Thursday, September 21, 2017

Exes With Benefits by Nicole Williams Blog Tour










***He wants a second chance. I want a divorce. To get what I want, I’ll have to give him what he does.***

From New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Nicole Williams:

The only benefit I want from my ex is a divorce.

We got married for all the wrong reasons. The one thing we got right was our separation. I should have known better than to think I could bet on forever with a guy like Canaan Ford. Everything about him screamed impermanent, from his wild eyes to his restless soul.

When I left him and the small town I’d spent my whole life in, I swore I’d never go back. Never only turned out to be five years. Canaan claims he’s changed, but he hasn’t—same knowing smile, same rough demeanor, same body crafted from sin and sinew. And yet, something is different. He thinks this is his chance for redemption. My disagreement comes in the form of divorce papers dropped in his lap. He refuses to sign them. Unless . . .

He wants a month to prove himself to me—that’s his offer. One month to make me fall in love with him again and if I don’t, he’ll sign the papers. As much as I want to say no, I agree. I can suffer my ex for a short amount of time if that’s what it takes to be free of him once and for all. I fell for him once; I won’t make that same mistake twice.

He says we’re not over. I say we were over before we got started. Only one of us can be right, and I can’t let it be him.


“One month. That’s nothing in the scope of a person’s life.” He slid a bit closer.
“One month is everything when it comes to opening myself back up to you.”
He didn’t argue that. He let silence speak for him instead.
“What exactly are you expecting during this one month?” I might have winced when I heard myself say those words.
He rubbed his mouth, trying to hide whatever was trying to form. “For you to give me another chance. For you to be my wife.”
The term made me nauseated. “Your wife? As in your indentured servant? No way.”
It was a smile he was trying to hide. Not very successfully. It made me thankful I’d slipped into these old boots so I could give him a solid kick in the ass if necessary.
“Like be willing to spend time with me. That’s it. That’s all,” he added when he correctly interpreted the question in my eyes. The question.
“What will we be doing during that time we’re spending together?” I pulled at the chest of my dress when I noticed the way his gaze had lingered there a moment too long.
His shoulder rose. “Got any ideas?” There was an unmistakable glint in his eyes.
“No,” I answered instantly.
“You used to have plenty of ideas for filling the time.” He took a swig of his Coke.
“And then I learned how to use my brain.”
He studied my fake smile, almost like he was contemplating what it would feel like against his mouth. “Dinners. Dates. Simple stuff like that.”
I held my best poker face, considering his offer. I didn’t want to stay married to him. If one more month was what it took to be free of Canaan Ford, I could suck it up. I’d already made it five years. “No expectations of anything of a physical nature?”
“If I remember right”—his eyes narrowed as he rubbed the back of his head—“it was generally you who instigated all of that back then.”
I shoved his chest. Bad idea. Solid. Firm. Home.
My jaw ground as I worked to erase that word from my conscious where he was concerned. “And you were just the perfect gentleman.”
Canaan snatched my hand before I could pull it away. Holding onto it, he dragged me closer. Not so close that our bodies touched, but close enough the separation was painful.
“Exactly,” he said in that low voice of his. The one he’d whispered my name in so many times as he moved inside me. “A gentleman gives his woman exactly what she needs. As many times as she need it. Just doing my part.”
“How noble.”
“That’s right. So if you want to make any changes to this one month agreement, consider me your humble servant.” When his hand dropped to my waist, his touch hesitant at the same time it was insistent, I didn’t flinch out of instinct the way I should have.
Instead, I had to remind myself to pull away from him; to flinch at his touch. “I have a boyfriend, Canaan.” Even to my ears, it sounded like a weak protest.
His hand didn’t fall away when I stepped back. “You’re a married woman, Maggie.”
“My husband forfeited his rights years ago.” My eyes found his, expecting them to shoot away once mine made contact.
They didn’t. His gold eyes held to mine. “He’s here to reclaim them
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Do you know why I love Nicole Williams' books so much?
Everytime she writes a character, they seem to sweep me into the book and world.
Never fails.
Exes with Benefits was no different.
Cannon and Maggie married young, but Maggie knew Cannon had his own issues.
Ones only he could fix.
Maggie tried, but after so many times, sometimes the best option is to walk away.
Maggie did just that to save herself and I can relate to that. I get having to walk away because the relationship is bringing you down not building you up.
So off she goes like a thief in the night and moves to Chicago.
She sets up a new life.
But when her grandmother dies she is forced to go back to her hometown.
She is made to confront the man she left behind, Cannon.
Of course she knows she will see him so she has the divorce papers ready.
Why did it take that long you ask? I feel like she always knew she wasn't ready for it to be over and it took her a while to see that this was the right time. It's like that stuffed animal or blanket you had as a kid. It's ugly and worn yet it brings you comfort in the darkest times, this is how I viewed her love for Cannon. 

Cannon, sheesh this guy had me just...WHOA!
I get the dude has issues, but since Maggie left he has realized what those were and worked on them.
He glowed up!
He is happy with his life but he misses his wife.
Now any guy knows that if a chick is serious about leaving then she would have gotten a divorce a long time ago. I mean yeah you can have maybe a year of doubt but beyond that then what are you waiting for? 
He knows Maggie will put up a fight but he is ready to do anything to get her back.

This story is emotional. When I got to the end and finally realized or you know when everything comes together I loved Cannon ever more. I admired his strength, faithfulness, and his perseverance. I loved this story because second chances are the best kind. 







Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USATODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.
Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.



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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

{{COVER REVEAL}} Brave by Jennifer L. Armentrout



Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.


It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.
If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy, she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind ever evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen

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To celebrate the upcoming release of BRAVE (book 3 in the Wicked Saga), Jennifer is offering an exclusive virtual signing! Through this virtual signing, you will be able to order SIGNED & PERSONALIZED copies ofWICKEDTORN, and BRAVE!
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Here are a few details for the virtual signing:
- Virtual Signing opens 9/21/17 at 11AM ET
- Virtual Signing ends 11/17/17
- Open Internationally

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Exclusive Excerpt for M. Leighton's The Beautiful Now

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(15 YEARS OLD)  
“Do you ever think about kissing me, Dane James?”
I asked the question impulsively, and the instant the words were out, I could’ve just crawled into a hole to die. I was the stepdaughter of one of the wealthiest and most influential men in town, I was friend to all the most popular people in school, yet I felt as insecure as I’d ever been a day in my life. And all because I was asking a worker’s son if he ever thought about kissing me.
Maybe it was because I knew he was better than me.
He was better than all of us.
His answer was soft, but it hit me hard. “All the time.”
“Then where have you been these last three years?”
“Right here.  Where I’ve always been. Where I always will be.”
“Always will be? I thought you had dreams bigger than this town.”
“They’re just dreams, Brinkley. Reality is a whole different story.”
“You could leave, you know.  When you graduate high school.”
“I could,” he agreed noncommittally.
“But you won’t.”  
He shrugged again. This time that shrug made me feel sad.  “I can try.”
“Dane,” I said and then stopped.
I didn’t have anything to say.  At least nothing that I was brave enough to say.  I had no more questions that had pat answers, no more observations that I could make.  I had nothing but the desire that danced through my veins.  
I wanted him to look at me.  And I wanted to look at him. Just for a little while.
When I didn’t continue, Dane James turned to face me, his autumn eyes flashing onyx in the dark.  At night they were different. He was different.  We were different.  And so was the world.
“If we do this, it won’t change anything.” Rational, mature words from a rational, mature guy.  
I knew it.
He knew it.  
But it still made my chest ache to acknowledge it.
I nodded.  “I know.  So why did you come to my window?”
His chin rested on his deltoid, his eyes still glued to mine. “I couldn’t not come.”
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    COMING SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 





Dane James worked my stepfather’s fields. He was the boy next door.  


Strong.  
Hardworking.  
Forbidden.


From the moment we met, we were star-crossed lovers—always wanting, never having. We loved each other for most of our lives, but right from the beginning destiny had other plans.  She knew we would fall in love.  She knew we would fall apart.  Over and over again, like the curse of a recurring nightmare.  Or the hope of a familiar dream.   


Our past was tumultuous.  Our future was bleak.  But the one thing we always had was the beautiful now.

Until that was taken from us, too.


Bio:  New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a rarely ever comfortable speaking about herself in the third person, but here goes. Michelle is a former nurse who has always harbored a passion for the written word, a weakness for alpha males, and a profound love of all things romantic. Never in her wildest dreams did this Yankee-turned-Southerner imagine her life as it is today. She has the best job in the world, a husband who treats her like a princess, and a dog that's so smart she may one day write a novel, too. You can often find Michelle hidden away in her cave, crafting a new story, or out in the sunshine enjoying some quiet time with her man. Movies, wine, and good food are frequently thrown into the mix, and exercise on days that start with Q. She loves laughter, chocolate, the color red, and you can find out more about her at www.mleightonbooks.com. Sign up for her newsletter here: http://smarturl.it/MLeightonNews She promises not to spam your inbox:)

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Books by M. Leighton

All the Pretty Lies  **  All the Pretty Poses
All Things Pretty  

Down to You  **  Up to Me
Everything for Us  **  Always with You

Levi’s Blue

Pocketful of Sand

The Empty Jar

Dashing Through the Snow

Strong Enough  **  Tough Enough
Brave Enough

The Wild Ones  **  Wild Child
Some Like It Wild  **  There’s Wild, Then There’s You

YA and PARANORMAL

Fragile

Madly  **  Madly & Wolfhardt
Madly & the Jackal  **  Madly and the Seawitch (est Dec, 2016)

Blood Like Poison: For the Love of a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: Destined for a Vampire
Blood Like Poison: To Kill an Angel

The Reaping  **  The Reckoning

Gravity
Caterpillar
Wiccan
Beginnings: An M. Leighton Anthology

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