February 26, 2015

COVER REVEAL: Untamed by S.C. Stephens


RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2015
About UNTAMED

Griffin Hancock is tired of being stuck behind Kellan Kyle's spotlight. He's the best, the main event, and everyone should know it. He has Anna, and his beautiful daughter Gibson, and to hell with the rest of them. A new venture presents itself, and Griffin decides this is his chance. When he tells the band about his new side gig, they are less than supportive. Undaunted by their criticism, Griffin decides to take matters into his own hands. Packing up his family, he leaves Seattle behind and returns to L.A. to break out on his own. But success isn't as easy as Griffin thought it would be, and he soon finds that the phrase 'You don't know what you've got until it's gone', is all too true.

About S.C. Stephens

S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who enjoys creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance. In addition to writing, she likes spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family. She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.

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February 20, 2015

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Ruin You Completely by Calia Read


I met Mathias Sloan in a club.
Truth.
I told him I was twenty-four.
Lie.
I told him my name was Olivia.
Lie.
I thought that I would have a one-night stand and be done with him.
Truth.
I didn’t know that he was my new piano instructor for the next six months…
Truth.
We would come together and fall apart. After him, every man was ruined.
Truth.
If I knew what I know now, I wouldn’t have walked to him. I would’ve turned and run…
LIE.

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Review: 

"The problem is that sometimes opposites don't attract. Sometimes people are so different, that instead of complementing each other they ruin one another."

Not many authors have the ability to really put you into the shoes of the characters in a story and feel every heart-gripping, vulnerable emotion that they do. Calia Read has proven to have that gift time and time again. She will grab onto your heart and squeeze till it hurts with just her words and that is no easy feat. Every single book I have read has left me impressed and eager to read what she writes next. This book was no exception.

Ruin You Completely brought the angst and it brought it hard! To say the Sloan Brother's are complex is an understatement and Mathias Sloan definitely did not disappoint in that arena. Up until this point in the series (and I should mention that each book can be read as a standalone), we haven't gotten to know a lot about Mathias. He's the older, mysterious, chain-smoking brother of Thayer and Mascen. Him and Thayer get along, him and Mascen do not. It's clear that there's definitely more than meets the eye with him but that's all we know.

Mathias is a lost soul without passion in his life. When a family friend offers him a piano instructor opportunity in Germany he reluctantly decides to take it. It's for his friend's granddaughter and there is only one rule to follow: "Your relationship with Katja is to stay professional."

Seems simple enough right?



As luck would have it, that barrier gets pushed almost immediately and the student/teacher relationship becomes doomed from the beginning. All I can say is HOLY SEXUAL TENSION BATMAN! There was a serious push and pull going on between Katja and Mathias pretty much the entire time. Both characters suffered an inner struggle between teetering on that fine line of maintaining a professional relationship and giving into their desires for one another. And in the moments when the lines in the sand became blurred, the result was explosively hot!

"The Katja I knew was a firework - dangerous at her worst and beautiful at her best."

I adored Katja. If there were an award for character growth and development, she wins hands down! In the beginning of the book, she seemed in touch with her emotions but very innocent and naive at the same time. Her feelings for Mathias come on fast and strong. He's a distraction from the very craft he came to instruct her in. Her infatuation seems almost like a school girl crush but as the story goes on, it develops into much more than that. Mathias changes her, matures her, shows her the harsh reality of what can happen when you give your heart away too easily to someone as emotionally crippled as he is.

"We had our chances.. We had our time. We were over. Our bridge burned and Mathias Sloan was the one to light the match..."

Mathias is in his late twenties and has had a rough past. He has had plenty of time to construct barriers around himself so that he never has to let anyone in. I honestly thought his brother Mascen was the most stubborn of the bunch until I read Mathias' story. He is on a whole other level of tormented. Katja has a way of complementing him because she had the ability to slowly bring him out of his shell. Of course its a one step forward two steps back pace whenever she cracks his armor. I could feel every tortured moment that he experienced and it was heartbreaking.

The story is told in three devastating parts that will have you turning pages and rooting for Mathias and Katja to get their HEA. The point of view switches back and forth between Katja and Mathias so as you are reading you get to experience every feeling of desire, jealousy, and emotional ruin that occurs, but twice over. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of this book and would highly recommend it, as well as the other two books in this series. Check out the Sloan Brother's series and I promise you, you won't be disappointed, maybe just a little bit ruined.


The Sloan Brothers Series: 

Every Which Way (#1)

Severine Blake has seen far too many friends taken down in the crossfires of dating. She devises a precise course of action to protect her heart. The plan is working very well...until she meets Thayer and Macsen.

When the Sloan brothers come into her life, nothing is the same.

Thayer is self-possessed, arrogant and used to getting what he wants. Being near him leaves Severine unsteady and shaken. He makes her question everything.

Macsen contradicts his brother in every way. His calm personality captivates her. Severine is drawn to him instantly.

But Severine quickly discovers that when you want something, that want can turn wicked. Giving in is not always easy, especially when your heart refuses to give up the fight.

What little illusion of love Severine has is soon destroyed. Every option is broken, and the protection she has built around her heart instantly crumbles.

There's just no right way with the Sloan brothers.



Breaking The Wrong (#2)

Emilia Wentworth would do anything for her sister.

For three years, Emilia has lived in the past, feeling her sister's pain and hating those who are to blame, including one of the Sloan brothers.

Finally, she has had enough. The only way to be free is to create a Burn List with all the people who have ever hurt her sister.

As she crosses each name off, she gets closer and closer to her final target. But, things aren't always as they seem.

Loyalties are tested.

Boundaries are crossed.

And the truth is revealed.

About Calia Read: 

Calia Read lives in Germany with her husband and their three kids. 

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February 19, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW, Q&A, EXCERPT & GIVEAWAY: Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens


In Thoughtless, Kiera told her story. Now it's time to hear from the sexy rock star who captivated us all . . .The only place Kellan Kyle has ever felt at home is onstage. Gripping his guitar in a darkened bar, he can forget his painful past. These days his life revolves around three things: music, his bandmates, and hot hookups. Until one woman changes everything . . . Kiera is the kind of girl Kellan has no business wanting-smart, sweet, and dating his best friend. Certain he could never be worthy of her love, he hides his growing attraction . . . until Kiera's own tormented heart hints that his feelings might not be one-sided. Now, no matter the consequences, Kellan is sure of one thing-he won't let Kiera go without a fight


In the past, whenever I have heard about the same book being written from a different perspective, it has always made me hesitant. I mean, you know how the story is going to end so why bother? But the second I heard I was going to be able to get into the mind of Kellan Kyle, I was ecstatic. This has always been my favorite series and Kellan is the ultimate book boyfriend. Let me tell you, Thoughtful did not disappoint. It was everything I wanted and more.

"Love equaled pain in my world. And I generally tried to avoid pain."

Hopefully by now, we all know who Kellan Kyle is- the ultimate man whore who falls in love with his best friends girl. From an outward perspective, your first thought would naturally be "I hate this guy. Who would do something like that?" But as you read you can't help but to empathize. You know what he is doing is wrong but you can't blame him. This is a classic example of "you can't help who you fall in love with". Like I said, going in I knew Kellan's story. But hearing it from him kept me entranced. The deep rooted pain from his childhood and the scars it left on his heart are all evident from the very first page.  If you thought you fell head over heels in love with this rock god in Thoughtless you are in for it when it comes to Thoughtful. Your heart won't be able to handle the amount of feels. Throughout the scenes when he is happy I felt all warm and tingly inside. Every scene you thought was heart-wrenching from Kiera's POV took my heart and shattered it into a million pieces. The highs were euphoric while the lows damn near brought me to ugly tears.

"It was beyond all expectation, all reason. It changed me. I would never be the same after this. We would never be the same after this."

S.C. Stephens managed to take a story I had pretty much memorized after reading it so many times and shone a brand a new light onto it. The characters were just as captivating but the difference is you were able to see the dynamics in different relationships. Whether it be between Kellan and Denny, Kiera and Kellan, or the D-bags- every connection felt deeper and more intricate. I was really able to feel for Kellan instead of labeling him as a jerk for betraying his oldest friend. I always knew the D-bags were more like brothers than band mates, but really seeing how they leaned on each other warmed my heart.  And Kiera.... I still don't know how I feel about her. In Thoughtless I hated her - but as the series continued I was able to understand her more. But Thoughtful brought back every ounce of anger I had towards her. I wanted to shake her and scream at her multiple times.

"She was my greatest pain, and my only salvation."

As I said before, Thoughtful did not disappoint in the heart-wrenching ,agonizing angst department. It was beautifully written. With every book S.C. Stephens writes, I feel a deeper connection with the characters in this story. I talk about them like they are actual real-life people. There haven't been many series that have taken such a deep hold on me. That is why I give this book, as well as the series, my highest recommendation. This is definitely a book you should pre-order. You are going to want it sitting on your Kindle the second it goes live!


Q&A with S.C. Stephens

1. What would readers be surprised to find out about you? 

I’m very quiet, and I really don’t like being in the spotlight. Matt and I have a lot in common, except I can’t play an instrument to save my life.

2. Tell us about your writing process. Do you start with an idea or a character? 

I usually start with an idea, and the characters spring to life from there. Do you know what’s going to happen from the beginning or do you figure it out as you write? I typically have a general idea of where I want the story to end up, but things come to me as I’m writing, so the story often changes.

3. How did you choose Kellan’s name? 

Kellan’s name came to me while I was writing, although, I originally had him as Denny and Denny as Kellan. It didn’t take me long to switch them.

4. What was hardest about writing the story from Kellan’s perspective? 

I think the hardest part was making sure everything lined up with the first book. I went through Thoughtless page by page to make sure it was consistent. What was the most fun? Any scene where all of the guys were together. I love the camaraderie between the band members.

5. Why set your books in Seattle? 

I know the city, so I felt comfortable writing about it.


Excerpt

Determined to stop thinking, to just go with whatever happened, I dipped my finger into my drink and wet the backs of our hands. Kiera watched every move I made as I shook some salt over our hands. When she made no move to drink her shot, I broke the ice and took mine so she’d feel more comfortable about doing this with me. My throat was numb from doing J├Ąger shots all night, so it didn’t even burn. It burned for Kiera though.

Her tongue came out to lick the salt off her hand, her mouth opened to receive her drink, and her lips curled around the lime, squeezing its juices. It was an erotic thing to watch. Then her face twisted into a grimace. I chuckled at her reaction, then poured us another round.

The second shot went down easier for her. The third was even easier. We didn’t talk, just drank. And the more alcohol she consumed, the hungrier her eyes became. She was staring at me as tenaciously as the women in the bar did. I did my best to ignore it, but it was difficult to do…I wanted her to look at me like that. I wanted to look at her like that. But I wasn’t about to make any assumptions on what was going to happen tonight. We were just two friends sharing a drink. Two single friends who had almost shared a lot more recently…

By the fourth shot, the alcohol was getting to me. I spilled the tequila trying to pour it in those tiny little glasses. I laughed as I almost dropped the lime from my mouth. I was way beyond buzzing now.

On the fifth shot, everything changed. Just as I was bending down to lick the salt from my skin, Kiera took my hand and ran her tongue over the back of it. She was soft, wet, warm, and felt amazing on my sensitive body. I wanted her to keep doing it, but she pulled back to drink her tequila shot. When she placed her wedge of lime between my lips, my heart sped up. Was she…?

She was. Her mouth reached up to connect with mine. Our lips pressed together as she sucked on the lime. All I could taste was lime and her. It was an intoxicating combination. But it wasn’t nearly satisfying enough. I needed more.

My breath felt strained when Kiera pulled away. Ragged. She teasingly removed the lime from her mouth and set it on the counter. When she seductively licked her fingers, my resolve evaporated. I suddenly didn’t give a shit what we’d been before, or who we’d been with. I didn’t care if she’d dated Denny—that seemed like a long-past memory at the moment. I didn’t care about Evan’s warnings, my regrettable experience with bedding roommates, my promise to Denny to stay away, or my own decision to not cross that uncrossable line. Kiera kissed me. She wanted me. And fuck, I wanted her too.

I took my shot of tequila straight, slammed the glass on the counter, then pulled her back to my mouth, where she belonged.

Our lips moving together felt better than I had imagined. There was so much eager, pent-up passion, I felt like we were both going to burst into flames. I couldn’t get enough of her. My hand on the back of her neck tightened, drawing her in even closer. My other hand found the small of her back. Perfection.



Author Info/Links

S. C. Stephens is a #1 bestselling author who spends her every free moment creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.  In addition to writing, she enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading, listening to music, watching movies, and spending time with her friends and family.  She and her two children reside in the Pacific Northwest.

@SC_Stephens_


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