Thursday, June 23, 2016

Author Interview: Sarina Bowen! AND Cover Reveal for Hard Hitter!


Lazy Book Lovers: Do you read/respond to your reviews? Any advice on how to deal with the bad ones?

Sarina Bowen: I read some reviews, it just depends on how busy I am. But I try never to respond, even to factual inaccuracies. Once I put up a book for sale, it's no longer mine to interpret. There's this wonderful line in Elizabeth Gilbert's BIG MAGIC where she says, "Let people have their opinions. More than that--let people love their opinions, just as you and I are in love with ours." Whenever I read this quote it reminds me how the world works!


LBL: You've probably have been asked what your writing process is, I would like to know what are some of your writing distractions?

SB: Everything is a distraction! Dirty dishes. Laundry. Children. You just have to love your story enough to stick with it. It works on most days!


LBL: I'm sure your books have inspired other authors. What authors inspired you?

SB: Alice Hoffman was the first novelist who ever inspired me. I still love her.


LBL: Us being the Lazy Book Lovers, what are some of the things that you do in your down time to veg out?

SB: Hmm. I'm not good at vegging out. I read other people's books, I guess.


LBL: What made you put the Star Wars references in Bittersweet?

SB: I see Griff as a crusader, and I thought he could identify.


LBL: Is this book something you've wanted to do for awhile?

SB: Yes! Here's a secret--before I wrote romance, I was a food writer for a while. Bittersweet is like coming home.


LBL: What was the hardest scene to write? (hint hint the slaughter scene)

SB: I struggled the most with Jude's book, honestly. Griff and Audrey are mostly sunshine and rainbows. And bacon is tasty so the pig slaughter didn't really get to me.


LBL: Will Zach get his own book?

SB: Yes, I promise.


LBL: Describe Bittersweet in 3 words?

SB: Hot, steamy, delicious


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Who also loves cover reveals?!



Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)
Sarina Bowen
Release Date: January 3, 2017

From the USA Today bestselling author of Rookie Move comes the second novel in the series that’s hot enough to melt the ice.
He’s a fighter in the rink, but he’s about to learn that playing nice can help you score...
As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team’s massage therapist.
After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now, she’s decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers’ MVP. O'Doul is easy on the eyes, but his reaction to her touch is ice cold. Ari is determined to help O'Doul heal, but as the tension between them turns red hot, they both learn that a little TLC does the body good...
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Waiting On Wednesday #56


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Author: Alice Clayton
Release Date: July 12, 2016

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Alice Clayton brings her trademark blend of funny and sexy to this second contemporary romance in the brand-new Hudson Valley series!
Manhattan’s It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all: she’s a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industry-wide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She’s got a large circle of friends, a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.
Natalie’s favorite part of each week is spending Saturday morning at the Union Square Farmer’s Market, where she indulges her love of all things triple cream. Her favorite booth also indulges her love of all things handsome. Oscar Mendoza, owner of the Bailey Falls Creamery and purveyor of the finest artisanal cheeses the Hudson Valley has to offer, is tall, dark, mysterious, and a bit oblivious. Or so she thinks. But that doesn’t stop Natalie from fantasizing about the size of his, ahem, milk can.
Romance is churning, passion is burning, and something incredible is rising to the top. Could it be...love?

First comes nuts, now cream? Yes! This is going to be hot. I can just imagine the jokes that will come up about udders. 


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday! Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Halfway through the year. See what we loved so far! (Click the picture for the review)




 
( Review To Come)                                 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Book Review: Dirty by Kylie Scott! (@KylieScottbooks)


Dirty (Dive Bar #1)
Author: Kylie Scott
Publication Date: April 19, 2016
Published: St. Martin's Griffin

My Rating:

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that comes with her.
Lydia Green doesn't know whether to burn down the church or sit and cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together. She narrowly escapes tying the knot and meets Vaughan only hours later.
Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessman she thought she'd marry. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and unsettled. But she already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong-maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.
After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?

Waiting for this book to come out felt like I was in Westeros waiting for winter to come. Finally though, it came and it was glorious. Everything thing about this was 10s across the board. The characters were full and vibrant. The writing was on point. And the story flowed as smoothly as wine in Tyrion’s goblet. (Game of Thrones references FTW!)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book review: Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen! (@sarinabowen)


Bittersweet (True North #1)
Author: Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Published: Rennie Road Books
Source: Author

My Rating:

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.
The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.
Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.
They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.



Anything that has quotes or references to Star Wars I’m all about it.

I want a Griff of my own, I wonder if my husband will change for me.

Excerpt Reveal: Say You'll Stay by Corinne Michaels! (@AuthorCMichaels)


Say You’ll Stay
Author: Corinne Michaels
Release Date: June 20, 2016
Genre: Contemporary Romance
One word.

Stay.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .


** This book is a STANDALONE **



A knock on my office door causes me to stop working. “Zach?” I push my glasses up the bridge of my nose and stand. I should’ve known avoiding him wasn’t really going to work when he can roll up any ol’ time he wants. It was only a matter of time. “Sorry to stop by without callin’, but the other night wasn’t exactly the best place for us to talk.” He removes his hat and tosses it on the chair. “I saw you in town yesterday trying to be incognito. Figured we should try to be civil.” Civil? He can’t just show his face when he wants. He doesn’t belong here. I don’t want to see him at all, much less in my home, the one place that’s my safe haven. Damn him for not taking the fucking hint. “Your mother said you were out here. She didn’t throw something at me, so I took that as a good sign.” “What are you doing here?” I stand, slamming my hand on the desk. “My mother may not have thrown anything because she’s a proper Southern woman, but I’m not anymore. I’ve spent enough time in the North to not give a shit if I pelt you in the head with a stapler!” I grab it off the desk and rear back. “Whoa! Whoa!” he says with his hands raised. “I’m not coming to start anything. I just want to see how you are. I’ve missed you.” “Asshole!” I throw the stapler at his head. “You don’t get to miss me!” He ducks as it makes a loud bang against the wall. Zach’s eyes widen as his lips turn up. “Seems all those years watching me play ball taught you how to throw.” I grab the next thing I see. “You apparently sucked at teaching!” “Felicia and I wanted to invite you over for dinner.” He has lost his damn mind. Zach lets out a sigh and moves closer. “I know it could be awkward, but I figured if . . .” “If what? That there’s a chance we could be friends? Hang out even? You need your head examined if you think that’ll happen.” I don’t know if maybe he forgot how we ended things. “Pres,” he chides. “Don’t ‘Pres’ me! You have some nerve showing up here.” “It was a long time ago.” I want to sock him in the face. “Leave,” I demand. Zach walks closer and crosses his arms across his chest. “I’m not leaving until we settle this. I want us to get things out in the air.” “Fine.” I grab the paper clip holder and toss it. I miss again. “That was in the air.”


Corinne Michaels is the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of The Salvation Series (Beloved, Beholden, Consolation, Conviction & Defenseless). She's an emotional, witty, sarcastic, and fun loving mom of two beautiful children. Corinne is happily married to the man of her dreams and is a former Navy wife. After spending months away from her husband while he was deployed, reading and writing was her escape from the loneliness.

Both her maternal and paternal grandmothers were librarians, which only intensified her love of reading. After years of writing short stories, she couldn't ignore the call to finish her debut novel, Beloved. Her alpha heroes are broken, beautiful, and will steal your heart.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cover Reveal! The Debt by Karina Halle! (@MetalBlonde)


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We are very thrilled to bring to you the cover for THE DEBT by Karina Halle releasing on August 29th

Her life changed in an instant. And he's the only one who could have prevented it. Jessica Charles shouldn't have even been in London when the unthinkable happened. She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, preparing the baby shower for her sister, or teaching her yoga classes. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always. But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica's world changed forever. Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes. That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again. Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you've got pretty much the perfect Scotsman. Except Keir is anything but perfect. He's got a past he's running away from and a guilty conscience he can't seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her. And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart. He may have been a stranger to her. But she’s never been a stranger to him. 




Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK. Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more. FACEBOOK TWITTER GOODREADS AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE