(Sea Crest Series, #1)
Publication date: June 18th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
My world was black.
I was living bottle to bottle.
Only waking up for a new one.
I was burning through girls. Loving them and leaving them. I swore that I’d never love again. The pain of losing it was too much. I was shutting that shit down.
But then one summer night, I saw her standing there on the beach.
The last rays of the sun glinted off her hair.
Her shy smile captured me.
She stole the heart I thought was dead.
And there wasn’t a damn thing I could do, but let her take it and run.
Sea Crest is a popular tourist town, but to me it’s just home.
I’m an average girl who rarely strays from the middle of the road.
But then… we collided.
Me the local good girl and him… the damaged, mysterious new bad boy in town.
My friends told me to stay away.
My gut told me to run.
But my heart’s a traitor that burned for him.
This is more than a summer crush… this could be everything. But in this seaside town, image is the name of the game.
Either you are in or you’re out.
The local good girl catching the eye of the hottest bad-boy who ever graced the halls of Pine Point Academy won’t go over well.
Time to up my game and fight for what I want.
But by summer’s end, will I be the one left crushed?
Carrie Banks writes new adult and teen fiction coming of age and romance books.
She loves chocolate, coffee and dogs!
In addition to writing, Carrie enjoys riding her favorite horse, Sienna, camping in Cape Cod and hanging out with her six nephews!
Falling For My Nemesis: A Sweet YA Romance
(Sweet Water High, #6)
Publication date: June 11th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Spending time with my nemesis never felt so good.
Carson Brooks has been my enemy since the day he moved to town and tried to drown me in a rogue wave.
Not only are we enemies, but we’re not quiet about it either. We’re polar opposites. Where I’m a perfectionist and methodical in all things, he is carefree and the life of the party.
While Carson tries to trip me in the halls on a regular basis, I’m busy glaring holes through his disgustingly thick skull.
Oh, and did I mention I’m best friends with his little brother? Talk about inconvenient.
But it’s our senior year and my life is unraveling. My parents are at each other’s throats, I have yet to hear back about early admissions at the college of my choice, and I have no date to the Snowflake Ball. So, when Carson whacks me in the face with a basketball during gym class, I snap. I go for his throat–literally.
Now Sweet Water’s principal is giving us a choice: face suspension or find a way to work together on the holiday Angel Project.
Great. As if living in a warzone weren’t enough, now I have to spend time with the enemy.
But as tensions rise and we begin spending time together, I realize there’s more to Carson Brooks than his cocky exterior. Maybe I like him more than I thought. Maybe a little too much.
A burst of laughter from center-court stole my attention. I glanced over to see Carson cackling with Olivia, a basketball casually hooked under his arm, looking as carefree as ever.
I rolled my eyes and turned back to Harper. Typical. Of course he would be fawning all over someone like her. He was probably going to the dance with either her or Tasha, one of Sweet Water’s MG’s. They might be popular and beautiful, but they earned their nickname as the school’s Mean Girls for a reason. I couldn’t imagine if I showed up dateless. No doubt Carson would relish the opportunity to rub my solo-status in my face.
I could picture it now, those crystal blue eyes glittering menacingly under the disco ball in the gym, his hair dark and rumpled. Couldn’t get a date, Shorty? he’d say, and then I’d punch him.
Ugh. Why was I even thinking about him?
I crossed my arms over my chest and mustered a smile. “No worries. I’m sure I’ll—”
My words cut off at the sound of someone yelling, “Heads up!”
But it was too late. I wasn’t fast enough. I was too wrapped up in my own personal crisis to react before the basketball smashed into my face—wham!
I doubled over, my hands flying to where the ball had torpedoed into my eye socket. The pain was sharp—blinding. It took my breath away. Several seconds ticked by before I managed to straighten and inhale, blinking a few times, eyes watering as I searched my surroundings with my good eye like a pirate.
My gaze narrowed, knife-sharp, zeroing in on my assailant. None other than Carson Brooks stood right in my line of vision, a smirk plastered across his perfectly symmetrical pretty-boy face.
I dropped my hand from my throbbing eye and Harper gasped beside me, covering her mouth, mumbling a muffled, “Oh my gosh.”
I gave her a cursory glance—she wasn’t helping—before I returned my focus back to the court where Carson began to laugh. Not a chuckle, but a bent over at the waist, full on belly roll.
And I snapped.
My hands balled at my side, while I stormed the eight feet separating us to his spot on the court, my eyes blazing, fists at the ready. I was a woman possessed as I closed the gap. All of my problems culminated in the single moment he lobbed the basketball into my face, and I was sure it was him. I had never been more certain of anything in my life. It was always him prodding me, poking me, pricking his needle-sharp jabs under my skin.
My face throbbed where he struck me with the ball, and as I neared, he laughed even harder. It took him but a minute to absorb the fury oozing from my pores, and his laughter faded, morphing into his signature smirk.
I didn’t think. I could only react, and before I knew what I was doing, before common sense could prevail, my slender fingers wrapped around his puny neck.
Tia Souders is a city girl turned country. If life on a farm isn’t interesting enough, renovating a century home with her hubs has kept her on her toes. There’s nothing like discovering a fried squirrel in your furnace to make life fresh again.
She’s an unapologetic wine-loving, coffeeholic with a sweet tooth. In-between wrangling her two children and drinking copious amounts of coffee, she reads and writes stories that tug on your heartstrings.
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Two stories so deeply intertwined, you’ll think you know how they intersect…but you’ll be wrong….
The day I met Emily Bennett my whole world changed. Sure, we were just kids, but I was old enough to know my life would never be the same. She was my best friend. My destiny. My fate. I wasn’t wrong…I just didn’t know how twisted fate could be.
After the death of my mother, moving from my dark and dreary trailer park to sunny California, I was focused on one thing – finding a sister I’d only just learned existed. Falling in love with him wasn’t part of the plan. But he filled a void I never knew was possible to fill. He had to be my fate. My destiny. Until the day I finally found out who my sister was…and how twisted fate could be.
He looks up and I watch his eyes take me in. Slowly. They rake over me, dropping from my eyes to my glossed lips down to my exposed shoulders. Taking his time, he follows the neckline of my simple, yet body contouring sundress, lingering when he reaches my full breasts. I’m sufficiently covered, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t aware that the dress showed off my assets well. Tight around my chest, gathering snuggly at the waist, with a scant amount of cleavage. Just enough coverage to still leave something for him to imagine. And I watch his face change as his imagination takes off running.
His eyes drift down my legs, tanned now from the eternal California sun. Momentarily he’s lost in what he sees and doesn’t even notice I’m watching him leer. Totally worth the extra effort getting ready tonight, I couldn’t be happier at the reaction I get. Eventually, his eyes make their way back up to mine and I arch one eyebrow, letting him know he’s been caught. A normal reaction might be to look embarrassed or perhaps even flustered a little. But not Zack. Instead, he flashes me a wicked grin. “You look incredible.” He’s the one doing the leering, yet I’m the one who ends up blushing.
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Nikki Fallon has not had the easiest life, at seventeen she has had to endure more than most adults do. When she finds out that her mother had kept a huge secret about her, she is determined to find out the truth. Leaving Texas she moves to California with her newly found Aunt.
In her senior year of school, Nikki is trying to find answers but at the same time she meets Zack Martin. His vibe is hot and cold, but Zack is trying to work through his own problems and feeling a variety of feelings for Nikki. As secrets are uncovered will Zack and Nikki be able to withstand the storm that is brewing?
This was an incredible read. Nikki is inspiring and I thought the emotions both Zack and Nikki have throughout the story were spot on. You laugh, cry, and wish for more by the end of the story. Fantastic read.
About the Authors:
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
Dylan Scott is a New York trial attorney, wife and mother of four. She believes her job as a trial attorney is a subcategory to the field of entertainment more than law. With a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature she believed teaching English was a destined career choice until she realized her life long talent of “argument” could actually be her job. A recent, fairly boring, midlife crisis resulted in a brief stint as a middle school English teacher which confirmed that she wasn’t ready to give up the law. Dylan has also taught legal courses at the college level and worked with at-risk inner city youth in the roles of mentor and coach. She is co-author Vi Keeland’s biggest fan.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Emma doesn’t have time to deal with anything outside work and her family. Emma takes an active roll in supporting her mom and sister Evie who has Down syndrome. When her co-worker Landon expresses an interest, Emma turns him down flat.
Landon can’t understand why a beautiful woman like Emma walks around like the weight of the world sits on her shoulders, but he intends to find out. Landon is fun and has no responsibilities, while Emma is stubborn and focused, together they create something special.
Wonderful story. I liked that you read both Emma’s and Landon’s perspectives and that there are little lessons throughout the story that makes the reader takes notice. This is a perfect book for putting your feet up and just relaxing for the day. look forward to more stories from Laura Ward.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In jail for a crime he didn’t commit, Nick is released only to find that the one person he loves most in the world is on limited time. Struggling to find his place in this new found life away from the prejudices that go with a man who has been in jail, Nick finds a job working for a summer home for Televangelist Hale.
Reverie Hale is a everything Nick is not, she is sweet, bright, and innocent. A friendship of sorts pulls Nick and Reverie together, but everything that surrounds them is trying to pull them apart.
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That’s what Jenna Haines felt when she discovered that her
relationship with Rex Winchester was anything but real.With
a broken heart, and a deep sadness running through her veins she
picked up the pieces and forced herself to move on. After all, what
better place to start fresh than at University of California,
is until the day she finds out Rex got accepted to Berkeley too, and
that he will be following her off to college. To add salt to the
wounds, it seems as if he will do anything to win her back. With Rex,
on the prowl and her heart being the prey can she resist his advances
more so can she move on from the vengeful things he once did and fall
into a deep bittersweet love? Or will the hate, lies, and secrets
break them beyond repair? Is love really capable of healing all
wounds or is everything still just a lie?
as I’m about to get up to go to the bathroom a ‘hot as hell’
man comes sauntering up to the table. His head is held high, he’s
wearing relaxed fitted jeans, and a dark shirt, with a leather
jacket. Just as the light from the strobes shine onto to his face, I
gasp backing up into the booth. He is the last man I want to see
His voice is deep and honeyed just as I remember it. There are no
hard feelings between us now, but it doesn’t mean that being around
him doesn’t remind me of my ex. Hell, that’s his twin it’s like
looking at a clone of him.
I say hesitant. It’s impossible not to have some type of affect
when he talks to you. His voice makes you want to melt into him, to
give into every single demand he has, and he’s a very demanding
time no see beautiful.” I find myself leaning into him, but pull
away immediately afraid he may have noticed. He’s right, long time
no see. It’s been four months since I last talked to him. I tried
my best to ignore him but he slowly got under my skin and we created
this friendship that was easy going. He knew what it was like to be
me, and that was it.
call me beautiful, and sorry I’ve been busy. I didn’t even know
you were living in this area.” I was shocked by the courage in my
voice. Since Rex, I’ve been able to speak my mind and talk for
myself more. Instead of being Mimi’s shadow I create my own.
smile creeps onto his face, tingles go down my spine. The kind I use
to get when Rex smiled at me. Yup, there’s still an effect
you are beautiful so I’m just speaking the truth. As for why I’m
here, I’m sure you already know that. As you know, where Rex goes I
go. So now, I will grant you my wonderful presence.” Great. The
arrogance oozes from him reminding me of why I use to consider him an
great and all, but you and your brother can just go back to wherever
it is you came from. No assistance from any of the Winchester’s is
needed here.” I say as nice as humanly possible. Instead of taking
a sip of drink, I down the rest of the glass unable to deal with this
situation anymore without more alcohol in my system.
get up to get another drink, but am pushed back into the booth. I
look up angrily at Ryder as he smiles down at me. “Allow me to get
it for you, I’ll be right back.” I ease back allowing him to do
this one thing for me. What could go wrong it’s just a drink?
no time he’s back with my drink, and a drink of his own. He slides
into the booth, just as I take my first sip of the beverage.
you even old enough to be drinking?” He asks. I look up at him
astonished by his question.
you?” An arrogant-assholish smile mares his face and I feel myself
getting that urge to punch him again.
but no one ever worries about whether I’m old enough to drink.”
He says, taking a gulp from his beer bottle. I glare at him over the
top of my drink, shaming Mimi for leaving me to this.
why exactly do you give a fuck?” I ask eyebrow raised, as my blood
pressure goes through the roof. For some unknown reason, when people
ask me stupid questions I feel the urge to act out violently.
Like I’ve told you many a time, you’re not like the rest.” At
this point I realize I’m going to need a whole lot more Vodka to
get through the night.
I’ve heard. But you don’t know me Ryder, so stop trying to lay
the moves on me, or whatever it is you’re doing here. I don’t care.
I’m not buying it, so go sell your shit elsewhere.” I down the
rest of the drink much faster than needed.
woozy feeling of the alcohol settling is starting to affect me. The
burn of the liquor makes my eyes water and my nose burn, but I push
through, waiting for the numbness to take hold. Wow, two drinks and
I’m feeling tipsy. What a total lightweight.
Nelly, slow down.” He says grabbing at my glass. I bat his hand
away, wanting to get every last drop.
not a horse.” I say, giving him the glass and wiping my mouth with
the back of my hand. Really unladylike, but zero fucks are to be
given at this time.
didn’t call you a horse, I told you to slow down.” He says as if
he’s annoyed. What the hell, no one asked him to babysit, hell I
don’t need a babysitter. Suddenly, I’m angry, really angry.
you did, you called me Nelly, which is a horse’s name, I think.
Also what are you really doing here? Because I don’t need a
babysitter, I can take care of myself just fine.” I say, none too
ashamed that some of my words slurred together. Where the hell is
Mimi? I ignore Ryder and his glares as I look over the crowd below
us. The dance floor is just too full for me to spot Mimi’s sequin
top. Either that or things are starting to get blurry.
need another drink, now you can either go and get me one or I’m
going and getting one.” His eyes bore into mine, and more and more
he starts to look like Rex and less and less like Ryder. I catch
myself leaning in over the table. His eyes look glassy, and I wonder
if he’s drank more since coming to this table.
going to go and get you another drink.” He says, our noses almost
touching. His eyes meet mine, and I see the need there. It’s
startling. He pulls back just as I lean in more, I would say I was
leaning into smell him but then I would be lying. Maybe smell his
leaves me to wallow in my sorrows. Like how I’m nineteen with
problems of the average twenty eight year old. Maybe I should create
a knitting club, or become the local hoarding cat lady.
your drink sweetheart.” Ryder says sliding into the seat next to
me. Or at least I think its Ryder, I can’t tell. Could be Rex for
all I know. The alcohol is affecting me in a number of
I reply grabbing it and ignoring his presence. Questions are itching
to breaking through, and with the effects of the drinking I just
can’t hold em back any longer.
know, I trusted your brother. I cared about him and all he did was
rip my heart out. He’s made it not only impossible to move on but
he’s made it impossible for me to trust people. Because of him I’m
going to forever be the nineteen year old cat hoarding, knitting
lady.” I say sulking. He smiles big and wide, and then lets out a
deep belly shaking laugh; although his belly doesn’t shake, unless
his abs can but… never mind.
will not forever be the cat hoarding, knitting lady; although you
would be a very adorable one.”
ignore his comment and whisper. “He hurt me Ryder.” I can’t
hide the emotions from my voice. Damn you vodka, damn you.
know he did, but you’re only nineteen you’ll love again. The fact
that you’re out and about now proves that. Don’t give up hope just
yet.” He says as if encouraging me to move on and find someone
else. The only problem is I don’t think I want to.
Jenna Haines is ready for a fresh start and college is just tat, after a tumultuous highschool life with rumors swirling rampantly about her unsavory character she needs a new beginning. Jenna just hopes to avoid Rex Winchester, the boy who broke her heart but Rex is intent on winning Jenna back. Can Jenna trust Rex again?
The follow up to Bittersweet Revenge. Jenna is moving on and her self worth has rocketed by leaps and bounds. I thought Jenna had found her own center, she sticks up for herself and puts Rex in his place. Had a few unexpected twists and looks like a new book in the series is on the way, can’t wait.
a slut. Or at least that’s what everyone calls me. I guess that’s
what you get when everyone think’s you’ve slept with the whole
football team and then some.
junior year of high school I gave my heart to Corey Winchester. He
was handsome, cocky, and a pure gentlemen. Then everything changed in
an instant. When I found out he was spreading malicious rumors about
me, after I refused to sleep with him I was utterly surprised. To add
to it, he broke up with me in front of the whole school. I
essentially became the laughing stock of the town. People that I once
called my friends became my enemies. Finding a way to ruin my life
one day at a time. Now the shitty part is I should have known a
pretty boy like him was too good to be true. After ruining my
reputation and life I did everything I could to stay under the radar,
but it just wasn’t enough. I slowly learned that all the torment, and
hate was all for one thing. Revenge. That’s what Corey wanted, and
why I didn’t know. Then Rex Winchester came along. Corey’s cousin,
and someone I knew I shouldn’t be getting close with. A whole six
feet of hotness, a smile that melted the panties off of every girl in
a fifty mile radius, and a heart of gold. He could have anyone he
wanted, so why he chose me Corey’s ex, the bullied, slutty girl was
beyond me. All I knew was that I wanted him. I wanted him more than
anything. The problem was, I couldn’t tell if Rex, was just like
Corey or if his intentions were as innocent as he was making them out
names Jenna Haines, and this is the story of how the one thing I
wanted.. turned out to be the one thing that would hurt me the most.
What happens when the one thing you least expect to happen, does?
When all the lies and secrets come out. Well you’re about find out.
Engaging story, I was captivated from the beginning and was trying to figure out what the deal was with Corey. I felt for Jenna because she lost everything sans one friend, everyone else was willing to listen to Corey. Anxiously waiting to start the next book.
J.L. Beck is the author of Bittersweet Revenge(A Bittersweet Novella Book 1). A four part novella series. She lives in Elroy, WI with her husband Brandon, and daughter Bella. Since the moment she could reach the shelves on the book shelf shes been reading, thus influencing her to write. Her favorite books are those that leave an imprint on your soul. You know the ones that have you putting everything off because you have to find out what happens next.
When she’s not writing or reading(of course)you can find her picking up after her three year old daughter, or explaining to her husband why its unsafe to do something any other way, than the way your wife told you too.
Shes a huge fan of all things drama, with shows like The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow being some of her favorites. She’s addicted to all things social media, caffeine, and Starbucks.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
West Grayer thought her time as a striker was done, but she couldn’t have been more wrong. When she is summoned by the board and given a not quite so subtle ultimatum, West finds herself in an cat and mouse game trying to figure out who exactly she can trust.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Thirteen is too young to be a parent, but after her mother left and her fathers continual bout with alcohol, Lettie raises her younger brother Bert. She is not perfect, heck she is a mess at it but what is she supposed to do. When an incident lands Lettie in trouble, they are shipped off to Florida to their mother. In Lettie’s mind, her mother has is a complete contrast to Bert, she is imagined and everything good. However all is not as it seems and Lettie is going to learn some life lessons along the way.
Spoken from Lettie’s perspective, I felt for her she should be a normal tween turning teen and instead she has the weight of the world on her shoulders. All those emotions you bumble through as a teen are apparent in this story, you relate to Lettie from the very beginning. No Alligators in Sight was an unexpected surprise, wonderful story and perfect beach read for the summer.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lily Proctor finally has her chance to, often teased or treated either with teasing or pity, she gets to be normal. She has a date with her best friend to a party and she can’t wait. Lily has lived a life in a sickly pattern, she is allergic to it seems everything but has always lived her life wishing that she could be the one by Tristan’s side. However, when it looks like not everything is what it seems, Lily falls sick again and slips into another realm.
Thrown into another realm and realizing that the voice in her head belongs to her doppelganger Lillian who is a powerful Crucible and even in this other place, Lily is not proud of who she is. Lily is being protected by Tristan, who seems much the same as her Tristan, and Rowan. Rowan once was Lillian’s mechanic until she turned into a woman he no longer recognizes and wields her power to hurt others.
Rowan doesn’t trust this new Lily, she seems innocent and exhibits untapped talents of a Crucible in training. Rowan has to train Lily if his world has any hope and despite trying to keep her at a distance, Rowan finds he likes this Lily. However he knows Lily one day will return home and he is not sure if e can handle having his heart torn out once again.
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