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 Lovers! We’re taking a break from romance to give you a little special holiday shopping guide. There are a lot of amazing small businesses owned by people in our romance community and just awesome people in general and we want to highlight some of them!!


So sit back, enjoy and do some shopping!!!

 

 

Sweets by Steph

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Stephanie Johnson is an amazing lady (a fellow romance lover) and she has this awesome CUSTOM COOKIE BUSINESS.

 

The cookies are amazing and she makes them into art. These are the cookies she did for Michelle’s nephew’s 1st birthday. How cute are they??

Get more info HERE

 

Keep Collective

*Valerie Potjeau*

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 Val is one of Michelle’s dearest friends and they met through the love of romance novels. She is a KEEP COLLECTIVE consultant.

 These amazing bracelets are fun and you can make them very personal- which we love. check out some of Michelle’s favorite Keep Collectives above.

Get more info HERE

 

Scent Pop Candles

Melissa Brown isn’t just one of our favorite authors but she also makes the most AMAZING CANDLES inspired by pop culture. There are so many to choose from and so many we want to add to our candle collection. Michelle has “Under Jamie’s Kilt” and “We Were On a Break!!” She loves them both!

 

Get more info HERE

 

Cupcake’s Custom Vinyl

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Niki Marie is another book friend with an awesome VINYL business. Michelle has quite a few mugs from Niki that have been sent to her as gifts and she LOVES THEM.

 

Check out her Etsy shop and keep in mind- she can custom make anything you want and put it on a mug!

Check out her ETSY shop HERE

 

Stella and Dot

*Felicia Kettler*

We are full on obsessed with STELLA AND DOT. They pretty much have all of Michelle’s money. And the only consultant she shops with is FELICIA KETTLER. She’s the best. Really.

 

Join her VIP group HERE and shop her product page HERE

 

LuLaRoe

Ok. We are obsessed with LULAROE (LLR) and you should be too. Some of you probably are. Michelle has a couple of favorite consultants, check them out below:

 NICOLE SZIBELl is amazing. There is no other word to describe her. She just has top notch customer service, has the best hostess rewards and is so easy to work with. Join her VIP group HERE

 TRISH WRZOSEK has become one of Michelle’s closest friends- all because of romance novels. She’s a newer consultant but has some great incentives, a great team and is building a great inventory! Join her VIP group HERE

 SCHEVA HURM is another book friend turned LLR consultant. If nothing else- you get to hear her sweet southern voice in live videos! She is adorable, has a great collection and is super responsive. Join her VIP group HERE

 JULIE PRESTATER is another author/small business owner combo. Julie is a LLR master. Her collection is amazing and she is too. Join her VIP group HERE

 AMY DARRAH OBERSON is a local to Michelle (DC area) consultant and she’s another consultant that is really easy to work with and has a great inventory. Join her VIP group HERE

 VALERIE VILLEGAS is another consultant local to Michelle. She did an in home pop up and it was AWESOME. She is super professional, fun and easy to work with. She knows her stuff and has a ton of inventory. Join her VIP group HERE

 

LipSense

So we have to admit that we have not tried these products yet but we both have heard great things. We have three book friends selling this so we are going to share all of their groups!

 

HOLLY MALGIERI – Holly’s Hot Lips

 NICOLE SZIBEL – Nicole’s Lippi Lovers

 TERESA WRIGHT – Loving Your Lips

 

Oragami Owl

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We love love love ORAGAMI OWL products. These guy specialize in customizable jewelry – where you can tell a story with what you are wearing. There are so many awesome products to choose from.

 

 Pepper’s buddy MELISSA CHRISTENSEN is our favorite Oragami Owl consultant. She is super chill, knows everything about the product and is the sweetest person you will ever meet. Join her VIP group HERE and shop her product page HERE

 

Younique Makeup

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Younique makeup is amazing!! Pepper is obsessed with the Moodstruck Splash Liquid Lipstick and the Touch Mineral Cream Foundation is unreal at covering EVERYTHING up!! Pepper’s work bestie, ALISON JACOBSEN, is the ultimate Younique consultant!! She knows her stuff and is super passionate about the Younique brand. Join her VIP group HERE and shop her product page HERE

 

 

Miss Plunkett Boutique

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If you have a little girl then you need MISS PLUNKETT in your life. Pepper’s SIL, ALISHA SHAW, is part owner of this business and they seriously have the cutest things! It’s all interchangeable accessories, so you can mix and match for days.

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Into this:
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Shop the biz HERE and check out their FB page HERE

 

Here are a few businesses we don’t know personally but we like who they are and what they are about so check them out!

TILTON HOLLOW
Homemade soap – from goats!

PENZEYS
Spices made by a company that just seems like it’s run by awesome people.

 

DOWNED by Jen Frederick: Book Release & Review

He’s the guy no one likes…

Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.

She’s the girl everyone loves…

Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.

Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble. 

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MICHELLE’S REVIEW

Omg omg omg

Jen Frederick. Lovers. If you have not experienced Jen Frederick – you need to. Like now.

DOWNED is Ace’s story. If you read JOCKBLOCKED – you might hate Ace. You should hate Ace. I won’t tell you why but Ace is basically a have your cake and eat it too and his shit doesn’t stink either kind of guy. Just entitled to whatever he thinks he deserves.

So he’s transferred to another school cause he’s an asshole idiot. And then at his new school he’s gotta prove himself. But remember – he’s still an ass.

But here’s the thing. Jen Frederick is a WIZARD and she made me not like Ace – but really like him. Like root for his happy ending. How did she do this??

Enter Bryant. Ok full disclosure. Thought this was going to be m/m for a sec but it’s not. Bryant is all woman. Bryant is sassy and smart and the perfect match to bring Ace down. I love her. I mean she’s a top heroine for me. She just is amazing and brings out the best in everyone around her. I think she brought out the best in me.

What I love about this book is that it has everything you need without overdoing anything- drama, hot sex, the lovey dovey stuff that makes you swoon.

If you’ve read the other books and are worried you won’t like Ace – don’t worry. He might become your new fave. Not even kidding.

If you’ve never read this series – while these can be stand alone I suggest reading in order for the sheer character development.

I can’t wait for more of these books from JenFred. I just love this group so much! Maybe Ky??? Who knows!!

 

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BOOK #1 – SACKED 

Read Pepper & Michelle’s joint review HERE

What he wants he gets…

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

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BOOK #2 – JOCKBLOCKED

Read Michelle’s review HERE

She’s always played it safe…

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffeeshop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around…

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew “Matty” Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.

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PURCHASE LINKS: AMAZON / B&N / KOBO / GOOGLE PLAY / iBOOKS

 

jen frederick bio

AUTHOR INFO

Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at jensfrederick[AT]gmail[DOT]com.

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FIRE IN YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout (writing as J. Lynn) – Book Tour: Review & GIVEAWAY

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Some are born with fire in them.

✮✮✮SECOND CHANCES, HOPE, & RED-HOT CHEMISTRY…FIRE IN YOU, the final book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Wait For You World, releases November 28, 2016! Don’t Miss Brock and Jillian’s passionate and richly moving story in this standalone contemporary romance! And check out each stop on the FIRE IN YOU Feature Tour taking place November 21-December 3!✮✮✮

 

Let the FIRE IN YOU burn and order your copy today!

 

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About FIRE IN YOU (Standalone Contemporary Romance Releasing November 28, 2016):

From the # 1 New York Times and International bestselling author comes a richly moving story about heartbreak and guilt, second chances and hope. Full of familiar, fan-favorite characters and no two people more deserving of a happy ending, Fire In You will burn bright beyond the last page…

Jillian Lima’s whole world was destroyed in a span of a few hours. The same night her childhood love, Brock ‘the Beast’ Mitchell, broke her heart, her life was irrevocably altered by the hand of a stranger with a gun.  It takes six years to slowly glue together the shattered pieces of her life, but Jillian is finally ready to stop existing in a past full of pain and regret. She takes a job at her father’s martial arts Academy and she’s going out on her first date since a failed relationship that was more yuck than yum. Jillian is determined to start living.

She just never expected Brock to be a part of her life again. But he’s firmly back in her life before she knows it, and not only is he older, he’s impossibly more handsome, more teasing and more everything. And when he sees Jillian, he’s no longer capable of thinking of her as the little girl who was his shadow growing up or the daughter of the man who gave him a second chance at life. He sees the woman who’d always been there for him, the one person who believed in him no matter what.

Brock knows she’s the one he should’ve made his, and what begins as a tentative friendship quickly turns to red-hot chemistry that sparks a flame that burns brighter than lust. Falling for Brock again risks more than her heart, because when the sorrow-filled and guilt-ridden past resurfaces, and a web of lies threatens to rip them apart, the fallout could lay waste to everything they’ve fought to build together, and destroy the dreams of those they care most about.

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Pre-Order a digital or paperback copy of FIRE IN YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout, writing as J.Lynn, AND fill out THIS FORM by December 3rd, and get an exclusive bonus scene-an Epilogue featuring POVs from all the major couples throughout the Wait For You World!

Just enter your name, age, email address, and the order number from your digital or paperback pre-order receipt athttps://a.pgtb.me/M7KhMCto receive your exclusive FIRE IN YOU bonus scene! All entrants will receive the bonus scene on December 5th, 2016 through email using the email given when the entrant filled out THIS FORM.

 

MICHELLE’S REVIEW

LOVERS. I love this WAIT FOR YOU series so much. And I admit I have missed a couple of the books but I have read most of them and love them all!

This one was particularly awesome because it combines a second chance romance and friends to lovers. Jillian was in love with Brock but he broke her young heart. That same night – her life was changed forever by a stranger.

But when Jillian decides to no longer live her life cloaked in the pain of her past, she finds herself face to face with Brock once again. Now he’s older – and hotter.

What starts as a friendship laced with some hesitance grows into a beautiful relationship. And when that happens- man oh man- fireworks!!!

Jillian and Brock have a lot to face to make it to happy ever after. I really loved Jillian. My heart broke for her throughout the book but I also found her to be strong and likeable throughout the book. Brock is dreamy and I think totally deserving of this second chance that he has to love Jillian back.

Even though this book is in a series- these books are intertwined and I think they can be read out of order.

I think Jennifer Armentrout is such a talented writer so if you have not read her books- I definitely urge you too.

Also BT is on the cover and you get to imagine him as Brock. Top notch spank bank material, ladies.

 

EXCERPT

“You’ve got to be fucking kidding me,” I gasped.

Brock’s eyes widened and then he threw back his head, laughing loudly and freely. “Ms. Lima, language.”

My face turned blood red. Did he seriously just say that to me?

Andre’s smile was a bit sly as he eyed the both of us, and I knew—I just knew—he was fully aware of the fact I had no idea Brock was going to be here. Just like my mother had to have known and just like my father had failed to mention.

My family was a bunch of assholes.

“Okay, I’m going to go—uh, pretend to do something,” Andre said.

Brock’s brown eyes were trained on me as he stepped aside and clapped the shorter man on the shoulder.

“Good luck,” Andre said to him, and my hands balled into fists.

The half-grin appeared on Brock’s mouth and he waited until Andre had disappeared. “I don’t think I’ve ever heard you use the word ‘fuck’ before.” His gaze flipped to the ceiling. “Well, there was the one time you tripped over your own feet and banged your knees off the pool deck. Pretty sure you yelled ‘fuck’ then.”

“This is not happening,” I murmured, heart thumping heavily in my chest.

“Actually, I think you yelled ‘fuck’ when your uncle Julio caught you trying to sneak out of the house. You remember that, right? You were trying to follow me—”

“You can stop,” I snapped, “with the walk down Fuck Lane.”

That grin increased, spreading into a full smile that caused my stomach to dip. I placed steadying hands on my desk. “Please tell me I’m dreaming right now.”

“If you were dreaming, I’d hope we’d both have less clothes on.”

“What?” My jaw hit the top of the table. Was he flirting with me? Not entirely surprising. If you looked up “flirt” on the internet, I was sure it had a picture of him grinning the panties right off of some chick, so I guessed a fiancée wasn’t going to change that.

Chuckling, Brock leaned against the door and folded his arms across his broad chest, stretching the material of his white button-down. My gaze dropped. Yep. He was wearing the damn Chucks. “You’re not dreaming, Jillian. I’m the new General Manager and you’re my assistant manager.”

“There is no way,” I said dumbly.

He glanced around, arching a brow. “Is it really that surprising?”

I wanted to scream yes, but I should’ve guessed it the moment I saw Brock Friday night. Anger swept through me. Not only did I feel incredibly stupid for not figuring out Brock was my new boss, I was extremely pissed everyone in my family had basically set me up.

Taking a deep breath, I asked, “Can you give me a second? Please?”

Brock didn’t move for a moment and then he unfolded his arms. “Your wish is my command.”

My fingers curled around the edge of the desk to stop myself from throwing something at him. The moment he stepped out of my office, I hurried to the door and closed it behind him. Storming back to the desk, I pulled my cellphone out of the little slip inside my purse and jabbed my finger on my father’s contact.

He answered on the third ring, his accented voice way too cheery for this time of the morning. “Jillian, my baby girl, are you—”

“Brock is the new General Manager?” I whispered-yelled into the phone.

“You’re at the office already? It’s not even eight-fifteen— Wait, Brock is already there too?” He laughed. “That is surprising.”

“That’s not really important right now.” I took a deep, calming breath. “Brock really is…he’s the GM?”

“I don’t think you really need to ask that question,” he responded. “Especially when you know the answer to it.”

Closing my eyes, I held the phone so tightly I was surprised it didn’t shatter into a million pieces. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

“Would it have a made a difference?” he asked.

Yes. A thousand times yes, but I didn’t say that. I refused to admit that. “Why didn’t you tell me?”

“You’re going to have to ask him that.” There was a pause. “I didn’t offer you this job because I thought you couldn’t handle working with him or that you would be calling me on your first day, thirty minutes before you should even be there.”

Ouch.

“And I’m not saying that to hurt you, hon. You know that. Hurting you is the last thing I’d ever want to do.” There was another gap of silence while I contemplated knocking the computer off my desk with a ninja kick, and then Dad said, “You can do this.”

Then he hung up on me.

What in the hell?

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author-photo-jla_j-lynnAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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