Thursday, December 11, 2014




Here we are, December 11th an the last Seven 11 Blog Hop of the year. I hope you're all enjoying the holiday season and that this seven line blog hop brings a little extra cheer. 

Here's seven lines from my upcoming novel, The Commitment Test, the sequel to The Man Test. Coming February 2015!

Enjoy!


Katie cracked a half smile. “You really are a romantic, Marin. It’s one of your strengths in this profession, but it’s also one of your weaknesses.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Sometimes you can’t wrap everything up in a neat bow. Sometimes, you’re just disappointed.”


When I left her office, I was just that—disappointed. I thought about all the events and conversations I’d had since my birthday. It was as if the universe purposefully put these obstacles in my way, hoping that I would give up.


IT'S BONUS TIME! Here are the links to 5 other AMAZING authors who have agreed to share seven lines from their upcoming books. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of 5 stories!


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Monday, December 8, 2014

99 CENTS FOR A LIMITED TIME!
ONLY AVAILABLE FOR TWO WEEKS! 16 New Adult Stories from 16 of your favorite New Adult Authors Find your next book boyfriend here.
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Featuring MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by USA and NYT Bestselling Author Heidi McLaughlin They say you should expect the unexpected, I didn't realize my unexpected would be the forever kind.

FOR EVERLY by Raine Thomas The last thing physical therapy student Everly Wallace wants is a relationship, but when she’s roped into working with sexy Major League pitcher Cole Parker, she’ll discover that it just might be the one thing she needs. 

INDELIBLE by Bethany Lopez Sam's a single mom, working her way through college while raising her toddler. Judd's a college baseball player, who on the outside, looks like he doesn't have a care in the world. Can two people at different stages in their life find a way to make a life together? 

 TATTOOED DOTS by Kimberly Knight Brooke and Easton learn that people are brought into their lives for many reasons. Over time, they find out what those reasons are. Some are to be a temporary acquaintance while others are there for life. 

 MANGLED HEARTS by Felicia Tatum Can two loves find their way back to each other despite an addiction and a hardened heart, allowing their love to overcome it all? Can these mangled hearts be mended? 

 BREAKDOWN by Amanda Lance After Charlotte Ferro's suicide attempt is ruined by a handsome do-gooder he introduces her to a world of fast cars and cool criminals. But can their newfound friendship survive the secrets of their past? 

 MAVERICK by Anna Cruise International surf sensation Kellen Handler has it all – fame and fortune and more women than he can count – but he's riding his own personal wave toward disaster. Can PR genius Gina Bellori rescue his reputation...and his heart? DO 

ANYTHING by Wendy Owens A broken heart is only the beginning for her. He thinks he has his life figured out. Will they risk their hearts on a new chance at love? 

 RESIST ME by A.O. Peart Ethan, a former-Marine-turned-firefighter, has never really cared for any woman, while living his life to the fullest and enjoying the bad boy stigma. Until the street-smart Lisbeth comes along, and instantly turns Ethan’s world upside down, making him want to protect her, no matter the consequences. 

 THE MAN TEST by Amanda Aksel Couple therapist Marin Johns tries to prove that all men are liars and cheaters by beginning a fictitious relationship. Will her new "boyfriend" be the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right? 

 A RISK WORTH TAKING by Heather Hildenbrand For college grad, Summer Stafford, watching her parents’ divorce has taught her that, above all, love is a risk. For a drifter like Ford O’Neal, love isn’t just a risk, it isn’t even on the table. But attraction quickly leads to something more and they are both forced to realize they’re risking a whole lot for a summer fling. 

 UNINTENTIONAL VIRGIN by A.J. Bennett Nineteen-year-old Karma points is cursed. Cursed with a ridiculous name, self-esteem issues and the inability to lose her virginity. That is until Jax, the tattooed bouncer, comes into the picture. 

 THE FALL OF SKY (PART ONE) by Alexia Purdy Singing duo Audrey and Liv Westing hope to be discovered as the next big thing. While fumbling through their turbulent existences, they attract the eye of a deadly but powerful Cartel family. 

A FIREFIGHTER'S FLAME by Dani Hart If you dig into the deepest parts of your soul, what would you find? Happiness,pain, love, regret, peace, sorrow? Follow Lennox's journey of rediscovery, falling in love, and searching for her own fairy-tale ending. 

 STEALING PROMISES by Brina Courtney One moment can change your life forever. One moment to find love. One moment to lose it. 

FIRESIDE SERIES by Morgan Black A cowboy with a mysterious past. A ranch princess with an eye for the one she can’t have. What happens when their two world collides one weekend in a snowstorm?  
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seven 11 Blog Hop- November!

Can you believe it's November already?! I'm sure most of you are getting ready for the holiday season and looking forward to a Thanksgiving feast. 

I gotta be honest, ever since I became a vegetarian, turkey day just isn't what it used to be. Anywho . . .
Today is November 11th, which means it's time for the Seven 11 Blog Hop.
Here's seven lines from my upcoming novel, The Commitment Test, the sequel to The Man Test. Coming January 2015!


Enjoy!


“Thanks, Krystal,” Andy said with a wink before sipping his Jack and coke. She leaned on the bar, boobs spilling out of her tight tee.

“You got it,” she replied.

“Andy,” I said through my teeth. “This is serious. Can you please stop flirting with the bartender for two seconds?”

“I can do two things at once.”


And there you have it, Lovers!


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Saturday, October 11, 2014



Happy October Everyone! Sorry I've been out of touch. The Commitment Test has really tested my commitment to writing. It may be the most difficult book I will ever write. But It's almost done!
Today is October 11th, which means it's time for the Seven 11 Blog Hop.
Here's seven lines from my upcoming novel, The Commitment Test, the sequel to The Man Test.


Enjoy!


“You’re a Derm now?” I asked.
“Yeah, cosmetic.” His chest welled with pride. Great, his chemically peeled skin hadn’t aged a day, and I was using department store eye cream. I didn’t even know why I still used it, it doesn't make a difference.
“Don’t worry, I wore sunscreen,” I said with a nervous laugh.


And there you have it, Lovers!


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Seven 11 Blog Hop

Can you believe it's September already? I'm still enjoying the summer air, but I can tell that autumn is close by. 

Today is September 11th, which means it's time for the Seven 11 Blog Hop. 

Here's seven lines from my upcoming novel, The Commitment Test, the sequel to The Man Test

Enjoy!

    Commitment begins with the best of intentions. That’s what I thought as I sat across the yuppie couple in their early thirties, silence hanging between them for the reflective moment. She tapped her fingers along her bottom lip, while he massaged the bridge of his nose. They were close to a breakthrough. I could feel it. Ten seconds later and still nothing. It was like the two were playing a game of honesty chicken, each hoping the other would speak first. 

And there you have it, Lovers!

IT'S BONUS TIME! Here are the links to 9 other AMAZING authors who have agreed to share seven lines from their upcoming books. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of 9 stories!


Justine Winter
Kasi Blake

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Seven 11 Blog Hop with GIVEAWAYS!!!



Hello Lovers!

Today is August 11th, which means it's time for the monthly Seven 11 Blog Hop! Plus, I've got some fun giveaways for you this month. 

I'm still working on book two of The Marin Test Series, The Commitment Test. In this novel, Marin is expecting a proposal from James, but the proposal never comes. Will Marin be forced to choose between marriage and James? 

Haven't read book one of The Marin Test Series, The Man Test? Get your copy here.

Seven lines from The Commitment Test . . .

“What’s this?”

“This is how I got Jon to propose in two and a half months after years of refusing to settle down,” Ginger said.

My eyes widened and my jaw dropped. “Are you serious?”

“Completely serious."

It was as if I had been sitting miserably on my couch, flipping channels, and then finding that be all end all informercial. Could this book really help me get my proposal?

And there you have it, Lovers!

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Man Test- Soundtrack


Hello Lovers!

For those of you who don't already know, The Man Test was originally written as a screenplay. Back then it was called Fool For You. I know, it's a bad title.

So back when I would imagine The Man Test as a film, I used music to inspire some of the scenes. I'm so excited to share these for the first time.

Here are the songs in order of appearance . . .
(If you have the paperback copy, you can follow with the page numbers)

Take a Bow by Rhianna (p.22)

Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson (p.26)

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood (p. 57)

The Mating Game by Bittersweet (p. 77)

Womanizer by Britney Spears (p. 95)

Faithfully by Journey (p. 151)

Don't Stop Believin' by Journey (p. 187)

Little Lies by Anna Ternheim (p. 240)

Hazy by Rosi Golan (This would be the theme song. It's so perfect!) (p. 242)

Look What You've Done by Jet (p.254)

Let The Rain by Sara Barielles (p.267)

Scratch by Kendall Payne (p. 275)

Twisted by Carrie Underwood (p. 294)

You can check out this soundtrack here on Spotify



Rosi Golan's Hazy isn't on Spotify, so you can check out the feature song here on youtube!



I hope you've enjoyed The Man Test Soundtrack!


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Seven 11 Blog Hop and Birthday Giveaway

Hello Lovers!

Today is July 11th, which means two things . . .

1. It's my 29th Birthday! That's right, only one more year left of my beloved 20s.

2. It's time for the Seven 11 Blog Hop.

I'm currently working on book two of The Marin Test Series, The Commitment Test. In this novel, Marin is expecting a proposal from James, but the proposal never comes. Will Marin be forced to choose between marriage and James?

So, every month on the 11th, I will be posting seven random lines from the new novel. 
THERE'S A BONUS!

Below the seven lines you'll find links to 10 other AMAZING authors who have agreed to share seven lines from their upcoming books. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of 10 stories!

Haven't read book one of The Marin Test Series, The Man Test? Enter my FREE BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY below for your very own eBook copy!

Seven lines from The Commitment Test . . .

"He made reservations at Masa’s for tomorrow night, which is?” I dragged out the “is” for emphasis.

“Your birthday,” Holly said. 

“And?”

“Valentines Day?” Telly added.

“Exactly, it’s the perfect day for a proposal.” 

And there you have it, Lovers!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Infidelity- The Exception or The Rule? - Guest Post by Author, Patricia Mann

In my book, The Man Test, Dr. Marin Johns tries to prove that all men are liars and cheaters. And nobody likes a cheater, right?

Fellow author, Patricia Mann covers the same topic in her debut novel, Is This All These Is? When I asked her about her thoughts on the topic, this is what she had to say . . .

I remember being at a pool party with a group of moms and kids one summer when my boys were young. Somehow the subject of cheating came up. One woman announced that she would immediately leave her husband if he so much as kissed another woman. I couldn’t believe she would tear her family apart over a kiss. Another woman laughed and confessed that she had kissed a coworker in her office just the week before. She didn’t feel bad about it at all, saying, “the guy’s a hottie and my husband doesn’t pay any attention to me anymore.”

 I listened intently as the debate raged on. You see, I’m a little obsessed with infidelity. My debut novel is about a wife, mother and professor who’s tempted to have an affair with a former student. And I just finished the sequel. Unlike most unfaithful characters we find in literature, I wanted my protagonist to be a likeable and relatable person. The cheater is usually presented to us as a heartless monster, right? But what if that’s not always the case? What if the truth is that most perfectly decent, upstanding citizens actually engage in this behavior at some point in their lives?

The main reason this subject fascinates me is because it’s personal. I can’t say all I’d like to say on that, because there are people I want to protect. A lot of people. What I can say is that in almost every long-term marriage or committed relationship I’ve seen in my life, one or both partners have strayed. These are people I love dearly, people who I adore and look up to, who I think the world of, and who were also unfaithful to a partner at some point. To err is human, is it not?

Because I write novels and blog posts about infidelity, I’m constantly looking up statistics on the subject. I don’t trust some of them because I can’t imagine that many people are honest on the subject. I think the numbers are higher than the studies suggest. Just now, I found an interesting new question that anonymous study participants were asked and the responses surprised even me, jaded as I am! Roughly 75% of men and women admitted that they would cheat if they could get away with it, if they were assured their partner would never find out. Wow, 75%. How much worse is doing it than saying you would do it if you could?

 I want to thank Amanda Aksel for two things.
1. I’m so grateful that you invited me to be a guest blogger on your website!
2. I really appreciate that you shared Dan Savage’s brief video, Why Monogamy is Ridiculous, with me.

I wish everyone would watch it and at least consider his way of looking at the subject. The entire video is less than 3 minutes and is definitely worth checking out.

This paradigm busting statement was my favorite: “If you’re with somebody 40, 50 years and they only cheated on you a few times, they were good at being monogamous, not bad at being monogamous.” And the following point pretty much sums up how I feel on the subject and why I write about infidelity: “I’m conservative. I think that we should do what we can to preserve marriage and long term relationships, and one way to do that is to encourage people to have more realistic attitudes about sexual exclusivity.” Thanks again, Amanda!

Author Bio:
Patricia Mann is a university professor. She teaches communication studies courses. Patricia lives in California with her husband, their two kids, and a sweet, silly old dog.

Author Website: http://www.patriciamann.me

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

It's Summertime Lovers!!

Hello Lovers!


I've missed you all! Book two, The Commitment Test, is taking up a lot of my time, and it looks like it will be out sooner than expected!

In the meantime, I'd love to hear all about your lovely summer plans. Here's some things that I'll be getting into . . . 

Summer Reading

Here's my official summer read from one of my favorites, Emily Giffin.

If you're reading my book, chances are you've got this on your summer list too.                                                                                                                

Summer RereadingI absolutely LOVE this novel. Talk about a hilarious love triangle you can't put down. Does anyone else remember Red Dress Ink books?




Summer Recipe

I've linked to this Elizabeth Rider recipe before, but it bears repeating. This delicious salad is healthy, and a hit at any BBQ you'll attend this summer.

Summer Show

I'm SUPER excited to see my girl, Sara Bareilles, in July. And just in time for my birthday!! Anyone who knows me, knows I'm just crazy about her music and this is the first time I'll be seeing her live since discovering her in 2008! 

Summer Suit

I'm a total beach girl, and you'll definitely catch me with my summer reads along the shore. And while I won't look like this Victoria's Secret model, I'll pretend, for the moment, that I am one. 




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Friday, June 27, 2014

Which Man Test Character Are You?


Sure, you identify with Marin Johns, but secretly you're a Telly or a Holly. 

Take this quiz to find out which Man Test character you are and share your results with me on facebook and twitter


 I hope you have as much fun taking this quiz as I did making it.

 XXO- Amanda 


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Special Thank You!

The last few weeks have been such a joy with the release of my book, The Man Test. I'm so grateful for the outpouring of support and the incredible feedback I've received from readers and reviewers. I want to take this blog time to say a special thank you to those who have made this publishing experience a happy one.

Thank you:
Joe (and Lani)
Chantell
Jessica
Danielle
Sara
Heather
Lori, my mom
Merene
Michelle
Lauran
Carine
Ellen
Rachel S.
Rachel A.
Cory
Dionne
Michiko
Michael
Jennifer
Peri
Amoreena
Antonio

And thank you to the awesome bloggers on the tour:

Julie Valerie's Book Blog


Bookish Diversion

Little Johanne Book World

A Drip of Truth

Laurie Here

Book Loving Mom

Evie Bookish

Best ChickLit 


Connect with Chicklit Club

Frances O Thomas

Chosen By You Book Club

Happy Tails and Tales

Kit ‘N Kabookle

Thanks again everyone! And don't forget to enter my new release giveaway. It ends soon!






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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Man Test Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Yes! I'm so excited to announce that The Man Test is finally out! 

You can check out at:
Kindle
Kobo
Nook
Amazon 
Smashwords

 Even though I am SUPER excited (and relieved) that the book is out, I'm even more excited about the Blog Tour and Giveaway. Stop by the following blogs between March 25th-April 10th. Don't for get to enter the giveaway for this cool prize: A Lolita Flirtini Martini Glass!- Enter Below!


The Man Test Blog Tour Dates

Tuesday, March 25th

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