Blog Tour: Ink - Amanda Sun

Monday, June 24, 2013

“How do you fight yourself?”
Ink - Amanda Sun
Ink by Amanda Sun
Paperback, 377 pages
Expected publication: June 25th 2013 by Harlequin Teen

I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

My thoughts:
This is a story of self-discovery, power, bravery and romance. How to find a new life after a mother’s death and to live in the other part of the world? How to be beyond your curiosity and find something about yourself and another being? What if that person you fall for is a Kami (and not a good one)?
So, what happens next? That’s what the story wants you to desire: find out its mystery.

The title, summary and cover:
                Can I say how perfect it was as it ticked all those three with a 5-star mark? The title made me curious, the summary (even if it was long) had made me want to read it and the cover itself made me swoon.
The title had depicted the story itself and made it clear how it reflects the story. Though the summary was longer than expected, it makes me yearn for more about the book. And the cover, it sold me, more than anything; the watercolor portrait was just so light, free, elegant and just… wow (though the story is deeper than that).
Just the right things in check to create an impact for a first impression.

Before I go ranting about Ink:
Shadow - Amanda Sun
16 chapters (Prologue, Chapters 1-13, Epilogue)
Free on Wattpad: Shadow

Meet two teens whose worlds are about to change forever in this paranormal Young Adult novella, a prequel to Ink by debut author Amanda Sun…

Katie Greene’s worst nightmare comes true when her mother dies, and she’s devastated to learn that she will have to leave the only home she’s ever known. Desperate to find where she belongs, she must decide if she has what it takes to start a new life across the ocean. 

For Yuu Tomohiro, every day is a nightmare. He struggles to control his strange ability, and keeps everyone at a distance so they won’t get hurt—even his girlfriend, Myu. At night, a shadow haunts his dreams, and a mysterious woman torments him with omens of death and destruction. But these haunting premonitions are only the beginning…

Reading Shadow before Ink is a good choice, because you will have a gist of what will happen at Ink and that you had an insight of the past (and present) of both Katie and Tomohiro. To be honest, it was Shadow that made me want to read Ink soon enough. I had been coveting Ink since late last year and I still am beyond grateful to have read it early and to be part of the blog tour. But that aside, let me dwell a little about Shadow: it was only a novella but it had a lot of information about the characters already; and the great thing was that it was in double POV – the odd-numbered chapters were in Tomohiro’s POV and the even ones were for Katie. As a reader, I want to hear and see what a character is, as his or herself, than how others perceive him or her; so I had enjoyed reading both POVs. Shadow had created a very interesting flow that will make you crave what happens at Ink itself. It gives you a preview and a more thorough insight of what Tomohiro’s nightmares were, since it was not really said in Ink (and if you are interested about Tomo and Myu, well you’ll have it there); and about how Katie grieves and cannot believe for her loss, the death of her mother. Lastly, the last chapters of Shadow were something that must be read. I swear, I awaited that part: when Tomohiro saw Katie and then about his destiny. The woman that was telling him all along that he could only save himself is by killing himself or that even if he tried to fights himself he would still fail… the woman, I had somehow guessed it was her but Tomohiro confirming it made me wide-eyed, just blatantly shocked.

So let me rant about Ink this time:
There was this one-word that summarized Ink for me:

It was promising for a first book. Even though, I think it was set in a slow pace but then this is a first book; so it was still a good thing because it had unraveled some of the secrets already, what to expect in the sequel, and had created an established ground about how the story goes. The book had a natural way of Japanese feel and it was written in details that do not need much to imagine because it was like common sense flooding in for you. Aside from that, the sketches, that was hands-down, it was already in pages and it awed me… though, at first I thought the sketch was going to move, I really thought it will move and glare at me (just like how Katie experience), bless dear heart it did not happen (but it would be so cool, right?). And it had Japanese terms and phrases but do not worry there’s a glossary that will be very helpful as you read the story.

                The story was set in Katie’s POV, an American girl who will live permanently (or temporarily) in Japan, after her Mother’s death. With a language she barely had an idea of, how can she survive or just have a new life?
At first, I found Katie beyond infuriating and nosy for her own good but then that is why the story unfolds itself: revolving about her and who/what Tomohiro is. She was a character that was a mixture of irritating to likeable, as what I had said she was nosy but then likeable because she was a very determined person –no matter how nuisance of a person it portrayed her, this determination made her brave. She was that person that if she focuses her mind into it, she will do it and do it successfully. When she left America to live in Japan, it somehow showed her courage, to leave the things behind and start anew; she was still grieving for her rock, her mother, but going to another place with so miniscule of words you learned, it was a culture shock but she managed it. And to take Tomohiro a part of her life, it may look like borderline crazy since it was danger yelling at her. She did not mind who/what Tomo was nor what she had become, maybe being the ‘ink magnet’ was really her even before Tomo (her blood might had awaken by Tomo’s Kami blood); but then rather than run away, she stayed. She stayed to what she believed and she chose what she wants. It was her life and she will live it the way she wants. So Katie was like rebellious in a sense but she was just brave, determined, strong and trustworthy –she believed in Tomo more than anything; not that easily fooled.

Tomo-kun was a typical Japanese bad boy in my head so it was not that hard to picture him. But this mysterious guy had his secret well-kept, but will be divulged. He was a character that I had admired. If Katie was brave, I believed he was braver and stronger. How can you live against yourself? Slowly your other side is overpowering you but you still fight it because you do not want to succumb to it? That it was also the reason why you lost your loved ones and the others you need to put away? This character whose power was coveted by authoritative men but for him it was both a curse and a well-driven fear? I really cannot explain and say much about him because he was both intimidating as a character but also so sweet, how he fought himself and tried to protect the people from others and from him. Just… ineffable.

                Before I forget, let me point out about Kendo, the sport, it was a traditional sport that made the story felt like a clash of modern and ancient. It reflected power and focus, fear and determination; but mostly, gestures that made a characters: deadly, calculated or just careful. But also, the wrist-work, it managed to portray the Kami and the power and the connection in their wrist that was awesome. It felt like the story had multiple meanings or just a double entendre with things.

It was also remarkable how Amanda Sun had made it seemed normal to mix myths and Gods with human beings. How she had created this story and showcasing the Japanese culture in its wake. How I enjoyed it very much in a way that I had not expected, she had done an excellent job researching about how the Japanese people are— the tradition, the mention of yakuzas, the classrooms and the students.  I mean I have my fair share of Jdramas, Jpop (squeal at the mention of Arashi *fangirls*) and anime; this story made me think of some guys at Gokusen (go search and watch it). But more than anything, what enthralled me was how Amanda Sun and the book, Ink, had reflected the idea of having power is: greed and superiority, for the Yakuza and other Kami, respectively but how it is ironic to the one who had the power, in Tomohiro’s case, it was fear and death.

Finally, being the curious cat and have this fondness of questioning myself:
The girl: Shiori, I can’t help but feel very off towards her, I feel like there is something lurking about her and I am still figuring out who is the father of her baby. And why does Tomo-kun always protecting her (and it feels like it is just not about Moms being best friends). I so don’t want to dislike her but she’s something I can’t pinpoint, I don’t know if she’s good or bad.

But there was this thing that bugged me (and that made me crave for more information, aside from the Kami and what will happen to Tomohiro and Katie) was that in Shadow, when Katie was in the airplane and auditorium, the turbulence and the earthquake – was it because of her? It confounded me in some way because her pulse was reflected by nature. And I do not think it was coincidence. The Q&A and the preview of the sequel itself make me what to know what happens next. More yakuza and kami wandering after them and how will they fight their relationship? Because as complex and conflicting Tomohiro and Katie’s relationship is, they contradict yet attract each other, which in a way makes the story more interesting!

Can Tomohiro control his internal battle if Katie is the trigger to lose that control?
The woman in Tomohiro’s nightmare (in Shadow), will she really turn to be that one?
Will Tomohiro join a side? How long would he fight
What does Katie have? (Since normally these type of heroines have hidden power that will they unveil as they know themselves) And does her mother (or Diane since she stayed in Japan, permanently) know about the Kami?
Lastly, being a Kami to rise in power maybe a prophecy or destiny; but were Tomohiro’s nightmare a prophecy in itself?

To Tomohiro and Katie: Whatever they do, either to keep themselves believe that being away is protecting one another is as drastically risky as staying with each other— because no matter how they fight it, one is likely to be harmed.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Tour-wide Giveaway:

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Author Bio:
I’m a YA author and proud Nerdfighter. I was born in Deep River, Canada, a very small town without traffic lights or buses, and where stranger safety is comprised of what to do if you see a bear—or skunk. I started reading fantasy novels at 4 and writing as soon as I could hold a pencil. Hopefully my work’s improved since then.

In university I took English, Linguistics, and Asian History, before settling into Archaeology, because I loved learning about the cultures and stories of ancient people. Of course, I didn’t actually become an archaeologist—I have an intense fear of spiders. I prefer unearthing fascinating stories in the safety of my living room.

The Paper Gods is inspired by my time living in Osaka and travelling throughout Japan. That and watching far too many J-Dramas. I currently live in Toronto with
my husband and daughter. When I’m not writing, I’m devouring YA books, knitting nerdy things like Companion Cubes and Triforce mitts, and making elaborate cosplays for anime cons.

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Thank you, Sel for making me part of the blog tour and to Amanda Sun for the awesome copy.
-     Jassie

Cover Reveal: Life, Love, & Lemons - Magan Vernon

Life, Love, & Lemons - Magan Vernon
Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon
Publication date: August 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Rowe. But as their relationship blossoms, a  jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life.

Author Bio:
Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman.

Author Links:

Cover Reveal via Xpresso Book Tours

-     Jassie

Preview Package: Cora Carmack's KEEPING HER

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Because we all need the hot Brit's POV

Keeping Her - Cora Carmack (Novella: Losing It #1.5)

Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren't quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

Before I give you the preview package:

Cora and Jay Crownover will be participating in a Goodreads chat on 6/26 and that there will be a FAKING IT book club on Cora’s facebook page on 6/27 from 3-4PM EDT where you can live chat with Cora about the book and ask her all your burning questions!
Goodreads     ||        Facebook

So are you ready for the Preview Package?!
*drum roll please*

or the scribd:

-     Jassie

Mini-Blog Tour + Scavenger Hunt + Giveaway: No Attachments - Tiffany King

Sunday, June 16, 2013

"Sometimes life throws you a curveball and
either you duck to avoid it or you swing at it all your might."

After the successful Blog Tour of No Attachments last month,
Tiffany King had decided to create a week-long 'scavenger hunt (slash) mini-blog tour'!
Sounds fun, right? With all the bloggers participating, I am the one that was tasked to officially open it!

I'm Jassie and I am very honored to hop on with the week-long bike ride *wink wink* to seek those letters!
*turns megaphone on*
May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor!
(No worries, this is not The Hunger Games)

So on behalf of the bloggers participating, we wish that you will enjoy the bike-ride stop, sharpen your skimming eyes and find the letters that will mark your spot in the hunt!

So without further ado,

*coughs prepare your bikes coughs*
On your marks...
Ready, Set,

May the hunt begin!
*throws edible confetti and pours some rainbow*
You can hashtag: #NoAttachments on Twitter while you're at it!

No Attachments – Tiffany King

No Attachments
USA Today Bestseller

Ashton Garrison walked away from her current life to escape the one thing she is unwilling to face. She knows her decision may be selfish, but in the end, leaving will be far less painful for everyone. She now has one goal: live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. What Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan.

Nathan Lockton specializes in locating a mark. He's done it over and over again--no attachments and no emotion necessary. What he thought was a routine lost and found job has forced Nathan to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. He's never fallen for a target, and yet, he's never met anyone like Ashton. Now deep in a dilemma, Nathan must decide to follow his heart or complete the job he was hired to do.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: if the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Purchase No Attachments from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or if you want... both:

Hello again lovelies, I'm your first stop for
Tiffany King's No Attachments' Scavenger Hunt!
Let's proceed to the Scavenger Hunt (with some ground rules), shall we?
As ecstatic as the most of you, here's something you should know:
1. For the whole week, starting today, June 16th:
You will collect each of the letters and plug them in the phrase at Tiffany's Facebook Fan Page.
- P.S. The quote will be at Tiffany's Fan Page ALL-WEEK! So all you have to do is, plug in ALL the letters! *squishy hugs Tiffany on behalf of you all*
2. And as always, the prizes are OPEN INTERNATIONALLY.

So shall I introduce the lovely character, our heroine?

A heroine that suits one-word: BRAVE.
She had depicted a contradiction wherein she was both: a girl who was courageous enough to let go and be free for a while; and a girl who was fragile and lost.

She was an enigma and an epitome of admiration, as a character. Her strength was also her weakness - the way she struggled was her way of having a worthwhile life.

She had become happy, carefree, somehow live with no holds barred and just feeling the moment. And then, she found herself back to square one but with someone waiting for her and letting herself abandon what she had said from the start and be...
Very attached.

The Book:
The book that will show you a story of: courage, trust, loyalty, waiting, true love and the meaning of ‘attachment’. But mostly, a story that will make you feel what romance and what falling in love is.
My two-words for this book: Beautiful Heartache.
You can see a review (mostly about Ashton): No Attachments Character Review

Get your notepads, here's the Letter Hunt you've been waiting for:
With my jeans still around my ankles, I hobbled toward the bathroom, which wasn't the best idea with my brain so frazzled. I took a face-first header into the wooden floors of my room that knocked the breath right out of me. Gasping, I took stock of any possible injuries while I ignored the dust bunnies under my bed that I now had a bird's-eye view of. Of course, it would be at that moment that Nathan decided to knock on my front door.

- did you get it? :)

So what are you waiting for?
Jot down the letters and check out Tiffany's Facebook Fan Page!

Tour-wide Giveaway:

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Author Bio:

"Books provide the ultimate getaway for me. A good story is a vehicle that takes you to another place, another time, or another world. I love reading the words and letting my imagination do the rest. I appreciate and respect every author who has the courage to put your work out there for the world to see."

USA Today Best Selling author, Tiffany King is the author of the Young Adult titles: The Saving Angels Series, Wishing for Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Unlikely Allies, Miss Me Not, and Jordyn: A Daemon Hunter Novel book one. She also has a New Adult title called No Attachments

Writer by day and book fanatic the rest of the time, she is now pursuing her life-long dream of weaving tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iphone and ipad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

Where to connect with Tiffany:

Twitter ||     Facebook     ||     Pintrest
Blog     ||     Goodreads

Oh, for your next stop, check out Jhed's post tomorrow,
June 17th, at When Books Defy Gravity

-     Jassie

No Attachments - Tiffany King

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sometimes when you have things planned,
you end up either doing it or winging it.

No Attachments – Tiffany King

No Attachments
USA Today Bestseller

Ashton Garrison walked away from her current life to escape the one thing she is unwilling to face. She knows her decision may be selfish, but in the end, leaving will be far less painful for everyone. She now has one goal: live life to the fullest with no regrets and no attachments. What Ashton doesn't count on is how fate always seems to find a way to screw up any good plan.

Nathan Lockton specializes in locating a mark. He's done it over and over again--no attachments and no emotion necessary. What he thought was a routine lost and found job has forced Nathan to deal with something he has always ignored--his feelings. He's never fallen for a target, and yet, he's never met anyone like Ashton. Now deep in a dilemma, Nathan must decide to follow his heart or complete the job he was hired to do.

Love can come when you least expect it. The question is: if the odds are stacked against you, how far are you willing to go for the one you love?

Purchase No Attachments:
Buy No Attachments on Barnes & Noble

It was that realistic. It was true, pure and just real.
With emotions running wild from and to: friendly, flirting, lust, struggle and love.

Never to be attached but finding yourself attached. This book was the perfect irony to the title itself. A story of contradiction (paradoxical) emotions: Of happiness and sadness; of being free and isolated; and mostly, an end and a beginning.

This was that type of book that showed you a story of: courage, trust, loyalty, waiting, true love and the meaning of ‘attachment’. But mostly, a story that will make you feel what romance and what falling in love is.

Rating: 4.5 - 5 out of 5.

Longer rantings:

It was a heavy story which I had not expected. To be honest, it was fun in the first parts, like, 'oh this girl wants to have a one-night stand', typical, right? Just being young, wild and free (yeah, I was singing that song in my head when I typed that). But then, it was not just that. There was a story deeper than I thought. Their story was a tad fast, but in the end, it worked. It made me realize the power of love (cheesy so to speak but honestly very true). And aside from the drama, it had the right amount of romance: the humor, the sarcasm, the flirting and can't-keep-my-hands-off-you scenes.

Also, the writing was enjoyable because it wasn't much like a narration of sorts because you go inside the head and perceptions of both the characters - the perk of double POV. And the plot was familiar but at the same time original; it was familiar in the sense that it was like a scene from A Walk To Remember, and original by adding the spice of having a bucketlist and a protagonist as a private investigator (who was hired to seek the heroine).

It also had this vibe that makes you feel that you were a part or a character in the story. There was a person that you can see yourself into or a character that had inspired you.

So in lieu of the mini-blog tour today, I would rant about Ashton (and some for Nathan):
It is not hope that is lost; just the person thinking it was lost. And when the person begins to have a realization, it was that: hope was just waiting for it to be found again.

A heroine that suits one-word: BRAVE.
She had depicted a contradiction wherein she was both: a girl who was courageous enough to let go and be free for a while; and a girl who was fragile and lost.

She was such a heroine that had made me awe-struck for a character in a story. She was a perfect enigma and an epitome of admiration. Her strength was also her weakness - the way she struggled was her way of having a worthwhile life. What made her happy, carefree, somehow wild - like no holds barred, and just feeling the moment. Enjoying life while it lasts, keeping in mind to stash her bucket list.

She knew what her future will be and before it gets too late, she got away from her present, she rebelled against her past: packed and went somewhere, meet friends and just live life. She had a secret that was both a reflection of her past and her present, and illuminates her future. That secret was a fight she was already ready to succumbed to — she already had created a bucket list and while doing so, she then had found a new hope where she had seen a light to fight 'it' with... and it was with the hopes of and thoughts about Nathan.
Sometimes you are told that when you make yourself believe into something it happens. It may or may not happen, they both promised or vowed, and like any other promises, they sometimes tend to be broken: like when they agreed that they wouldn’t be attached but that didn’t happen. But then, when Ashton believed that she can fight and will fight, it led her to believe, to be motivated and to fight not only for herself, but also for her Dad and again, the source of her hope, Nathan. And she did succeed.

An yes, Nathan, who was more than willing and was waiting for her.

Nathan, like Ashton, was a character I had admired. The loyalty? That faithfulness in him? He was more than I could ask for. Who in their right mind, spending a week or more, and will wait for a girl for months? Who still stayed even after Ashton looked at him as if he was just a toy she had played with(after an event)? Who was hurt as much or more than Ashton but had been there for her the entire time? Yes, he had been in the wrong side (at first), but when he knew more about Ashton, he started to follow his heart. And that was such a wonderful and beautiful, both physical and emotional, guy. He was a character that rendered me speechless.

And of course, my two-words for the book:
Beautiful Heartache.
-       a feeling of a bittersweet ending, but still a real one, it was a happily-ever-after but was not really 'the end', because if you imagine further there was too many possibilities to how it will really end.

But I shall tell you, stop thinking beyond the book and sate yourself.

Just like the fairytales, after HEA, it's the end. Many uttered, there's a story after 'the end', the bitter closing of the book. The same goes here; let's leave Nathan and Ashton in their own happily-ever-after. It doesn't matter how many countless of times you've read the book... It will not change – it will still be a good
heartache: that moment that will leave you smiling and teary-eyed. And will leave you with that feeling, that the story was lacking but in the same time, complete.

Just like the story goes it was: Wonderful. Beautiful. Real. And, life goes on.

P.S. A shoutout to Hollie and Michelle Nicole for sending this as a gift on Amazon!

-     Jassie

Release Day Blitz: April Showers - Karli Perrin (Live on Amazon US & UK)

April Showers - Karli Perrin

Release Date - June 14th 2013
Genre - New Adult

What happens when your head and your heart pull you in completely opposite directions? 

April Adams is about to find out the hard way.

When April enrolls at Manchester University, it feels like a whole new life. New city, new house, new crush. 

Isaac Sharpe is the hottest guy on campus - with an even hotter reputation. After a chance meeting, April quickly finds herself wrapped up in all that he is. But what if all that he is isn't what it seems?

Caught up in a battle between what she wants and what she thinks she needs, April meets Lukas Roberts. Lukas is the security blanket that she craves so desperately and she finds solace in their friendship. But what happens when she finds more than she bargained for?

April has always been a big believer of fate, but will she learn that she's in control of her own destiny before it's too late?
Join April as she embarks on a life changing journey of love and loss, which will have you laughing and crying until the very end.

Now LIVE on Amazon US & UK, purchase it now!
Amazon US      ||     Amazon UK


Here are some link to April Showers' Teasers:

Author Bio
Karli Perrin is a 25 year old English Language & Linguistics graduate from Manchester. She has always been a big lover of books and is currently writing her first NA novel - April Showers. 

She is a big believer of fate and is a sucker for a happy ending. She honestly believes that there is a reason why you are reading this right now (apart from the fact that you are awesome!) 

Her ultimate goal in life is to live in a house made entirely out of books with her best friend, who also happens to be her fiancé.
...Hogwarts is plan B.

Author Links:   Goodreads  |   Twitter  |   Blog

-      Jassie

Blitz Post: All In - Marta Brown (Excerpt + Giveaway)

Friday, June 14, 2013

All In –  Marta Brown 

All In by Marta Brown
Publication date: May 28th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

Purchase at:
Amazon      ||       Barnes & Noble


“You got a jacket in there too?” Lane asks as I pull off my heels and swap them with a pair of flip flops.
“I don’t, but I’m fine,” I say and then as if to contradict myself my skin explodes with goose bumps.
Lane laughs then walks to his car and pulls out the light blue zip up hooded sweatshirt he was wearing at the bluffs from his back seat. He holds it open so I can stick my arms in and when I do his intoxicating smell surrounds me. Sea salt, sunshine and boy.
“Better?” he asks, stepping in front of me again and rubbing his hands up and down my now covered arms to help warm me up.
Lane’s hands stop moving but stay wrapped around my arms, and the way he’s looking at me makes another shiver go through my body.
“So, where are we going?”
“Now that’s a surprise,” he says with a wink before he takes off his tie and tosses it in the back seat of his car. He un-tucks his crisp white dress shirt then undoes the first few buttons, revealing a baby blue tee shirt underneath that matches his eyes. After rolling up his sleeves he instantly looks more relaxed, and so hot I bite my lip.
He opens the passenger side door and helps me in before making his way around the front of the car and leaping into the driver’s side seat with a wink. I’m not sure if he’s trying to kill me, or impress me, but either way, he’s doing a fine job at both.
“Oh, and one last thing.” He leans forward and cups my face in his hands with a playful grin on his face. I suck in a breath as my heart hammers in my chest. Is he going to kiss me? I let my eyes flutter closed when I feel his breath touch my skin. His soft lips press against my cheek and linger for a moment before he pulls away.
“What was that for?” I ask quietly.
“For giving me a do-over,” he says with a boyish smile.
Yep. He’s trying to kill me. 

Author Bio:

Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever (Beverly Hills, 90210 shout out).

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.


-    Jassie