Wednesday, February 12, 2014

InkSlinger PR Blog Tour: Excerpt from In Bloom by Katie Delahanty and Spotlight on Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros + #Giveaway (US/International)

Meet Rebecca:
Rebecca Yarros is a hopeless romantic and lover of all things chocolate, coffee, and Paleo. In addition to being a mom, military wife, and blogger, she can never choose between Young Adult and New Adult fiction, so she writes both. She's a graduate of Troy University, where she studied European history and English, but still holds out hope for an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. Her blog, The Only Girl Among Boys, has been voted the Top Military Mom Blog the last two years, and celebrates the complex issues surrounding the military life she adores.

When she's not writing, she's tying on hockey skates for her kids, or sneaking in some guitar time. She is madly in love with her army-aviator husband of eleven years, and they're currently stationed in Upstate NY with their gaggle of rambunctious kiddos and snoring English Bulldog, but she would always rather be home in Colorado.

Connect with Rebecca: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Genre: New Adult
Length: 237 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace (February 10, 2014)

She knew. That’s why Mom hadn’t opened the door. She knew he was dead.

Twenty years as an army brat and Ember Howard knew, too. The soldiers at the door meant her dad was never coming home. What she didn’t know was how she would find the strength to singlehandedly care for her crumbling family when her mom falls apart.

Then Josh Walker enters her life. Hockey star, her new next-door neighbor, and not to mention the most delicious hands that insist on saving her over and over again. He has a way of erasing the pain with a single look, a single touch. As much as she wants to turn off her feelings and endure the heartache on her own, she can’t deny their intense attraction.

Until Josh’s secret shatters their world. And Ember must decide if he’s worth the risk that comes with loving a man who could strip her bare.

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Meet Katie:
Katie Delahanty is a fashion designer turned novelist. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Professional Designation in Fashion Design from FIDM. It never occurred to her that she was a writer until an economic-crisis-induced career shift from lingerie designer to e-commerce webmistress led her to start the company blog. Not being an expert in lingerie, she decided to write the blog as a fictional serial starring a girl named Olivia Bloom who worked for the lingerie line. And that’s when Katie fell in love with storytelling. She hasn’t looked back since. Katie lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

Connect with Katie: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Genre: New Adult
Series: The Brightside #1
Length: 281 pages
Publisher: Entangled: Embrace (February 10, 2014)

My name is Olivia Bloom and I. Am. Free.

I left for LA with everything I owned piled into my old Volkswagen and dreams of becoming a costume designer. Little did I know I’d wind up designing for a lingerie company—yeah, not sure how I landed this gig—and taken under the wing of two young Hollywood insiders. The fashion shows and parties were great, but life really got exciting when the seriously hottest lead singer of my favorite band started to fall for me.

How does someone like me, an ordinary girl from Pittsburgh, wind up in the arms of the world’s sexiest rock star—surrounded by celebrities, fashion, and music—and not be eaten alive? Berkeley is everything I've ever dreamed of in a boyfriend, but the paparazzi, the tabloids, the rumors, it's all getting a bit too crazy. My life has become every girl’s dream come true, if only I don’t blink and lose it all…

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My heart pounds as Berkeley takes the stage and picks up his first guitar. Without saying a word he busies himself studying the strings, double-checking the tuning. Behind him, Ted starts drumming the opening beats to their most recent single, “Up All Night.”
Off to the side of the stage, a musician who is not an original member of the Brightside starts the opening piano notes and Jeff kicks in on guitar. The music swells until it reaches a feverish pitch. Finally, the lights focus, fully revealing Berkeley as he saunters to the microphone and begins to sing.
“You can take it all with a grain of salt, you can take it downtown, show ’em what you got, take it to the top, take another chance cause you know the dance better, change your plans up, put your hands up, tell ’em what you need, you’re bustin’ at the seam…”
The crowd loses it.
I can’t take my eyes off him. Every fiber in his being oozes charisma. Every movement is personified charm. It must be impossible for anyone in this amphitheater not to have a crush on him. As I watch I can’t help but drift into the memory of our last meeting. Remembering his expressive eyes and the control he possesses over the muscles in his face, I blush. I still can’t believe he talked to me. I allow myself to rerun the entire conversation in my head and marvel.
As the song ends, he removes his guitar strap from his shoulder, and instead of putting the instrument back on its stand, he lays it down on the floor in the middle of the stage and turns to greet the crowd. A frantic guitar tech gives an I-know-he-does-that-just-to- mess-with-me eye roll and inconspicuously runs out on stage to save the stranded piece of equipment, then places an acoustic guitar on the stand.
“Hello,” Berkeley greets the crowd as they erupt in deafening noise. From my vantage point, I watch as the lights illuminate the thousands of faces before us. Girls swoon while their boyfriends try to look unaffected. Berkeley looks over at Mark, for whom “going to get ready” apparently meant putting on a navy-blue sweater with elbow patches over his T-shirt. They smile at each other in a shared moment, seeming to know the other so well they can communicate without words. Berkeley turns back to the crowd. “We’re going to take you back in time, with a little tune off our first album,” he says into the microphone, his voice revealing a slight accent I’ve never noticed before as he picks up the acoustic and strums a few chords. I remember him mentioning in an interview once that his mom is from South Africa… Maybe that’s where he gets the accent from.
His shoulders hunch forward as he launches into “Love Again,” the second single from their first album. You don’t like this song. Even though he performs it beautifully, I can tell from his posture he isn’t confident in it. The crowd doesn’t seem to notice and sings along with unabashed abandon while, with this knowledge, I begin to feel intimately connected to Berkeley, like we share a secret.

Excerpt from IN BLOOM ©2014 by Katie Delahanty. All rights reserved.


From Katie Delahanty, author of In Bloom
One gift basket with the following in it (US and Canada only):
  • $75 gift certificate to
  • $25 Amazon gift card
  • The Remainers Formal Fridays CD
  • Pink Champagne Cupcake Bath Bomb from
  • Peach & Coconut Milk Push Up Lotion Pop from
  • Berry Buttercream Soy Candle from
  • Sees milk chocolate foil hearts
  • Autographed copies of STARSTRUCK and LOVE ME from author Rachel Shukert

Plus, $25 international gift certificate to either Amazon or B&N

From Rebecca Yarros, author of Full Measures
US and Canada only- Kindle e-reader

Plus, $25 international gift certificate to either Amazon or B&N

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