Sunday, March 20, 2016

Release Day Party for First and Only by Olivia Howe

First and Only by Olivia Howe is releasing on APRIL 2, 2016 with Booktrope!!! Come join the party for author takeovers, fun, and giveaways. 

** Cover by Nancy from Colbert Creative Design **

There will always be something special about your first love. Years can pass; but memories and emotions are hard to shake. There is a fire lit inside of you, waiting to be put out.

But what if you had a second chance with your first true love…?

Author Mandi Gale is struggling to find her muse and finish her romance novel. That is, until, she is brought back together with her former best friend from high school —the guy she was secretly in love with.

Adam Scott is a professional boxer, rising through the WBA ranks and currently undefeated. He seems smitten and amazed to be reunited with Mandi, sweeping her into an inspiring, erotic whirlwind romance. But he has secrets back home that puts a wedge between them.

Can Adam continue winning matches without his good luck charm? Can Mandi finish her story without her muse?

The real question is: is love enough to bring two soulmates back together?

(Times are in EST)

April 2nd:
1-2 p.m.= Olivia Howe
2-3 p.m.= Ariel Marie
3-4 p.m.= Stephanie Gresham 
4-5 p.m.= Mary J. Williams 
5-6 p.m.= 
6-7 p.m.= Amanda Kaitlyn Rano 
7-8 p.m.= Samantha Hare Long 
8-9 p.m.= JC Hannigan
9-10 p.m.= Sarah G. Greyson 

April 3rd:
1-2 p.m.= AJ Matthews 
2-3 p.m.= Heather Young-Nichols 
3-4 p.m.= 
4-5 p.m.=
5-6 p.m.= All About The Edits
6-7 p.m.= Annabelle Garcia 
7-8 p.m.= Robbie Cox
8-9 p.m.= Annelle Willard 
9-10 p.m.= L Ann Marie
10-11 p.m.= Martine Lewis

April 4th:
1-2 p.m.= T E Black 
2-3 p.m.= Nicole Sorrell 
3-4 p.m.= 
4-5 p.m.= Mark McQuillen 
5-6 p.m.= Sarah Grimm 
6-7 p.m.= Ang Lawrence 
7-8 p.m.= Brittney Mulliner 
8-9 p.m.= Addison Kline 
9-10 p.m.= Amy L. Gale

1. Direct to Kindle ebook: As You Wish from Cathy Jackson
2. Direct to Kindle ebook: Bloom (Bloom Series Book 1) from Cathy Jackson
3. Two copies, direct to kindle, of Through Life and Death (One Hell of a Romance Prequel) from Jennifer Felton

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Bachelor SEASON 20 FINALE


Ben’s season of The Bachelor will be unforgettable. If you’re a fan of the TV show on ABC, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

At the beginning of the season, Ben made it clear that he thought he was unlovable. With a handsome face like his, how could he ever think such a thing? Ben was definitely the hottest Bachelor yet! His journey to finding love was filled with raw emotion, ups and downs, girl fights, and 28 women battling for the attention of one man… Wow… He had his hands full.

Last Monday, Ben had to pick between two women he loved: Lauren and Jojo. Both women were incredible and deserved nothing more than to be loved. But, in the end, he chose Lauren, the woman he couldn’t imagine his life without.

My opinion: I was always Team Amanda Stanton. When he eliminated her, I was not only shocked, but speechless and pissed off. Amanda was one of the best women on the show, and would’ve been perfect for him. And I can’t forget to mention her two BEAUTIFUL daughters.

Once Amanda was gone (tears), I was on Team Lauren. I flip-flopped back and forth from Lauren and Jojo… a lot… But, I knew, in the pit of my stomach, that Ben was more in love with Lauren than Jojo. I knew exactly who he would pick to soon be his wife.

So, in the end, Lauren won over Ben’s heart. He got down on one knee and made tears stream like crazy from my eyes. He asked Lauren to marry him, in the most beautiful way possible.

I’m so happy for them both. They both deserve to be happy. Call me crazy, but, us fans at home, go through this journey with these people, and get emotionally attached like we’ve known Ben and the girls their whole lives.

Congrats, Ben and Lauren Higgins! I wish you a happy and lifelong marriage. You two deserve nothing but happiness. <3

P.S. JOJO IS THE NEW BACHELORETTE!!!! Tune in May 23rd to start this crazy journey with the one and only, Jojo. I hope she finds love, because she really deserves it. Good luck, Jojo!

—Author Olivia Howe

To the Boy Who Broke Me

I think back to the day often, the day when you broke me emotionally and shattered my heart like a mirror; leaving it scattered all over the floor. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Sometimes when I think back, I press my hand against my heart as I remember the pain.

The pain… It was awful. You left me for another girl, another girl who would end up deceiving you like you deserved.

All the signs were there. It was right in front of my face, but I refused to believe the raw facts that were practically thrown from the sky; knocking me over the head. The thing is, when you love someone so much, you hide all the hurtful things they do or say. You love them, you can’t help it. You want more than anything to see the best in them, even if that means covering up the bad.

I remember going home. I slammed my door shut so hard; framed pictures fell off the wall. I dropped to my knees in the middle of my room. Tears were streaming down my face like a waterfall. They wouldn’t stop. I held my arms around my stomach, rocking back and forth. It was getting hard to breathe. I started hyperventilating.

My heart hurt. It hurt so much. I thought, in that moment, I was going to die right then and there from a broken heart.

I loved you so much. I loved you more than you deserved. You tore my whole world apart and sent me spiraling into oblivion. You shattered me, every part of me. I was completely and utterly broken and it was all your fault. You did that to me. You hurt me so much to the point I thought I was dying.

I wish you could feel the pain I felt that day. I wish more than anything you could get a taste of it, and experience the aching I had, not only in my heart, but in my world. Everything felt pointless. Life felt meaningless without you in it, well, that’s what I thought at the time.

I don’t hate you. I should hate you, but I don’t. I needed to encounter that pain so I could finally open my eyes and realize how toxic you were for me. You and I were like fire and gasoline; two people who don’t belong together.

It wasn’t all bad…

You did teach me a lot. You taught me how to love unconditionally and wholeheartedly, to open myself up to bigger opportunities in life, to feel a passion that lit a fire up inside of me, to challenge me, and most importantly, you taught me to care about someone other than myself.

But, you were not meant to stay in my life, only to cross my path and teach me things that would make me a better person. You did break me… Ohhh you broke me so bad. But, this is me, thanking you for shattering my heart, because if you didn’t, then I wouldn’t be the woman I am today.

Author Olivia Howe

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the “Feast of Saint Patrick,” is a cultural and religious celebration that happens every year on March 17th. The Irish and Irish-at-heart join together in a festival of celebration with dancing, good food, alcohol, partying, parades, a lot of GREEN, and more fun.

I wish everyone a JOYFUL, SAFE, and HAPPY St. Patrick’s Day. May your day be filled with fun, celebration, and the people closest to you.

P.S. Don’t forget to wear GREEN!

Author Olivia Howe