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Breathe & Shimmer by Elena Dillon NEW COVER REVEALS

 

Breathe by Elena Dillon

Book 1 – Breathe Series

Young Adult Romantic Suspense

Jasmine’s life wasn’t normal for a 16 year old girl. It hadn’t been normal since the murder of her older sister, Daisy, two years ago. Her life had been changed forever. The monster that murdered Daisy was never caught. That was the reason her family decided to move away from their hometown in Southern California, to start over. Hopefully in a place where the last name Rourke wouldn’t bring on staring or judgment or morbid curiosity.

In Lafayette, Louisiana things are quite a bit different but in a good way. Good manners, Cajun accents and a whole lot of Southern Hospitality all make her think things are going in the right direction. On top of that the most gorgeous boy she has ever met is interested in her. Her new friends are better than she could have hoped for even if she is worried about what they might think when they find out who she is. Life would be perfect if odd things didn’t keep happening. Creepy phone calls, texts, and flowers in her locker start adding up quickly to something terrifying. Could the Monster have followed them to Lafayette? Was he coming after her this time? Maybe she was just worrying unnecessarily…or not.

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Shimmer by Elena Dillon

Book 2 – Breathe Series

Young Adult Romantic Suspense

Chandler Raines and her “dad” are on the run. Never staying in one place for very long. It’s just not safe. When they arrive in Lafayette, Louisiana, Chandler quickly realizes this is the place she wants to call home. Friends, a cute boy, and competitive cheerleading have her taking dangerous risks to have the life she always wanted. Risks she promised she wouldn’t take. When her lies catch up to her, a decision has to be made. Stay or run? Will the evil that’s chased them for the last four years catch up to them? When Chandler’s past comes screeching into the present she’ll have to sacrifice everything to keep what she loves safe. But will it be enough?

About the Author

I have had a love of books for as long as I can remember. I got in trouble as a kid for staying up too late on school nights, reading. I’m a nerdgirl and proud of it. I’ve been writing my whole life but only recently decided to come out in public with it.

I write Young Adult love stories because as my husband would tell you, I never matured much past fifteen. There is nothing better to me than a good romance with an amazing hero, throw in some creepy suspense and I’m in.

I write from my home office in Southern California with our English Bulldog, Brutus to keep me company. To hear about him, my writing experience and read some outtakes of my stories check out my blog at elenadillon.com.

I love to chat with other readers and writers.

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ANNOUNCING OUR 2014 #TCBBirthday BESTIES NOMINEES

Ahhhhhh! SO excited to be able to announce our nominees for the #TCBBirthday Besties awards!

BIG HUGE shoutout to White Chica, Mama Chica, and Theresa Paolo for help in counting these ballots!

If you’d like more info and to sign up to be an advocate, that post is here (http://bit.ly/AdvocatesPost) It’s uber long and wordy so I had to split the two posts up into a Nominees Post and a Advocate Sign up Post.

We’d REALLY love your help so spread the word and signup!

AND NOW DRUMROLL PLEASE…..

Your 2014 #TCBBirthday Bestie Awards Nominees

Best Book Boyfriend

1. Adam DeCarie – Wishes series by GJ Walker Smith

2. Archer Hale – Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

3. Blaise Richards – Tempting Tatum by Kaylee Ryan

4. Nick Sawyer – The Chosen Series by Alisa Mullen

5. Will Cooper – Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Best Book Girlfriend

1. Bree Prescott – Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

2. Charli Blake – The Wishes series by GJ Walker Smith

3. Chloe Thomas – The Friend Zone by Tabetha Thompson

4. Layken Cohen – Slammed by Colleen Hoover

5. Tatum Thompson – Tempting Tatum by Kaylee Ryan

Best Book Couple

1. Adam and Charli – The Wishes series by GJ Walker Smith

2. Archer and Bree – Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

3. Nick and Lizzie – The Chosen series by Alisa Mullen

4. Travis and Abby – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

5. Will and Layken – Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Best Guy Friend

1. Asher Richards – Tempting Tatum by Kaylee Ryan

2. Daniel Wesley – Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover

3. Ryan Decarie – The Wishes Series, GJ Walker-Smith

4. Harley – The In the Company of Snipers Series by Irish Winters

5. Warren – Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Best Girl Friend

1. Bente Denison – Second Hearts by GJ Walker-Smith

2. Six – Hopeless Series by Colleen Hoover

3. America – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

4. Bradi – Alluring Turmoil by Skye Turner

5. Darcy – The Chosen Series by Alisa Mullen

Best Rock Star

1. Kellan Kyle from Thoughless by SC Stephens

2. Jet Keller – Jet by Jay Crownover

3. Connor – The Chosen series by Alisa Mullen

4. Jack Lair – the Back-up Series by AM Madden

5. Jake Wethers – The Mighty Storm/Wethering The Storm by Samantha Towle

Best Athlete

1. Jack Carter – The Perfect Game by J Sterling

2. Remington Tate – Real by Katy Evans

3. Will Montgomery – Play with Me by Kristen Proby

4. Travis Maddox – Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

5. Liam MacCoy – Anywhere with You by Kaylee Ryan

Best YA Book

1. Slammed – Colleen Hoover

2. The Fault in our Stars – John Green

3. Happenstance – Jamie McGuire

4. Hopeless – Colleen Hoover

5. Remember When – T Torrest

Best NA Book

1. Tempting Tatum – Kaylee Ryan

2. Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

3. Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover

4. Archer’s Voice – Mia Sheridan

5. The Friend Zone – Tabetha Thompson

Best NA Author

1. Colleen Hoover

2. Kaylee Ryan

3. Mia Sheridan

4. Jamie McGuire

5. GJ Walker Smith

Best YA Author

1. Cassie Mae

2. Penelope Douglas

3. Jessica Park

4. John Green

5. Jillian Dodd

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#TCBBirthday Besties Awards ADVOCATE SIGNUP AND INFO

How excited are we?! We get to host our very first birthday celebration AND have an awesome, amazeballs contest to go with it! But, we have 50 nominees so we NEED YOUR HELP! We got the awesome idea from NA Alley to have “advocates” or “helpers” help us out with pimping our totally rad nominees! Want to help? You don’t have to be a blogger, so read on below!

 

We need 50 volunteers to each be assigned a nominee (you can choose a particular one if you’d like or just put any on the form if you just want to help) and send a picture and paragraph about that nominee, whether its an author, book or character, to The Chiq Blog. It will take 30 minutes TOPS! We want you to be creative and have fun with it! You will be rewarded with TWO extra entries into our awesome giveaway and we will also link to your blog (if you have one) or post your name when it’s your nominee’s day!

Deadline for the signups is Tuesday night/Wednesday morning at midnight, and we will let you know on Wednesday if you’ve been chosen. If you have been chosen, all the above info needs to be submitted no later than Friday night/Saturday morning at midnight. The signup form is below. Thanks again!

http://bit.ly/advocatesTCBB

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In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda REVIEW

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If you knew you may die soon, what choices would you make?

Jennifer Benson has it all: a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships. The only problem is she may be dying. IN THE MIRROR is the realistic love story about a woman facing a deadly illness, and her loves past and present. It’s a story that unfolds with a delightful blend of humor and poignancy, ringing true in the heart of anyone who has ignored a warning of her own.

 

~*~Mama Chica’s Review~*~

Absolutely 5 stars! Two thumbs up! Amazing! What ever expression of praise you can use! In the Mirror by Kaira Rouda is a heart wrenching subject brought to life in a lighthearted and sensitive way. Cancer affects so many people and this story helps people look into the heart of a young woman and how she reflects upon her life. Jennifer plans a party to celebrate her life instead of dwelling upon her impending death. The characters are charming, with the usual villain, The story was funny, interesting, with a suspenseful twist in the middle, to finish with a tear jerking ending. I would recommend this book to anyone! Grab your box of tissues…I was literally sobbing by the end…

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The Hazards of Sex on the Beach by Alyssa Rose Ivy REVIEW

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One broken heart, one drink too many, one steamy night in the sand…

No one warns you about the dangers of drinking with a broken heart. At least no one warned me. I never imagined I’d fall for a musician, especially not one like Chase, but then again I never expected to have my heart broken into a million pieces by the frat guy I thought was the love of my life.

Sometimes it’s the rash decisions, like hooking up in the sand, that lead you to the best places—the kinds of places where it’s possible to let yourself fall in love again.

 

~*~Chiquita’s Review~*~

So. Can I give this 11 stars? Because that’s how awesome this book is.

I literally swooned and melted from the first page. Cara was utter main character perfection, Chase… Just wow. Wow wow wowie wow. I loved him so much that he’s officially on my BBF list of all time. He’s so perfect and so adorbs. I don’t even know what to do with myself. This book was so good! I know I’m not giving any details here, and I keep repeating myself, but holy wow, its true! SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!

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This is Falling by Ginger Scott COVER REVEAL

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We here at TCB LOVE Ginger Scott! She’s one of our top five faves for sure, and we are uber excited to show you her NEWEST book cover!!!! This is the cover for This is Falling to be released on August 29. 

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Isn’t it gorgeous?! I absolutely love the colors and the photo!!!!! See the synopsis below and be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads!

First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.

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Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich REVIEW

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Called to the bedside of their dying mother, three sisters reluctantly return to their childhood home in northern Minnesota. What should be a reunion of love and warmth is tainted by the ghosts of their childhood; their parents’ farm is a place of painful memories. With their mother slipping into a coma, Helene leaves behind a shell of a marriage in Atlanta–her country club lifestyle not at all what it seems. Alice has finally fled an abusive husband but is afraid her failing courage will put her children in danger. Waking up beside yet another stranger, Suzanne can no longer deny how an alcohol addiction may destroy everything she’s worked for–an addiction that barely masks the terrible wounds on her soul. They may have escaped the farm, but Helene, Alice, and Suzanne find they are still perpetuating a cycle of pain, abuse, alcoholism, anger, fear, and bitterness. Seeing themselves through each other’s eyes, the sisters are forced to confront their demons as their mother lies dying.

~*~Mama Chica’s Review~*~

Although I appreciate the effort that is put forth in writing any story, this one lacked any originality. Coming from a mental health career, the idea that these characters resolved major trauma so easily is insulting. No one opens up that easily or quickly and especially three women who haven’t seen each other in over 20 years. The dialogue was ‘cheesy’ and very predictable. The author also took three different characters and addressed three major issues: sexual abuse, alcoholism, and adultery. It would have been nice to have one character that was balanced. The author also uses information from Fried Green Tomatoes which also ruined the story. I would not recommend this book due to the lack of character development and the simplistic way in which each character resolves their issues. In short, the story is too neat.