Release Day and Review – Austin by S.L. Scott (From the Inside Out)

 

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Ever since that fateful day, I became an expert at avoidance.

Avoiding attachments. Avoiding relationships. Avoiding love. 

My company became my constant, the only companion I needed… until a chance encounter with Jules Weston. I met her at a most vulnerable moment. Despite the tears that streaked her face, I fell in love the first time I ever laid eyes on her. I needed her in my life.

She was broken, but I knew I could heal her. I would wait until she let me into her heart, allowing me to love her. And maybe, just maybe, one day she could heal me too.




 
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I’ve loved everything about S.L. Scott’s From the Inside Out series. The premise alone is enough to get me excited. A series of four books about Juliet, Dylan and Austin, with a chance to choose the ending you want. It’s not just a series, it’s an event, and one that everybody should be part of.
Because I don’t want to spoil the story for you, my review is going to be deliberately vague. The set up of the four books is this; Jude is a girl who has been hardened by lost love, still bitter three years after her college sweetheart, Dylan, left her, taking nearly everything they owned except for a shiny coffee machine. He never told her why, he never gave her any closure, leaving her wondering what went wrong and unable to move forward in life.
Three years later, she bumps into Dylan again, and though she’s angry with him, the spark still remains. At the same time, she starts to see Austin–a client of her business and a rich, succesful businessman. But with her heart torn in two, who will she choose?
The answer is; whoever you want her to choose. That’s the beauty of the series, you get to go with whichever hero you prefer. I loved Austin–he was gorgeous, succesful and truly in love with Jude, so I’m completely team Austin. But there are Dylan supporters too–and they’re just as vocal about their hero, loving his bad-boy edginess, and the second chance they both have in love.
So there you have it, not only are the four books a wonderful read, they’re also the chance to have the author go the way you want her to. And if you’re in the middle, why not buy them both? 

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S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.

She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

 
 
 
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Coming Down New Release, Giveaways and more!

I’m delighted to share my latest release with you. Read on to find out where to buy Coming Down, what it’s about and to enter a super duper giveaway!

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Synopsis
Twenty-eight-year-old Beth Lawrence finally has her life back on track. A job she loves, a wealthy husband and a beautiful home are a far cry from the tragedy that struck when she was nineteen. But now that her past seems firmly behind her, an old flame walks back into her life. Bringing back painful memories of a time she’s worked hard to forget, reviving a passion she tried to bury years before.
Niall Joseph is an up-and-coming artist, recently returned from success in America. Volunteering to teach in an inner-city drug clinic, the last person he expects to see is the girl who broke his heart nine years earlier. Working closely together allows their old wounds to heal, forging a deeper connection between them. One that slowly starts to burn.
As she becomes tangled up with a neglected child and her drug-addict mother, Beth finds herself drawn to Niall. But neither of them can anticipate how hard it is to tread the thin line between friendship and desire.
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“What’s your name?”
“Beth.”
“Are you a student here?”
His question makes me roll my eyes. I’ve been following him and his friends around like a devoted puppy for the best part of my first year. Not that he’s ever noticed. He’s always too busy. Painting. Smoking. Looking beautiful. He’s good at all these things. I know, I’ve studied him like he’s my favourite subject.
“Art History,” I say.
“One of the thinkers.” He gives me a smile. It’s wicked and dirty and makes me want to lick his lips. “Do you paint?”
“No.”
“Shame. Do you model?”
I blush at this one. “No.”
“You should. Come and model for me. I want to paint you.” His words slur but his voice is still seductive and lyrical. Somewhere, far beneath my high, I know he’s spinning me a line.
I bite, nonetheless.
“I’m not pretty enough.”
“Yes you are.”
“Or interesting enough.”
He pulls me closer, his erection digging into my hip. “Yes you are.”
My heart starts to hammer against my chest. This is Niall Joseph holding me. I made Niall Joseph get hard. I don’t think about the drugs or the rain or the fact he’s ignored me all year. I’m too worked up for that.
“I want to kiss you.” He murmurs it softly. Then he presses his lips to my forehead. My skin feels like it’s burning. Hot and fevered. This time, the rain does nothing to cool it down.
“Okay.” I’m almost breathless. He drags his mouth down to my jaw, peppering my skin with kisses.
“You fucking taste like rain, too.”

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Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 23rd September

10450050_10152910955347538_1482766139927964063_oDo you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

If you’ve arrived from Fiona Riplee’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by J.J.Devine.

1.  You’re moving right along with a story line and suddenly it takes an unexpected twist. Do you go with the flow and follow where the twist leads you or do you conform your story to your way?

I have to admit I love the twists. There’s nothing better than when your character surprises you, because for me it means they’ve come to life in your story. Thats the fun part of being a writer. The not-so-fun part is trying to rework the plot so that the new twist fits in! Sometimes I have to put my foot down and tell them to behave!

2.  What time of year is your best time for writing? Winter, Summer, Fall, Spring

Any time! As long as I have my laptop and some good tunes on my iPod, I’m ready to go. There could be snow glistening on the ground, or the brightest, bluest sky, but when I’m writing I don’t notice. In fact, there could be a huge thunderstorm and I’d be oblivious to anything but the story I’m writing. And I have to say it drives my family crazy!

3. When looking for a publisher do you chose a traditional press, indie route, or one that does both, ebook and print?

I’m lucky enough to be a hybrid author–both self-published and traditionally published. It really is the best of both worlds, and I’m so grateful to be in this position. I can be close to my readers as a self published author, while also reaching out to new ones. And I’ve learned so much from both processes.

Thank you to JJ for these questions, they were a lot of fun to answer. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to https://awriterslifeformeblog.wordpress.com and read Mishka Jenkins’ answers!

Carrie Pink

 

Blog Takeover – Sarah Hegger (Author of Sweet Bea)

Hi all,

Today I’m delighted to introduce a fellow author and good friend of mine, Sarah Hegger. The author of The Bride Gift, she is here to tell us about her latest release, Sweet Bea.

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So without further ado, let me hand over to Sarah…


 

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Hi Carrie, thanks for letting me come over and share the release of my new medieval, Sweet Bea, with you.

The pairing of a good girl with a wicked boy is nothing new in the romance genre and Sweet Bea is my version of that. Beatrice, aka Sweet Bea, is huge hearted, impulsive, a touch feisty and at times, totally clueless.

It got me thinking about what I like in a heroine. Here are some of my favorites, and I don’t want to number them because I honestly can’t decide who I liked best.

Venetia, from the novel of the same name, by Georgette Heyer.  Sweet, innocent Venetia stumbles across the rake next door and sends him into a conflict of conscience.

Erin Coffey from After Hours by Cara Mckenna. A ‘scrappy’ chic with a steel spine and an overdeveloped sense of responsibility who takes on the big, bad, mean and moody, Kelly.

Although she’s not the heroine, I just love Nix, or ‘Nucking Futs Nix’, the soothsayer and Valkyrie oracle from Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. Nix is vague, totally mysterious and somewhat certifiable, she arrives in the ‘nix’ of time and puts the world to rights.

 

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I would read Kristan Higgans’ shopping list and enjoy it, but her stand out heroine for me is Maggie from Catch of the Day. Maggie is warm, giving, loving and clueless when it comes to men. She tumbles across the hero, the taciturn Malone, whilst secretly pining for her Catholic priest.

Not a romantic heroine, but Mara of the Acoma from the Empire Trilogy by  Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts is tiny, tough, smart as a whip and relentless.

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Reading through these women, it made me realize that these are all women I’d want to be friends with, woman I identify with and want to take with me through a book journey –  sort of LITERARY GIRL’S ROAD TRIP.

So, let me tell you about my girl, Sweet Bea.

Is anything sweeter than revenge?

In a family of remarkable people, ordinary Beatrice strives to prove herself worthy. When her family is threatened with losing everything, she rushes to London to save them. Unfortunately, she chooses as her savior the very man who will see her family brought low.

Garrett has sworn vengeance on Sir Arthur of Anglesea for destroying his life when he was a boy and forcing his mother into prostitution for them to survive. He has chosen as his instrument Sir Arthur’s youngest daughter, Beatrice.

Can Beatrice’s goodness teach Garrett that love, not vengeance, is the greatest reward of all?

There’s a longer excerpt on my Website.

If this sounds like your thing, you can pick up a copy at AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE or pop along to KENSINGTON PUBLISHING for your favorite format.

And as we’re going on a road trip, I should tell you a bit about me.

Sarah Hegger

Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.
She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
She loves to hear from readers and you can find her at any of the places below.
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Tell me about some of your favorite book heroines, I’d love to hear who you would take on your road trip.

 

 

 

Romance Weekly #LoveChatWrite #LoveWriteChat – 9th September

Romance Weekly ChatDo you like to read romance novels? Wouldn’t you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all….. About our writing of course! Every week we’ll answer questions and after you’ve enjoyed the blog on this site we’ll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.thursdaysatcoconuts 400x600

If you’ve arrived from Sarah Hegger’s blog, hi and thanks for clicking! This week’s questions are brought to you by Beth Carter, whose amazing new book Thursdays At Coconuts is currently selling up a storm! 

 

1.  What’s your favorite aspect of novel writing? Dialogue? Setting? Conflict?Narration? Explain?

It’s really hard to break down the writing process enough to single out what I enjoy the most. I know what I enjoy the least (editing, anybody?), but as for what I really like doing–well I’d say everything. I enjoy the process of getting down on paper (or on a laptop) the visions and stories I have in my head. I’ve always lived a secret life in my mind, making up tales and daydreaming, and being able to share this with others is amazing.

 

2.   How do you choose the setting for your plot? Are they always similar settings or does it vary? (i.e., small town, big city, castle, etc.)?

My settings always come from my characters. London features in a lot of my stories because it’s where I grew up. I also try to add in some of the US, as I also lived there for a few years. I tend to gravitate toward cities rather than the countryside for my settings, although I think this will change in the future. The book I’m planning to write some time next year will be set by the sea, in a small village where emotions bubble deep under the surface.

 

3.  I’m a big six-word memoir fan. (Hemingway even wrote one.) Describe your writing day using just six words.?

Drink

Coffee

Turn

On

Laptop

Write

 

Thank you to Beth for some thought-provoking questions. And now to read more Romance Weekly Blog Hop go to Dani Jace’s blog and read her answers!

Carrie Pink

 

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Review – Jealousy by S.L. Scott

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We shared a love that regulated every heartbeat and every breath we took. It was all encompassing. I thought our love could withstand time and anything thrown our way.

I was wrong. So wrong.

I used to be happy. I used to be Juliette Weston when Dylan Somers filled my life with promises of love and a happy ever after. But when he took my heart and broke it into a million pieces, I became someone else entirely. In one afternoon, I lost my soul mate. I lost everything I knew myself to be.

Three years later, the man who destroyed me is back.

To assuage his guilt? To finish the job? It doesn’t matter… I won’t let him this time. I’m stronger. I’ve moved on. He won’t affect me.

This is a story of love and betrayal. Pain and loss. Happiness and fate. It’s about finding your true destiny.

This is our story.

 
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Jealousy tells the story of Jules, a girl who’s been mourning the end of a relationship with the love of her life for the past three years. The second in the ‘From the Inside Out’ series (the first, Scorned, was fabulous), Jealousy documents her deepening relationship with Austin, the sexy businessman who makes a play for Jules. At the same time though, the reappearance of Dylan (the lost love of her life) causes Jules to second guess herself. And she finds herself trying to work out what it is she really wants from these men.

It’s an angsty ride, but told with all the wit and sophistication I’ve come to expect from S.L. Scott. And though Jules is vulnerable, she’s also strong and feisty, a girl who has had to work hard to pull herself out of the pit of her misery and carve out a place in life. As for the two heroes – Dylan and Austin–I have to say I love them both. While some readers are ‘Team Austin’ or ‘Team Dylan’ I kind of want her to be with both of them. Hint – S.L. Scott, feel free to use that idea for a fifth book in the series 😉

The next two parts in the series – Dylan and Austin are due to be released on September 29th, and allow you to opt for a Dylan or Austin ending. I absolutely love the concept of this story. It’s like a Choose Your Own Adventure for adults, with the opportunity to decide which way the heroine should turn. I’m still not sure which man I want her to stick with, so I’ll be buying both of them and see which ending makes me the happiest.

The writing’s great, the story is excellent and most of all it’s a killer concept. Now I’m counting down the days until the next books are released!

 

 

1 Woman 2 Endings – You Choose – Team Dylan or Team Austin. 
Sept 29 read one or both to see how it all plays out.
 
About the Author
S.L. Scott is a former high-tech account manager with a journalism degree pursuing her passion for telling stories. She spends her days escaping into her characters and letting them lead her on their adventures. 

Live music shows, harvesting jalapenos and eating homemade guacamole are her obsessions she calls hobbies.

Scott lives in the beautiful Texas hill country of Austin with her husband, two young sons, two Papillons and a bowl full of Sea Monkeys. 

Her novels include Naturally, Charlie, Good Vibrations, and A Prior Engagement.



She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

 
 
 
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A Little Taste of Coming Down…

Coming: September 24, 2014
Synopsis
Twenty-eight-year-old Beth Lawrence finally has her life back on track. A job she loves, a wealthy husband and a beautiful home are a far cry from the tragedy that struck when she was nineteen. But now that her past seems firmly behind her, an old flame walks back into her life. Bringing back painful memories of a time she’s worked hard to forget, reviving a passion she tried to bury years before.
Niall Joseph is an up-and-coming artist, recently returned from success in America. Volunteering to teach in an inner-city drug clinic, the last person he expects to see is the girl who broke his heart nine years earlier. Working closely together allows their old wounds to heal, forging a deeper connection between them. One that slowly starts to burn.
As she becomes tangled up with a neglected child and her drug-addict mother, Beth finds herself drawn to Niall. But neither of them can anticipate how hard it is to tread the thin line between friendship and desire.
Excerpt

“What’s your name?”
“Beth.”
“Are you a student here?”
His question makes me roll my eyes. I’ve been following him and his friends around like a devoted puppy for the best part of my first year. Not that he’s ever noticed. He’s always too busy. Painting. Smoking. Looking beautiful. He’s good at all these things. I know, I’ve studied him like he’s my favourite subject.
“Art History,” I say.
“One of the thinkers.” He gives me a smile. It’s wicked and dirty and makes me want to lick his lips. “Do you paint?”
“No.”
“Shame. Do you model?”
I blush at this one. “No.”
“You should. Come and model for me. I want to paint you.” His words slur but his voice is still seductive and lyrical. Somewhere, far beneath my high, I know he’s spinning me a line.
I bite, nonetheless.
“I’m not pretty enough.”
“Yes you are.”
“Or interesting enough.”
He pulls me closer, his erection digging into my hip. “Yes you are.”
My heart starts to hammer against my chest. This is Niall Joseph holding me. I made Niall Joseph get hard. I don’t think about the drugs or the rain or the fact he’s ignored me all year. I’m too worked up for that.
“I want to kiss you.” He murmurs it softly. Then he presses his lips to my forehead. My skin feels like it’s burning. Hot and fevered. This time, the rain does nothing to cool it down.
“Okay.” I’m almost breathless. He drags his mouth down to my jaw, peppering my skin with kisses.
“You fucking taste like rain, too.”

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MeetTheAuthor
Carrie Elks lives near London, England and writes contemporary romance with a dash of intrigue. At the age of twenty-one she left college with a political science degree, a healthy overdraft and a soon-to-be husband. She loves to travel and meet new people, and has lived in the USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. An avid social networker, she tries to limit her Facebook and Twitter time to stolen moments between writing chapters. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can usually be found baking, drinking wine or working out how to combine the two.


 

  
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