Sunday, December 30, 2012

It's a special day for a giveaway!!!

You may not know this but today is Lori’s Book Blog’s 1st Birthday!

Well… not entirely… but today marks 1 year since I went live. 

Because my blog has more of a special meaning to me, I want to do something special for you… because you’ve all supported me one way or another and I’m more than grateful! 

But first, I’m going to tell you WHY this blog means so much to me and then WHY that means that y’all mean even more to me than you may realize….

When I was in second grade (around 8 years old) I was diagnosed with a learning disability… you’ll never guess what it was… it was in reading comprehension.  Here’s what I did – I would get anxious over the words I was reading and by the time I completed a page of reading I forgot how it started.  So I had to take meticulous notes in order to complete book reports, study for tests, ect… but when I was in high school I had this teacher who was something special.  She helped me teach my mind how to overcome the problem… so with practice I was able to read anything and not have to take notes or worry about forgetting something.  It was like I rebooted my brain and how it absorbs the information that I read. 

So…. As I got older and I read more and more, I realized that what I was able to do for myself is actually something quite special and because some special friends of mine were always asking me for book recommendations I decided to go ahead and start myself a blog.  It wasn’t about gaining a following or any kind of attention… for me it was my own special way of telling those that either made fun of me because of my problem or those that used it against me… to shove it! 

This is where y’all come in… because my blog still is not about gaining a following or seeking attention and you all still come back day after day to see what I have to say I can’t help but appreciate you that much more!  You’re love and support mean more than you will ever know!


I have met some amazing people, made some wonderful friends, worked with some rock star authors, worked with some beautiful bloggers & reviewers, and have had an awesome time doing it all!

So here is what I want to do… not only because it’s Lori’s Book Blog’s birthday but also because y’all are so special to me… I’m going to give some stuff away.  I’ve got some signed paperbacks, a gift card or maybe even 2, and some ebooks I want to share.  So make sure you enter the rafflecopter below.  I’d say grab a piece of cake on your way out but… I kinda ate it all ;)

I adore y’all!!!

Happy Reading and Good Luck!!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Promotional Event: I Choose You by Bethany Lopez

Promotion Event

Posts can go live any time Dec. 27 - Jan. 10, 2013.

Title: I Choose You (Friends & Lovers, Book 2)

Author: Bethany Lopez

Release date: Dec. 27, 2012

Genre: Contemporary

Age Group: New Adult

Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Trailer:

Book Description:
Up until now, Nicole's life has been mapped out for her. She'd go to college, marry Jake and become the upstanding minister's wife. When she leaves that life to begin again in a small town in Texas, she finally has the freedom to live as she chooses. There, she meets Kent, a guy whose charm and passion make it hard to stick to her morals.

Dodging his father’s fists and protecting his twin sister made Kent into the man he is today. He learned by watching his mother stay by his father’s side that it’s better to keep relationships simple. Then he meets Nicole. Her sweet smile and genuine response to him land like punches to his resolve. After a lifetime of learning to protect his heart, can he finally let down his guard?

Giveaway:  (1) eBook copy of I CHOOSE YOU. Open International.  Enter the Rafflecopter below.

About the author:

Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.

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            They hit the trail hard. Nicole used the time to clear her head and to reflect on what Kent had told her about his childhood.
            They’d led very different lives, and Nicole couldn’t imagine the obstacles he’d dealt with growing up, but she was very impressed with the man he was today.
            Kent made sure they did some cool down stretches before getting back in the car.
            He’d worried briefly that Nicole would look at him differently when he’d told her a little about his upbringing, but he was happy that he had. He wasn’t ready to tell her everything yet, but he was comfortable with what he’d told her.
            He drove her back to her apartment and walked her to the door.
            “Do you want to come in?” Nicole asked him, her face was flush from exertion and glistened prettily.
            Kent felt a strong urge to gather her in his arms and take her to her room, kissing and stroking her gloriously toned body along the way. He imagined carrying her into the shower and lathering her up.
            He shook his head, trying in vain to calm his raging hormones. He felt like a teenager again: unbearably horny and unable to find release. Well… At least not the way he wanted to.
            “Um, no,” He replied gruffly. “I’d better not. You have to get ready for work and I have some stuff to do at my house. I’ll give you a call later.”
            He leaned down and gave her a kiss on the forehead, then turned and jogged down the stairs, leaving her there staring off after him, the confusion she felt apparent on her face.