21 April 2014

Blog Tour: Desperate Match by Lynne Silver - Top Ten & Giveaway!

Title: Desperate Match
Author: Lynne Silver
Series: Coded for Love #5
Genre: Adult Fantasy Romance
Publication: March 27, 2014

Abused wife, Jill Thompson knows she has to get out of her bad marriage. Like yesterday. With no money, no job and no friends, this small town girl can’t find a safe harbor. But when she sees a news report that The Program, a US military base, is seeking women to be matches for their genetically enhanced soldiers, she sees her opportunity. If she is lucky enough to be a match, her snake-mean husband, Jack, won’t be able to find her, let alone hurt her ever again.

Rowan Blacker, is the only soldier of his cohort to request a breed match. He’s the newest soldier on campus and thanks to his genetic defect, he feels like an outcast. Matching and breeding with a woman will help him fit in with the team. Unfortunately Rowan’s match is nothing like the sexy, fun woman he was hoping to romance. The woman they claim is his perfect DNA match, is a scared shell of a woman carrying a trunkful of emotional baggage. Against their better judgment, they move in together and as Jill shakes off the shackles of abuse, their attraction ignites. 


Engineered with superior strength, agility and acumen, the genetically enhanced soldiers of the top secret Program do the dangerous assignments no one else can. Now, they’re tasked with one additional job. Breed.  

But finding and convincing their perfect DNA match they are the right men for the job may be their most dangerous mission to date. And the hottest. Good thing, they’re Coded for Love.  



Lynne's Top 10 Hottest Cities/Settings

What are the top 10 hottest cities for romance?  I don’t mean temperature wise, though warm weather helps. I mean sexy hot. Who’s with me? Great, let’s get started.

10. London: This is a duh. Nearly every regency is set here, with the occasional forays into the countryside. London has the men on horseback, Regent’s Park, and Almacks. I feel a swoon coming on.

9. Space Ship/Pirate ship: Well, it’s not on a map, but something about the confining space forcing close proximity of its passengers, makes for great loving. Never mind the Zero G atmosphere or the seasick inducing waves, you just know your hero and heroine are going to go below deck for alone time within a few chapters.

8. New York City: Ahh, New York. The last place you want to be when the aliens invade or zombies attack. Somehow they know the heart of the country is in the city that never sleeps. Its occupants may never sleep, but they do sleep around. NY is the setting to our plucky Urban fantasy heroines and our hapless chick lit stars. It’s not long before they’re riding the subway to love.

7. College: Many of us have fond memories of our college days. Think about it. You’ve got thousands of youngsters living on their own for their first time ever. No adult supervision, unless you count your R.A. It’s no wonder so many New Adult books are set on the hallowed grounds of a quad. I met Mr. Silver during my carefree college days. Show of hands, please. Who else met their significant other during the college years?

6. Hawaii: It’s an island chain where the weather is always warm enough for bikinis, and the water is the most gorgeous shade of blue you’ve ever seen, save for your hero’s eyes. It’s the perfect honeymoon destination, so you just know those hotel room doors on Waikiki all have “Do Not Disturb” on the knobs.

5. Fictional small town: Robyn Carr, Lori Wilde and Hope Ramsay have made even this city slicker want to move to a small town where everyone will know my name and everything about me. In a good way, of course. They’ll bake me pie when I’m blue and knit me blankets when I’m cold. And of course the hunky widowed town doctor/bartender/bad boy will be there to keep me company on those lonely nights.

4. Ranches in Montana, Wyoming: Similar to the fictional small town, but with horses and cows and Bull riders here. Which means a lot of, you know, riding. Lorelei James and Cassandra Carr give those cowboys a reason to unbuckle their extra-large belts and shout Yee Haw!

3. New Orleans With the Dark Hunters and the Immortals after Dark running around, it’s a wonder all single women between the ages of 18 and 100 haven’t moved down to the Bayou. I feel the need for some Cajun, y’all.

2.  Greece: Forget the realities of the economic crisis, there’s a plethora of billionaires here waiting to coerce you into a marriage of convenience or force a secret baby on you. It helps that the men are tan and strong and the islands are rife with achingly beautiful views. Where’s my passport?

1. Beltsville, Maryland. Yeah, you heard me right. What you may not have heard of is Beltsville, MD. It’s in a working class suburb outside of Washington DC, about half-way to Baltimore. It’s never been fancied a sexy place. Until now. There’s a Home Depot, an Ikea, federal government office parks, and…The Program. The Program is my setting for the Coded for Love Series, featuring genetically enhanced soldiers working in secret for the US government. Home to roughly 50 active soldiers, a few retired one, and several young families with future soldiers, The Program has heroes who need to find their perfect match and create the next generation of super soldier. There’s a shooting range, weight room, and swimming pool. And lots of bedrooms. All the makings for some sexy times.


About Lynne

By day, Lynne Silver lives the suburban soccer mom life; volunteering with the PTA, doing laundry and working. By night she enters the sensuous world of alpha males and passionate heroines. She calls the nation’s capital home and lives in an old fixer-upper with her husband and their two sons. When not writing romance, she reads it. Lots of it. Over and over and over again, preferably with a bag of M&Ms in hand.



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07 April 2014

March 2014 in Music!

If it weren't for music, I couldn't get a lot of things accomplished. Including life. I love music. And because of that, my favorites are constantly changing. Here are the top 25 played songs that I played during March 2014! In brackets are the number of times listened. This only included my iPod and not the amount of times I listened on my phone or CD. After this post I'll reset the plays on my iPod and start over for April.
To listen to the songs & fall in love with them too, simply click the song title!

Top Songs of March:

1. “착한 여자” by 2NE1 [28]
2. “Where You At (feat. Young Luffy)” by Louie [22]
3. “Amazing” by B1A4 [19]
4. “살아 봤으면 해” by 2NE1 [19]
5. “Baby I Miss You” by 2NE1 [19]
6. “Tattooed Heart” by Ariana Grande [ 16]
7. “상사병 (Symptoms)” by SHINee [16]
8. “Ringa Linga” by Taeyang [16]
9. "대답은 너니까” by VIXX [16]
10. “Girls Girls Girls” by GOT7 [15]
11. “상남자” by BTS [14]
12. “They Just Don’t Know” by Little Mix [14]
13. “Story of My Life” by One Direction [14]
14. “Healing” by U Seong Eun [14]
15. “Come Back Home” by 2NE1 [14]
16. “너 아님 안돼” by 2NE1 [14]
17. “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons [13]
18. “Someday” by VIXX [13]
19. “길” by B1A4 [12]
20. “Like Oh” by GOT7 [12]
21. “Honeymoon Avenue” by Ariana Grande [11]
22. “Seoul” by B1A4 [11]
23. “내가 니 남자였을 때” by BTOB [11]
24. “난 니가 좋아” by GOT7 [11]
25. “내가누구(feat. Yubin) by Sunmi [10]

I've been loving 2NE1's recent album, CRUSH, (honestly, it should be called a mini album). I didn't care much for it upon first listen, but a lot of the songs (mainly the ones in this list) have grown on me tremendously! I may or may not (okay, I totally am) be fangirling over GOT7. Especially JB and Jackon; though they're a few [5] years younger than me.
I cannot stop listening to "Story of My Life" by One Direction and "상사병" by SHINee. They are perfect. They will probably be on my next Top Listens!!
I'm actually surprised that "Ringa Linga" by Taeyang is so high on the list; I didn't think I listened to that song very much. But... I did.

What are your fave recent listens?

03 April 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Falling by Design by Valia Lind!

Title: Falling by Design
Author: Valia Lind
Genre: YA contemporary
Published: March 12, 2014

Brooklynn Summers has a plan for her life: graduate from high school, get into a top fashion school, prove to her family that she’s not a failure. She wishes someone in her life understood her need to create because her parents sure don’t support her dreams, her sister hates her, and the deadlines are soon approaching.

Enter Grayson Banks.

There are a few things in life Brooklynn can’t stand: mismatched patterns, cheap polyester, and Grayson. No boy has ever publicly humiliated Brooklynn like Grayson has. When he suddenly moved away in eighth grade, Brooklynn happily wished him good riddance. But on the first day of senior year, Grayson comes back, with his piercing blue eyes and a smile that melts icebergs, he is not exactly the boy Brooklynn remembers. She quickly realizes that Grayson’s intentions have completely shifted, but she’s not sure if she can put their past behind her.

Grayson understands Brooklynn’s creative ambitions and he devises a plan to showcase her work to the world. When the two agree to work together, suddenly, there is more than just fabric paint that’s having a chemical reaction to its environment. Brooklynn cannot help but feel pulled into Grayson’s arms, but memories and misunderstandings surface, putting in danger whatever small comradeship these two childhood enemies have constructed.

Can Brooklynn overcome her own insecurities, finally making her dreams come true? Even a dream she didn’t know she had.

This is a story about a girl with big dreams and a boy who helps her achieve them.



"You're not afraid of the dark, are you?" I ask, trying to keep it light. I'm sure he can feel my heartbeat through my fingertips, the stupid thing sounds like a Linkin' Park drummer. When he makes a small noise in the back of his throat, my eyes fight to focus on him. "You are!"
"Not afraid. Just uncomfortable."
"Right, don't worry. I'll protect you from the monsters." I feel his hand shudder in mine a little and I give it a tiny squeeze in reassurance.


About Valia

Author. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. Falling by Design is her debut young adult novel. You can visit her online at www.valialind.blogspot.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind.



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