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Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Adult Scavenger Hunt #Giveaway Author @AnnMNoser #NewASH

***The hunt is now over. Congratulations to the winners!***

It's time for the New Adult Scavenger Hunt! Did you know you can win NINE signed print New Adult books?

Go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are TWO contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or both! I am a part of the TEAM BLUE (college books)–but there is also a red team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the New Adult Scavenger Hunt page.


Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my lucky book number. Collect the lucky book numbers of all the authors on Team Blue, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by April 26th, at noon Eastern Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.



My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.

Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.

I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.


When Mike drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters. Haunted by nightmares, she turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, Emma lights candles, draws a pentacle, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her. As she escapes, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. Instead of raising Mike, Emma uses witchcraft to assist other victims stolen back from death. But her powers may not protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.



Jake drops his backpack at the fifth station of the kidney dialysis center. "Let's get your weight and temp done right away so the nurse can get started."

"Yeah. I know." His younger sister Laura steps on the scale. "I've been here before, remember? Okay. Sixty-eight pounds."

The nurse writes this down. Jake passes Laura the electric thermometer.

Laura slips on the plastic shield and places it under her tongue. A few seconds later it beeps. "Ninety-eight-point-seven."

"Great." Jake pumps his arm. "No fever. Let's go!"

"What's the rush?" Laura asks. "We're gonna be here for four hours no matter what."

"I know." Jake shrugs. "But I got some stuff I wanna do."

"Well, keep your pants on." Laura plops into the chair, holding her arm out for the blood pressure cuff.

Nurse Lisa takes a reading. "You sure are antsy today, Jake. Got a hot date waiting?"

"Nah." He shakes his head. "I need to go talk to the doctors."

Laura sighs. "Not this again."

"Yes, this again."

Laura scratches her side.

"Feeling itchier than usual?" asks the nurse.
"A little."

"How's your appetite? Your weight's down. The doctor isn't going to like that."

Laura picks at the hem of her shirt. "I know."

"All right. End of lecture. Let's get your dialysis started."

Laura slips off her long-sleeved cover-up, exposing a surgically enlarged vessel. The nurse swabs her arm.

"I should time you." Jake holds out his watch. "I'll bet you're the fastest one here."

The nurse raises her eyebrows. "It's not about speed, you know. Dialysis takes time. Lots of time."

"You're such a moron," Laura side-whispers to him.

"Runs in the family," he whispers back.

"You two." The nurse clucks her tongue. "Laura, your fistula site looks healthy. I've applied the Lidocaine cream. Ready for the needles?"

Laura nods, tensing her jaw.

Disjointed beeping resounds through the room, every monitor at its own pace and rhythm.

After she tapes in the inserted needles, Lisa removes her gloves. "You're all set. Three hours and fifty-eight minutes to go."

Laura scans the side table. "Got any new magazines? I've already read these."

"Sorry, honey, but when you're here three times a week, it's hard to have fresh ones available. Maybe Jake can find you something in the gift shop."

"That's okay." Laura digs in her bag. "I brought a couple books."

"Too bad." Nurse Lisa smiles back at them as she moves to another patient. "The high school volunteer at the gift shop has a crush on your brother."

"That's right." Jake grins, settling into the chair alongside his sister. "No dame can resist my charms."

Laura rolls her eyes. "You've got to be kidding me—"

"I am undeniably handsome—" Jake frames his face with his hands like a portrait.

"You're so embarrassing—"

"And the most intelligent guy in the world—"

"Whatever. You couldn't possibly be the smartest guy on the planet."

He shrugs. "That's a fair call. Just in Wisconsin, then."

She snorts. "What you are is the most obnoxious guy in the state."

"Is that so? Then I don't feel bad about ignoring you long enough to finish my homework." He pulls out a textbook from his bag. "Then we can watch a movie if you want. Anything except Dirty Dancing."

"You never want to watch that one." Laura glances at the clock. "Three hours and fifty-five minutes to go."


Beep. Beep. Beep.

Dialysis machines chorus around the room. Voices are muffled. Each patient rests in a chair reading, watching a screen, or sleeping.

Laura pokes Jake. "Are you done yet? I'm bored."

"Yep." He stuffs his books into his backpack. "What should we do?"

"I've a great idea." Laura sits up, notebook in hand. "We're both going to make a list of everything we want in a spouse—"

Jake crinkles his nose. "What the heck? I'm not doing this."

"But you promised to do whatever I want when we're here."

He shrugs. "That's before you said we were going to do this."

"No excuses." She hands him a piece of paper.

"This sucks."

"No complaining allowed." She bends over, scribbling away.

"Fine, but this is stupid." Jake writes for five seconds, then puts down his pencil. "Got it. Are you ready?"

"No. I just got started."

"Wake me up when you finish." He closes his eyes, then peeks out. "Aren't you done yet?"

Laura sighs. "You're such a pest."

He closes his eyes again, then opens them. "Aren't you done yet?"

"Be quiet. I'm taking this seriously."

"You're taking this seriously?" Jake laughs. "Why?"

"Because it's important. Duh. All the women's magazines say you gotta know what you want so you don't just settle for whatever man comes along."

"But you're twelve."

"I'm thirteen, and you know it."

He shakes his head. "No. You'll always be twelve to me, and you've never even been on a date."

"Thanks for reminding me. Some of my friends at school already have boyfriends… but I don't."

"You're too young to have a boyfriend."

"That's not it." Laura's shoulders slump. "Boys don't like me that way. They just feel sorry for me."

"No way. You're the prettiest girl in your school class picture."

She stares at her hands. "You're just saying that because you're my brother."

"I am your brother—you're so lucky by the way—"

"What are you—some love expert? You don't know anything about dating."
Jake puffs up his chest. "Sure I do."

"No, you don't. You hardly date. And anyone you do date doesn't stick around long. What's that about?"

He shrugs. "It's complicated."

"Then un-complicate it."

He cocks his head to the side. "Are you sure you want to hear this?"


"Well, the truth is they all get jealous of you."

Laura flushes. "Really? Even Marisa?"

"Yep. She couldn't accept that you always come first, and you're always going to come first. So it ended."

Laura sighs. "I'm ruining your life."

"No, you're not. Don't be silly."

"You shouldn't have just me. What if I die? Then you won't have anybody."

Jake pales. "Don't talk like that. I mean it."

Laura takes a deep breath. "I have to, because it might happen. And you need to be ready."

"No." Jake shakes his head. "Listen, can we talk about something else?"

She grins. "Like me dating some hot guy?"

"Ugh." He groans. "That's it. No more romantic comedy movies for you. You've been poisoned. There's more to life than dating. Lots more. You'll find out once you get better."

"I don't actually care about dating... It's just this." She points at the bulging fistula in her arm. "Nobody can deal with how ugly I am, and it sucks."

Jake grasps her hand. "You're not ugly. Don't ever say that."

Laura lowers her head and mumbles. "Some of the kids at school tell me I am."

Jake's eyes narrow. "Give me their names, and I'll wipe the playground with their ignorant asses."

"No, you won't. I won't let you."

"Just because other people are jerks, don't let them get to you. They're probably just unhappy about something in their own life and taking it out on you."

"I know, but it still hurts to hear it."

Jake carefully puts his arm around her shoulders. "Forget about them. Read me your list. See if I approve."

She folds the paper closed. "You first."

"No way. It was your idea, so you go first."

"Fine. Number one: he must be tall—"

Jake nods. "Of course. You don't want to have short kids, right?"

"What's so bad about being short?"

"You can't reach anything in the kitchen cupboards."

"Fine. No short kids. Okay, number two: he must be cute—"

"Of course no one's ever going to be as cute as me. Try not to be disappointed."

"Yeah. Very funny." Laura clears her throat. "Number three: he must be smart—"

"I'm also smarter than everyone else… in Wisconsin, anyway—"

"That's it! Show me your list first if you're going to keep interrupting."

Jake hands it over.

"But there's only one line."

He shrugs. "I got it covered. Just read it."

"My wife will be awesome… But that doesn't tell me anything."

"Sure it does. Besides, I'm not worried about getting married. I'm only worried about…"

"Me, right?" she whispers. "You're always worried about me."

Jake glances around the room. "I don't want you to have to keep coming here all the time. And I can't bear to think of those kids at school bugging you because of your arm."

"What are you going to do about it?"

"I've got a plan."

"I don't always like your plans."

Jake grins. "Sure you do."

Nurse Lisa stops by to check the dialysis machine.

Laura giggles. "Remember when you brought the neighbor kid's karaoke machine in here and forced everyone to sing?"

Jake chuckles. "One of my finer moments."

"Actually, that was a blast," the nurse says. "You should do it again."

Laura groans. "Don't encourage him."

Nurse Lisa pats her on the shoulder. "You feeling all right, honey?"


"Good. I'll be back to check again later." The nurse walks away.

Laura yawns.

"Are you okay?" Jake asks.

"I'm just tired."

"Then rest your head on my shoulder and get some sleep."

"Okay." She yawns again.

Beep. Beep. Beep.

Fifteen minutes pass as Jake watches his little sister sleep. He brushes her head with a kiss, then whispers: "I'm going to fix this. You're not going to have to come here forever. Not if I can help it. I'm going to make it better… even if it kills me."


Sounds like a book we need to add to our TBR shelves. Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by Ann, me, and more!

To enter, you need to know that my lucky book number is 4 .

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Blue and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!


To keep going on the hunt, check out Ann Noser's site HERE

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New Release VIBRIZZIO by @NickiElson3D #Naughty #Romance

Great news, ladies - VVVVVVIBRIZZIO by Nicki Elson is here! Guys, uhm, well...

Lyssa Bates doesn’t need a man. Not when the world is fully-stocked with double A batteries (long-lasting) and a wide array of options in Amazon’s health and sexual wellness category. Thank the gods of Internet ordering.

After yet another failed relationship, the twenty-six-year-old investment analyst is convinced that real guys aren’t ever going to live up to her expectations—so why should she bother with them when the only thing standing between her and her next mind-blowing O is the case in which she keeps Vibrizzio? Yep. She gave it a name. An Italian name!

She’s determined to keep her dating life purely electronic...though she occasionally fantasizes about Hayden King, the delicious new associate she just got partnered with at work.

As the two young professionals travel together around the country for business, their flirty working relationship develops into a close friendship that hurtles toward something more.

Between hot tub confessions in Baltimore, an accidental kiss in Dallas, and an all-nighter in Chicago, Hayden proves himself to be better than any fantasy, and Vibrizzio's days may finally be numbered.

I'm so excited this book is out in the world--I LOVED it. Come back May 5th for my review and giveaway on the blog tour!

Monday, April 13, 2015

#NewAdult Scavenger Hunt Starting Soon #Giveaway #NASH

I'm excited to participate in the New Adult Scavenger Hunt. My college volleyball romance Blocked is part of Team Blue, which consists of New Adult books.

The winner will receive TEN print books by hunting on each site for the secret number.

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We have less than two weeks until the first ever New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins!

Here are the NewASH teams:


I hope you all are as excited as I am! The New Adult Scavenger Hunt begins at Noon Eastern Time on Thursday, April 23rd and runs through Sunday, April 26th.

Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Beside Your Heart by @WordyMary #Review #Interview #Giveaway

It's time to celebrate The Heart Series by Mary Whitney! I loved book one (Beside Your Heart) as you can see in my review. Stick around for the interview and generous giveaway.

Beside Your Heart (Beside Your Heart, #1)Beside Your Heart by Mary Whitney
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beginning of Across-the-Pond Romance

I've had my eye on this series for some time and I'm glad I finally read book one.

When political operative Nicki Johnson googles her high school love Adam Kincaid, she finds out he's dating an English aristocrat named Muff.

I gaped at the photo. I'd never seen Adam dressed so well. He wore a dark gray morning coat with tails, a vest, tie, and striped trousers. Next to him, Mary or Muff or Twat -- whatever her name was -- wore a pale pink coat dress.

The discovery fuels a sense of longing as well as many memories of the past. Beside Your Heart explores how Nicki and Adam meet in high school. I seem to enjoy New Adult more than Young Adult these days, so I think I'll enjoy the next two novels about their adult romance better.

Nicki's younger sister died in a harrowing car accident, and she is mired in grief throughout the story. Coupled with what happens to the relationship between Nicki and Adam, a sad tone pervades the novel. But Adam is lovely in how he helps her through her grief.

Her grandmother explains grief well:

"At times, your grandfather's passing is as hard for me today as it was the day he died, but the pain isn't as constant anymore. I can go days and even weeks of going along in my life with nothing. The it can hit me out of the blue, and I feel the grief all over again. Other times, you know when a bad patch of pain is coming...birthdays, holidays."

I loved all the Englishisms, like shagging, snogging, and spotted dick, hehe.

Overall this is a well-written story about first love.

View all my reviews

And now for the interview with Mary Whitney...

Jennifer Lane (JL): Welcome to the blog, Mary! As you can see, I truly enjoyed Beside Your Heart. What were some inspirations for this story?

Mary Whitney (MW): Well, thank you! You’re a doll.

It was triggered by an old memory. I’m old enough to remember when ecstasy was legal back in the 80s, and I remembered going to a party the night before it was made a controlled substance. The funny thing was that no one was on X. They were all drinking. I was telling the story to a friend one day which sort of mentally sent me back to high school. My mom had also recently died, so I’d been wanting to write something to explore grief. Beside Your Heart isn’t autobiographical at all, though. Sadly in my high school, the male exchange students from overseas were never good looking!

How does your law degree affect your writing?

MW: You can say people write about what we know. I’ve never wanted to write about laws, but I think people involved in law, law enforcement, and politics can be interesting – sometimes even in their boringness!

JL: I'm also drawn to writing about politics, especially romantic partners who spar over opposing beliefs. Tell us about your political romances and how politics might play out in books two and three of The Heart Series.

MW: I love a good debate, so romantic banter is just fun for me to read and write. With Nicki and Adam, their banter is driven by their differing cultures, though their political leanings are pretty similar. In my book, Compromising Positions, it’s a Republican and a Democrat, which makes for meaty, but playful conversation.

JL: I see in your bio you've lived all over the US! What's been your favorite location?

MW: Honestly, I think there are great things and bad things about every place I’ve lived. Right now, I live in northern California which is pretty awesome, except for the drought and earthquakes.

JL: What are you working on now?

MW: I’m finishing up my next book, Attached. It’s true New Adult so it will be a departure for me. I’m also working on the audiobooks for No Ordinary Guy and Compromising Positions. David from Beside Your Heart is the main character in No Ordinary Guy. He’s Adam’s cheeky cousin, so the narrator is also a Brit. Compromising Positions is dual narration for both male and female POVs. Everything is out in June, so things are busy right now!

I can’t thank you enough for this interview. I’m always tickled when people want to chat! Thanks again!

JL: Thank you for stopping by, Mary, and good luck with your writing.


Mary Whitney is giving away an ENTIRE EBOOK BOX SET of The Heart Series (Beside Your Heart, Disclosure of the Heart, and Forever Your Heart) to a lucky winner!

And another winner will receive an ebook of No Ordinary Guy

To win, comment on this post and leave your email address. If you don't want to write your email address, contact me at jenniferlanebooks (at) gmail (dot) com.

Finally, I hope you had a Happy Easter for those who celebrate. I got my Pinterest on and made this Easter Bread Bunny--so fun!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cover Reveal: Entwined by @CherieColyer

 an Embrace Series Novel by Cherie Colyer


Only a few months after embracing her magical powers, defeating a dark witch, and banishing a faerie prince back to his realm, sixteen-year-old Madison Riley is back in book three of the Embrace series—and doing the bidding of a demon. She has no choice but to do so if she wants him to honor the deal they made to save the life of someone she loves. Twenty years of service to a creature of hell is a big price, but one she’s willing to pay. And it sure beats the alternative: selling her soul.

But life gets complicated when you’re the beck-and-call witch of a crossroad demon. Caden, the demon she serves, wants to become master of Death Himself, and with Madison at his side he has the means to do it.
It’s up to Madison and her coven to foil his plans, but Caden’s intentions aren't entirely evil—and the kisses he seals his deals with aren’t too bad either. As Caden's motives test Madison’s trust, his shameful flirting tries her boyfriend Isaac’s patience. But being caught between two supernatural hotties is perhaps the least of her concerns when the coven’s interference in Caden’s plot might just cost Madison her life and unleash hell on earth.

Author: Cherie Colyer
Title: Entwined (Embrace #3)
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural Romance
ISBN: 9781623421977
Release Date: April 14th, 2015
Available in Ebook and Paperback
Twitter: @CherieColyer
Goodreads Link:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

#IWSG Have You Heard of This Writer?

Thanks to Alex J Cavanaugh for hosting the Insecure Writers Support Group.

Not much new for me this month other than researching the White House for my WIP Aced (Blocked #2). Did you know there's a Red Room in the White House? (Not the Red Room of Pain, ha ha.)

I came across this and wanted to share. We can all dream of being famous:

Good luck to all those participating in A to Z. I think you all are crazy!


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