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Torn (The Georgia Corbins, Book 1)




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TORN (THE GEORGIA CORBINS, Book 1) by Kara Leigh Miller

Two years ago, Alison “Ali” Philips watched her two best friends — Levi and Tucker Corbin — pack up and move away from the only home they’d ever known. Being apart is difficult enough, but going years without so much as a phone call or email from either of the brothers was heartbreaking for Ali. But life goes on, and Ali learns to slowly pick up the pieces of her life and mend the hole they left in her heart. She’s doing pretty dang well, too. Until she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin during Monday morning Physics lab.

The pain of being left behind still stings, but seeing the boys makes her want to go back to the way things were. Unfortunately for her, they’ve returned with only one thing on their minds: Winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she never intended to be a part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost, unfamiliar feelings begin to stir. It’s time to make a decision, one that will forever change all their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?

Ali is only certain of one thing — She can’t have one Corbin boy without losing the other.

Genre: Upper Young Adult / New Adult Contemporary Romance

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A Bookish Christmas

The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Too soon? As Halloween presses ever closer, the holidays are surely in the back of your mind. They’re in the back of mine, reminding me that at some point I’m going to have to get my shit together and figure out gifts. Of course, I thought books, and that led me here. What are some good books to give as a gift? I’m glad you asked! Because I have opinions! Obviously.

1) For the Petrol head in your life: And On That Bombshell by Richard Porter.
My husband is getting this book. It’s cool you guys, he doesn’t look here, this is a safe place. Richard Porter was a script editor on BBC’s Top Gear for 13 years and the book is supposed to be full of behind the scenes stories. Full disclosure: I haven’t read it yet, it’s new, but promises to excite any car lover.

2) For the Foodie: How to Bake the Perfect Apple Pie by Gina Henning.
This book is part of a scrumptious series, and if you want to start at the beginning, you should. This book will make you want apple pie and a delicious glass of wine. Like, seriously, the cravings. It’s short and sweet, romantic but not graphic and can be read in a weekend if you’re free to veg out.

3) For the paranormal lover: Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
This book was so good. It’s long but it really draws you in. You might want to start earlier in the series but I do think this book could stand alone. And I love Greek mythology.

4) For the Rocker: Color Me Crazy by Carol Pavliska
This book is about Cleo, a rock star fan/groupie who happens to be a loveable disaster and Julian, a guitar playing God. This book is very sexy and very funny but also touches on some serious issues. Julian has synesthesia – he sees sound in colors. Its a real condition, you can look it up. I’ll wait… See? Told you so. I can’t imagine a more perfect or overwhelming job for him than a musician.

6) For Young Readers: Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
Full disclosure: I haven’t read this yet but I did buy it because it sounds so good. A nerdy middle school kid who dreams of working for the CIA. He gets recruited to a science school that is really a junior CIA academy! How will it turn out for him? We’ll have to read to find out. Bonus: There are other books in this series!

Also in this category: The Percy Jackson books, anything by Roald Dahl, and The Chronicles of Narnia (a personal fave of mine.)

7) For Babies: Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
My baby couldn’t get enough of this board book. Granted, I do the animal sounds and sing the “La La La” part but the book has a nice cadence to it. It’s short, easily memorized, and fun. Babies love repetition and this book is perfect.  We’re on our second copy of this book actually.

Have a child a little older who doesn’t mind sitting for a slightly longer book? Try The Gruffalo  by Julia Donaldson.
Another HUGE hit on our house. Fun to read, vivid pictures, and a charming story about a mouse and a Gruffalo. I know one year olds and four year olds who love this book, so don’t worry if the kid doesn’t fall under the “infant” category. It’s available as a board book, hardback, paperback and audio!

8) For the romantic: Birthright by Nora Roberts
I love that the main character is an archaeologist. One of those things I think I might have done in another life. Callie is questioning her past and her ex-husband shows up on the dig site complicating matters. It’s so good.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book is YA, very emotional (read: ugly cry) but so good. Romantic, gripping, emotional, brave, emotional, did I mention emotional? It’s about two teenagers who happen to have cancer, but don’t let that deter you. Get the tissues and read it. Okay? Okay.

9) For the Suspense Lover: Envy by Sandra Brown
So, I love this book, and I recommend it to everyone all the time. I love books, I love reading and writing, so yeah, it’s about a writer and a publisher. MAYBE that’s part of it. Maybe. But it’s woven so masterfully. Two stories collide, the past and the present, with flashbacks here and there that make you question everything going on in the present. It’s so good.
Darker Than Midnight by Maggie Shayne
This will keep you turning pages, I promise. I’ve read it a few times and will surely read it a few more. A prisoner out to prove his innocence, a police officer in a tight spot, a conspiracy… enjoy.

10) For the Mom/Sister/Bff in your life: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The story of Dinah, as in biblical – daughter of Jacob, Dinah. It celebrates the strength and resilience of women in a time when women were looked at as anything but. It’s very good.

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
This was recommended to me and I drug my feet about it because I’m a prat. It’s amazing. I devoured it. I also loved the movie, by the way. It’s lush and rich, it’s gritty and wonderful. I loved it.

Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

Perfect for the new parents in your life who desperately need a laugh to make them forget about all the sleep they’re not getting.

11) For the Forensic or Procedural Fan: A Necessary Evil by Alex Kava
Graphic in the way forensics can be but so good. A who done it mystery with an ending that left me surprised and gobsmacked. I actually need another copy of this book. I loaned mine to a friend and it’s been so long since I’ve read it. But I really liked it. I was taking a forensics class at the time when I first read it and I was super into the forensics, Locard’s Exchange Principle and all that. But you don’t have to be as nerdy as me to enjoy.

12) For the Conspiracy Theorist: The Millenium Series by Stieg Larsson.
I’d definitely start at the beginning and this book gets a big TRIGGER WARNING. There is pretty graphic rape and revenge. The first book is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The books are long but well worth the read. The later books in the series are my favorite.

13) For the Hipster: The Cormorant by Chuck Wendig

This book follows Miriam Black, who can see how someone will die when she touches them. Wendig writes swear words with a connoisseur’s eye, weaving profanity together so artfully you can’t help but smile. It’s like wiping your ass with silk. The Cormorant is a gritty, dark, adventure with a crazy badass main character. It’s action packed and will keep you turning pages.

14) For the Game of Thrones fan: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.

This is a series with all the elements of GoT: a paranormal problem, a corrupt King, power struggles, lies. It also has a badass female assassin as the main character. There isn’t strong language (that I can remember) or any graphic sex, though there is violence (I did mention the word assassin, right?) and a bit of a love story, so I could see this book being perfect for the twenty somethings or teens looking to dive into a series from the beginning. Really well developed worlds, too. As you get further in the series, it’s very well done. I love a good world builder.

15) For the Thrill Seeker: Bag of Bones by Stephen King

I read this when I was home alone, which in hindsight was a poor choice, and scared the crap out of myself. Bonus points for being a book about a writer!

The Good Guy by Dean Koontz
Real talk: My favorite part of this book is the set up, the beginning. But still, I always throw it out there. It’s good.

16) For the Asshole: I Hope they Serve Beer in Hell by Tucker Max
If you know a douchebag who LOVES being a douchebag, this is the book for them. Be sure and check that they don’t already own it. It’s equal parts funny and cringey.

Books that I’d like to receive for Christmas:
1) Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys by Dan Kindlon

2) Treasure Hunters Series by James Patterson (Always keeping an eye out for kiddo.)

3) The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz: This is the next book in the Millenium Series.

4) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

I’d love to hear if you have any recommendations on books for the holidays. After all I haven’t started shopping yet. Got something perfect for the techie, the naughty bff, or the wine lover? Bring ’em on! Leave book recs in the comments below!


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Hello word nerds. I’ve missed you. Things have been pretty busy over here at Casa de la Brasch. For starters, I had a baby. I’ve never done that before. It was pretty crazy, let me tell you. But totally awesome and worth it. I was filled with, “I am woman, hear me roar!” type pride. I think Mic Drop moments in the delivery room should be mandatory. Don’t get me wrong, there were also tears and swear words and drugs. It was glorious. Then, BAM! Baby!

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Since baby, I’ve been learning how to be a mother. There’s a steep learning curve for ya. And also wondering why I never realized just how little sleep the human body needs to function. It’s all good though. I have learned the art of the cat nap.

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Life was pretty much: Play with baby. Sleep when baby sleeps. Feed baby. Repeat.
Cooking wasn’t even on my radar. On a related note: Progresso soup and pop tarts are totally delicious, am I right?

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But I love every second with my little cub.

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We love music and dance time every day! We really know how to have fun together.

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But then something wonderful happened! What you ask? My baby started sleeping! Months and months (AND MONTHS) after all my friend’s kids started sleeping, mine finally considered it and found the idea amiable. And when he napped, I was like, “Hey. Remember that time I was a writer? I liked that shit.” I even got new book ideas!

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And while I’m convinced there’s an alarm to wake a baby underneath a mother’s pillow that the weight of a human head activates – I even managed to pick up a book or two and read for fun! Much like the pillow alarm, cracking open a book can also wake a child in another room instantaneously. Proceed with caution.

Ahhhh, secret reading.

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So now I’m drunk with sleep, baby snuggles, and book stuff. DRUNK WITH THE POWER, I SAY. And also maybe a glass of wine here and there. Just a small one.

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How have you all been? If you’ve been reading anything fabulous you’re under moral obligation to share. I’m too tired to keep up with the hot new books, so tell me all about ’em. (Dying to get my hands on The Girl on the Train, though. Bonus points if you want to tell me what you thought of that one.)

That’s all for now. We’ll talk soon I’m sure!


Tur & Elsker Cover Reveal by St Bende

Gorgeous book covers? Yes, please. St Bende has brought her special brand of Scandinavian hunk to life for our reading pleasure. Her books are NA and feature a love story worthy of the Gods. I’m talking about the Gods in Asgard. Think Odin. I love St Bende and these books just hit my TBR list – hard. The release is May 29th so we don’t have long to wait and they’ll be out just in time for us to drag them poolside or out on the patio on warm summer nights.

St Bende is also one of the nicest authors around so feel free to check out the links below and chat her up on facebook or twitter. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

And now for the covers.


The Elsker Saga #0.5 
by ST Bende

Inga Andersson is the envy of every girl in Asgard. On the surface she has it all — great friends, a job as Odin’s personal fight choreographer, and a happy ever after with her realm’s hottest assassin. But when evil invades Asgard, her perfect world comes crashing down. Someone is planning to kill off the gods, and Inga’s best friend Ull is first on their list. With the Norse apocalypse a nanosecond away, Inga has to decide how she’ll spend her final moments of freedom. Because from the moment this battle begins, Inga’s happily ever after will be nothing more than a memory.

Some things are worth fighting for.

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The Elsker Saga #1
by ST Bende

You don’t win the heart of an immortal assassin without making a few enemies along the way.

Kristia Tostenson prefers Earl Grey to Grey Goose and book clubs to nightclubs, but when she transfers from her one-stoplight town to Cardiff University in Wales she falls in love with Ull Myhr.  Her new boyfriend isn’t exactly what she was expecting.  He’s an honest to goodness Norse God – an immortal assassin fated to die at Ragnarok, the battle destined to destroy Asgard and Earth.  Kristia’s crazy visions are the only thing that can save their realms.  Her orderly life just got very messy.

Author Info:


Before finding domestic bliss in suburbia, ST Bende lived in Manhattan Beach (became overly fond of Peet’s Coffee) and Europe… where she became overly fond of the musical Cats. Her love of Scandinavian culture and a very patient Norwegian teacher inspired the ELSKER series. She hopes her characters make you smile and that one day pastries will be considered a health food.

You can follow ST Bende on Twitter @stbende, or send an e-mail to  



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Phasms Vol 1: Infinite Potential by Barbara Garren

My Review

I was given an ARC to review and I had a few minutes, I thought I would start this book. Barbara actually brought me to tears. I cried. I grieved. She mentioned things about bereavement I had wondered if anyone else had ever thought before. She wrote it so powerfully and incredibly well. That being said there were always characters helping to keep it light, pulling us back from the grief and pushing us deeper into the story.

When I picked this book up next I didn’t put it down again. I had to know. I had to get to the end. The paranormal element comes slowly, weaving it’s way into the main character’s life before taking hold. I finished the bulk of this book in one sitting. My ass was numb. I had to finish it.

Watch out for Barbara’s leading men though. They can be real beasts. Wink Wink. See what I did there?

Below is an interview, a blurb to give you a taste, and a giveaway to get your hands on some serious swag.

Interview with the Author

So, Barbara – Phasms Vol 1 (Infinite Potential) has been out for a week. What was release day like for you – and how has this week been, as a debut author?

*Chuckles* Well, release day was interesting. I didn’t plan anything special – in fact; I told my husband I just wanted to treat it like a normal day. I think I was afraid of jinxing the whole thing! I went to work and, to be honest, got very little accomplished.

I was overwhelmed by the Social Media support and encouragement I received from friends, family, other authors and the general public. As a new author you don’t really know what to expect, and I certainly did not anticipate the avalanche of good wishes and new followers.

The most exciting thing is seeing all the new followers who are not authors – though I’ve picked up some amazing, top-notch writers as new “friends” this week! But it’s the readers who really tickle me and who I want to talk to.

 Any let-downs or disappointments?

Um, you mean other than someone giving my book a 3* review before it was even available? Not really. I wish more people would leave reviews on Amazon, but it’s only been a week and I do have to give them time to read it! I’d like to have more actual dialogue with my readers and I hope that will develop with time, but overall it’s been fabulous. The book has done better than I could have hoped for and I think it will continue to slowly develop a strong, dedicated following.

Talk to us about the publishing process itself – as a debut author, what have you learned along the way?

Wow – there’s so much! I have to say, I was surprised at how much really goes into the process. Despite numerous writer conferences and a lot of research, I was still naïve enough to think that it would be a straightforward submit/edit/release process.

Phasms Vol 1 took 5 or 6 rounds of editing to prepare for the reader, and we still didn’t catch everything (awkward to the epic degree)! We did 2 or 3 rounds of developmental edits which focus on plot, structure, pacing and so on. I have to say, my editor (Tiffany Johnstone) was amazingly supportive. She was patient, calming, understanding and all around wonderful person to work with. I was freaked out several times during the process, but she pulled me off the ceiling and reminded me why we needed to do certain things.

The hardest thing, besides not freaking out whenever I received more edits from Tiffany (LOL) was balancing time. Working on edits for Volume 1 while writing Volume 2 was difficult at first. I didn’t even know where to start on the edits when I received the first mark-up. I called an author friend of mine in a panic.

Then there are all of the cover design questions, back-cover/blurb development, PR planning, cover reveal and release day plans. Even with a publisher, there is so much the author has to be involved in and a lot more time is spent working on all the non-writing stuff. You just don’t know until you’re in the middle of it how much time and commitment is involved – but it’s so worthwhile, and who wouldn’t want to be intimately involved in all the details that will see their “book baby” through to its birthday?

So, over all? What would you tell “YOU” from last year at this time?

I would say stay calm, take it one step at a time and enjoy each day, each experience. I would tell myself to reach out more on Social Media for help, guidance, friends and fans and clear your plate of all the time-sucking activities that consume each day, so you can enjoy the moment.

Most of all, I would say embrace the truly beautiful and engaging people that are about to enter your life – there the ones that make this moment exceptional!


Infinite Potential by Barbara Garren

Entranced Publishing

February 24, 2014


Kelsi always Knows when bad things are coming, but even she never thought she’d lose her husband at only twenty-three. Since he died, she’s been living her worst nightmare.

Her nights are filled with dreams of a Dark Haired Man, but her days are full of guilt, because the Man fills her with longing and confusion, promising to give her all she needs, all she wants, all she feared she’d never have again.

If only the dreams would stay in her head where they belong.

Kelsi starts seeing the Dark Haired Man in her waking life, shadowing her wherever she goes.  And when her mysterious new neighbor, Aiden Hardt, knows about the Man in her dreams, Kelsi worries she can’t trust her own mind.

He’s not what he seems.

But even Aiden’s cryptic words don’t frighten her as much as the way she feels around him. Kelsi must sort through her emotions and figure out what’s real before she can ever hope to have a normal life again.


About the Author:

Barbara was born and raised in Southern California, but left to explore the world courtesy of the U.S. Navy. After traveling the world, she forced herself to live a humble life in in San Francisco, New York and Norfolk, Virginia. She now calls San Diego home and you won’t pry her out with a crowbar.

She would be the first  to tell you her husband, Henry, is the inspiration for all the romance, and the real Charlie – who is as cute as he sounds in her books – is a terrorist. When not working for the U.S. Navy, she can be found running, reading or writing. She firmly believes a well rounded diet consists of coffee, scotch, chocolate, popcorn and Luna Bars. In that order.

She’s a graduate of CUNY and Penn State – and manages to write a decent line here and there despite those burdens.

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