Friday, October 31, 2014

October Update at Thoughts


I've decided to do monthly updates instead of weekly updates here at Thoughts. So here's a racap of the month of October for you.


~*Reviews*~


TOTAL: 12


~*Books Finished*~


TOTAL: 16
  • Jilted by Rachael Johns
  • Wanted: Wife (French Kiss #1) by Gwen Jones
  • Ring in the Holidays (Hunk for the Holidays #2) by Katie Lane
  • Tempting Her Fake Fiancé (a Gone Hollywood novel) by Julie Particka
  • Taste (Take It Off #9) by Cambria Hebert
  • The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace Allen
  • Love Thy Neighbor (an Unexpected Love novel) by Sophie Wintner
  • Alex (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Bennett
  • Flirting With The Competition by Kerri Carpenter
  • Swept Away (Swept Away #1) by J. Haymore
  • A Last Chance Christmas by Vicki Lewis Thompson
  • Take Them By Storm (Angel Island #3) by Marie Landry
  • Christmas with a SEAL by Tawny Weber
  • Night Fever (Night Fever #1) by Jessica Hawkins
  • Not Her Type by Kay Jaybee
  • Come to Me Quietly (Closer to You #1) by A.L. Jackson
  • Still Yours (20Something #2) by Amy Patrick


~*Tours/Blasts/Reveals*~


~*Otherwise*~


~*As for me...*~


Well, I opened a new Etsy shop for my photography! It's just simply called Jess Sankiewicz Photos (mostly because that was what fit for a username, lol). So, favorite my shop please! There isn't much on there yet, only four 8x10 photos, but there are a bunch of 5x7's that I'll be putting up next month.

Here's a taste of what I've got on there:


That is my absolutely lovely model and BFF 'Roxanne'. We're actually long overdue for another photo shoot, and with fall being here, I really hope we can manage to squeeze one in because FALL COVER SHOOT STUFF TYPE THINGS. The colors and the shading. We're supposed to hang on Monday so *fingers crossed* that the weather is decent!

On October 27th 2014, it was the one year anniversary/book birthday for my first published novel, If Only We! It's kind of exciting and exhilarating to think about. It really doesn't feel like it's been that long. I've got a Goodreads giveaway going for a paperback copy of If Only We, so be sure to enter if you're interested in winning one.

I mean, you know you want to. ;)

Otherwise, not much else happening over here!


And that's about it! I hope everyone's been having a great year!

Jessica

Review: Sweet Addiction by J. Daniels

Title: Sweet Addiction
Author: Jessica Daniels
Published: May 2nd 2014
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
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Wedding hookups never amount to anything.

Those who partake in this wicked little activity know the rules. Get in. Get laid. Get out. There's no expectation of a relationship. It is what it is.

Dylan Sparks knows the rules. She’s familiar with the protocol. And she engages in the best sex of her life with a complete stranger at her ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

Reese Carroll doesn’t care about the rules. He wants more than just one night with Dylan. And he’s too addicting to pass up.

Sweet Addiction is the story of one girl’s struggle to keep things casual, and one boy’s desire to never let her go.

My Thoughts:

I snagged this one up at random after seeing a post about the book on a blog somewhere. I thought, why not, sounds sexy. Is it? Oh, quite. I liked this one very much.

For Dylan and Reese, it's lust at first sight. Then comes some misunderstandings along with a whole lot of back and forth trying to figure out what's going on. But, it intrigued me enough to keep going until pretty soon, I couldn't stop reading. I wanted to see if they could get past the errors and the assumptions. And then there was the passion between them--you couldn't deny it, and you enjoyed it, very much so.

Sweet Addiction was fairly addicting. I enjoyed the romance and I enjoyed the friendships that Dylan had. I'm intrigued enough by Dylan and Reese to see what J. Daniels in store for them in the second book, Sweet Possession.

My Rating:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Review: Made for You by Lauren Layne

Title: Made For You
Author: Lauren Layne
Published: October 28th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Some mistakes are worth making...

Lauren Layne's Best Mistake series continues with MADE FOR YOU.

When the Wrong Guy is Oh-So-Right Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans . . . Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted-gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past. This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life . . .

My Thoughts:

We got to meet both Will and Brynn in the first The Best Mistake book, Only With You (which I loved). There were little snippets following their storyline, which ended in a "must find out what happens" fashion. So, thank goodness for book #2!

Brynn keeps trying to stay away from Will, but she can't help but be drawn to him. He's so clearly perfect for her, yet she can't completely give in. I found myself quite annoyed with her throughout, hoping and wishing she would realize what she had right in front of her. Will is determined to prove to her what they mean to each other. Her ridiculousness might keep her from having a happily ever after if she's not careful, though.

Made for You was a lovely story giving us a very satisfying conclusion to Will and Brynn's story. I found myself on the edge of my seat, sitting there with fingers crossed and needing to know that everything happens the way it should. Lauren Layne is high up on my 'snag a copy of the latest' list. I can't wait to see what's next. If there's another book in this series (which I'm hoping there will be), it will be in my hands, er, on my Nook.

My Rating:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book Blitz: At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey


Welcome to the At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey book blitz!


At Any Moment by Brenna Aubrey
(Gaming the System #3)
Publication date: October 31st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
It’s Dangerous to Go Alone!

Mia Strong never expected to be deciding the rest of her life at age twenty-two. Is she willing to become a human lab rat? Does she need to write a will? Does she ever want a family–and if so, with whom? She can’t dodge the tough questions–not if she plans to live to see twenty-three. With her life hanging in the balance, Mia wants nothing more than to rely on Adam Drake, but he’s hurt her before.

You Must Gather Your Party Before Venturing Forth…


Adam Drake knows that he’s made mistakes, but when he discovers what Mia’s facing, he realizes how much those mistakes could cost him. Now he has to choose between being the man who can save Mia’s life or the man she can love. No matter how much it tears him apart, Adam knows he has to put Mia first…even if it means he’s out of the picture entirely.

Will their love survive this epic battle or is it game over?


This novel is the third and final book in Adam and Mia’s trilogy, but they will be featured in future Gaming the System novels.


Excerpt

“What’s wrong?”

She waited to answer me, keeping her gaze glued to the sky. “I can’t find Draco.”

I looked up again. There were no stars to be seen. The black of night was completely covered by the dull gray of low coastal clouds.

She took in a shaky breath and then shot me a look before her eyes darted away like skittish birds. “You told me that Draco is always in the sky—no matter what time of night, no matter where you are in the northern hemisphere. You can always find it. But I can’t see it tonight. What does that mean?”
I reached out and touched her smooth, cool cheek with the back of my knuckles. She was trembling so slightly that it was almost impossible to notice. “You can’t see Draco because you can’t see any stars tonight. It’s the marine layer.”

The breath shivered out between her lips and she closed her eyes. I continued to stroke her cheek. “I want to see it. I need to see it.”

“You just have to trust me. You can’t see it, but it’s there, I promise. Do you trust me?”

Her head sank as she lay back flat on the sand. I bent over her, looking upside down into her eyes. Our gazes locked. Suddenly it was hard to breathe. I stroked her cheek again. Her eyelids fluttered like butterfly wings. She was as delicate as one of them. As fragile. And I’d never thought of her in those terms before.

She was vulnerable. And in many ways she was at the mercy of everyone around her. Including me. My throat tightened.

She watched me for long moments, reaching up and hooking her hand around my neck as if afraid I would pull away. “You know what I love most about your eyes?” she asked.

I frowned, confused at the abrupt change of subject.

Her thumb moved across the back of my neck and I tried to ignore the tingling her light touch evoked. I wanted to pull her hand away but she was so breakable.

“They are so beautiful—your eyes. And so different.”

I sighed, tried to laugh it off. Emilia’s intensity was unusual but not surprising. It didn’t take a genius to understand why she’d be feeling somber tonight. “Men don’t like being called beautiful…”

She grimaced at me and I saw a glimpse of my Mia return. “Whatever. Deal with it. Your eyes are beautiful. In a totally manly way, of course.”

I smiled but didn’t reply.

She tightened the clamp of her hand around my neck, pulling me closer to her. Our eyes were inches from each other but I didn’t look away though intensity of her gaze made me feel like I was staring into a 1000-watt spotlight.

“They are so dark, so mysterious. I used to think of them as curtains, or shutters. To close off what was going on inside. But tonight I think of them as…mirrors. Reflecting everything. I can see myself in there.”

My breath stuttered a little. “Oh…” I answered in the smallest whisper that seemed to get swallowed up in the ambient sounds around us, the regular lap of the water on the shore, the distant hiss of the freeway even in the early morning. “Oh, you’re in there, Mia. You are most definitely in there.”

And then without thinking, just feeling, my mouth sank to hers. I was bent over her, our heads facing different ways, my top lip sealed over her bottom lip, and she opened to me and I tasted her. I was kissing her upside down. And this kiss held more than passion, more than a declaration of desire. It held love. My love. Her love. They collided like waves crashing against a barrier that prevented them from meeting. Like that rugged, unmovable jetty that protected the harbor from the worst of the weather on the south-facing coast.

“Spider-man kisses,” she murmured against my mouth. I kissed her chin, her cheeks and the tip of her nose. She referred to the famous kiss Spider-man shared with Mary Jane in the first Marvel movie. Completely unaware that Spider-man was her next-door neighbor, Peter Parker, Mary Jane had peeled back his mask from the bottom half of his face and passionately kissed him in the rain as he dangled upside down from his web. Spider-man kisses.

But was I as disguised to her as Peter Parker had been from Mary Jane? In many ways, I was. I wore a mask because this wasn’t the time for us to deal with all the bullshit that had gone on between us. My lies. Her lies. Our respective secrets. They’d created that barrier between our hearts and there was no telling if they were surmountable.

A thin, silvery tear leaked from the corner of her eye. I pretended not to notice, pulling back, stroking her cheek.

“I’m sorry…for everything,” she whispered.

“I know. I’m sorry for everything too.”




AUTHOR BIO:

Brenna Aubrey is an author of New Adult contemporary romance stories that center on geek culture. Her debut novel, At Any Price, released December, 2013.

She has always sought comfort in good books and the long, involved stories she weaves in her head. Brenna is a city girl with a nature-lover’s heart. She therefore finds herself out in green open spaces any chance she can get. A mommy to two little kids and teacher to many more older kids, she juggles schedules to find time to pursue her love of storycrafting.

She currently resides on the west coast with her husband, two children, two adorable golden retriever pups, two birds and some fish.

Brenna’s short story “The Love Letter” was the Grand Prize winner of the Jane Austen Made Me Do It Short Story Contest. As such, it was included in the anthology of the same name (Ballantine, 2011)



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Jessica

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Blitz: More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs


Welcome to the More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs book blitz!



More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs
(Chasing the Dream 0.5)
Publication date: October 28th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he’s really the good guy who’s always stuck fixing his band’s problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn’t show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.

Kyle hasn’t seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she’s dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he’s never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.

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Excerpt


She rested her hand lightly on mine, like she wasn’t sure if I would pull away. “Kyle, it’s always been you.”

I missed this. The simple things, like holding her hand. The way she flipped her hair over her shoulder. The glint in her green eyes when she laughed at something I said. The freckles on her cute nose peeking out from under her makeup. The softness of her red lips, the delicate curve of her neck, the swell of her breasts…

I looked away, clearing my throat. “Alexis, what do you want from me?”

Her hand tightened around mine. “Three years ago, I made a huge mistake. It killed me to break up with you, and I’ve regretted it ever since. I should have tried to make it work long distance, but I messed up.” Her voice trembled, but she went on. “I know you’ll probably never forgive me for what I did, and I don’t blame you. All I want now is a second chance to try to make it up to you. To do something different this time. To prove I never stopped loving you.”

Her words woke up something within me—a memory of what we used to be and a spark of hope for what we might be again. “I am happy to see you,” I admitted, referring to what she’d said in the car. “But why should I believe anything will be different this time?”

She raised her free hand to my cheek. “Because I’ve changed. I’m not afraid to be who I am anymore. I’m not afraid to fight for what I want. Who I want.”

I wanted, more than anything, to believe her. I leaned into her touch, staring at the girl I had always loved, who said she still loved me. I didn’t take my eyes off her as she trailed her fingers down, along my stubble, tracing my jaw. Her touch was soft but direct, like she was exploring the changes in my face since she’d last seen me. I held completely still. I didn’t blink. I didn’t breathe. If I moved, I’d break the spell over both of us.

Her fingers skimmed down my neck, and she laid her hand against my chest, digging her fingers into my Joy Division T-shirt where it said, Love Will Tear Us Apart. She was already so close, her thigh pressed against mine in the tiny booth, her strawberry-and-spice scent tickling my nose with each breath. Being with her again was so familiar, so comfortable, so right. I couldn’t stop myself from moving closer, resting my hand on the curve of her shoulder, lowering my head to hers. I closed my eyes, savoring that instant before our mouths met, before everything changed between us and there was no going back.




AUTHOR BIO:
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She plays the guitar, mentors at-risk teens, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of small, fluffy dogs.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Tempting Her Fake Fiancé by Julie Particka

Title: Tempting Her Fake Fiancé
Author: Julie Particka
Published: October 27th 2014
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Adult Contemporary
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A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint... 

A proposition leads to compromising positions...
Journalist Stasia Grant needs a hero. Specifically one who will help her humiliate her ex-husband after he publicly left her for another woman. In Vegas for the biggest interview of her career, Stasia is grappling with a broken heart, her cheating ex (and the other woman), and a serious need for revenge. Her salvation comes from the most unlikely place― charming and sexy-as-all-get-out action star Evan Stone. After spending his life playing a superhero, Evan has a plan for delicious satisfaction: a fake, week-long engagement. He'll not only show Stasia's ex what he's missing but gain some sympathetic publicity to turn around his image as a player. It's win-win for them both. But neither expected the sizzling chemistry that erupts whenever they're together. Stepping out for the paparazzi, Stasia and Evan are about to pull off the performance of a lifetime...but will they fall for their own con?

My Thoughts:

THIS BOOK. I mean... THIS BOOK. (That's better...) I'm not gonna joke around here. You know how there are certain books that are up there on your list of favorite books. Well, this one has become one of my latest and greatest must-get-my-hands-on books the day it's released because... well... let me tell you why.

The premise alone had me hooked, but it was the way the story was developed that drew me in. Stasia pulled me into her world instantly--the emotion behind the divorce had me clutching my heart for her. Evan's reaction and subsequent plan just pulled me in further. The two of them have this heartwarming spark between them. It's going to be temporary, but, hey, they're gonna make the most of it. And they do. And it's even better than they realized. So much so, that they're not sure what's next anymore, for themselves and each other.

Tempting Her Fake Fiancé was one of the sweetest and sexiest novels ever. I could read and reread it indefinitely. I loved how Julie Patricka brought everything together in such a short period of time, not only the romance, but outside factors as well. Like the sweet little scene with Evan and his little fan. Oh, swoon. You must must must pick this one up. Snag it up now. RIGHT NOW.

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Blitz: A Need So Insatiable by Cecilia Robert


Welcome to the A Need So Insatiable by Cecelia Robert book blitz!



A Need So Insatiable by Cecilia Robert
(Hearts #1)
Publication date: March 8th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
“You’ve owned me from the moment I walked into that music room. You’ve wrapped yourself in my heart and mind. I can’t get you out. I don’t want to.” ~ Rafael Van Rees

Sophie Fisher’s life is on fire. If she’s not ducking around corners or slipping out of windows to escape the debt collectors her father’s death has left knocking on her door, she’s dealing with her rebellious, fifteen-year-old sister, Lilli. And, as if that’s not enough, Rafael Van Rees crashes into her life—literally—bringing with him a past the public has no idea of. Can she unravel his mysteries before he unravels her, or will his presence finally force her to face the demons she’s trying to outrun?

Rafael Van Rees prides himself on being in control of his destiny, music and women. As far as he is concerned, his past is a black cloud in the distance–until he meets Sophie, that is, and his world spins out of control in more ways than one. He knows the darkest sins and secrets eventually reveal themselves, but when it comes to Sophie, he’ll stop at nothing to protect her from his past. Even if it kills him.

**Mature Content Warning** 17+ for language and sexual content


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Excerpt

“Did you need something?”

“Just this . . .” I frame her face with my palms and brush my lips on hers. She sucks in a breath, her eyes fluttering shut. She grabs the front of my shirt as she sags forward, like her legs can’t hold her up anymore. Slipping one arm around her waist, I pull her curvy, soft body flush against my hard one, my lips still on hers.

Fuck yes! The buzz is still there. We were both young when we shared our first kiss, but this. This is different. Time hasn’t erased the connection between us. My heart recognizes her, beating to a rhythm that’s only hers.

Pulling back, I stare at the face that has lived in my head for years. Haunting me. Comforting me. Her eyes slowly open, and she blinks, looking dazed. She presses her fingers on her lips.

“You kissed me,” she whispers, as if it’s the most unusual thing. Does she not get kissed often? Her lips were made for kissing, and I can’t get my greedy eyes off them.

I tip my head to the side. “I did,” I say, pressing my thumb on her bottom lip, inching up to the labret. Her mouth parts slightly. I could kiss her again, slip my tongue past those delectable lips. Taste her. Really taste her.

“Goodbye, Sophie.” I drop my hand and turn to leave, then stop. “Nice tattoo, by the way. A butterfly.” I emphasize the last word to get a reaction. Nothing.

“Mr. Van R--Rafael. Do we know each other?”

Christ, the way she says my name has every part of my body straining, wanting to hear her say it again.

“Do we?” I lift a brow.
Her frown deepens, and her bewitching eyes, smoky after the shared semi-kiss, narrow at me.

I’m not about to tell her. I need to find out why she can’t remember me first. “Drive safely, Sophie.” I turn, and stride back to Simone’s music room. I feel her eyes on my back, my shoulders, my ass. I let her have her fill. I’m not going to deny her--and me--this chance. I’m selfish, but hey, she needs the image to go along with the kiss. Right before I turn the corner, she takes a loud, deep breath.

Damn right, Butterfly.

AUTHOR BIO:

I write YA, NA and Adult. My motto: Passion rules. I enjoy writing stories about people finding love in the most unexpected places, coupled with adventurous journeys, whether it's urban, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary or paranormal romance. There's always a happy ever after, no matter how long it takes to get there.

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