Release Blitz and REVIEW!!!!! Ten Thousand Points of Light by Michelle Warren

 

 

Title: Ten Thousand Points of Light
Author: Michelle Warren
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Blurb
Five years
ago an unthinkable tragedy slashed Cait London’s life into two parts: before
she had amnesia and after. Determined to keep her past hidden and start
over, she moves to Chicago and plunges into a new job—all while keeping a
walled distance from everyone she meets.
It’s not
long before Cait reconsiders her solitary existence, and soon she’s stepping
beyond her boundaries and taking unthinkable chances, like crushing on her
impossibly sexy landlord, Evan Wade. He’s flirty, annoying, and with him living
in the same apartment building, she can’t stop thinking about him. If she can
sleep with him once, perhaps she can get him out of her system. The problem is,
Evan seems bulletproof to her advances. As the two develop a connection, it
becomes clear Cait may not succeed before her heart remembers what it feels
like to love.
Ten
Thousand Points of Light
is an immersive contemporary romance about the intensity of first
loves, the heartache of loss, and the power of forgiveness.

 

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Excerpt
In my bathroom, a man kneels on the floor inspecting a gigantic hole of exposed pipes with the roaming beam of a flashlight. I fold my arms and lean into the doorframe.
When I left to meet Aggie everything was functioning. My gaze examines the small room, picking out details: my expensive towels soak up a deluge of water pooling on the tiled floor, there’s a large pile of powdery, crumbled drywall, and then there’s the issue of ass crack—in my face. It is toned and tight, but still, it’s connected to my landlord, Evan Wade.
“Pipes burst, leaking a damn waterfall into 5A,” he says, not bothering to glance my direction.
“Did you have to use my good towels?” I purse my lips.
“I thought about using your sexy lingerie.” He eyes the laundry basket of delicates now sitting on top of the sink. “But the fancy towels seemed like a better option.”
Thanks, appreciate it.” I sidestep him, snatch the basket, and carry it to my bedroom, hiding it in my closet. If he had scrutinized it closer, which he probably did, he would have found an embarrassing amount of granny panties and more sports bras than a Lululemon.
“How long before it’s fixed?” How long before I can get rid of you?
“A week,” his muffled voice answers.
“What?” I race back only to find his sharky grin. Two vertical dimples slice beneath a permanent, mocha-colored five o’clock shadow. They punctuate his bronzy sun-kissed skin, making his caramel eyes gleam with amused delight. My gaze intensifies.
“Just kidding. And you forgot this one.” Evan tosses me a ball of fabric. I catch it and glance at it. My mouth drops open. A smiling kitten stares back from the crotch of a pair of panties. Pussy panties. My cheek temperature flickers between sweaty hot and icy cold.
“Meow.” He chuckles.
I shove Aggie’s gag gift into the pocket of my running pants. “Funny.” I deadpan to appear unaffected.
Still, Evan seems thrilled for tormenting me. It’s something he’s excelled at since the day we met. It may be I’m still tipsy from drinking, but at recalling his history of irritating jokes, I pause. I cock my head and stare at him in confusion when a doubtful revelation hits me. Is this what Aggie was talking about? Is Evan flirting with me? Has he been flirting all this time?
I shake my head. Impossible.
“It’s too late to get the parts I need. So tomorrow.” He wipes his dirty hands on one of my towels, leaving a dark streak. I bite the inside of my cheek to stop from scolding him.
“That’s not going to work. I have an appointment first thing in the morning and I need a shower.” I gesture to my sweaty T-shirt.
“No kidding, Cat, I can smell you from here.”
“It’s Cait, you ass.” I kick off my loose sneaker, tossing it with my toe in his direction. I aim to nail him in the head but he dodges away. The shoe ricochets off the wall, tumbling to the floor.
His grin widens. “I’m kidding, Miss London. You smell like roses, as always.”
“Seriously, what am I going to do?”
“Can’t you use Gusterson’s shower?” He quirks a surly lip because he already knows the answer—no. Mr. Gusterson lives across the hall, but I’ve never seen the man. I’m unsure anyone has.
For this comment, I kick my other shoe in his direction.
“Ow!” This one smacks his sizable bicep, protecting his handsome face. I suppress a triumphant smile.
Evan crouches and stands in one fluid motion of sinewy muscle. He meets my gaze, and then rakes a hand through his tousled chestnut-colored hair. “Fine. You don’t have to beg, Kitty Cat, you can use mine.” He puffs his chest and flashes his brilliant white grin.
Definitely flirting. Though I shouldn’t be surprised. How many times in the last year had I seen him at Mr. Moon’s Coffee House, sitting at a table and flirting with some girl? There were too many times and too many girls to count.
Evan takes his time sliding past, I think, purposely brushing the heat of his body near me. I pin myself against the wall, unwilling to allow our skin to touch. When will he grasp how annoying I find him?
“I’ll pass.” I latch my hands on my hips. This is me sending a clear message. I’m not flirting.
“Suit yourself.” Unswayed, he lumbers for the door.
“What about these tools?” I gesture to his mess.
“I’ll be back tomorrow.” He turns, arms wide, palms skyward and strolls backward with a confident teeter. He’s hitting me with his smile again and those damn dimples, like they’ll make this situation better.
My teeth clench. If I had something else to throw at him I would. When he disappears, I remove my cell from my pocket and text Aggie. Before I do, I glance at my front door, which he left wide open. His footfalls descend the stairs to his apartment on the first floor.
Author Bio
If Michelle Warren had a spirit animal, it would be a tiger
in a pink tutu, riding a Harley through a ring of fire. She lives in
Chicago, dreams of California but hails from Baltimore. She has a slight
obsession with travel, sunshine, Double Chocolate Milano cookies and writing
novels. She didn’t travel the road to writer immediately. She spent over a
decade as professional illustrator and designer. Her artistic creativity
combined with her love of science fiction, paranormal and fantasy led her to
write her first novel. 
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As I write this I stare longingly at my kindle as I am achingly hungover and wanting more. Life had thrown at me so many twists and turns that I did not have the chance to curl p with this book the way I wanted to so when I finally got the chance to read it, it was such a breath of fresh air that I could not bear to put it down. I men that in the more literal way possible. I spent 4 hours turning page after page until the book was over and when it was over I let out a long breath and my ye filled with tears as I was thrilled that I had been so completely filled with emotion and  was terribly upset that it was over. I have not felt this way in a long time. Michelle Warren has penned an absolute masterpiece. Ten Thousand Points of light is hauntingly beautiful and an emotional, soulful journey. At the same time it is side splittingly funny and right to the point in its truth. The character’s are so real that you can imagine them sitting next to you in the room and talking to you over coffee. You just wan to take a step into the book and running along side them. You want to feel everything they are feeling, because in that moment you know it is real. And there is such an important point that lay right in the heart of all of it. I don;t even have words to describe how much I felt about this book and how much I think about this author other than Exceptional. Genius. Spectacular. This book is more than leading ladies, books boyfriends, happily ever afters…This book is about heart and soul and what lays beneath and Michelle you touched it all. Bravo ❤

 

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Legally Yours AND Legally Mine

 

So let’s talk all things legal. Now Nicole takes you into the world of law student Skylar and the drama that ensues as the man in her life turns out to be her very sexy, very powerful boss. Well at least for a little while. Brandon is ripped from the pages sexy. He is the whole package of everything you could dream of in a book boyfriend, well most people’s book boyfriend’s anyhow. Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty, Nicole is an incredible writer, her attention to detail is AMAZING! The scenery, the cast of characters, the steamy scenes…the details she puts into everything are intricate and beautiful. I fell in love with Boston as I read this book. I was less attached to Skylar than I wanted to be. In book one she was an intern and law student and we took a look inside her world as she navigated being and intern and finishing up school all while trying to figure out what was going on with her life. We meet Brandon, a rich and powerful lawyer who becomes the love interest of the book. Rags to richest kinda guy who goes after love in ways that are unconventional and overwhelming, with a power trip complex. He is not necessarily my type of guy, but he is hot. The side cast of characters are fun and complex. I adore Bubbe and Jane and Eric and I love that we get more of them in book two. Book two is where the story really picks up. Skylar is finding her way on her own, Brandon is finding his way to be with her and we come to some really intense moments that I won’t spoil for you. The twist at the end of the book actually had me hanging there with my mouth open. I was waiting for the next page that wasn’t there. Nicole wrote her heart out for these books and it shows. She did and amazing job and I can’t wait to see what she creates next.

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New Cover!!! Crave – E.K. Blair

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So my lovelies, this is the BRAND NEW cover for the hot and heavy book by E.K. Blair. Not your average love story, Crave gives you a little bit of sweet with a lot of heat and a twist of insanity. I have to say I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading it. I found myself drawn into the characters and their story. I really relate to Adaline straight off the bat, she is so personable and took me right back to high school and how I fit in. I have to admit I wasn’t right into Kason straight off the bat, his personality was a little off putting but I suppose that is right where it was supposed to be. It took me a little while to warm up to them. The love story in between is edgy and intense. E.K. really took the time to research what she was getting into and was incredibly smart in the way she took the twist in the book and wrote about it. It was a subject that I think could have been focused on a little more with an older audience but what she used it for was done well. Her cast of characters were colorful and never left me asking questions. I am very curious to see how the story continues to play out.

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Horizon by Tabitha Lord

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WINNER Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 2016

FINALIST Next Generation Indie Awards
FINALIST National Indie Excellence Awards

Caeli Crys isn’t living–she’s surviving. On the run after the genocide of her empathic people, she witnesses a spaceship crash near her hidden camp. When she feels the injured pilot suffering from miles away, she can’t help but risk discovery to save his life.

Commander Derek Markham awakens stranded on an uncharted planet. His copilot is dead, his ship is in ruins, and he’s only alive because a beautiful young woman is healing him with her mind.

As Derek recovers, Caeli shares the horror of her past and her fear for the future. When Derek’s command ship, Horizon, sends rescue, Derek convinces Caeli to leave with him. But his world is as treacherous as hers–full of spies, interplanetary terrorist plots, and political intrigue. Soon the Horizon team is racing to defend an outlying planet from a deadly enemy, and Caeli’s unique skills may just give them the edge they need to save it.

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Get ready for the ride of a lifetime. This book was out of this world. Ok, ok I am done with the cliche phrases and I will get to the heart of this matter. Horizon was a book that really touched me in a way that I wasn’t expecting. Now firstly, I met the wondrous Tabitha Lord at my first ever Rhode Island Comic Con. As I was swooning over the sights and sounds I journeyed my ay into authors ally and got to really get a peek into the hearts and minds of some brilliant people.Now at first glimpse, I honestly would never have picked up this book. I am not too keen on world’s that are not my own, or anything that really touches on too much science fiction. (yes I KNOW I was at Comic Con and I am a world class geek….it really makes no sense but I read what I read…hush yourself). As I delved into this book I felt swept up in Caeli’s empathetic nature and the situation she was in. Her resourcefulness and kindness set her apart from any other characters I have read about in a long time. When she met Derek, the connection that bonded them together really made me feel something special. Tabitha’s true to life descriptions and details really tied the story together. Learning about what happened on the planet in the past and what was happening in the present on the other planets was interesting and intriguing. I found myself turning the pages just to get more information. I loved getting to know each of the characters and how they took on their roles not only in the story but in the parts they played in the world around them. There was not a loose end left. I find myself at a standstill, eagerly waiting for the next book to come out. I’m very excited that I won’t have to wait very long!
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Tabitha currently lives in Rhode Island. She is married, has four great kids, two spoiled cats, and lovable lab mix. Her degree is in Classics from College of the Holy Cross and she taught Latin for years at an independent Waldorf school, where she now serves on the Board of Trustees.
Tabitha’s debut novel, Horizon, won the Writer’s Digest Grand Prize for Self-Published Fiction in 2016, and was named finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Infinity, the second book in the Horizon series, was released in June 2017. Her short story “Homecoming” appears in the anthology Sirens, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by World Weaver Press, and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is also a senior editor for http://www.BookClubBabble.com.
Visit her blog at http://www.tabithalordauthor.com where she discusses favorite topics including parenting, teaching, and her writing journey. You can also follow her on twitter @tlordauthor, Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/tlordauthor/, and connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tlordauthor.

Relentless Rhythm by Michelle Mankin

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The one she really wants is out of reach.
The one he really needs is already taken.
Dizzy Lowell, rhythm man for the rising rock band Tempest is a wizard on the guitar and a wonder with women. But the hookup specialist hides his emotional scars beneath his suave exterior. He never lets anyone truly touch him.
April Reynolds, the confident bartender of the Diamond Mine, knows her way around a cocktail, but Dizzy has her all mixed up. She knows what’s safe. She’s tired of settling, though. It would be so easy to fall under his spell.
Except for that ring around her finger.
Two searching souls separated by a thin metal band.
Some dreams are dangerous.
Some secrets shouldn’t be shared.
Sometimes what we wish for most can never be

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Michelle Mankin’s 4th installment of the Tempest series left me Dizzy with a severe book hangover. Get it? Dizzy…because the main man’s name is Dizzy….ahem anyway. She once again penned another evocative and heartfelt book guaranteed to hit you right in the soul. ❤

An enchantress with a pen Michelle once again take us on a trip in surround sound with the boys of Tempest. We find ourselves falling in love with the rhythm guitarist as we ache to find a way to save his beautiful bartender. Dizzy Lowell is everything you could want in a leading man, the moves, the words and the rhythm. April has the beauty, the brains and the guts that we all wish we could have in her sitiation. Mixing faerietales and rock and roll Michelle Mankin spins music and words into a tale that revs up our wild side and lifts up our romantic hearts in such a fantastic rhythm that can only leave us wanting for more. In her 4th Tempest novel she surrounds us with a story that hits close to the heart and soul of her readers. Beautiful and fierce she takes us on a ride that could only be told by a man who knows what it’s like to push through a hard past and finally realized that sometimes believing in those things that make you happy can really make your dreams come true. With a little bit of faith a little but if trust and a whole lot if happy thoughts rock and roll can be an eye opening experience. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan’s Norse Mythology)

Since my kiddos are getting a little bit older, I figure I will occasionally through some of the fun books that we get to read in here for good measure. This is the newest one we have gotten through and the three of us LOVED it!

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

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So let’s see…First of all, as I said, I started reading these books because my children are ripe for the age of action and adventure and all the fun things that certain authors bring to the table. Rick Riordan is so fit for all of these things. The charm and wit that he brings to his characters are unlike any author I have found in this category so far. He surrounds his stories with this clever charm and this snarkiness that even my seven years old finds hilarious. Where else can you find someone trying to fend off a fire giant with a make way for the duckling’s sign? But anyway into the book…You have this not so average teenager just trying to live his life on the streets after the passing of his mother when all of a sudden his life is turned upside down and he dies. Yup dies, DEAD as a doornail. And there the book begins. We are taken into the world of Valhalla and this is not your movie type Thor and the Norse Gods story, no it goes much more into the mythology than that. You are actually taught the stories just as Magnus learns of his history and what will come is he does not claim the sword of summer. I can’t really go into detail but it is a book packed full of action, laughs and yes even a few parts that tear at your heart strings. I will admit it, I totally read through the entire book BEFORE I finished it with the kids because I was so anxious to see what happened next. In fact, the next book JUST came out and I CAN”T WAIT to get started on it!

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Grey E L James

Now I said I was not going to read it, but I fell victim to curiosity and having read the other three, I decided to give this one a go and was pleasantly surprised

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See the world of Fifty Shades of Grey anew through the eyes of Christian Grey.

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.

Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.

Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

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So I was really wary of this book, I didn’t think that it was going to be any good. I was worried that E L was just trying to capitalize off of her success and was vehemently against letting that happen. Not that I didn’t like her Fifty series, but just because most books that are rewritten from a different point of view, tend to be tedious and just nonsensical in my mind. But as I mentioned before, curiosity got the better of me and I picked this up off my best friend’s shelf during a lull in our pool time over the summer. As I curled up next to the pool, to get my yearly sunburn, I began to discover I was pleasantly surprised.

I really wanted to tear this book apart, I wanted to talk about how after writing a few books E L still managed to have a fan fiction feel with Grey but she didn’t. I wanted to say there was so much of the first Fifty Shades in this book that it wasn’t worth picking it up but it wasn’t. This book really is like reading a whole new book. There had been so many questions if you read the series, based around just exactly who Christian was and what really happened in his past. The book not only documents what happens between him and Ana but also delves into his past and what made him who he was when we come to meet him. It discusses why exactly he was so preoccupied with dominant behavior and why he was so intensely preoccupied with Ana.

It was honestly quite interesting to see E L’s growth as an author. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself feeling for Christian as a person and as a character. I empathized with his past and wanted him to achieve some sort of self-evolution. I wanted to see him succeed, not in capturing Ana but in getting past his own demons. As for Ana, she was still Ana. I never had any sympathies for that character and seeing it from his point of view, though he is terribly in love with her, it makes her seem like a less sympathetic character.

With all of that in mind, I have to give the book 4 tasty treats, if you have the chance read it, let me know what you think.

Chick

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