Category Archives: Giveaways

Release Blitz: ‘Tight Ends & Tiaras’ by Lex Martin

Title: Tight Ends & Tiaras
Author: Lex Martin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 5, 2022
BLURB

USA Today bestselling author Lex Martin delivers a swoony, single dad romance about a college football player and the fake girlfriend he knows he should resist. Football is one hundred percent the focus of my life—until a squawking toddler, with a temper to rival my own, lands in my lap and flips my life upside down. I’ll never be Dad of the Year. Anyone will tell you that. Except maybe Sienna, my sister’s former roommate, who somehow manages to make my broody ass laugh and sees something in me no one else does. When Sienna offers to let me and my little princess move in with her, I’m not sure if it’s to help or because she wants revenge on my teammate and long-time rival, who broke her heart. Either way, I’m game. Because I need to get my ex off my back, and Sienna doesn’t mind pretending to be my girlfriend. Only neither of us is ready for the sparks that fly between us or the consequences when they do.  What you can expect:– sexy single dad– fake dating– sports romance– slow burn but steamy– opposites attract– college football– small town

PURCHASE LINKS
$3.99 for a limited time
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
AUTHOR BIO

Lex Martin is the USA Today bestselling author of The Varsity Dad Dilemma, the Texas Nights series, and the Dearest series, books she hopes readers love but her parents avoid. A former high school English teacher and freelance journalist, she resides in Texas with her husband, twin daughters, and a bunny named Dandelion.

AUTHOR LINKS
GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment

Filed under Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts, Release Blitz

Release Blitz: ‘Royal Rebel’ by JJ Knight

Title: Royal Rebel
Author: JJ Knight
Genre: Standalone Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 13, 2022
BLURB

You’ve never made a mistake like mine.It’s bad enough being a bloomin’ princess.It’s not all cake and tiaras.There’s rules. Expectations.Your internet is censored. Your cell phones are tapped.And your father is literally king.Mine made a law that no man between the age of seven and thirty is allowed to work inside the palace.Which means I’m surrounded by kitchen staff, female guards, and a dusty old tutor named Maurice.Now I’m twenty-three with zero experience around men. I’ve never even texted one.But on the castle lawn, there are dozens of hunky new guards working out below the tower. I spy on them every day.I’ve chosen one.Kind. Beautiful. Strong.I sneak through the underground tunnels to surprise him in the rose garden and tell him how I feel.Except when I finally confess my love through the trellis, and we walk to the end of the hedge to begin our forbidden romance…I realize I’ve accidentally propositioned the biggest playboy in the palace.__Royal Rebel is a standalone romantic comedy about a princess who breaks all the rules, overzealous donkeys that interrupt make-out sessions, and a hunky guard who thinks he’ll never, ever, limit himself to one woman — until he does.

PURCHASE LINKS
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
EXCERPT

He turns, and my breath catches. The moon caresses his rugged, charming face. He’s been with me every step of his new journey. I trust him completely.“I need your help with something.”His gaze meets mine and something in my belly goes liquid.“Of course.”“I—I’m nervous about something. Really nervous. And you’re one of my best friends. And luckily, a boy.” A nervous giggle tries to escape, but I clamp it down.His eyebrows draw together the smallest amount, but he waits me out.“I — I’ve never kissed anyone. I would like to try it. Would you do it? It wouldn’t be like cheating on Gregor, I don’t think. You’re like a — a brother to me. Okay, that’s weird. I would never kiss Leo. But you’re a trusted friend. Someone who would tell me if I did it wrong. If I was bad. I mean, you’d know. You’ve kissed a thousand girls. You’re an expert.”A muscle in his jaw ticks. “You should save your first kiss for Gregor.”“I don’t think you would be my real first kiss. Any more than my mother kissing me goodnight or the French ambassador pecking my cheeks.”His Adam’s apple bobs and his gaze cuts away. He’s not going to do it. I’ve asked too much.“I’m sorry. Nevermind. That was crazy. It’ll be fine.” I turn away from him to look out on the small park at the center of the square where the townspeople sing in the mornings.“Kissing me wouldn’t be like your brother, or your mother, or the French ambassador,” he says.“Not at all.”

AUTHOR BIO
JJ Knight is the USA Today and Amazon Top 100 bestselling author of contemporary romance and romantic comedy including Tasty Mango and Big Pickle.

Leave a comment

Filed under Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts, Release Blitz

Author Interview: ‘Winterset Hollow’ by Jonathan Edward Durham

About the Book:

Everyone has wanted their favorite book to be real, if only for a moment. Everyone has wished to meet their favorite characters, if only for a day. But be careful in that wish, for even a history laid in ink can be repaid in flesh and blood, and reality is far deadlier than fiction . . . especially on Addington Isle.Winterset Hollow follows a group of friends to the place that inspired their favorite book-a timeless tale about a tribe of animals preparing for their yearly end-of-summer festival. But after a series of shocking discoveries, they find that much of what the world believes to be fiction is actually fact, and that the truth behind their beloved story is darker and more dangerous than they ever imagined. It’s Barley Day . . . and you’re invited to the hunt.

Winterset Hollow is as thrilling as it is terrifying and as smart as it is surprising. A uniquely original story filled with properly unexpected twists and turns, Winterset Hollow delivers complex, indelible characters and pulse- pounding action as it storms toward an unforgettable climax that will leave you reeling. How do you celebrate Barley Day? You run, friend. You run.

Add to Goodreads

Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

Giveaway:

Jonathan has got three paperback copies of “Winterset Hollow” up for grabs and is willing to ship anywhere in the contiguous United states. Simply go to www.jonathanedwarddurham.com click contact to scroll down to the ‘send a message’ box and add your name, email, and message ‘ReadingNookGiveaway’ for your chance to win. Enter between 8th-15th November for your chance to win. Good Luck!

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Well, I’ve always been a strong writer, but it wasn’t until I spent a few years out in the professional world after college that I realized I had buttons that just weren’t being pushed in my life, and that I very much needed that to happen in order for me to be happy.  So, I sat down one day and asked myself what I would choose to do for a living if I knew I could support myself doing it…and writing was the answer to that question…and here we are with half of that dream realized lol.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Now, I know the answer you’re hoping to hear to this question is some romantic notion of sitting in a great library with a fountain pen or alone in a secluded cabin with an old typewriter…but actually I prefer to write sitting on my couch in front of the television.  I know, it sounds a bit weird…but I really hate working in silence, so the white noise of some garbage or another playing in my periphery is a necessary thing for me to feel comfortable enough to sit there and write for hours on end.  That way, I can glance up for a few seconds if I need a mental distraction to avoid feeling burned out…not your typical writerly situation, I know, but it works for me.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Most of the stories that I write are grounded fantasy stories, which means that they exist in the real world but with a liiiiitle fantastic twist that sets the story off…a little spark that sets everything on fire.  So, for me, my ideas come from engineering interesting ‘what if’ scenarios based off of what would be fairly typical situations.  For instance, in Winterset Hollow, the premise was ‘what would happen if you went to the place that inspired your favorite work of fantasy fiction only to find that it was all real?’  It’s always an idea that gets stretched just far enough to make it unique, but not so far that it starts to feel too unfamiliar.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I’m a storyboarder…so I have it all laid out piece by piece before I even sit down to type anything.  All the characters, the plot arcs, the subplots, the settings, the flow…even bits of dialogue and action…it’s all on notecards on my wall before I even fire up my laptop for the first time.  Of course, there are things that change once I get to know my own book a little better by actually writing it, but as for the overall story, it’s all laid out from the get-go.  I just don’t feel comfortable starting a piece if I don’t know how it’s going to end.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Well, that’s actually a very good question, and one that’s not exactly easy to answer.  My stories typically pull from several different genres, which makes them quite unique, but also makes them hard to fit neatly into any one literary box, which has caused me no small amount of difficulty over the course of my career.  Suffice it to say…there’s always some fantasy-adjacent twist, they’re always pretty dark in tone, and there’s always some mystery to unravel throughout.  Those characteristics seem to be present in pretty much everything that I write.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

That’s a tough question being that four of the main characters are anthropomorphic animals that would need to be computer-generated lol, so let’s start with Andy Serkis plays all four of them in a mo-cap suit… and then we’ll let him voice Finn, the fox, and then we’ll get Ian Mckellan and Patrick Stewart to voice Runny, the rabbit, and Flackwell Frog respectively.  They should all be easy to get a hold of, right?  Right?

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I don’t read nearly as much as I’d like…I barely have enough time in my day to write as much as I’d like let alone read for pleasure, to be honest.  But I have a soft spot for good storytellers with big ideas, so I’m a huge Michael Crichton fan and I dearly love Roald Dahl and Stephen King and C.S. Lewis and other authors like them who endeavor to answer big, messy questions in relatable fashion.  Basically, I like high-concept premises that unfold with a poppy yet earnest sensibility…I guess that about sums it up.

8: What is your favourite book and why?

Jurassic Park is my favorite book.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, but I’ve read all the classics too—all of them—and that book is still my favorite.  It’s just the purest communication of an original and completely compelling story and I totally love it.  Is it great literature?  Maybe not.  Is it entertaining and absorbing and unique and inspiring?  For me…absolutely.  Elevating a string of words is hard, but I truly believe that elevating a story is harder, so when I see that done as expertly as it is in Jurassic Park, I can’t help but top my hat.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write.  Honestly, I’m not sure what other advice to give.  Writers write.  Period.  What got you here won’t get you there…so write.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?

You can follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jonathanedwarddurham and my Twitter and Instagram handles are @thatone0verhere.  You can also find me on Goodreads and if you’re interested in my latest book, Winterset Hollow, it’s available on Amazon right now in both Paperback and E-Reader formats.

About the Author:

Jonathan Edward Durham was born near Philadelphia in one of many satellite rust-belt communities where he read voraciously throughout his youth. After attending William & Mary, where he received a degree in neuroscience, Jonathan waded into the professional world before deciding he was better suited for more artistic pursuits. 

He now lives with his partner in California where he writes to bring a unique voice to the space between the timeless wonder of his favorite childhood stories and the pop sensibilities of his adolescent literary indulgences.  His debut novel, Winterset Hollow, an elevated contemporary fantasy with a dark twist, is mined from that same vein and is currently available everywhere.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.jonathanedwarddurham.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jonathanedwarddurham

Twitter: @thisone0verhere

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thisone0verhere

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/author/jonathanedwarddurham

Reedsy:www.reedsy.com/discovery/user/jonathandurham

Leave a comment

Filed under Author Interview, Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts

Release Blitz: ‘All the Pretty Lies’ by Melissa Toppen

Title: All the Pretty Lies
Author: Melissa Toppen
Genre: Fake Relationship/High School Romance
Release Date: February 12, 2021
BLURB

 

Sham.

Fraud.

Hoax.

All words that describe my relationship with Callum Hanson.

It didn’t start out that way.

We used to be friends.

That is until high school, when Callum decided he was too cool to be seen with his less than popular next-door neighbor.

So, imagine my surprise when out of the blue, after nearly four years of pretending like I don’t exist, he offers to swoop in and save the day by promising to help me catch the eye of the boy I’ve been pining after for nearly two years.

The only catch…

I have to lie. To everyone.

Pretending to be his girlfriend turned out to be a lot easier than I thought it would. I was surprised by how well I fit into his world, and how well he fit into mine.

Before long though, the lines between fake and real started to blur. I began to see Callum as more than just Norwood High’s star football player and manwhore extraordinaire. And the more time I spent with him, the more I wanted it all to be real.

But that’s the problem with telling lies. No matter how pretty they sound, at the end of the day they’re still lies.

I just wish someone would explain that to my heart.

 

 

*All the Pretty Lies is a complete standalone romance.

PURCHASE LINKS
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited
AUTHOR BIO

Melissa Toppen is a USA Today Bestselling Author who specializes in New Adult and Contemporary Romance. She is a lover of books and enjoys nothing more than losing herself in a good novel. She has a soft spot for Romance and focuses her writing in that direction; writing what she loves to read.

Melissa resides in Cincinnati Ohio with her husband and two children, where she writes full time.

GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment

Filed under Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts, Release Blitz

Release Blitz: ‘Southern Hearts’ by Emily Bowie

Title: Southern Hearts
Series: Oakport Beach #2
Author: Emily Bowie
Genre: Small-Town Romance
Release Date: December 9, 2020
BLURB

 

It was just a kiss.

 

A kiss from the preacher’s daughter.

And I loved every second of it.

I would take 8 seconds of my lips on hers over any bull ride, anytime, anywhere.

Each time I kissed my younger sister’s best friend she still managed to slip through my fingers and I couldn’t seem to keep her. I thought I had time.

When the news of her broken engagement runs rampant through town, I’m ready this time. This time I won’t lose her.

But when the truth about her break up surfaces, will she still look at me the same way?

PURCHASE LINKS
AMAZON US / UK / CA / AU
Free in Kindle Unlimited

AUTHOR BIO

Emily Bowie is from a small town in Western Canada. She has been making characters come to life through her writing since she was old enough to put her thoughts on paper. She loves her white wine cold, her heels red, and her books spicy.

She married her high school sweetheart and they have two amazing children.

She is the author to the Bennett Brothers Series.

Recklessly Mine, Recklessly Forbidden, & Recklessly Devoted.

When she is not writing she can be found reading a good book, making digital scrapbooks and being physically active—whether it is at the gym, going for a walk, or playing /keep up with her children.

Leave a comment

Filed under Giveaways, Reading Nook Blog Posts, Release Blitz