Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cover Reveal: Above the Noise by Michelle Kemper Brownlow




Becki Mowry’s journalism expertise keeps her busy as she spends her waking hours filling a calendar with gigs and public appearances for her boyfriend’s up and coming band, Alternate Tragedy. Radio interviews and TV spots result in sold out concerts and rowdy groupies hot for her guy; lead singer, Calon Ridge. But, as fame would have it, their time in the limelight also brings sabotage, rumors and false accusations. Becki and Calon try to stay steadfast on a personal journey that takes them to the depths of fear and uncertainty. And finally, the rug is pulled out from under the band when they must make a transition they never dreamed they’d be faced with.

In this third book of the In Too Deep series, Becki and Calon struggle to find balance as they navigate their new relationship while living amid the rock world’s nocturnal chaos. But when life’s unexpected obstacles come out of nowhere, they focus on finding their own private solace Above the Noise.

My debut New Adult romance, IN TOO DEEP, and its sequel, ON SOLID GROUND, were released in 2013 and have spent time on 3 of Amazon's Top 100 lists!


Michelle Kemper Brownlow has been a storyteller her entire life. Her debut was on the high school cheerleading bus granting requests to re-tell her most embarrassing moments for a gaggle of hysterical squadmates.

Earning her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in Art Education and then marrying her very own “Jake,” she moved to Binghamton, NY where she taught high school. After having two children she quit work and finished her Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Binghamton University.

The Brownlow family of four moved to Michelle’s hometown of Morgantown, PA while the children were still quite young. A few years after moving, her family grew by one when they welcomed a baby into their home through the gift of adoption. The family still resides in PA, just miles from where that high school cheer bus was parked.

Michelle has been an artist for as long as she can remember, always choosing pencils and crayons over toys and puzzles. As a freelance illustrator, her simple characters play the starring roles in numerous emergent reader books published by Reading Reading Books.

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Cover reveal!! Falling Back Together by Kristen Hope Mazzola

Falling Back Together (Crashing #2)

by Kristen Hope Mazzola

ETA: May 20, 2014

Cover Artist: Cover it! Designs


“I don't know if it’s fate, coincidence, or my curse, but I'm still breathing, and my breaths are for you.”

Mags McManus is far from a normal woman in her mid twenties. Being a war widow, a business professional, and a brokenhearted train wreck only skims the surface of the layers of who Margret McManus truly is. Waking up in a hospital bed, alone and confused, Mags once again has to pick up the pieces of her shattered heart. With her best friends by her side, Mags slowly starts to learn the answers she so desperately longs for. But is everything going to continue to spiral out of control? Or is there a light at the end of this dark, twisting tunnel where all the broken pieces can finally fall back together?

A portion of all royalties from Kristen's Crashing Series are donated by the author to The Marcie Mazzola Foundation.

**18+ for sexual situations, cursing, and adult content.***
{{ Please note: this is the second book in the Crashing Series, and should be read after Crashing Back Down }}

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Crashing Back Down (Crashing, #1)
Also by Kristen Hope Mazzola:
Crashing Back Down (Crashing #1)

Publication: November 4th 2013

Crashing Back Down is Kristen Hope Mazzola’s debut into the literary world. It is a New Adult Novel, with hints of contemporary romance and thriller.


Mags McManus has just become a war widow in her mid-twenties. Her late husband, Randy, left for the Army right after their wedding. Instead of celebrating his homecoming and living in marital bliss with her soulmate, Mags finds herself living in constant agony. Dealing with the guilt of still living without Randy, are Randy’s best friends and parents.

Rising from the ashes of this tragedy, Mags starts to learn how to love and trust again, finally being able to find happiness. But sometimes things really are too good to be true and again Mags learns how cruel the world can be as she crashes back down.

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I am just an average twenty-something following my dreams. I have a full time "day job" and by night I am author. I guess you could say that writing is like my super power (I always wanted one of those). I am the lover of wine, sushi, football and the ocean; that is when I am not wrapped up in the literary world. 
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Tour Stop!! Fighting to Forget by JB Salsbury

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Fighting to Forget

Every fighter is drawn to the violence, the release that a perfect hit can bring. But very few are drawn to the pain. Rex Carter lives behind a wall of indifference. The demons from his childhood act as an anesthetic, keeping him distant from emotional connections. Only the ache from a knock to the jaw, the sting of a tattoo needle, or the heat from a piercing can jolt him back from the numbness. The fiery pain is all he can feel, and nothing compares to the burn. Or so he thought. 

 Working in a Las Vegas bar isn't Georgia McIntyre's dream. But she hopes it'll be an end to the nightmare. She's watched him, followed him and kept tabs, all in preparation for this moment: to make amends and share the secret she’s been carrying since she was a kid. But she didn't count on the feelings that seeing him again would stir up, the vacant look in his stormy-blue eyes, and his perfect body now mutilated by ink and metal. And she knows why. She's lived his pain every single day, since the day he left. Changed by time, Rex doesn't remember the girl from his past. If only she could do the same. Will she get the absolution she's spent her life seeking? Or will he continue Fighting to Forget?

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Kelsie's Review
4 Stars!!

Ok! Let's get this review rolling. Let me begin by saying that there is a LOT going on in this installment of the series. It's very multi-layered. On the plus side, despite the heavy subjects and the twisting plot, it's not very hard to follow. On the down side, I don't feel like the book was long enough. I was nail-biting around 70% thinking to myself, "Holy crap! There's not enough TIME!" Everything was wrapped by the end and I guess because there were so many things going on, I felt like it was a bit rushed and that character growth/likability got a little sacrificed in the end. At least for me. Also because there's so much going on the storyline, the pace does have it's highs and lows.

Georgia/Gia/Mac and I had major issues. I'm sure JB knew going in that people were going to be on the fence with her. She's a waffler. What I mean is, she says she's going to do something and then in the last second she doesn't (she does this multiple times). While I can appreciate the circumstances surrounding the Gia's situation, I did feel like her secret was dragged out. I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop handling everything with kid gloves, to have faith in people, and to PLEASE JESUS stop trusting the wrong people! How could someone who has gone through what she has, have such a terrible judge in character? Or in the end, did she just not care anymore? (I am referencing a certain part but I don't want to be more specific because I don't want to spoil it for you!). I felt like she was a little too weak and unstable for our hero. She still has a lot of growing to do, especially with the twist in her storyline towards the end. I mean how is she supposed to help anyone with the state of mind she's in?! I felt for her, I really did, but I just really wanted her to become stronger mentally and emotionally in the end and I felt like we were on our way to that, but it fell a little short.

Now Rex. Holy hell Rex. I honestly didn't think anyone could replace Blake in my heart. Ever since that foul mouthed hottie walked on the page in Fighting for Flight I was a goner, but then here comes this broken man and I just face planted in a pile of female kryptonite. He calls to me, people. I want to snuggle him, take care of him, take the pain away, help him, and bone the hell out of him. He's female crack. I loved every second he was on the page. His darkness was fascinating and he's definitely the most complex character JB has written to date. At least IMO and I love layers. I love complexities. The harder it is for me to peg you, the more I'm going to love you. I felt out of everyone in the novel, he has the most growth and his voice is the strongest.

JB has an amazing talent when it comes to writing damaged characters. It goes beyond just surface drama. You can tell she does her research into the trauma and how the character would react in situations, etc... I love authors who do the research. I've come across way too many books where it's wam bam publish m'am and the plot just falls to the wayside in exchange for pretty packaging and a paycheck, but thats NEVER the case with JB. She's a quality writer and I count myself very lucky to get to review her books :-) Even though this is only 4 stars compared to the other 2 receiving 5 stars, I think this may be my favorite out of the series so far, if only for the amount of depth that went into each character's personality and psychosis. Even though I had my issues with some of them, I still found them compelling and I rather feel something than apathy while reading. Another fantastic installment to this series, I fully recommend it! Just have some tissues handy. *ARC received in exchange for honest review!*

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Author Bio


JB Salsbury, USA Today Best Selling author of the Fighting series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page. Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing. Fighting for Flight, Fighting to Forgive, and Fighting to Forget are the first three novels in the MMA romance series. Fighting the Fall is due to be released in October 2014. For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Author Shout Outs - Part Four!!

Today we are covering Crossovers!! These are the authors that write multiple genres and are fan-flippin-tastic at all of them! 

Recap! The list is getting lengthy so I'm switching to days rather than listing the previously covered genres soooo check out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's shout outs! 

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  1. R.K. Lilley/ Rebecca K. Lilley - Whaaaaaa! Ok so not only does she write sexy erotic contemporary romance, she also wrote one of the best urban fantasy novels we've ever read. Are you kidding me? Does your talent know no end, woman?! First of all, The Up in the Air series is THE BEST BDSM series out there. It is decided! We said it. We're sticking by it. Mr. Cavendish/Beautiful is our favorite Dom bar none! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  2. Jamie McGuire - Ohhhh did you not know that in addition to writing the Beautiful series, she also wrote a paranormal romance series AND a zombie book? OH YES SHE DID! So good. I actually started with her paranormal romance and looooved. Then BD came out and I was a goner for this woman. (Kelsie pick) 
  3. Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J. Lynn - Because DUH. Her Lux series is puuuuure alien crack and then she goes and writes these awesome contemporaries. Oh and nooooow you write an awesome mystery?! Like who do you think you are being so awesome JLA, huh? HUH?! (Kelsie pick)
  4. Elle Casey - I don't think there is a genre this woman hasn't written yet. I binge read her stuff. I think when I first discovered her I holed up in my room for four days and read probably 8 books. It was insane. I did not come up for air unless I had to pee or eat. I know I didn't sleep. She recently started writing contemporary and yeah, of course it's awesome. She's a voodoo queen and put a spell over my one-click trigger finger. That thing goes off every time she has a release. So good. (Kelsie pick)
  5. LH Cosway - I'm putting her here again because OH YEAH, she also writes Urban Fantasy/Paranormal romance! GTFO! I can't with this chick. (Kelsie pick) 
  6. Tellulah Darling - Fantastic contemporary YA? Check. Fantastic YA Fantasy? Check Check. She's the best. We love the shit out of this lady and she does what she does like no one else. She's seriously in a class all her own! Keep doing your thing, Tellulah, and we'll keep reading! (Kelsie and Nadia pick) 
  7. Denise Grover Swank - Love this author right now! She writes fantastic NA's, a hilarious mystery series, and one of my favorite urban fantasy series - the Curse Keepes!! She's got a fantastic way with dialogue, weaves her stories with amazing skill, and all of her characters are somehow relatable despite the varying situations. I really love this author and she just had a new release in her NA Off the Subject series, Business as Usual!! Check it out!! (kelsie pick)
  8. Sara Furlong Burr - Ok so disclaimer! She only has the one series out right now, but it literally has almost every type of genre in it...or at least elements of all genres...so I'm throwing it in here. Pretty sure every time I review her the hardest part of the review is classifying the dang thing! Anyways, I want you all to read her because her novels give me such an adrenaline rush. I mean not only are all the feels here in terms of romance and heartache and blahhh my heart hurts thinking about it all, the action is off the wall amazing! The storyline is so intricate and so different from anything else out there, I'm just so in love with this series!! So try her out if you like: political thrillers, romance, kinda fantasy-ish, superhero-ey, mystery, science fiction, dystopia...see what I mean? It's difficult! (Kelsie pick)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author Shout Outs - Part Three!

Confession time! These are our favorite genres!! Today we are covering Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi (Dystopian, apocalyptic, etc...) and the list will be lengthy because the majority of what we read are in this genre! We fangirl pretty hard for these authors so excuuuuuse the lengthy freak outs! I also included a embarrassing pic of myself because why not?! Annnnd we included two authors that have been around awhile and that we've read for awhile, but they have new-ish series out that you HAVE TO START READING!!!

If you've not been following along or want a recap we've covered Contemporary Romance on Monday and YA/NA yesterday! 

As per usual, leave your recs, fangirling or any other comments in the section below or on FB! We'd love to hear from you!!
  1. Tahereh Mafi - OMG this chick is NO. JOKE. She writes poetry. Her writing has this fluidity to it, I don't know how else to describe it. It's like nothing I've ever read. It's unbelievably beautiful and some of the quotes will stay with me forever. (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  2. Sarah J. Maas - Otherwise known as the BADASS of the YA Fantasy world. I mean, if you're a fan of this genre and you haven't checked her out you need to ASAP! She's UNREAL. And she also looks like Jennifer Lawrence which IMO is waaaaay too much talent for one person, but I will forgive her since she gives me such good reads. These are the books that you buy on Kindle or whatever ereader you have and then go buy in hardback because you need to gaze upon their magnificence on your bookshelves. (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  3. Kresley Cole - AHH! I've been a fan for almost a frickin DECADE, but I've turned into one of those rabid fangirls ever since she came out with her Poison Princess series. Seriously, Jackson Devereaux is my book husband. I've skipped right passed boyfriend and entered matrimony. It's cool though, he's legal. Obviously, Kresley is fantastic at all things paranormal, but she really hit her freaking stride with this YA series. Wonderful world building. Just wonderful! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  4. Scarlett Dawn - Now this lady is a fairly recent find for me and I've devoured her books. Amazing world building! I feen character growth like a damn crackhead and her Forever Evermore series is my fix. And the best part is that the secondary characters are so well developed and have just as much growth so the book feels so full of life. Love, love, love her. I cannot stress this enough! GO. READ. HER. STUFF!!!! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  5. A.G. Henley - Ok this was the best take on zombies I've ever read. So original and I languished in this book. I could have read about 800 pgs of this book. Luckily, it's a series so I can haha! Book 2 was just released and you guys have GOT to jump on this gravy train. The main character is blind! How then do we get descriptions? WELL YOU JUST HAVE TO READ! See (ha pun!) what I did there? Shamless plugging! (Kelsie pick)
  6. A.C. Gaughen - I am a sucker for Robin Hood retellings. A complete and total sucker! But this retelling is probably the best because who love kickass female leads? You may have found your leader here! Scarlet is one of my favorite kickass heroines of all time. She's tough as nails, but can also be compassionate. Gaughen balances her perfectly and takes us on adventures throughout book's 1 and 2! I'm nail biting until I get book 3, so hurry up lady! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  7. Stacey Marie Brown - current fav! Love her characters, love her world! Here's another story with fantastic character growth. Her books are action pact and I find myself constantly white-knuckling my Kindle and gasping O'Hara style. My Laaaaands! Also...the sex...well its hot. HOT. (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  8. Susan Ee - Now...I've never read a YA horror/fantasy book so close to perfection before. I know that's a huge statement. Perfection? That's pretty huge. But Angelfall was flaaawless. I'm channeling some Beyonce here. *She flawlessss* Book 2 was just released after a loooooong wait and it was filled with so much awesome. Now if you don't like gruesome descriptions, I'm going to warn you because it can get pretty graphic in a non-sexual way, but it is well worth it if you can stomach it! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  9. Shannon Mayer - The Rylee Adamson series is my current FAVORITE urban fantasy series. I am so in love with all the characters, I feel like their my family. We've got nearly ever kind of paranormal creature in this so it's pretty exciting and action packed! Riley is a great character and the relationships she has (familial, friendhship, professional, and romantic) are fascinating. (Kelsie pick)
  10. Donna Augustine - Holllaaaaa!!!! I looooove this series! It's so different and full of awesomesauce. Our main character, Jo "Josephine" is crazy cool. She's a little nuts, total kickass, majorly powerful, and funny! You get immediately sucked into the story and taken on a wild ride. The world building is crazy good. Loves it. Looooves it! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  11. Penelope Fletcher - Her Dragon Souls series is my favorite series about dragons. By far! It's incredibly different, the world building is on point, the characters are so flipping crazy interesting, the plot literally twists constantly. You never know what's going to happen. It's so action pact! Love this. I really, really do! I'm dying for book 3! And guess what you lucky dogs! Book 1 is FREE on Amazon(Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  12. Laura Thalassa - Now, Nadia and I have just recently discovered this literary genius. We read The Unearthly and we were both like yes. Yes to this. Then we read The Vanishing Girl and we were like OMFG YAAAAASSSSSSS!!!!!! We freaked over this book. Literally freaked the EFF out. I'm talking - up on the phone together into the wee hours of the night talking about it. We are now obsessed and hardcore fans. It's probably the best YA we've read in a very long time. I loved every single thing about this book. Go check it out now! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  13. Karen Marie Moning - aka THE GODDAMN GODDESS!!! Ok so I'm not sure how well you all know me, but I am a Moning Maniac. I freely admit this. I'm talking I've met the woman three times, have multiple books signed, active on the message boards, I HAVE A FREAKING Moning Maniac pin, I've worn the MacHalo and plan to name my daughter/dog/something Mackayla, and Nadia has the Shadowsong album. We are that obsessed with the Fever/(newewr) Dani O'Malley series. It's unreal. She is on another plane of author existence. Nadia is right there with me. I mean we went to see her speak and they played the album for the first time and. We. CRIED. It's such a sickness. This is the book series that I would bring with me to a desert island. This is the series that I tell everyone to read. It's amazing. You HAVE to read this. If you literally take nothing else away from this list, take this: READ KMM AND READ HER NOW! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
Proof of my nerdom: 

Sad, sad, sad state of affairs. Le sigh, but what can you do? At least I'm in good company! Shout out to all my fellow Maniacs!!