Wednesday, January 30, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Build: A Bad Boy Snowed In Romance (Burns Brothers, #1)" by Gillian Archer

Build: A Bad Boy 
Snowed In Romance 
(Burns Brothers, #1)
by Gillian Archer
Publication date: January 29th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Welcome to Badass Builds where the motorcycles are as sexy as the brothers building them. 
Austin Burns: 
I thought she wasn’t real the first time I saw her. To be fair I was a hungover mess when I woke up and looked into her gorgeous eyes. After getting the second worst news of my life — that my father would be paroled soon — I’d escaped to my buddy’s posh cabin near Lake Tahoe. Now the maid with the gorgeous eyes is snowed in with me, and I wonder if she might be a better distraction than the mountain of booze I’d planned on drinking. She’s curvy in all the right places, and the snow is falling faster. 
Rachel Tannenbaum: 
As a single mom, I don’t have time for men, especially irresponsible tattooed bad boys like my ex. But Austin is hot. And sexy. And stuck here in the cabin with me. I can’t say no to a fling with this bad boy, especially since Austin is so gorgeous and awkwardly sweet. 
One night becomes two, and I don’t know if I can risk my heart — and my little boy’s — if Austin wants it to become more when we get through the snow and back to reality.


“Are you this indecisive with every fucking thing, or do I just bring it out in ya?” Austin grumbled from somewhere inside the room.
I cleared my throat. “Where, um, where is the dog?”
The room in front of me was a dark cave, and I had that prickling sensation that someone or something was watching me in a menacing way. I just knew it was Blue.
“He’s in here next to me. Relax. Contrary to his growl, he’s just a big baby. You got nothing to worry about.”
“Maybe you could grab one of those chargers for me and fling it in my general direction?” I would’ve turned tail and run already, but I needed to charge my phone. I had to talk to my kid soon, and I should’ve called my boss an hour ago.
“Blue is really docile. I swear. Come on over and pet him. You’ll see.”
My eyes had adjusted to the lack of lighting, and I could see Austin in the front row of recliners with a large dark shadow at his feet.
My heart pounded into my throat. “Yeah, no. I’m good here.”
“Blue, stay.” Austin commanded before he huffed as he got up then walked to the back of the room and fiddled with something. I didn’t really watch him—I was too busy keeping my eyes on the shadow in front of the recliners. A soft panting let me know that I was right. Blue was right there, probably watching me with his big, hungry eyes.
I flinched when Austin appeared at my side. My fight or flight instincts kicked in as I took a few steps back—away from him or the dog I didn’t know. I just wanted to fly away.
“Whoa. Hold up. It’s okay. No one here—man or dog—is gonna hurt you. If it’ll make you feel better, you can take your charger and hole up in a bedroom with the door locked or whatever. Here.” He held the cord out in his hand and the gentle, understanding look in his eyes melted me, and I started babbling.
“I don’t want to be antisocial, it’s just that dogs kinda scare me.” And you kinda scare me too.
“Ah, I’m sorry, sweetheart. I’ll put him in the garage so you don’t—”
“Oh no. You don’t have to do that. I don’t want you kicking him out. I can hang out upstairs or something.”
“It’s not exactly like I’m putting Blue out in the cold. Cole’s garage is nicer than most people’s houses. It’s nicer than the house I grew up in. Blue will be fine.”
I shook my head as I accepted the cord. “I’d still feel bad.”
Austin rocked back on his heels and stuffed his hands in his back pockets. “How deep is this fear of yours? Could you come over and meet Blue? I’ll turn on the lights and stand between you. Despite his size, he’s really a big marshmallow, I swear.”
I bit my lip in indecision. Austin was persuasive, but my fear of dogs went pretty deep. If Blue was a Pitbull, I was out of here. “What breed is he?”
“He’s a Great Dane. They’re the teddy bears of dogs, I promise.”
“I, uh, okay.”
Austin smiled at me as he grabbed my hand. My heart stuttered for a second before it pounded hard in my chest. I’d like to attribute my sudden arrhythmia to fear, but I knew better. I just didn’t want to think about it. Nothing was going to come of this anyway—Austin still thought I had a man back home.
He flicked on the light switch with his other hand, flooding the room with light. I blinked against the glare then focused on the large dog on the floor. My whole body tensed. The dog’s head tilted as he watched me. Unlike the monster that’d mauled me as a teenager, this dog was kinda…lazy looking. Blue let out a soft sigh then fell over onto his side with a human sounding groan. My lips curled slightly, and most of the tension drained from me. He looked sweet and not threatening at all.
“See? He’s a lazy lump. Most days I’m lucky if I can get him off the couch. He’s like a big, lazy teenager but with none of the attitude. And trust me, I’d know.”
I nodded slightly, not letting Blue out of my sight. I knew Austin was the oldest of four brothers. But I didn’t say anything because I didn’t want to look like the crazy stalker I clearly was.
Austin’s rumbling voice tore me from my thoughts. “Are you okay with getting closer to him? Blue won’t mind.”
“I, uh, okay,” I mumbled. Blue looked sweet enough, but I was still too nervous to trust he was a teddy bear. He still looked very doglike to me.
“I got Blue two years ago. When he was a puppy, he was the size of most medium adult dogs. But he was as lazy as ever, even as a puppy.” Austin chattered away as we approached the dog in question. Blue blinked languidly at us but didn’t get up, or even lift his head. A low thumping sound pulsed in the silent room as Blue’s tail wagged, walloping away at the floor. “He’s lazy; he won’t get up even when he’s excited.”
My smile grew as I watched Austin kneel down next to the prone dog. He rubbed Blue on his ribs, but still the dog didn’t really move—aside from his tail, which continued to thump against the floor. “Who’s a good boy? Who’s a good boy?”
The baby talk was ridiculously sweet and totally at odds with his professional persona. With the tattoos and muscles and overall badass aura, it made my ovaries flutter to watch Austin caress and sweettalk his dog. And it totally distracted me from my fear, right up to the point that Austin grabbed my hand again.
“You okay with giving him a little pat? I’ll keep myself between you two for your peace of mind, but you’ve got nothing to worry about. He let my brothers lay on top of him.”
My heartbeat thrummed in my ears from the combination of my fear and Austin’s touch. But that sweet, soft look in his eye had me grinning, and before I even realized it, words were coming out of my mouth. “I, uh, yeah sure. That’s okay.”
Austin guided my hand toward Blue’s blue-grey coat. The dog didn’t flinch as our entwined hands moved over him. His fur was soft and kinda bristly. And warm. After a minute Blue groaned again and rolled onto his back, leaving his soft fleshy belly exposed.
“He really loves belly rubs. Here.” Austin moved our hands over Blue’s belly which felt surprisingly like my own skin—soft, hairless, and with that give of a not really firm tummy.
I laughed as I petted him. Austin smiled and looked into my eyes as our hands continued to move over Blue.
“See? Nothing to worry about. Blue’s just a big ol’ baby. Not a scary bone in his body.” Austin’s fingers linked with mine for a second.
I looked down at our joined hands and felt a tingle between my legs. It’d been so, so long since I’d been near a guy I kinda liked, let alone touched one. But I knew no matter how I felt, nothing would ever come of it. I had a son at home, a mom to take care of, and besides, I doubted he had the same jolt that I’d felt just because our hands had touched. He still thought I was married.
You could fix that, a naughty little voice whispered in my head. But I couldn’t think of a way to bring it up that didn’t sound like a come-on. I didn’t want to look like a needy hussy, especially if he wasn’t into me. How embarrassing would that be, if I all but threw myself at him and he rejected me? Meanwhile, we had to spend however much time together. Alone.
No thank you.

Author Bio:
Gillian has a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering but prefers to spend her time on happily ever after. She writes the kind of stories she loves to read—the hotter the better!
When Gillian’s not pounding away on the keyboard, she can be found surfing the couch indulging in her latest reality tv fixation, baking something ridiculously tasty (and horrible for her waist line) or snuggling with her husband.  Home is currently in the wilds of Nevada with her amazing husband, ridiculously cute kiddo, and goofy dog. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

BOOK BLITZ for "Catastrophe Queen" by Emma Hart


One hot mess. One hot boss. 

One too many hot encounters...

"Catastrophe Queen," 

an all-new hilarious office romantic comedy 

from New York Times bestselling author Emma Hart 

is available now!


It’s not you. It’s me.
No, seriously. It is me. Not only does my name literally mean “unfortunate,” 
but that’s the story of my life.
Everything I touch turns to cr*p. An apartment fire—that I swear I was not responsible for—means I’m living back at home with my s*x-mad parents. Yay, me!
Which is why I need my new job as personal assistant to Cameron Reid to get back on my feet. Three months in this job and I can move back out 
and, hopefully, remember to turn off my flat iron once in a while.
On paper, my job is easy. Make coffee. Book appointments. Keep everything in order.
Until I walk in on my boss, half-naked, 
wearing nothing but the kind of tiny white towel that dreams are made of.
Now, nothing is easy—except our mutual attraction. But he’s my boss, and you know what they say about mixing work and pleasure: unless you do p*rn, it’s just not worth it.
Or is it?


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Emma Hart is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels and has been translated into several different languages.
She is a mother, wife, lover of wine, Pink Goddess, and valiant rescuer of wild baby hedgehogs.
Emma prides herself on her realistic, snarky smut, with comebacks that would make a PMS-ing teenage girl proud.
Yes, really. She's that sarcastic.


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Monday, January 28, 2019

BOOK REVIEW for "Demon's Temptation (Knights of Hell, #3)" by Sherilee Gray

*****(5) out of 5 Stars!


Half demon and club owner Brent Silva lives and breathes control--in all things. He'll never give into the constant cravings of his incubus side again. Revenge against the ancient demon who almost broke him is all that matters. Until a captivating female, hell bent on pushing him to his limits, storms into his life and makes him hunger for so much more.

Waitress Chaya Westbrook is determined to join the war against the demons hunting her kind. And if her first assignment also helps her prove to her maddening boss that she's more than capable of giving him exactly what he needs, in and out of the bedroom, she's all for it.

But when the heat between them becomes impossible to resist, the dark secrets of Brent's past are revealed. Will the truth finally set him free or tear away the only female he's ever loved?


I enjoyed this story WAY more than I thought I would!  From their first interactions in "Knight's Redemption," it was totally obvious that there was something between Brent and Chaya.  So much heat!  But he kind of seemed like a jerk to her in that book, so I wasn't sure that I wanted her to get together with him even.  Turns out, he was just fighting his own demons, but the guy is totally in love with and devoted to her.  

Chaya, for her part, is SO over-the-top in-love with Brent that it is almost pathetic.  Pretty much everything she does is either to get his attention or try to get him out of her head.  Unfortunately, there are those in the story who would and do take advantage of this.  Luckily, Brent is there to save her on more than one occasion.  Plus, one specific encounter especially, not only draws them closer together, but sheds some light on some interesting areas as well.  

Just as in the first two books of this series, the primary focus throughout is on the two main players and they're developing relationship.  Unlike those, however, this episode deals only superficially with the Knights themselves.  There is quite a bit about the overall power struggle with the unknown evil they've all been faced with.  Some previously unknown players are brought in to play as well.  All of which could have made for a very busy and chaotic story.  But the author manages to keep everything in check and not let any of it get too out of hand or overwhelming.  And there is the definite feeling that eventually, once we know the whole story, all of the disparate goings on will tie together somehow.  

This story was unique also in that it features a female/male Dominant/submissive relationship.  While this did not at all surprise me about Chaya, it did totally blow me away about Brent.  I can honestly say that I did not see that coming... at all!  The realization that this is what each of them craves develops rather slowly, and the reader probably sees it before the characters themselves do.  But once they embrace it, the interplay really works for them as a couple and for each of them individually.  While this is not generally a dynamic that interests me, I found myself quite enjoying the interactions of Brent and Chaya.  Although I shouldn't be all that surprised, I think this author could make plain toast sexy.

As always, it was fun to see characters from prior books in the series make return performances.  I especially enjoyed Zenon in his newly embraced role of big brother (in-law) to Chaya.  And it was delightful to meet Grace.  I look forward to reading more about this demi ninja in future volumes, most likely alongside Chaos - or, more likely, at odds with him.  

This was another great addition to the series!  I'm glad the author took this little detour to allow these seemingly minor characters to have their time in the spotlight.  They definitely deserve it, and they certainly made good use of it.  
I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.

BOOK REVIEW for "Not Her Alpha (Not This, #5)" by Annie Nicholas

*****(5) out of 5 Stars! 

99¢ Sale until 2/2/2019.
 (Then it goes to its $3.99 regular price.)


Chris Jenkins, alpha werewolf, wants the woman who destroyed his life dead. When he finds her, instead of facing a criminal mastermind, he discovers her imprisoned and beaten by her own family. A victim. So, he rescues her. To make things worse, her soul is bound to a grimoire of black magic and he volunteers his pack to protect the book from falling into the wrong hands. Now, the woman he fantasized killing has to live with him. It’s the only way to keep his city safe.


Jade Ellington dreams of finding her Prince Charming, then the big bad wolf blows her jail door down. In that moment, she changes her mind. Chris is everything a woman could want. Sexy and strong, and did she mention he can cook? But she’s responsible for all his heartache and she’s nothing to him but a burden. How can she compete with the beautiful shifter women who surround him? Like all the time.

Then a thief invades the pack den and steals her grimoire. The one holding her soul hostage. The one Chris swore to keep safe. Without the book, she’ll die in days. It’s a race against time, sexual frustration, and dragons.


This is my favorite book of the series so far!  Many elements of prior volumes come into play in this episode, and a lot of things start to fall into place.  

Jade is still a delightful character, the more we get to know her.  And I was completely amazed at how very much I liked Chris; I hated him in Not Her Dragon.  But, much as with his feelings toward Jade at the start of all this, we learn a lot more about him and how he thinks.  He's really just a good guy trying to do the best he can be his pack and everyone else around him.  

Watching these two grow closer together, then finally acknowledge and embrace their attraction, was darling.  They definitely had a lot of issues to deal with, trying to recover the grimoire and save Jade's life, while dealing with various repucussions from that endeavor.  Ultimately, things finally do turn in their favor, but not after much angst and a huge sacrifice.  

Once again, we get to see various members of the shifter clan that we've met in prior editions.  I did not like Betty this time around, and Beth is once again a trouble-maker who can't keep her mouth shut.  But many of the other characters are a delight, and it's fun to catch-up with them.  

I hope there are additional volumes in the series, because I am really enjoying these!
I received a free eBook copy of this title from the author, 
and have willingly provided an honest review.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 BOOK REVIEWS!

~ BOOK REVIEW for The Last Cherry Blossom ~


Following the seventieth anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, this is a new, very personal story to join Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

Yuriko was happy growing up in Hiroshima when it was just her and Papa. But her aunt Kimiko and her cousin Genji are living with them now, and the family is only getting bigger with talk of a double marriage! And while things are changing at home, the world beyond their doors is even more unpredictable. World War II is coming to an end, and Japan's fate is not entirely clear, with any battle losses being hidden fom its people. Yuriko is used to the sirens and the air-raid drills, but things start to feel more real when the neighbors who have left to fight stop coming home. When the bomb hits Hiroshima, it’s through Yuriko’s twelve-year-old eyes that we witness the devastation and horror.

This is a story that offers young readers insight into how children lived during the war, while also introducing them to Japanese culture. Based loosely on author Kathleen Burkinshaw’s mother’s firsthand experience surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, The Last Cherry Blossom hopes to warn readers of the immense damage nuclear war can bring, while reminding them that the “enemy” in any war is often not so different from ourselves.


*****(5) out of 5 Stars!

The middle-grade novel, The Last Cherry Blossom, is a profoundly sad and moving tale.  Even aside from the backdrop of the war story, this family has many secrets that hide much pain.

As someone whose father, uncle and grandparents were at Pearl Harbor for the beginning of (the USA’s involvement in) World War II, I have always had a preconceived idea about that conflict.  Reading this book about a family in Hiroshima caught in the even more devastating end of that same war, was very eye-opening. 

The book seemed to give an excellent representation of a culture other than what we typically experience in the United States.  While I am unfamiliar with a Japanese lifestyle, particularly in the 1940’s, the feel of the book seemed very authentic.  Some of the cultural stuff and language was hard to grasp, but most of it was at least somewhat understandable in the context of the narrative.    

The main story revolves around 12-year-old Yuriko, and really seems to present a robust and detailed view of her daily life.  We get to know and care for this character, as well as becoming invested to a lesser degree to those around her.  It is heart-breaking to see the toll that the war takes on their community even before the main incident occurs for which that city is known. 

The author deals with the events of August 6, 1945 in a straightforward and honest manner.  She neither exaggerates them for effect nor ignores them for the comfort of the reader. 

Amplified by the war and ultimately the atomic bomb and its aftermath, was the tragedy of Yuriko’s family situation.  I found it profoundly sad how things played out in the story, let alone what became of everyone later. 

I did find the ending to be rather abrupt and ambiguous.  I would have liked more information about what happened to Yuriko in the following years.  An epilogue of some sort, even if just a summary of her life, would have felt more fulfilling.  Even if she was just a character and not an actual (fully) real person, it would be nice to know how things were for her and what become of her. 

Overall, I found this to be a very thought-provoking and interesting book about a little remembered time in our world’s history.  It is one that I believe everyone should read, especially older kids and young adults, many of whom may not have any real grasp of the events of that horrific day. 

"But that is how life is, Yuriko-chan.  In our lives we must experience both beginnings as well as endings.  It is like the season changing after the last cherry blossom falls."

Kathleen Burkinshaw is a Japanese American author residing in Charlotte, NC. 
She’s a wife, mom to a daughter in college, and owns a dog who is a kitchen ninja. 
She has presented her mother’s experience in Hiroshima to middle and high schools for the past 8 years. Writing historical fiction also satisfies her obsessive love of researching anything and everything.
The Last Cherry Blossom, is recently nominated for NC School Library Media Association YA Book Award, recently nominated 2019-2020 Volunteer State Book Award, 2018 & 2016 Scholastic WNDB Reading Club selection, 2016 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Finalist (southeast region), nominated for both the NC Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award and the 2018 Sakura Medal in Japan.

~ BOOK REVIEW for Mindfulness for Kids ~
30 Fun Activities to Stay Calm, Happy & In Control


Mindfulness for Kids offers fun activities for kids ages 6-12 to stay cool, happy, and present with mindfulness.

Homework horrors, chores, and not-so-friendly friends — that’s enough to make any kid’s brain hurt. The secret to staying cool is easy: it’s called mindfulness — and this book gives kids fun activities to practice it on their own.

Mindfulness for Kids applies mindfulness exercises to stories and real-life scenarios that kids go through at home, school, and with friends. Shared through the voices of five children: Jasmine, Willow, Kayli, Colby, and Zeke, Mindfulness for Kids is an engaging, kid-friendly guide for handling tough situations and powerful emotions mindfully.

From using belly breathing to help with panic before a presentation to actively listening to siblings, Mindfulness for Kidsaddresses the everyday challenges that kids face with:

Mindfulness 101 that teaches kids what mindfulness is, and how they can be mindful of their emotions and senses.
Relatable, real-life scenarios that kids encounter at home, school, and with friends.
30 Fun exercises that show kids how tricks like a gratitude list, “counting to calm”, and even yoga poses can help them relax and feel better from not-so-nice feelings.

Mindfulness is a kind of superpower we all have but don’t know how to use. In this book, kids will learn how to use this power to feel good about themselves and the world around them through activities and stories told by kids, for kids.


***(3) out of 5 Stars!

This book definitely spoke to its target audience of children ages 6 to 10.  As an adult reading it, I found it a little simplistic, but kids probably won't have the same issue, especially younger ones.  There were many helpful coping mechanisms mentioned, but not any that seemed particularly "fun" as the title implied they would be.  Still, I can see where it might be a helpful resource for youngsters trying to learn to self-regulate.  The presentation of the coping mechanisms by one of five "kid" narrators seems like something that would help real kids connect with the concepts in the book.

Named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 for her first book, Captain No Beard,award-winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Her new nonfiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us.

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as a love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents, and educators.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Olivia Hinebaugh for "The Birds, The Bees, and You and Me"

The Birds, The Bees, 
and You and Me 
by Olivia Hinebaugh
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 22nd, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Seventeen-year-old Lacey Burke is the last person on the planet who should be doling out sex advice. For starters, she’s never even kissed anyone, and she hates breaking the rules. Up until now, she’s been a straight-A music geek that no one even notices. All she cares about is jamming out with her best friends, Theo and Evita.
But then everything changes.
When Lacey sees first-hand how much damage the abstinence-only sex-ed curriculum of her school can do, she decides to take a stand and starts doling out wisdom and contraception to anyone who seeks her out in the girls’ restroom. But things with Theo become complicated quickly, and Lacey is soon not just keeping everyone else’s secrets, but hers as well.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Olivia Hinebaugh~

1)    What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

I have always been fascinated by birth. The first idea of the book was about a girl who helped her peers deliver babies in secret. It’s pretty far from where the story ended up. But birth was something that I was interested in even as a kid and a teenager. There’s just a lot of me in this book. The music. The two best friends. A lot of that was 100% teenage-me. Except Lacey is empowered in ways I wish I had been as a teen. Once I sort of discovered that aspect of empowerment in sex-ed, the story as it is now was born!

2)    Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

I don’t know if these are hidden, but I hope readers will see that there are adults out there who will advocate for them. I hope readers will see that straight boys can be sensitive and expressive. I hope readers see that there are a lot of ways to have deep relationships. There is no final destination. Love and sex aren’t equal. Platonic love is real and it’s important.

3)    Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

I plead the fifth? Kidding. The friendships are definitely based on some of my best friendships in high school. Also, the first kiss in the book...might have unfolded very similarly to my first kiss. I wonder if that person will read my book. Haha.

4)    Who has influenced you most as a writer?

My critique partners and best friends. (Please, check out Danielle Stinson and Lisa Maxwell. They are phenomenal writers and stellar humans). It’s such an unsure thing, trying to get a book into the world. Having these two ladies cheer me on and encourage me to follow my instincts and to occasionally give me pep talks, is vital to me as a writer. In terms of authors that have influenced me: definitely Melina Marchetta and Cath Crowley and Jennifer Mathieu. I mean, they write characters who are real people to me, and they are people I care deeply about, even when I’ve closed their books. OK. And Mindy McGinnis and Becky Albertalli and Karen McManus and Laura Ruby. I could honestly keep going. I’m so lucky to have read such wonderful books.

5)    If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

I love game nights! Playing card games and board games is one of my favorite things. I’d be looking for witty banter and creativity from my guests, so I’d invite my favorite couple, Beatrice and Benedick from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The two of them would love a good showdown. Then I’d grab my Jane Austen soulmate Emma because I think we’d be on the same wavelength. I’d serve coffee and desserts. Because who doesn’t like those?

6)    Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

As long as you can safely walk through your house, you can’t have too many books. I get such great joy from discovering a new book and adding it to my shelves (organized by color, for picture books, and I have a sort of “shelf of honor” where my friends’ books or my very favorite books that I consider friends live.)

Author Bio:
Olivia Hinebaugh loves all stripes of literature for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she can be found writing freelance, making art, discovering new songs on spotify, texting her writing buddies, or folding laundry. She lives near Washington, D.C. with her spouse, three kids, a dog that looks like a coyote, and a one-eyed cat. The Birds, The Bees, And You And Me is her debut novel. 


Friday, January 18, 2019

BLOG TOUR & AUTHOR INTERVIEW Rebecca Brooks for "Wrong Bed, Right Roommate"

Wrong Bed, Right Roommate
by Rebecca Brooks
Published by: Entangled: Brazen
Publication date:
January 14th, 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
It’s not every day you wake up to a stranger getting into your bed.

Only, he isn’t a stranger at all, he’s my best friend’s hot older brother… and apparently my new roommate.

Having him in my space, driving me crazy, isn’t a problem at all. Nope.

All I need to do is keep control of the situation…
But that’s easier said than done.

Shawn Lassiter is the kind of distraction I don’t need.

First he accidentally gets into my bed, half-naked, the night before my first day at my new job.

Hello, muscles and tattoos!

Then he’s there, in nothing but a towel, making me coffee in the morning.

It’s more than any girl can resist. Right?

But Shawn is off-limits, even if his eyes are saying differently. 
Years ago, back when I still had my crush, he destroyed friendships with his reckless playboy antics.

There’s no way I’m touching those perfectly formed abs now. I don’t care how nice and responsible he’s acting.

I don’t want a boyfriend anyway. That’s what my trusty vibrator is for.

I’m the smart girl — the glasses-wearing, book-reading workaholic. I can totally do this.

After all, it’s only for two and a half months.

I’ll be on my best behavior… even if Shawn isn’t.

~AUTHOR INTERVIEW with Rebecca Brooks~

1) What gave you the inspiration for the storyline?

For a few years when we all lived closer, a group of friends and I used to do potluck brunches are our apartments. They were so much fun! Those brunches gave me the idea for “besties brunch,” a monthly potluck brunch that my characters have. I knew I wanted these BFFs to live in NYC, the city I’ve called home for the last 13 years. So then I had to think about how city living would affect their dating lives. Apartment living would definitely come into play! That’s what gave me the idea for a “wrong bed” mixup, and I decided to run with it.

I think it’s telling that my thought process started with friendship. These friends are really central to the story, and it’s as much about best friends growing together as it is about the hero and heroine, too.

2) Are there any hidden themes in the book that you hope readers will discover?

Like I mentioned, friendship is really important, as is forgiveness. No one is perfect and sometimes we mess up, and it’s easy to lash out at the ones we love most. But I think this book is about learning and growing and being able to look honestly at ourselves instead of running away. Jessie and Shawn both learn to be more open with each other, and they see sides of each other they’d never known before. That’s so important in building a strong relationship based on honesty and trust.

3) Are any of the characters based on real people you know?

I always wind up taking aspects of people I know and mashing them altogether. For example, I know people who definitely stress-clean the way Jessie does. I’m not one of them!! But thinking about how my super-organized friends would react if they were in Jessie’s position gave me ideas for her character. Likewise, my mom is an editor of history textbooks and she probably gave me my love of the red pen. When I made up a character who’s an editor, highly organized, and extremely motivated, I’m sure that some of my amazing mom came through!

4) Who has influenced you most as a writer?

Victorian Dahl, Charlotte Stein, Molly O’Keefe, and Anne Calhoun had a big influence on me when I started writing romance. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but their books made me know I wanted to write romance in particular. Once I started turning the pages, I couldn’t stop!

But my biggest advice for other writers is always to read everything—devour it all, in the genres you want to write in and in genres you don’t. There’s so much to learn from how each author pulls it off.

5) If you could have any three literary characters over to your place for game night, who would you invite, what would you play, what would you serve, and why?

Naked Twister with any of Gina Maxwell’s heroes. Obviously! And lots of chocolatey desserts on the menu.

6) Do you feel that you can ever have too many books?

Absolutely not! I’ve jumped on the Marie Kondo craze to organize my wardrobe but nobody lays a finger on my library.  

Author Bio:
Rebecca Brooks lives in New York City in an apartment filled with books. She received a PhD in English but decided it was more fun to write books than write about them. She has backpacked alone through India and Brazil, traveled by cargo boat down the Amazon River, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, explored ice caves in Peru, trekked to the source of the Ganges, and sunbathed in Burma, but she always likes coming home to a cold beer and her hot husband in the Bronx. Her books are about independent women who leave their old lives behind to try something new – and find the passion, excitement and purpose they didn’t know they’d been missing. Learn more at To sign-up for her newsletter, visit