Title & Blurb Reveal



Introducing, An Uphill Battle, book 2 of The Southern Roots Series. 
This title may be read as a standalone. 
Check it out & add it to your TBR today! 

Azalea Barnes has hated Drake Collins since the day he broke her teenaged heart. 
Fast forward almost seven years later and her libido still hasn't gotten the memo. 
Now they're frenemies... with benefits. 
Which suits Azalea just fine. She gets what her body craves while keeping her heart safe. Kind of. Mostly. 

Drake has loved Azalea since the day they met. He knows that she's his forever. Too bad she only sees him as a good time. He wants more. Needs more. 
If only he could convince her that it's real this time. He's more determined than ever to prove to Azalea that chemistry like theirs doesn't exist only in the bedroom. 

The odds may be against Drake, but he's prepared for an uphill battle. 




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{Author Spotlight}




I'm so behind on everything y'all. Like, legit, everything. Dishes, laundry, life. Certainly on posting my author spotlight. But, better late than never, and without further ado, 
I present to y'all...


Erika enjoys long walks on the beach, and kidding, kidding. 

She's actually an award-winning author and life-long romance lover.

Erika was raised on the classics, and didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. But, from that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. 

Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. She's married to the love of her life the mother to four children. And while she has lived in two countries and seven states, but give her pen and paper, a stack of good books, and a steaming mug of vanilla chai latte and she can make her home anywhere.

Let's chat a bit about her books... 



BLURB: 
From award-winning author Erika Kelly comes the first in a hot new series about a rock star on his way up—and the woman he wants to take all the way…
Emmie Valencia has what it takes to be the music industry’s hottest band manager. She just needs to prove it. Determined to discover a killer new band, Emmie is ready to make her move. First stop: Austin, Texas.
As a sizzling hot lead singer, Slater Vaughn has no trouble raising heart rates—but his band’s been flat-lining for years. When Emmie, his bandmate’s sister, crashes with them in exchange for some free management, her industry know-how lands them a spot in the biggest music festival in Texas. But it isn’t just her business acumen that catches Slater’s attention. Emmie is sexy and warm, and—for the first time in his life—he wants more.
But as irresistible as Slater is, Emmie is done with musicians. In her experience, a man can’t be a rock star and someone to trust with your heart—but Slater is determined to show her he’s both.


BLURB:
From the award-winning author of You Really Got Me comes the next romance in her red-hot Rock Star Romance series, about a rocker who lives for his music—and loves with all his heart.

Derek Valencia finally has the success he’s worked so hard for. His band is touring its debut album and great reviews are rolling in. But when pictures of him tossing naked groupies off a balcony go viral, it’s damage-control time. He’s assigned a “babysitter” whose sole job is to keep him out of trouble.

Violet Davis swore she’d never work in the music industry again, but being a minder for a rock star will earn her enough to pay off the mortgage on her wildflower farm. And for a girl brought up in the foster care system, owning her own home means more to her than anything.

Though at first the two bang heads, the rocker and the farm girl soon grow close and realize that they make sweet music together. But can a girl who craves the stability of life on a farm really make it work with a man whose life is spent on the road with his band?







BLURB:
A rocker gets a taste of unexpected passion in the latest red-hot Rock Star Romance from the award-winning author of I Want You to Want Me.
 
Calix Bourbon might seem like a free spirit, but that’s all a front. In reality he’s just trying to keep his fractured family together while working as a session musician. When Blue Fire hires him to replace their keyboardist, Calix is determined to make the most of the opportunity—but he can’t help being distracted by the band’s sexy personal chef.
 
Mimi’s temporary gig is great, but she has her heart set on auditioning for a televised cooking show. There’s just one problem: she only has a week to acquire the skills necessary to survive the competition. Luckily, the band’s new keyboard player can teach her exactly what she needs, in the kitchen and in the bedroom...











BLURB: 
From the award-winning author of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT comes the final story in her red-hot Rock Star Romance series, about a loner rocker finding his perfect duet.
When Cooper Hood left Snowberry, Montana ten years ago, he swore he’d never go back to the town that painted him with the same brush as his addict mother. But right in the middle of his band’s national tour, he gets a call to come home: his mom’s got a whopper of a secret to reveal.

Daisy Charbonneau’s in trouble. The talent she hired for her resort’s annual Huckleberry Festival just bailed on her, and she’s desperate to find a replacement act. Luck turns her way when she discovers her high school crush is back in town—and he happens to be a rock star.

As they work together, a crush deepens into so much more, but who falls in love in two weeks?

Especially when Cooper’s never coming back to town, and Daisy’s never going to leave it.



 
BLURB:
From the award-winning author of the Rock Star Romance books comes a sizzling new series about the O’Donnell siblings. The pull of wild love is irresistible. 
She’s had enough drama in her life. 
Nicole O’Donnell is more than ready for the fresh start college offers. After a lifetime of trying to help her alcoholic mom and ex-boyfriend get sober, she’s finally learned her lesson: people don’t change. They certainly don’t change for her. 
He can never leave his drama behind. 
Thanks to his mom’s substance abuse issues, Dylan McCaffrey’s persona non grata in his hometown of Gun Powder, Colorado. So when he scores a free ride to the top university in the country, he’s determined to make something of this fresh start. But his mom has always relied on him, and she’s not handling his absence well at all. If he can just keep up his grades, pay her bills, and come home every break, he might be able to pull off this opportunity. 
True love won’t be denied. 
No matter how determined they are to steer clear of each other, their combustible connection explodes, especially when Nicole offers Dylan the one thing he can’t bear—hope. Once he has a taste of it—and the irresistible force of her—there’s no going back. 
But when he falls too deeply, when he loses sight of his priorities, he might just lose it all. 




BLURB:
From the award-winning author of MINE FOR NOW comes the next sizzling story in her Wild Love series, about a chance meeting that changes the course of two people’s lives.
As the top collegiate shortstop in the country, Ryan O’Donnell’s life is about discipline. But a growing restlessness causes him to bail on his baseball team over spring break to join his buddies at a singles resort. He just needs one week to escape his life, and then he’ll get back on track. But moments after arriving he meets HER, and the world as he knows it changes irrevocably. It should only be a hookup—that’s what spring break’s all about—but one taste of this sexy, vibrant woman isn’t enough. He has to have her. Even if it’s only for a week.

Sophie Valentine—yes, that Valentine—just found out her siblings want to sell off Crazy Hearts—the Peeps of the Valentine’s Day world. Upset, she takes off with her friends on their spring break vacation. She only wanted an escape—she never imagined meeting HIM. But he’s about to start a Major League Baseball career, and she’s launching a fight for her family legacy. They have no future. It’s just…she’s never felt this way for anyone before.

Are they really going to walk away from this kind of connection…this passion?



So, by now y'all know I ask every author I spotlight a series of questions... Here are the lovely Erika's answers:
1.      When did you realize the power of words?

I guess it was when I read books like Dr. Doolittle, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Phantom Tollbooth, and James and the Giant Peach. They just lit up my imagination—and I wanted to visit those worlds I could see so vividly.

2.      Do you listen to music when you write?

No way! I’m a music fanatic and, MUCH to my family’s dismay, I have to sing along with every song. So when I’m writing I pretty much need silence or white noise!

3.      Do you have a go-to writing snack?

I have a go-to writing BREAK snack! Every afternoon, I slip away from my desk to read for a few minutes while devouring a Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt Chocolate Chip bar. Do NOT tell anybody how delicious they are, or the shelves will be empty in no time. I buy, like, 4 boxes at a time.

4.      Who is your unicorn author?

I have 2. Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson. The very first romance I read was Truly Madly Yours. That one and Nobody’s Baby But Mine are the only books I’ll reread. Wait, that’s kind of a lie, because I have reread Lisa Kleypas’s books, too.

5.      If you could live inside any book for 24 hours, which and why?

You know, I’m going to have to say The Phantom Tollbooth, just so I can go and explore that incredibly cool world. Or maybe Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. If you make me choose, we could be here a while.

6.      What’s the one word you always misspell?


Mischief, achieve…yeah, the ie words.

Also, lovely humans, be sure to give Eika a good stalk... 

{Author Spotlight}

So, when I released my book, this sweet lady reached out to me, telling me she loved it and we got to chatting and became fast friends. Y'all may know her... she just released her sophomore novel, and while I'm still reading book 1, I have no doubts she'll only grow and flourish over time!

Have y'all guessed who I'm talking about yet? No? Well, without further ado, allow me to introduce...




Let's start this off with a bit about Harloe:

She's a life-long Minnesota native and currently resides there with husband and little one.

Things Harloe <3's: 

-Blogging
-Country living
-Horses
-Me

In all seriousness though, she's a sweet potato pie, & I adore her. 







Her first book, Redefining Us: A Reclusive Novel released in May, & I'm currently reading it during my rare down-time

BLURB:
In order to truly save him, I need to redefine us.

Xander Dixon was my best friend. 
Loyal and dependable. 
A brave warrior. 
A permanent presence in my life until that fateful day he boarded a plane headed overseas.

Xander’s unwelcome silence haunted me for three years…
Until he suddenly resurfaces. 
Blinded by misplaced fury.
Trapped in a pool of darkness.
Unable to escape the perpetual pain. 

Though it would be easy to walk away, I refuse to give up on him. 
I want to know his misery and torment so I can rescue him.
Then Xander will finally be mine.
One click her debut here: http://amzn.to/2x6TAZx


Now, let's chat about her new release: Forget You Not: A Reclusive Novel, it came out on the 25th & I'm looking forward to it for sure!

BLURB:
Destiny is bogus and fate is fake.
Everything happens for a reason?
Whatever.
I gave up on my fairy tale years ago.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not settling for less.
All my energy gets poured into a job I love rather than dead end relationships.
Men aren't even a blip on my radar these days.
Who needs them?
Except to scratch the occasional itch, I'm not interested in anything they have to offer.

If so-called Cupid ever comes knocking on my door, I'll be waiting with my flying pig because happily ever after doesn't exist.
I've become a jaded disbeliever and my main reason just sauntered into the bar.
Rowen Sworr is the only arrow that pierced my heart, and dammit, he stuck.

His random reappearance is a complicated twist from that meddling matchmaker I didn't see coming…

One click here: http://amzn.to/2yQeppa

Harloe was also kind enough to answer a few interview questions (see, total sweet potato)!




I'm sure by now you have a slight Harloe obsession, so be sure to follow her...
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{Author Spotlight}

Have y'all ever read Hazel James?
If you haven't you'll totally be one-clicking after this post. 
Not only is she an AMAZINGLY TALENTED author, she's an all-around STELLAR human being! Like, she gives me the warm & fuzzies. For real. <3 

So, let's all give a big round of applause for

Now, be sure to read all the way until the end,
because Hazel let me interview her! 



Now, I have to be honest, I haven't read this one yet, but believe you me, it's on my TBR.

So, let's check out the blurb:

For better or for worse, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall graduate.

Rachel Wheaton
The senior Economics project is supposed to teach us about real life. Budgeting. Social classes. Careers. I was supposed to plan it all out with my school husband. I didn't plan on actually falling in love with him, too.
But sometimes real life doesn't go according to plans. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions and sacrifices for the person you love. That's what marriage is about, right?

James Tennyson
I've always known things before they happen. Nothing major, like lottery numbers, but it's been pretty useful for things like playing football and dodging clingy girls. I've never been able to see my future. I didn't think much about it, to be honest.
Until second period, when she walked through the door.
Falling in love with her unlocked something inside me. Those little things I know? Now they're big things. Life-saving things. So who do I save? And at what cost? I made a vow to her.

For better or for worse, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live.
 

Sounds amazey-lou, right? Right. One-click it here: http://amzn.to/2wZgCy0



Now, this one I have read, & lemme tell y'all... IT IS TEN DIFFERENT KINDS OF GOOD. Hazel James knows how to tell a tale. That's for damn sure.

Check out this blurb:

Paige Landry
I finally made it. I graduated nursing school, and I found the perfect job. Things were great until a tornado blew through the emergency room, turning my life upside down. I don’t know if I can ever go back to the way things were before. Tornado survivors have a choice to rebuild, or pack up and move away. I’m twenty-two, and I know that one day I want the American dream: a husband, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence. But that’s the thing with rebuilding.

What happens when the next tornado hits? Will I be blown away again?

DH Rhoads
Adrenaline. It’s fueled me since I was thirteen. It’s what I discovered while I chased tornadoes across Oklahoma. It’s what I craved on combat missions in helicopters in Afghanistan. It’s what I lived for, until one day when everything changed. Now, adrenaline is my drug. It numbs me when the memories become too much to bear. It reminds me that I don’t deserve a wife, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence. I’ve seen what tornadoes do to white picket fences. It’s ugly.

I’m the tornado. I’ve already destroyed one family. Don’t chase me. Hooks ya right on in, doesn't it?

My review:
Guys, this book just did it for me. It's so-so-so-so good. It's action packed, angsty, feely, swoony, steamy, and then some. Seriously, you'll laugh & cry - sigh & scream. Hazel James just say this way of drawing out your feelings... <3
DH is something else, in the best way possible.
 I adored him (& Paige... especially together)
& you will too, I'm confident of that!

One-click it here: http://amzn.to/2wpB5u5

1. When in life did you realize the power of words? Somewhere around my junior year of high school. Nothing says heartbreak like writing angsty poems. (Thank God those never saw the light of day.) That realization turned into me serving as a journalist in the Army for four years, and I’ve been writing ever since. 2. Do you listen to music when you write? Yes. It helps me get into the mood/feel of the story, and now certain songs take me back to scenes in my books. For example, I had “Nothing Left to Say” by Imagine Dragons on repeat as I wrote chapter seven in Chased. That song will forever be linked to DH’s emotions in those moments. 3. Do you have a go-to writing snack? I’m an equal opportunity snacker, but I’m partial to Gushers. And of course, Diet Coke. 4. Who is your unicorn author? Kim Holden and I’m fortunate to have met her a few times. Bright Side is a life-changing book that gave me the courage to write my first book. I’ll never be able to thank her enough for that story and those characters. 5. If you could live inside in any book for 24 hours, which and why?
Gus by Kim Holden because have an unending love for that dude. He’s the perfect mix of grit, heart, and talent, and he’ll forever be my number one book boyfriend. 6. What's that one word you always misspell? Embarrass.






A little bit about Hazel:
Hazel James is an Army veteran and an active-duty Army wife. Her greatest loves include her family, lip gloss, Diet Coke, and the beach. 








To keep up with Hazel, stalk her here:

Coming Up Roses is LIVE

SQUEEEEEE! Coming Up Rose us LIVE & only 99 pennies for a limited time!!!!!!!!






I was so caught up in Release Day stuff, I freaking forgot to post that it was live on the website.
Story of my life, for real, y'all. 

This release has me feeling all kinds of happy. I'm talking straight up giddy. So, thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way, who has offered advice, and taken the time to answer my ENDLESS questions... This book would not be possible without y'all.
And thank you so effing much to everyone who has one clicked or read on KU... thank you for taking a chance on me. It means the freaking world to me. <3 

{Blog Post}



HALLELUJAH! 
Today was the first day of school for Big. Don't get me wrong, I love the boy, but after missing camp sign-ups and bringing him and Little to work with me all summer.. MAMA WAS MORE THAN READY!
Luckily, Big loves school & he was ready too! Not to mention, we have an amazing teacher this year! Come to think of it, we've hit the jackpot every year! <3 









Also, HOLY HECKAMOLE... Coming Up Roses 
will be out NEXT WEEK! Y'all, that is so SURREAL to me! Like, blows my mind. If you want to know the minute it is LIVE... sign up here: http://eepurl.com/cWHjqH
No spam, I promise!
Good news... I'm steadily working on book 2 and I'm hoping for a January release. 







Moving onto other news... I plan to do a monthly Author Spotlight, so if you have an author you absolutely ADORE, please recommend them to me! <3 
If you want to check out my last spotlight, click HERE! 

And, just in case you didn't know, I also have a nifty WHAT I'M READING section, that features the book I'm loving at the moment! <3 


{Author Spotlight}

Y'all, I wanna stop & take a minute to tell y'all about an author who is near & dear to my heart. 
She's so beyond talented, and nicer than nice. I'm so effing blessed to call her a friend. 
She can write the gut-wrenching feels like a boss. 
She can make you double over with belly clenching laughter with the snap of her fingers. 
She can make food puns like you wouldn't believe. 
Does she sound too good to be true? 
Well, she isn't. 
Seriously, she's a doll, and I'm so damn lucky to have her on my team. 
In her own words, she is a Cajun girl with a big heart and a passion for romance. She married her high school sweetheart two months after graduation and her life has been a fairytale ever since. She’s the queen of her castle, reigning over five sons and one bossy little princess who has made it her mission in life to steal her Momma’s throne. When she’s not writing, you will find her hidden beneath mounds of laundry and piles of dirty dishes or locked in her tower (aka the bathroom) soaking in the tub with a good book. She’s always been an avid reader and has recently discovered a love for cultivating romantic stories of her own.

Now, lemme tell y'all about her books. For real, you need to know them. 

 Let's start with Viv. 

BLURB:
Vivienne
Guilt...
Like a cancer, it festers, slowly stealing your life bit by painful bit.
What do you do when you have betrayed the love of your life but he is no longer there to grant you forgiveness? How do you carry the weight of your gravest mistake knowing there is no way to atone for it?
I've made a terrible choice–one that can't be undone.
Hiding this secret is eating me alive.
But if it ever came out?
If it were ever discovered?
It would destroy everything.

Reid
They say you always want what you can't have.
From the moment I laid eyes on Vivienne Parker, I knew I was fighting a losing battle. I want to believe that I'm better than this–that I wouldn't cross that line–but deep down, I know if I were ever given a chance, there's no way in hell I'd refuse.
She's my uncle's wife, so why does it feel as if she is mine?



My Review:
Vivienne's Guit is that book you read when you need to cleanse your mind of all the other books. It'll literally make you sob away any other characters lingering in your mind after 'The End'. You'll riot for the characters in this book. It's that good. 
One click it here:
http://amzn.to/2vv7dNR



Next up, Boomerangers. 

BLURB:
Boomerangers [boo-muh-rang-ers] noun, informal: an adult that moves back home to live with a parent after a period of independence.

Spencer

I love sex. I love the power, the intimacy, the euphoria it brings. Too bad I’m not having any . . . You’d think as New Orleans’ most renowned sex therapist that I’d be swimming in single men. In a way, I am . . . except for the fact that one is in diapers and the other two are drowning in preteen hormones. As a single mother of three, my days are devoted to my clients and my kids, and my nights are spent with Fabio, my trusty vibrator. When my world begins to unravel, I have no choice but to move back home. And when my high school sweetheart comes waltzing back into my life, comedy and chaos ensue.

What can I say? I never said I could pick ’em, but you can bet your ass I know how to fix ’em.

Cooper

As soon as the ink dried on my divorce papers, I made myself a solemn vow: I was done with relationships. Moving home to take over my father’s firm was the plan, until Spencer decided to return, along with three souvenirs from the life she’s lived without me. 

I’ve been in love with the girl next door for nearly all of my life; the rest was spent trying to forget her. I’d give almost anything for a second chance with her, but I have no time for distractions—especially the kind that involve diapers, bottles, and eighteen-year commitments. 

The problem is, she’s already got me by the balls . . . and I’m beginning to feel the noose tightening around my heart.

My Review: 
Now, let's talk about Boomerangers, which was actually my first HMO read. It's LOL funny and has witty banter and dialogue to boot. Seriously, this book made her my hero. She took the feels and made them crazy funny. You'll love every character in this book, especially Savage. 
One click it here: 


And last, but certainly not least, we have Food Fight, a book Heather co-authored with T.Torrest. 

BLURB:
FOOD FIGHT is the first book in a new eroticomedy duology. Each book in the Strip Mall series contains two separate stories from the same universe. No cliffhangers... just a lot of laughs and some really hot sex!

BANANAS AND DONUTS: It's a food fight of epic proportions when this not-so-sweet baker gets her hands on a gorgeous grocer's goods. 

BAGELS AND BRATS: A buff butcher bites off more than he can chew when he "meats" the vegan vixen next door. 

*Intended for immature audiences 18+

My Review:
So, let's talk about Food Fight. This little gem is something she co-wrote with another lovely author (stalk her here) [& stalk them as a duo here]It's some kind of special y'all. Yummy and funny and absolutely EVERYTHING an erotic comedy should be. No lie, I almost pee'd myself laughing. One click it here: 

Let's recap shall we? Heather is funny, talented, a supermom, an amazing friend, and then some. 
She's literally 

Feel free to stalk her... she's into it, I swear!

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