BLOG TOUR, Review, Interview & Giveaway: Hard to Come By: A Hard Ink Novel by Laura Kaye

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Hard to Come By: A Hard Ink Novel by Laura Kaye
Publication Date: November 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 5 Stars

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Caught between desire and loyalty…

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he’s become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.

As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…

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I was looking forward to Marz’s story and boy did it live up to it. The action and suspense kept me glued to the chair reading and when you add the hot steamy romance, well it was pulse pumping at it’s finest. Emilie was a great fit for Marz and I enjoyed how their romance blossomed and the easiness of their relationship. Even when things went bad for them. As always, the light banter and closeness of the group can choke you up one minute and laugh the next. It is one of those books that I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out but hated that it ended.

*Review copy provided by Avon in exchange for an honest review.

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And don’t miss the other Hard Ink books, now available:

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✿The Hard Ink Series by Laura Kaye✿
✦Book 1: Hard As It Gets ➢ Kindle http://amzn.to/13UC9GX | Amazon Paperback http://amzn.to/1eebKEO | B&N http://bit.ly/1epPOY9 | Kobo http://bit.ly/17Ftsjz | iTunes http://goo.gl/ND4kSg
Review 4 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-QY
✦Book 2: Hard As You Can ➢ Kindle http://georiot.co/2eeV | Amazon Paperback http://georiot.co/43ks | B&N http://bit.ly/1jqTrzw | Kobo http://bit.ly/1pdXJ0S
Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-138
✦Novella: Hard To Hold On To (August 19, 2014) ➢ $1.99 Kindle http://georiot.co/12MC | B&N http://bit.ly/P621cf | iTunes http://bit.ly/1tbBqLg
Review 4.5 Stars: http://wp.me/p3d0RZ-1wB
✦Book 3: Hard To Come By (November 25, 2014) ➢ Kindle http://georiot.co/2Xga | Amazon Paperback http://georiot.co/3rHG | B&N http://bit.ly/SfqFcW | Kobo http://bit.ly/1tpQD85

Praise for Hard to Come By:

“Rough sex and explosive fights power Kaye’s third Hard Ink novel, a thrilling adventure that feels more like an action movie with a romantic subplot than a typical contemporary romance. New readers will head straight for Kaye’s backlist after powering through this installment.” ~Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“TOP PICK! If you’re looking for danger, gritty action, and sizzling passion, then Kaye has just the book and the series for you.” ~RT Book Reviews Magazine

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INTERVIEW WITH LAURA KAYE
QUESTIONS FROM READING IN PAJAMAS/ Donna

Post for Reading in Pajamas 12/4/14
By Laura Kaye

I’m super excited to I’m very excited to be here today to celebrate the release of my new book, Hard to Come By! This book is part of my super sexy and suspenseful Hard Ink series about the surviving members of an Army Special Forces unit investigating the suspicious circumstances that got them dishonorably discharged from the military. Hard to Come By is about amputee hero and team techie Derek “Marz” DiMarzio, who finds himself falling for the sister of one of their known enemies.

Today, I’m answering some questions about writing the Hard Ink characters! Read on…

With such a diverse group of men and women in your Hard Ink Series (That I love immensely), I just have to ask: Have the characters deviated or stayed true to how you first envisioned them?

Yay! So glad you love them! *grins* Yes, mostly they have stayed true to how I first envisioned, with a few exceptions. First of all, Easy was a complete surprise. When I proposed the series, there were only four survivors. But when I started to write, all of a sudden there were five. And there was no changing that. He and Beckett were also super quiet characters to me through most of the series, making me worry a bit about writing their books. But as soon as I got to each of their stories, they finally started talking to me and telling me why they’d been so quiet. And it made me loving writing them even more. I think the other exception was that I had no idea how popular of a character Jeremy would become and how important of a role he’d play, so he probably surprised me more than anyone else!

Marz was a rather complex character, not only in how he viewed himself but how this teammates viewed him. You pulled in all the nuances of self-consciousness and guilt mixed with pride perfectly without overdoing it. Did you find his story difficult or were you able to pull from life experience to make it real?

Marz was actually an exceedingly cooperative character! LOL Sometimes a character fights you and you have to dig and dig to get at the heart of him. Not so with Marz. The only thing I didn’t realize about him at the beginning of the series was that he’d been orphaned. That clicked during writing Hard As You Can, the second book in the series. I suppose that is probably where I pulled most of myself into his characterization. My parents divorced when I was six and my dad was pretty much absent afterwards, so I could relate to some of his feelings. And once I knew that about Marz, I totally knew what his wounds were, and they didn’t have as much to do with his amputation as you might think on the surface…

From other authors’ interviews, I see that some stick with a strict order on storyline and character order but some let it flow as the series progresses. Where do you fall on that graph?

Mostly, I don’t plot or outline my books. I know all the big plot points, but not most of the connective tissue. Usually, I sit down to a blank screen and not much else. I haven’t been able to get away with that as much in this series because the suspense elements really do need to be plotted out, especially since they stretch over multiple books. I really did have to know, at a minimum, what questions they were trying to answer in each book and what answers would be revealed. So, I’m a reluctant plotter at best! LOL

Thanks for reading!
Laura

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SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY OF LAURA KAYE’S HARD TO COME BY
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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over twenty books in contemporary and paranormal romance and romantic suspense. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: Overwhelmed by You by Nashoda Rose

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Synopsis

Love is ugly and secrets will destroy you.

KAT
I don’t beg.
I don’t cry.
And I don’t give second chances.
Ream, the lead guitarist from the band Tear Asunder, deserves a gold medal for best dick move ever when he ran the moment he discovered my secret after two days of hot sex. Then he brings some chick to my coming home party from the hospital—after being shot.
I hate him.
Until …
Ream’s six foot two frame unfolds out of the car after being gone on tour for eight months. I stared, unable to help myself. And in my defense, any girl would stare. It would almost be rude not to because Ream was the type of guy who stood out. Not because he had pink hair or shouted or was obnoxious. No, it was because he was the complete opposite. Subtle and dangerously quiet. If he spoke, you’d better hope he liked you because otherwise you’d be falling at his feet begging for mercy. Except me … I don’t beg—ever.
But when our eyes locked, it was Ream’s confident cold indifference that had my nerves shooting off like jet sprinklers.
Then…
Ream told me he didn’t need a second chance because he was still working on his first.
REAM
Sex is ugly. It’s using someone for your own narcissistic pleasure. I did it and I hated it—until her. She was unfuckinexpected. Then I had to wreck our beginning with my screwed up past.
I don’t deserve her, but I’m selfish and I’m taking her anyway. This is who I am and it’s too late to change me.

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Overwhelmed by You (Torn Asunder, #2) by Nashoda Rose
Publication Date: May 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/Cori
Rated: 4 Stars

REVIEW:
Overwhelmed By You is the second book in the Torn Asunder Series by Nashoda Rose. It’s a dark, emotional and intense romance story between Kat and Ream. In the first book these two have a one night stand gone wrong and this book picks up around 2 years after that one night stand. This book keeps the reader on edge throughout the story and causes a roller coaster of emotions. One of those books where you can’t tell if you hate the characters or love them. I ended up loving them. Kat and Ream both have secrets and a dark past and when they get together it’s intense. I recommend this story for readers looking for an intense emotional romance. I look forward to the next book in the series.

*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Meet the Author

brimNashoda Rose lives in Toronto with her assortment of pets. She writes contemporary romance with a splash of darkness, or maybe it’s a tidal wave. Her novella “With You” is the first in the Tear Asunder series, followed by the novel “Torn from You” and “Overwhelmed by You”.
When she isn’t writing, she can be found sitting in a field reading with her dog at her side while her horses graze nearby. She loves interacting with her readers on Facebook and chatting about her addiction—books.

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