February Book Recommendations!

Hey all! I hope everyone is having a great day so far 🙂 Along with announcing the winner of last month’s giveaway, I wanted to share some of the latest romance books I’ve enjoyed. I’ve been reading more paranormal here lately, but I’m leaving a variety of books, so maybe you’ll find something new in the mix!

Eek! Now let’s get on with who won a signed copy of Interception and the cool book sleeve crafted by my friend Ashley with SewChic!

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February Book Recommendations!

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This. Book. I can’t give enough praise for A Court of Mist and Fury–this is book 2 just so we are clear. Sarah J. Maas has moved to my top 10 favorite authors, and this book is THE top 2017 read so far! The story grabbed me from the start, and I seriously didn’t want to stop until I was done. Romance, on man!!! If you find yourself rooting for the bad guy, like I often do, then this book will hook you. Gah! There are action, twists, and turns, and did I mention romance? Yeah, so it’s a slow-build romance, but oh my word is it worth it.

Be sure to start with book 1, A Court of Thorn and Roses! …so many things happen in book one, which makes it a great story, but book 2 is what really made me a fan of Maas.

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Sexy, hot-headed leading man Collin paired with a feisty leading lady Addison, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a read. I think the publisher compared this to Three Men and A Baby–which is what really got my attention. I loved the friendship the three former Marines shared, and the love they had for Chloe, Collin’s daughter. There’s just something about men taking care of a baby that makes me feel all warm inside. So, Reckless Hearts is a fast read and had I not had plans the entire weekend, I would’ve finished reading it in one sitting.

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For a debut novel, I was super impressed with Curic’s ability to reel me in and keep me interested. I’m a sucker for sports romances, obviously, so I had high expectations. Glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. Eva is witty, funny, and a little broken. Rob is goofy, hot, and even though he knows what he wants, circumstances get in the way. Two smart people are drawn to the other yet can’t seem to see what’s right in front of them? Yeah, roller-coaster of awesome right there. I haven’t read book 2, Second Down because I’m waiting for book 3, Third and Long to come out, but I’ll keep you posted!

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So… I read this book after reading ACoMaF, and while the story was slow to start, I ended up enjoying this book for what it is: A Young Adult book. I thought the story was sweet and clean, and I’d allow my 14-year-old (if she enjoyed reading) to read it. It’s a nice, relaxing story.

Love is a risk worth taking ~The Siren, Kiera Cass

More Books to Check Out on Goodreads ❤

Other books I’ve enjoyed are:

A few friends and I did a group read of The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer Armentrout: White Hot Kiss, Stone Cold Touch, and Every Last Breath. My expectations were high because I absolutely fluved The Lux Series, and while no one has yet to live up to Daemon Black, Roth, The Crown Prince of Darkness did one hell of a job keeping me interested 😉

Rhapsodic by Laura Thalassa. This is a New Adult Paranormal Romance that I think fans of Sarah Maas would enjoy. Strange Hymn, Book 2 comes out later this year!

For those who enjoy a lot of spice in your life, I did get to enjoy an early read of Smutty Little Secrets by Vivienne Hunt.

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Interception is LIVE on Amazon!

Interception is LIVE on Amazon!

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Distraction, book 1 is #FREE

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See where it all began by downloading your copy of Distraction for #FREE on Amazon!

“Distraction pulled me in from the first page. So much intensity and mixed emotions in this book.” ~Four Chicks Flipping Pages

Tristan and Elle are so well written I half expected to meet them on the street. This book left my emotions reeling, but I had a huge smile and warm heart at the end.” ~Mom With A Reading Problem

This story of Tristan and Elle deserve more stars than what Amazon and Goodreads.” ~Amber Simmons, reader

Addiction, book 2 #FREE with KU

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Love is an addiction both craved, but when devastating secrets are revealed, Elle pushes Tristan away. He won’t let go. She can’t hold on. Is their love strong enough to keep them together? Falling in love was never an issue, but for Tristan and Elle, falling apart may be.

“This was a short read, once I got started I couldn’t put it down.” ~Four Chicks Flipping Pages

“Have your box of tissues ready. Roller coaster ride of emotions–laughter, anger, and tears. Loved this book and can’t wait for the next.” ~Amy Barre

“I love the series and this installment just adds depth to two already amazing characters.” ~Mom With A Reading Problem

Happy Holidays!

The wait is over! Interception is now available to everyone on Amazon. Eeeek! I’m so pumped, and I hope you enjoy the final book as much as I did writing it. Grab your copy >HERE< Oh! Take a look at Interception’s Playlist!

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To everyone who made this series a success, thank you. All the messages and emails that said how much you loved Tristan and Elle, well, you guys made writing The End such a blessing. What better way to say goodbye to your favorite characters than by throwing them a party! Starting at 3:15 pm (CST) until 9:30 pm, come in your jammies and celebrate with my friends and I during The Interception Release Party!

Click here to join the fun!

Check out the lineup below:

Me 😉 3:30pm
Alyson Santos 4 pm
Lynn Vroman 4:30 pm
Jodie Larson 5 pm
D. Nichole King 5:30 pm
Evan Grace 6 pm
Sunniva Dee 6:30 pm
Jen Wylie 7 pm
Kata Cuic 7:30 pm
Laura Thalassa 8 pm
Valerie Roeseler 8:30 pm
Heather Van Fleet 9 pm

Don’t forget the massive giveaway going on! I have THE BEST friends, and they’ve all donated a book for ONE lucky reader to enjoy. Don’t delay, there is still a little time to enter!

Click here to enter the rafflecopter!

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I love you guys so much! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with Peace and Prosperity ❤

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Interception Facebook Release Party Giveaway!!

Hey guys!

Check out the massive book giveaway some friends, and I have put together for the release of Interception! Eek! I’m so thankful to have so many amazing friends come together to help celebrate the conclusion to Tristan and Elle’s story. Not to mention each and every reader who loved, cried, and laughed during this journey, thank you!  To enter this big ‘ole giveaway, click >HERE<

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Check out Interceptions’ playlist! You can follow me on Spotify 🙂

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Also, be sure to mark your calendars for Interception’s Facebook Release Party! There will be loads of fun to be had. 😉 Click >HERE< to join the event. And don’t forget, if you have any questions about The Distraction Series,  email them to me so I can answer as many as I can throughout the party.

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Pre-Order Interception Today!
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Hey guys!
So it’s almost time! Interception, the last book in The Distraction Series comes out next month: December 13 🙂 Ahh! I’m so excited to share Tristan and Elle’s conclusion with you all. The journey has been an emotional one, and I still can’t believe I’m saying goodbye to these characters. It is so surreal!

*To Pre-Order your copy of Interception, simply click on any teaser or the Pre-Order buton right above here.*
Oh! I’m planning my very first FB release party!!! I’ve asked a few friends to help me celebrate, but I haven’t committed 100% yet. I promise to send out an invitation by next weekend if I’m able to get Interception’s Release Party in order. Until then, stay tuned! I’ll post on all social media platforms.

For those who want to read and review Interception, click >HERE< to sign up! Untold Press has a limited number of ARCs going out, so sign up as soon as you can. 🙂

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What am I working on next?
Now that I’ve finished The Distraction Series, I’m on to tie-up my first series: The Fated. I think, in part, it’s taken me so long to complete this trilogy because it was the first story I wrote, and seeing the characters go will be difficult. But it’s time!

So, the third, and final book in my Young Adult Greek Mythology Series, Hope’s Defeat is my top priority. Since book two, Hope’s Deceit ended with a dark twist, I’ve been asked what will happen between Blain and Trinity. I can’t reveal much, but know that I firmly believe in HEA. Promise!

On a side note, I’ve drafted another Paranormal book! My friend Amanda has hounded me to write an angel book, so I’m giving it a go! This book will be New Adult Romance! I have two titles I’m considering: Crimson or Collective Souls, but those could change at any time. I’ll be sure to post more as the story develops. 🙂

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Interception Cover Reveal

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INTERCEPTION

BY

ANGELA MCPHERSON

A DISTRACTION NOVEL
GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
PUBLISHER: UNTOLD PRESS

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*The Final Book in The Distraction Series*

Four years of college is coming to an end, and Tristan Daniels and Elle Richards are ready to take the next step toward a future together. Tristan gets drafted into the NFL, and a small newspaper offers Elle her dream job. Their happiness is within reach.

But life has a way of intercepting everything they’ve worked so hard to accomplish.

Love is defined in moments of weakness. Though it’s been months since Elle’s miscarriage, the pain remains an agony that threatens to undo her. True to form, Tristan is the rock, even as he watched the love of his life rushed to surgery. Thrown into chaos, the couple learns to work through their hurt and find solace through the heartache.

Until someone from the past resurfaces and seeks to shatter them for good.

From the beginning, no distraction could keep the best friends apart. Love became an addiction too strong for them to ignore. Now, before they can have a future, they must learn to conquer hardships and embrace what is truly important—

Each other.

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Born and currently residing in Texas, Angela shuffles three active children (not including her husband) all over the place. She works in a busy pediatric doctor’s office as a nurse during the day and writes at night. Addicted to coffee and chocolate, Angela laughs a lot, often at herself and is willing to try anything once. When Angela isn’t rushing kids around, working or writing, she’s reading. Other than life experience, Angela turns to a wide variety of music to help spark her creative juices. She loves to dance and sing though her kids often beg her not to.

Connect with Angela: [Newsletter][Twitter][Facebook][Goodreads][Amazon][Instagram][Pinterest]

Untold Press works: Distraction, Addiction, Interception (Coming 2016)Hope’s Decree, Hope’s Deceit,  Gypsy Love

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~Excerpt~

(subject to change before release date)

Chapter 1
Tristan

Every day started with the same routine: morning jog, classes, football drills, homework, and repeat. Elle and I were always busy, so last night I set aside time for the two of us. You know, candles, dinner, the works. Only she didn’t show, which led to the current standoff in the living room when I tried to leave.

“Not now, Elle, I’ve got shit to do.”

“Awesome. I’ll be at the paper. Rixon’s meeting me.” She turned. “Not that you give a damn.”

The fuck! My scalp stung from scraping my nails through my hair. Didn’t want to argue with Elle, but I snapped. One mention of the guy’s name—the same asshole who monopolized her time, and I lost my calm.

“Go fucking figure. Run to another guy when shit gets rough.”

Damned if she didn’t fight back. Elle whipped around. “But it’s okay to hang with Kim? Still getting over our ‘time-out’?” Elle air quoted. “Oh, wait? Cooking classes and shit’s apparently fair game?”

Of course, she’d mention the chick I met in culinary class, wouldn’t she? I stepped forward, my shoes kissing her socks, and held her heated gaze. Adrenaline surged through my veins. What I really wanted to do was thread my fingers through her silky hair, pull her to me, and own her. But pride was a mother.

“Kim isn’t trying to fuck me, sweetheart.” Five short seconds was all the time I had to prepare for the sting of her palm against my cheek.

Tears mixed with the anger in her eyes. “How dare you?” she seethed. “I figured you’d give me a little more credit.” Elle swirled around and headed down the hall to the bedroom. Pictures knocked against the wall when the door slammed.

“Goddammit!” My cell in hand, I snatched the keys off the coffee table and left. The house vibrated when the front door shut, but at that point, I didn’t care.
The engine roared, and tires squealed as I raced down the street. Hadn’t driven but five minutes before the phone buzzed. Without checking the caller-ID, I answered the phone.

“What?”

“Someone needs to get laid.”

“Paul?” I shook my head, hardly believing it was him on the other end. I hadn’t heard from him since the last email he sent from the Middle-East.

Paul razzed me more. “Lemme guess, Elle get smart and leave your dumb ass?”

The light changed from red to green, and I advanced down the street, calmer than when I left Elle.

Elle.

I fucked up. Never should have gone off on her. Elle wouldn’t leave me for another man. But I didn’t like Rixon and her walking away after a fight, to go with the same prick, was like pouring alcohol on a wound. It burned.

Paul interrupted my internal debate. “Silence won’t help, bro. Give me something.”

Hard plastic from the steering wheel cut into the creases of my fingers. Didn’t matter, I gripped the wheel tighter. “Nothing, man.”

“Bullshit, fucker.”

Had to love his verbal brutality. The truth was, I missed the skinny bastard. Paul and I’d been best friends, thick as thieves since we made Mrs. Webber cry in first grade. I remember the day clearly. Fresh from the playground, we’d put a stiff dead frog in the teacher’s chair. Never heard a grown woman wail so loudly. Good times. After high school Paul enlisted, so now communication consisted of emails with the occasional phone call.

“Sorry, man. Caught me at a bad time.”

“You and Elle working through something?”

My laugh sounded harsh and cold. “Something like that,” I admitted.

I loved Elle, too much at times. Waking up with her side of the bed vacant was a reality I’d faced not long ago, and I never wanted to experience that type of emptiness again.

“You talk to your girl?”

“Nope.” I seethed, driving in circles for the fuck of it.

“You afraid she’ll bail?”

My mouth dried. Yeah, bail, hightail it out of my house and my life forever. Sometimes that fear seeped down deep to a place I ignored because I didn’t want to face certain demons—being a pussy was safer.

Maybe I was tired of denying the truth. At that moment, I decided, to be honest and put my insecurities out in the open. Paul had that effect.

“Yeah, man. So much it makes me a little crazy.” I turned onto a residential street and parked. At the sight of homes—with open yards for kids and dogs to play in—my heart knocked against my ribcage. I pictured a future with Elle, starting out in a place similar to these. Those chances were slim if I didn’t get my shit together.

Skepticism messed me up when I had time to think. But during the heated moments when I cherished her body, explored the dips and curves along her silky skin, and relished every sound of pleasure she released, I didn’t think. Didn’t have to.

“When Elle left last year, I didn’t deal with it well.”

“Dude, I remember your sloppy-assed messages when she kicked you to the curb.” His deep laugh vibrated through the line. “Did she give you any indication of moving on since you two worked your shit out?”

I laughed, shaking my head. “No, Dr. Phil.” Which had been my problem. Elle promised not to shut me out, but the what-if lurked, cluttering up my head more days than not. “What do you care?”

“Working through your issues is easier than dealing with mine.” Paul dove back in before I could take a go at his problems. “Talk to Elle, man. You’ve got a good woman, and don’t be a pussy about it either.”

I groaned, raking a hand down my scruffy face. Easier said than done. “Any other advice?”

“Don’t be a dick, dick.” He laughed, and I joined him.

“Thanks, man.” Hair fell into my eyes when I shook my head, and I pushed it away. “When you getting out?”

Paul enlisted in the Marines to run from the only woman he’d ever admitted to loving: Alyssa, Elle’s best friend and pain in the ass I nicknamed Amazon.
He never brought up why he walked away from her, and I never pushed. Paul and Alyssa’s history was their business. On occasion, he’d ask about her until I mentioned Bret, her current fling and another buddy of mine. He hadn’t mentioned her name since.

“Soon as the year’s up.”

I whistled. “Good, good.” I shifted the car into drive. “Coming home?”

“Don’t know. So, how’s ball? You and the old man still getting along okay?”

Nice subject change. Paul understood how strained home used to get with Dad back in the day. Growing up, the old man had issues with Elle and her family, and as a result, didn’t approve of me wanting Elle in my life.

Apparently, miracles happen because dad dropped the hostility with Elle and her mom. Not long after our truce, Elle’s sister, Heather, overdosed. All hell broke, which is when Elle shut me out of her life. Worst pain imaginable.
Had I not lied to Elle, repeatedly, kept Heather’s whereabouts a secret while she sobered up in rehab, Elle probably would have stayed. Upon Heather’s request, I didn’t tell Elle. When Heather got out, life was great, until it wasn’t.

The devastation Elle suffered killed me, but she wouldn’t let me help her or hold her during the pain. I probably would’ve died had Dad not been around to intervene, seeing as I dealt with losing Elle by drowning in hard liquor.
Elle.

Too lost in the past, I hadn’t caught whatever Paul spouted until he said, “Didn’t hear a word I said, did you?”

I shook my head, grinning. “Guess not, but uh, gotta get back.”

“Yeah, ‘aight. I expect a full report next time.”

“Got it, man.”

“Talk soon, bro.”

“See ya.”

I tossed the phone in the passenger seat, ready to head back to Elle, my peace, my everything.

Her car sat in the same place when I hauled ass out. It felt like a fist jammed into my gut. She didn’t leave.

She didn’t leave.

Inside the house, the silence suffocated the mixture of pride and anger, mostly toward myself, and pushed me down the hall. Tension rolled across my shoulders with each step closer to the room, but I forged on. Loving Elle was easy, but trusting each other was a game we’d forgotten how to play.

The hinges creaked when the door opened. Elle snapped her head up. Her red nose and puffy eyes shredded the center part of my chest. Though my heart begged me to inch forward and quiet her cries, my feet were cemented to the floor.
I shoved my hands in my pockets. “Spud.”

Cover Reveal for The Fighter and the Baroness by my super awesome friend, @SunnivaD

The Fighter and the Baroness
Sunniva Dee
Publication date: November 29th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Victor Arquette knows the meaning of sacrifice. Destined to legendary status in mixed martial arts, his life is founded on it. Dedication equals sacrifice, and sacrifice means around-the-clock training, no partying, no junk food, no alcohol—and no women.

Helena von Isenlohe is the heiress to Kyria Castle. Due to her father’s lack of financial prowess, the restoration of the ancient German estate rests on Helena’s shoulders. A failed attempt leaves a wealthy man alone at the altar—and the fleeing bride on a plane to the United States.

A chance meeting, and Victor and Helena’s chemistry is undeniable. Except, her presence clutters his focus. Victor shouldn’t crave their nights, shouldn’t be concerned where she is or with whom. And meanwhile in Germany, Kyria Castle deteriorates at a suspicious speed, indebting Helena further to the man she left behind.

Victor and Helena believe in duty. They embrace sacrifice. But when love strikes, it strikes hard, and sometimes you have to choose where your heart is truly at home.

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Helena enters the room like she expects someone to jump out from dark corner. Neck stretched, she takes in a high quality yet typical hotel room with a king-sized bed and two nightstands. The TV is big and flat, resting on top of a dresser, and then there’s a mirror over a small office desk with a phone and some restaurant flyers on it.

“It’s nice,” she says. “I like that it doesn’t smell like smoke.”

“That would be terrible. Is that what you’re used to? Smoking rooms?”

“We have a cigar room,” she replies, confused, until she breaks in an apologetic laugh. “Oh, as in smoking versus nonsmoking hotel room. I get it.”

“You have a cigar room? Would that be right next to the swan pond?” I tease. It’s cute to see embarrassment flush her cheeks. “Hey,” I continue, mock-petting her cheek, “don’t feel self-conscious about living in a castle. Even though it’s, let’s just say, a hair’s breadth over the top for us commoners.”

“Don’t I know it,” she says. “So which side of the bed is mine?”

I consider, rubbing the light scruff that’s grown on my chin since yesterday. “Well, since you just touched the left corner, it now has cooties. You’ll have to sleep on the cooty-side.”

This girl, she’s been so immediate in her responses. I guess I expected a laugh or some expressed annoyance at my silly comment. Instead, she sinks down against the pillows on her side of the bed and breathes, “Okay,” with the smallest smile raising the corners of her lips.

She uses the arc of one foot to slide her shoe off before she skips off the other. I watch as she wiggles her toes graciously, green nail polish gleaming in the dim shine from the bedside lamp.

Helena is tired. I guess it’s been a long day, the flight being just a small part of her exhaustion. I’m drawn to her eyes, not for the first time. The color of them is almost watery. No, they are watery.

“Who gave you that color?” I blurt out.

“What?”

“Your eyes. It’s like they’re made of water.”

I’m not the impulsive kind, and yet I’ve already committed strange acts around this girl. Where I come from, women expect smart, premeditated interactions, never initiated by questions like the one I just shot at Helena. This they’d ignore. They’d change the subject into something not insane, or they’d titter and squirm, not knowing how to respond.

She lets her eyes float from her feet to my eyes before they still. “My father. I’ve got his eyes.” She laughs softly, hands around the remote for the TV. “Grandma used to say our eyes were the color of the swan pond because we were both born in rooms with windows overlooking it.”


Author Bio:

Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.

Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.

Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).

This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story.

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