Shamless by Mel Ballew Blog Tour (Review coming soon)

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Title: ShameLess

Author: Mel Ballew

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Hosted By: Love Between The Sheets

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17431382-shameless

 How to find Mel:

Website: http://www.melballew.com/ Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6913729.Mel_Ballew Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormelballew?fref=ts Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelBallew

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Synopsis

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Soon, you’ll be able to stand.”

S’renaty James lives a privileged life most her age only dream of living. She is beautiful and popular with her entire life ahead of her. Life could not get any better.

Until her entire life shifts, crashing around her…

Bound by devastation, persecuted by the ones she used to call ‘friends’, haunted by disturbing nightmares, and filled with self-blame, she vows to overcome.

 Stefan is everything S’renaty swears to avoid. He is carefree and charismatic. He is primitive, complicated and a total badass. He makes her melt like fine chocolate under a hot summer’s sun the first time their eyes meet. There is something about him, and she makes it her mission to find out.

 When he meets S’renaty James, he is not prepared for what comes over him because for the first time ever, a girl leaves him breathless. Now, his primary responsibility is to keep her safe.

He will do anything to protect her. Even lie…

Stefan is the one person she has trusted with her heart. After keeping an unforgivable secret, he could be the one to shatter it to pieces. In fact, he may even destroy her

beyond repair. Will she overcome and forgive, letting go of the pain, guilt and shame? Or this time, will she be stronger than the hardest lesson of her life — and, become totally ShameLess?

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Excerpt #1

With my head propped against my mother’s warmth, and my body wrapped in her love, I open my eyes and see the reflection of my half of the ‘best friends forever’ necklace shimmering in the beams of sunlight coming through my bedroom drapes. It is hanging where it always has, over the photo of Elle and me at my eleventh birthday party at the beach. The picture was taken the day she got it for me. Both of us are wearing our party hats as colored balloons with their matching curled and spiraled strings hang around us, providing the perfect backdrop. I can’t take my eyes off them.

My mother missed this one photo. She missed the necklace, too. It may only be half of one heart illuminated by the sunlight, but in this particular moment, it illustrates the clarity and depth of my pain. Ironically, it is exactly how my heart is now without her. It is only half of what it used to be. It is only half of what it should be still. My heart will never be whole again. Best friends forever, Elle. I love you. Always have; always will. My mind projects the words to her without saying it aloud.

Overwhelmed with agony, I clench my eyes shut and hold onto my mother. I cannot bring her back. I cannot go back in time and change the outcome. The present moment is all I have now.

 My heart bleeds as my eyes overflow with the pain pouring out from the depths of my soul. I will never be the same. I am the reason Elle sped off that night. This is entirely my fault. It should have been one of the happiest moments of our lives together and of our senior year. It turned out to be the worst. I killed my best friend.

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Excerpt #2

On the heels of the truth surfacing in my head, my body reacts. Rapidly, I do a half-turn, lunging down and digging my right foot into the sand, and spin. I push off, hard with my foot, and take off darting back down the sand heading in the direction we just came from. I don’t wait for a response or a reaction from Stefan. I just run fast and hard. I allow my body to dictate its speed. I sprint, running parallel with the raging tides inspiring my motivation. It’s absolutely fucking freeing. Emotional tension blends with the sexual tension surging, pushing me, and giving me additional grit to push on.

“Who needs a rest now?” I cry out into the air now blowing at my back. Dazed, Stefan didn’t see that one coming, and I chuckle as I continue racing down the beach.

In no time, he catches up to me as we near the house. He grabs my hand, halting me, pulling me to his side. Both of us are covered in sweat, and sex oozes off him. I just want to scream. Instead, I lean forward, placing my hands on each of my knees, gasping through huffing breaths. Damn that felt great!

 Before I know what is happening, he whisks my entire body up slinging me over his shoulder, and takes off running. We both plunge straight into the ocean. The frigid water bitch slaps me; no cold shower needed. Together, we come up for air. Freezing water runs down our faces.

“What the hell, Stefan?” I stutter out through chattering teeth as shivers possess me. Between the cool breeze off the ocean, and the frigid water, I can’t get warm.

He pulls me to him, wrapping me in his arms, “I told you, you would be in my arms, Star. And, cheaters always get due punishment. I don’t play.” His words, playful, and firm, offer heated softness. I allow myself to welcome the warmth. How is there any possible way to respond to that? I can’t.

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In the next instant, Stefan takes both of his hands to each side of my face, saying, “You will always be in my arms,” then leans in closer introducing his lips to mine in a more passionate kiss than any I have had with him or by anyone else.

In this moment, it feels like the first one. I’m dying inside. This icy water holds no refuge to the fervor his body offers mine. He attempts to pull away, but I bring him to me this time, and take all of him, seizing his lips with my own. I bite his bottom lip, sucking it in, nibbling a little harder, and letting him know I want all of him, not just his lips. I want all of him!

 Time has a way of transcending. It surpasses more than the grandest of any of our unanswered prayers. It offers us gifts every single day. Pap is right. Each day is truly a gift. Our past is a gift for our present to open. I’m in the present with the most amazing guy. Right now, nothing else matters except for opening my gift, and accepting my present. God knows exactly what we need exactly when we need it. I thank God for giving me the strength to be here, in this moment.

 Tomorrow may still be a mystery, but today is unraveling, slowly. It’s like opening a gift, and one I have every intention of treating with care…unwrapping it gently to savor its blessing. Here is to the present; to us!

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It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

Beaches – Bette Midler

Live Like You Are Dying – Tim McGraw

One Step At A Time – Jordin Sparks

Show Me What I’m Looking For – Carolina Liar

Acceptance In The Waves – Ice Nine Kills

Let’s Get It Started – The Black Eyed Peas

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

Walk Of Shame – P!nk

Wild Boy – MGK

Purple Rain – Prince

When It Rains – Paramore

Get Lucky – Daft Punk

Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne

Between the Raindrops – Lifehouse

Sun Doesn’t Rise – Mushroomhead

Crazy Bitch – L.A. Guns

Welcome to My House Party – Mill Creek

Losing My Mind – Daughtry

I’m That Chick – Mariah Carey

Cassanova – Frankie Paul

Because Of You – Kelly Clarkson

Lost In You – Three Days Grace

Touch My Body – Mariah Carey

Just A Fool – Christina Aguilera

Umbrella – Boyce Avenue

Home – Phillip Phillips

Rise Above This – Seether

Whatever It Takes – Lifehouse

Shout At The Devil – Motley Crue

Before I Met You – Usher

I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz

Who Knew – P!nk

Light Up The Sky – Christina Aguilera

Neon Lights – Demi Lovato

Shameless – All Time Low

Shooting Star – Owl City

The Kill – Thirty Seconds To Mars

Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart – Alicia Keys

Fix You – Cold Play

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar

I Swear – All-4-One

More Than Words Can Say – Alias

What About Now – Bruno Mars

Just The Way You Are – Rachael Yamagata

Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk, Nate Ruess

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Author Bio:

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Mel Ballew resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, along with their two adorable cats. An avid reader, she has always had an equal passion for writing and has written her entire life, to date. Her mother initially birthed, inspired, and encouraged these loves. The two often discussed writing together but unfortunately, that dream never came to fruition. Years later, this happened, that happened—life happened. She stepped away from writing to place more focus on being wife and a full-time mom. Today, she would not have changed a thing. The day her daughter was born became the first day she realized a significant rhythm to her heart was also born. Her daughter, now preparing to go off to college, has grown into a beautiful and responsible young adult. A twisted turn of events in September 2009 left Mel unable to work outside of the home. Forced to consider other options, and while embracing a therapeutic approach of transcribing all of the challenges facing her, post-accident, she returned to journaling. Once again, the writer within her has been re-birthed—awakened from slumber. Mel is a hopeless romantic. Blessed, she has her very own soul mate, which she calls husband, best friend, and lover. She is a simple country gal, with a profound love of true simplicity. She is just as hopeless in her love of nature and regards many of her writing aspirations to appreciating its beauty, although every single story is birthed from her dreams. Sometimes, in life, simply enjoying a chilled glass of sangria on a warm summer’s eve or indulging in her love of chocolate and peanut butter is an expression of enjoying such simplicity. For her, these moments are truly d’vine.

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Review of Smartest Girl in the Room by Deborah Nam-Krane

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RATING: B

Nineteen year old Emily wants her college diploma fast, and she’s going to get it. But when the perfect night with perfect Mitch leads her to a broken heart, Emily is blind to her vulnerability. When the person she cares about the most is hurt as a result, Emily’s ambition gives way to more than a little ruthlessness. She’s going to use her smarts to take care of herself and protect the people she loves, and everyone else had better stay out of her way. But shouldn’t the smartest girl everyone knows realize that the ones she’d cross the line for would do the same for her?

The Smartest Girl In The Room is Book One in The New Pioneers series.

While I sort of felt like we came into the middle of it, I really enjoyed it. I can really relate to Emily, in the way that I am also the kind of person to stay in by myself. I really enjoyed the different emotions that came across the pages; humor, shyness, etc- It really seemed real. Well written, in spite of a few issues, it was really easy to join the characters on their journey. I would recommend it to anyone.

~Genevieve~

Review of Boreal and John Grey- The Encounter Episode 1 by Chrystalla Thoma

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RATING: B+

Episode One in the serial “Boreal and John Grey”.

Centuries ago, they tried to invade us and failed. Now the elves are back.

Paranormal Bureau Agent Ella Jones knows her job: fight the Shades living between worlds and keep everyone safe. But then her partner goes missing, a mysterious guy saves her life, and increasingly dangerous creatures slip into her city. After centuries of peace, the gates beyond the Veil are opening and an old enemy is returning: the elves.
Ella needs to find her partner, uncover the identity of her savior, and find a way to stop the elves from invading again. With the world going to hell, what’s a girl to do but grab her guns and knives and figure it all out, one way or another.

Warning: some profanity – for an adult public.

First of all, I am very glad that the author provided descriptions about the Norse words in the book; it was very helpful.

Now, as for the writing… Wow! This book was amazingly well written; I swear the author put a hex on it that makes the reader be literally sucked in to the story. I felt like I WAS Ella Benson: Paranormal Investigator. You will regret it if you miss out on this book.

Currently free on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Encounter-Boreal-John-Grey-ebook/dp/B00AVVDFGO/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375810083&sr=1-2&keywords=boreal+and+john+grey Snatch it up!

~Genevieve~

Review of One Thousand Years Forever by Mary Moriarty

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RATING: B

Colum O’Heachthanna is a warrior prince from Ireland and a Vampire. He has been around for most of the time that there has been humans on this earth and most of that time he has been without his mate.
One September day Katherine MacNamara goes to work like any other day but this is not just any day, it just so happens to be the day of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers and she is there for a meeting. She doesn’t know but today is going to change her life forever and she is going to meet the creature who has loved her for one thousand years. She just doesn’t know that yet.
On that fateful day she loses her husband, is rescued by Colum and starts a chain of events that will ultimately bring her death… but will Colum be there this time to really save her forever?

What emotion can stand the test of time? True love. And, this book definitely proves that. Colum and Katherine are perfect for one another and no matter how many times Katherine dies, Colum never stops loving her. This time, he’s determined to stop it from happening again. Colum is sexy and mysterious with just the right amount of dominance.

I went through a wide range of emotions while reading this book; sadness over 9-11, happiness when Colum and Katherine finally meet again, and more! I would definitely recommend this love story to everyone.

~Genevieve~

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Lady Amber’s Tours – Dehumanized Cover Reveal! 7/30/13

Title: Dehumanized
Author: Michael Loring
Genre: NA Paranormal / Dystopian
Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should –
carefree.
Until he was attacked by an unknown assailer and awoke in the hospital with lycanthropy. Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those ‘suffering’ from lycanthropy.

They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.

Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason…

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Title: Evanescent: A Broken Novel Book two

Author: Carlyle Labuschagne

Genre: Dystopian. Science- Fiction. YA265014_247153335416642_1344671387_n

Release Date: November 2013

Publishers: Sensational Publications

Tour Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

Evanescent by Carlyle Labuschagne

Blurb:

Her fall has just begun. Only his touch can save her from the shift that could destroy it all.

Within my blood runs a thing our kind calls The Shadowing Disease. It shadows over, and bends everything to its will. When the first blood- shift came, it tore through flesh and blood, threatening to bend me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart with its honeyed, seductive poison. It came with vicious intent, moving my thoughts and altering me forever. The shift has caused a rift within me. No one was safe when it entrapped me in its claws of foul lust. But I have the only antidote against the evil that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the spurs of sweet darkness that clung on for dear life. I knew what I had to do; the desperation pulled my mind with the deep determination of a hungry predator. But by the time the revelation raised me from the dark dungeon of my bounds – it might have been too late. Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16211604-evanescent Only his touch can save her from the shift that could destroy it all http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/evanescent.html ~ Evanescent A Broken Novel Cover reveal – Events page for giveaways: https://www.facebook.com/events/371056329687183/

Author Bio:

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African Debut Author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her First Young Adult Dystopian Novel “The Broken Destiny. She is not only an author but works as a Sales Rep and Marketing Manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at Collage SA. Loves to swim, fights for the trees, food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help build a library in Africa project. “My goal as an Author is to touch people’s lives and help others love their differences and one another.” A firm believer in – YA saves!

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Links: Twitter : http://twitter.com/#!/CarlyleL Website : http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/ Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12537426-the-broken-destiny-1-in-the-broken-series Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Carlyle-Labuschagne/189835811074342 The Broken Destiny Book Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPWniWsvrk Blog http://worldsawaybookblog.blogspot.com/ Fansite: http://www.thebrokenseriesfansite.com/

Buy Links for The Broken Destiny: The Broken Destiny Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Destiny-Book-One/dp/1612048722/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1347131640&sr=1-1&keywords=carlyle+labuschagne The Broken Destiny Barnes and Nobles http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-broken-destiny-carlyle-labuschagne/1112448868?ean=9781612048727

Excerpts/Teasers: (Your Choice) Prologue

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My makers would say I was created for revenge. I say, I was born to prove them wrong. Inflicted with the dark disease I was lost in every possible way, and they were wrong – death does not bring you your true purpose. After death, I am more misplaced than ever, but only because I am immune to guidance. I relive my darkest moments over and over again, just to remind myself of who I am. I am the destined one. The haltered. For me, there is no love, and no release; only destruction, but I am on a path to be free of its burden. I do love and I will have it, absorb it and never, ever, let all its enchanting affections go. In order to be with love, there is only one path to lead me there; through this war. But nothing and no one, knows what awaits on the other side, or what lies have been afflicted upon us about the after. Remorse is an infection I no longer want. I had made apocalyptic mistakes, and will probably keep on faltering forward. It has become my only direction in a reality where there is none. To him, there is no him, if there is no me. He is bound to me, and I hated it more than I will ever confess. His cross to bear is me, and to be that – to be this –might never let me go. Acceptance? I will never accept it. With him, I have found hope where the word does not exist. I want him to love me for who I am, not for what he is to me. When I say my worst enemy is me – it really is. It’s in me, and it’s getting stronger, because I am without my seal. I am like a boiled-over pot of living poison, seeking somewhere to belong. Thing is, I do not belong anywhere but the in- between. And without my seal, and without him, that is exactly where I will stay. Everything that is, that exists, will try to keep us apart, because of what I am. If we ignite, we could either burn it all down, or alter existence forever. Yes, I shifted, probably something I could have prevented, but now that I have tasted it – it moves on its own accord, and it gets harder to come out of each time it happens. The blood-shift has caused a rift within me. It has torn everything I hold dear from me. And perhaps I am now damned for it, but as I said, I will not accept damnation. That word no longer exists to me. I am the in-between. The one to bring the dark and the light together. When the first true blood- shift came, it tore through flesh and parted blood, threatening to bend me, break bone, shatter my mind and entrap my heart to become its will. It comes with vicious intent, moving my thoughts, touching me with a cutting effect from the inside. It has many ways of bleeding out, and when it releases, there is nothing I can do to stop it. No one is safe when it entraps me in its claws of foul lust. Corrupt, damnable, depraved, destructive, hideous, demonic – your kind would call it many things. I have a weapon against the profane that becomes me – his touch alone has the power to release the talons of a sweet darkness that clings on for dear life. It has one trigger – me. I can change it if only I can take the leap, surrender myself utterly. I am ready with all of me, for all of him. I know what I have to do; the desperation of it pulls my mind with the unfathomable determination of a ravenous predator. I let it sink in hard and true. I feel the swell of the fight fill me with a bitter sweetness, and with a glorious soothing pain that tears my mind from the disease which transforms me. In a moments revelations my mind shows me a glimpse of what has transpired. It works on pure logic, showing me that I am too late? How can I stop him from igniting with the wrong one? My loss has become my fight as I watch it all wither away. But, I will never stop fighting. I am my own destiny. And my destiny is to be with him. My eyes fling open. My heart pounds, searing to life. The geometric shapes I had seen before, become one big silhouette. I find myself seeing where there is no light. I can hear him, feel his heart’s rhythm – so close. I will take back what is mine. Everything else becomes Evanescent.

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