2013, Books, life, Uncategorized

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Title: ShameLess

Author: Mel Ballew

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Hosted By: Love Between The Sheets

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17431382-shameless

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/ShameLess-ebook/dp/B00ECNTKV6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375826968&sr=8-1&keywords=shameless+mel+ballew

Barnes N Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shameless-mel-ballew/1116335477?ean=2940148694816

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Synopsis

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Soon, you’ll be able to stand.”

S’renaty James lives a privileged life most her age only dream of living. She is beautiful and popular with her entire life ahead of her. Life could not get any better.

Until her entire life shifts, crashing around her…

Bound by devastation, persecuted by the ones she used to call ‘friends’, haunted by disturbing nightmares, and filled with self-blame, she vows to overcome.

Stefan is everything S’renaty swears to avoid. He is carefree and charismatic. He is primitive, complicated and a total badass. He makes her melt like fine chocolate under a hot summer’s sun the first time their eyes meet. There is something about him, and she makes it her mission to find out.

When he meets S’renaty James, he is not prepared for what comes over him because for the first time ever, a girl leaves him breathless. Now, his primary responsibility is to keep her safe.

He will do anything to protect her. Even lie…

Stefan is the one person she has trusted with her heart. After keeping an unforgivable secret, he could be the one to shatter it to pieces. In fact, he may even destroy her beyond repair. Will she overcome and forgive, letting go of the pain, guilt and shame? Or this time, will she be stronger than the hardest lesson of her life — and, become totally ShameLess?

Chelly’s Thoughts ❤

4 Stars

S’renaty James (Ren) has had a tragic life. On prom night her best friend, Elle, walked in on Ren making out with her boyfriend (or so she thought) and drove off in a fit of rage. After chasing her down to explain the situation, Elle and Ren were pulled over on the side of the road and were struck by a truck. Ren survived, Elle didn’t, and Ren believed it was entirely her fault. Everyone else in town believed it was, too, including her boyfriend of 2 years, Tucker. Now, she has no one left. Two years in therapy and she still carries the guilt of killing her best friend. In an effort to escape her past and start over, Ren decides to go to college out of town.

Ren meets her new roommate, Jade, who is bubbly, energetic, almost exactly how Elle used to be, and they are immediately best friends. At her first frat party, Ren runs into Stefan Esposito, whom she had met before, but never thought she’d see again. Ren also sees Tucker, one of the people she was trying so hard to get away from, and runs. Soon Ren has two guys vying for her heart. She has a past with Tucker, but he left her when she needed him most. Now he’s back and trying to make things right, but does he deserve a second chance? Stefan immediately makes it clear he wants Ren, but can she let him in and let herself be loved? Can they help each other move past the shame of their pasts?

Romance plays a huge part in ShameLess, but it is not just a love story, by any means. Throughout the entire story there is mystery and suspense: What deal did Stefan make? Who is the stranger following Ren? Who are the texts coming from?

I really enjoyed this story. From the first couple of pages, I was hooked, and the plot twists had me floored. I did have a little trouble connecting with the characters at first, but by the end I was totally hooked and it left me a little teary eyed. I especially loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and the writing style of the author was beautifully descriptive. I look forward to reading Tucker’s story in FearLess.

Excerpt:

On the heels of the truth surfacing in my head, my body reacts. Rapidly, I do a half-turn, lunging down and digging my right foot into the sand, and spin. I push off, hard with my foot, and take off darting back down the sand heading in the direction we just came from. I don’t wait for a response or a reaction from Stefan. I just run fast and hard. I allow my body to dictate its speed. I sprint, running parallel with the raging tides inspiring my motivation. It’s absolutely fucking freeing. Emotional tension blends with the sexual tension surging, pushing me, and giving me additional grit to push on.

“Who needs a rest now?” I cry out into the air now blowing at my back. Dazed, Stefan didn’t see that one coming, and I chuckle as I continue racing down the beach.

In no time, he catches up to me as we near the house. He grabs my hand, halting me, pulling me to his side. Both of us are covered in sweat, and sex oozes off him. I just want to scream. Instead, I lean forward, placing my hands on each of my knees, gasping through huffing breaths. Damn that felt great!

Before I know what is happening, he whisks my entire body up slinging me over his shoulder, and takes off running. We both plunge straight into the ocean. The frigid water bitch slaps me; no cold shower needed. Together, we come up for air. Freezing water runs down our faces.

“What the hell, Stefan?” I stutter out through chattering teeth as shivers possess me. Between the cool breeze off the ocean, and the frigid water, I can’t get warm.

He pulls me to him, wrapping me in his arms, “I told you, you would be in my arms, Star. And, cheaters always get due punishment. I don’t play.” His words, playful, and firm, offer heated softness. I allow myself to welcome the warmth. How is there any possible way to respond to that? I can’t.

Time halts.

In the next instant, Stefan takes both of his hands to each side of my face, saying, “You will always be in my arms,” then leans in closer introducing his lips to mine in a more passionate kiss than any I have had with him or by anyone else.

In this moment, it feels like the first one. I’m dying inside. This icy water holds no refuge to the fervor his body offers mine. He attempts to pull away, but I bring him to me this time, and take all of him, seizing his lips with my own. I bite his bottom lip, sucking it in, nibbling a little harder, and letting him know I want all of him, not just his lips. I want all of him!

Time has a way of transcending. It surpasses more than the grandest of any of our unanswered prayers. It offers us gifts every single day. Pap is right. Each day is truly a gift. Our past is a gift for our present to open. I’m in the present with the most amazing guy. Right now, nothing else matters except for opening my gift, and accepting my present. God knows exactly what we need exactly when we need it. I thank God for giving me the strength to be here, in this moment.

Tomorrow may still be a mystery, but today is unraveling, slowly. It’s like opening a gift, and one I have every intention of treating with care…unwrapping it gently to savor its blessing. Here is to the present; to us!

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Author Bio:

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Mel Ballew resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, along with their two adorable cats.
An avid reader, she has always had an equal passion for writing and has written her entire life, to date. Her mother initially birthed, inspired, and encouraged these loves. The two often discussed writing together but unfortunately, that dream never came to fruition.
Years later, this happened, that happened—life happened.
She stepped away from writing to place more focus on being wife and a full-time mom. Today, she would not have changed a thing. The day her daughter was born became the first day she realized a significant rhythm to her heart was also born. Her daughter, now preparing to go off to college, has grown into a beautiful and responsible young adult.
A twisted turn of events in September 2009 left Mel unable to work outside of the home. Forced to consider other options, and while embracing a therapeutic approach of transcribing all of the challenges facing her, post-accident, she returned to journaling. Once again, the writer within her has been re-birthed—awakened from slumber.
Mel is a hopeless romantic. Blessed, she has her very own soul mate, which she calls husband, best friend, and lover.
She is a simple country gal, with a profound love of true simplicity. She is just as hopeless in her love of nature and regards many of her writing aspirations to appreciating its beauty, although every single story is birthed from her dreams. Sometimes, in life, simply enjoying a chilled glass of sangria on a warm summer’s eve or indulging in her love of chocolate and peanut butter is an expression of enjoying such simplicity. For her, these moments are truly d’vine.

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On Tour with some Magick! Shattered Into Beautiful Blog Tour

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Shattered Into Beautiful Blog Tour 

Title: Shattered Into Beautiful, A Surviving Soul Novel

Author: Mel Ballew

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Hosted By: Love Between The Sheets

 

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Synopsis

Her Magick is destined but true love forbidden.

After beautiful Sylver Kyllienne Brady meets death at the hands of her boyfriend, Roland Parks, she transcends into Summerland. There, she reunites with her mother and finds her soulmate, Zander. Pulled back to the earthly plane, she must embark on a journey of discovery. She uncovers a truth. She is the descendent of a long lineage of powerful Witches. She must learn to control her power, protect the family’s Amulet and Book of Shadows. Sylver has no idea what awaits her. And, this is only part of her discovery.

Lives unravel as secrets are discovered and mysteries unfold.

Everything changes when she meets Zander Emmett –a vampire. Zander is gorgeous, exotic, sexy and unbelievably wealthy. He is also the one person a witch, such as Sylver, must avoid. Their love is forbidden but their souls draw them together like a magnet. Their bodies ignite, passion soars and their souls are left discovering, not only each other, but their destiny. His life holds secrets and enticing mysteries of his own that propel the parallels of their worlds to climaxing heights.

Will their colliding worlds separate them? Will Sylver embrace her destiny? Will realizing what is expected of her and falling soul-fully in love with Zander – the vampire she is forbidden to love, just leave her breathless?

Or, will she forever be Shattered Into Beautiful?

My Thoughts <3:

I am all about anything that involves love, romance, and paranormal! This book has every bit of that! I was super excited when I give the awesome opportunity to ARC Mel Ballew’s debut novel, Shattered Into Beautiful. There were some things that occurred that made my review later than I wanted, and Mel was so kind to tell me to not worry about it! 😉

Sylver is a witch and hasn’t ascended yet. She knows it coming, and that she has a ton of powers coming her way. She also knows that Vampires are a no no! She has an awesome support system of her Gran, Jay, and Lyll.

Then there is Zander, the “No No” that she is supposed to stay clear. He her better half; the balance to her light. He’s everything you dream a vampire should be… oh and those Emerald eyes! It amazed me at how much Zander could feel for Sylver without being near her. He’s like her knight with fangs instead of shining armour!

There are a lot of different turns of events writing this novel. Each are extremely important to the plot of the story, how everyone is intertwined, and holy crap at the surprise you get over half way threw! Dang, and I that family drama is better than some of those shows on TV! It’s light, dark, serious, powerful, and calls on all elements of Earth.

Mel Ballew has done a fantastic job on her debut novel. It is full of paranormal, love, fear, magick, vampires, dark side, light, spells, fangs, anxiety,becoming who are meant to be, fulfilling your destiny, reuniting with your past, and a cliffhanger at the end! Oh, and I absolutely love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter!!! I couldn’t wait to see if they were a Mel quote or just someone else! I ❤ the Mel quotes!

So, if you are looking for a new paranormal romance Shattered Into Beautiful is it! It has a different twist than the norm! Get your copy of it today! I’ll be waiting as patiently as possible for book #2!

Excerpt

I am his Light.

He is my Dark.

Together, as one, we are an equal balance. Positive and negative energies collide. A

beautiful equilibrium created by the Universe.

One witch.

One vampire.

We are a swinging pendulum, two souls made whole —as one, amalgamating our worlds.

No longer afraid, I straighten. I walk over to Zander and take his hand in mine. I glance at him. With fingers entwined, our souls rendezvous, and part of the mystery between us is unveiled. My eyes shift to the figure standing among the trees. I glare. I look at Zander; he looks at me. Together, we look at him.

Emeralds and sapphires lock with fire-red rubies. Seconds are too long to decipher

clearly the amount of time before he vanishes. Less than one split second, then he evaporated into the night, swallowed by the Dark governing him.

Magick unfurls in a moonlit night.

 

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Author Bio

Mel Ballew resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, along with their two adorable cats.
An avid reader, she has always had an equal passion for writing and has written her entire life, to date. Her mother initially birthed, inspired, and encouraged these loves. The two often discussed writing together but unfortunately, that dream never came to fruition.
Years later, this happened, that happened—life happened.
She stepped away from writing to place more focus on being wife and a full-time mom. Today, she would not have changed a thing. The day her daughter was born became the first day she realized a significant rhythm to her heart was also born. Her daughter, now preparing to go off to college, has grown into a beautiful and responsible young adult.
A twisted turn of events in September 2009 left Mel unable to work outside of the home. Forced to consider other options, and while embracing a therapeutic approach of transcribing all of the challenges facing her, post-accident, she returned to journaling. Once again, the writer within her has been re-birthed—awakened from slumber.
Mel is a hopeless romantic. Blessed, she has her very own soul mate, which she calls husband, best friend, and lover.
She is a simple country gal, with a profound love of true simplicity. She is just as hopeless in her love of nature and regards many of her writing aspirations to appreciating its beauty, although every single story is birthed from her dreams. Sometimes, in life, simply enjoying a chilled glass of sangria on a warm summer’s eve or indulging in her love of chocolate and peanut butter is an expression of enjoying such simplicity. For her, these moments are truly d’vine.

How to find Mel

Website: http://www.melballew.com/

Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17306108-shattered-into-beautiful

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormelballew?fref=ts

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelBallew

 Buy Links

 Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Shattered-Beautiful-Surviving-Novel-ebook/dp/B00CGAULGK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1370828672&sr=1-1&keywords=shattered+into+beautiful

Barnes N Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shattered-into-beautiful-mel-ballew/1115158635?ean=2940016579641

 

 

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1 (ONE) GRAND PRIZE lucky winner will receive:

Modern Enchantment™ Arrangement  $59.99 value, plus tax & shipping/handling

“Sunflowers,” he spits out, as I make my way toward the door.  “What? What about them?”  I ask, confused. His entire face lights up, “You are my sunflower.  They always turn toward the sun to absorb its energy and light.  I’m glad you chose that as your safe word.  You are my sun, Kitten.  You are my ‘safe’; my sunflower.  That is why I give them to you.  In my darkness, you are my light. I just need you to know.”  Zander to Sylver

 

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Like a field of burgeoning wildflowers, the simple, yet stunning beauty of our truly original sunflower, lavender and pink calcynia arrangement, accented with variegated pittsoporum, is enhanced by a stylish glass cube vase lined in yellow. Handcrafted by our expert florists and accented with a bright ribbon, it’s a gift that makes an enchanting expression of your feelings no matter what the occasion. Vase measures 5”H x 5”D Arrangement measures approximately 10”H x 10”LOur florists select the freshest flowers available so colors and varieties may vary.

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made to provide one Amazon gift card in the amount of $50.00, less the additional fees.

 

 

5 (FIVE) lucky winners will each receive:

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  • 1/ea, Custom made Shattered Into Beautiful Coffee Mug

5 (FIVE) lucky winners will each receive:

  • Shattered Into Beautiful Autographed Paperback copy – 1/ea

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Title: ShameLess

Author: Mel Ballew

Expected Release Date: August 7

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Cover Designer: Mae I Design and Photography

Website: http://www.melballew.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormelballew?fref=ts

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17431382-shameless

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelBallew

Hosted By: Love Between The Sheets

This cover reveal also includes a giveaway!  2 $10 Amazon gift cards:a Rafflecopter giveaway

ShameLess Jacket

 

Book Synopsis:

“If all you can do is crawl, start crawling. Soon, you’ll be able to stand. First, just

crawl.”

S’renaty James lives a privileged life most her age only dream of living. She is

beautiful and popular with her entire life ahead of her. Life could not get any

better.

 

Until her entire life shifts, crashing around her…

 

Bound by devastation, persecuted by the ones she used to call ‘friends’, haunted

by disturbing nightmares, and filled with self-blame, she vows to overcome.

 

Stefan is everything S’renaty swears to avoid. He is carefree and charismatic. He is

primitive, complicated and a total badass. He makes her melt like fine chocolate

under a hot summer’s sun the first time their eyes meet. There is something

about him, and she makes it her mission to find out.

 

When he meets S’renaty James, he is not prepared for what comes over him

because for the first time ever, a girl leaves him breathless. Now, his primary

responsibility is to keep her safe. He will do anything to protect her. Even lie…

 

Stefan is the one person she has trusted with her heart. After keeping an

unforgivable secret, he could be the one to shatter it to pieces. In fact, he may

even destroy her beyond repair. Will she overcome and forgive, letting go of the

pain, guilt and shame? Or this time, will she be stronger than the hardest lesson

of her life — and, become totally ShameLess?

SL BEACH

 

About this author:

Mel Ballew resides in rural Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter, along

with their two adorable cats.

An avid reader, she has always had an equal passion for writing and has written

her entire life, to date. Her mother initially birthed, inspired, and encouraged

these loves. The two often discussed writing together but unfortunately, that

dream never came to fruition.

Years later, this happened, that happened—life happened.

She stepped away from writing to place more focus on being wife and a full-time

mom. Today, she would not have changed a thing. The day her daughter was born

became the first day she realized a significant rhythm to her heart was also born.

Her daughter, now preparing to go off to college, has grown into a beautiful and

responsible young adult.

A twisted turn of events in September 2009 left Mel unable to work outside of

the home. Forced to consider other options, and while embracing a therapeutic

approach of transcribing all of the challenges facing her, post-accident, she

returned to journaling. Once again, the writer within her has been re-birthed—

awakened from slumber.

Mel is a hopeless romantic. Blessed, she has her very own soul mate, which she

calls husband, best friend, and lover.

She is a simple country gal, with a profound love of true simplicity. She is just

as hopeless in her love of nature and regards many of her writing aspirations to

appreciating its beauty, although every single story is birthed from her dreams.

Sometimes, in life, simply enjoying a chilled glass of sangria on a warm summer’s

eve or indulging in her love of chocolate and peanut butter is an expression of

enjoying such simplicity. For her, these moments are truly d’vine.

2013, Books, life, Uncategorized

Time for Magick! Shattered Into Beautiful ;)

Book Description:

A Surviving Soul Novel ☽✪☾
Her Magick is destined but true love forbidden.

After beautiful Sylver Kyllienne Brady meets death at the hands of her boyfriend, Roland Parks, she transcends into Summerland. There, she reunites with her mother and finds her soulmate, Zander. Pulled back to the earthly plane, she must embark on a journey of discovery. She uncovers a truth. She is the descendent of a long lineage of powerful Witches. She must learn to control her power, protect the family’s Amulet and Book of Shadows. Sylver has no idea what awaits her. And, this is only part of her discovery.

Lives unravel as secrets are discovered and mysteries unfold.

Everything changes when she meets Zander Emmett –a vampire. Zander is gorgeous, exotic, sexy and unbelievably wealthy. He is also the one person a witch, such as Sylver, must avoid. Their love is forbidden but their souls draw them together like a magnet. Their bodies ignite, passion soars and their souls are left discovering, not only each other, but their destiny. His life holds secrets and enticing mysteries of his own that propel the parallels of their worlds to climaxing heights.

Will their colliding worlds separate them? Will Sylver embrace her destiny? Will realizing what is expected of her and falling soul-fully in love with Zander – the vampire she is forbidden to love, just leave her breathless?

Or, will she forever be Shattered Into Beautiful (Via Goodreads)

My Thoughts <3:

I am all about anything that involves love, romance, and paranormal! This book has every bit of that! I was super excited when I give the awesome opportunity to ARC Mel Ballew’s debut novel, Shattered Into Beautiful. There were some things that occurred that made my review later than I wanted, and Mel was so kind to tell me to not worry about it! 😉

Sylver is a witch and hasn’t ascended yet. She knows it coming, and that she has a ton of powers coming her way. She also knows that Vampires are a no no! She has an awesome support system of her Gran, Jay, and Lyll.

Then there is Zander, the “No No” that she is supposed to stay clear. He her better half; the balance to her light. He’s everything you dream a vampire should be… oh and those Emerald eyes! It amazed me at how much Zander could feel for Sylver without being near her. He’s like her knight with fangs instead of shining armour!

There are a lot of different turns of events writing this novel. Each are extremely important to the plot of the story, how everyone is intertwined, and holy crap at the surprise you get over half way threw! Dang, and I that family drama is better than some of those shows on TV! It’s light, dark, serious, powerful, and calls on all elements of Earth.

Mel Ballew has done a fantastic job on her debut novel. It is full of paranormal, love, fear, magick, vampires, dark side, light, spells, fangs, anxiety,becoming who are meant to be, fulfilling your destiny, reuniting with your past, and a cliffhanger at the end! Oh, and I absolutely love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter!!! I couldn’t wait to see if they were a Mel quote or just someone else! I ❤ the Mel quotes!

So, if you are looking for a new paranormal romance Shattered Into Beautiful is it! It has a different twist than the norm! Get your copy of it today! I'll be waiting as patiently as possible for book #2!

Get your copy of Shattered Into Beautiful HERE

Check out Mel on Facebook
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelBallew
http://www.melballew.com/

2013, Books, life, Uncategorized

Well, not as planned!

Hey Y’all!

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      This weekend has been insane!  I left my Kindle at work! (I know…. I went through withdrawals)  Then, I didn’t feel real great, and my daughter had dance out of town!  Needless to say, my review of Shattered Into Beautiful will post later this week!  It’s a FABULOUS read so far, and I want to be able to put my heart in the review!

     Tomorrow I’ll be on the Battlescares Blog Tour.  Another great one by Sophie Monroe!  Make sure you check it out tomorrow!

I’m also going to be traveling this week for work, and out of town for dance all weekend!  Can we say BUSY?  There’s so much going on with Hardcover Therapy… check out the posts this week and my Facebook page for Freebies!!!!! Happy Reading!

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What’s up next week??? A TON!!!!!!

Hey Y’all!!!!!!

I hope everyone is having a FANTASTIC weekend!  I know I am!  I did have an uh oh moment yesterday!  I left my iPad at work… which meant no KINDLE!!! I know hard to believe!  So with that being said!  My review of Shattered Into Beautiful will be on Monday!  I have rescued my iPad and will finish it up tonight!

Here’s the rundown for next week!

  • Monday- Shattered Into Beautiful Review
  • Tuesday- Battlescares Blog Tour and Giveaway
  • Friday- Before You Go Review
  • ALL WEEK SIGN UPS FOR GIRL WITH GUITAR BLOG TOUR… my first tour as Host! Spread the WORD! Sign up HERE!!!!!!

I  have to go out of town for work this week!  SO…. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post on the FB page!  I have a ton of info to pass along in the coming weeks!  Happy reading, and have an AWESOME weekend and week!!!!