30 August 2013

{Blog Tour Stop+Top 10+Giveaway} Bully by Penelope Douglas

Hello, my lovelies!
I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour for Bully. Let me tell you a little story first before I proceed. I got Bully as a freebie from Amazon. I didn't think much of it, after all, it's a freebie, right? I love freebies but I'll be the first to admit, most freebies I get just get lost under my TBR pile. 

But then I hit another one of those dreaded book slumps. None of the books I have seems to appeal until I read the synopsis for Bully. I wasn't expecting anything at all but when I started reading, I was hooked. I got found myself loving Tate and then Jared, and then both of them. It was what I needed at the right moment and I loved every single moment of it. I still do. I've reread this thrice already and I loved it every single time. 

So, as part of the tour, Ever After Romance will be sharing with you guys a special top 10 list from Tate and Jared themselves. You'll also find the links where you can purchase the book in ebook and paperback format, and guess what? Bully is on sale right now. So just read the rest of this post, click on the links, leave a comment and enjoy!!
Title: Bully
Series: A Fall Away Novel, Book #1
Author: Penelope Douglas
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2013
Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn
Purchase Link: Amazon eBook I Amazon paperback

My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

*This novel contains adult/mature young adult situations. It is only suitable for ages 18+ due to language, violence, and sexual situations.
**This book is the first in a series but can be read as a STAND ALONE. The next books will focus on side characters from this story.

To read my review for Bully, click HERE.

Jared’s Top 5 Date Ideas for Tate

Let me see….if she’s barely dressed, and I can put my hands on her, then it’s all good.  But wait, oh yeah. This is about her, right?!

1.    A rock/metal concert.
2.    Go Karts
3.    Roller Coasters
4.    Beach walking in the rain
5.    Swimming and Picnic at the lake

Tate’s Top 5 Date Ideas for Jared

1.    Paintballing
2.    Go Karts
3.    A road trip (music, backseats…)
4.    Movie Night in the Park
5.    And he’d pass on all of those in favor of “other” activities *rolls eyes*

Penelope Douglas is a writer and teacher in Las Vegas. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, she is the oldest of five children. Penelope attended the University of Northern Iowa, earning a Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, because her father told her to "just get the degree!" She then earned a Masters of Science in Education at Loyola University in New Orleans, because she hated Public Administration. One night, she got tipsy and told the bouncer at the bar where she worked that his son was hot, and three years later they were married. To the son, not the bouncer. They have spawn, but just one. A daughter named Aydan. Penelope loves sweets, the show Sons of Anarchy, and she shops at Target almost daily.
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29 August 2013

{Book Blitz} Ruin by C.J. Scott

Ruin by C.J. Scott (A Summer in Winter Novel 1) 
Publication date: August 2013 
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Kate Bell isn’t perfect. Not even close. The things she got up to in college would cause her parents to fall off their pedestals in shock. Home for the summer vacation, Kate settles in for a long, boring break in the tiny backwater of Winter with folks who still treat her like she’s twelve.

Then Ben Parker arrives and suddenly Winter gets interesting. He’s hot, mysterious and good with his hands. Kate falls for him instantly, but her cop father warns her to stay away. But how can she stay away from someone as compelling as Ben? Someone who thinks she’s perfect just the way she is?

When Ben’s secrets catch up to him, not only is Kate’s heart in danger of being broken, but Ben’s entire future could be ruined.
"So Ben Parker, if I want you and you want me...what's the problem?"
"You don't like to beat around the bush, do you?"
"We don't have time for that. We only have one night."
"Yeah," he said softly. "Don't I know it."
I turned so that I was fully facing him, one elbow on the railing. "Is that why you're reluctant? Because you're leaving tomorrow?"
"No. Yes. Partly." He shook his head. "It's complicated. I'm complicated."
"You're a guy. You can't be too complicated." I smiled and he smiled back sadly. "I'm listening if you want to explain all your complications to me."
He shook his head. "I can't."
"Look," I said. "I get that stuff has happened in your past that you want to forget."
He straightened. "What makes you think that?"
"You're traveling around the country with only one bag and no money. Not only that, but you got off the bus in a place with no jobs. If I wasn't mistaken, I'd say you're trying to lose yourself."
He leaned on the railing again, his hands dangling over into nothing. He looked out to the garden, but it had grown darker in the last few minutes, and it was difficult to make out more than just shapes. "You'll make a great criminologist, Kate. I have no doubt you'll go far in whatever you decide to do."
"Thanks. That's very sweet of you. But it has nothing to do with the question at hand."
"The question?"
I leaned over until my lips were near his ear. My breath fanned his hair. "Will you kiss me, Ben?" It was the wine talking. It had to be. I'd never been so brazen with any man before. I never made the first move, never took a chance on being rejected.
But I knew Ben wanted me. I just didn't know why he pushed me away.
***To read the extended version of this scene and discover what Ben has tattooed on his shoulder, check out C.J.'s website http://www.cjscottbooks.com

C.J. loves reading stories that take her away to another world. If she’s in the middle of an amazing book, she’ll keep reading while cooking or cleaning (when she can be bothered doing either).

She likes interesting artwork but can’t paint, sketch or make anything more complicated than a snowman from plasticine. She enjoys beautiful gardens but hates gardening. She also hates housework, cooking (see above) and writing about herself.

C.J. loves connecting with readers. The best place to interact with her and other fans is via her Facebook page. That’s where she posts teasers and other stuff from her books.