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Jackson POV, Oh my!

So, I promised I would write the shower scene in HOVER from Jackson's POV to make up for COLLIDE's move to January. The post went live in my newsletter last night, but because emails get lost all the time, I thought it only fair to post here. Enjoy!!

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HOVER, Shower Scene--Jackson POV By: Melissa West I press my forehead against the stone wall of the shower, my body heaving in anger and frustration. At Zeus. At Ari. At myself. The hot water flows over my skin, stinging the raw ciphers, but I barely notice. My thoughts cut too deep to notice anything else. There are only two people I care about in this world. Two. And Zeus has his fists around both of them, their lives in his hands. Anger rips through me again, building on itself until I feel like I might explode. I draw a breath, trying to calm down, and then the tension is too much, the rage, the fear, the ache in me to do something, anything, and knowing there is nothing I can do. Noth…

Release Day: FRENCH KISSED by Chanel Cleeton!

FRENCH KISSED by Chanel Cleeton
December 1, 2014 International School Book 3 New Adult Contemporary Romance BOOK SUMMARY: On the surface, Fleur Marceaux has it all. If only the facade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her. 

 There’s a social hierarchy at the International School and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble, despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride. 

 The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she had thought w…

Authors: where is your honor?

I've been thinking about writing this post for a while now, and the events of this weekend have frustrated me enough that I feel it's time.

There has been a lot of author related behavior that has given me pause. Lashing out at reviewers, mocking the writing preferences of other authors, and the list goes on and on. But nothing has made me as angry and disappointed as the three events that have occurred lately. A well-known reviewer and supporter of the industry is sued and authors laugh? A mega author makes light of downloading child pornography? An author freaks out over a bad review and stalks the reviewer and authors revere this behavior?

So I ask you: where is your honor? Where is your decency? Where is your stamp that says I'm an author and I will act appropriately?

Authors are a small group compared to many other industries, and one that automatically receives respect from the public. I tell people I have a master's degree, and they nod. I tell them I've…

UPSIDE DOWN by Lia Riley!!

Happy Sunday! Today, I am super excited to participate in the blog tour for UPSIDE DOWN by the amazing Lia Riley. I had the opportunity to read the book early, and seriously, guys, I cannot recommend this book enough!





Excerpt of the book:

"A few meters more, you’re almost there."

It’s like we’re at the end of some old-school adventure tale, one where the heroes are stoic even as the blizzard rages, avalanches fall, and death hovers like a benevolent ghost.

Well, Bran is the hero.

I’m like one of the minor sidekicks who goes down during some important turning point. My death might even inspire the hero on his journey or teach him a valuable lesson. But at this point in the flick, the minor sidekick should be well and truly dead. Not white-knuckling a column of dolerite rock, thighs gripping the stone like it’s the world’s best lover.

"That’s it, Talia," Bran’s voice is encouraging. "You’re holding tight, that’s great. Now, I’m going to need you to release your l…

PIECES OF OLIVIA releases today!

50% of my earnings for the first week of release goes to the charity, CASA! Amazon - Barnes and Noble - iBooks Add it on Goodreads!

Another amazing blurb for PIECES OF OLIVIA!

I am super thrilled to share yet another amazing quote that PIECES OF OLIVIA has received, this time from NYT Bestseller, Monica Murphy!! I am just beyond right now. As I've mentioned here before, this book is super special to me. It's set in the South, includes an eclectic mix of characters, and is full of emotion. I love it to the core, and I am so thrilled that authors I love are not only enjoying the book, but willing to put their name along side it.

Big hugs to Monica for this amazing blurb!

Pieces of Olivia is both heartbreaking and hopeful, with the perfect amount of angst and sexiness. A must read!”Monica Murphy, New York Times Bestselling Author
Find out more about Monica's books here! And you can pre-order PIECES OF OLIVIA on any of the major retail sites including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Look for its release on July 15th from Penguin/InterMix. 

PIECES OF OLIVIA cover quote!

So on Saturday, my editor sent me an email with the subject:

Jay Crownover cover quote for PIECES OF OLIVIA
I was coming home from seeing the Lion King with my family and immediately squealed like a little girl. I opened the email to find the loveliest comments imaginable from Jay and then a cover quote that rocked my world! I am a huge, huge Jay Crownover fan and feel blessed beyond measure that she took the time out of her busy schedule to read PIECES OF OLIVIA and then provide a cover quote.

Thank you, Jay!

This is what she had to say:

"Pieces of Olivia is touching, witty, endearing, complicated and full of all the things a reader wants in a great New Adult read. Olivia and Preston are going to tug on readers heartstrings in all the best ways." Jay Crownover, New York Times Bestselling Author
Eeeeep! 
You can read the description and pre-order PIECES OF OLIVIA on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks
Add it to your TBR on Goodreads!

And if you didn't know, NASH by Jay has …

COVER REVEAL: Make it Count by Megan Erickson!

Today I wanted to show off the amazing cover for Megan Erickson's June NA, MAKE IT COUNT. I was able to read an advanced copy of the book and it is SO GOOD! Now, want to see the amazing cover?


Description: 
Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor.  Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always  stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make …

PIECES OF OLIVIA Cover Reveal + Excerpt + Giveaway!

I am so excited to finally be able to reveal the amazing cover for PIECES OF OLIVIA, my NA debut coming from Penguin/InterMix. I hope you like it!

COVER TIME! 

Description: 
Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future. 
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ev…