The Roundup – Lasso Some Sexy Summer Reads!

Okay, so who’s ready to one-click some awesome weekend reads??? If you’re on the East Coast, you won’t be beach-bound this weekend, so it’s a great opportunity to curl up on the couch with a glass (or bottle – I don’t judge) of wine and flip electronic pages through the monsoon-like storms.

Lucky for you, I have a handful of fabulous sexy, angsty options to keep you thoroughly occupied.

Like Bossman by Vi Keeland – as of this week, a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

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Synopsis

The first time I met Chase Parker, I didn’t exactly make a good impression.

I was hiding in the bathroom hallway of a restaurant, leaving a message for my best friend to save me from my awful date.

He overheard and told me I was a bitch, then proceeded to offer me some dating advice.

So I told him to mind his own damn business―his own tall, gorgeous, full-of-himself damn business―and went back to my miserable date.

When he walked by my table, he smirked, and I watched his arrogant, sexy ass walk back to his date.

I couldn’t help but sneak hidden glances at the condescending jerk on the other side of the room. Of course, he caught me on more than one occasion, and winked.

When the gorgeous stranger and his equally hot date suddenly appeared at our table, I thought he was going to rat me out.

But instead, he pretended we knew each other and joined us―telling elaborate, embarrassing stories about our fake childhood.

My date suddenly went from boring to bizarrely exciting.

When it was over and we parted ways, I thought about him more than I would ever admit, even though I knew I’d never see him again.

I mean, what were the chances I’d run into him again in a city with eight million people?Then again…

What were the chances a month later he’d wind up being my new sexy boss?

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Or, maybe you’re looking for a rom-com like No Pants Required by Kim Karr.

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Synopsis

I, Makayla Alexander, am on a mission to reinvent myself. So when a super hot guy boards the plane and flashes his rock hard abs, I pay attention. When he sits next to me and offers me his nuts, I can’t resist. But when I choke on them and he tells me I need to work on my gag reflex, I realize I might be in over my head.

Before I know it we’re in the lavatory and attempting to join the Mile High Club. Let me just say this…anyone who tells you it’s easy to get it on at 37,000 feet isn’t telling you the truth. After the flight attendant busts us for getting frisky in the air, the only thing that can ease my total and complete mortification is the simple fact that I am never going to see him again.

Hours later, I can’t help but wonder if fate will ever allow me to become a new version of myself.

Because Fate, she’s a fickle bitch.

Case in point…my seatmate is my new next-door neighbor.

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But… if angst is what really puts the starch in your sail, consider one-clicking Roommates: A Standalone Stepbrother Romance.

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Get It Here!

Synopsis

Ethan Fitzell has been avoiding his stepsister Jenny since their parents got married, but when she shows up at his apartment uninvited, he’s forced to face the fact that her absence has only made his heart grow fonder…

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I always liked him.

But when our parents got married, things got confused. As if being a teenager isn’t confusing enough.

All I knew was that the feelings I had for him weren’t okay.

I’ll never forget the anxiety I felt the night I ran into him at a party that had gotten out of control.

I saw him standing around with the popular kids as soon as I walked in the door.

And he saw me, too. He always saw me. It was talking to me that he avoided.

I watched his buddy spin an empty wine bottle on the butcher block while my friend Brandi rummaged in her oversized purse for the two bottles of hard lemonade her older sister gave us.

When the spinning bottle stopped, I realized everyone was staring at me.

“Looks like you’ve gotta kiss Jen,” some jock said to Ethan.

I felt the color drain from my face, taking the moisture in my mouth with it as a suffocating panic grew in my chest. I was going to be found out.

Ethan laughed it off. “Yeah, that’s not happening. She’s my sister.”

“Not really, though,” his buddy insisted.

The eruption of laughter and jeering sounds made the dim kitchen feel like a jungle full of predators, and I was sure my cheeks were going to burst into flames.

“Don’t be stupid,” Ethan said, tilting a can of beer over his mouth.

When his friend spun the bottle again, Ethan glanced back at me one more time and wiped the back of his hand across his lips.

I’ve been wondering what it would be like to kiss him ever since.

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What did I tell you? Steam, drama, giggles…you get it all. Is that finger itching to one-click yet? =)

My Random List of Rockin’ Beats

I NEED MUSIC! I write with it, I work out with it, I design with it, I shower with it. Music makes me feel happy and productive. It sparks creativity, which I’m desperate for these days! I’ve got two books to finish before we leave for vacay, so bring on the tunes!

I grabbed a few of my current faves – some old, some new, all flipping awesome! Hope you guys enjoy!❤

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Because You Just Can’t Plan For Everything…

Congrats, Kaylee Ryan! Unexpected Reality is LIVE and OUTSTANDING! I was thrilled to receive an advance review copy of this book, and oh my wow! Talk about a melt-your-panties hot hero. And the story? I cried…huge crocodile tears…while sunning myself at the pool. I was a blubbering mess. I love it when a book does that to me. Check out my review below.❤

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Synopsis

Expect the unexpected. That’s what they say, but it’s easier said than done.

How do you expect a change so huge it rocks you to your core?

How do you prepare yourself for an event that will alter your life forever?

One breath

One second

One minute

One hour

One day at a time, you learn to live with your unexpected reality.

My Review

I adored the story of Kendall and Ridge! It is an incredibly heartwarming tale that elicited so much emotion with each flip of a page. I shed some serious tears while reading, and I loved that the words affected me so deeply. Kaylee Ryan has, yet again, masterfully created a delicious, swoon worthy hero who made my insides melt and a strong, independent heroine who becomes his perfect counterpart. A definite must-read!

Don’t miss this amazing story!

Amazon ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ Barnes & Noble

Beachy…Wavy…Sexy

My hair is still recovering from the brutal winter. Highlights can only do so much to pep it up. It needs HELP in the form of PRODUCTS so I can get that sexy, beachy look without actually planting myself in the sand and getting windblown for hours. It all starts with the oil… and I’m not talking about the Australian Gold variety. Yet…

A friend of mine told me about Moroccanoil and I am a forever fan. It’s a little pricey, but so worth the money! My hair is incredibly soft and glossy when I use it. It truly is a miracle product. If your hair is colored, it adds a ton of moisture, especially at the ends where the color strips the most life from your locks.

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Moroccanoil Hair Treatment – $14.99

Now, to create those enviable waves, you need products that will give your hair texture. Start with this leave-in conditioner by Neutrogena. I initially bought it because my hair was super-staticy and this drenched it with the moisture it was craving. My hair is pretty long, so a dollop of this at the bottom helps me pull a comb through it. FYI…never brush your hair. It causes so much breakage…

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Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner, 8.5 Ounce – $4.96

Next, I use this curl sculpt lotion by Garnier. It’s light and gives the waves shape before I secure them in place with the Garnier scrunch gel. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking…scrunch equals crunch. But not so with this product! It’s got great hold without the crunch.  Finish it off with a few spritzes of hairspray and air dry for perfect beachy waves!

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Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Gel, 5.1-Fluid Ounce – $7.96

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Garnier Fructis Style Curl Scrunch Gel, 6.80 Ounce – $2.96

I can’t say enough great things about these products. Check out my video and see for yourself. =)

I’m ready for you, summer…

Good Vs. Evil – Who Will You Choose?

Let’s talk HEROES! I think most of my fellow females will agree the hero is a focal point of the story. We’re all on a perpetual hunt for new book boyfriends, right ladies???

That said, what kind of guy do you want to read about? The perpetually good guy who always does the right thing, no matter what the cost? Or the inherently bad boy… the one beyond redemption, the one whose evil core always rears its ugly head and prevents him from attaining his happily ever after?

Check out my video and comment below! Tell me what kind of guy makes you want to flip pages!

Oh and by the way…the Captain America I’m referring to in this video is PRE-CIVIL WAR! LOL!

 

I Want To Smell Like Happy Hour…In A Yummy Way…

I love scented body cream, but of the brands I’ve tried, I haven’t found one that moisturizes as well as it smells. Until now…

Soap & Glory makes a body buttercream that is thick, goes on smooth, nourishes my skin and makes me smell like a lemon drop martini!!!! Helps get me through the week. =)

It’s actually lime-scented, but that’s what my mind conjures up when I’m slathering myself with it. By the way, never fully towel off before you apply the body butter…your skin will suck it in better if it’s wet.

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Moisture Extreme Body Buttercream

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And if you can’t get enough of this delicious tangy scent, take it in the shower with you, lather up and scrub, scrub, scrub! Mmm… so delish. And it makes your skin feel soft, fresh, and polished. OMG, this whole product line makes me pine for Friday at 5:00!

Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub With Smashed Brown Sugar & Lime

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Soap And Glory Sugar Crush Fresh And Foamy Body Wash Sweet Lime Fragrance

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Amazing Mother’s Day Giveaway!!!

 

Mother's Day Hop

From Friday, May 6th at 12:30am EST until Monday, May 9th at 12pm EST, 133 authors and blogs have come together to offer prizes on every page PLUS the chance to win part of the grand prize through the giveaway below.

Don’t miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

The Mother’s Day Hop Starts Here!

 

Cool & TAN For The Summer!!!

Is anyone else’s skin thirsty for some vitamin D????

This April-May cloudy-rainy-raw weather is a total downer! I need SUN! And in absence of those ultraviolet rays, I need PRODUCT!

Lucky for me, I have St. Tropez to help bridge the gap to our first beach weekend! This mousse is fantabulous! It smells pretty good, too. There are other formulas, but I like this one best. The color is instantaneous and will deepen as the hours pass. If you want a sexy glow, apply it every other day for a week. You’ll look like a bronzed goddess (or god, it works great for everyone). It’s pricey (around $35) but it’s a big bottle and will last you for quite a while (mine has been at least a month and a half).
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St. Tropez Self-Tan Bronzing Mousse

One hint…use gloves! Latex ones that actually fit your hand, unless you’re allergic… Powder free is best. I like my hands tan so once I finish slathering the mousse all over my body, I take one glove off and squirt a bit onto the top of my bare hand and rub it in with the gloved hand. Once the other glove comes off, I squirt a bit of tanner onto my second bare hand and then rub it in with the top of my other hand. Nothing ever gets rubbed into the palm! Ever! Always glove up, especially if you’re a fan of the french manicure, which I AM! These gloves are great and only about $9.

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Disposable Latex Gloves

Now, before you start this whole process, you need to prep. Exfoliate all the dead cells from your skin, making it smooth, polished and ready to absorb all that delicious color! St. Ives makes a yummy apricot scrub and at a little over $5, it won’t break the bank.

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St. Ives Fresh Skin Scrub

A couple of final tips…be sure to moisturize the insides and outsides of your elbows and knees, cuticles, heels and ankles. These areas get extra dry and you don’t want the color to settle in those places.

Happy tanning!

Beautyblender or Beautyblunder???

Lulu and I had a whirlwind day in New York City recently, and of course, we popped into Sephora because you can never have too many beauty products.

I made a bee line for the Beautyblender display. There were so many variations to choose from, but I wanted the original hot pink sponge applicator. I’d read all the hype and gaped at the video endorsements, but I had to test it out to see if it would make me look as perfectly airbrushed and flawless as promised.

Worth the $20? Heck, YES! It lasts for three months. Daily use!

 

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Beautyblender – Original Beauty Blender

 The only thing is, you need to use a special cleanser after you’ve completed your masterpiece. If you try to clean it with regular soap, the components of the sponge will break down. So, DON’T! The cleanser is $18, but really, it’s a small price to pay for beauty. =)

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     Beautyblender Sponge Cleanser 5 ounces

And, if you need a good laugh, you can check out my video tutorial… okay, maybe “tutorial” is a bit of a stretch…

*Please note there are affiliate links used in this post.

Venture Forward Is Live! Let’s Celebrate With A Giveaway!

Title: Venture Forward

Series: Book 3 in The Venture Series
Author: Kristen Luciani

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$0.99 until March 25th.

 

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Raw. Cold. Detached. Domineering…

Paul Emerson lives life like he f*cks. It’s the only way to survive, to battle the demons forever lurking in his subconscious, to resist succumbing to the darkness that perpetually overshadows his existence. As a ruthless venture capitalist with an insatiable appetite for power and control, he has no tolerance for emotion or any tryst spanning more than a few hours. Feelings equate to weakness and weakness destroys livelihoods.

Driven. Focused. Bitter. Guilty…

Avery Hunter is tormented by what she can’t change, but letting go is never the preferred option. Her successes aren’t nearly enough to fill the gaping void in her heart and soul. No, revenge always begets satisfaction and fulfillment…except when it extinguishes the last source of brightness in her life. Karma is a bitch and irony is her evil twin sister.

Damaged. Rejected. Broken…

The woman who harbors and the man who resists. With so much baggage and even more angst, can their wounded souls finally find solace in one another? Or is their future happiness doomed to be ravaged by the lies and deceit that litter their pasts?

 

Kristen Luciani is a self-proclaimed momtrepreneur with a penchant for Christian Louboutins, Silicon Valley, plunging necklines and grapefruit martinis.  As a deep-rooted romantic who prefers juicy drama to fill the lives of anyone other than her, she tried her hand at creating a world of enchantment, sensuality, and intrigue, finally uncovering her true passion. No pun intended…

Be sure to click the link below to sign up for Kristen Luciani’s newsletter to stay up-to-date with upcoming releases and events!

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