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Review: Pushing the Limits

With the Goodreads Choice Awards opening, I want to share my review for the book I voted as best Young Adult Fiction--truly one of the best reads of this year for me: Pushing the Limits.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Heartbreaking Tale of Healing and Young Love

I love YA issue contemporaries, and this story is the best I've read. Thank you to all my GR friends who recommended this story. Yes, Rena...Mrs. Collins rocks!

Echo Emerson used to be the popular girl at her Midwestern high school. Sure, her controlling father and mentally ill mother had divorced, and her older brother had died fighting in Afghanistan, but she was managing okay. Until the night her mother stopped taking her medication for Bipolar Disorder. Echo emerged from that night covered in scars, with absolutely no memory for what happened. She went from popular to freak -- withdrawn and scared.

Luckily for Echo, the school hires a new clinical social worker -- Mrs. Collins -- who meets wi…

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Get your spook on with this giveaway hosted by I Am A Reader Not a Writer blog and The Diary of a Bookworm blog.


I'm giving away a $10 gift card to an online bookstore. Get out there and buy some creepy reads this Halloween.

Might I suggest two books written by my pub sisters?

* Eve of Samhain by Lisa Sanchez...my review HERE
* Grave Refrain by Sarah Glover...a love/ghost story
a Rafflecopter giveaway

And did you know there are over 400 participating blogs? Visit as many as you can and improve your chances of winning!

Alpha Male Blog Hop

Thank you to Carrie Ann for hosting the Alpha Male Blog Hop! Roar! This guy's all "I get hot and powerful when I read books."
Alpha males are wonderful -- I've enjoyed reading their exploits in romantic suspense novels by Pamela Clare and Cindy Gerard.

But my ideal hero has a mix of Alpha AND Beta. He's wounded, physically and/or emotionally, and therefore has a lot of depth. He's intelligent and respectful of women. He's clean-shaven, tall, and lean. And I don't mind him in handcuffs (wait...the Hot in Handcuffs Giveaway just ended!) My ideal hero is not a bad boy, but a man who gets in trouble due to standing up for others.

When I was dating more, I sought a man who was athletic and could talk about his feelings.

And I wonder why I'm still single! *snorts*

Anyway, Carrie Ann offers some amazing GRAND PRIZES if you comment and leave your email address on the comment:

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet 2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N …

Look! The Next Best Thing!

Author Darcia Helle sure is creating a lot of work for me on the blog. ;-) First she tagged me for The Next Best Thing Blog Challenge. Then she tagged me AGAIN for the U Got the Look Blog Challenge.

Both challenges involve my work-in-progress On Best Behavior (The Conduct Series #3).

Author Gail Baugniet started The Next Best ThingHERE. The rules are:

Answer 10 questions about my current WIP (Work-In-Progress)

What is the working title of your book?
Where did the idea come from for the book?
What genre does your book fall under?
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I decided to follow Gail by posting…

Did I Notice Your Book?

Thanks to Ciara Knight and Ninja Alex Cavanaugh for this clever blogfest!

Here are the guidelines:

Post about a book you’ve noticed.

You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.


Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex or Ciara Knight when the author finds their book. 


I've actually noticed TWO books recently (hopefully that's not cheating?)

First, I met author Kyra Lennon on the A to Z Blog Challenge in April, when she posted compelling excerpts about a soccer romance (I love sports romances.)

Then I blink and suddenly her debut novel Game On had already been released! How could I have missed it?


That cover bends it like Iniesta!
Naturally I had to…

Hot in Handcuffs Blog Hop

Thanks to the naughty ladies at Under the Covers (Suz, Ann, Francesca, and Angela) for hosting the steamy Hot in Handcuffs Blog Hop!


I lurve this hop because my romantic suspense novels actually have HANDCUFFS on the covers!



With Good Behavior (The Conduct Series #1) and Bad Behavior (The Conduct Series #2) follow the journey of parolees Sophie Taylor and Grant Madsen as they try to navigate life on the outside, run from the Mafia, and just maybe fall in love. These stories are more romance than erotica.

I'm currently writing book three in the series, On Best Behavior. Grant and Sophie might find more uses for handcuffs in this story!

Complete the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win ebooks of With Good Behavior and Bad Behavior. Spank you very much. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Out of the Darkness

Authors Justine Dell and Sarah Fine have hosted a week of giveaways and fundraisers in celebration of Suicide Prevention!

Click HERE
Today from 11-6 is the Out of the Darkness Auction HERE where you can bid on some amazing critiques and prize packs.

As a psychologist, I often check in with my clients about suicidal thoughts and urges. Obviously it's frightening when a loved one contemplates suicide. Individuals suffering from clinical depression, addictions, or other mental disorders may get into a dark place and feel hopeless about ever escaping the pain. When they get so down, they fail to realize emotions are temporary and they WILL feel better.

If you have a loved one who is deeply depressed, it's okay to ask if he or she is thinking about suicide. You can't turn somebody suicidal by asking about it. Danger increases if your loved one has a suicidal plan and clear intent to carry out the plan. Better safe than sorry--CALL 911 if you fear for your loved one's life.

Excerpt from With Good Behavior

Thank you to Barb at Romance Promo Central for hosting my romantic suspense novel With Good Behavior today. Check out an excerpt of one of Sophie and Grant's first interactions HERE!

On October 6th I'll be joining authors Justine Dell and Sarah Fine to promote suicide prevention. There are abundant awesome giveaways at her blog so please visit out the Out of Darkness Giveaway and raise awareness for suicide prevention.

Join us for the Author Author Blog Bounce, hosted by Omnific Publishing!