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Thanks to everyone participating in the FINDING DANDELION blog tour! I’m so grateful for your support! Check out each stop for reviews and teasers. When you visit, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a Kindle Paperwhite and a signed copy of DEAREST CLEMENTINE, the first book in the series. Also, be sure to grab a copy of FINDING DANDELION, the second book, while it’s on SALE for $1.99. (Each book is a stand-alone.)

A big hug to Love Between the Sheets for coordinating the tour!

Monday, July 14

Teacups & Book Love (Review)

Read More Sleep Less Blog (Review)

Smokin Hot Book Blog (Review)

Cruising Susan Book Reviews (Review)

Megpie93′s Book Blog (Review)

Tuesday, July 15

Red Reader’s Reads (Review)

Ebony and Ivory’s Book Harmony (Spotlight)

Wednesday, July 16

Meleth Bookaddicted (Spotlight)

Twin Opinions (Review)

Broadway Girl Book Reviews (Review)

Love Between the Sheets (Review)

Thursday, July 17

Owl Always Be Reading (Review)

Give Me Books (Review)

Summer’s Book Blog (Review)

Kia’s Corner (Spotlight)

Friday, July 18

Young Adult Hollywood (10 Facts About Finding Dandelion)

Mythical Books (Author Interview)

Give Me Books and Boxes (Spotlight)

Deliciously Wicked Books (Review)

Four Chicks Flipping the Pages (Review)

Three Girls and a Book Obsession (Review)

Monday, July 21

Rumpled Sheets Blog (Review)

Blazinbear’s Book Blog (Review)

BeanieBrain Reader (Review)

LeAnn’s Book Reviews (Review)

Tuesday, July 22

Musings of the Bookaholic Fairies, Inc. (Review)

Short and Sassy Book Blurbs (Spotlight)

Renee Entress’s Blog (Review)

Little Read Riding Hood (Review)

Wednesday, July 23

Deal Sharing Aunt (Spotlight)

Undercover Book Reviews (Review)

Cruising Susan (Review)

Thursday, July 24

Book Happiness (Review)

Cecilia Robert (Review)

Friday, July 25

Painful Reads (Review)

2readornottoread (Review)

Luv Books Galore (Spotlight)

Bujoijoi22 (Review)

If you’re still looking for more about the Dearest series, you can check out the Dearest Fan Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dearestseriesfans/

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My second book, FINDING DANDELION, releases today. I want to thank everyone who is posting and RTing my links and, holy crap, actually reading what I write. Thanks for the support, guys! By the way, I’m raffling a Kindle Paperwhite, so be sure to find the giveaway at the bottom.

Here’s a little about the book. First, it’s a stand-alone. So if you haven’t read the first one, DEAREST CLEMENTINE, no worries. (But DEAREST CLEMENTINE is on SALE for FREE on Amazon for another day, so you can still check it out. I’ll post the link at the end of this post.)

In DEAREST CLEMENTINE, you learned Clem has a man-whore of a brother named Jax, who happens to be her twin. FINDING DANDELION is his story. I have a little warning about Jax. He isn’t the gentleman that Gavin is. In fact, I’m almost positive that, at some point, Jax might make you want to chuck your Kindle. But whatever you do, don’t give up on him. He might surprise you.

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GENRE: NA contemporary romance

Synopsis:

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if it means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart. Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

Here are a few fan-made teasers:

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 Book 1, DEAREST CLEMENTINE (FREE  for one more day. Regular price is $1.99.):

Amazon US: click here   Amazon UK: click here

Book 2, FINDING DANDELION (On SALE for $1.99 for a limited time)

Amazon: click here   Amazon UK: click here

 

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GIVEAWAY:

Okay, so maybe you just came because your e-reader sucks. If so, I hope you win my raffle! Prizes include one signed copy of DEAREST CLEMENTINE and one Kindle Paperwhite.

(Kindle Paperwhite is open to US entrants ONLY. International participants will be awarded the monetary value in the form of an Amazon Gift Card if you win. The signed paperback is open to international participants.)

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My friend Angie Sandro releases her book DARK PARADISE today. I’ll just tell you that I’m kind of in love with her cover, and the book sounds awesome, so I’m heading over to one-click. Hope you will too. Scroll down to read an excerpt and enter the giveaway. xoxo, Lex

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DARK LEGACY

Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

DEADLY SECRETS

Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he wonders if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything-their families, their love, and even their lives.

EXCERPT:

He looks down, and our eyes meet.

“Kiss me,” I blurt out.

“What?” His breathing quickens. “What did you say?

Oh, shit! I just propositioned him. Me, squeaky clean, cowardly Mala. Lack of oxygen must’ve given me brain damage. I take a shaky breath and straighten in his arms. “I said kiss me.” My voice cracks. “It’s okay. I won’t punch you or anything. You have my permission.”

“Your head’s not on straight.” Landry gazes off across the water … distant, cold. Oh, so sad, and it breaks my heart. All I want at this moment is to drink the pain in his eyes. Guzzle it down so it never fills him again. I know nothing’s forever. A momentary patch is about all the comfort I can give him, but maybe for now, it’s enough. For both of us.

“I know. I’m scared.” I take Landry’s face between my hands, holding tight when he tries to pull away. “Stop. Listen. Why do I have to keep dealing with the craziness of my life alone? I’m so tired … Why is it wrong to want to escape?”

My trembling fingers lightly trace the curve of his jaw. I never in a million years thought I could be so bold. I’ve always protected my heart because I feared it would get squished. Being afraid hasn’t gotten me anywhere but alone. “I like you, Landry. And … and I think you like me. At least a little bit, right? You make me feel safe … alive. Maybe … maybe I can make you feel the same way.”

His eyes, thick, black lashes outlining luminous silver, close as I trace my fingers across his eyelids. I press my lips to the angled plane of his cheekbone in a gentle kiss. His skin tastes salty from sweat and smells of grass. Rich and pungent. Intoxicating. His stomach muscles tighten against mine, but he doesn’t move. I kiss the other cheek, then tilt his head toward mine and brush my lips across his, so lightly that it’s more a mingling of breath.

My tongue caresses his lips. I taste him in small nibbles, and then, feeling bold, I pull his plump bottom lip between my teeth, gently teasing him until he finally responds.

Impatient, he threads his fingers into my hair so I can’t pull away. His tongue flicks against mine as I open my mouth to his, deepening the connection between us. I’ve heard about French kisses, in high school the girls giggled about them and rated the boys according to skill, but until now, I’ve never liked a guy enough to want his tongue in my mouth. Landry rated pretty high on the Awesome Kisser scale. Now I understand why.

The rush of excitement chases away any lingering fear. At some point, he stretches out on the ground, and I lay on top of him. My hands caress his wide shoulders and rise to tangle in his silky hair. I rub against his chest, wishing our clothing didn’t separate us. I want to feel the softness of his skin against mine. I want to trace the tempting dimple in the small of his back and lick the faded scar to the left of his belly button.

Yeah, I totally peeked when he did his striptease in the boat. I may be the queen of denial, but I couldn’t deny myself the sculpted beauty of Landry Prince in all his glory. I pull my mouth free of his lips and slide down the hard length of his body. He sucks in a breath, stomach tightening when I run trembling hands up his chest, lifting his T-shirt to give me access to that scar. I trace my tongue around it a swirl of motion, like licking an ice cream cone. He tastes ten times better than chocolate—maybe like chocolate and caramel with marshmallow chunks—all gooey and melty in my mouth. So tasty that I want to lap him up. But I bite him instead.

Satisfaction throbs at his growl. The soft bit of flesh between my teeth almost sends me over the edge. I’m so hot … burning up inside.

I release him, licking the soft indentations in his skin.

“Mala,” he moans, quivering when I pin his reaching hands to the ground. I give him a wicked grin, then lower my head. I steadily work my way up his chest, biting and licking until I reach his pecs. I run my tongue around his left nipple, then blow across the hard nub. His hips shift, a slight jerk upward. His erection presses against the fabric of his jeans. Is it uncomfortable?

I bite my lip, scared at the bold nature of my thoughts. It’s like years of repressed sexuality screams to be set free. Too many romance novels have given me a working knowledge of what goes on. I can fake it until I make it, but I’ve got to decide right now how far I want to go. Soon I’ll be too far gone.  My body decides for me.

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About Angie Sandro:

Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen. Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father’s family in Louisiana inspired this story. Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

Angie’s SM:

http://anjeasandro.blogspot.com/

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@AngieSandro

 

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Breaking Fences (The Breaking Series, #2)
Genre: NA contemporary romance
Word Count: ~80,000

Release date: June/2014

Cover by: Okay Creations
Summary from Goodreads:
All Beatriz “Bia” Fernandes wants is to prove herself—to her family and friends—though it’s hard to prove anything with an overbearing father and three famous polo-playing older brothers. After her acceptance into college results in a heated family argument, the Brazilian girl leaves everything behind to find her own American dream.

College life away from home is perfect until the people she believes to be her friends turn on her. With lies and rumors threatening to suffocate her, Bia turns to her only freedom. Riding.

But one thing gets in the way of her escape. Garrett Blackwell and his bad cowboy attitude. Working at the ranch is his obligation, bugging Bia is his newfound hobby. His thick skin and easy grin don’t hide what Bia already knows—this misunderstood and lonely cowboy fights his own demons. Brushing horses’ coats and mucking out stalls shouldn’t be this sexy, and it isn’t long before he becomes a part of her distraction.However, escaping won’t solve her problems, and it’s up to Bia to break down the fences around her and prove her strength—not to her family and friends, but to herself … and for Garrett. Because standing on her own doesn’t have to mean standing alone.
** Companion novel of Breaking the Reins. Can be read out of order.**

 

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EXCERPT of BREAKING FENCES:

I fed the horses, made sure they had plenty of water, asked Tom which horses to get ready, and after he spat out the names of eight of them, I got them tacked and into the arena.

The guide, Larry, a man of about forty with sand-blond hair and a mustache, arrived five minutes before the first customer did and he didn’t even say thanks for all I did.

By the time the group left, I was exhausted. I went inside, grabbed some water from the fountain inside Tom’s office, and sat on the second to last step of a flight of stairs directly across from Midnight’s stall. I could hear hammering and cursing coming from the tack room, but honestly, I was too tired to move a muscle, let alone stand to go see if they were all right.

Midnight stuck his head out of the stall and nickered at me. He had tried catching my attention all morning, but the most I did was pet him while I checked on his food and water.

“Hey, big boy. How is it going?” He moved his head up and down, and I smiled. “Sorry. Can’t move. Give me a few minutes and I promise I’ll pet you, okay?”

He nickered again and I watched him. He was so beautiful, so strong, so alive. If I were in any condition, I would be tacking him right now and taking him for a ride.

Tom came out of the tack room cursing.

“How is it going in there?” I asked.

He cursed some more and walked past me. He went into his office and came back a minute later, carrying a box of nails and a hammer. He branded it in the air. “Broke the other one.”

“What?” I laughed.

He glared at me. “It’s not funny.” He disappeared into the tack room.

I stayed seated on the stairs for over fifteen minutes, while hammering and cursing echoed on the background. Finally, I was able to move again. Midnight nickered as soon as I stood. Smiling, I approached him and embraced him. He nipped at my hair and muzzled my neck.

“Are you gonna make out with the horse?” Garrett asked.

I turned my face to his voice. He was under the doorframe of the tack room. “He’s not my type.”

Garrett raised an eyebrow. “What type is your type?”

Boldness filled me. “I like tall guys, with strong arms, who usually wear cowboy boots and hats. Oh, my kind of guy also rocks dirty jeans and a sweaty T-shirt.”

The corner of his lip curled up, and he shook his head. “Too much bark, not too much bite.”

I let go of Midnight, turned around, and leaned against the horse stall, staring at him while Midnight poked my back with his muzzle.

“Come closer and we’ll see about that.”

His eyes darkened and his jaw popped. He took a step toward me.

 

About the Author:
New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.
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One of the best aspects of indie publishing is picking my own covers. Having said that, it’s also incredibly scary because, dear God, what if I pick the wrong one? Then there’s no one to blame but myself.

After encountering one of those situations with my first novel, Dearest Clementine, I turned to two friends, Becca and Krista Ritchie, for help. You might know them as the authors of the Addicted or Calloway Sisters series. I’m a total fangirl of their work, and if you take a peek at their books, you might notice that their covers kick ass. That’s because Krista designs them.

After complaining about how I needed to change the cover for Clementine, Krista offered to help… and then she whipped up the most gorgeous cover ever. Well, until she designed Finding Dandelion.

It feels wrong to gush over my own cover. It probably is, but I don’t care because Krista captured the essence of the Finding Dandelion perfectly. I should add that I was not an easy client. She developed a dozen totally different mock-ups, not to mention variations on several of those. Although each was beautiful and striking, she encouraged me to hold out until we found THE ONE. (Yes, we talk about it like finding the perfect man. Trust me–neither is an easy feat.) And to me, that’s what she created, the perfect cover. The one that makes my fingers itch to touch it. The one that makes me want to dive between the pages.

So, thank you, Krista, for the creating two of the most gorgeous covers ever! I can’t wait to see what you design for my third book!

Below, you’ll find the synopsis and an excerpt for Finding Dandelion, along with a raffle to win arcs and an Amazon gift card. I hope you’ll check it out when it releases on JULY 11. It’s a tad bit steamier than book 1, so be warned. A big thank you also to Love Between the Sheets for coordinating my cover reveal and blog tour.

xo, Lex

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TITLE: FINDING DANDELION (a stand-alone novel in the DEAREST series)

RELEASE DATE: July 11, 2014

GENRE: NA contemporary romance

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SYNOPSIS

When soccer all-star Jax Avery collides with Dani Hart on his twenty-first birthday, their connection is instantaneous and explosive. For the first time in years, Jax isn’t interested in his usual hit-it and quit-it approach.

But Dani knows better. Allowing herself a night to be carefree and feel the intensity of their attraction won’t change anything when it comes to dealing with a player. So when Jax doesn’t recognize Dani the next time he sees her, it shouldn’t be a total shock. The fact that he’s her new roommate’s brother? That’s a shock.

Dani doesn’t regret that night with Jax, just the need to lie about it. Since her roommate has made it clear what she thinks about her brother’s “type” of girl, the last thing Dani wants is to admit what happened.

Jax knows he’s walking a fine line on the soccer team. One more misstep and he’s off the roster, his plans to go pro be damned. Except he can’t seem to care. About anything… except for the one girl who keeps invading his dreams.

Despite Jax’s fuzzy memory of his hot hookup with his sister’s friend, he can’t stay away from her, even if that means breaking his own rules. But there are bigger forces at work–realities that can end Dani’s college career and lies that can tear them apart.

Jax realizes what he’s losing if Dani walks away, but will he sacrifice his future to be with her? And will she let him if he does?

FINDING DANDELION, the second book in the Dearest series, is a stand-alone novel. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content.

EXCERPT

Reid and Ashley disappear as I get lost in his kiss. We stand there while bodies crash around us to the music, and I’m caught against him like a wave breaking on the beach.

I don’t know what possessed me to kiss this guy out of the blue and pretend that we were somehow together. Right now, I’m blaming the three apple martinis. I just couldn’t stand one more interaction with Reid where I stammered like some kind of loser.

Am I imagining it or did I just tell off my ex? It’s hard to think clearly when I’m pressed up against this beautiful creature. I trail my hands up along his tall frame, dipping the tips of my fingers against the hard ridges and planes of his chest. He looks good in clothes, but the thought of what he looks like without anything on does delicious things to my body. I try to burn the sensation of what he feels like into my memory.

When we finally pull back for air, we stop to look at each other. And then we laugh.

“Holy shit.” I put my hand to my mouth, for the first time embarrassed that I’ve been trying to swallow him whole for the last five minutes. “Hi.”

He grins back. “Hi.”

I don’t hear him so much as read his lips, which I can appreciate now that my mouth isn’t sealed against them. His head slants as though he’s pondering some deep thought, like maybe how he spent the last few minutes locking tongues with a crazy girl who doesn’t even know him.

And then my world slows down as I realize who he is.

Holy shit. It’s the sexy guy from the pizza place.

Jax.

Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)

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Series info: Bowler University Series #1

Category/Genre: New Adult Romance

Publisher: William Morrow Impulse/HarperCollins

Release Date: June 3

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Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new college math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends–both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.

Max Payton

The Boyfriend

“Is that your way of saying you’re kinky? I think I could handle it.”

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Lea Travers

The Fighter

“You steal one of my fries, and I’ll castrate you.”

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Megan Erickson grew up in a family that averages 5’3” on a good day and started writing to create characters who could reach the top kitchen shelf.

She’s got a couple of tattoos, has a thing for gladiators, and has been called a crazy cat lady. After working as a journalist for years, she decided she liked creating her own endings better and switched back to fiction.

She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kids and two cats. And no, she still can’t reach the stupid top shelf.

WHERE TO FIND MEGAN ONLINE:

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Just wanted to share my new and much improved cover for DEAREST CLEMENTINE, compliments of the fantastically talented Krista and Becca Ritchie. Okay, Krista designed it, but Becca asked her to help me out. (AND, Krista is designing the rest of the series, so keep an eye out for those reveals!) Hugs and kisses to you both!

This is where I throw confetti because I’m so in love with the new design, which I think better reflects the sexy undertones of the book. Cause, hello, Gavin. He’s got it hot for this girl. And this is why…

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DEAREST CLEMENTINE (with the new cover) is on sale for 99 cents for a limited time. Don’t forget that FINDING DANDELION (Jax’s book), the second in the series, goes live on July 11. Hope you’ll check them both out.

Purchase DEAREST CLEMENTINE on AMAZON.

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