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It’s Release Day: Where We Fell by Amber L. Johnson

Amber L. Johnson’s WHERE WE FELL is finally available.

 

 

You can now get your e-book copy of Amber L. Johnson’s debut New Adult novella, WHERE WE FELL.

 

Early praise for WHERE WE FELL:

a well written, emotionally uplifting, and honest story                                        – Stephanie on Goodreads

 

“Amber L. Johnson is one of the brightest new authors on the horizon.”              – Author Sydney Logan

 

“It may be short story, but definitely a powerful one.”                                    – Lucia @ Reading is My Breathing

 

(Synopsis)

Oliver Bishop is having a seriously bad day. With one diagnosis, his life suddenly has an expiration date. Confused about the numbness he has to the idea of it, he unwittingly puts himself directly in the sights of a girl that just may give him a reason to fight – and to live.

 

(Excerpt)

“Wouldn’t it freak you out if I took my hair off right this second and was like, ‘Oh my god, Oliver, I had cancer too!”

 

“Don’t lie.  That’s a shitty thing to lie about.”

“Is it?”

I shrug, trying to control my emotions.  “It would explain why you changed your hair, I guess.”

She straightens her spine.  “I guess it would.  Or maybe it makes sense that my mom had cancer.  And lost her hair.  So I dyed my hair and cut about sixteen inches off to donate to her for a wig.  That might make sense, too.”

Hannah Hartwell is weird.  And she’s awkward.  But at this exact moment she is not a liar.

“I might not know what you’re going through first hand, okay? But I know what it’s like to see it from the sidelines.  My mom didn’t even tell me that she was going in for testing.  Didn’t tell me she got a diagnosis.  She just called me on a Wednesday and said she was going in for surgery on Friday, and could I please make sure to pay my phone bill on time this month.  It was like, how did she just go to these appointments without telling anyone?  So blase.  Like you.  It baffles me.”

I’m silent as she talks because I have nothing to say.

“It’s kinda ironic that the woman who leaves an oncologist because he’s ‘married to his job’ ends up getting the one thing he could potentially help her with.”

The room is so quiet that I can hear the music from outside filtering into the house between the window panes and cracks under the doors.  Our food is going to go cold, which bothers me a little, even though I’m no longer hungry.  She did spend a long time cooking it, after all.

Instead of saying anything about her confession, I pick up the ear of corn and start eating.  

“This is good,” I say.  And I mean it.

She forces a tight smile and picks at her own plate.

“It’s not ‘cure my cancer’ good.  But it’s good.”

This time, it’s a spoon that she throws at my head.

You can get WHERE WE FELL on Amazon.



About Amber L. Johnson:

Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day – despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa’ – because she’s a rebel. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.



Important Links:

Amber on Goodreads

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Amber on Twitter

Author Page on Facebook

Amber’s Blog

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Review: Adam’s Apple by Liv Morris

Title: Adam’s Apple

Author: Liv Morris

Genre: Erotic Romance

Page Length: 303 pages

Release Date: July 28, 2013

ISBN: 978-149090715

Book Summary:

Adam Kingsley reigns as the young prince of Manhattan. Everything he touches turns to gold, making him the envy of Wall Street. Women swoon at his feet, money is no object, and his killer good looks are as wicked as sin. A dangerous trifecta that allows him to possess anything or anyone he desires.

What more could a thirty-two-year-old man wish for? Maybe that his life never changes and his murky past stays far away…Sounds reasonable, yet life seldom is.

Kathryn Delcour is an alluring socialite with unique erotic tastes who helps others find true sexual fulfillment. When she suddenly appears on the New York City social scene, Adam finds this complex woman too tempting to resist. He will stop at nothing to have her, yet she is warned to stay away from him and his player ways. Kathryn tries to keep him at arm’s length, but her arms may not be strong enough to hold the charismatic Adam Kingsley at bay.

An erotic bestseller deliciously sweetened with hidden secrets, seduction, and suspense. The passionate lure of ancient sexual practices, a past that isn’t content to remain buried and a present filled with intrigue, danger and revenge – Adam’s Apple is an erotic experience heightened by the sensual voice of the main character as Adam tells the story in his own words.

Review:

Eight hundred million stars! Loved this book!

Whoa, where to start?

Adam Kingsley is a complete and utter jerk, self-absorbed and apathetic to the world going on around him–unless there’s something in it for him. And I loved him from page one. The thing is… he knows what a jerk he is, but it doesn’t stop him. That is, until Kathryn Delcour walks into the room and takes over his every thought, and slowly his perception of himself–his needs, his success, his life–all begin to change. And yes, it happens slowly, so slowly that you can almost see each individual realization as it occurs to him. He doesn’t lose his bad-boy charm or his edge, but, well… read it.

Kathryn is by far one of the strongest, most well-written characters I have read in a long time. While woman were ready to drop everything for Adam, Kathryn consistently put him in his place, forcing him to face his shortcomings. She’s an enigma to him, appearing unmoved by his charm and looks, yet, there’s something there.

The growth of their relationship is honest and realistic–no insta-love here. Yes, lots of lust and desire, but you can almost feel their affection grow with the turn of each page. I am amazed by the author’s ability to tell the story from the male point of view. Not just any male or–God forbid–a watered-down, totally feminine, written-by-a-woman male, but an honest-to-goodness conceited and shallow jerk who finds himself at a loss over a woman who doesn’t bend to his will.

I loved the writing, the dialogue, the secondary characters… especially Maurice. I loved that Kathryn continued to call him Kingsley, not giving him that last piece, the one piece he kept waiting for. As time went by and he continued to want and wait for it, his growth as a man, as a person was evident.

I really cannot say enough about this book. The romance was honest and fulfilling, the sex was hot, but not overdone. At the end, I believe I exclaimed, “You ended it there?!”  However, due to the utterance just one word, I was satisfied that all was well for Adam and Kathryn. Of course I’m looking forward to the next installment. Is it December yet?

Find Liv Morris on:

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Review: How to Misbehave by Ruthie Knox

How to Misbehave (Camelot, #1)Title: How to Misbehave

Author: Ruthie Knox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Page Length: 121 pages

Publisher: Loveswept

Release Date: January 28, 2013

ISBN: 978-034554-530-5

Book Summary: What woman can resist a hot man in a hard hat? Beloved author Ruthie Knox kicks off her new Camelot series with this deliciously sexy original novella, in which a good girl learns how to misbehave . . . with all her heart.

As program director for the Camelot Community Center, Amber Clark knows how to keep her cool. That is, until a sudden tornado warning forces her to take shelter in a darkened basement with a hunk of man whose sex appeal green lights her every fantasy. With a voice that would melt chocolate, he asks her if she is okay. Now she’s hot all over and wondering: How does a girl make a move?

Building contractor Tony Mazzara was just looking to escape nature’s fury. Instead, he finds himself all tangled up with lovely Amber. Sweet and sexy, she’s ready to unleash her wild side. Their mutual desire reaches a fever pitch and creates a storm of its own–unexpected, powerful, and unforgettable. But is it bigger than Tony can handle? Can he let go of painful memories and let the force of this remarkable woman show him a future he never dreamed existed?

Review: I really enjoyed this novella about the good girl with the less-than-pure thoughts about the hot guy who’s working construction at her job. She’s innocently intrigued, and he’s not quite the bad boy he appears to be.

The story is short, but fun and sexy, as Amber draws the true Tony out from behind his hard-as-nails exterior and Tony teaches Amber all the good things about being ‘bad.’

I love that Amber, while shy, says what she thinks, means, and feels. And because she does, she’s able to tell Tony exactly what she wants. And oh, does he give it to her.

With very well-developed characters for a novella, this book has done what it’s supposed to: intrigued me enough to seek out others in the series. Which I will be doing. If the rest of Ruthie Knox’s books are as as fun and sexy as this one, I’m sure to enjoy them.

Ruthie Knox Links:

On Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ruthie_knox

Website: http://www.ruthieknox.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ruthieknox

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Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever by L.V. Lewis – audio book now available

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Fifty Shades of Jungle Fever is now available as an audio book at Audible.com .

Within the next week, it should be available on Amazon and iTunes, as well.

Find L.V. Lewis:

Goodreads ~ Website ~ Twitter

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T.M. Franklin :: SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY – The Guardians, Book 2 in the MORE Trilogy

Author T.M. Franklin teases us with sneak peek from her book The Guardians, Book 2 in the MORE Trilogy. Here’s a bit of Ava and Tiernan:

T.M. Franklin :: SNEAK PEEK SUNDAY – The Guardians, Book 2 in the MORE Trilogy.

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Ask the Divas: Creative Dialogue Tags – Write Divas | Write Divas

A favorite topic of mine…creative dialogue tags.

Ask the Divas: Creative Dialogue Tags – Write Divas | Write Divas.

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On NOT Hiring an Editor … my interview with a vampire.

A good read for a Thursday morning:

On NOT Hiring an Editor … my interview with a vampire..

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