black Dagger Brotherhood. There are more than 15 million copies of Ward’s novels in print worldwide and they have been published in 25 different countries around the world.

After graduating from law school, Ward began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.






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From New York Times bestselling author Cora Carmack, comes the highly anticipated fourth standalone title in her Rusk University Series, 

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Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.
But none of that matters because she’s just fine.
For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.
When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.
Vulnerable.
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead - Paperback Release









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Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…





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RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Three Wishes by Kristen Ashley - Paperback Release

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THREE WISHES is now available in paperback for the first time! This heartwarming and epic love story from New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, returns with an amazing new cover!

And that’s not all!

THREE WISHES is being re-released in eBook form with beautiful, new formatting! So make a wish, grab your copy, and prepare to fall in love all over again!

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When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire – a genie. Her family had three wishes and they’d only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he’d become a member of the family anyway.
Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn’t perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes. She told Fazire she wanted to find a man like in her books and she made the most complicated wish Fazire had ever heard. Her wished-for man had to be impossibly handsome, virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless (amongst a dozen other things).
He also had to think she was beautiful and he had to love her more than anything in the world.
Nathaniel McAllister wasn’t born to a life where there were such things as genies granting wishes. His life was filled with drugs, crime and neglect. He was running errands for a gangster before he was in his teens and, even though life and hard work led him to wealth and respectability, he always knew, deep down, he was dirty. When Nate met Lily he knew he was no good for her but as virile, fierce, rugged and ruthless as he was, Nate was no match for the pull of sweet, innocent Lily.
Unfortunately, Lily’s wish included that she and her hero go through trials and tribulations to test their love. And Fazire wasn’t only a good genie, he loved Lily – so he gave her exactly what she wanted.


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 Nate didn’t know what he wanted but whatever it was, it certainly was not Georgia. He was saved from answering Victor when he spied a youth wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, the hood worn up even though it was a warm day. The boy was slouching down the pavement, head bowed, hands in the front pocket of the sweatshirt, his head swinging this way and that, looking for his mark. Nate’s guard, already on alert—always on alert—went into overdrive. Nate’s eyes narrowed as he watched the youth, and Victor started to get into the Rolls. Then, as expected, the boy darted toward his target and Nate heard a woman’s outraged cry. “Hey!” she yelled. He watched the boy snatch the woman’s purse, his body tensing for action. And then his eyes moved to the woman and uncharacteristically, he froze. “Hey! He stole my purse! Stop him! He stole my purse!” she shouted. Nate vaguely registered she was an American tourist. Nate also absently noticed that no one moved to assist. In that brief moment in time, Nate was too busy drinking in the vision that was her, he himself didn’t move a muscle. She was tall, incredibly tall. And curvy, delectably curvy. She had the most unusual colored hair. Hair that he knew from vast experience living in a house with Laura and Danielle for years came through a supremely talented and expensive stylist’s hands. And she had an exquisite face, flawless skin and a bearing that was extraordinary. She had been given a wide berth around her even on the crowded pavement. Not because she was screaming her head off but instead because she was majestic, radiant, elegant… Untouchable. In a stupor from simply looking at her, the boy with her purse charged right by Nate. Not in a stupor, she realized no one was going to help her, gave up screaming and charged right after the boy. At the noise, Victor turned away from the car and Nate shifted to watch in astonishment as she deftly and agilely dodged the crowd, her long legs a match for the short boy. Then Nate watched in stunned surprise as she jumped onto the thief’s back with a graceful leap. Everyone stared in shock but no one lifted a finger except a few started to take photographs. “Give me back my purse, you thug!” she shouted. Wrapping her long legs around her prey, one arm around his neck, she slapped him around the head with the other hand. The thief staggered back then he staggered with intent and slammed her against the side of the building. Her head snapped back and cracked against the stone so loudly Nate could hear it from where he stood twenty paces away. At the sound Nate jerked out of his stupor and forged forward.  

  

Kristin Ashley - headshotAbout Kristen Ashley: Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn't taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen's Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning. Nothing's changed. Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she's blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched). Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.  

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hard Justice by Lori Foster - Review, Excerpt, Giveaway

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NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Lori Foster returns with the second installment in her explosive new series featuring sexy bodyguards who’ll do anything to protect the ones they love.

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Author: Lori Foster 
Publication Date:  21 March 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Books
Series: Body Armor, book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, MMA/Suspense
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 4 Stars
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Book Description:

Playing it safe has never felt so dangerous…

Justice Wallington knows how to harness his strength and intimidating size—skills he put to good use first in the MMA cage, and now as a bodyguard at the Body Armor agency. But no opponent has ever left him feeling as off balance as his new client, heiress Fallon Wade. Far from a spoiled princess, she’s sweet and intriguingly innocent. It’s a risk-free assignment, until he’s required to fake a relationship with her in order to blend in.

Sheltered from the world after a family tragedy, Fallon longs to experience life—going to bars, dancing, talking to strangers. Not easy with a huge, lethal-looking bodyguard shadowing her every move. Justice seems like her polar opposite, but pretending to be a couple stirs undeniable heat. And when danger strikes again, it’s not just her safety in jeopardy, but a passion that’s real, raw and absolutely against the rules…




My Review:

I am throughly enjoying this spin off series from Lori Fosters Ultimate series.  That series was my first foray into MMA based writing and I love that she is taking a turn and giving some of these guys a new life as bodyguards in an elite agency.  

I quite enjoyed the first book in the series, we all know how nice it was to see Leese, bad boy (and not the good kind of bad boy...really just a bad. boy) the Hero in book 1, Under Pressure (click link to see my review) get his final redemption and HEA, but there was just something special about Justice and Fallon's story.  I'll admit when I first met Justice in this book I thought 'oh crap, he's going to be a smart ass with a chip on is shoulder in this book.' but man I was so happy to discover my first impression was way off the mark.  Justice is a truly sweet, kind, and loving Hero and Fallon, with her sweetness, insecurities and guilelessness, is the perfect Heroine for him.

I will admit that at times I found Fallon frustrating with how trusting she is and how 'proper' she believes she has to be.  Allowing one character to continue to basically harass her out of some feeling of 'duty' or 'honor' bugged me.  Justice had it right every time he tried to tell her to let him deal with the guy.  Of course it all works out in the end but that doesn't stop the frustration when you are working through the story.  On the other side of that frustration was a feeling of pride as we watch Fallon work to take her life back.  After a horrific event her once 'hovering' parents become overbearing in their fear for her safety, and really while you can't blame them, they are honestly doing what every parent deep down wishes they could do in order to keep their child safe, they take their concern for her safety to the extreme which leads to Fallon being overly sheltered and at the age of 24 almost child like in her experiences.  I loved that she fights to gain control over her life but at every turn she is still thoughtful and respectful to her parents feelings.  It is not just about her being free but it is about them learning to let her go.

I'd like to say right now that I LOVED Fallon's mother.  I kept thinking how like Justice I found her to be and then had that confirmed near the end of the story that made me want to punch the air and shout YES!  While I am on the topic of 'family' I just have to mention Justice's grandmother....I want her in every book!  Talk about a woman with pluck and spirit.  I need her out there digging into everyone's business and bringing smiles to my face when things get tough.  She was hilarious and I plain and simple did not get enough of her!

Not only do we get a sweet love story full of depth and character growth, Lori gives us the suspense I have come to expect from her stories, and I think that this time around this has to be one of the more devious plots to come out of this series or the Ultimate series.  I will say I wish that we got more of an understanding as to why, other than the simple explanation of entitlement and arrogance.  Maybe that's just my desire to believe that people can't be so horrible just because they feel like they have the right, that there has to be something deeper to their reasoning, it is simply hard to understand the I have the money so I have the right concept.

I love that we get so much time with the Ultimate characters, it always makes me smile to see their updates and the fact that Lori brings us back to them every book for that glimpse gives me major happy feels.  I miss that group so much so it is wonderful seeing that their stories really haven't ended.  We also get a big look into Miles who I am guessing has to be our next Body Armor story and man am I ever curious about his mysterious love interest.  I am also wondering in the back of my mind if we may see Tomahawk as a hero in the future.  I missed getting a little snippet about Sahara's brother...in the first book I got the impression that there is quite a story surrounding her brother so I kept looking for a maybe a little hint that something would be happening there, but nothing this book.  Also, what is up with Sahara and Brand, *temples fingers together and hums with giddy curiosity*.

Hard Justice is a great addition to the Body Armor series, I am definitely hooked and anxious for more!  If you love contemporary romance with an MMA background, if you love alpha guys who aren't asshole alphas but plain and simple alpha males who protect their community and the ones they love then you will love this series!  

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It took Fallon a few seconds more to get her feet moving, then she darted to the closet with new excitement. Shoot, even having a bodyguard would be an adventure when the bodyguard looked like him.

She stepped into her flat-heeled shoes, found a cardigan to pull on over her top and chose a scarf to drape around her neck. She didn’t particularly like the outfit, but no way would she make him wait while she went through her wardrobe.

After one last fluff of her brown hair and a quick swipe of gloss over her lips, Fallon squared her shoulders, filled her lungs with a fortifying breath for courage and ventured forth.

The second she stepped out, she heard his deep voice and paused to listen.

“No need to worry. I’ll cover her.”

Her father choked, turned it into a cough, and said with authority, “She is not to be alone. Not for a single second.”

“Promise I’ll stick real close.”

Alarmed, her father corrected, “But not too close.”

“Just close enough, then.”

“No one is to get too cozy with her either.”

“No cozy shenanigans,” he said. “Got it.”

“She’s naive and doesn’t understand that thugs—” here her father paused for effect, his narrowed gaze on the man “—might try to use her to get to her wealth.”

“Yeah? That’s happened before?”

“Well…no.” Her father harrumphed in that familiar way that showed his annoyance. “But it’s a very real concern.”





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Lori Foster - Author photoAbout Lori Foster: LORI FOSTER is a New York Times, USA TODAY and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than 55 titles, beloved for her contemporary romance novels revolving around alpha males and the women they fall for. Lori has been a recipient of the prestigious RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Series Romantic Fantasy, and for Contemporary Romance. For more about Lori, visit her website at LoriFoster.com, or check out these online locations where she interacts with readers: Facebook.com/LoriFoster, Twitter.com/LoriLFoster, Goodreads and Pinterest.com/lorilfoster. You can also sign up for her monthly newsletter at LoriFoster.com/Newsletter.    

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Soul Mates by Nadine Nightingale - Review and Giveaway

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Author:  Nadine Nightingale
Publication Date:  10 March 2107
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
Series:  Drag Me To Hell, book 2
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and up
Rating: 5 Stars
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Alex is a righteous witch hunter. I’m a stab-worthy witch. We loved each other once. Now, we can’t stand to be near each other. It’s my fault. We are natural born enemies, after all. I had to help him save his brother from a psychotic voodoo priest, though. What can I say? I like Little Remington as much as I pretend to dislike Alex. Besides, he promised to never bother me again after that.   He kept his end of the bargain. I left my dubious life behind and started over. All is well. Until—   The truth about a deal with hell is revealed. I have to choose between the ultimate sacrifice or losing jerk-face forever. One will live, one will die. Who, solely depends on my selfishness.


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My Review:

So don't ask me how it happened, clearly me just not paying attention and getting so excited about a books synopsis that I disregarded the facts, but I managed to go into this book not realizing it was a second in a series, I have no excuse.  The good thing however is that Nadine does a wonderful job in giving us the background we need in Soul Mates that you won't be lost one bit and you won't feel like you're being overwhelmed with unnecessary 'history' if you're smarter than me and read the first book well, first.  Now does that mean I think you can pick this book up and never worry about reading the Karma (the first book), no.   You know how much I advocate for reading a series in order, its a big thing for me.  Yes you won't be totally lost, woot, but if you want the full story and feel then definetely begin at book one.  To Nadine Nightingale however, thank you for keeping this clueless for a moment reader in the loop.  I love how the background information wasn't lumped in one chapter but spread out through the book so I get it when needed and not overwhelmed by it.

On another note I have to mention how much I love that Amanda is a Styx fan (I am so happy people still know who Styx is) and not so much a Led Zeppelin fan.  Even though she drove me nuts more often than not with her attitude which I would describe as sassy if you know what I mean she and I could still be good friends due to her music preferences.  Haha.

I went into this a bit nervous because I love Paranormal Romance but I typically stick to my tried and true authors because a paranormal done wrong is just DNF worthy and it takes a lot to make me DNF a book, but I am so glad this came across my desk and I gave it a chance.  The drama can get to you every now and again but the storyline is all there, the character development, particularly for Amanda (in this book) is all there, the laugh, the anger, the swoons....it's all in this book.  This is a clever, witty, fun, frustrating, (only because you are wondering why they don't see what everyone else sees) romantic, and moving read.  I want so much for these characters now, even our secondary characters.  Everyone in this book plays a vital part and you will fall in love with each of them.  I want Amanda and her sister to mend their bond, I want Alex and Amanda to admit their love, (I want that one part to have been a fluke) I want something to happen between Bonnie and Jesse to have something, (and I will want their story as well) I want JJ to get a story, because, Amanda is right and who wouldn't fall in love with her, I want to know more about Leandro, (what is going on there, all the feels and questions) and finally Bay...maybe he and JJ, I don't know.  What I do know is I am ready for so much more from this series.  You are totally going to sit down with it and read nonstop because the action keeps coming and reader investment is high in this one.

I will warn you this comes with a cliffhanger and I am typically not a fan of them but I can't regret having read it and being left hanging.  It didn't piss me off but I am anxious to get my hands on the next book and hopefully soon.

If you are a fan of PNR definitely pick up this series and unlike me do start from the beginning, haha. Get ready to be absolutely engrossed in the story and ready for more.  More, more, more....I need it now, is there really a much better review than that.  Get these in your hands!

~ HAPPY READING ~


 

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Author PhotoNadine aka Dini is a traveler at heart. She considers the world her home and practically lives out of her suitcases. When she’s not glaring at a blank page or abusing her poor keyboard, she spends her time reading, watching movies (preferably horror), pretends to work out, and hangs out with friends and family. Poor girl also suffers from a serious Marvel superhero addiction. So, if you run into her at night, wearing black, know she’s secretly dreaming of being the infamous Black Widow. Her love for writing started in the sixth grade where she annoyed her classmates with a short story featuring Sailor Moon characters, a cemetery, and creepy ghosts. Yes, she’s always been addicted to the dark side. Nadine writes paranormal romance. Her debut novel “Karma” the first book in her paranormal romance series Drag.Me.To.Hell. is published by the Wild Rose Press and will be out in May 2016. She has a serious girl crush on her protagonist Amanda Bishop. Nadine has a BA in Comparative Religions and studied Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.    

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Undone by Wendy Higgins - Cover Reveal








Book Description:

Told from dual points of view, Undone is the upcoming finale for New York Times bestseller, Wendy Higgins’s, apocalyptic romance trilogy. 

Best friends Remy Haines and Amber Tate are separated with no way to contact one another—no way to know if the other still lives. Remy and Jacob (Tater) Tate are taken as prisoners to the alien camp in Nevada, while Amber escapes to another hidden military bunker in Alaska with her crew of military friends.

Does Rylen make it to Alaska after his fighter jet is caught in the sight of two enemy jets?

Will Remy and Tater be able to fool the aliens into believing they’re allies, and possibly earn their trust enough to infiltrate? And how will Remy handle her feelings for Tater, especially when she earns the attention of a very important man at the camp?

Will humanity be saved?


Find out November 7, 2017 in Undone.




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Book Description:

In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins's debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more. 

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she'll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother's best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She's wrong on both counts. When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed-everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn't one to hide or watch helplessly. She's determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.






Book Description:

New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins brings you the second book in this thrilling war-torn world.

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they've been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that's ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it's revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.





Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME, and her indie NA science fiction UNKNOWN series.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wendy lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.