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J.R. Ward Blog Tour | THE SAVIOR

I'm so excited to be a part of the J.R. Ward blog tour for her latest book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Savior. I first discovered this series in 2013 and proceeded to "slowly" binge the first 10 books over the course of two months. I've basically been a fan ever since! If you haven't check out her books yet and you're in the mood for a world with incredible characters to get lost in for a while, I can't recommend these enough.

For today's tour I'll be sharing a video plus exclusive sneak peek from J.R. Ward's new newsletter: The Caldwell Courier Journal.


The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward
On Sale: April 2, 2019

Sneak Peek at J.R. Ward’s Brand-New Newsletter: The Caldwell Courier Journal

Dear Vishous, Agony Aunt Column
(with help from Mary)

Dear Vishous,

First of all, thank you for doing this.  I need another perspective.  I am a 27 year old woman, about fifteen months out of a five year relationship.  I started dating a guy about two months ago.  I’ll call him “Evan.”  We met on Match.com.  We both workout.  We like a good time out at the clubs and the bars.  We’re both Sox fans.  He’s funny and he’s been good about keeping in touch when he travels frequently for work.  

My problem is this.  He told me he was twenty-eight.  A week or so ago, when we were playing pool at our local, he told me to snag his wallet and pay for the next round at the bar.  While I was getting money out, I saw his driver’s license.  It said he’s thirty-six and the address listed was in a different area of the city than he told me he lives in. I got the drinks and put his wallet back in his pocket, and tried not to think about it.

But I can’t shake the idea he lied, and it’s causing me to obsess about things that are probably no big deal.  Like, he only comes to stay at my place.  I’ve never been to his apartment, and when I asked about this, he said he has two roommates who get on his nerves and he prefers the break he gets when he sleeps at my apartment.  And I’ve introduced him to my friends, but he’s never offered to do the same.  At first, I was psyched because my ex never wanted to hang with my people.  But now?  I guess I’m uneasy and looking for shadows everywhere.  

I don’t care how old he is, and I know that some times folks on Match fudge their age to make them more attractive.  And maybe it’s just an old license.  I don’t want to ruin a good thing by looking like I’m second guessing him about stuff that only appears iffy and for which there is a reasonable explanation.

Please advise,

On The Fence In Beantown


Vishous:  Here’s what you need to do.  Go to your local Stahp ‘n Shahp and get some Sweet Baby Ray’s  BBQ.  Then get a good knife.  After you slice his b*lls off, marinate them and then pan fry ‘em.  Serve them to him hot and spicy and-

Mary:  Okaaaaaaay.  Let’s just all take a deep breath here.

V:  I know, because the BBQ sauce smells great, right?

Mary:  Ah, no.  It’s because we should not settle this type of conflict through bodily harm.

V:  Whatever, that lying sack of sh*t with the fake Match profile doesn’t deserve a set of nuts.  S’all I’m sayin’.

Mary:  I think we’ve heard your point of view loud and clear.  And now, I’d like to offer a more nuanced opinion.  On The Fence, it’s clear that there are some reasons to be concerned about this guy.  One of the things that I tell people in my practice is to always trust your instincts.  As much as you want to believe the best-

V:  Fine.  No BBQ sauce, then.  Just slice, dice and toss ‘em in the pan.  He doesn’t deserve Sweet Baby Ray’s.

Mary:  ................

V:  What.  Oh, come on, don’t look at me like that.

Mary:  I’ve never actually said this before to someone, but why don’t you light up a cigarette and take a few deep drags.

V:  I thought you’d never ask.

Mary:  Anyway, On The Fence, my suggestion is that you have a frank, face-to-face conversation with “Evan.”  Share your concerns calmly and succinctly.  See what his answers are.  Based on how he responds, you should be able to tell a lot.  Is he listening to you and taking you seriously?  Is he offering to have you stay over at his place?  Or is he defensive and turning everything back on you-

V:  And his Red Sox card is revoked.  He has to root for the Yankees now.

Mary:  -in a way that makes you uncomfortable?  At the end of the day, you deserve to be in a relationship with someone who’s as honest as you are and treats you the way you’re treating them.

V:  I have to agree with Mary on this one.  Even though you’re a human, being with a lying sack of sh*t is whack.  

Mary:  Remember, your physical safety comes first, and fast on its heels is your emotional health.  Please do not sacrifice your happiness just because you are hoping that “Evan” is the one- 

V:  I think you’re going to find out he’s got a wife and kids and he’s playing you.  Which brings us back to my solution to the problem-

Mary: -and let us know how it goes, please.  Best of luck!

V:  F**k him!  Go get a real man- and that skillet.

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek!

don't forget to check out THE SAVIOR on April 2! 

ApollyCon 2019

Attending ApollyCon each year with Alexa and DJ has become one of my favorite traditions. Even though it means having to leave at the crack of dawn on Friday, I just enjoy everything about this weekend. From the train ride down, to the event itself, catching up with friends and making time to explore DC a bit–it's a fun mini-getaway that I genuinely look forward to. 

So for those of you that don't know, ApollyCon is an annual multi-day event hosted by Jennifer L. Armentrout and organized by the lovely Steph and Hannah. It features a mix of Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult authors that are available for signings and to buy books from, but also panels and social events to keep readers entertained throughout the long weekend. I've been involved since its inception as their graphic designer. I do the badges, banners, table cards and more. It's been so much fun to be a part of it, especially since I'm such a huge fan of Jen's (she's one of my favorite authors ever). 

Day 1 - Titan Signing at ApollyCon
left-right, top-bottom: our badges, one of the signing rooms, with DJ/Alexa, Danielle Pearl, Chanel Cleeton, Elise Kova, Christina Lauren, with Brigid Kemmerer, with Sarah J. Maas
The event starts on Thursday but we always go on Friday for the Titans-only signing session. It's amazing because we get to meet authors before the rush on Saturday and it tends to be a smaller crowd. So if you plan to go, I highly recommend going with this pass. I got to meet some of my new favorite authors for the first time, such as Danielle Pearl (Something More series), Chanel Cleeton (Next Year in Havana), and Elise Kova (Air Awakens series). Then we also saw our usual faves like Sarah J. Maas (wonderful as always), Christina Lauren (I adore these two) and Brigid Kemmerer (she's so sweet!). We basically got all the books we wanted signed and purchased on day, which worked out perfectly! Afterwards we went to dinner at Matchbox and stopped by the Berkley blogger event.

Day 2 - Exploring DC and more ApollyCon
top-bottom, left-right: breakfast at Bayou Bakery, the Capitol Building, Kramerbooks, inside Kramerbooks (photo c/o DJ!), Dolcezza Gelato, Jennifer L. Armentrout signing, with Tif Marcelo, with our buddy Mitali and my book haul.  
We were basically "done" on Friday, that meant our Saturday was free to do a bit of exploring! We went to Bayou Bakery for breakfast, which we did last year too. We loved their grits so much that we knew we'd be coming back and they didn't disappoint. Then we stopped by the Capitol Building and took a bunch of photos. We underestimated how cold it would be so we quickly headed over to Kramerbooks to warm up and shop. Of course the cold weather didn't stop us from getting ice cream and luckily Dolcezza was only a couple blocks away. At that point we still had a ton of time to kill so we went back to ApollyCon to see how the event was going. I'm really glad we did because we got to meet Tif Marcelo, a Filipino author with a romance novel called The Key to Happily Ever After coming out in May. She was so nice to talk to and I'm doubly excited to read her book. Then we caught up with Mitali, Estelle and Lizzy for a bit too. And finally, it was time to go home! We were all pretty exhausted by that point but happy with our books and that we got to hang out almost all weekend. I can't wait for next year!

Were you at ApollyCon this year? What did you think?

What I'm Listening To | March

Each month I'll share five songs I'm been loving all month and hopefully you'll find a song or two (or all of them!) to love as well.

Just press play to listen to all the songs!

Peer Pressure (ft. Julia Michaels)
 - James Bay | It feels like forever since James Bay released a new single and this one did not disappoint. It's so catchy and meaningful and can we please just have a new album already?

I Want You - Tayla Parx | We all need to take a moment to appreciate just how freaking catchy and fun the chorus is. Every time I hear it – whether it's on the bus, at home or at my desk at work – I have to fight the urge to dance and sing along to it.

I Can't Get Enough benny blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez, J Balvin | If Selena Gomez is in the song, there's a 99.9% chance I'm going to love it and this was no exception.

The Bones - Maren Morris | I'm so happy that Maren Morris has a new album! I've played Hero so many times (and it's admittedly still my fave) but I'm enjoying GIRL a lot too! I love the imagery this song evokes and as usual, her voice sounds fabulous on it.

Feels - Kehlani | In case you haven't noticed yet, I'm in the mood for catchy upbeat songs so here's another to add to the list. When she sings this line, "You give me feels and I know that I know, that I know that it's real" I sing along too (provided that I'm home or in my car alone).

Which song is your favorite?

Here's my full March playlist if you want to know what else I'm listening to!