10/23/2014

Swoon Thursday (160): Want



It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know!

Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  This week's title comes from my swoon.  That tiny little word...want.  Many times we see the word NEED when we're reading swoon-worthy moments, but sometimes...sometimes we have to go for what we WANT, whether we NEED it or not.  :)

Enjoy!

Happy Thursday, y'all!





ASHLEY:  Swooning over Kelly Martin's THE BLACK HEART:

The reason I stopped talking is because J raised my knuckles to her lips and kissed them gently.   
And I think my heart stopped.   
I never in my wildest dreams thought she'd kiss the hand that she had just been wiping the blood from.  I'm not sure if she had planned on it or if it had just happened.  But the way her eyes found mine, I think it was an accident.   
If a kiss can be an accident.   
For what seemed like an eternity, we stared at each other.  Her hand held mine.  And my other held on to the sink.  I wasn't sure what to do.  I knew what I wanted to do, and by the look she gave me, I thought she wanted it too.   
I'd already felt her lips on my knuckles, my rough and bloodied skin.  But I wanted to know what her lips would feel like on mine.  I wanted to grab her, throw her legs around me, and push her up against the stall wall.   
I wanted...


JESSICA:  Swooning over STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout:
(Jess note: This is a long one, but I couldn't help myself. Zayne + cuddles = swoonage I can't ignore.)


Zayne stared back at me, momentarily obscured by a length of blond hair. I held my breath as he eased down on his side and tugged the covers up to his waist. My gaze dipped. He was wearing a gray cotton shirt and it stretched taught over his shoulders as he reached over and under the comforter, finding me in the bundle of blankets. With his arm around my waist, he snagged me back against his chest. Every muscle in my body tensed as he settled in behind me, curving his body around mine with a natural ease that scattered my senses. There was virtually nothing between us but our thin sleep clothes, which were no shield from the hear he radiated. 
And that warmth...oh. It seeped into my muscles, easing out the knots and all the sore spots. Within seconds, the rigidness flowed out of my spine and my cheek returned to the pillow. The bed turned into a cloud and I felt like I was in one of those cheesy mattress commercials Stacey and Sam always made fun of, but Zayne had the power to change an ordinary mattress into something wonderful. I closed my eyes, letting my body sink down. In the moments that followed, I wasn't thinking about anything and that was great. 
He lifted his hand from my waist long enough to brush strands of my hair out of his face and then I felt his warm breath against the back of my neck. A series of shivers danced over my skin. A different kind of tightness formed in my lower stomach as I focused on breathing normally and not like I'd just attempted to run up and down bleachers.



Delicious Repeats:


KELLY: Swooning over JAMES GAMES by L.A. Rose:

He kisses me hard, pushing me up against the wall. The flyer slips off the wall and flutters to the floor, but I don't notice because I'm kissing him back, moaning into his mouth and burying my hands in his hair as his lips furiously claim mine.


KELSEY: Swooning over FIRE by Ashelyn Drake:

Logan leans forward, keeping his eyes locked on mine. He inches toward my face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt into him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.
My feet are still in the water, and the idea hits me. I pull away just long enough to bring us both tumbling into the pool. In my mind, I know it's wrong to throw myself at Logan like this, but my mind has nothing on my heart.



TRISHA:  Swooning over INTO THE FIRE by Kelly Hashway writing as Ashelyn Drake:

He inches toward me face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt in to him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.






HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:


I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.



NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"

and:

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

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10/21/2014

The Darkness Within Cover Reveal

I'm excited to share the cover of my upcoming book, The Darkness Within. This is the sequel to The Monster Within, which released in June. Personally, I love this cover. What do you think?
After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she's finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she's part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives--the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life--things couldn't be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong?
Magic.
Ethan's magic came from a witch who'd turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he'd be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he's Sam's sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he's a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what's wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?

Author Bio:
Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.
Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Title: The Darkness Within
Author: Kelly Hashway
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (www.spencerhillpress.com) Please feel free to use any text, images, links, etc. from our website.
Release Date: June 2, 2015
Formats: Paper, e-book

If you’d like to request an ARC, please use the reviewer form on Spencer Hill Press's website.
http://spencerhillpress.com/reviewers.html

Pre-order it on Amazon.

Haven't checked out The Monster Within yet? Get it here.
The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side--a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong. She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she's tortured by visions--glimpses into her victims would have- been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches. But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

10/16/2014

Swoon Thursday (159): Testing the Waters




It's that time again! We created a HOT meme, and if you're new to the game, here's how to join in the fun:

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON. What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering.

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the steamy button above and share it on your blog. We want to know!

Hey, y'all! Ashley here.  This week's title comes from my swoon.  These are some of my favorite moments...in a second chance romance, where one person decides to test the waters, to see if that spark is still there between them.  :)  And boy is it ever still there!

Enjoy!

Happy Thursday, y'all!




KELLY: Swooning over JAMES GAMES by L.A. Rose:

He kisses me hard, pushing me up against the wall. The flyer slips off the wall and flutters to the floor, but I don't notice because I'm kissing him back, moaning into his mouth and burying my hands in his hair as his lips furiously claim mine.

ASHLEY:  Swooning over JJ Knight's FIGHT FOR HER #1:

She hasn't moved.  I grasp her wrists, then slide my hands up the silky sleeves of the shirt.  I cross her shoulders and let my fingers trace her collarbone.  Then I cup her chin.   
Maddie is still looking into my face.  I'm not going to let up, not as long as she's right here, her body pressed against me.  I bend down and flutter a soft kiss against her lips, just to test the waters.   
She relents, and the moment I feel her relax, I take no prisoners.  My mouth captures her, and my hands move to the back of her head, pushing her against me. 




Delicious Repeats:


KELSEY: Swooning over FIRE by Ashelyn Drake:

Logan leans forward, keeping his eyes locked on mine. He inches toward my face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt into him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.
My feet are still in the water, and the idea hits me. I pull away just long enough to bring us both tumbling into the pool. In my mind, I know it's wrong to throw myself at Logan like this, but my mind has nothing on my heart.



TRISHA:  Swooning over INTO THE FIRE by Kelly Hashway writing as Ashelyn Drake:

He inches toward me face, giving me the chance to back away, but I don't want to. His hand cups my cheek and gently pulls me toward him. His lips touch mine, softly at first, and then with more intensity. I melt in to him, giving in to the imprint. Giving in to the longing I can't deny. I deepen the kiss, pulling him closer to me. I'm on his lap now. I want to lose myself in him, but I can't let go or I'll start burning up again.



JESSICA:  Swooning over LETTING GO by Molly McAdams:
(Jess note: Awww, Jagger. I am so loving him!)

"You know what I want. Tell me what you want from me. Whether it's everything or nothing, I'll always be here for you." 
I swallowed past the tightness in my throat and brought my hand up to cover the one he was still holding on my cheek. Slowly letting my fingers glide down his arm until I was gripping the top of his forearm, I whispered, "I want you to kiss me again." 
That lopsided smile crossed his face for a brief second before his lips were pressed against mine again. My hands dropped to his waist when he tilted my head back, and his tongue lightly teased my lips. My body sagged into his when I opened my mouth to him, want and need for him surging through my body as the tips of his fingers barely brushed down my neck. 
"Grey," he whispered into my mouth, and a shiver worked through my body. 



HEATHER:  Swooning over LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins:


I kiss him like I've never kissed anyone before.
He doesn't move. His lips aren't moving.
My head jerks back in alarm. I've acted rashly, I've pushed him too quickly---
He collapses to his knees and yanks me back to his lips. 
His kiss isn't even remotely innocent. There's passion, but there's also an urgency verging on panic. He pulls me close, as close as my dress and chair will allow, and he's gripping me so tightly that I feel his fingers press through the back of my stays.



NEREYDA:  Swooning (TWICE!) over THE HOOKUP by Kristen Callahan:
"I want to kiss you, Anna."
My breath hitches.  I'm all the way under the covers now, in a dark heated world.  And there's nothing but his voice.  "I think about it all the time.  How soft your lips will be?  What will they taste like?  Will you make those sweet little noises like you do when we make love?"

and:

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”



SO NOW IT'S YOUR TURN! On your blog (and be sure to leave us a link), and/or on Twitter... SWOON us!

And PS! Make sure to tweet with the #YABound hashtag so we can RT you!