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Darkness Matters by Jay McLean Blog Tour with Giveaway & 5-Star Review!!! Amazing, Must Read Book!!!!

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Title: Darkness Matters

Author: Jay McLean

Released: June 26, 2017







It’s the same old story, really.

Good versus evil.

Heroes versus villains.

Light versus dark.

For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:

Why, Noah, why?

The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse.

A shut-in.

An introvert.

Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.




*****5 STARS*****

This book was amazing with a capital “A.” I’m still a little at a loss for words. I’m hoping I can come up with the right words to express how beautiful this book truly was.

Noah and Andie are heartbroken, devastated, living with guilt, living in darkness…each for their own reasons. Noah has moved from his home into a house with his best friend, Bradley. Andromeda aka Andie and her twin sister, Milky, are also tenants in the home. Andie and Noah are drawn to each other from the very beginning. However, their pasts will complicate any future they are contemplating.


“…the boy’s an enigma, a paradox, a complete and utter mystery. I wonder how he sees me.”~ Andie


This book was packed with emotion. While there is a budding romance between Andie and Noah, there is a hint of mystery about their pasts. McLean does a fantastic job of unraveling their secrets in each chapter, especially Andie. I got a front row seat into what made her descend into darkness.


“I’m the girl who sees the world in black and white and different shades of grays, but barely in color.” ~Andie


Discovering her past was at times painful to witness. At times, I was furious. Andie had everything going for her. She was brilliant, and she had the potential to do amazing things. Several wrong decisions and trusting the person she gave her heart to would have far-reaching consequences for her. It was incredibly realistic. Many young girls her age make the same mistakes she did. While my heart broke for her, her tenacity and determination to make a better life for herself made me admire her immensely.

Noah…oh my heart be still! He epitomizes goodness and love. Because of his love for someone, he lost a part of himself. Like Andie, I admired his determination to attempt to find happiness again. Andie brought some light back into his darkness, and she possibly could bring him out of that darkness. Like Andie, there was no way I couldn’t fall for Noah.


“…his kiss is slow, pure, honest. It’s everything he is. Everything I’m not used to. He’s the good fighting evil. The hero fighting evil. The hero versing the villain. The light overpowering the dark.”


The ending was perfect for Andie and Noah. They will have to work hard at a relationship. They have to mend relationships with others, and they have to forgive themselves. So, it wasn’t an ending that tied everything up in a nice, neat bow, but it was realistic. I hope this isn’t the end of their story but just the beginning. They are making their first steps out of darkness together. If you want I book that is beautiful, yet heartbreaking, and yet full of hope, I highly recommend Darkness Matters.


“Darkness does matter. But so does hope. So does love. So does light.”




Enter to win a signed paperback of Darkness Matters, a $20 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Amazon Gift Card.



Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.




Merger (Take Over Duet Book 2) by Chelle Bliss Release Blitz with Review

NOW AVAILABLE from USA Today bestselling author, Chelle Bliss, comes the Takeover Duet.






Merger by Chelle Bliss



Takeover Duet Book #2


Antonio Forte has always put business before pleasure, but ever since he met the gorgeous CEO of Interstellar Corp, he finds himself wanting both. And he’s hoping she won’t be able to refuse his latest offer.

Lauren Bradley knows how to survive as a woman in a man’s world–trust no one. Especially handsome, smooth-talking men who make her panties melt with a single glance like Antonio. But his offer is almost as tempting as he is.

Sometimes to gain it all, you have to give up everything…


Merger by Chelle Bliss




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Acquisition by Chelle Bliss



Takeover Duet Book #1





I was so excited to get my hands on this book after the ending Acquisition had! I loved this book and want more of Lauren and Antonio, I don’t think I could ever get enough of these two!

I love how in this story, we get to see more into what makes Lauren, Lauren. Even with everything that comes at her, you see how strong she really is(though she might not think so) as she tries to keep her life together. I feel that if you try and fight makes you stronger than someone who just lays down and left life roll right over them.

Antonio is still the sexy alpha we fell in love with in the first story. What I loved most about this book was how you start to see more of Antonio as he spends more and more time with Lauren, rather than the serious side he’s always reserved for business.

I won’t say more, because if you were like me and had read book 1 and were dying to read book 2, I don’t want to ruin this story for you. I will say though that you need stop dilly dallying and read this book now! Make sure you’re ready for one emotional roller coaster (I recommend having tissues handy), this book makes you feel all the feels and it’s amazing!

Chelle Bliss did it again with this book! She’s always been one of my automatic one click authors, and this series and just one example why. She does such an amazing job giving you a story that you instantly fall into, and are enraptured with from page one!

Well done Chelle, I can’t wait to see what you have in store of us next!




Chelle Bliss is the USA Today bestselling author of the Men of Inked and ALFA P.I. series. She hails from the Midwest, but currently lives near the beach even though she hates sand. She’s a full-time writer, time-waster extraordinaire, social media addict, coffee fiend, and ex high school history teacher. She loves spending time with her two cats, alpha boyfriend, and chatting with readers.



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Finding Rose Rocks by Karen Ginther Graham Release Blitz with Excerpt & Giveaway

Will she get a second chance at a once in a lifetime love?
Finding Rose Rocks
Karen Ginther Graham
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: May 20, 2016
In the late summer of a woman’s life she meets a handsome rancher who ignites her dormant passion, a passion that isn’t fully realized until she follows a yearning to the city of her youth where enlightenment becomes a costly foray. FINDING ROSE ROCKS is an 86,000-word contemporary women’s fiction with romance and spicy love scenes.
JENNIFER’s business fails and she decides that as soon as possible she will leave Oklahoma in a cloud of red dust and return to her San Diego roots. TROY comes along with a solution to her company’s woes. He has a velvety voice and appealing confidence. They begin a relationship; it deepens and then stalls after she’s called to the west coast on a family matter and decides to stay for the summer. She meets BEN with his irresistible charm. Her newfound self-awareness mingles with salty ocean breezes and eucalyptus-scented air to place her in Ben’s arms. Their liaison is heartfelt but brief, mid-life’s last hurrah. Jennifer realizes her heart is back on the southern prairie and returns to Troy’s ranch, but she may be one adventure too late.

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Praise for Finding Rose Rocks

The name of the book comes from a type of mineral formation found almost exclusively in Oklahoma….and has a beautiful backstory to it. The literature standard is written with depths of emotional dilemmas, and I believe that what’s makes this book stand out.
– S. J. Main, Amazon Reviewer
The flow of the story is flawless as far as I am concerned. Love and life is precious, but it will never be flawless. I highly recommend this read. It is a great one!
– deb B, Amazon Reviewer
This is the kind of book you’ll want to curl up with on a nice comfy chair beside a fire on a cold winter’s day. A lovely romance about getting a second chance at love later in life.
– Page M., Amazon Reviewer

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Take an inside look at Finding Rose Rocks with this thrilling excerpt.
Jennifer refused to let Ben’s ordeal revive her old jellyfish phobia. She changed into her swimsuit and grabbed a towel. She’d be most visible in front of the lifeguard tower, so it’s where she entered the surf and forded the mild current until she reached the choppy calm beyond the breakers. Alone save for a curious seagull, she let the sea rock her in their guarded reunion. Fellow creatures shared the water with her, but she ignored them and let them do the same. Children’s squeals and deeper adult voices carried over the waves and reached her submerged ears in wavering echoes. She was a peace there. From time to time she drifted off course, and a dozen lazy back strokes realigned her with the lifeguard tower. Jennifer’s astrological element was water, emotional and intuitive. She’d grown up with her mother’s belief in such notions, and she would never quite shake them. Troy was earth, strong and steady, grounded, of the land. Water and earth were compatible. Jennifer should have nurtured Troy, supplied him with life-giving sustenance rather than running off to let him face the summer’s drought without her. Ben’s element was air. She’d never asked him his sign, but she knew. He was a rare winged creature too elusive for her with his almost indiscernible touch and the hint of scintillating breath on her bare breasts. Jennifer held herself partially to blame for Ben’s accident. Before she’d come along he didn’t go into the ocean, instead content to stroll along its shoreline. He’d wanted to be with her and followed her into her watery realm. She’d led him to danger like a siren. He’d mentioned his allergy to bee stings in an offhanded way, making little of it. She should’ve honed in on the subject, asked what he carried in his faded blue backpack. The signs were there and she’d paid no attention.
Jennifer checked her position in the water, found all to be well, and returned to her thoughts. If she went back to the Lazy J Ranch, would she and Troy reunite or would she end up back in Oklahoma City where she’d started? Trading California for a cowboy? She’d have to be crazy, or crazy in love with a man whose only connection to the ocean were waves of flaxen wheat and a prairie’s endless sea of tall grass.
Something brushed Jennifer’s leg, and she bolted upright. A piece of kelp bobbed beside her and she flung it away. She’d become chilly anyway and made her way to shore.
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About Karen Ginther Graham

Karen Ginther Graham

Karen Ginther Graham is a long-time Okie but hails from Southern California. Her writing often reflects these two places. Along with her husband, she loves immersing herself in the fevered pulse of big cities and then happily return to the quietude of her country home in Edmond, Oklahoma.
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