terça-feira, 8 de setembro de 2015

♡ Release Blitz + #Review + #Giveaway ♡ The End Game by Kate McCarthy @KMacinOZ @givemebooksblog




The End Game
by
Kate McCarthy

Cover Design: Mae I Design & Photography

Release Date: September 8, 2015





✾ Synopsis ✾


"Professional athletes are pillars of their respective communities. They are heroes in the eyes of boys and girls and are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that positively represents their community."

The public loves a good scandal. Seeing someone fall from the pinnacle of success makes a great headline. No one knows that better than I do. What started out as a promising career in college football, spiraled into scandal and shame.

But being a hero is easier said then done. Especially when there are those who expected to see the great Brody Madden fail. I craved nothing except being the best — willing to do anything to prove them wrong. But I went too far, and I tried too hard, and it broke me.

"At the time of going to print, Jordan Elliott was unavailable for comment."

I met Brody Madden in my senior year of college. An Australian native on an international scholarship, I was the female soccer sensation with stars in her eyes and no room for a hotshot wide receiver with a chip on his shoulder.

But a heart bursting with ambition and a driving fire to succeed isn't made of stone. I became his strength, his obsession, and the greatest love of his life. Only I wasn't there when he needed me most.

This is a story about love and a game that takes everything. Where the path to glory is paved with sacrifice. Where pressure makes you, or breaks you, and triumph is born in the ashes of failure. Where two people's end game will change everything.












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Loved it!!!

Brody Madden

Jordan Elliott is an Australian soccer player. She received an international sports scholarship to play in Texas and finish her senior year. She is focused on her career and finishing college. What she didn't expect was meeting Brody Madden.
Brody Madden is an American football player and is on his senior year at college. He is solely focused on football but also finishing college. But he didn't expect to meet Jordan Elliott.
Will Jordan's and Brody's priorities change? Will they find a way to be together despite their different goals and different backgrounds?

The End Game is an amazing book with an awesome story. The story is very well written and it takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of emotions. It has laughter, drama and hot scenes that keep the reader hooked from the first page.
I loved how Jordan and Brody's relationship developed and the ups and downs of their relationship. I really, really, really loved the epilogue.






The End Game has great characters. The way that Kate McCarthy created them makes the reader connect with them and root for them.
Jordan Elliott moves to Texas to follow her dream of becoming a professional soccer player. She only has her brother and she wants to make him proud of her and show him that all his sacrifices paid off. She is very strong, independent and stubborn, but also has a huge heart. She is torn between her feeling for Brody and her carreer.
Brody Madden's world was always football. He loves the game and does everything to be the best. He has a learning disability and his parents always shamed him for it, making Brody feel weak and a disappointment. He wants to succeed in football to show them that he can be someone they can be proud of. When he meets Jordan, everything changes for him.
I loved Brody's and Jordan's friends. They are an awesome and very supportive group.

Kate McCarthy did an amazing job with The End Game. She wrote a breathtaking book with an amazing story and great characters. Her writting is flawless and the way she writes makes the reader connect with the story and the characters. Can't wait to read more and would love to read more about Jaxon.








✿ Excerpt ✿


Shutting the door, I walk up the slight incline behind Brody. He sits down at the top of the crest and pats the grassy spot beside him.

"You didn't mention this part when you explained our date."

"I can't give away all my secrets now, can I?"

The grass is a thick blanket on the ground and when I stretch out flat, the rich, earthy scent of soil sweeps over me. My eyes lift to the sky and that's when I get it. It's perfectly clear and millions of stars are scattered diamonds twinkling above us — bright and magical.

"Besides," Brody adds as he lies down beside me and sweeps out his arm, encompassing all of it. "How do you explain that?"

He's right. You can't. "It's beautiful."

"Is this what the stars are like for you back home?"

"No. Back home it's different."

"Different how?"

Homesickness swamps me. As beautiful as Texas is, it's not Australia. Somehow the stars are always brighter where you belong. "Because there's no place like home."

"You're wrong."

I turn my head and stare at Brody. He's not looking at me. His head is tilted toward the sky, eyes riveted on the beauty above him. My gaze follows the line of his profile. From the curl of his hair to the perfect line of his nose, down to the mouth I want kissing me right this very instant.

"Home's not a place where you live. It's a feeling." His hand nudges my own. An invitation. I twine my fingers with his and he squeezes them lightly. "Whether it's where you are, like the football field, or who you're with." Brody turns his head, looking at me when he says that. It's comforting because it unites us somehow, like it's slowly becoming us against the world. "You can be anywhere, Jordan. Home will follow you if you follow your heart."

My breath hitches from the beautiful simplicity of his words. Before I can talk myself out of it, I roll over and straddle him. My knees hug his hips, and he stares up at me from my seated position. My pulse pounds a heavy beat in the silence. Thump, thump, thump. It's so loud in my ears I'm sure he can hear it.

"Show me," I breathe. A gleam lights his dark eyes, and he sucks his lower lip inside his mouth. He knows what I'm asking, but I spell it out anyway. "Show me one of those wicked things."

In a move that steals the air from my lungs, he takes both my hands and pulls me down against the broad width of his chest. I'm rolled over and underneath him before I can blink. The squirm in my hips is instinctive, the ache between my thighs relentless.

"Careful what you ask for," Brody says roughly, every exquisite inch of his body pressing down on mine.

"Why?"

His lips curve. "Because when I give it to you, it won't be enough."

My fingers trail down the side of his face, grazing the firm jaw, cupping his cheek in my palm. Foreboding swamps me. I'm falling hard into uncharted territory, and all I see is a broken mess at the end. How is this going to end well for either of us?

"You're an arrogant man, Brody Madden," I whisper.

He brings his face to mine, so close I see the brilliant gold in his eyes, like flecks of light in the dark. "And you, Jordan Elliott, will be the woman who brings me to my knees," he whispers against my lips.

"Show me," I beg on a shaky breath.

Brody's lashes lower and he presses a kiss to the corner of my mouth. I tilt my chin upwards, inviting more. Rather than take my lips like I ache for him to do, he shifts sideways and begins nipping at my jaw. His breath is a rasp when he reaches my earlobe, taking it between his teeth. A sharp pinch from his bite forces a whimper from my throat.

"More?" he asks, drawing back to look at me.

"Is that even a real question?"

Brody chuckles as I slide my hand up and around his nape, dragging his mouth down to mine. He groans and kisses me gently, once, and then twice.

"Brody," I whisper, and he kisses me again, forcing my mouth open hard like he can't hold himself in check anymore. My hair is loose and he fists chunks of it in both hands while his tongue rubs against mine, hot and aggressive. It's almost too much, and when I jerk away I'm left gasping.

Brody doesn't pause. He ducks his head to my neck, his tongue tasting its way down. He finds my pulse point and sucks. It's fierce and my back arches involuntarily. His mouth shifts further down, moving on before he leaves a mark.

Sitting up, he takes the neckline of my dress in both hands. Five dainty buttons hold it together. A single wrench will rip the flimsy fabric in two. He pauses and looks at me, inhaling raggedly. "Jordan... I don't want to ruin it."

My brow furrows. I glance to the hands poised on my dress. They're tense, veins straining under his skin. My head is lost in a fog when my gaze returns to his face. "Ruin my dress?"

Brody groans, a deep sound of regret and frustration. "Us."

"You don't want to ruin us?"

He draws his hands away from the neckline of my dress. "No."

"How would you do that?"

"I don't know. I just get this feeling I'm going to." He shifts away, moving off me and rolling to his back. I turn my head. Brody's gaze is back on the stars. I watch his throat work as he swallows, the pulse in his neck pounding visibly. "All I've ever wanted is to be the best. Whatever it takes. I'll do anything. That's how I'll ruin us, Jordan. How can something so sweet survive a sentiment so dark?"

I roll to my side, holding my head in my hand. Cupping his face with the other, I nudge gently until he's looking at me. "I won't let you."

Brody's voice is urgent, his eyes fierce. "Promise me."

I can't shake the apprehension. It's set in my bones and when I speak it feels like a lie. "I promise."








✿ The Author ✿


Kate McCarthy is an Australian, living in the pretty sunshine state of Queensland with her two kids and two dogs, Rufus and Pete.

She loves to bake sweet stuff and eat it too. With an exciting degree in business, she works as an accountant by day, and an author by night. In between family life, she is most often found in bed reading, or at the beach, still reading.



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♡ Release Day Blitz + #Giveaway ♡ My Kind of Forever‏ (The Beaumont Series #5) by Heidi McLaughlin @heidijovt #LiamAndJosieForever




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My Kind of Forever‏
The Beaumont Series #5
by
Heidi McLaughlin





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​Liam Page knows music and a life of solitude, but that all changed when he returned to Beaumont. The once notorious bad boy lead singer of 4225 West is now living the domesticated life with his wife and high school sweetheart, Josie, and their son, Noah. Life is good for the Westbury family.

Josie Westbury loves everything about her life. She's happily married. She has a successful business and a son who keeps her active. The only thing she longs for is another child.

Torn between his love for music and his love for his family, Liam finds he's needed back in Los Angeles and the place where it all began. Josie is apprehensive, but knows this is what's best for Liam and the bands career; however, it doesn't take long for her biggest fears to start coming true.

Liam and Josie's story continues in this last installment of The Beaumont Series.










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​The way the mirror on my dressing table is angled gives me the perfect opportunity to watch Liam undress. This is my favorite ritual, morning and night. I'll take the chance anytime I can to watch him methodically peel off his clothes. He's a man who unties his shoes first, placing them back on the shoe rack. His socks are next, followed by his shirt. My peeping tom ways are often rewarded when he's wearing a dress shirt. Not only do I get to watch the muscles in his back flex as he pushes each button through the ridiculously small hole, but his undressing is prolonged. He takes his t-shirt off the same way every time and when he pulls the collar from behind and the shirt slowly lifts inch by inch, my mouth waters. My lips become dry and my knuckles ache from my hand clutching my hairbrush. The clank of his belt buckle and the almost too silent pop of the fabric from his button down jeans have me staring intently into the mirror. My make-up is only half off, my mouth wide open and I'm the picture of someone who needs serious help. And let's not get started on the way he gets dressed...

He knows I watch him. This is a game to him. He could sleep in or stay up late, but he doesn't. Liam gets up with me in the morning and goes to bed when I do at night and I'm starting to think it's because his intention is to have me committed. I may or may not have a drooling issue when it comes to staring at my husband. You'd think that after watching him grow up that I'd be used to his body, but the truth of the matter is, he didn't fully grow until he left Beaumont. I missed the transformation from teenage boy to man. Sometimes I think I'm happy that I did, but other times, I think about all the other women out there that have experienced his transformation. I hate them all. I'm jealous of them and I don't know why. I have him now. He chose me.

His jeans drop to the ground and he kicks them aside, depriving me of the chance to watch him bend over to pick them up. I find myself leaning into my vanity to get a better look as his thumbs dip into the waistband of his boxer briefs. Men find women's lingerie sexy and appealing. It turns them on. The look and feel teases them and they love it. I never thought about men in their underwear until I saw Liam in his. Over the years he's maintained his muscles, yet has a more defined physique. His boxers aren't sagging in places they shouldn't. My husband could be an underwear model with his form fitting briefs, although I don't know if I'd want the world to see what he only shares with me. The cotton fabric pools at his feet. He steps out of them and turns around, showing me his naked body... a body only for my eyes, my hands, my lips and any other part of me.

"How long are you going to stare at me?" I swallow hard as my eyes flash to his and a wicked grin plays across my lips.

"Until my eyes no longer work," I tell him. "Or until you tell me to stop."

"Hmm that'll be never," he says as he walks near me.





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​Wake Up by Eric Heatherly

Painkillers by Eric Heatherly

She's Like the Wind by Patrick Swayze

Purple Rain by Prince

Locked Away by R. City

Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd

Inseparable by Mariah Carey

Animals by Maroon 5

Northern Lights by Cider Sky

Need You Now by Lady Antebellum





✿ The Series ✿


Forever My Girl
The Beaumont Series #1
by
Heidi McLaughlin





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My Everything
The Beaumont Series #1.5
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Heidi McLaughlin





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My Unexpected Forever
The Beaumont Series #2
by
Heidi McLaughlin





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Finding My Forever
The Beaumont Series #3
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Heidi McLaughlin





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Finding My Way
The Beaumont Series #4
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Heidi McLaughlin





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12 Days of Forever
The Beaumont Series #4.5
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✿ Heidi's Books ✿


Lost in You
Lost in You #1
by
Heidi McLaughlin





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Lost in Us
Lost in You #1.5
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Heidi McLaughlin





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Here With Me
The Archer Brothers #1
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Choose Me
The Archer Brothers #2
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The Reeducation of Savannah McGuire
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Heidi McLaughlin





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Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.

During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.



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♡ Book Blitz + #Giveaway ♡ Warrior (First to Fight #1) by Nicole Blanchard + Excerpt @blanchardbooks @IndieSagePromo




Warrior
First to Fight #1
by
Nicole Blanchard

Publication Date: September 9, 2015

Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Suspense





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I thought it was just one night.

I knew he was about to leave for a year – no chance for a future.

But our one night together would create memories for a lifetime.

Our paths crossed again, but I ad lied, kept a secret from him, one he would never forgive me for.

But my secret was about to be ripped open. Displayed for the world on national news. And I had only one way to repair the damage.

I had to trust the man I lied to.

The man I never got the chance to make a life for.

The only man who could save what we had created together.













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Nicole Blanchard lives in Florida with her daughter, and their menagerie of animals. She quit college to chase her own fairy tale that spanned the course of three continents and contained it's fair share of dragons. Now, she owns her own business and pretends to be an adult.

She survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. When not reading, she's lavishing attention on her family or inhaling every episode of Charmed and Sex in the City.



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♡ Release Day + #Giveaway ♡ Finding You (Love Wanted in Texas #4) by Kelly Elliott @KellyElliottAuthor @InkSlingerPR




Finding You
Love Wanted in Texas #4
by
Kelly Elliott

Release Date: September 9th 2015





✾ Synopsis ✾


If Grace Johnson knew one thing at all, it was that all men were dirtbags.

All men... except Noah Bennet.

"I was lost in his eyes. Lost in his tears. My goal was to pull him out of the darkness... even if it dragged me in as well."

If Noah Bennet knew one thing at all, it was he needed Grace Johnson.

Needed her... desperately.

"My pain was pulling me under... she was my only saving grace."

Grace is willing to put everything on the line to help bring back the man she is hopelessly in love with. Even if it costs her the future she's been longing for.

"If finding you means losing a part of me... I'll do it."












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I wasn't done setting up. "Shit! I still need to finish getting everything ready." Rushing into the house, I made my way to the backyard, where I saw everything had already been set up. Looking to my left, I saw Will with two older guys. One looked familiar.

Very familiar.

Oh shit.

It's Grace's dad.

I'm so fucking dead right now.

The other guy walked up to me and smiled. "Hey, assmole. You want to date my Grace?"

Assmole? His Grace?

Looking back at Will, he stood there smiling.

Turning back to the guy standing in front of me, I asked, "Ah... I'm sorry. Your Grace?"

Nodding his head, he said again, "That's right, assmole. Grace is my niece. Jeff said you're not allowed to have my Grace."

Turning to Will, I asked in a hushed tone, "Assmole? Did he call me... assmole?"

"Daddy? Uncle Matt? What are you doing here?"

Spinning around, I saw Grace standing there with a smile on her face. She glanced to the picnic and then to the flowers in my hand as her face lit up bright, I couldn't help but smile back as she gazed into my eyes and whispered, "Noah, did you do this?"

"I wanted to surprise you."

Grace went to talk when her Uncle Matt tapped me on the shoulder. "You like Grace? You want to kiss Grace?"

Grace giggled and looked at Matt. "Oh, Uncle Matt. I missed you!"

Matt smiled. "Can I hug you, Grace?"

Nodding, Grace held open her arms as Matt quickly walked into them and gave her a hard but fast hug. Turning to me, he asked, "Assmole, can I hug you?"

"Um, sure?" I said as I looked around at everyone staring at me. Grace and Will wore smiles, but Jeff looked at me like he wanted to take my head off.

Matt walked up and hugged the hell out of me. He was fucking strong and I was not expecting him to squeeze me so tight. Stepping back, Matt laughed, then turned to Jeff. "Why do you want to hurt him, Jeff? He's nice."


Copyright 2015 Finding You Kelly Elliott








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Without You
Love Wanted in Texas #1





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Without You is book one in the Love Wanted in Texas series.

Alex and Will have spent months keeping their relationship hidden from their families. Getting caught prematurely causes them to admit their love for each other to their parents.

One decision made by Alex's father changes her entire world, shattering her plans for the future. Alex always thought Will was the very air she breathed, but life has a way of causing doubts for the one thing she thought was absolute... their love.

Can Will's promise to Alex be enough for her to hold on to or will she find herself moving down a different path that she never imagined for herself?








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Saving You
Love Wanted in Texas #2





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This can be read as a standalone, but it is better with the series.

What happens when your head and heart contradict each other regarding the one person you've always wanted?

Growing up, Luke Johnson and Libby Hayes thought they would be best friends forever.

One kiss changed everything.

Fearing his love for Libby could cost him their friendship, Luke chooses to listen to his head — instead of his heart.

Will the regrets of denying the one person Luke wants to give himself to, end up leaving him lost and alone? Or will Libby be able to save him with her love?








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Holding You
Love Wanted in Texas #3





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This can be read as a standalone, but it is better with the series.

Lauren Reynolds wanted only two things in life — to run her father's horse breeding business and Colt Matthews. Fearing Colt would take her position within the family business, she tried to push him far away from her heart.

When life could no longer keep Lauren and Colt apart, their two worlds became one. Every second of every moment, they spent together. Their love bloomed into something neither of them imagined — a bond so strong Lauren and Colt believed nothing would ever stand in their way.

However, life threw a cruel twist into Colt and Lauren's planned happily ever after. Will fate let them live out the life they dreamed of, or will one of them be left alone, lost and angry?

"I'll spend forever holding you... even if it's only in my memory."








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Kelly Elliott is married to a wonderful Texas cowboy who has a knack for making her laugh almost daily and supports her crazy ideas and dreams for some unknown reason... he claims it's because he loves her!
She's also a mom to an amazing daughter who is constantly asking for something to eat while her fingers move like mad on her cell phone sending out what is sure to be another very important text message.
In her spare time she loves to sit in her small corner overlooking the Texas hill country and write.

One of her favorite things to do is go for hikes around her property with Gus... her chocolate lab and the other man in her life, and Rose, her golden retriever. When Kelly is not outside helping the hubby haul brush, move rocks or whatever fun chore he has in store for her that day, you'll find her inside reading, writing or watching HGTV.



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