FAMILY IS FOREVER by S.C. Stephens – Release Day Blitz

We are thrilled to be bringing you FAMILY IS FOREVER, the conclusion to S.C. Stephens’s Conversion series. Lovers of paranormal romance won’t want to miss this one–be sure to grab your copy today!

About FAMILY IS FOREVER

Julian Adams would give anything to rewind the last few months. His sister has been forever altered, a man he distrusts is now a permanent part of his family, and the woman of his dreams no longer remembers him. The only thing left for Julian to do is start over.

Nika Adams is finally content with her life. She’s forever bound to her soulmate, and helping him with a project that has given him purpose. But just when it seems peace is on the horizon, an unintended consequence of Hunter’s work arises, and everyone must pull together to find a way to keep the family safe … forever.

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“Julian, do you…?” My heart sped up as I considered just what she might be about to ask me. Do I like you? Yes. Do I want to be with you? Yes. Would I do anything for you? Yes.

Her mouth snapped shut and her lips compressed into a tight smile. Clearly, she wasn’t ready to open that door yet, and a huge part of me was relieved that she wasn’t. Just her asking the question would forever alter what we were, and while I wanted out of this limbo, I wasn’t positive she’d be happy to hear that I had feelings for her—or that she’d reciprocate them. We weren’t there yet.

“Will you be at my party?” I asked, hoping I could successfully change the subject.

Relief lightened her face. “Ummm yeah, I was thinking about going. It should be fun.”

“Great,” I told her, keeping my smile contained to a small grin. Great? More like freaking amazing, but I didn’t want to scare her off by saying that.

As silence fell between us, we continued walking through the cemetery to her house. When we were in her back yard, I finally said, “I really hope you come to the party. Maybe we’ll get a chance to talk…so we can, you know, get to know each other better, since we…haven’t known each other long.” Sadness crept over me as I traipsed across her lawn. We’ve known each other for years, you just don’t remember.

A strange, contemplative look crossed her face. “Yeah…although sometimes, it seems like I’ve known you longer than I actually have.”

Shock made me stand still. Arianna stopped with me, and she again looked embarrassed. “What do you mean?” I asked. Did she remember me?

Arianna frowned, and her brows furrowed in an adorable way. “Nothing, it’s just…a feeling, I guess.” She looked around her yard before continuing. “I know this is going to make me sound crazy, but I have these…blanks in my memory, these holes, and no matter how hard I try, I can’t remember what happened to me in those gaps. And when I try to fill the hole with something plausible, nothing feels right—like I’m trying to jam a square through a circle. But when I’m around you…it feels like, somehow you fit in those gaps…like…you’re the circle.” Her cheeks filling with color, she quickly stammered, “I don’t know why I feel that way, and I don’t know what it means, and like I said, it’s just a gut feeling I get sometimes, and it really freaks me out, and I can’t believe I told you about it…and now you think I’m nuts, don’t you?”

 

Don’t miss the other books in the Conversion series!

Conversion / Bloodlines / ‘Til Death / The Next Generation / The Beast Within / Family is Forever

 

About S.C. STEPHENS

S.C. Stephens is a bestselling author who enjoys spending every free moment she has creating stories that are packed with emotion and heavy on romance.

Her debut novel, Thoughtless, an angst-filled love triangle charged with insurmountable passion and the unforgettable Kellan Kyle, took the literary world by storm. Amazed and surprised by the response to the release of Thoughtless in 2009, more stories were quick to follow. Stephens has been writing nonstop ever since.

In addition to writing, Stephens enjoys spending lazy afternoons in the sun reading fabulous novels, loading up her iPod with writer’s block reducing music, heading out the movies and spending quality time with her friends and family. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two equally beautiful children.

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Lake Silence by Anne Bishop

The Others, Book 6

Synopsis: Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.

Review: After finishing the story of Meg and Simon, I was really curious to discover this first spin off. How not to be? I loved all the novels and was really excited to see what the author was going to present us.

Vicki has managed to rebuild her life since her divorce. This is not easy because she keeps the consequences of moral harassment that her husband has made her suffer and she is not very comfortable with men. But she has rebuilt herself and she is trying to create a kind of little inn for everyone. Yet nothing is simple and when she discovers a body not far from home, it’s the beginning of trouble. It seems that her ex-husband is related to this story and that he is part of a group that wants to acquire her land. They seem to have forgotten the rules that govern this place or the fact that Vicki is helped by Others who have attached themselves to her.

I had a great time with this story but I must say that I found it a little below regarding the previous ones. Vicki is finally, when you think about it, pretty close to Meg on several points, but it’s true that no one in this style can surpass the original heroine for me. I really liked following the investigation and seeing what the characters were going to do next. It was also very nice to see some links with the first volumes even if it’s really very light. This novel is finally quite a standalone and the story is self-sufficient.

I wonder if the author will propose anything else, but in any case I was delighted to immerse myself in the universe and to discover new characters that make us travel!

Lake Silence d’Anne Bishop (VO)

Meg Corbyn, Tome 6

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Les lois humaines ne s’appliquent pas dans le territoire contrôlé par les Autres – vampires, métamorphes et êtres paranormaux encore plus meurtriers. Et c’est un fait que les humains ne devraient jamais oublier. . .

Après son divorce, Vicki DeVine a repris une station balnéaire rustique près du lac Silence, dans une ville humaine qui n’est pas contrôlée par les hommes. Des villes comme celle de Vicki n’ont aucune distance avec les Autres, les prédateurs qui dominent la plus grande partie de la terre et toute l’eau à travers le monde. Et quand un lieu n’a pas de frontières, vous ne savez jamais vraiment ce qui vous observe.

Vicki espérait trouver une nouvelle carrière et une nouvelle vie. Mais quand sa locataire, Aggie Crowe – l’une des «métamorphes» – découvre un cadavre, de nouveaux ennuis apparaissent. Les détectives veulent accuser Vikki de meurtre, malgré la preuve que rien d’humain n’aurait pu tuer cette victime. Alors que Vicki et ses amis cherchent des réponses, les choses deviennent dangereuses – et il faudra tout ce qu’ils ont pour rester en vie.

Avis : Après avoir fini l’histoire de Meg et de Simon, j’étais vraiment curieuse de découvrir ce premier spin off. Comment ne pas l’être ? J’ai adoré tous les romans et j’étais vraiment impatiente de voir ce que l’auteure allait nous réserver.

Vicki a réussi à refaire sa vie depuis son divorce. Ce n’est pas simple car elle garde les séquelles des harcèlements moraux que son mari lui a fait subir et n’est pas très à l’aise auprès des des hommes. Mais elle s’est reconstruite, elle essaie de créer une sorte de petite auberge pour tous. Pourtant, rien n’est simple et quand elle découvre un corps non loin de chez elle, c’est le début des ennuis. Il semblerait que son ex-mari soit lié à cette histoire et qu’il fasse parti d’un groupe qui désire acquérir ses terres. Ils semblent avoir oublié les règles qui régissent cet endroit ou le fait que Vicki soit aidée par les Autres qui se sont attachés à elle.

J’ai passé un très bon moment avec cette histoire mais je dois dire que je l’ai trouvée en dessous de ceux précédents. Vicki est finalement, quand on y réfléchi, assez proche de Meg sur plusieurs points, mais c’est vrai que personne dans ce style-là ne peut surpasser l’héroïne originale pour moi. J’ai beaucoup aimé suivre l’enquête et voir ce que les personnages allaient faire par la suite. C’était aussi très sympa de voir quelques petits liens avec les premiers tomes même si c’est vraiment très léger. Ce roman est vraiment un standalone et une histoire qui se suffit à elle-même.

Je me demande si l’auteure nous proposera autre chose, mais dans tous les cas j’étais ravie de me replonger dans l’univers et découvrir de nouveaux personnages qui nous font voyager !

Pivot Point by Kasie West

Pivot Point, Book 1

Synopsis: Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier…

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through… and who she can’t live without.

Review: This is a story I was curious to discover! It is not the author who interested me, although I like her pen, but the story itself. The synopsis promised me an unexpected structure that I wanted to discover, and I was not disappointed!

Addison lives in a world apart, a kind of bubble located in Texas that brings together people with extraordinary psychic skills. Hers? To read the future. Finally not quite that: she is able to see the branches of her future that will be revealed according to the choices she makes. Great thing will you say to me! Maybe … I’m not so sure, she realizes how much this can affect her life.

If we ignore this, it’s a teenager like the others: a best friend, teen problems, parents who argue and end up divorcing. Wait, freeze. And if we were holding one of these branches, a trigger. And if that was the trigger? If making the choices that concern her could be the trigger for this wave of events?

I was expecting a lot of things from this story, but I did not expect that. That does not mean it’s negative, far from it. It took me a while to understand what was happening to me over the pages. I felt a little lost, I must admit it. The universes cross, mix, without warning. And then all of a sudden, I found the breadcrumb trail. The story is finally very logical, because, obviously, it is above all a question of choice. The author explores the paths to Addison’s future, showing us that if the paths can be very different, they converge to the same point.

I really enjoyed this very original reading, which shows that things are much more complex than appearances suggested. The characters are well defined, rich, original for some (with a big crush on one of them!), And I can not wait, read the volume 2! But I will have to wait! Arggggg

Céline

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Pivot Point de Kasie West

A la croisée des chemins, Tome 1

Résumé : Connaître les retombées de ses choix ne les rendent pas plus faciles…

La vie d’Addison Coleman se résume à un grand « Et si ? » En tant que Chercheuse, lorsqu’elle est face à un choix, elle peut regarder dans le futur et en voir toutes les issues, ce qui lui permet immanquablement d’éviter les désastres. Du moins, c’était ce qu’elle pensait. Lorsque ses parents la prenne de court en lui annonçant leur divorce, elle peut soit choisir de vivre avec son père, qui veut quitter le Camp paranormal pour vivre parmi les « Norms » soit avec sa mère, qui compte rester dans le monde qu’Addie a toujours connu. La réponse aurait dû être évidente puisqu’elle aime sa vie telle qu’elle est, mais une Recherche six semaines dans le futur lui prouve que ce n’est pas aussi simple.

Dans un de ses futurs potentiels, elle se voit s’adapter à la vie hors du Camp en tant que petite nouvelle du lycée pour Norms où elle fait la rencontre de Trevor, un artiste mignon et sensible qui la comprend. Sur son autre route, elle est poursuivie par le mec le plus sexy de l’école, elle qui n’a jamais souhaité devenir la petite amie du quarterback. Lorsque son père est consulté sur un meurtre perpétué au Camp, elle est entrainée bien malgré elle dans un jeu dangereux qui menace tout ce qui est cher à ses yeux. Chacun de ses futurs étant soutendus d’amour et de pertes, ses options se résument à choisir la réalité qu’elle souhaite embrasser, et l’être cher dont elle ne pourra pas se passer…

Avis : Voilà un récit que j’étais curieuse de connaître ! Ce n’est pas l’auteure qui m’intéressait, même si j’aime bien sa plume, mais le récit en lui-même. Le résumé me promettait une structure inattendue que j’ai eu envie de découvrir, et je n’ai pas été déçue !

Addison vit dans un monde à part, une sorte de bulle située dans le Texas qui réunit des gens aux aptitudes psychiques hors normes. La sienne ? Lire l’avenir. Enfin pas tout à fait : elle est capable de voir les embranchements de son avenir qui se révèleront en fonction des choix qu’elle fait. Génial me direz-vous ! Peut-être… Je n’en suis pas si sûre, elle-même se rend compte combien cela peut conditionner sa vie.

Si on fait abstraction de cela, c’est une adolescente comme les autres : une meilleure amie, des problèmes d’ado, des parents qui se disputent et finissent par divorcer. Attendez, arrêt sur image. Et si on tenait là un de ces embranchements, un déclencheur. Et si c’était cela le déclencheur ? Si faire les choix qui la concernent elle pouvait être le déclencheur à cette déferlante d’évènements ?

J’attendais beaucoup de choses de ce récit, mais je ne m’attendais pas à ça. Cela ne veut pas dire que c’est négatif, loin de là. Il m’a fallu un peu de temps pour comprendre ce qui m’arrivait au fil des pages. Je me suis sentie un peu perdue, je dois le reconnaître. Les univers se croisent, se mélangent, sans prévenir. Et puis d’un seul coup, j’ai trouvé le fil d’Ariane. Le récit est finalement très logique, car, évidemment, c’est avant tout une question de choix. L’auteure explore les chemins vers l’avenir d’Addison, nous montrant que si les voies peuvent être très différentes, elles convergent vers un même point.

J’ai vraiment apprécié cette lecture très originale, qui montre que les choses sont bien plus complexes que les apparences ne le laissaient présager. Les personnages sont bien définis, riches, originaux pour certains (avec un gros coup de cœur pour l’un d’entre eux !), et je n’ai qu’une hâte, lire le tome 2 ! Mais je vais devoir attendre ! Arggggg

Céline

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GENTLEMAN NINE by Penelope Ward – Release Day

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From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new, sexy standalone novel.

Growing up, the three of us were friends.

He was the nerd.

I was the playboy.

She was the beauty.

Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits.

He lied.

I went off to college, and he got the girl.

Amber never knew how I felt.

They were together for years—before he broke her heart.

Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch.

When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

Still reeling from her breakup, she’d sworn off men.

One night, I opened her computer to find the shock of my life. She’d hesitantly contacted a male escort company. Afraid to date and get her heart broken again, she was looking for sex with no strings.

Every emotion imaginable ran through me: protectiveness, jealousy—curiosity.

Amber had chosen Gentleman Number Nine and sent him a message.

She opened up to him, confessing, among other things, her physical attraction to her friend— me. But she considered me off-limits—and she thought I was a manwhore. (Ironic, considering the circumstances.)

Eventually, she set up a date to meet Gentleman Nine at a hotel.

When she showed up several nights later to meet him, she got the surprise of her life to see me standing there—with an offer I hoped she wouldn’t refuse.

Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. She’s a seventeen-time New York Times bestseller. Her novels are published in over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world. Having grown up in Boston with five older brothers, she spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor, before switching to a more family-friendly career. She is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year-old girl with autism and a 12-year-old boy. Penelope and her family reside in Rhode Island.

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Stacking the Shelves #258

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Shades of Shadows (Shades of Magic, 2) – V.E. Schwab

Kell est le dernier des magiciens de sang, des sorciers capables de voyager d’un monde à l’autre. Des mondes, il y en a quatre, dont Londres est, à chaque fois, le cœur et l’âme. Le premier, gris, est le nôtre. Le second, rouge, déborde de magie. Dans le troisième, blanc, elle s’est faite rare, et dans le dernier, noir, elle a tout dévoré. Quatre mois ont passé depuis qu’un talisman maléfique est tombé entre les mains de Kell, depuis que le corps de son ennemi a été expédié dans le Londres noir en compagnie du joyau.

Lila s’en est allée. Sans mot dire, au bout de trois jours d’épreuves inimaginables, elle a abandonné là Kell, sur un quai du Londres rouge, pour partir explorer le monde. Depuis, le jeune homme est assailli de rêves menaçants, dont il ne se réveille que pour penser à elle. La capitale bouillonne de fièvre car dans quelques jours commencent les Jeux des éléments, une compétition qui réunit les meilleurs magiciens de trois royaumes voisins, souvent en guerre par le passé. En prévision de l’événement, un navire à la réputation légendaire se rapproche d’ailleurs de la cité, ramenant de vieux amis à terre. Mais pendant ce temps, un autre Londres se réveille et revient petit à petit à la vie. Or rien ne peut venir bouleverser l’équilibre de la magie : pour qu’une ville prospère, une autre doit forcément décliner…