Monthly Archives: June 2014

Exclusive Excerpt: Exposure by Morgan & Jennifer Locklear

This morning, Rusty’s Reading posted an new excerpt from Exposure. Enjoy!

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‘Exposure’ Exclusive Excerpt

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David went to the phone and called the front desk to provide a replacement key. Shaunna watched in frustration as he hung up the phone. David’s request had apparently been met with swift agreement and it meant a hasty retreat on his part.
It was only because she was watching his slim, strong shoulders that she realized he was shivering. He wasn’t paranoid, he was freezing.

“You’re cold,” she remarked. “Wait right here.” Shaunna went into the bathroom with a motherly grin on her face. Prior to their pool date, she’d hung several towels over the shower rack where they could be warmed by the heat lamp. It was a trick she learned from her father and the result was a towel that felt like it just came out of the dryer.

Shaunna walked back into the bedroom and right up to David. She plucked his damp…

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Jennifer Reviews: Soldier On by Sydney Logan

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Synopsis:

Losing her father in Desert Storm has left Stephanie James with a bitter soul when it comes to the military. As a college senior juggling a full course load, Steph’s only goal is to graduate with honors at the end of the semester. She’s focused, determined, and a firm believer in all work and no play. Then she meets Brandon Walker at a New Year’s Eve costume party. Despite his disguise, Steph finds herself attracted to the camouflaged soldier who curls her toes with a scorching midnight kiss.

Brandon is an engineering major and ROTC student from the hills of Kentucky. Growing up as the son of a major general has given Brandon firsthand knowledge of the struggles military families sometimes face. Now that his father’s memory is fading, Brandon is even more determined to make his dad proud and graduate as an officer in the United States Army. Then he meets Stephanie, and suddenly, his focus is less on his military service and more on the pretty brunette who has stolen his heart. When he becomes aware of Steph’s resentment toward the military, he worries their relationship is doomed.

When faced with the realization that she’s fallen in love with a soldier, can Steph’s wounds from the past be healed with love in her present . . . and in her future?

My Review:

During the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to familiarize myself with Sydney Logan’s novels.  I first read one of her books last summer, and since then I’ve found myself drawn to her stories again and again.

Soldier On is the fourth book I’ve read by Sydney, and it is my favorite to date.  My husband asked about the book and Sydney’s style of writing as I was preparing to draft this review, and it didn’t take me long to use the adjectives “sweet” and “wholesome” to describe this romance, although there is much more to Sydney’s writing than that.

Sydney resides in East Tennessee and usually sets her stories in small town settings.  Having spoken with her recently, I know it’s important to her that the rural communities in her stories are populated by “good-hearted, friendly people who are educated, well-read, and truly love living in the country.” As someone with roots in a rural community myself, I truly appreciate Sydney’s depictions of small town life, but there are many themes and situations which can be universally understood and enjoyed no matter where you call home.

At the beginning of Soldier On, college student Stephanie James reluctantly finds herself at a New Year’s Eve frat house costume party.  She’s a serious student, focused on achieving her academic dreams, and uninterested in her university’s social scene. Seeking solace and peace, Stephanie wanders off to find a quiet corner to hide away in.

“Bravely, I try a few of the rooms, but all are locked except for a set of open double doors at the end of the hallway.

Curious, I step inside, and I’m instantly mesmerized.

Frat houses have libraries?

This one does, complete with ceiling-high bookshelves. Laptops line one wall, and a giant multimedia screen is attached to the other. While all of it is impressive, nothing excites my book-loving heart more than to see the library ladder.

Secretly, I’ve always wanted to climb one – the tall ladders that roll from one end of the shelves to the other. Ironically enough, library ladders always remind me of Beauty and the Beast. Or the love scene in Atonement.

One of those movies is G-rated. The other most definitely is not.”

And (as tends to happen in great romance novels) Stephanie is soon joined in the library by a handsome stranger dressed as a soldier. They speak ever so briefly, an instant attraction brewing between them as the New Year quickly approaches…

“Before I can ask why he noticed me, shouts erupt from downstairs.

“Ten, nine, eight…”

“Do you have someone to kiss at midnight?” he asks.

I simply shake my head. He steps closer, pinning me between his body and the bookshelf.

“You do now.”

Horns blare below, but I barely notice because in the next second, his mouth covers mine. His lips are featherlight and sweet, causing warmth to spread through my veins and settle itself in my heart. I sigh, causing my lips to part slightly, allowing him to deepen the kiss.”

As the story progresses and Stephanie and her new friend, Brandon, get to know one another, both find that their careful planning for the future never took falling in love with someone into account. Brandon is as serious about his future as Stephanie, but he becomes concerned when he realizes their individual aspirations and beliefs strongly contradict one another.

 

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Soldier On is a carefully crafted love story, featuring two fully-developed lead characters who deeply care about one another, but who are also challenged by their family circumstances and the unstoppable onset of adulthood.  Stephanie and Brandon are faced with important decisions that could not only alter their individual plans but could also challenge their long-held perceptions of their place within their families.

Sydney Logan manages to handle this fragile love story with a wonderful mixture of warmth, humor, consideration and passion.  On it’s first day of release, Soldier On became an Amazon best seller, and within a few days was featured in USA Today as one of this week’s new romance release highlights.  So, clearly I’m not alone in my high opinion of this story.

Whether you’ve read one of Sydney Logan’s novels or not, I highly recommend that you pick up Soldier On. It’s a great summer read and enthusiastically earns four stars from me!

Amazon Link: http://amzn.com/B00L3KTFLQ

Sydney Logan’s Website: http://www.sydneylogan.com/

Take Care,

Jennifer

Exposure Blog Tour: La Literati

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La Literati

La Literati is a show about poetry, books and creative, inspiring people of all kinds. We strive to bring you in depth interviews that illuminate. Every conversation is a story. We hope through our show, the listeners will develop a greater appreciation for writing, reading and those addicting things called book. Join hosts, Tosha Michelle and Jim aka Niles, the constant readers, as they take you on a literary journey of discovery, wonder and the fine art of reading- a Bibliophilia dream. Don’t forget the coffee and chocolate. We’ll provide the Southern hospitality and entertainment.

Twitter: @LaLiterati

Today’s stop on the blog tour is La Literati. We were delighted when Tosha and James opted to make a promo post on the blog and are honored to have Exposure spotlighted.  Be sure to pop over and wave hello.

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If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer

‘Soldier On’ Release Party on Facebook

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Author Sydney Logan has just released her latest novel, Soldier On, and is hosting a celebration party on Facebook.  I’ve enjoyed reading Sydney’s stories, including Lessons Learned, Mountain Charm, and The Little Drummer Boy (which I reviewed on this blog a few months ago).

And the really good news is this…

 

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http://amzn.com/B00L3KTFLQ

I’ve had the pleasure of reading an ARC for Soldier On, and I’m looking forward to posting my review next week during Sydney’s blog tour. In the meantime, I’ll be stopping by the Facebook release party from 4:00-4:15 PM Eastern time this afternoon. I’ll be talking a bit about Exposure, sharing a pic teaser, and offering up an e-book of Exposure as a giveaway prize!

I’d love to see you there so feel free to drop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/1481151402122460/

Looking forward to celebrating this new release!

Take Care,

Jennifer

Exposure Blog Tour: Loco Mundo Literario

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Loco Mundo Literario

Loco Mundo Literario nace con la idea de compartir con quienes aman leer nuestras opiniones respecto a los libros que vamos leyendo.

Website: http://locomundoliterario.blogspot.com.ar/

Twitter: @LocoMundoLit

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LocoMundoLiterario

Today’s stop on the blog tour is Loco Mundo Literario.We were delighted when a Spanish blog opted to make a promo post on the blog and are honored to have Exposure spotlighted.  Be sure to pop over and say Hola!

http://locomundoliterario.blogspot.com.ar/2014/06/de-lo-nuevo-lo-mejor-exposure-de-morgan.html

If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer

Exposure Blog Tour: Jess Molly Brown, Author

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Jess Molly Brown, Author

*WAVES HELLO*

Welcome!

Hey, you found me! Don’t be fooled by the seeming tranquility. I’m scheming. Trust me. Or maybe you shouldn’t trust me. Just sayin’. It’s always a bit crazy at our house.

I’m a mom to four great kids, one husband *coughbiggestkidofallcough* and two dogs.

The dogs have their own page here. The kids don’t. This is my spot and I’m keeping it. Of course, it may mean giving up the last bit of sleep available in my day, but whatever.

I write. A lot. I just finished my first manuscript (a contemporary romance with the working title Moms on Missions), which I’ll soon be querying. I’m currently working on two others in the same series, and there’s another work in progress: a sci fi romance.

I edit for four professional authors, beta some hobby writers and tutor a bunch of newbies. Love it.

I got my start four years ago, in fan fiction, and I’m proud of it.

FYI, if you see promotional info, a review or an interview with an author on my site, I’ve either read the book and given it 4 to 5 stars, or I endorse this author’s work.  I don’t promote just anyone. I stand behind the quality of the authors I recommend. Please don’t just send me your ARC as I get a lot of them. Ask me first, and if I can fit your book into my schedule, I’ll gladly read it. I don’t share books that I rate 3 stars or less, but I will always give the author a constructive critique.

The house is messy. My garden’s overflowing with blooms, but weedy. The grass always needs cutting, provided it’s not buried beneath snow. This is Canada, eh? The dogs are walked, the kids get fed, the hubbs hasn’t killed me yet, the books I read I review, and somehow, the people in my head manage to make it into stories. Occasionally, I embarrass my kids by doing Zumba in front of their friends. It’s just how I roll.

Thanks for hanging out with me. I hope you’ll look around, get to know my friends and maybe pick up a tip or two to make your busy day a bit less hectic.

Enjoy!

Website: http://jessmollybrownauthor.com/

Twitter: @jmollyfanfic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jess.molly.3

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7823017-jess-molly

Today’s stop on the blog tour is Jess Molly Brown, Author. We were delighted when Jess opted to make a review post on the blog and are honored to have Exposure spotlighted.  Be sure to pop over and wave hello.

http://jessmollybrownauthor.com/2014/06/16/exposure-jennifer-morgan-locklear-review/

If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer

‘Missionary Position’ Release Party on Facebook

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Author Daisy Prescott has just released her latest novel, Missionary Position, and is hosting a celebration party on Facebook.  I’m a big fan of Daisy’s first two books:

 

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And I’m very excited to see what she has in store for us with Missionary Position.  I’ll be stopping by the release party from 9:45-10:00 Eastern time this evening, and I’ll be talking a bit about Exposure while I’m there. I’m searching for a steamy excerpt to share and there might even be an opportunity for an Exposure giveaway.  I’d love to see you there so feel free to drop by: https://www.facebook.com/events/405594112911738/?ref=23

Looking forward to a good time with great friends!

Take Care,

Jennifer

 

 

Exposure Blog Tour: The Book Enticer

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The Book Enticer

Just another avid reader and writer addict. I give book reviews, promos and design book covers.

Website: http://www.fsmeurinne.com/

Twitter: @FSMeurinne

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FemmeCullen

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7873701-fs-meurinne

Today’s stop on the blog tour is The Book Enticer. We were delighted when FS Meurinne opted to make a promo post on the blog and are honored to have Exposure spotlighted.  Be sure to pop over and wave hello.

http://www.fsmeurinne.com/2014/06/exposure-by-jennifer-morgan-locklear.html

If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer

Exposure Blog Tour: Words Across The Ocean

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Words Across The Ocean:

Hello and welcome to my blog 😉

I live in Australia, I’m a mom and my profession is Nursing! I decided to do this Blog to express myself more out into the Universe ~ I can be a bit shy and hold alot of myself within! It’s baby steps and I am learning as I go but I really am enjoying putting some of myself down to share…mainly for my “Sticky Little Leaf” my beautiful son! He is a talented writer, who is forever correcting my english lol as I’m not very good and I hope to inspire him to believe in himself more xoxox

My job has allowed me to meet some amazing people over the years, especially in working with the older generation ….I love to hear their stories about their life ~ where their from and what they’ve done in their lifetime!

When I was younger I use to write Poetry but stopped in my 20′s…..recently I have been inspired to start again, I’m not great but am enjoying expressing myself again!

Also I have an addiction called reading!!!  In books I do believe “You can loose yourself and find yourself there too…share in great minds, actions and undertakings…I love it when the words just reach out and grab you”!

“Reading & Music enriches, soothes and guides my soul through the seasons of life!” ~ By © debradml (2012)

# Please Note: That all my writing/ stories/ posts/ contributions with the exception of reader comments or otherwise stated are the property of the author/ administator of this Blog “Words from across the Ocean”. Fair Use applies to all of the picture etc. used within…

Thanks for stopping by…I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen, and please be sure to leave a comment, like and/ or follow me!

Cheers,

Debs xox

Today’s stop on the blog tour is Words Across The Ocean. We were delighted when Deb opted to make a promo post on the blog and are honored to have Exposure spotlighted.  She even managed to score a rare interview with the talented but bashful Hollywood publicist, Shaunna Noble. Be sure to pop over and wave hello.

http://debradml.com/2014/06/17/blog-tour-stop-exposure-by-morgan-and-jennifer-locklear/

If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer

Exposure Blog Tour: A Slice of Fiction

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A Slice of Fiction:

Obviously I love to read; “Have books will travel!” (My Kindle app has eased the pain of sitting at red lights & doctor offices.) For me, reading is an escape into a story that lets me drift away for a short period of time, something that we all need once in a while, and in some cases every day. I like reading various genres but if it’s too farfetched or extremely mushy, it’s not for me. I want to be on the edge of my seat when reading, either from angst or laughter, you know it’s a good book when you are either shaking your Kindle (my poor Kindle) or snaughling (snort/laughing).

Besides reading my other immense passion is music, as in ‘don’t get me started we could be here all day discussing artists’ lover. One of my favorite quotes from a song (Hip Hip Chin Chin by Club Des Belugas) about music and life is, “The Beat, The Driving Force That Holds Our Lives Together.” It speaks volumes, so many volumes that I had it tattooed on me! I have several different play lists that I use for different points of the day, my mood and when I am reading. My all-time favorite artist or albums to listen to are; Ella Fitzgerald, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Justin Nozuka, D’Angelo, The Civil Wars, the soundtrack to the movie W.E. and covers by The Vitamin String Quartet. Listening to music while reading just enhances the book just like the movies, music can just set the scene!

Some of my other interests are (mini dating form here); anything pertaining to the UK (Anglophile in the house!), traveling, art, museums, photography, laughter, sarcasm, tattoos, random facts, and Doctor Who, The Golden Girls and Family Guy. Family & Friends are extremely important to me, they inspire me each day.

I look forward to giving my perception on books I review and to relay author’s or character’s interviews with you, oh, and the music that I like to pair with them! Get your read on!

Get Comfy And Fall Into A Story!

Website: http://asliceoffiction.com/

Twitter:  @ASliceOfFiction

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asliceoffiction

Today’s stop on the blog tour is A Slice of Fiction. We were delighted when Tammy opted to make a promo post on the blog and are honored to have Exposure spotlighted.  Be sure to pop over and wave hello.

http://asliceoffiction.com/2014/06/03/new-release-exposure-by-morgan-jennifer-locklear/#more-545

If you haven’t given our facebook page a Like, we encourage you to do so.  We’re hosting a 1,000 Likes contest there and as soon as we hit that milestone, one lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Exposure.  We’re closing in on 700 as I type this so we’re getting close to reaching that goal.

Thanks and Take Care,

Morgan & Jennifer