Tuesday, 27 June 2017

*** RELEASE DAY REVIEW *** GIRL OFF THE GRID by Jillian Dodd & Kenzie Harp


Link to all Vendors:


http://www.books2read.com/girloffthegrid 

Blurb & Info


From USA Today bestselling author, Jillian Dodd, and her daughter, Kenzie Harp, comes a travel romance that will take you on the adventure of a lifetime.

NYC fashion blogger, Camille Caldwell, gets offered a dream job by her favorite magazine. They’re going to send her on an all-expenses paid eco-trip to Costa Rica. She doesn’t know what that means, but she assumes she’ll wear fabulous clothes, sip PiƱa Coladas on the beach, and have her photo taken “out in nature.” Really, the hardest part of the assignment will be giving up social media while she’s gone.
Going off social media is no big deal for London-based wildlife photographer, Adam Lloyd. The only reason he even has an account is to share his photos with the world. He’s thrilled when an international publication wants to hire him, until he finds out it’s a fashion magazine. He decides to take the job anyway—after all, it will be great for his portfolio. But the minute he sees Camille, he knows it was a mistake. She has too much luggage, is too high maintenance, and way too pretty.
When they meet, their feelings are mutual—they hate each other. Can these two stop fighting long enough to complete their assignment? Will Camille give up and go home when she discovers there’s nowhere to plug in her hair straightener?
Or will they both realize that sometimes you have to go off the grid to find yourself?
Making a difference:
Part of our goal in writing this book is to make a difference. 10% of our profits (20% during release week) from this book will be donated to the Sea Turtle Conservatory. It is the oldest sea turtle research and conservation group. It was founded in 1959 by Dr. Archie Carr. Their headquarters are in Florida, but they have programs worldwide that work to conserve sea turtle populations through education, research, advocacy, and protection of natural habitats. They also have a research station in Tortuguero, Costa Rica, which was one of the places visited in the book. For more information on the Sea Turtle Conservatory, click here.

About the Authors 

Jillian Dodd is a USA TODAY bestselling author who lives in a small Florida beach town, is married to her college sweetheart, has two grown children and two Labrador Retrievers. She is not quite as adventurous as her daughter, but loves to travel, shop, and paint.
Kenzie Harp recently graduated from the University of South Florida—St. Petersburg with a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: History and International Studies. She loves to travel and read, lives in Florida, and is currently planning her next travel adventure. 

Connect 

Jillian's Website: http://jilliandodd.net
Jillian's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JillianDodd1
Jillian's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jilliandodd

Kenzie's Website: http://kenzieharp.com
Kenzie's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KenzieHarp1
Kenzie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kenzieharp1

Quote 


"Life is made up of moments. Moments that define you, change you, and test you. You choose these moments. And I am choosing this moment to let go. Not to overcome my fear, but at least face it head on."
Excerpt

CAMILLE
The sound of a door closing wakes me up. I watch Adam come out of his cabana, walk down the steps, and into the sand. He’s shirtless, wearing just a pair of shorts with a towel thrown over one shoulder. I consider saying something, but don’t. I’m too tired to hold a conversation. 
As I lie my head back on the hammock, I notice out of the corner of my eye that Adam has walked down to the water. 
I wonder what he’s doing when all of a sudden he starts stripping off his shorts. 
Oh, my gosh! 
Before I can look away, his shorts hit the sand, revealing his naked backside. I need to get out of here. If he sees me he’ll think I was spying on him, or worse—checking him out. But somehow I get tangled up in the stupid hammock and flip myself right into the sand, landing with a thud.
He turns toward the noise, but thankfully it is dark, and I don’t think he can see me. 
Actually, I know he can’t see me, because if he did, he’d totally come up here and give me crap. 
I flatten myself into the sand and don’t move. Adam finally turns back toward the ocean and dives out into the water. While he’s swimming, I army crawl as quickly and quietly as possible back to my cabana. When I get to the stairs, I stand up which causes them to creak. Crap! I drop to the ground again, squatting low and hiding behind the porch rail. Then I stand fully, dart inside, and move to the window. I slide the little curtain out of the way and peek through. 
I can barely make out Adam’s form floating lazily in the dark water. And I can’t help but think about how he’s out there naked.
I throw myself dramatically on the bed, realizing too late that I’m covered in sand. I go into the bathroom, take off my clothes, shake them out, and then put on my pajamas. 
I brush the sand off my sheets and try to go to sleep, but I can’t. So I grab my video camera and do my video blog for today. 
“It’s day two in Costa Rica. Today was truly amazing, and I wish all my Effortless Girls were here experiencing it alongside me. Actually, that’s a lie. Honestly, I’m really homesick.” A tear escapes my eye. “And I don’t mean to sound crazy, but I have no one here to talk to and all I can think about is calling home. I know, pretty pathetic, right? It’s just hard when you feel out of place. I wish Adam, my photographer, who is pretty nice when he’s not annoying, wasn’t such a pain. He thinks he knows everything about everything. Well, he sort of does. I mean, I spent a lot of time doing research for this trip but nothing compares to the real thing. And Adam, yes, that’s his name, like from the bible. And it kind of fits, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Get it? Adam and Eve, the apple?” I let out a maniacal laugh. “It’s quite possible I am a little delirious from lack of sleep. What I mean is that Adam’s dad is a world-renowned photographer, and Adam is following in his footsteps. He’s actually lived a pretty interesting life. Much different than me growing up on the Upper West Side of New York. His mom is an anthropologist and Adam has lived with indigenous people before, so he was actually a good fit for this trip.
“And speaking of the do-gooder, this morning when I jumped into the shower I was shocked to discover there was no hot water. Of course, Adam ran into my room when I screamed. Thank goodness I was able to mostly cover myself up with a towel that was barely bigger than a hand towel. And guess what he’s out doing right now? He’s swimming naked in the ocean! And that’s really why I can’t sleep. Who could sleep with that going on?” I hear the sound of Adam softly whistling a tune from outside. “Crap. I have to go! He’s back and I don’t want him to know I know he was out there! Bye!”



Girl Off The Grid by Jillian Dodd and Kenzie Harp is a mother and daughter collaboration about a young college student, Camille Caldwell taking a step out of her comfort zone a little unwittingly. 

Camille is a modern fashion-conscious college student who is looking for her big break.  She is making a name for herself as a fashion blogger with a YouTube channel, Effortlessly Camille, that teaches other young women some of her unique style techniques.  Camille is interested in an internship and gets a call from a top fashion magazine to write an article after going on an eco-trip to Costa Rica.  Since they are also sending a photographer, Camille doesn’t focus on the eco part of the trip and plans on a lot of fashion shoots.  Why wouldn’t she think that since it is her YouTube presence that got her in the door?

Adam Lloyd is the young photographer who is selected to go on the trip with Camille.  He is given the job based on the recommendation of his father who is a famous photographer, Oliver Lloyd.  Oliver shared Adam’s portfolio with the magazine editor, Janet Hall.  Adam doesn’t want this gig, but his father explains that it could be just the exposure he needs to begin to make his name in the big leagues. 

Adam and Camille couldn’t be more different.  Adam has spent most of his life a loner traveling with his parents.  They go on photo shoots with his dad and anthropology expeditions with his mom.  Camille is a New York City girl.  She has a very limited experience outside of the City.  Adam loves nature.  Camille loves fashion and material things.  No doubt they will butt heads.

Girl Off The Grid is a cute story that brings two very different young people together to learn that they can relate to a lot of the same things, especially the environment.  At the end of the book, the authors mention that they selected this age because of the perspective and willingness of the young to see the world uniquely at this age. 

While I understand the reasoning, Camille seems a little too immature not so much for the excursion and the learning experience but the romance and an unchaperoned trip.  Truthfully, I expected Janet to have a hidden agenda. Also, I wanted to feel some more chemistry between Adam and Camille.  There is a lot of time dancing around their relationship and not moving it forward.   

It is evident that this mother-daughter writing team is environmentally aware and have a passion for the cause.  I enjoyed the geographical and wildlife information about the Costa Rica and Panama landscape more than the romance part of the story.  In fact, the romance often feels like an afterthought or forced at times. 

Overall, Girl Off The Grid is a book with a real environmental message and a sweet, young love story.  Some of the profits from the book will go to the sea turtle conservatory so in addition to a reading adventure you are helping a good cause. There is a lot of useful information about Costa Rica and the Central American terrain to glean from the read too. 


3.5 Stamps



*** COVER REVEAL *** DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU by Penelope ward & Vi Keeland

Cover Reveal: Dear Bridget, I Want You

DEAR BRIDGET, I WANT YOU is my next co-written book with the amazing Vi Keeland!  This is our favorite book that we've co-written.
(A standalone novel)
Release date: 9/18/2017
SYNOPSIS:
Dear Bridget,
I’m writing this letter because it’s highly doubtful I’ll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We’re totally wrong for each other. You’re the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I’m just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here’s the thing… for some bloody reason, I can’t stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I’m even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don’t believe it’s one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we’re joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what’s the purpose of this note? I guess it’s a reminder that we’re adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it’s to let you know that I’m leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you’d like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Or don’t.
Whatever you choose.
It’s doubtful I’ll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
--Simon           
ADD TO GOODREADS NOW!
iBooks Exclusive Preorder
Amazon Paperback
**No Amazon ebook preorder. Will go live on Amazon on release day.
MORE BIG NEWS:
Before the September release of Dear Bridget, I Want You, I will have my next solo standalone releasing on August 21st. All will be revealed (cover, title, synopsis) on July 21st, so keep an eye out for your newsletter that day!
ALSO: Due to popular demand, I have made my novelette, Jaded and Tyed, available for sale on Amazon in paperback! It's not available for sale in e-book form AT ALL as it was given free to newsletter subscribers for a limited time. But you can purchase it in paperback!
CLICK ON THE COVER PHOTO BELOW TO PURCHASE FOR ONLY $5.39!

I hope you are all having a great summer. See you again in July for the big reveal! Be sure to click on the Facebook icon below to join my private group!

***COVER REVEAL*** TO CROWN A BEAST by R Scarlett

Title: To Crown A Beast (Blackest Gold, #4)
Author: R. Scarlett
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Cover Design: Regina Wamba, Mae I Design And Photography

add-to-goodreads-button31

Synopsis

She tasted his sweetness, his power, and his love, and it destroyed him. That iron heart has turned to ashes, leaving only a heartless beast. One she vows to tame. One she vows to save. Before he rips her own heart out.  

More in the series!
Vein Of Love


About The Author

R. Scarlett


R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.
From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel. When she's not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.

   


*** COMING IN 3 DAYS *** THE LONG WAY HOME by Jasinda Wilder



TheLongWayHomeJW ⛵*¨*•.¸¸⛵

⛵*¨*•.¸¸ ⛵ Only 3 more Days

The countdown is on! The Long Way Home by Jasinda Wilder is coming soon!
This is book #1 in The One Series. 
#ContemporaryRomance #LoveStory #Standalone #ComingSoon 

⛵ PRE-ORDER TODAY ⛵

➵ Release: June 30, 2017

⛵ More About the Book ⛵
I need you, Ava.

I am desperate. For you. For touch. For a kiss. For the scrape of your hand down my stomach. For the slide of your lips across my hipbone. The sweep of your thigh against mine in the dulcet, drowning darkness. For the warm huff of your breath on my skin and the wet suck of your mouth around me and the building pressure of need reaching release...I am mad with need.

Wild with it.

I cannot have you. I have lost you, as I have lost myself.

And so I go in search. Of myself, and thus the man who might return to you, and take you in his arms.

I loathe each of the thousands of miles between us, but I cannot wish them away, for I hope at the end of my journey I shall find you.

Or rather, find myself, and thus…you. Myself, and thus us.  

I am taking the long way home, Ava.

***

Christian,

I’m losing my mind, and I don’t know how to stop it. I shouldn’t be writing to you, but I am. I’m friendless, loveless, and lifeless. You’re out there somewhere, and still you’re all I really have. I hate my reliance and dependence on you, emotionally and otherwise, and that reliance is something I’m coming to recognize. I hate that I can’t hate you as much as I want to. I hate that I still love you so much.

I hate that there’s no clear solution to our conundrum. Even if we could forgive each other, what then?

I hate you, Christian. I really do.

But most of all, I don’t.

It’s complicated.

Complicatedly (still) yours,

Ava

***SERIES TOUR*** BEHIND BLUE LINES SERIES by Christine Zolendz

Series: Behind Blue Lines Series
Titles: Resisting Love and Searching for Love
Author: Christine Zolendz
Genre: Contemporary Romance
To serve and protect... That's my job. That's who I am, and what I do. It's what I've always done. And when she comes back to town, She's all I want, All I need. But I know better. I refuse to give into my desire. I'll never hurt her, Never leave her. And my job alone threatens it all, Threatens everything. I have to stay away, Otherwise, I'll break her, Ruin her, And destroy us.

What you're looking for might be right in front of you...

BROOKE FURY Betrayed. Destroyed. Shattered. But, I'm used to it. After all, I'm a cop, and I've seen the worst. I just never thought it would happen to me. But it did.
Now, I can't trust anyone. Not him. Not myself. Nobody.
RYAN CAGE Determined. Loyal. Honest. But she won't trust me, Won't let me in. Even though I'm a detective,  I can't solve the mystery.
No matter how hard I try, She pushes me away. What she doesn't realize, Is I'm the one thing she can count on,
Forever.

Christine Zolendz, a USA Today Bestseller, resides in New York City with her favorite NYPD detective and their two beautiful daughters. She loves reading, writing, wine, and caramel lattes.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
HOSTED BY: