Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Review: Buried Secrets by Emme Rolllins

Buried Secrets

By Emme Rollins

Pages 250

Published 8/5/13

Reviewer: Sandra Long

The only fault I found in reading this book was it was much too short. I was enjoying every page and found myself wanting at least twice as many more to read. This author has a way with a story that keeps the reader so interested, so involved that every page offers new excitement, new thrills and a growing desire for more. 

Many of us grew up in small towns like the one in this story. Those who didn’t have heard or read enough to know the truth about how everyone knows everyone and people are judged and accepted or rejected by their family’s past. There is also almost always a need for more jobs so a chance for a new industry brings into play two sides of local politics—those who want the industry at any price because of the jobs it will bring, and there are always corrupt politicians and businessmen who will take bribes to try to make that happen. On the other side are the true pioneers, usually the people whose ancestors originally settled the town and want to maintain its integrity and its natural environment in as pristine a way as possible, even at the cost of new jobs.

This is a story about such a town as this and thrown into the mix is a mysterious series of murders where the victims are mutilated as though “they have been through a meat grinder”. A large wild animal is the 

prime suspect but when our main character, Dusty, loses her twin brother to this “creature”, she will stop at nothing to uncover the truth. She is newly graduated from high school and already accepted at the college she chose, but no opening for her until second semester, so she will be home for at least a few months. Her twin brother will be attending a different college but is murdered the night his friends give him a going away party.

One of these friends is a boy named Shane, one of the town’s bad boys. All towns have them. Dusty’s family is new money as her dad had worked his way up in the large industrial company that wants to buy land and expand into the town. Shane’s family once had money but his dad is a drunk and his older brother has been in trouble with the law since a high school prank ended up injuring a teacher and getting him sent off. He is now an adult and in prison on new charges and Shane is the first suspect in anything that happens in the town. He was the last one seen with Dusty’s brother the night he was murdered so he spent most of the following day at the police station but was released and the mysterious large animal was declared the murderer again.

Shane had been best friend’s with Nick, Dusty’s twin brother, since junior high. He and Dusty had also been in love since then but neither knew of the other’s feelings because Nick made sure to keep them apart as much as possible and played them against each other, causing each of them to think Dusty hated Shane. 

Nick’s death brings Dusty and Shane together to try to find the true cause of his death and, since both of them are grieving over Nick’s death, their shared grief seems to draw them together in a weird, seeking comfort kind of way.

The story progresses as more mysterious deaths and disappearances happen, Dusty overhears a conversation between her dad and a candidate for the office of sheriff that indicates he is involved in something illegal and Nicky takes a job as a waitress at the local bar/hangout to try to get information that may help her solve her brother’s death. We are kept on pins and needles wondering who will be the next to die, who or what is doing the killing, what mysterious activity is Dusty’s dad involved in and will our two leading characters, Dusty and Shane, admit their love for each other or continue on a path that seems destined to lead them further apart ?

Hopefully we will see more stories from this author, maybe even a follow-up to this story as the ending leaves lots of room for several possible continuing storylines. I read so may books that I enjoy and never hesitate to say I do or do not like a book, but this one I must say I really liked a lot—two thumbs up and 5 stars are an easy call for this novel, especially if you are a fan of the Stephen King type mysterious death stories.

Should some secrets remain buried?

Dusty has always been a hothead, far more impulsive than her twin, Nick, the calm, cool and collected one of the pair. But Nick is dead, found murdered in their local cemetery, and Dusty simply can’t rest until she finds out who–or what–has killed her brother.

Sure the local authorities aren’t being straight with her–or anyone else–about what’s been going on in their little upper Michigan town, Dusty delays going off to college for a semester, defying her father and stepmother and taking a job in the local bar to start doing some digging.

Her focus soon fixes on Shane, her brother’s best friend and the town bad boy. The tension and rivalry between Dusty and Shane has always been palpable and sparks fly as the two collide. Dusty finds herself sinking in deeper with Shane and the mystery of what happened to her brother–and a lengthening list of victims–grows even stranger.

When everything comes to a head, Dusty focuses on one thing: What happened the night her brother was killed in the cemetery? She’s sure Shane is keeping a secret and she’s determined to find out what it is, one way or another.

Emme Rollins a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of New Adult/Mature Young Adult fiction. She’s been writing since she could hold a crayon and still chews her pen caps to a mangled plastic mess. She did not, however, eat paste as a kid. 

She has two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s, one of which she’s still paying for, but neither of which she uses out in the “real world,” because when she isn’t writing, she spends her time growing an organic garden to feed her husband and children (and far too many rabbits and deer!) where they live on twenty gorgeous forested acres in rural Michigan.

She loves tending her beehives (bees are wonderful pollinators and Hello!? Honey!) and keeping up with her daily yoga practice and going for long walks in the woods with her boxer, Rodeo, who loves chasing squirrels almost as much as Emme loves writing!

Emme loves hearing from fans, so feel free to use the contact page on her site to connect with her.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Release: Recovered Love by Chrissy Snyder

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Title: Recovered Love
Author:   Chrissy Snyder
Cover Design: Clarise Tan ­ CT Cover Creations 

She stole his breath. She stole his heart.

When she is stolen from him, he will stop at nothing to recover his love.
Reid King has lived most of his adolescence bound in vines and thorns, cutting him deep.  Scared that no one will accept the secret he holds locked tight, he flees, running from everything he’s ever known.
Family is the thickest when it comes to reasons for return, no matter what you will have to fight when you get there.
Sometimes even the darkest paths can lead to a beam of light, one that will forever remain...
Savannah Peters defines vanilla. She’s always been ordinary, innocent, and a shadow behind her parents, never given room to spread her wings and fly, but sometimes all it takes is the right instructor and a beautiful bird can soar among the sky.
She’s smitten from day one by the sexy and mysterious blue- eyed blonde that has taken an interest in her.
Things start to heat and she suddenly experiences things that she never has before, but as quickly as it starts it is extinguished it at the source, sending her into a living Hell.
Will Reid again face demons bigger than himself to experience true love, or will he sit back and drown in the secrets that still devour him?
In order to bury the past, you must recover love.
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Chrissy Snyder

Chrissy Snyder writes New Adult Erotic Romance.  She loves tattooed bad boys and misunderstood women with happy ever afters.  She divides her time between writing and reading when not loving on her very jealous fur baby, Mylo.  

If she isn’t writing about heartache or second chances, then she is managing her busy household with her very supportive hubby and two teens.
She dreams of traveling to Europe, Costa Rica and Hawaii.

Tsu:  @ChrissySnyder

Monday, May 11, 2015

Cover Reveal: On The Edge by TS Krupa



Andy Parker is a war widow raising her fifteen-year-old daughter on her own. Hayden Grace dreams of becoming a professional snowboarder, and Andy is doing everything she can to make that happen. When Hayden Grace’s passion begins to falter, Andy is at a loss for how to re-inspire her daughter.

Andy does her best balancing Hayden Grace’s competition schedule, practice, and school with her own work schedule at home, in the city, and on the mountain. But work starts to demand more from Andy. Then, Andy receives an opportunity of a lifetime. An opportunity that will turn their lives upside down. But is it too good to be true?

Soon, mother and daughter find themselves in Aspen for Hayden Grace’s first national competition when a chance encounter brings Andy into a passionate, unexpected romance, a romance that could change everything. Will Andy be able to find the happiness she deserves?


T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University, where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and recently graduated with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog.

In 2014, T.S. Krupa published her award-winning debut novel Safe & Sound. On The Edge is her second novel. To learn more about the author visit



Friday, May 8, 2015

Cover Reveal: The Way We Break by Cassia Leo (The Story of Us Book 2)

We're excited to bring you the cover reveal for Cassia Leo's The Way We Break! The Way We Break is the second book in Cassia's USA Today bestselling Story of Us series. It is due to be released on May 29, 2015!
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Book Two in the USA Today bestselling Story of Us series.
 Live the truth...
 The truth about Hallie has torn
Houston and Rory apart for a second time. Houston is finally unburdened of the

secret his sister confided in him, but now he must deal with the aftermath.
 He has vowed to set things right for
Rory, and he's determined to get her back. But the destruction left in the wake

of Hallie's letter is not the only obstacle he must face. Houston must find a
way to win Rory back by showing her their story isn't over yet.
 ..or live the lie.
 In her desperation to move past the anguish of Hallie's secret and
Houston’s lies, Rory seeks solace in Liam. When Liam is transferred to another

tech company in California, Rory jumps at his invitation to leave Portland, and
her broken heart, behind. In California, Rory finds a friend who opens new
doors for her in the literary world. But does this new friend have ulterior
 The Way We Break is the second book in The Story of Us Series, which follows
the tumultuous love story of Rory and Houston. The sequel and final book in the

series, The Way We Rise, will be released September 2015.
 The Way We Fall (Book One):
 The Way We Break (Book Two):
 The Way We Rise (Book Three):
Available for $2.99 during preorder and release week. Only available for preorder on iBooks.

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It was New Year’s Eve. Troy had wanted us to join him at a frat party, but I knew Rory would feel more comfortable ringing in the New Year just
the two of us. The restaurant was packed with people who either had the same idea as us, or who just wanted to take advantage of the free New Year’s Eve beer sampler. I parked my truck in the back of the restaurant, which stood like a giant two-story box in the center of a dark corner lot.
The front of the restaurant was lit up by a gaudy neon sign and the sodium yellow glow of a solitary street lamp. But the back of the restaurant was flush in dark-blue shadow, and the occasional glint of moonlight on chrome. There was one other car parked back there, but it was a brand new Lincoln SUV. Probably belonged to the manager or the owner of the restaurant. They wouldn’t come out until the place closed down at two or three in the morning.
“Do you think they’ll have champagne?” Rory asked, grabbing her phone out of her purse and tossing the handbag into the truck cab.
“Doesn’t matter. You won’t be able to drink it,” I said, reaching into the cab to grab an old blanket I kept back there out of habit, tossing it on top of her purse to further conceal it.
“You don’t know that. I don’t always get carded.”
I can barely see the arc of her cheekbones through the hazy moonlight. “I don’t know. It’s New Year’s Eve. They might let you slide.” I reach forward, my fingertips skimming over her knee-high tights, landing softly on the top of her thigh. “Or they might take one look at you in that skirt and those schoolgirl socks and decide you’re just too much of a risk.”
Rory and I had never role-played, but ever since I saw her slink into this outfit, I’d thought of nothing else but bending her over a desk and fucking her as if our grades depended on it. Being three years apart, Rory and I didn’t share any classes. But that didn’t change the fact that I thought of nothing but her while sitting through hours of boring lectures. Fucking her in that schoolgirl outfit would make up for all the times I’d sat in class trying my damnedest not to get hard while fantasizing about her mouth around my cock.
I began sliding my fingers beneath her wool tartan skirt, but she grabbed my hand. “Stop trying to distract me.”
She threw open the passenger door and twisted around to get out. My eyes locked on the curve of her hips, the bounce of her ass as she plopped down onto the asphalt. It hadn’t quite been twenty-four hours since we’d last fucked, but I was already hungry for her again. I stepped out the truck and headed her off near the tailgate.
“What are you doing?” she said, making a move to sidestep me.
I moved with her, my hands reaching forward to grab her waist. “Don’t move.”
My gaze fell on her chest, the rise and fall of those soft mounds. The way they curved down into her waist made me dizzy. The snug cream sweater she wore left just enough to the imagination. My eyes raked over her entire body, landing on her lips, my mind lingering on the memory of the sweet taste of her. Finally, I looked up, and the moment our eyes met she knew.
Her arms stretched up, latching onto my neck as I bent down, my arms locking around her thighs to lift her up. Her legs clenched around my waist as our mouths collided in a hot fervor of passion. I carried her past my truck, toward the back wall of the restaurant, my muscles saturated in my need for her.
“What if we get caught?” she whispered.
I pressed her against the brick wall, leaning my weight into her as I kissed her deep and hard. Without saying a single word, I was answering her question: Who gives a fuck?
“Fuck me,” she breathed as I ground my hips into the wet cotton of her panties.

“Not yet. I want to watch you come undone.”
I set her down on the asphalt and knelt before her. Her chest heaved with anticipation as she watched me lift the edge of her skirt. Sliding my hand behind her thigh, I lifted her leg to rest it on top of my shoulder, opening her up to me.
“Oh, God,” she whimpered, as I slid her panties to the side.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and

margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually enjoying the California sunshine or reading – sometimes both.
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