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Blog Tour: Lost

Lost by: Nadia Simonenko

Released: March 25th 2013
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Review: To come!

Synopsis: Sometimes you need someone else to help you find your way.

Maria's life was torn apart when she was fifteen, and for seven years she's kept her terrible secret hidden from the world. Now, in her final semester of college, she still struggles against paralyzing fear just trying to speak up in class, and the terror and helplessness linger on in her nightmares.

Across campus, Owen sees his scars in the mirror every morning while he gets ready for class. They remind him of the broken home he left behind, the father he hates and fears, and the little sister he couldn't protect. Now, in his final semester of college, he's scared that he may have to return to the hell he called home after staying away for almost five years.

When Owen becomes a teaching assistant for one of Maria's classes, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. As the two learn each other's secrets and grow closer, they realize that although they may be lost, they're not alone anymore.

This new adult contemporary romance is recommended for ages 17+ due to heavy subject matter.


About the Author:Nadia Simonenko is a scientist and author currently living in Indianapolis with her husband, two cats and a dog. When she isn’t writing, she develops new oncolytic compounds and dreams about someday getting to take a vacation.


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Before he can finish his sentence and before my fears can catch up to me, I push myself back across the sofa and interrupt the excuses. Our lips meet, and my body instinctively shows me what to do as my mind falters. I've never kisses anyone - not willing at least - and I have no clue what I'm doing. All I know is that I like it.

I really like it.

The warmth of his lips against mine somehow spreads all throughout my body as he kisses me, and I can barely contain the overwhelming feeling of happiness blossoming inside me. I'm shaking, but for once in my life, it isn't from fear.

Owen caresses my cheek again, his lips still clinging to mine as if he wanted this just as desperately as I did, and then he slowly embraces me and pulls me close to him. I feel his warm arms around me, his strong chest pressing against mine, but just when I feel like I could die and go to Heaven, the gates of Hell open up instead.


"Let go of me!" I scream, wriggling out of Owen's arms and pushing him away.

"Maria, what's wrong?" he asks in alarm, raising his hands to try to calm me down.

I'm off the oouch in a flash, but the triggered memory is already fading. Now I just look like a lunatic. Again.

"I hate you Darren. I fucking hate you."

"I'm sorry Owen. I can't do this," I whimper, trying not to burst into tears in front of him. "God, I want to, but I can't!"

"That's okay. I'm sorry," says Owen, his voice calm and reassuring. He's trying so hard to put up with me, but I'm such a horrible wreck. I don't deserve him any more than I deserve Tina.

"I have to go," I blurt out, and I leap up from the couch.

Before he can say another word, I'm out the door and racing through the falling snow toward my apartment.



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He’s got his eye on the ball, but his sights are set on her.
For baseball superstar Garrett Donovan, his contract with the New York Empire baseball team meant he’d finally have the means to secure a future for his family. He should focus on that…not on the sassy, beautiful Jessa Montgomery — or what she looks like naked. Getting involved with the daughter of the Empire’s owner would be career suicide. Jessa is a distraction he can’t afford.

Her father had warned her never to get involved with his athletes, so his request that she keep an eye on his new star player came straight out of left field. The last thing Jessa needs is another spoiled, egotistical ball player to deal with. But Garrett is none of those things. His no-nonsense attitude and smooth Southern charm make her blood burn and her knees weak. Giving into temptation, she is consumed by the pleasure she finds in Garrett’s arms.

Jessa wants to protect his career. Garrett won’t let anything get in the way of their passion.

A passion that could cost him everything.

This excerpt contains strong language and sexual content. To view the full excerpt check out our adult blog, SINFULLY TASTY READS.

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Parker Kincade is an award-winning erotic romance author of The Martin Family Series. Her first novel, One Night Stand, won the category of Best Erotic Romance in the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers Golden Claddagh contest and was named finalist in the Romance Writers of America/Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight contest.

Parker lives in the southern United States with her husband, children and beloved boxer sidekick. She loves reading, playing golf, spending time with her family and friends, ice cream from the ice cream truck, taking her dog to the park and watching old musicals.

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The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard is FREE!

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TENSION by R.L. Griffin cover reveal!

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By a Thread - R.L. Griffin

Book One: By A Thread

The Stella who emerges from the rubble of the bombing in Montana is a woman full of conflict. She knows she should be grateful that she lived when others didn't, but after waking in the hospital as a celebrity, complete with a new moniker, she's bitter and distrustful, questioning everything in her life. She's unsure of her friends, her new boyfriend, and her job. In addition, a face from the past reappears and threatens to take the one good thing in her life.

Stella attempts to deal with the new scrutiny of her life with her usual sense of humor, but she's filled with a new emotion that she tries desperately to hide: HATE. Her recovery is hastened by her determination to find the man who turned her into a walking scar. She's going to kill him; she needs to kill him.

Stella isn't alone. She has her close friends and her dog, Cooper. Will their support be enough to help Stella accomplish her plan, or will this endeavor be her undoing?


I live in the Atlanta area and I'm surrounded by awesome dudes: my husband, son and two dogs. I went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law, but only after I fell in love with D.C. I worked in the Senate during the impeachment trial and wanted to stay. After law school I worked for a bit in the area, then moved to Atlanta.

If you ask anyone who knows me they know I love reading and read all sorts of books. Any free time I have I'm either reading, writing or drinking with friends.

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What every fictional sexy boy does. And what every girl wishes was real.
What every fictional sexy boy does. And what every girl wishes was real.

CAMP BOYFRIEND by J.K. Rock Special pre-sale event!

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I am sure you've all heard the buzz going around about authors J.K. Rock's CAMP BOYFRIEND.

Author of the series NEED, Carrie Jones says...

"Fun, romantic and giddy, CAMP BOYFRIEND brings real romance to summer camp with grace, humor and passion."

CAMP BOYFRIEND will be hitting bookstore on July 2nd! I don't know about you, but I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy!

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The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

Today we have a special pre-sale event for everyone! Trust me... YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT!

Anderson's Book Shop in Larchmont, NY (where I work :-P) is hosting a special event with authors J.K. Rock, to help celebrate their upcoming release.

What is this special event? 

You can pre-order a signed copy RIGHT HERE on GCREADING!

Those who pre-oder via Anderson's Book Shop not only get a SIGNED copy of CAMP BOYFRIEND (personalized or not), but the authors themselves will also ship out a friendship bracelet, and I ♥ CAMP tattoo to each person as a thank you! 

This will be great as a gift for someone you know who is just as much as a book nerd as us. ;0)

Below you will find a PayPal pre-sale button where you can purchase a SIGNED copy. 

Price for each book is $10.68 with tax included, and a $5.00 flat rate fee for shipping. There will be a tracking # that I will send out to everyone who pre-orders, so that you can keep up with your package.

All packages will be shipped out release week.








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Also, if you live in the New York area, authors J.K. Rock will be signing at Anderson's Book Shop in Larchmont, NY on July 13th! More details to come!

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