{Cover Reveal – GIVEAWAY} Fade In by M. Mabie

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Fade In by M. Mabie

Coming March 17th, 2014

Synopsis:

Tatum Elliot is a successful writer on a hit television show, lives in an Upper East Side apartment and loves her life. She wouldn’t change a thing. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a choice. She’s losing her sight.

Tripping over her tongue and her heels, Tatum all too quickly realizes that the things which appeared so important before are slowly slipping away leaving room for what really matters. With the support of her best friends, family and colleagues, she begins to see that there’s much more to life… and herself.

When Ben Harris enters her life as her new personal assistant, she can’t tell if it’s his good looks and charm that are working on her libido, or his kind and helpful nature working on her heart? Whatever it is, neither one of them can resist it.

As her vision fades out, a world of love and happiness just might…Fade In.

Fade In is a contemporary-romance novel about laughing through your tears and telling life to, quite frankly, “Suck it.” This novel contains sexual situations that the author may or may not have tried at home… for your safety, of course. Research is research.

Author Bio:

M. Mabie lives in Illinois, NOT Chicago, with her rock-star husband. (True story.) She loves writing for Fifty5Cents Book Blog, which she owns and operates- at the moment quite poorly. She’s a proud member of the Indie Author Romance Author Chicks writing group where she maintains a high standard of professionalism and lady-like maturity- or not.

She cares about politics, but won’t discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head.

M. Mabie has never been accused of being tight lipped or shy. She’s THAT girl.

(She doesn’t usually speak in third-person, but surprisingly does when weirded-out about writing her bio.)

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Links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMMabie

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AuthorMMabie

Goodreads Author profile: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7420449.M_Mabie

Goodreads Fade In page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18911978-fade-in

Website: http://www.MMabie.com

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Giveaway:

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BLOG TOUR-GIVEAWAY-REVIEW{The Infamous Ellen James} by N.A. Alcorn {43¢}

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I just want to clear the air before I get on with my review. First, this review is most likely bias. It is unavoidable. I have known about this book from the very beginning. I have read chapters when N.A. was wigging out, I have had conversations and brainstorming sessions about these characters. So to me they exist. Quiet realistically, if I may add. Ellen, Trent, Amy and every other character in this debut novel have swum around in my head for months. I know them. I get them. They are… my people. They aren’t exactly MY babies per se, but they are a sort of fictional niece/newphew-ish entity in my mind as they were created by someone as close to me as my own sister.

That brings me to point number two, I love N.A. Alcorn. I’m not gushing here folks. We driven miles to be together, spoken on the phone almost everyday, our husbands have been wickedly drunk together and I’ve met her mother (Hi, MOM!). So, yeah, it’s like that.

I don’t have a problem admitting that this review may be bias, but you know what? All of my reviews are, because they are MY reviews. And because I personally know the author, that happens to factor in to my The Infamous Ellen James experience. That’s that.

 

Plot—7¢

This is a story about being who you are, going for what you want and friendship. It isn’t a crazy maze of plot twists. It isn’t Jane Eyre. It is Ellen James. In the beginning of this novel,  the main character suffers a humiliating blow to her heart and her ego.  Instead of working through those issues, she chooses to booze it up with her best friend, get laid and live. That’s pretty damn true to what most women in that situation would eventually get around to, after they do the depressed bit- which she also does. It isn’t until she begins to feel what really love, fun and honest love, is like does she really start to see how different that kind of heartbreak would be.

The Infamous Ellen James is the crass and vulgar tale of a couple of people who fall in love for all the right reasons.

Main Characters—4¢

I adore Ellen, I can actually hear her speaking.  I love swearing, I love being raunchy and (probably) offensive with my closest friends. I get that type of dialog. She felt like someone I would hang-out with. She drinks a little more than I do, but I’d try to keep up. I thought that the basis of her character being a nurse was original, as I have never read about one and that led to some funny situations in her day-to-day life. I love that she seems so brash on the outside and is so insecure and vulnerable on the inside. She’s great.

Trent is a wet dream. No, I think I have had wet dreams with this fictional character. While reading I always wanted more and more and more of him. He wasn’t that typical alpha, he wasn’t a bad-boy, he was just a  smoking hot surgeon. He didn’t have too many un-likeable qualities, which should make him tops. I could have stood for a little rougher edge to him, or a crack in his shiny exterior. That’s probably because I’m a sick and am never satisfied… classic Mo.

Secondary Characters—4¢

Amy is eccentric and colorful and probably one of the best friends I’ve ever read. She’s loyal and she’d fight tooth and nail for Ellen. A lot like Ellen, which isn’t that far-fetched because they are best friends, she is blunt and isn’t too shy to those she’s close with.  Lizzy was really interesting I dig her a lot.  She’s the total opposite of dynamically sinful duo.  She’s a bit up-tight, she is reserved and conservative. I thought her character added great contrast. I would love more secondary action in the next installment in series.

Setting—3¢

You guys know how I like travel. This book doesn’t have that element, specifically, but it doesn’t stand still at all either. There are many locations and scenes and all of them written really well. I would have loved to go to Seattle, maybe I can get a private Trent in Seattle prequel? A girl can dream and Christmas is coming.  Again, I haven’t read many hospital romances so that atmosphere was new to me in a behind the scenes way.

Humor—5¢

I have the pleasure of knowing the rhythm of Ms. Alcorn’s banter and her phrasing when she speaks. That honestly gives me the advantage. But I love it. While reading, there were parts of the book that were WAY too true to my life, ehem, well sort of. I laughed all the time. I love that shocking, “OMG, whaaaa!” that sometimes happened when I read certain scenes. I can recall her telling me in shorthand, countless time, about something she was writing and would think “is she serious?” She was! It works for her style or writing and I can’t get enough. Plus, my text-to-read Kindle robot sounded fucking insane and I found it difficult to listen while driving.

Vocab—3¢

I loved the alliteration N.A. uses in terms of her genitalia and other’s equally private parts. It is explicit. However, I speak fluent shit ass fuck and it seemed like I was just listening to my foul mouth friend tell a story. That is probably the best part about how she writes. It’s written like a casual conversation. I’m drawn to that. She doesn’t underestimate her readers, but disguising words with too many elaborate words just to “sound” like a great writer. She writes honestly and I appreciate that.

A/R—5¢

This book had my attention for like seven months. So, it had my fucking attention. I thought about it before it was given to me to read. I was hand fed chapters here and there and I loved every morsel. I couldn’t wait for what was next. I would think about things I wanted to happen and then I would call N.A. subliminally hinting to make the story go my way. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not  so much. In all, I have probably read this book nothing short of three times already.

Steam—4¢

This book is erotic. There. It has the all of it. You like bj’s? It’s in there. You like self-love? That is there, too. There isn’t much that isn’t in this book in terms of nookie. The scenes were hot. Trent is really hot. He’s sexy and he says all the right things. And I’m insanely jealous of Ellen’s nipples.

Value—4¢

The Infamous Ellen James is priced very fairly, $2.99. For a book that is a red-coochy hair shy of 300 pages, I think it is a very reasonable price-tag in today’s market for that genre. I’d buy it for that price and feel like I got a really fantastic deal. I got the best deal as I received, albeit at many stages, an ARC for my love and companionship… I mean my honest opinion.

Ending—4¢

This book can be read as a stand alone, because there isn’t a cliffhanger. I’m told, in confidence, that the next books in the series focus on other female characters that we meet in N.A. Alcorn’s debut novel. I loved the way it ended and especially since the last juicy chapter is in Trent’s POV. Yum. He’s a doll. The ending is HEA and I particularly loved Georgia. Anyone that doesn’t is a real wanger.

I will surely read more of this author, by choice or any other reality that is possible being friends with an author. If you like funny, romantic reads that are light on the drama and angsty I would defiantly recommend you choose this one next.

Also, there is a sneak peek at the end by some…I don’t know… crazy blogger turned first-time author that I really hope you like. Wink.

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The Infamous Ellen James {Release Day}

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The Infamous Ellen James by N.A. Alcorn is LIVE!

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Synopsis

Meet twenty-eight year old
Ellen James. A sarcastic, feisty, foul-mouthed ER Nurse. She is snarky, sassy,
and sometimes crudely inappropriate. After a terrible breakup with her fiancé,
Ellen has promised herself that she will never make the mistake of falling for
another man again… and physicians, well she’s more than written them off.

Once she meets sexy Trauma Surgeon, Dr. Trent
Hamilton, this promise is unbelievably hard to keep. This
too-hot-for-Ellen’s-own-good man is undeniably sexy and down-right
irresistible. He leaves her breathless, speechless, and irritatingly turned on.
He makes her fantasize about him in all kinds of dirty, inappropriate ways.

With the help of her obnoxious, and often times
hilarious best friend Amy, Ellen will find herself in several crazy,
embarrassing situations.

This is a story of friendship, love and how one
very sarcastic woman can find the strength to pick up the pieces after having
her heart broken.

In her first novel, N.A. Alcorn provides
interesting takes on the word vagina, while giving you a reason to re-think
your next visit to the Emergency Room. This book is bound to make you laugh,
smile, and provide you with enough sarcasm to choke your grandmother. No, N.A.
doesn’t want anything bad to happen to your Grandma Ruth, but she does want you
to strongly consider re-naming your vibrator after a guy who’s at the top of
your spank bank rotation. Be prepared for dripping juice-boxes, awkward pelvic
thrusting, and a little suspense to keep your snatch on edge.

Warning: This novel contains explicit sex,
profanity and far too much vaginal humor. This novel is not meant for
anti-fornicators, up-tight prudes, or virgins who refuse to go to Pound Town.

Upcoming Releases- September 2013

Upcoming Releases- September 2013

Need help finding a book to read?

Here’s what’s releasing this month!

September 2

Seduced, Surrender #3 Melody Anne Contemporary, Erotica
Stripped H.M. Ward Contemporary, Erotica
My Unexpected Forever, Beaumont #3 Heidi McLaughlin Contemporary
Everything I’ve Never Had Lynetta Halat New Adult

September 3

Styxx, Dark-Hunter #23 Sherrilyn Kenyon Paranormal
Breaking Nova Jessica Sorensen New Adult
Everything For Us, Bad Boys #3 M. Leighton Contemporary, Erotica
Beautiful Bombshell, Beautiful Bastard #2.5 Christina Lauren Contemporary, Erotica
Conversion– Re-Release* S.C. Stephens Paranormal
Blue By You Rachel Gibson Contemporary
Against the Ropes Sarah Castille Erotica
High Passion, Adrenaline Search & Rescue #2 Vivian Arend Romantic Suspense
Leap Of Faith Jamie Blair(Aka Kelli Maine) Young Adult

September 5

Hurt Tabitha Suzuma Young Adult, Dark
Stubborn Love, I Love You #2 Natalie Ward New Adult

September 6

Withstanding Me, Breakneck #2 Crystal Spears Contemporary, Erotica, Bikers

September 8

The Truth About You and Me Amanda Grace Young Adult

September 9

Bonds Of Hope, Wicked Play #4 Lynda Aicher Erotica

September 10 

Revealing Us, Inside Out #3 Lisa Renee Jones Erotica
Smoke, Burned #2 Ellen Hopkins Young Adult, Dark
Very Bad Things Ilsa Madden-Mills New Adult, Dark

September 12

If Forever Comes, Take This Regret #2 A.L. Jackson New Adult
Tattered Love Lola Stark Contemporary, Erotica, War

September 13

Perfect Regret, Bad Rep #2 Meredith Walters New Adult, Music
Freeing, Fading #1.5 E.K. Blair New Adult

September 15

Whiskey Lullaby Dawn Martens New Adult

September 16

Finder’s Keepers, Lost & Found #3 Nicole Williams New Adult
Mine To Keep, Mine #2 Cynthia Eden Erotica, Suspense
Unspoken, Woodlands #2 Jen Frederick New Adult
Cage, Corps Security #2 Harper Sloan Romantic Suspense, Erotica
Give Me Strength, Give Me #2 Kate McCarthy New Adult

September 17

The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks Contemporary
Consumed, Devoured #2 Emily Snow Contemporary, Erotica
Covet Tracey Garvis-Graves Contemporary
Unchained J. Lynn Paranormal
This Song Will Save Your Life Leila Sales Young Adult, Music
Tell Me, One Night With Sole Regret #6 Olivia Cunning Contemporary, Erotica, Music
All Of You Chritina Lee New Adult
Dead Girls Don’t Lie Jennifer Shaw Wolf Young Adult, Mystery
Skipping Stones J.B. McGee Contemporary

September 19

Because You’re Mine K. Langston Contemporary

September 22

Before Lucky, Forever Love #3 J.S. Cooper New Adult

September 23

Simple Perfection, Perfection #2 Abbi Glines New Adult

September 24

Sleep With The Lights On Maggie Shayne Contemporary
Safe With Me, With Me In Seattle #5 Kristen Proby Contemporary, Erotica
Where The Stars Still Shine Trish Doller Young Adult

September 26

All The Truth That’s In Me Julie Berry Romantic Suspense

September 30

Darkness Fades, Darkness Falls #3 Jessica Sorensen Paranormal
Rapture, McKenzie Brothers #2 Lexi Buchanan Erotica

TBA

Treasure Your Love, Surrender Your Love #3 J.C. Reed Contemporary, Erotica
Wasted Heart Nicole Reed Young Adult
Willing Captive Belle Aurora Young Adult, Mature

*Dates are tentative as per the publisher’s/author’s discretion

Speedy Reader Reviews: 15 Mini Reviews

Speedy Reader Reviews: 15 Mini Reviews

…because I can’t possibly write reviews as fast as I read.

mine to takeAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★

I actually really enjoyed this book. It felt like a full-length novel with all its drama, suspense, and sex, even though it’s a novella. Definitely, one that speeds up your heart rate and makes you wonder what the hell will happen next. Both main characters are totally likable. Angsty and kinda scary, not gonna lie. Even though it’s short, it’s one of those stories that if there was too much, it would suck. So the length was perfect. Has a HEA.

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freefall

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Rating: ★★★★

Talk about one smokin’ hot guy on the cover!! The best part is who ever the model  is makes the perfect Nix. The premise was one that was new to me, something that I hadn’t come across as far as heroine characteristics. Everything was great, until the ending. It was developing wonderfully, then all of a sudden it just ends. Bam! I needed more deets. Otherwise, an enjoyable read. Has a HEA.

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forgotten sinsAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★★

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Apparently, it’s considered “paranormal”, but it’s totally not- so don’t let that scare you away. I fell in love with Shane right away-broody, mysterious, sexy, and all-alpha! Plus, the story line is crazy good. Filled with suspense and drama. This is a must read of 2013. OMG….so good. It does have a HEA, but it’s part of a series. The next book will pick up the storyline with Shane’s hot brother.

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because of youAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★

This book was really good. Then of course, Tara Sivec has never let me down. I can’t say I’m super excited about it, but it wasn’t bad at all. This is the second book  in the Playing With Fire series. Each book is technically a standalone with a HEA(though it picks up with a character from A Beautiful Lie-which btw, that one was AWESOME). If you like romantic suspense, this one’s for you.

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lick

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Rating: ★★★★

Waking up in Vegas, married- with a rock star twist. Again, another likable read. There wasn’t anything I that bothered me, but there also wasn’t anything that made it stand out for me. BTW, I have no idea why it’s called “Lick”. I think it’s the guy’s nickname, but I don’t remember a reference made about it. It has a HEA, although if you ask me- a handful of days is not enough to be deeply in love. Just saying.

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wild cardsAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★

Two misfit teens figuring out where they belong and falling in love-basically my favorite kind of mushy love story. Totally cute, and if Derek wasn’t jail bait I’d be all over that. Mmhm😉 Ashtyn, well, she’s likable but annoying all in one. But that’s just part of her character development, and she gets way better in the end. HEA, duh. Plus, Simone Elkeles just rocks my reading socks off.

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playmeAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★1/2

Yup, the cover has a basketball player, but this story is not sport heavy. Basically, it’s about a guy pining for his long-time high school crush. Overall the story was good, nothing too special. It’s novella length, so I think I just needed more depth to this storyline. Then again, maybe not. Maybe, it was because the main girl just annoyed the hell outta of me. Three and a half stars just for the hunky dude on the cover. Oh yeah -it’s technically a standalone with HEA, but also book 3 of the Take A Chance series.

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TakeMeAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★1/2

Before you think I’m crazy, just know that I love Diane Alberts to death and her books. But this series gets me every time. I always want more, more, more. They’re too damn short. Another waking up in Vegas married story line, with sooo much steamy goodness. Both characters are the “untamable” types that fall in love with eachother. I loved them both, hands down my fave couple of the series. I just wanted more. This is apparently the last book in the Take A Chance series with a HEA.

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Rock Chick RevolutionAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★★★ (Yes, that’s 6 stars. It. Was. That. Good.)

I should really be put in review jail for writing this mini blurb for the first book I’ve ever given 6 stars to. Then again, that should be enough proof for you to go read this. Like now. Before you do that though, know that this is book 8 in the Rock Chick series. You should really, really read books 1-7 first followed by the Colorado Mountain series(books 1-4) before reading RC Revolution. I know, I know that’s a crap load of books, but I promise they’re all practically five-star reads. Six stars people, six righteous stars!!!🙂

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Fear of FallingAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★★

Ok, so if you’re going to read this book make sure that you’re in a patient mood. Patience is a must, not because it’s slow or anything. You’ll need it to not get frustrated with Kami and her bucket-load of issues. You’ll want her to be stronger, but her weakness is the main point of the story. In the end, she works herself out and it’s totally worth it. Plus, this book has one of the hottest tattooed, bad boy turned sensitive hunk type of main character out right now.

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jet

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Rating: ★★★★★

Before anything else, the cover model is so not my Jet. No way josé. He’s described way hotter than that guy, no offense to the model. What can I say, except that I’m a sucker for a tattooed rock star and a strong girl who holds her own. Jet and Ayden are the ultimate duo, I’m so jealous. This one, although it has romantic suspense elements, is more drama than what Rule was. Btw, Jet is the second book following Rule in the Marked Men series. It can be read as a standalone, but you really shouldn’t read it as one. Rome’s story is up next!

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otherwise aloneAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★★

Holy hell, for being less than 100 pages this book was HOT! I wish there was more, I can’t get enough of Evan and Lia. Oh, and it’s all in the male POV😉. Even though it’s über short, it’s packed with a completely developed storyline-with an effing cliffhanger. Sorry ladies, this book is part 1 of the Evan Arden trilogy. Book 2 is out but, again another cliffhanger.

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otherwise occupiedAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★

Unlike the first book, this one is a full-length novel. This one has strong violence and sex scenes, so if you’re not into that-don’t read it, or get a brown baggy to help you breathe. It’s still really good, and in the male POV. Only thing is, if you read book 1 then you’re left wondering what the hell happened to Lia. You don’t get anything, not even a nibble until the very end. And then…BAM…cliffhanger of hell.

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uncockblockableAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★★★1/2

OMG this was soo funny!! I mean come on, that title is a dead giveaway to the shit Nick Wolfe comes up with just to get laid. Hilarious, and clever. This book is a novella and part 2.5 of the Evan Arden trilogy, but it can be read as a standalone. It does have a HEA, and the reason it’s .5 stars away from a full five is because it was too short for my liking. Although it all wraps up nicely, I wanted more of Nick and Milena.

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diary of a dieterAdd to Goodreads

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Rating: ★★

OK, first I should tell you that I never finished this book. I know, I’m horrible. But! The only reason I’ve given this book two stars is because the story itself actually has a lot of potential. It was just so damn wordy, and it dragged on and on for me. In other words, I got bored. I hear it has a HEA though.