Monday, February 24, 2020

Blog Tour & Excerpt: THE LIFE YOU STOLE (Life #2) by Jewel E Ann

"Hold on with both hands because you're about to experience the ride of a lifetime. All the stars for this masterpiece."

-Marni Mann, USA Today Bestselling Author

THE LIFE YOU STOLE, the compelling and stunning conclusion to the binge worthy Life Duet from Jewel E. Ann, is available now!


On the heels of a devastating loss, Evelyn fights to put her life back together.
Only … part of her husband belongs to another woman, and the devil owns her soul.

“If you tell her the lie, I will tell her the truth.”

When her best friend goes to great lengths to protect Evelyn from destruction and devastation, mistakes are made, lines are crossed, and all trust is shattered.

“We weren’t unbreakable.
I just needed to believe we weren’t unrepairable.”

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I jumped, shutting my computer, and glanced up at Graham paused at the threshold to my room, loosening his red tie. He always looked handsome in a suit and that red tie I gave him for his birthday. I didn’t expect to see him. My assistant said he was at the Governor’s Mansion. I rarely stayed there, but he used it as an occasional “getaway.” Probably from me. So when she told me he was there, I made the assumption (actually hoped) he’d decided to stay the night and get some work done.
“It’s not even seven.” I tucked my bare feet beneath me, still wearing my navy skirt suit and silk scarf—my long hair in loose curls down my back and around my shoulders just like Graham liked it. 
He took calculated steps toward me, completely untying his tie, letting it drop to the floor before working the buttons to his starchy white shirt. I tried to forget my internet search, not that it mattered because I couldn’t hide anything from my husband. He elicited a warring of emotions from me. An icy tingle slithered along my spine, making every muscle rigid, while the warmth in my heart fed on the way my pulse reacted to his proximity, the way it always had done. That never changed. It was how I knew we weren’t broken.
“Did you miss me?” He smirked, shrugging off his shirt, revealing his defined torso—abs for days beneath a thin smattering of dark hair on his chest.
I was the envy of so many women. Every day I reminded myself of that.
“Nice scarf.” He knelt in front of the chair.
I returned a nervous smile, hoping the man before me was the man I loved. Graham untied the scarf, sliding it from my neck as slowly as he’d slid off his tie just seconds earlier. The scarf floated to the floor. Gentle fingers swept my hair off my shoulders, exposing my neck.
With the same feather’s touch, he traced the bruises. “It’s nothing …” His lips replaced his fingers, kissing my neck. “You’re fine. Right?”
I wanted to believe him. Could denial become truth if we just believed hard enough?
“I’m fine,” I murmured, closing my eyes.
“Want me to show you how much I missed you?” he whispered next to my ear.
Was he asking me for permission? Governor Graham demanded me. Pre-marriage, pre-Governor Graham asked … begged me to surrender to him.

"We don't have to be perfect to be forever."
This final book in this duet pulled out MANY emotions within in and went in a direction that I did NOT expect. I was put through the ringer with my feelings! I typically don't read thrillers, so I had no frame of reference to feed off of when it came to predicting what could come of these four characters. BUT I do have a frame of reference when it comes to Jewel and with that knowledge, I knew I needed to expect the unexpected. So that was exactly what I did while reading.

There was jaw dropping, heart shattering, steamy, suspenseful, and mind blowing moments scattered throughout this book. Much more so than book one. This book was where everything blew up and was the catalyst to the story. Four friends, two lovers, one unimaginable tragedy. This was a story about lifelong friendships, unbreakable bonds and a love that isn't perfect, but is forever. This story is full of truths and lies and sometimes the truths are more painful than the lies. Sometimes hiding the truth from your loved ones can protect them. No one is innocent in this book. Everyone keeps things from their loved ones. Sometimes we loved with lies and protected with sins. Ultimately, these lies snowball and create a storm that these four can't manage without someone (or all of them) will break.

This duet proved to me yet again why Jewel is an instant one click author for me. Jewel excels at pulling me in and consuming my world with her stories (even when I'm on a vacation in Jamaica LOL). I highly recommend going on this journey. I know that this duet won't be for everyone (trigger warning), it's not easy to stomach some of the things that occur, but Jewel writes this story brilliantly and the creativity in which she does so, is genius. Pick up this duet today!

"You're my favorite."
"Your favorite what?"

4.5 "Never perfect--always forever." stars
xoxo, VivianπŸ’‹
About Jewel
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business.

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing.

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Excerpt Reveal: THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE by Kate Stewart

Want a peek inside THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE by Kate Stewart? Check out this jaw-dropping excerpt! Don't forget to add it to your TBR!
Contemporary Romance
Stand Alone
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I was born to play and bred to win.

My priorities were instilled in me early on—family and football. Those ideals led me to TGU and a coach whose ironclad principles mirrored my own.

With one last college season to play, my goal was singular—get drafted. By realizing my NFL dream, I could save my family, our ranch, and the only home I’d ever known.

Two birds, one ball.

Playing hard was my only option, but there’s always a wild card.

For all of my planning and hard work, I never anticipated falling for the coach's daughter. Harper was a fair catch, but who knew loving her could be the one play to throw my career before it started or that the weight of our secret would change the game.

*THE GUY IN THE MIDDLE is a stand alone novel in the Underdog Series. This is Lance's story.



“I’ve missed you, you know? More than you can imagine.”

“Can’t imagine it at all,” he says, picking through a book he’s not reading.

“Can I help you two?” One of the store sales associates asks, and I shake my head and smile. When she takes her leave, I look over to Lance who stands fuming on the other side of a table filled with loose items. We’re in a mismatch shop full of mostly cheap junk, and I can’t imagine him finding anything for his mother here.

“Lance, I have missed you. Horribly.”

“Could have fooled me.”

I can only take so much. Irritated, I lift a designer coffee mug from the table.

“You like this for your mom?”


“How about this?”

“Nope.” He’s not even looking at what’s in my hands.

“You sure? It’s a hide purse. Cute for a rancher’s wife, don’t you think?” This gets his attention, and stormy eyes lift to mine.

“Would you buy that for you?”

I look it over and shake my head. “Not really my style.”

“Bet it’s not.”

I can feel my ears reddening. Fuming, I eye a box on the shelf, snatch it and shove it into his chest. “How about this giant fucking purple dildo and matching anal plug!? Think mom will like that?”

He looks up completely unaffected, “Nope.”

“I don’t think we’re in the right place,” Tossing the box down, I stalk out of the cluttered shop and into the department store next to it. He’s hot on my heels.

“Got that fucking right.”

I turn back to see he’s spoiling for a fight and release a stressed breath. Fighting with him is the last thing I want to do. “Look, lets, just…” I search around and pull a sweater from the closest rack. “How about this? Simple, elegant.”

“You think Mom’s simple, huh? I’ll give her your regards.”

“That’s it.” I hook the sweater back on to the rack and close the space between us, forcing his eyes to mine. “God, you’re still a brute, aren’t you? You haven’t changed a bit. Still pig-headed as hell.”

“Pig-headed?” He opens his mouth in mock shock and covers his chest with his hand. “How dare you.”

I’m in between fight or flight, but I’ve been dodging this long enough. My heart can’t take more confrontation. I missed him too much. His eyes flare with satisfaction at my irritation. “Misery loves company, right, Lance?”

“Never said I was miserable.”

“You don’t have to. Did you come to New York just to torture me?”


“Rub it in on what I’m missing out on?”

A voice sounds from next to us. “Is there something I can help you find today?”

We both turn to the woman with lasers in our eyes, and she swallows. I clear my throat. “We’re fine. Thank you.”

Lance winks at the woman, his eyes scanning her form. “Maybe you can help me?”

“You son of a bitch,” I hiss, before walking away from the table. His voice rings out next to me as I rip through a rack of scarves.

“Good to know you care, Priss, gotta admit, it’s surprising.”

I reel on him. “Don’t you dare! Leaving you was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I had to make a clean break. I had just lost everyone that mattered to me. I was losing my mind.”

“I got pissed for one day, and you went off the grid.”

“And you let me go because you knew no matter how much we wanted it to work, it couldn’t. You have no idea what I went through!”

“What you went through? Do you know I spent six months ranting to an Uber driver named Dave because everyone on my team hated me when the truth came out?” He stomps after me as I pull sweater after sweater off the rack. “Troy jumped ship after he got drafted. I had no one but Tony and those fights.”

I turn to him with twenty sweaters in my arms. “Jenner? When did y’all get so tight?”

“When shit got tough, and my fucking girlfriend bailed!” He glares down at me, his breaths coming out fast.

“Guys, we’re going to need you to take this outside.” A woman whom I assume is the store manager approaches us cautiously.

I look around the store and see all eyes are on us, especially the women sizing him up. “He’s available ladies,” I snap, laying the sweaters on a nearby table, “I’m willing to bet he comes really cheap.” He’s on my heels as I push through the glass of the department store.

“Oh, was I supposed to wait for you? Must have missed that memo. That’s it, you must want a saint. That’s why you didn’t stay.”

“I was twenty years old and alienated from a place I didn’t want to be anyway.”

“Good to know.”

“That’s not the way I meant it. And you know damn well until you, I was only there to appease my Dad, who I barely speak to now.”

“I’m sorry about that, I am, but that’s on him. And what in the hell are you talking about ‘alienated’?”

“Forget it.” I pull on my gloves as heavy snow starts to come down. “I think we’ve concluded our tour for today.”

He glances around the sidewalk. “Well, no need to show me more, I hate this fucking place!”

“And why is that? Not enough free-range chickens?!”

His eyes flare. “You digging on the ranch now, Priss? I saw a fucking rat the size of a cat on my run this morning!”

“Probably has better manners than you, shit head.”

“Pulling out the big guns now, huh? There’s that backbone. I was wondering where it went.”

“Go home, Lance, you hate it here. And you obviously hate me.”

“Just the opposite. It’s impossible, and believe me, I’m trying!”

“Well, I hope you succeed! Thanks for stopping by, Mary Poppins. Best Christmas ever! Make sure to bulldoze the nativity scene on your way out!”

“Fuck this.” He throws his hands up and eyes me warily before turning and walking away.

“Merry Christmas to you, too!”


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USA Today bestselling author and Texas native, Kate Stewart, lives in North Carolina with her husband, Nick, and her naughty beagle, Sadie. She pens messy, sexy, angst-filled contemporary romance, as well as romantic comedy and erotic suspense. Kate's title, Drive, was named one of the best romances of 2017 by The New York Daily News and Huffington Post. Drive was also a finalist in the Goodreads Choice awards for best contemporary romance of 2017. Her works have been featured in USA TODAY, BuzzFeed, and translated in five languages.

Kate is a lover of all things '80s and '90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Release Blitz: THE LIFE THAT MATTERED by Jewel E Ann

Sex isn’t love. 
Love isn’t sex. 
And friendship is neither. 

The Life That Mattered, an all-new novel filled with suspense and intrigue from Jewel E. Ann, is available now! 

The son of a French Olympic skier and a Malaysian fashion designer, Ronin Alexander has lived the life of a nomad, traveling the world to find his next adventure. 

Life takes a dramatic turn when he meets Evelyn, a beautiful scientist who owns a bath shop in Aspen, Colorado. They defy all the rules of relationships, falling hard and quickly in love. 

Their world intertwines with Evelyn’s two best friends, the Governor and his soon-to-be wife. The four become close—very close.

When tragedy strikes, things from their pasts are unveiled—unimaginable truths and the grim realization that life will never be the same. 

Jewel E. Ann steps into another dimension with this mind-bending thriller, a provocative story that pushes boundaries and tests the true meaning of love. 
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Life was about breaths and heartbeats.
A smile.
A wink.
The squeeze of a hand.
Sunrises and sunsets.
The was all extra. When forced to choose what really matters, it all became so clear.
This moment.
The only moment.

Deep breath I have so many good feelings about this book!! I loved every heart racing moment of it! I loved the mystery. I loved the love story. I loved the angst. I loved the characters. I loved EVERYTHING!

Every time I start a new book by Jewel, I find myself snuggling in for the long haul because I know once I start, I won't be able to stop. This book was #unputadownable!! Jewel has this all consuming ability with her stories. I get sucked right into the book worlds she creates and am completely absorbed in what is happening, which in turn makes it impossible to put the book down. THIS BOOK was exactly that. The characters and the story were exactly that. ALL CONSUMING! Constant intrigue that had my heart leaping out of my chest, either from swoon-worthy scenes or OMG that just happened scenes. I was thoroughly hooked from beginning to end and I was left tapping my kindle screen when I read the last page because I NEEDED to read more. I NEEDED to know what would happen next.

"What is this?"she whispered when I eased her to her feet.
"I don't know. But I can't wait to find out."
Ronin....le sigh

I, of course, read the blurb, but that lent little to no ideas as to what was going to take place in this duet. It gives you a starting point, but honestly, I recommend you just go in blind. Trust me, it'll be worth it. You think you have an inclining of where the story COULD go after reading the blurb, but you're wrong. So wrong! There was NO WAY to predict the direction this story was going to go. And THAT is one of the biggest reasons I LOVE Jewel's books...they're unpredictable and utterly unique down to there core. I've NEVER read anything like this. Even as I was reading this book, my mind was too consumed in the STORY, the CHARACTERS, the JOURNEY, the EVERYTHING that is was impossible to think ahead and try to piece together what could possibly happen. I was too wrapped up in Evie and Ronin and their love story and the dynamics between all of the characters (Ronin, Evie, Graham, and Lila) in this story in general, that the mystery intertwined in the story, faded into the background. Of course, it was still an ever present piece that lingered and nagged at my mind throughout the story because Jewel's was giving me pieces of the story, pieces of the characters, that left me wondering where this story was going. I had an ever present foreboding feeling while "the other the shoe is gonna drop eventually" type of feeling. Those pieces I mentioned above started to come together...started to create one big picture, but yet Jewel being Jewel, left me questioning what I've read and what's to come in book 2. I feel confused, I feel scared, I feel anxious. I feel everything! I haven't figured out the BIG picture yet for this story, but I am dying to know where it is going.

I don't want to give anything away, so I am leaving it at that. Just take away from my review that I was CONSUMED by this story and these characters and I am dying for book 2, THE LIFE YOU STOLE.

Life wasn't easy. It wasn't always beautiful. Some days it was flat-out cruel. was undeniably worth it.

5 "you're my favorite everything" stars

About Jewel 
Jewel is a free-spirited romance junkie with a quirky sense of humor.

With 10 years of flossing lectures under her belt, she took early retirement from her dental hygiene career to stay home with her three awesome boys and manage the family business. 

After her best friend of nearly 30 years suggested a few books from the Contemporary Romance genre, Jewel was hooked. Devouring two and three books a week but still craving more, she decided to practice sustainable reading, AKA writing. 

When she’s not donning her cape and saving the planet one tree at a time, she enjoys yoga with friends, good food with family, rock climbing with her kids, watching How I Met Your Mother reruns, and of course…heart-wrenching, tear-jerking, panty-scorching novels.

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