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Cover reveal: “The Problem With Crazy” by Lauren K McKellar

Title: The Problem With Crazy

Author: Lauren K McKellar

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

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Release Date:  February 13, 2014

The problem with crazy is that crazy, by itself, has no context. It can be good crazy, bad crazy . . . or crazy crazy—like it was when my ex-boyfriend sung about me on the radio.

Eighteen-year-old Kate couldn’t be more excited about finishing high school and spending the summer on tour with her boyfriend’s band. Her dad showing up drunk at graduation, however, is not exactly kicking things off on the right foot—and that’s before she finds out about his mystery illness, certain to end in death.

A mystery illness she is likely to inherit.

When your whole life goes from adventure and ecstasy to sad and suicidal, what’s the point? Not knowing who to love, and who to trust . . . where does it end?

The Problem With Crazy is a story about love and life; about overcoming obstacles, choosing to trust, and learning how to make the choices that will change your life forever.

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“And there is something else we need to tell you, dear.”

“Deb, not now. Give ‘er a rest,” Dad interjected, his voice sounding ever more weary with each passing word.

“What? Tell me,” I demanded, my fingers clenching into little fists. “What could possibly be worse than what you’ve already said?” Dave placed his arm protectively around my shoulders. I wanted to shake it off.

“Maybe we should wait.” Mum eyed Dave’s hand.

“Anything you have to say, you can say in front of him.” I shook my head. “He’s family. You know that.” Dave and I locked eyes, and he gave me a special little smile.

“Kate, it’s not a good time.” Mum’s voice was shrill. My heart was beating like a jackhammer, thud-thud-thud, over and over at double time.

“If you don’t tell me now, I’ll Google it. I’ll just search the disease and see what I can find. We both will!”

Silence. Dave took my hand in his, clasping his other hand around it so I was protected entirely within his palms. Mum and Dad looked at each other, foreheads wrinkled and lips pursed.

“The disease your father has,” Mum paused. I nodded at her. Go on.

Just tell me. Get it over with.

“It’s hereditary.”

I struggled to breathe as Dave’s fingers slowly unlaced themselves from mine.

Lauren K. McKellar is a writer and editor of fact and fiction. She has worked in publishing for more than eight years, and recently returned to her first love: writing books that make you feel.

Lauren loves to write for the Young and New Adult markets, and blogs with Aussie Owned and Read, as well as vlogging with the YA Rebels.

In her free time, Lauren enjoys long walks on the beach with her two super-cute dogs and her partner-in-crime/fiancé.

 
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I have sucked. I currently suck. I will suck. (Or the life of a writer)

So I’ve been quiet on Novel Girl lately. I’m sorry, my dear followers! I loves you all lots. But I’ve had to take time to reconnect with me.

You all know what I mean.

You’re writers. You are creative spirits. You live off the grey, not the black and white. You feed from the hope of possibility. You hold your breath for your email to ding or your sales stats to refresh, all the while with your bottom lip tugged under your teeth. You fail. You cry. You whine. You try. X 10.

So you may see where I’m going with this post. Before I go there, I need to thank LOTS of people. Lauren, Beth, L, Ari, Simone and Tamsyn in particular. I hit shit luck and not only sunk into writer woe but total writer woe that encompassed my life turning into life woe, too. It’s just the way it happens in my profession. And I’m so very appreciative to have kind friends who put up with me and helped me out through some hard times.

I know so many others probably feel similar if not exactly the same to how I’ve been feeling. I’m coming out of that phase now — “seeing the light” so to speak. Below, I’m going to share my thoughts on how it occurs and how to get out of it. Tips, so to speak.

Let’s break down the causes so we can face straight-on what we’re dealing with.

CAUSES

  • A beta reader/critique partner is harsh in their feedback nature, may call you and/or your work harsh names, trashes you and/or manuscript with no helpful advice.
  • You are stalked by haters of your work either by hate mail, fake and nasty reviews, social media trolls who slander or talk down to you on their profiles or comment/interact so on yours.
  • Lots of your writer friends are winning awards, getting amazing reviews, or hitting bestseller lists and you are dismal in comparison.
  • Your book isn’t selling.
  • You’ve read books that in your opinion are bad quality or nothing special and they’re making leaps and bounds with success and you aren’t selling though your books are getting great reviews or you and your beta readers/critique partners feel your quality is extremely high.

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  • You are on social media, especially Facebook, at least every few hours and spend probably hours a day on there.
  • You are always seeking out posts/tweets/statuses from fellow  authors or bloggers and saddened when you aren’t mentioned or when they don’t like your work or they simply ignore you.
  • You see other authors talking or even boasting about certain successes and you spontaneously compare yourself, deeming yourself not as good and it depresses you.
  • Your days are filled with marketing tasks and you rarely get time to write.
  • You get sad so you make a vague post or maybe even a blatant rant on social media and then you get a tonne of comments and you are all depressed by helping each other sharing depressing replies/comments.
  • You seek out forums or websites where you know you are talked badly about and read updates to see what the latest news is.

FIXES

  • Take a break from the writing world. The severity depends on what you feel you need. Sometimes a total block can be bad. Coming back to a zillion emails and essential social media messages that could have been beneficial to your career, but are now missed opportunities could sink you back into depression. So just limit yourself. Check all writing work related stuff on technology once a day? Max twice a day?
  • Focus on happiness. It’s just fact that if you surround yourself with negativity, you become that negativity. We all need to cry or complain to our best friends in private, and that’s normal. What is unhealthy is publicly discussing your woes / anger / frustrations / hardships. I’m not kidding. Stop interacting in negative social media posts, stop scrolling through Facebook feeds so often and stop telling yourself negative things about your career and success. This is guaranteed to make you feel better, even if just marginally.
  • 1486700_801581466535033_908219304_nStop comparing yourself to other writers. This quote sums it up: “If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better.” — kushandwizdom.tumblr.com
  • If you hate reading, don’t force it. Lots of people may tell you to “relax and just read a book.” Well chances are if you are like me you get so hateful with anything linked to authordom or publishing that reading — a huge factor — becomes the last thing you want to deal with. So don’t. We are creative people so instead watch music videos, start a new TV series, watch a movie. These are helpful to kickstart your creativity and ideas but are totally different from the world you need to get away from.
  • Get obsessed with something else. I’m lucky that as well as being an author I’m also a designer for my business, Berto Designs. For me, that means getting supplies, doing extra work, fixing my website, extra marketing and interaction with potential clients. This helped me focus on what I love. I also have a dog who’s rather like my child as I don’t have any. He has been getting lots of pats and walks and play-time and cuddles. I also focused on my boyfriend for the first time in probably years. It’s been freeing and beautiful. I’m remembering that I have a life outside of writing and we need that. Writing has its downs and you need to remember you’re an awesome person away from that. Maybe for you this other obsession can be spending time with your kids, cooking, playing video games, fishing, shooting (animals and legally of course if you’re allowed), cleaning the garage, emptying your clothes and sending the extras to goodwill, etc.
  • See your friends! I do not kid. You are actually allowed to see them. And you don’t have to worry about coming home early to sneak in some book promotion or writing another chapter. You can really just got out and enjoy yourself totally in the moment. No other worries. Okay?
  • Read good reviews/manuscript feedback. We are told not to read reviews because it’s detrimental to our feelings but the good ones are little miracles! *Just make sure you can access these good reviews without running into the bad ones* It doesn’t matter if you have 1 or 100 glowing, oh-my-god, amazing reviews. Read one. or ten. Or every single review you’ve ever gotten. The fact that a stranger, or at least a person who you never would have known if not for the love of your work, can love something you did that much is proof that you are awesome. Remember opinions are like assholes: everyone has one.
  • Write a letter to yourself. Go on and trash the shit out of yourself or someone else or The World. But you must do it by pen and paper. You need to stay away from technology since it’s highly likely it’s mixed up in all the depression you have about the writing world. After you’ve written out all your feelings reflect on what seemed most prominent. Use that information to create a plan as to what positive things you need to do to become happy again.
  • Give yourself time and do not rush this stage. The most crucial advice I can give you is to stop worrying about taking too much time. If you’re like me you will never ever publish anything less than your best work you could achieve at a particular time. Going back into writing hateful will result in shitty work out there that you will later regret. Everyone goes through this, so allow yourself to be normal. Relax, forget your worries. Meditate. You can even sit in bed with the covers up to your chin and play your solitaire app until you need to recharge your phone and lucky for you your charger is an arm’s reach away from you because your battery is suddenly a few percent.

Writing is your life, and you will go back to it when you are truly ready.

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So, yeah I rambled lots there, but I hope that helped you. Please add your tips or share your stories in the comments if you’d like to.

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Book review: “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain

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AuthorPaula McLain

Genre: Historical / Literary

Published: February, 2011

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

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A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.

A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.

My review:

Oh MAN am I torn up about writing a review for this book! Let me break it down because this was an amazing read.

Writing quality: 5+ — had that extra umph
Pace: 4/5 — very slow but mostly beautiful
Characters: 5+ — absolutely real and life-like
Ending — 5 stars

This story was beautifully captured. The setting felt as important as the characters and the plot. The book was perfect in many ways. Ernest was the sun of this story. The narrator drove the story around his life and this unique focus on his character rather than the narrator as the main character gave a unique perspective. He was intense to read, deep and troubled and fierce and selfish. What a character.

So what was the problem? Nothing other than a really, really saddened feeling in me that the main character/narrator, Hadley, Ernest’s wife, showed no backbone or strength in herself when the ending was closing up. She let Ernest stomp all over her, made her feel worthy of being treated like dirt and whether female or male, i need a strong character who pushes back against fears and hardship at the end. Her choice wasn’t what saddened me because I accept all sorts of endings and choices by characters so long as the journey there feels right. And the main character without an admirable spirit against the “bad guy” just hurt me after the whole book of her being Ernest’s wife, and not Hadley.

A book is only as good as its ending so I loved this one but was let down toward the end.

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Release Day Blitz: Fighting Redemption by Kate McCarthy

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Author: Kate McCarthy

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 2, 2013

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Ryan Kendall is broken. He understands pain. He knows the hand of violence and the ache of loss. He knows what it means to fail those who need you. Being broken doesn’t stop him wanting the one thing he can’t have; Finlay Tanner. Her smile is sweet and her future bright. She’s the girl he grew up with, the girl he loves, the girl he protects from the world, and from himself.

At nineteen, Ryan leaves to join the Australian Army. After years of training he becomes an elite SAS soldier and deploys to the Afghanistan war. His patrol undertakes the most dangerous missions a soldier can face. But no matter how far he runs, or how hard he fights, his need for Finlay won’t let go.

Returning home after six years, one look is all it takes to know he can’t live without her. But sometimes love isn’t enough to heal what hurts. Sometimes people like him can’t be fixed, and sometimes people like Finlay deserve more than what’s left.

This is a story about war and the cost of sacrifice. Where bonds are formed, and friendships found. Where those who are strong, fall hard. Where love is let go, heartache is born, and heroes are made. Where one man learns that the hardest fight of all, is the fight to save himself.

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Two weeks later, he packed his belongings and stole his way into Fin’s room. She wasn’t there, so he stretched out on her bed, hands tucked behind his head, eyes trained on the ceiling, and waited.

It was midnight when she came through the door, giggling as she read a message on her phone. Finished, she tossed it on her bedside table and froze when she caught him lying there in the dark.

He heard her breath catch. “Ryan?”

The lamp by her bed switched on, coating the room in a warm, cozy glow. Fin was illuminated, her skin golden in the soft light, her cheeks flushed with happiness.

“What are you …” She trailed off after meeting his eyes. He knew what she saw. He couldn’t hold any of it back—regret, heartache, and loss for something that had never been his.

“You’re leaving,” she choked out.

Ryan couldn’t speak. He watched her stride to the open window, its sheer white curtains billowing. Staring out into the night, she wiped away tears that spilled over and ran down her cheeks.

He blinked, his own eyes burning. “I’m sorry,” he said eventually.

Fin turned and walked across the room. Sinking to the edge of the bed, she stared down at her hands. “When?”

Ryan unlocked his hands from behind his head and reached for her, pulling her down beside him. She stretched out, tucking her head under his chin. Closing his eyes, he breathed her in, allowing his arms to wrap around her. “In the morning.”

Fin’s hand fisted in his shirt as she let out a sob.

“I have to do this,” he whispered hoarsely. He trailed his fingers through her hair and touched his lips to her forehead.

She started to wipe away the tears on her face, and Ryan took hold of her hand, stilling her. “You understand, don’t you, Fin, why I have to do this?”

Ryan needed to know that she understood he wasn’t leaving her, he was leaving his past, and trying to build a new future with the Army.

“I do.” She choked again and buried her face in his neck, sobs breaking free.

“Don’t,” he whispered thickly. “Please don’t cry. You have such a big future ahead of you. You’re going to do big things with your life. Don’t let anyone stop you from being who you need to be, okay?”

Fin nodded into his neck.

Ryan pushed back so he could look her in the eye. He wouldn’t be there to watch over her anymore, so he needed to know she would look out for herself. “Promise me, Fin.”

“I promise.”

Satisfied, he reached out and switched off the lamp. Thrust into sudden darkness, Ryan laced his fingers in hers and held her close. When her tears dried up, she drifted off into a deep slumber. In the early hours of the morning, he pressed a soft kiss to her cheek, and disentangling himself, he left the room. Having already said his goodbyes to Mike and Julie earlier in the evening, Ryan clicked the door shut softly behind him and left the house, careful not to look back.

That was the last he saw of Finlay Tanner.

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6876994Kate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small town area.

She now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing.

She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane.
When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha.

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Blog Tour for BEING KALLI by Rebecca Berto

Give Me Books are hosting the Blog Tour for Being Kalli by Rebecca Berto. ARCs will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the blog tour. A review post would be preferred but a promotional post will be fine if you can’t.

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SYNOPSIS

Kalli Perkins makes it a habit of shutting her mouth, except to please a guy. She would say she goes off like a starved animal in bed, but Kalli doesn’t have sex in beds. She does it in hallways, in parks, in parties. She comes as a package deal.

Great sex. No strings attached. Never alone together; always in public.

One night at a party, Kalli makes a bet with her friend, Nate, that could change everything. But she didn’t count on him. Nate’s very capable of satisfying her, not only under her clothes, but in her heart, too.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

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ENTWINE is LIVE for $0.99 — limited time price! + giveaway

My baby, Entwine, is all yours and out in the world! Thanks to Xpresso for hosting the book release blitz event…

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Sarah Langham’s life was the epitome of normal until her dad slept with another woman when she was sixteen. It ripped her family apart.

Twenty-two-year-old Sarah has it together, though.

Waiting at the train station to go home from her first day of her first proper job out of university, she spots a man.

He is an enigma to her. She’s drawn to him, with his square jaw; buzz of hair; and his tall, solid frame, seen under the contours of his business suit. And he’s been looking at her, too. Fate pulls them together that night on a whirlwind date, exceeding anything Sarah’s experienced before. He’s even more into her than she’s into him. Finally, she wants to trust a guy for the first time since she was sixteen.

But then they discover something.

Something that meant they were never two strangers at a train station.

And it threatens to tear their future apart before it, really, ever begins.

*Recommended for mature readers due to explicit content.*

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[This book is published in Australian English and includes relative diction.]

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Series: Entwine #1

Age group: New Adult

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published: November 23, 2013

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When Sarah first came home her ears had a faint ring in them, and now, in the aching silence, they buzzed at her fiercely. Her first thought was Ah! Relative quiet for once. I’ll just sneak in and get my mobile phone. Now she wished her dad had been doing anything else, even playing that stupid rock ‘n’ roll music. She had a solution for that: plug in her Favourites playlist and turn the volume up.

She heard the first moan, whispering through the walls. She was drawn toward the sound in her parents’ bedroom; it was like the undeniable dread of watching someone being bullied from afar. It was being unsure how to make it stop.

But Sarah’s mum was out, and there was definitely two people making those sounds in there. For the first few moments, Sarah wondered if her mum had suddenly materialised here. Why else would her dad be moaning in sync with that female voice, and the bed legs be screeching in that way?

She remembered arriving into the silence that had encased her, replacing the throbbing sounds from the party she’d just been at, thinking it all seemed too quiet in here.

She was right.

Sarah felt the blood drain from her face. A sense of nothingness washed over her as she braced her palm to the wall outside her parents’ bedroom, narrowly preventing her wobbly legs from taking her down.

What should she do?

She willed her ears to block out what she heard, but she knew sticking her fingers in the holes wouldn’t help a bit. And her dad didn’t deserve to be the reason she harmed herself if she poked inside too hard.

Sarah wished she could run, but instead her feet stayed rooted against the wall, and she shivered at the choice she had to make. What would she do, tell her mum that she could hear the bed creaking against the frame, that her dad’s friend wasn’t trying to be quiet at all?

The sounds triggered a memory. She’d caught a weird text message when sitting at the kitchen bench, her playing with her dad’s phone, her mum still at work. Her dad had snapped his mobile phone from her fingers and told her to go to her room. Her shock back then debilitated her choice to tell her mum. Her voice didn’t work when she tried to speak, and her throat was tight even when she swallowed. Now, hearing what was happening behind the wall, she had no idea where to even begin.

Sarah clamped a hand over her mouth in case she sobbed loudly, forced her other hand to push her from the lure of the wall where she had been frozen, and to walk herself out the front door.

Back to that party. Back through the shadows of darkness and odd orbs of light, along the sidewalk, back to the noise and the alcohol, and the people trying to forget their responsibilities.

She combed her fingers through her mocha brown hair, the ends tapering off at her breasts. It was the same colour as her mum’s. Would her dad hate her now, being reminded of the wife he clearly had no care for? Would physical factors, like Sarah’s pale grey eyes, the same shade as her mum’s favourite cardigan, be as horrible to him as her inner qualities?

She realised when she got to the party that she never did get her mobile phone from her room as she had originally intended, so she’d have to wait for someone to open the door.

There were two fanning plants in pots, framing the double door entrance. A porch stretched under the balcony of the first floor and a swinging bench sat at the far end beside the garden bed. The music was so loud the bass vibrated through the concrete underneath her feet and she could only hear a faint sound when she tried knocking anyway.

She blinked against the memory of the sound of the bed frame creaking and that shrieking sound that made her insides churn, until soon enough a drunk girl in a miniskirt stumbled out the door with a guy staring at her ass, laughing at nothing at all.

Sarah slipped inside, found a corner free on a couch next to two people chatting and bit her lip, thinking too much when she shouldn’t have been thinking much at all, as a regular sixteen-year-old at a regular house party.

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Book review: NIGHT OWL by M. Pierce + GIVEAWAY!

Night Owl (The Night Owl Trilogy, #1)TitleNight Owl

AuthorM. Pierce

Genre: Erotic Romance

Published: September 6, 2013

My ratingNovel Girl rating stars-5

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Book Description:

THE NIGHT OWL TRILOGY
An Amazon top-10 bestseller

Love is unstoppable…

At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers — all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.

At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano has a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.

Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent…

Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah.

Hannah’s picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that’s passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.

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~~~ My quick review: ~~~

5+ big stars

Holy crapcakes. I made up a word there and aware of the fact I’m gushing and weird but this book is just…a classic book that will make its mark. it’s full of dirty talk, hot sex, fast sex that starts up right away, but also plenty of emotion, sadness and an original story that will be forever remembered–by me at least.

Yes it’s erotica but it’s also got a quality that stands it out from not only its genre but every other book I’ve read.

I just…I can’t…it was perfect and imperfect and I’m so glad i snapped it up and read it. I am obsessed, crazy, and will do anything I can for more of this series. I’ll buy the paperback when it’s out. I’ll buy the sequel. I just love.

I love it.

5+ big stars

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*** [NOTE: this eBook is on sale for $0.99 so there isn't a reason to NOT buy if you love these sorts of books. Go on . . .] ***

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Cover reveal: PLAYING PRETEND by Juliana Haygert

I’m thrilled to present a cover reveal and teaser for Playing Pretend. I (Berto Designs) have made the graphics for both and this book looks so exciting. Read on . . .

Title: Playing Pretend

Author:  Juliana Haygert

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 65,000

Release date: March 2014

Cover: Berto Designs

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Book description:

As the Governor’s daughter, Charlotte McClain is an expert in playing pretend. High society, the men her mother shoves in her direction and a Pre-Law major are all a part of her perfect pretense. But when she pretends to be a nobody during Spring Break, she meets someone who rocks her world.

Mason Rowell knows heartbreak and Spring Break don’t mesh well, so he allows the mysterious Charlotte to seduce him. What should have been a fling, results in something deeper. After Spring Break has long since passed, he moves to Washington to pursue his graduate degree, but what he never expected to find living among the rich and pompous, was the girl who gave him the strength to change and the desire to start anew.

When the guy Charlotte can’t forget goes from a sensual memory to temptation in the flesh, her facade is put to the test. If she surrenders to his charms, she risks ruining her mother’s perfect career and master plan. Playing pretend is what Charlotte does best, but how long can she pretend she doesn’t love the man who made her proud of her true self?

**A light, sexy NA Contemporary Romance**

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About the Author:

New Adult author and contributor at NA Alley blog.

While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting—but equally gratifying—life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.

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