Exclusive Interview + Signed Giveaway: A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee on WHEN WE MET

WHEN WE MET

When four fabulous authors get together to write an anthology, I get really excited… especially when it comes to this talented foursome. When We Met is a series of interconnected short stories about four girls experiencing college, each trying to let go of a part of their past that has caused them hurt in some way. Each facing those experiences as they fall in love. I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing A.L. Jackson, Molly McAdams, Tiffany King and Christina Lee all about their newest project, which will release tomorrow, November 4th.

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Synopsis

Today’s premier New Adult authors combine their talents to tell four original stories from inside one house. 

When four girls decide to live off campus together as juniors at a college in Michigan, they expect it to be their best year yet. Little do they know, it’s a year that will change the rest of their lives.

Behind Her Eyes

by A.L. Jackson

Unable to live down her ex-boyfriend’s deception, Misha is determined to avoid betrayal. When, the new guy next door, Darryn starts to get under her skin, her defenses start to crumble. But trusting Darryn seems impossible, especially if he’s not sure he can trust himself.

Saving Me

by Molly McAdams

On the outside, Indy is always ready for a party—but inside she’s breaking. Kier makes a weekly routine of saving the girl next door from herself on Saturday nights… but when will she be ready to remember him on Sunday morning?

Fouling Out

by Tiffany King

Working at a sports bar, Courtney has become a pro at sidestepping propositions from arrogant jocks—which makes her a more elusive catch for campus basketball star Dalton than he expected. But when he falls for the saucy waitress, Dalton will have to rethink his game plan to prove he’s not the jerk Courtney expects.

Beneath Your Layers

by Christina Lee

In order to ace her fashion internship, Chloe must team up with local college dropout and set builder, Blake—much to her chagrin. But after some “hands-on” experience, Chloe will have to ask herself if Blake factors into her carefully laid plans…

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About the Authors

A.L. Jackson

amy jacksonA.L. Jackson is the NYT bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including Come to Me QuietlyPulled, When We Collide, and If Forever Comes.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student.  She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves.

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Molly McAdams

molly-mcadamsMolly grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband and furry four-legged daughters. When she’s not diving into the world of her characters, some of her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes. She has a weakness for crude-humored movies, fried pickles and loves curling up in a fluffy comforter during a thunderstorm … or under one in a bathtub if there are tornados. That way she can pretend they aren’t really happening.

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Tiffany King

tiffany kingUSA Today Bestselling author Tiffany King is a lifelong reading fanatic who is now living her dream as a writer, weaving Young Adult and New Adult romance tales for others to enjoy. She has a loving husband and two wonderful kids. (Five, if you count her three spoiled cats). Her addictions include: Her iPhone and iPad, chocolate, Diet Coke, chocolate, Harry Potter, chocolate, zombies and her favorite TV shows. Want to know what they are? Just ask.

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Christina Lee

christina leeMother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys.  She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job. Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin/InterMix. ALL OF YOU and BEFORE YOU BREAK available now, WHISPER TO ME on May 20th, 2014. Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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Review: Deceiving Lies (#2, Forgiving Lies) by Molly McAdams

My Thoughts

An entirely absorbing, suspenseful page turner.
Favorite Molly McAdams book to date!

5stars

Synopsis

deceiving liesThe irresistible, blazing-hot sequel to New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams’s Forgiving Lies.

Rachel is supposed to be planning her wedding to Kash, the love of her life. After the crazy year they’ve had, she’s ready to settle down and live a completely normal life. Well, as normal as it can be. But there’s something else waiting—something threatening to tear them apart.

Kash is ready for it all with Rach. Especially if all includes having a football team of babies with his future wife. With his line of work, he knows how short life can be, and doesn’t want to waste another minute of theirs. But now his past as an undercover narcotics agent has come back to haunt him … and it’s the girl he loves who’s caught in the middle.

Trent Cruz’s orders are clear: take the girl. But there’s something about this girl that has him changing the rules and playing a dangerous game to keep her safe. When his time as Rachel’s protector runs out, he will turn his back on the only life he’s known, and risk everything, if it means getting her out alive.

My Review

“… if I’ve lost her, I’ve already lost it all.”

This book blew me away. It was incredibly engaging. I could not put it down. It had everything I needed in just the right amounts. It had wit, romance, sexiness, action and an intensified level of all-engrossing suspense as compared to Forgiving Lies. I was at the edge of my seat through the entire thing, and not just because Rachel had been kidnapped, but there are other dynamics at play that make it feel as if you are on the precipice of so many things shattering irrevocably. It all felt so real to me. I could feel it. See it. Tensions were high, danger loomed, fear consumed.

“I was about to lose it. I was so close to breaking from all this, and as the days went by, I was getting desperate.”

When Forgiving Lies ended with a jaw-dropping twist, we were all ready to pick right up and see what would happen next. Would Rachel be ok? What was Kash to do? But before we jump to the kidnapping, Molly McAdams take us back to the months leading up to this surprising event so that we understand the dynamic of Rachel and Kash finally being together and planning for their wedding. They’re happy and in love, but with plans and discussions for the wedding taking over, Rachel acutely feels the absence of her parents, who wouldn’t be there at her side. Suddenly these old wounds were opening again, beginning to fester, inciting a dull and persistent ache in her heart. And Rachel being Rachel, internalized it as she once again erected those shields that allowed her to withdraw into herself.

“Rachel was so strong willed and always exuding her fiery attitude, which I loved, that I’d stopped looking for signs of anything being wrong.”

Kash doesn’t immediately understand Rachel’s withdrawl, although he can sense something is off and in his typical fashion, he pushes for them to communicate. I just love that about him. He refuses to let a single second by when something is wrong.

And then it all unravels and we experience the dread of Rachel’s kidnapping. Let the pulse-pounding, heart-pumping anxiety begin …

“I felt like I was dying from what I had seen and heard … I didn’t know if she was even still alive. And when I got her back — because I was getting her back — I didn’t know what would be left of her fiery spirit I’d fallen in love with.”

Kash was a man consumed. A man bereft. A man broken. But also a man on fire determined to find Rachel no matter the risk. As hours turn into days which turn into weeks, he’s at the brink of losing himself. The limited information he knows is horrifying and he finds himself slipping into a dark place within, a place where he’s simply defined by the hours he spends and the actions he takes in seeking Rachel. He’s willing to lose anything and everything to find the woman he loves before it’s too late.

“Deceiving people was natural … it had been my job for so long that lying to protect myself, or those I loved was as easy as breathing. I’d promised Rachel that there would be no more lies, forgiving or not. When it came to her, there hadn’t been, and there wouldn’t be when she came back. But all bets were off until I found her. I would deceive anyone, lie about everything and do anything to get her back.”

In the meanwhile, through a dual POV approach, we also experience the horror and uncertainty of Rachel’s precarious situation. The pain and panic from what happened with Blake is still too raw. Her captor, Taylor, however, is incredibly complex and intriguing because even though he was the one to take her, he’s also the one protecting her from a greater evil that threatens. With so much time spent together and danger forever lurking in the shadows that creep behind closed doors, she clings to her captor. Her protector. Her lifeline in a time of uncertainty. Their dynamic is both complex and simple. There’s a sense of understanding … empathy between Rachel and Taylor, particularly as she learns about his life and what led him to present day. Habits dictate new behavior. Isolation begets trust. Need breeds unexpected feelings. We also get to experience Taylor’s thoughts, which I thought was a wonderful layer threaded into the story.

“I’d known she’d been changing, but something had happened … the fiesty Rachel I’d come to know over the last few weeks was gone. She was terrified like she always should have been … but instead of retreating from me like I would expect her to, she was clinging to me. I didn’t understand it, but I wasn’t about to question it. Because nothing about my feelings had changed, even though everything about her had.”

I don’t want to spoil the heart-stopping climax, but trust me when I say it evokes a maelstrom of emotion. I have just loved everything about this book … this series. I love the characters. I love that Rachel isn’t weak, but a girl with fight and fire despite her too-often debilitating circumstances. I love the plots surprises and the intriguing supporting characters. Two of the characters, Mase and Trent, will be getting their own stories and I have already begun the anxious wait for those novels. In my opinion, this is Molly McAdam’s best work and I hope that you love it as much as I have!

“It’s you and me, Rach. Always.”
“Always.”

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Review: Forgiving Lies (#1, Forgiving Lies) by Molly McAdams

My Thoughts

A deliciously captivating blend of
wit, romance, sexiness and suspense.

4halfstars

 

Synopsis

forgiving lies coverA matter of secrets…
Undercover cop Logan “Kash” Ryan can’t afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she’s the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies…
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel’s will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love…
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel’s heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies … or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?

My Review

This was such a fabulous book. It was a story that was undeniably Molly McAdams with that captivating humor, clever banter and alluring sexiness we’ve come to expect, but it was also very different from some of the other books I’ve read from this author. It had an edginess that took a hold of me tightly as the suspense of the story escalated. This was a story that pushed the limits of trust and love, the precarious balance between being honest and keeping the ones you love the most safe. The characters were likable and relatable, and there was an ease to how the story unfolded, despite the thread of apprehension woven throughout.

Kash Ryan is in danger. His job as an undercover detective has put him and his best friend and partner at risk of being killed. With a notorious gang hot on their trail, they’re sent away while the peril abates and they land in Austin, Texas on a new assignment to find a serial killer. Their role in town must be kept secret as the search for the criminal continues. Kash needs to remain focused on the job … a job that he enjoys and in large part, defines him. But when he unexpectedly meets a fiesty brunette that turns out to be his neighbor, his thoughts immediately scatter and he can’t stop thinking about her.

“I’d known that first day that she was a game changer … “

Rachel Masters has dealt with her fair share of tragedy, surviving the loss of her parents and the depression that followed. But it wasn’t until recently that her whole world came crashing down, when she was deceived so thoroughly by someone she knew, her sense of trust shredded and the lingering fear left in the aftermath, now consuming. Paralyzing. The last thing she needs is a relationship. The panic that grips her will undoubtedly prevent her from ever trusting anyone again. One disarming look at Kash, however, and her body immediately reacts, betraying everything her mind works to supress. Kash seems like the perfect, enticing mix of bad boy and goodness, sexiness and mystery. And that’s a dangerous combination for Rachel.

“… while I knew we needed to remain friends, it was a near-constant struggle to get my body and heart to understand that too.”

Both Kash and Rachel have secrets they keep, reasons to not pursue the intensifying attraction they feel each time they’re together. And as their friendship deepens, their feelings do as well, and the walls that Rachel has built around herself begin to crack.

“Kash had been so right; he’d pegged me from the beginning.  I shielded myself from the pain … and no matter how hard I tried to push him, he pushed right back … and I wasn’t sure yet if I loved or hated him for that.”

Kash is kind, funny and fiercely protective. There’s an ease about him that Rachel really responds to and before too long, the walls completely shatter as Kash makes his way into Rachel’s heart. I loved seeing them together. They felt real to me … their relationship not overdone, and I loved seeing them fall in love and be happy together.  After everything Rachel had been through, she so deserved to find peace and love and the hope for a bright future.

“No one has ever made me feel like my heart is flying away but still holding me to this earth. No one has ever made me feel so at peace and crazy with one look. No one has ever made me feel so in love and terrified at the same time. No one until you… Trust me when I say, I’m completely yours.”

But when Rachel’s past refuses to release its vise-like grip, everything begins to unravel. There were parts that had my heart pounding furiously as I waited to see what would happen next. In addition, the secret that Kash hides begins to threaten as it everything converges in a rousing and dramatic climax. And just when you thought your heart would explode, Molly morphs that feeling of dread into a crippling heartache. And then again, leaves you breathless at the last possible second. I can’t wait to dig in to book 2, as this book concludes with a to-die-for cliffhanger, but lucky for us, March 4th — the release date of Deceiving Lies —  is just around the corner. Don’t miss out on this fresh and intriguing read!

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Review: Needing Her by Molly McAdams

My Thoughts

Witty, engaging and sexy with great characters that had me laughing and smiling throughout the entire story!

4stars

Synopsis

needing herShe’s the Girl Next Door

Maci Price isn’t really into relationships. Having four very protective older brothers has always made having a boyfriend very difficult, anyway. But her friend is set on finding her the perfect guy – and thinks the mysterious Connor Green is the perfect pick.

He’s Her Brother’s Best Friend

Connor Green is trying to find himself again. He loved then lost and it’s time for him to pick up the pieces. His brooding is making his friends crazy, but, Maci Price, who has grown up into a gorgeous and incredibly sexy woman, is about to break the spell.

They’re Made for Each Other

When Maci starts up old pranks to get Connor out of his slump, an all out war leads to a night that will break all their rules, and a relationship they must keep hidden. Together they’re electric. Apart they’re safe. And soon they’ll find they’re exactly what the other needs. A fabulous, fun, and sexy, New Adult novella from New York Times bestselling author Molly McAdams. If you loved Connor in From Ashes, this is the story for you.

My Review

“We’d gone from a six-month hiatus of even speaking to each other, to pranking each other and pissing each other off, to a night of the most mind-blowing sex I’ve ever had.”

What a fun, sexy, angsty experience! Needing Her is so much more than a novella. At over 300 pages, the story felt developed with ample opportunity to get to know the characters and follow them on their very witty, very angsty and very captivating tale of will they or won’t they. The story is super sexy, defined by that push and pull between our two protagonists that keep us wanting more. The novella unfurls through alternating POVs, giving us that much needed insight into their troubled thoughts. I loved the banter, the pranks, the heart and the longing in the story… it was a wonderful, feel-good experience from beginning to end.

“I want a guy who pays attention to me for once. It doesn’t hae to be this amazing, mind-blowing, the-world-stops-turning experience; I just want to enjoy it. Just once. That’s all I want.”

Our female protagonist, Maci Price, has been in a sorta-kinda relationship… but one that is hardly fulfilling (in more ways than one), particularly since the guy, Bryce, expects her to change to fit into his fancy schmancy world. Maci is fiery and full of personality. With bright red hair, a piercing in her nose, a wild sense of humor and a vernacular bursting with curse words, she’s anything but your typical girl. With four over-protective brothers who shadow her every move and promise to end the life of whichever male comes within a mile of her, she hasn’t been able to find the happily ever after she finds herself craving.

She can’t deny her attraction, however, to her hunky detective neighbor, who also happens to be her brothers’ best friend. Conner Green, who many of you met in From Ashes, is back and lives next door to Maci. Conner and Maci go way back, but for the past several months, coming back from Texas, he hasn’t been the same. He’s an empty shell of his former self, bereft of any life, any spirit. He’s stuck in his memories of what happened with Cassidy and he can’t seem to get past it.

“Connor was no longer quiet and intense… he was gone. Physically and emotionally.”

But suddenly Maci and Conner find themselves awakening something deeper in the other and it all start with pranks. Yup, you heard me right… pranks. I’m talking big-time antics that had me grinning widely. I loved it! They are both tenacious, hot-blooded and fiery. They bicker. They fight. They laugh. All the while desire crackles between them, but they initially hold back as they each battle their inner demons and well, their four burly brothers are a frightening thought on any day too. But that desire finally ignites and soon they find they just can’t stay away from each other. It quickly goes beyond a want, to an irrepressible need.

I thought Maci was a particularly interesting character. For as fierce as she is, she’s pretty fragile on the inside. Her confidence falters, too used to be asked to change… being asked to grow up. Would she ever be enough for anyone? And would someone ever accept her for who she is? When she finds Connor’s attentions intently directed at her, she can’t help but let those doubts consume her and before too long she goes into self-preservation mode despite the happiness that invades her heart.

“Maci, shit, why do you do this?…  You act like you don’t care, and I know you do. You put on this brave face and say shit like this, and you get ready to push me away rather than find out what’s happening between us. It’s like you’re prepared for me to upset you, and are trying to act like you couldn’t care less.”

Their budding relationship is riddled with complications. Connor’s secretive past. Maci’s doubts. Connor’s vacillating demeanor. Maci’s brothers. It all seems like too much for Maci, despite the undeniable fact that she’s fallen for him.

“Because you’ve never cared about me, and all of a sudden you do? It doesn’t make sense. Nothing you ever say to me makes sense. There are the rare days when you defend me against Bryce and take care of me when I’m wasted. But then you call me Mini, you always call me a child or tell me to grow up; last night you came into my apartment yelling at me that you were done with me. Why wouldn’t I be ready for you to hurt me?”

The story is a constant push and pull. It’s sweet. It’s funny. It’s angsty. It’s super sexy. Loved both Connor and Maci and really reveled in those moments where they could just be themselves, finally finding acceptance and love in the arms of one another. Overall, I really enjoyed it and it was great to get back to reading another Molly McAdams book singularized with that boldness and wit that always keep me engaged throughout.

“We drive each other crazy.”
“I like our kind of crazy.”
“We’re always fighting,” she argued.
“As long as it’s you I’m fighting with.”

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