Exclusive announcement: Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire to stop in Austin for Lovely Reckless tour

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I am so thrilled and honored to exclusively announce the first stop of the LOVELY RECKLESS TOUR! Join New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire for a special event and signing in Austin, Texas, to celebrate the releases of The Lovely Reckless and A Beautiful Funeral! This is Jamie’s first bookstore signing in Texas and both Kami and Jamie are so excited to kick this tour off in style!

The event will be held Monday, October 3rd at BookPeople and will be moderated by MEEEE!!!

We hope to see you and your friends there. Tickets are required for the signing line, and are available with a copy of either The Lovely Reckless, Providence or A Beautiful Funeral from BookPeople. In addition, 100 VIP tickets are also available for a pre-event author reception and signing!

  • VIP tickets are available to the first 100 people to pre-order one book from each author (The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia and either Providence OR A Beautiful Funeral by Jamie McGuire) from BookPeople.
  • VIP ticket holders will be granted access to the pre-event author reception and signing at 6:00 PM, during which guests can mingle with Kami Garcia and Jamie McGuire, enjoy refreshments, and get their books signed early.

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If you can’t make it to the event, you can order your copy of The Lovely Reckless, Providence, and/or A Beautiful Funeral here. Simply add the book to your cart and indicate SIGNED COPY. BookPeople ships all over the world!

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Exclusive Excerpt: Sins of the Innocent by Jamie McGuire

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A good while back, before I started blogging, I read and loved the Providence series by bestselling author Jamie McGuire. I fell in love with Jared and Nina’s tumultuous story and was so sad to finish the series. Now… we all have the opportunity to jump back into that world when we experience the story of their daughter—Eden Ryel! Sins of the Innocent, a novella from the Providence series, is out June 28th and I’m so thrilled to share an excerpt from it to share with you guys today!

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Synopsis

sins of the innocentIn the horror show of gods and monsters, Eden Ryel was the star. Conceived of her mother, a Merovingian–a direct descendant of Christ–and her father, the half-human son of a fallen angel, her very existence had prompted The Great War. Prophesied to be the Keeper of the Balance, Eden struggles to realize her purpose.

Levi, the overconfident and charming half-human son of Lucifer takes nothing seriously. Not even when he finally meets the young woman who is destined to end his existence. A common bond is formed under the pressures they face from both sides, but their respective religious texts predict opposite outcomes. Either way, they must choose: war, death, or love.

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The violets and fuchsias of the sky reflected off the water, but I still pretended we had all the time in the world. I crossed my legs, getting comfortable on the wooden bench. Morgan rested his arm behind me and then decided to make a fist and let his head rest on his hand.

“I hope we get to have more days like this,” he said.

“Melted ice cream and sticky fingers?” I asked.

“All of it.”

“What makes you think we won’t?”

He shrugged.

The standing hairs on the back of my neck alerted me to something approaching, something not human. It wasn’t until the pungent smell that was Levi hit my nose did I relax.

“Look who it is. My favorite couple,” Levi said, hopping over the bench—and Morgan’s head. Then he wedged his backside between Morgan and me.

Morgan instantly stood and took a few steps back, trying to look casual by shoving his hands into his pockets. I suspected Levi made him nervous—and with good reason.

Levi stretched his hand behind me and across the ledge of the bench, cupping my shoulder and pulling me close. “Hi, gorgeous. Have you missed me?”

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Sins of the Innocent is a companion novella in the PNR series, Providence.

 

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Review: Beautiful Redemption (#2 Maddox Brothers) by Jamie McGuire

My Thoughts

Enjoyable and fast-paced—this is a deliciously fun,
suspenseful Maddox Brothers story.

4stars

Synopsis

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTIONIf A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

My Review

Jamie McGuire delivers a suspenseful, angsty Maddox-style story with the tale of two people more alike than not. Two people whose pasts and presents collide in an unexpected way as they fall in love under intense circumstances. Their story, however, is not smooth and easy, in fact, it starts of with the best of times and the worst of times.

When FBI agent Liis Lindy moves to San Diego, she’s hoping to start fresh, leave behind Chicago and a fiancé she didn’t quite love to focus on her career. She has dreams. Aspirations. She’s married to her job and she is perfectly okay with that.

But when she lets herself go one night, dropping all inhibitions, her decision is temporary bliss turned chaos.

“How did I mess up my fresh start so thoroughly and before it had even started?”

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is all intensity and arrogance. He’s climbed the ranks quickly, known for being ruthless, ornery, but very good at his job. He was as much revered as he was feared in the office and when Liis begins to work for him, his usual ill-tempered behavior focused her way. Their relationship was antagonistic at first as McGuire builds that delicious sexual tension we love to devour, especially with Liis’ spirited, no-nonsense personality. She wasn’t afraid to challenge the un-challengeable Maddox, fueling the already charged dynamic between them.

“One day I was going to have to choose between Thomas and the Bureau, and I would choose the job. But every time we were alone, every time he touched me, and what I’d felt when I saw him with Camille, I knew that my feelings had become too complex to ignore.”

Together, they’re working on a case that involves Travis and is connected to a very dangerous group of criminals, in addition to the mob. I actually loved this part of the story, although I struggled a bit to understand how the various elements connected. I would have loved to see more action and careful explanation to further differentiate it from the other Maddox novels. Through the intensity and challenges, however, Liis starts to fall for Thomas, but soon realizes he is still in love with Cami (whom we met in Beautiful Oblivion). Despite Thomas’ words and actions, it’s clear he is still nursing his broken heart.

“I was miserable and angry because I loved a man who I couldn’t love, who loved someone else but loved me more.”

Thomas and Liis’ relationship is a push and pull, one that perhaps vacillated for a bit too long, but I was surprised to see how much I fell for Thomas, who was this great mix of hard and soft, ruthlessness and heart. I loved him! His emotions were more complex and gray, as he tried to carry too much weight upon his shoulders.

Some of the scenes felt a little rushed to me and there was a lot of goodness that could have been further developed, explored and smoothed out. But all in all, this felt like the most different Maddox Brothers installment, adding an edge of suspense and danger to the angst and sexual tension we’ve come to expect. Beautiful Redemption is a great pick if you’re looking to lose yourself in a fast-paced, dialogue-driven sexy read. I can promise you’ll be falling for Thomas Maddox from the very beginning.

“…being with you is worth the risk.”

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Tessa-BaileyJamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Beautiful Redemption (#2, Maddox Brothers) by Jamie McGuire

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The Maddox brothers are back, and now we have Thomas Maddox’s story to look forward to! He’s enigmatic and ruthless—the brother who’s hidden much as a special agent of the FBI. Come January 27th, we get Thomas and Liis’ tumultuous story in the second installment of the much-loved Maddox Brothers series, Beautiful Redemption. I’m super excited to give you a sneak peak into the novel with a delicious, suspenseful little teaser!

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Synopsis

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTIONIf A Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever. But what if he didn’t love you, first?

No-nonsense Liis Lindy is an agent of the FBI. Deciding she is married only to her job, she breaks off her engagement and transfers from Chicago to the field office in San Diego. She loves her desk. She is committed to her laptop. She dreams of promotions and shaking hands with the director after cracking an impossible case.

Special Agent in Charge Thomas Maddox is arrogant, unforgiving, and ruthless. He is tasked with putting away some of the world’s toughest criminals, and he is one of the best the Bureau has to offer. Though, as many lives as he’s saved, there is one that is beyond his reach. Younger brother Travis is faced with prison time for his involvement in a basement fire that killed dozens of college students, and the media want a conviction. Travis’s only savior is his unusual tie to the mob. In a deal that will spare his brother, Thomas has agreed to recruit Travis into the FBI.

Liis is stubborn, defiant, and yet somehow softens Thomas’s rough edges, making her the perfect agent to accompany him to the ceremony. Posing as a couple, they must travel to Travis & Abby’s beach vow renewal and give him the news, but when the pretending ends, she finds herself wondering if they were pretending at all.

In the second installment of the Maddox Brothers books, experience firsthand the mysterious world of the elusive Thomas Maddox, and how good love can be when you’re not the first, but the last.

Excerpt

“Travis is … hard to explain.”

“You think he’ll get violent?”

“I know he will.”

“I’m assuming you don’t want me to shoot him.” Maddox shot me a look. “Can I shoot you?”

He rolled his eyes. “Travis doesn’t do well when he doesn’t have choices. If he thinks he could lose Abby over it, he’ll fight. Losing her for lying, or losing her because he’s in prison aren’t great choices.”

“He loves her that much?”

“I don’t think that’s an adequate word to describe the way he feels about her. Threatening him with losing her is like threatening his life.”

“That’s awfully … dramatic.”

Maddox considered that. “Drama is the nature of their relationship.”

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 BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION

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Connect with Jamie

Tessa-BaileyJamie McGuire was born in Tulsa, OK. She attended the Northern Oklahoma College, the University of Central Oklahoma, and Autry Technology Center where she graduated with a degree in Radiography.Her most recent novel, Walking Disaster debuted at #1 on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

She has also written bestselling contemporary romance Beautiful Disaster, and the Providence series.Jamie now lives in Enid, OK with her three children and husband Jeff, who is a real, live cowboy. They share their 30 acres with six horses, three dogs, and Rooster the cat.

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