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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Release Party: Perfectly Ernest- E.J. Wesley

Welcome to the release party for Perfectly Ernest by E.J. Wesley! This is a New Adult Contemporary with romantic elements. Perfectly Ernest is now available for sale! 


Description
A gripping story of striking out and winning big. From a distance, Ernie’s life seems perfect—he’s a star college baseball player adored by the student body and coveted by professional teams. Up close, he is a disaster. Since the death of his mother, he’s been trapped by a promise he made and forced to live her dream instead of his own. He reaches his breaking point in the biggest game of his young career and sets off a chain of events that will either define or destroy the rest of his life.

 Ernie grudgingly joins a quirky campus counseling group that empowers him to heal himself and right his wrongs. By testing old friendships, forging unlikely new ones, and exploring an exciting romance, he begins to unravel the jumbled knot his tangled inner-psyche has become. But old rivals, mental illness, and the risk of a forbidden relationship soon threaten his progress. Will Ernie's new direction and friends be his salvation, or confirmation that he is forever doomed by his imperfections?

 Perfectly Ernest is a New Adult contemporary novel with romantic elements by author E.J. Wesley. Ernest offers a smart, funny, sweet, sexy, uplifting, and oftentimes poignant perspective of one person's difficult transition into adulthood. It is a story about overcoming the demons of mental illness and struggling with the profound burden of expectations—both real and imagined. But it’s mostly a tale of friendship, hope, and love.  

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Perfectly Ernest Excerpt 2 – E.J. Wesley
Neyle tottered over to a far corner of the room and snatched a jar of jellybeans from a shelf. He moved to our circle and chose a spot between Abbey and Baker. After handing the jar to Abbey, he unfolded his seat. He grunted as he straddled the makeshift chair and let his hands rest on the curved top of the cane. He waited as Luther powered down his machine, smiled as Sing checked her watch for the thirtieth time, arched his eyebrows as Baker picked his nose, and furrowed his brow at the way Abbey grimaced over the candy jar like someone had asked to her hold dirty underwear.
He never made eye contact with me.
“I’ll take those back, Abbey dear. Alright, y’all know the drill.”
I considered raising my hand to inform him I had no clue what thedrill was—and that I was alive and not a ghost in the room. But he continued before I got the chance.
“Progress report, I’ll start. The good: My physical therapist says I’m making real strides. The bad: I still can’t write with a pen, and my darn right foot doesn’t always do what my left-brain tells it. Laura says she can sympathize with my left-brain, because I don’t always do what she tells me, either.”
He chuckled and grabbed a handful of jellybeans before passing the jar to Baker. Neyle had a slight droop to his mouth that was hard to see under the bushy mustache. Stroke maybe?
Baker tossed back several beans. “Good: Totally made it to all my classes but two last week.” There was a chorus of surprised murmurs. “Bad: I only remember going to Algebra, man.”
Groans rained down. Baker shrugged and snatched another handful of candy. He shoved the jar into my hands. I immediately attempted to hand them over to Luther, but he simply regarded me with wide-eyed incredulity—like I’d used the Holy Water at a Catholic mass to wash my armpits or something.
I watched Neyle. My gut tightened. Did he expect me to participate in confessional on my first night?
He smiled.
“I really don’t know why I’m here—”
Neyle held his hand up. “Maybe start with your name.”
“Right,” I mumbled. “My name is Ernie. I’m a sophomore. I play … I played baseball here at South State.”
I tried to pass the candy off once more. Luther shook his head, so I grabbed a few out of the jar and tried again. He still wouldn’t take the damn thing.
Neyle coughed. “Nice to meet you, Ernie. How about your week? Anything good or bad to report?”
“For real?” I hoped to find some kind of support but only got a toothy grin from Abbey and a frustrated eye roll from Sing for my effort.
“Okay, guess I’ll go bad first since there’s been a lot to choose from lately. I managed to royally piss off my new English teacher. Good…” I scratched at my chin, which was beginning to stubble over for the night. Surely I’d had something worthwhile happen. “They had corn chip chili pies in the cafeteria on Monday?”
“Those are awesome, bro.” Baker leaned forward. “You put that nacho cheese on them?”
Abbey made a dramatic gagging sound. In spite of my annoyed mood, I couldn’t hold back a smile.
I popped a jellybean into my mouth, then handed the jar to Luther and was almost giddy when he took it. I thought I caught the hint of a wink from Neyle.
He relaxed on his seat. “Lex, what was up with you?”
“Bad: Dad is still an asshole. Good: I didn’t actually have to talk to him this week. Next.”
Luther placed the jar near Sing and fished out a handful of candy.
“Whoa, hold up.” Neyle leaned forward. “You didn’t have your mid-week check in with the Sergeant?”
Luther shook his head, making his glasses wobble. “Nah, he and Mom went to Vegas to meet up with some of his Army buddies.”
“That’s progress at least. You must feel like a free man,” Neylesaid and laughed.
“Not really. He had Mom inform me that re-charging my meal card would have to wait until he got back, so he could go over my purchases from last month. Apparently, I went a little heavy on the snack bar. Guess he’s decided to starve me out for insubordination.”
“No way,” Baker said.
Sing flinched.
Abbey quit fiddling with her nails.
Would his dad really let him go hungry to teach him a lesson?
Not for the first time in my life, I reminded myself that not having a dad around could actually be a bonus. Especially if he was a shitty dad.
“Do you have enough money to eat until then?” Neyle asked.
“Yeah, I’m cool. I’ve got rations stashed in my dorm for such an emergency. Plus, Mom’ll send me some cash if she can sneak out to a mailbox.”
Neyle’s gaze stayed locked on Luther. “Sing?”
She had arranged six jellybeans into two symmetrical rows in front of her on a piece of seamlessly folded tissue paper. Each candy was a different color—white, green, yellow, black, red, and blue. Judging by how she composed the room earlier before sitting down, she seemed like a girl who had a reason for the order in which she did everything. I couldn’t fathom the meaning of this, though.
“Good: I stopped by the housing office and asked for a roommate request form.”
Neyle grinned. “That’s great, Sing. We’ve talked about you getting a roomy for a couple of semesters now. You know, Laura and I probably wouldn’t be married if it weren’t for Hyena Brown, my old college roommate. He’d eat anything, and we often had to because we were so poor. If I could survive a year with Hyena, I knew Laura’s cooking wouldn’t kill me, either. Don’t tell her I said that. ”
Sing smiled.
“Bet you didn’t even take an application, did you?” Luther asked.
Sing turned on him, teeth bared like a prim-but-very-wild, animal.
“Of course I didn’t. The student secretary bimbo behind the desk was eating cheesy chips and put her gross hands all over it. I asked for an application, not a passport to her personal island of disease and filth.”
Luther laughed.
Neyle crossed his arms over his chest. “You didn’t say that to her, did you?”
Sing fiddled with her candy, not making eye contact with anyone. “That’s actually my bad thing for the week. They threatened to call campus security if I didn’t leave. So I told them I’d gladly go with security—or anyone—with table manners beyond that of the common house rat.”
Neyle sighed. “Well, I can print one up for you I suppose. That leaves you, Abbey.”
She sifted through the candy jar and selected a single, pink bean. She took a tiny nibble and set the other half of the piece on the floor in front of her with a satisfied, and gorgeous, smile.
“Give me a break.” Luther moaned.
She narrowed her eyes. “It’s called portion control.”
“It’s called neurosis, aka why we’re freaking here,” Luther replied.
If a look could gouge eyes out, Luther would’ve been left with an extra set of nostrils in his head. Abbey’s fury didn’t last long, however.
“Good: Becca wanted me to go on this new diet with her, where you eat nothing but green juices for a month.” She stuck her chest out and smoothed her hair. “I said no.”
“Doesn’t take a genius to know you can’t survive off liquids,” Luther said. “I’m not sure that’s a win.”
“Not true, bro,” Baker said, his voice taking on the quality of a wise surfer guru. “I once bet my brother’s friend he couldn’t survive a month living on those diet meal replacement shakes. Gained like twenty-five pounds.”
“Your bad thing?” Neyle asked. An edge of impatience in his voice told me he was trying desperately to usher us beyond the introductory round at this point.
“So, I was at the mall last weekend, and I tried on this ultra-cute top. It had this amazing scalloped lace on the sleeves and a deep neckline. Which I totally adore, because I think my collarbones are my best feature and—”
Neyle cleared his throat, again.
Abbey’s eyes widened.  “Anyway, they only had an extra-small in the mint color I liked. I tried it on and it made my arms look all bulgy. I mean totally like cookie dough covered in plastic wrap. But I bought it anyway.”
“You got the shirt even though you didn’t look good in it?” Sing asked. “Sounds like a good thing coming from University Barbie.”
Had to admit, I was slightly impressed this girl got something that she felt was less than flattering on her.
Abbey stared at the ceiling and crossed her lean arms.  “I figured I could squeeze into it if I made good food choices during the week. So I decided to skip food on Tuesday and Thursday. The top is really cute, though…”
The silence got uncomfortable, quick, and I felt bad for her.
“You skipped a meal on a couple of days. Seems okay to me,” I said.
I scanned the group, not understanding why no one was backing me up. She didn’t need to beat herself up over what I was sure every girl did on occasion. When Neyle retrieved a packet of travel tissues from his shirt pocket as a tear worked its way down Abbey’s cheek, I knew.
I’d misunderstood. She literally didn’t eat anything two full days because she thought a shirt looked funny on her. The true burden of what we were doing settled over me in that moment. These weren’t quirky people. These were sick people. They needed medicine—be it a figurative ointment for the soul or a very real pill for the body—or their disease was going to kill them. And I was one of them.


Praise
“EJ Wesley has written a modern day Breakfast Club.” "E.J. tells a college love story with a real life feel. He has created a flawed and pitiful character who quickly becomes a rallying point for all the other characters of the story. Ernie is the sort of boy I could easily imagine myself being friends with in college and cheered on through life in general, but certainly the story."

"EJ's tale of a college baseball star and the demons he fights is powerful and captivating. Once you're involved inErnest's world, you are invested for the ride. Fans of this genre will say EJ hit it out of the park!" Alex J. Cavanaugh, Amazon bestselling author of the Cassa series

 "Great cast of characters. Lots of fun humor. Romance. Win! Definitely recommend!"

 "This is not so much a "coming of age" story, as it is a "coming of self." I loved reading it"

"It is an inspirational, heartwarming story in which any reader is likely to get lost."

"This story made me laugh and cry and it was so great to read something sweet and awesome from a guy."

Perfectly Ernest offers an emotionally genuine tour through depression, friendship, and love.”

 “It's wonderful when a story's voice is so strong as to drag you into someone's head so it feels natural. I devouredPerfectly Ernest.”

 “…captured my heart from page one.”   


About the Author:

Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free. After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California–where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.
 My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of Moonsongs, a series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes. Find me on Twitter @EJWesley or Facebook and we’ll chat! 

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-Jess

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Review: Empath- Becca J. Campbell

I had the opportunity to read and review EmpathBecca J. Campbell through the Read it and Reap program on Goodreads.  It was a fantastic read and I hope you enjoy the reivew! Please leave a comment or two letting us know what you thought!

Title: Empath
Author: Becca J. Campbell 
Publisher/Year: Createspace/2013
Genre: New Adult Romance/Urban Fantasy
Format: Mobi
Other Books By Author: Foreign Identity, Gateway To Reality, Pulled




The Juicy Stuff:
Supernatural empathy isn't a gift, it's a curse. Anywhere she goes, Jade's emotions are replaced by those of the people around her. Jade grew up in a suburb of Colorado Springs, protected from other people by her parents. Now she faces college-and the world-with nothing to shield her from unwanted feelings. 
When Cam, a classmate with a major crush on her, unintentionally hijacks her emotions, Jade struggles to keep from being carried away in feelings of attraction. 
When Ethan, a psychopath with a thirst for fear, fixates on her, the emotional impact could be lethal. Caught in a deadly trap, Jade must untangle the emotions and find a way to use her empathic curse to overcome this killer or be overcome by him

How It Made Me Feel:
I was immensely surprised with this book from the very beginning.  From the first sentence, the author drew me into her world and I stayed there until the last period on the last page.  I didn't even want it to end! I was hooked, I was emotional, I was eager to get back to the book when something else came up.  Becca J. Campbell wove a great storyline with some very detailed characters and set up the start of a series that I, for one, will want to finish.  Jade and Logan are two characters that I really enjoyed and loved the way their relationship grew and changed.  It was never stagnant and definitely kept me interested.  This was not a topic I was familiar with, but I loved the delivery, the story line, and the characters.

What I Thought Worked:
I greatly enjoyed that the book kept me interested from the get go.  There wasn't a moment from when I started reading to when I was finished that I thought, " Well, you know, this part isn't interesting, maybe I shouldn't finish it."  I never felt that.  I loved how fast paced it was but still kept everything neat and tidy and easy to connect.  I also enjoyed the depth of character the author had for Logan and Jade.  They were extremely dimensional characters for such short development in the amount of pages of the book.  Logan was easy to relate to and I found myself a fan of his character as soon as he was introduced.

What I Thought Didn't Work:
Honestly, there wasn't too much in the book that I really did not enjoy.  If anything, I wish Cam's character had been a bit more consistent.  During some of the readings, it seemed like he was a dimmer version of himself that we had met earlier in the book.  But it wasn't anything that distracted me from the overall storyline. 

Rating

Why It Got That Rating:
I really loved this book.  I could relate to the characters, I was enthused and hooked from the beginning, and I was able to read it and be transported into her story.  This is definitely a book I would love to add to my physical bookshelf and have the chance to read over and over.

Who Would I Recommend To:
I would recommend to anyone who loves urban fantasy.  It was a great story with a great background.

Last Impressions/Remarks:
Though I just finished this book, I'm ready to read it again and enjoy the writing and the characters.  It left an impression on me that won't soon go away and I am impressed. :)

Things We Should Talk About

  • Have you ever read this book?
  • What do you think on supernatural abilities like Empathic tendencies?
  • Would you ever consider reading this book?

I hope you enjoy reading my review and maybe it will help you decide one way or another on whether or not you'd like to read it.  I sure enjoyed it! :D

Keep on reading, Lovelies!
”Perfectly-Jess

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I've seen this little button in so many different places.  On blogs, on posts, on Instagram.  It's everywhere!  So, needless to say, my interest was piqued.  I love having comments on my blog posts, whether it's a positive comment or a something that has to do with constructive criticism. I'll take it.  I greatly enjoy having feedback when what I'm doing is so public.  Keeping that in mind, I also enjoy leaving comments.  If I read a book review that made me want to read the book, I let them know.  

Coming upon this little idea really had the wheels turning in my head.  This was such a grand idea and it is one that is easiest enough for even a busy blogger to participate in.  I found these rules on Alise's Blog, Readers In Wonderland and found that they were the best explanation.  Why mess with something that is already perfect? Haha.  So here is the direct quote from her blog.

  
"Basically, this is a group of people who make it a common routine to reply to comments on their own blog and go the extra mile to visit that commenter’s blog and comment on one of their posts in return. One-sided conversation is no fun! It is a way to get more comments, meet new people, and actually have bookish conversations, which was the reason a lot of us started blogging in the first place!

If you are entering your blog on this list, please make sure you try your best to do both:
-Replying to comments on your own blog
-Visiting and commenting back on blogs that have commented on yours
If you are taking the pledge to do both, you can (NOT mandatory) add the button somewhere on your site and enter your blog in the linky list below so others can find you!"



So I am going to publicly take the pledge.  I, Jess of A Cup of Tea & A Big Book, will happily and willfully comment on other book blogs and if someone comments on my blog, I shall return the favor.

Maybe it will help get a little more camaraderie going around, or at the very least, you might find a blog you may have never seen before.  Be sure to check out the linky on the original post!  There are so many great book blogs out there!

Keep on reading, lovlies!
-Jess


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Release Day Blitz: Bound-Melody Anne

Lookie here! Lookie here!  We have a fabulous excerpt and informacion about this fabulously new contemporary romance.   I have to say, the cover grabbed me from the getgo.  I am a sucker for anything sparkly or gold or copper.  Plus, her eye was FABULOUS!  My experience only got better as I read the summary and the excerpt.  My interest is seriously piqued and I am stoked to read the book.  We hope you enjoy the post and if the book sounds interesting to you, check out the links we have included for you and drop a line to Melody Anne.  There is also a Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post, so make sure you finish reading so you can enter!
Title: Bound
Series: Forbidden Series #1
Author: Melody Anne
Publication Date: August 25, 2014
Summary: Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation.

Jewell Weston is homeless and desperate at age twenty-four. Two years ago, she quit her job to care for her ailing mother and her young brother; the medical bills incurred because of the cancer that killed her mother two months ago took everything the family had, and the state then took away her brother, now age fourteen. The only way for her to get the boy back is by finding a job and securing a home.

When she’s approached by a woman in cashmere and pearls who tells her she can change her life, and is handed a card with the business name Relinquish Control on it, she thinks she has nothing to lose by calling the phone number. Maybe this will be the answer to her prayers, a way to save her little brother from the nightmarish foster home he’s been placed in.

Blake Knight, known to the world as cold and without a heart, is given an exclusive membership to Relinquish Control by his devilish younger brother, who thinks it would be amusing to make his staid brother squirm. Little does this brother realize that Blake does indeed have unusual desires that Relinquish Control can cater to perfectly. What started as a joke turns out to be just what Blake needs. Though the world sees this man as deliberate and emotionless, it’s nothing but a fa├žade. What lies underneath would shock all those who know him.

When he and his two brothers were six, eight and ten, they were tied up and forced to watch while their parents were murdered. The image has been burned into their minds, though they’ve tried to forget, leaving each of them guarded and unwilling to give their trust to anyone other than each other. No one is allowed to have their hearts. The brothers would never think of letting down their guard with anyone else, certainly not with a woman.

Follow Blake and Jewell’s journey and see if they can find a happily ever after…


  

Jewell shivered in fear as they made their way to the back of the building, to the area where escorts were picked up discreetly. A man couldn’t just walk out the front doors with a new girl on his arm every week. Someone might catch on to what this place was all about.

A large black SUV was parked behind the building. The driver’s door opened and a man with an expressionless face stepped out, moved to the back, and opened the door for her without saying a word. With one final, confident glance at Ms. Beaumont, Jewell stepped up to the door and then climbed inside onto the dark leather. The door closed solidly; she felt as if it were sealing her into a dark coffin.

About Melody Anne: Melody Anne is the author of the popular series, Billionaire Bachelors, and Baby for the Billionaire. She also has a Young Adult Series out; Midnight Fire and Midnight Moon - Rise of the Dark Angel. She's been writing for years and published in 2011. She hold a bachelors degree in business, so she loves to write about strong, powerful, businessmen.

When Melody isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets. She lives in a small town that she loves, and is involved in many community projects.

She makes it a point to respond to all her fans. 

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-Jess

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Cover Reveal Tour: Sasha- Rae Matthews


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SASHA by Rae Matthews

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SASHA
Author: Rae Matthews
Series: Mixed Drinks, Book 1
Genre: Romance | Comedy | Drama

~ SYNOPSIS ~
When it comes to relationships, I have really bad luck. Each time I meet a guy, I cross my fingers and hope he is at least half way normal. I’m so tired of dealing with crybabies and freak shows that I could just scream. At this point, I’m so close to just joining a convent, taking the vow of chastity, and calling it quits with men entirely. Well, I probably don’t need to go to that extreme... I mean who am I kidding? There's no way could I be a nun. But becoming an old crotchety lady with 20 cats lurking around? Now THAT is a definite possibility. That was until I saw him, my brown-eyed stallion man, swooping in to save me from an unforeseen wrinkly old balls attack, and then... he is gone. Well, not gone completely, because I can’t stop fantasizing about him.

I fantasize about him so much that when I finally did see him again, I made a complete and total ass of myself. Several times in fact. How I did not drop dead of embarrassment right then and there is beyond me. 

So, remember I said I have really bad luck? Well, sit back, grab a glass of wine or your favorite mixed drink, and let me tell you how it all started, and how it all ends...


 ~ COVER DESIGNER ~
Wicked by Design Robin Harper


~ RELEASE DATE ~ 
September 25th!
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~ TEASERS ~







~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~ 
Rae Matthews
  
Rae Matthews is a Minnesota native who moved to Wisconsin in 2002 for a guy of all things. I mean, who does that and doesn't live to regret it.

Rae is an awesome wife, a cool step-mother, a loyal friend, a super fantastic sister and a huge goofball. She loves to see people smile, laugh and generally enjoy life.

Rae loves to tell stories to friends and loved ones and is finally ready to share her stories with the world.

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THREE WINNERS!!

Two Winners get a SIGNED PAPERBACK each

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER gets:
1 Signed Paperback 
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SASHA Swag Pack (see pic) which includes:
1) Wine glass 
2) Shaker 
3) Koozie 
4) Mouse Pad 
5) Bottle Opener 
6) Shot Glass 
7) Boot (mini manicure set) 
8) Necklace 
9) 3 Signed Paperback (not shown in pic)




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Keep on reading, lovlies!
-Jess



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