Welcome to my blog and one of the stops on the TENSION blog tour. I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this book about a month ago and I am still thinking about it. Yes that’s how good it was. Be sure to pick up a copy and let the author know how much you like it. And thanks for stopping by my blog.
The Stella who emerges from the rubble of the bombing in Montana is a woman full of conflict. She knows she should be grateful that she lived when others didn’t, but after waking in the hospital as a celebrity, complete with a new moniker, she’s bitter and distrustful, questioning everything in her life. She’s unsure of her friends, her new boyfriend, and her job. In addition, a face from the past reappears and threatens to take the one good thing in her life.
Stella attempts to deal with the new scrutiny of her life with her usual sense of humor, but she’s filled with a new emotion that she tries desperately to hide: HATE. Her recovery is hastened by her determination to find the man who turned her into a walking scar. She’s going to kill him; she needs to kill him.
Stella isn’t alone. She has her close friends and her dog, Cooper. Will their support be enough to help Stella accomplish her plan, or will this endeavor be her undoing?
First off, let me tell you that this story was amazing. It has the perfect name because I was definitely tense as I read the book.
What inspired you to write this story?
So, I had this dream about an interaction between a young woman and a bartender, then the woman’s roommate coming to get her. This scene is nothing in the book itself, but it was as like as soon as I let the characters in they’ve been ruining my sleep for the last year.
Did you have to do a lot of research as far as the FBI scenes?
Not for this book, for the next book in the series I did. I worked for the Department of Justice in two different departments, so I knew how the agencies worked. I’m not as familiar with the ATF, which comes into play a little more in the next book in the series.
Why did you decided to bounce from past to present throughout the book?
In By A Thread, I wanted to give readers an insight into Stella making through the shooting. So Tension started at the same point, but I needed to backfill what happened during the shooting and immediately after. That way the readers know where she is in her head.
Social media is featured predominately throughout the story. Was this planned or did it just occur organically as you were writing?
It occurred organically while I was writing. Today, you see this happen where something occurs and it hits Twitter, Facebook and then the news. Twitter is a focus in Tension, because I find it so interesting. People feel more free to express their true feelings on social media, so peoples opinions are rampant.
As I was reading the story, it almost felt that twitter was another character – was this intentional?
Yes. Social media can take on a life of its own and really make or break a person.
Is the use of twitter and hash tags any kind of statement on today’s society?
Well, I think we live in a world where everything is immediate and we are replacing personal interactions with quick and immediate contact. I feel like our youth is going to be very different from us with a lack of ability to interact on a personal level, but I won’t get on a soapbox about that.
Do you use social media outlets such as twitter, facebook,etc and what are your thoughts on them especially as an author?
I do and I love it. I meet the greatest people through social media. There can be some weirdos, but I’ve really enjoyed people so far. I am really honored for someone to read my book and find me on Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads. I love that people take the time out of their busy lives to do that.
Are any of the characters based on someone that you know?
All of my characters have characteristics of people that I have come in contact with, but there is no one person that I base any character on.
George seemed like the perfect boyfriend, did you at any time throughout the story want to “toughen” him up and have him yelling and screaming at Stella?
In Tension, he was really treating Stella with kid gloves because she’d been through so much. Those gloves come off in Book 3.
The ending, oh, the ending killed me. Did you know where you were going or did you at a certain point say this is a good place to end this one?
When I started writing Tension I knew it would be the end of the story, but I write organically and went with where the characters took me and they were not done with me yet. I had a different ending and my mom, who is instrumental in my writing process made me change it. So if you don’t like it blame her. Hi, Mom.
What type of books do you like to read?
What types do I not like? I love reading all sorts of books. I love so many books. In the last year I’ve loved everything from Unbroken, to The Fault in Our Stars to Vain. I like good writing and a good story, period.
Do you have a favorite book that you think everyone should read?
I mean…I think everyone should read a bunch of books. If I had to pick one book everyone should read I think To Kill A Mockingbird. It is one of my favorite books of all time. I did buy a copy of The Fault in Ours Stars for my kid to read when he gets to be the right age.
Is there a specific book that you would love to see turned into a movie?
You mean besides By A Thread? Just kidding. The Uglies would probably make a really good movie. I wish they would make more movies from books instead of just redoing movies from the 80s.
When will the next book be out?
March 2014. Also, Patrick has a book that will be out next year as well.
Welcome and thank you for stopping by my blog for the STRIPPED BARE blog tour. This books is sexy and amazing. It definitely needs to be added to everyone’s TBR piles. So please look around my blog, check things out and make sure to pick up STRIPPED BARE.
After two years, Matthew Langer is still getting over the death of a loved one. He’s steered clear of serious relationships, but when he meets the irascible, dirty mouthed and tempestuous Shane Templar that decision has never been harder. Shane is sexy, warm and funny, and Matthew finds himself trying like hell not to care about him. Especially when Shane, with his quick wit and hacking skills, is quick to stand up for justice and avenge wrongs. Then Shane strikes at the wrong target, and Matthew realises just how far gone he already is. At the threat of losing for good yet another man who’s broken through his armour, Matthew finds his heart stripped bare. He must face the demons of his soul or a future without love.
About the author:
I live in the UK near London with my husband and two grown up children. I think my Twitter profile probably says enough about me to give you an idea who I am.
‘Author of contemporary romance novels,wannabe scripts,independent, pain in the bum, humorous, driven, prone to strong opinion.’
I’ll leave off the last bit of my profile. It relates to a fascination I have with a certain young British actor called Benedict Cumberbatch who was the inspiration for my leading man, Bennett Saville, in my Starlight trilogy.
I was born in the UK, moved to Johannesburg, South Africa 42 years ago, and of that I’ve been back in the UK for twelve, loving every minute.
Some of the highlights of my life – apart from getting married, having kids and moving countries – I’ve been picked up by a punter who thought I was a prostitute (there is a proper story behind this, I promise) , been involved in a car smash much like the heroine, Cassie, in Cassandra by Starlight, (only not as a result of a falling body on my car!), become a Wiccan, spent time in Kenya, where my older sister was born, and had a dream of being published recognised with my debut novel.
I know have four books published with Boroughs with another three full length novels on the way. I have recently finished my latest MS, a psychological detective thrller, called ‘Born Human’ and next to be written is a contemporary M/M romance suspense called Carrington Nights. I just love this genre…
I just can’t seem to stop writing…it’s a true passion and I don’t envisage giving it up any time soon.
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Today in our book spotlight we have the wonderful, romantic and sexy novel STEAL MY HEART by the talented LISA EUGENE. Make sure to check out this great read. And thank you for stopping by my blog. Leave a comment as to whether you have read the book or plan to. I would like to drum up some support for this great read. Thank you.
Maggie Lawson is an OR nurse, a certified germaphobe! She likes to keep things clean and orderly. When she meets Ex-Navy SEAL, Gabe Masters, he’s disguised as a dingy dirty hobo. She cringes as she’s forced to use her nursing skills to revive him. She soon finds that he’s a ‘dirty boy’ in more ways than one! After being forced to do his bidding, she unwittingly gets entangled in a dangerous, fast-paced, sexy adventure that tests the boundaries of her spirit and the capacity of her heart. Gabe’s passion spirals her to unimaginable heights. She soon starts to wonder if he is the real danger. Will she succumb to this ‘dirty boy’ who’s keeping secrets about his past, or will she chose to keep things clean?
My review: Steal my heart is a great, sexy, and fun read. It is a novel full of romance, heat, witty banter, tension- everything that one could ever ask for in a romance book. Maggie Lawson is an operating room nurse and she absolutely despises germs. Well in walks former Navy Seal Gabe Masters into Maggie’s clean comfortable personal space and it is on! Is Gabe hiding a secret? This is such a sexy read and as an added bonus it is told from dual POV’s. I love how Gabe brought out Maggie’s sexiness and vice versa. There are tense and dramatic moments and these added to an already wonderful plot. Sparks flew throughout the book and Maggie and Gabe’s sexual chemistry was palpable. Lisa Eugene has written a book full of strong, likable characters. It makes for a fast paced and satisfying read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books featuring smoking hot alpha males. I would definitely give this book a five out of five stars.
I have been hearing absolutely amazing things about this book. Be sure to add it to your TBR pile.
It’s Round Two of high stakes Love Connection on Olympus, and this time, everything has changed. For Aphrodite, at least.
Ares is on deck, and Aphrodite is nervous. As much as she loves to hook up with him, she doesn’t trust him as far as she could throw him, which isn’t very far. He’s a big dude. They haven’t been together in a very long time, but she can’t resist him. She never could. Even when every part of her screamed that he was a liar.
Ares has a plan to keep Aphrodite, for good this time. He wants to win the game, but he’ll hold back to get what he wants. He’s sitting on a chance that he’s been waiting thousands of years for, and he’ll do what he has to do to convince her to stay forever.
The only thing that could stop him is the secret that he’s been keeping from her for eons. If she finds out, it will destroy everything.
Kat and Dillon have been through a lot, and everything has been to protect their younger siblings. They have sacrificed everything to make sure their brother and sister are safe. The players are tough and loyal. Fierce and determined. But they become each other’s weakness, even though they fight it, and even though it means danger for Kat and her sister.
If Aphrodite can get the players over their egos and issues long enough to see that they’re meant for each other, the competition will be a piece of cake. One that she’ll eat a la mode, right in front of Ares, if she beats him.
SNAKE IN THE GRASS is the second book in the GOOD GODS series.
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How do the Greek gods kill time? Because they’re always bored. It’s an unavoidable downside of being alive for thousands of years. So, they play games. Games with human players. Remember Shakespeare? Yeah, that was Apollo. Bonnie and Clyde? Aphrodite vs Ares.
It’s Aphrodite’s turn once again in the rounds of competitions, and she’ll defend her domain: Love. She hasn’t lost a competition on her turf in over three millennia, and she’s not about to start now. Apollo is her first competitor, and he’s on a mission to win. If he wins, he’ll get a token; a favor that Aphrodite must fulfill. And with that favor, he’ll finally get the one woman he’s never been able to have.
Aphrodite and Apollo will choose their human players, and if Aphrodite can’t get them together before the clock runs out, Apollo will get his way. And she couldn’t have that.
Lex and Dean are perfect for each other. They just don’t know it yet.
Dean is a perpetual bachelor, and a man-whore. A brooding, gorgeous, rock star man-whore. Lex always has a boyfriend, but she’s never let anyone in enough to let herself go. Not really. Not ever. Aphrodite has her work cut out for her, but if she can’t make it work, no one can.
But she has more at stake than just Lex and Dean. Apollo killed her mortal love, and that beef has been dragging on for thousands of years. Ares, the douchebag, is forever trying to start a fight, and get Aphrodite into bed. And Persephone, her best friend, is the one person she can confide in, laugh with, and always count on for a healthy helping of bacon when she’s having a bad day.
Follow the gods as they fight, laugh, cry, lose love, and gain power. Making a mess with humans has never been so fun.
These covers are amazing. I love it.
Due to be release August 26.
Author J.S. Cooper has release an awesome teaser at