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LOVE, LEX (The Undergrad Years #1) by AVERY ASTER

Release Date: April 14, 2014

Genres: Contemporary Romance/Coming Of Age

Age Group: New Adult

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This summer, I’d planned to celebrate my eighteenth birthday in Europe with my fellow Manhattanites—Taddy Brill, Blake Morgan, and Vive Farnworth—until I caught my boyfriend screwing my mother. According to the police report, this vomit-inducing incident happened around the same time I’d supposedly blown-up my mother’s penthouse. Like I’m walking around Soho with a stick of dynamite in my Louis Vuitton purse—not! Now, my besties and I are in jail.

Officer Ford Gotti, the Harley-wheelin’ biker cop who arrested us, keeps sticking his perfectly-sculpted nose into my case. His inked body is jacked like a superhero, and he says I can trust him. He wants me to fess up. I won’t. Not again. Why should I? My friends and I had a previous stint in juvie that nearly destroyed us. I gotta protect them and keep my mouth shut. Right?

—Lex Easton, women’s studies major, motorcycle enthusiast, and virgin.

The Undergrad Years is a New Adult contemporary miniseries about first loves, independence, and everlasting friendships. Interact with Avery while reading Love, Lex on Instagram and Twitter @AveryAster using the hashtags #UndergradYears #NewAdult. Swag and reader contests can be found on Avery’s blog”

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Excerpt from Chapter Two: Mister Softee

*set up: Lex recaps the most unfortunate things that have happened to her over the years.  

Top Ten Fears & Worst Moments

of My So-Called Life

by Lex Easton

  1. Puberty advice to pad my bra, or not wear one at all. I was nine then.
  2. A locked refrigerator. No parent should starve their child. Birdie had called it food monitoring.
  3. Paparazzi which has tormented and snapped photos of me (usually when I was at my worst) my entire life. Such as…when I’d eaten a chocolate and vanilla twist cone, dipped in a raspberry hard shell and dusted with rainbow sprinkles. Purchased from a Mister Softee truck, parked on Madison Avenue—while standing outside in one hundred degree weather with one hundred percent humidity, in a horizontal-striped-sheer-stretchy poly-blend sun dress—which had ridden itself almost entirely up my bum. How I knew it had ridden up my bum? See number 5.
  4. A Vicodin, given to me by Dad to stop my hysteria, instead of a band-aid or a hug, after I’d fallen and scratched my knee on Madison Avenue while running from the Paparazzi. I was like eleven.
  5. The photos of my backside, at the ice cream truck, appearing on the cover of The Manhattanite Times the very next day. The headline had read, “Alexandra the Great Swallows for Mr. Softee.”
  6. A mother who has and forever will have a hotter body, prettier face, and better hair than I do. Even when I’m seventy years old and she’s like dead.
  7. A father who was never around. Years have passed without him walking through our front door. I’m not sure he even knows Birdie sold the Central Park West mansion and moved to Soho last year. I should probably give him the new address.
  8. The fear I’ll never meet or exceed my parent’s financial or professional success, regardless of what industry I work in. According to the economics class Vive and I took our senior year, I have less than a five percent chance to make it as an adult without riding my folk’s coattails to maintain this lifestyle. Poor Vive, her family is the second richest in North America. She has less than half a percent.
  9. Infamy! I’ll forever be associated with the Easton’s.
  10. Birdie and her full-on, balls-to-the wall sex with my high school sweet-heart. I had loved Kelle Sterling Dolley. Or at least, I thought I had.



I’m a thirty-something New Yorker who lives on the Upper East Side. I write THE MANHATTANITES, a contemporary romantic soap opera of full length, stand alone novels, and it’s juicy prequel, companion series THE UNDERGRAD YEARS.

My novels that are out now include UNDRESSED, UNSCRUPULOUS, LOVE LEX, and YOURS TRULY TADDY. In 2014 I’ll be releasing XO BLAKE, UNSAID, and UNIQUE.

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If books could talk.

Harry Potter:
Who ever knew that not being a muggle would be this dangerous?

The Hunger Games:
I hunted your emotions in the first book, tried my best in the second book, and became a precedent for what Divergent did to its readers.

Basically, you're screwed no matter what faction you pick...especially if you're divergent.

The Maze Runner:
<-- That may be the title of my series, but I'm only true to it for the first book...I guess.

Percy Jackson:
Daddy-issues laced with adventure and readers warning you to not watch the movie first.

Sparkly vampires and hairy men run your life, bitch.

Have any more? Please feel free to add! (There's obviously lots of series out there!)


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Next To You (Life #2) by Claudia Y. Burgoa 

Publication Date: June 2014

Genres: Contemporary

Age Group: New Adult


…I need time. Time to heal those wings and learn to use them…

Was part of the letter Rebecca Trent, Daniel Brightmore’s fiancée and best friend left when she ran away. The person he trusted the most for the past decade disappeared without giving him a second glance. She taught him how to love, believe in family and that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Now he’s struggling between wiping any traces of her from his life and drowning his sorrows away with the help of his new best friends—Don Julio and Jack Daniels.


Rebecca’s past suffocated her to the point of not wanting to continue, her lifeline and the only reason to live began to withdraw from her. She wished it had been her imagination, but heard it loud and clear: “If not, there’s always a divorce, nothing is forever.” This time it became a leave or die situation. Something has got to change—she had to change. Packing light and leaving a letter behind, she takes a journey that can help her find herself through the shards of her painful childhood.

As letters, memories and stories are exchanged, two once inseparable people reconcile what’s left of their relationship. Beyond the confines of everything they built together, they’re left with two lonely people searching for what it means to be whole. Will they find meaning under their bruised psyches or will their pasts get the better of them?”

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Author Bio 

Claudia lives in Colorado with her family and three dogs. Two beagles who believe they are human, and a bichon who thinks she’s a beagle. While managing life, she works as a CFO at a small IT Company. She’s a dreamer who enjoys music, laughter and a good story.”

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BOOK TOUR + REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: True Colors by Melissa Pearl (4/5 Stars)

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Caitlyn Davis always cruised through life, not being the type to ruffle feathers or involve herself in high school drama…until a chance encounter with a strange, homeless man changes everything.

Suddenly, Caitlyn has the ability to see behind people’s masks. She discovers that her life isn’t as simple as she imagined and her high school is filled with secrets…some very sinister ones.

Unable to ignore her new gift, Caitlyn embarks on a mission to learn why one of her friends now appears terrified, but masks her fear behind a bright, smiling veneer. Will Caitlyn’s new ability lead her into hot water? Or is her new found vision a blessing that will expose her friends’ true colors?

Her quest will lead Caitlyn to lose friends, stand up for those in need, and even find love.

At Palisades High School every face tells a story…



True Colors by Melissa Pearl is a young adult (dangerously close to the new adult age group) novel that follows a protagonist whose life changes drastically after a chance encounter. This mystery resembles the TV show, Veronica Mars, if she had the ability to read people’s true emotions (Just so you can get a gist of what to expect!) Pearl’s novel is also the first in a series, which I’m hoping to read more of, and shows a lot of promise, since it has such a unique premise. True Colors is a quickly paced and very filling meal for romantic gluttons—oh and the mystery, which begs to be solved, makes this a very entertaining read. 

Caitlyn, the protagonist, is the type of girl in high school that fits in but at the cost of letting others, like her best friend, walk all over her. What I immediately disliked about Caitlyn was her bratty attitude at the beginning of the book, but what redeemed her for me was the amount of character growth she’d experienced by the end of the book. Despite her character flaw of letting others walk all over her and having a particular addiction to running away when things get too complicated, I liked Caitlyn’s (ironic) tenacity to do the right thing. Her ability to see others’ mask is an intriguing concept that I’m not sure I’ve seen before, so that was refreshing. What I find extremely interesting, however, is how through Caitlyn’s sight of others’ true emotions, she learns to see and accept her own, as if she is unconsciously pulling away her own emotional masks.

I loved the mystery in this book. The question of who is behind the force controlling the students of Caitlyn’s school is a question that drives the story forward, urging the reader to watch Caitlyn solve the problem. I liked the fact that Pearl allows for the reader to become accustomed to Caitlyn’s new sight by introducing minor situations that challenge her ability to read the people she thought she knew well. Like Caitlyn, at first the reader may feel a bit flustered with the sudden change, what with the confusing descriptions of what she sees and how she handles the situations. But then, with some help from an unexpected source, we, like Caitlyn, finally begin to understand exactly what is happening. The conclusion of the mystery was both a surprising and expected, since the story had me guessing at who was really behind the strings of the operation, so it was fun to second-guess my idea of who-done-it.

What I had a hard time believing was the romantic aspect of the novel. If you’re into sappy romantic tales of heroes in the form of sexy men who, by the way, love to make the girls they like promise impossible things, then you’re going to love this budding relationship. Not exactly an insta-love novel (though Pearl does comment on this phenomena in her narrative at some point), Caitlyn’s blossoming romance moves very quickly, considering how the events occur in probably only a few weeks. While I loved the mystery, the pacing, and the uniqueness, it almost felt like the romance was an added bonus just so Caitlyn could have a hero to call her own. Yes, her love interest is sexy and predictable, but with the whole build-up of her (SPOILER) promising to never read him, though she is in no way capable of fully controlling her abilities (SPOILER), I expected something huge to happen between him and her. Readers: a protagonist doesn’t always need a hero to save the day, even if she appears to be a helpless teen girl. (Which Caitlyn proves not to be—most of the time.)

 One more minor issue that I had with this one was how quickly Caitlyn mastered her gift. I know that for the sake of the story she had to become a pro quickly, but it would have made the whole situation a bit more realistic if Caitlyn’s mastering of her sight was a constant struggle throughout the book. I found it to be a bit convenient that she was suddenly very good at controlling a life-altering gift that she’d received only weeks before.

Other than the issues I had with this one, I found it to be an enjoyable and quick read! I started reading True Colors while reading another book, just to get a feel for it, and I found myself unable to stop thinking about it. I wasn’t disappointed in the story’s premise and I absolutely loved the mystery aspect. I recommend this to readers looking for a dark mystery and anyone who likes a slightly predictable romance that mimics the formula of insta-love (but not really.) I’m looking forward to the sequel!

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Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 - True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

"I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love."

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I’m a huge fan of this series and I think any fan of mythology inspired YA novels will love it, too! It’s so sad to see this series end, but I’m excited to see what else Tellulah has up her sleeve!

It’s Tellulah’s virtual book bash and you’re invited! Come to: on Sunday, Mar 23 between 10-11AM PST and help Tellulah celebrate the release of My Life From Hell. She’ll be live on video, doing a reading, answering your text Q&A, and just chatting. So come on over, ask a question, discuss the pros and cons of swoony boys, or just say hi! She’d love to have you there to help mark the end of Sophie’s journey. Better yet, she’s the only one who has to get dressed for the event. :D


My Life From Hell (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #3) by Tellulah Darling  

Publication Date: March 20th 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Mythology

Age Group: Young Adult

To say that Sophie Bloom is at the top of her game with one only week until spring equinox and the final showdown with Zeus and Hades would be, well, lying. The Goddess of Spring feels more like the Goddess of Bzz Thanks For Playing than the savior of humanity. And could her relationships be any more messed up?

Good times.

Sophie is convinced that things can’t get any worse than crawling back to her mother Demeter and begging for help. But she’s about to find out how very wrong she is.

It’s a race against time for Sophie to implement the big battle strategy in the YA romantic comedy/Greek mythology finale My Life From Hell. Love meets comedy with a whole lot of sass in book three of this teen fantasy romance series. Save herself; save the world. Humanity may be screwed.”

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I fired again and again, staying rooted to the spot, and forcing extra power from deep within the earth. I wiggled my bare feet into the dirt, digging my toes in deeper.

At least it didn’t stay dark. Between fireballs, lightning strikes, my shockwaves and Kai’s black light, it was quite the dazzling illumination.

My eyes closed. I didn’t need to see the Photokia and Pyrosim to know where they were. I could sense them, millions and millions, swarming me. More than I could count. More than I could process.

It was a plague of minions. The world was so thick with them that I was amazed there was still room for air. Their fireballs burned my skin and sparked my hair. Their lightning arced through my body.

The air was heat and smoke and burning destruction. Every particle glided over my skin in electric vibrations that shocked the tiny hairs on my arms. Black ash rained down, covering me in a blanket of soot. I took it all in and used it. Turned it around and sent it back with every shockwave I fired.

I felt untouchable. Even with all the hits I was taking, my healing abilities kept up pretty well. I had never been more a goddess, more every-inch powerful, than in this moment. I felt Persephone settle into my skin, connect to me in a way that had never happened before. For this moment, at least, we were in perfect synch. We were the vanquishers and our enemies would go down tasting our wrath.

Until I heard the laughter.


Author Bio 

Tellulah Darling


1) YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she’s compensating.
2) Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3) Sassy minx.

Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.

Tellulah Darling is a firm believer that some of the best stories happen when love meets comedy. Which is why she has so much fun writing young adult romantic comedy novels. Her tales span contemporary, teen fantasy romance, and YA Greek mythology, and range from stand alone books to series. For Tellulah, teen romance is the most passionate, intense, and awkward there is - a comedy goldmine. Plus smart, mouthy, teen girls rock.

Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?”

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I absolutely love this series!

A Date of Godlike Proportions by Tellulah Darling (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy #2.5) 

Publication date: December 20th 2013

Genres: Comedy, Mythology, Young Adult

There’s bound to be pressure when it takes 2500 years to get to a second date. Which is exactly why Theo Rockman, a.k.a. Prometheus, would rather not go. With his best friend gravely injured and the fate of humanity still on the line, Theo has all sorts of creative excuses to avoid dating swoon-worthy god and love of his life, Hephaestus. 

YA romantic comedy gets an epic mythological twist in the free (at select retailers) short story A Date of Godlike Proportions (The Blooming Goddess Trilogy Book 2.5). Being human hasn’t killed Theo, but this date just might.”

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My first sucky kiss or the reason why I write YA romantic comedy

I don’t actually remember my first kiss. And believe me, it’s not because there was such a variety of them in my teen years that it just got lost in the shuffle. Which, sigh, is probably another reason I write YA romantic comedy. At least my characters fare better than I did.

While I may not remember my actual first kiss, the first one I do remember is forever burned in my brain. I was fifteen years old and a cute boy (cute being relative to my age and the decade) had asked me to go to the fireworks with him.

Sounds romantic, doesn’t it? Yeah, throw that idea out. Imagine you and ten thousand of your closest friends packed onto a beach to listen to a deafening soundtrack of rock ballads while watching the light show overhead. Now make at least half of those people drunk.

But silly, innocent girl that I was, I though this was going to be highly romantic – a night of cuddling with perhaps one perfect kiss as the final firework burst overhead and in that moment of silent awe, I would feel, nay hear our two hearts beat as one.

I remember that we got there about three hours early to secure a spot. The boy had not brought any kind of blanket, so this was three hours of sitting in sand, while families and yahoos settled in around us. But that was okay. It gave us a chance to talk, probably about such scintillating topics as which of our friends was screwing around on whom and what TV shows were we watching. I remember having overlooked the fact that he didn’t read because he was cute. (Never again.) It did allow a pleasant sexual tension to build between us and by the time the sun had set and the show started, I was all ready for the hand holding to begin.

Now, skip the hand holding. Because in a blink, as the crowd around us roared and the first flare lit up the sky, I felt myself pushed back onto the sand and these giant lips come towards me. Tongue may have been hanging out. And while I can’t remember that part exactly thanks to some very excellent trauma repression, I do have a very clear memory of thinking, “this is going to be gross.” Which then warred with the thought, “but I am about to be kissed.”

The kissing won out. Because I was 15 and stupid. But it was a curiously detached experience, with me trying to figure out if his lips were growing and what the polite amount of time was that I could allow this before I shoved him off me and grabbed a desperately wanted tissue to wipe off my face.

Forty minutes. That was the length of the fireworks show (of which I saw nothing) and the amount of time he kissed me with those massive, fleshy, wet lips. I take responsibility for not shutting down the action sooner, but my mother had raised me to be polite and I wasn’t sure what the polite way to express “EW THIS IS SO DISGUSTING!” was.

So I kind of tuned out and focused on all the places that sand was creeping in. And not in a pleasant “yay friction” kind of way. At long long last, the show ended. At which point he did sweetly take my hand and we began the trek to the bus stop. I tried one last time to salvage my romantic ideals with a cuddle on the bus, but that seemed to give him the idea that I wanted to kiss some more. Which I so didn’t. So I moved seats. And that was the first kiss I can remember having.

Which leads me good people, to why I write YA romantic comedy. Because while I can appreciate the humour of awkward teen passion, I’m determined to write girls who will push that boy off them for not being romantic. Or ruining the kissing experience. Girls who will say, “Nope. This isn’t working for me.” Who will make their boys smarten up and figure out how to treat a girl, even if they have to teach the guy themselves.

And I figure if I write enough great kisses, I’ll end up believing that one of them was mine.


Author Bio 

"Tellulah Darling
1. YA Novelist
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter and instructor
3. Sassy minx

Geeks out over: cool tech.
Squees for: great storytelling.
Delights in: fabulous conversation.
Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.”

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Days Gone Bad (Vesik, Book 1) by Eric R Asher

Published: 2/8/2013

"My name is Damian Valdis Vesik. I am a necromancer, an ability feared and hated as much as the powers my master and I set ourselves against. We’ve vanquished many evils, but now something is releasing an old darkness, forcing us to hunt an enemy beyond anything I’ve faced before. I was already busy enough with vampires, fairies, witches, Watchers, weddings, and … damn, I need a vacation."

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Wolves and the River of Stone (Vesik, Book 2) by Eric R Asher

Published: 10/22/2013

Philip, Zola’s boyfriend from one hundred and fifty years ago, is not nearly as dead as we thought. I really wish he was. Not only has he kidnapped Zola, but he’s raising an army to scour humanity from the earth. Hopefully the local werewolf pack will help. What could possibly go wrong?”

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Eric is a former bookseller, guitarist, and comic seller currently living in Saint Louis, Missouri. A lifelong enthusiast of books, music, toys, and games, he discovered a love for the written word after being dragged to the library by his parents at a young age. When he is not writing, you can usually find him reading, gaming, or buried beneath a small avalanche of Transformers.

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Anyone But You by Kim Askew &amp; Amy Helmes
Release Date: January 1, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genres: Romance, Adaptation
"These violent delights have violent ends&#8230;
Gigi Caputo is fed up. A vicious act of vandalism has dealt another blow to her family&#8217;s proud pizza heritage, and the Montes&#8212;owners of a rival Italian restaurant&#8212;are clearly to blame. The hostility goes far beyond bragging rights for best pizza in Chicago. The Montes have been bent on destroying Cap&#8217;s for four generations. Even if it means putting herself in harm&#8217;s way, Gigi&#8217;s determined to get to the bottom of the feud. Instead, in a secret encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief, she finds both danger and love at first sight. If the daughter and son of these two warring families fall for each other, can it be anything but a recipe for disaster? Slowly, Gigi and Roman learn that their story is fatefully linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World&#8217;s Fair. The most stunning wonder of the fair is Stella, who innocently causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood. Wending its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare&#8217;s Romeo and Juliet is bittersweet, funny, and intensely exciting. It&#8217;s classic romance&#8212;a tale of hate and the only force that can ever defeat it: love.&#8221;
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Anyone But You by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

Release Date: January 1, 2014

Age Group: Young Adult

Genres: Romance, Adaptation

"These violent delights have violent ends…

Gigi Caputo is fed up. A vicious act of vandalism has dealt another blow to her family’s proud pizza heritage, and the Montes—owners of a rival Italian restaurant—are clearly to blame. The hostility goes far beyond bragging rights for best pizza in Chicago. The Montes have been bent on destroying Cap’s for four generations. Even if it means putting herself in harm’s way, Gigi’s determined to get to the bottom of the feud. Instead, in a secret encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief, she finds both danger and love at first sight. If the daughter and son of these two warring families fall for each other, can it be anything but a recipe for disaster? Slowly, Gigi and Roman learn that their story is fatefully linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World’s Fair. The most stunning wonder of the fair is Stella, who innocently causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood. Wending its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is bittersweet, funny, and intensely exciting. It’s classic romance—a tale of hate and the only force that can ever defeat it: love.”

Check it out on Goodreads here

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