Release Blitz + Excerpt & Giveaway: Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

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Happy Release Day to Karina Halle! The paperback of Bold Tricks is now available!

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle
Series: The Artists Trilogy #3 (full reading order below)
(Paperback) Release Date: December 16th 2014
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The Faster They Live, the Harder They Fall . . .

Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and Travis is a full-blown drug lord who kills for pleasure. The sadistic bastard has kidnapped her good friend Gus as well as her mother, whom he’s been holding as prized possessions in his heavily guarded lair. And Ellie has only one chance in hell of getting them out alive-using two dangerous men who love her to death . . . One is Camden McQueen, a talented tattoo artist who’s made a permanent mark on Ellie’s heart. The other is Javier Bernal, her fiery ex-lover who’s busted more than a few heads in his time. From the crime-ridden streets of Mexico City to the predatory jungles of Honduras, this unlikely trio forms an uneasy alliance in the deadliest game of all-a gun-blazing battle to the finish that will pit enemy against enemy and lover against lover. And Ellie must choose the right man to trust . . . or die.

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Now here’s an excerpt from Bold Tricks! ❤

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The motel room was a lot nicer than the one we stayed at before. Sort of a Best Western, middle-ground quality of place. No roaches on the floors, no geckos on the wall. Shit mattresses, I discovered as I pounded my fist on the bed, but I didn’t care.

Camden had just put the final box on my bed, Violetta sprawled out on hers in a state of drug-induced euphoria, when I noticed Javier lingering at the doorway.

“I’m going to be meeting Dom in about twenty minutes,” Javier said to me. “Is that enough time for you to get ready?”

I frowned and he quickly added, “You know he’ll want you there, if this is going to get anywhere. I figured you might want to shower and look nice.”

He rapped his fingers along the doorframe, his mouth opening as if to say something else, then he turned and walked off.

Camden eyed me. “I’m going with you.”

“You might be kind of drunk, Camden,” I told him, though the determination in his voice warmed me like the finest cognac.

“I’ve never felt better,” he said, enunciating each word. His eyes, my god they were still such a clear fucking blue, even in the pallid light of the hotel room. They bore into me with such startling clarity, sending shivers down my back like trailing fingertips. He would be coming with me.

I wished he’d be coming in me. A vision of us in this hotel room, alone, him nailing me to the bed, the headboard banging, slammed into my head.

“Are you okay with that?” he asked.

I suppressed the thought, the flare of heat between my legs, and smiled quickly. “Yes, of course.”

Meanwhile Violetta’s head flopped to the side, her arm still bound to her stiffly in the sling, and started snoring lightly. I motioned to her. “Do you think it’s safe to leave her here?”

He watched her for a few moments, blinking a few times, before saying, “I think she needs to sleep it off.” He went and sat down on my bed. “I’ll be here when you get out.”

I grabbed my bag of clothes I had brought out of the car and brought it into the bathroom. I had a quick shower, trying to rub off all the grim – both real and imagined – with the flimsy hotel soap, then picked through my clothes. Everything that had been in my trunk was musty and wrinkled, some even dirty. I had a packet of unopened (and decidedly unsexy) Hanes underwear, a bra, another pair of jeans, a pair of gladiator sandals that I thought were dressy enough, a pair of Timberland hiking boots, a plain white tee shirt, a couple of wife-beaters, a coral-colored blouse, a plaid shirt, and a light blue tank dress that went to the ground. I wasn’t exactly known for my fashion sense and even with the cherry blossoms covering the scars on my leg, bringing me beauty that I didn’t have before, I didn’t see myself branching out anytime soon. Dressing up in my old clothes for Javier hadn’t exactly helped either.

I slipped on the tank dress, opting to go commando for the evening, and put on the sandals. I looked at myself in the mirror. Once again, I felt like a different person was staring back at me. This me, this Ellie, was tired and hardened. I rubbed the residue mascara away from under my eyes and applied a new coat. My skin was brown from the sun now and I didn’t need much else.

When I came out of the bathroom, Camden straightened up on the bed. I felt strangely shy in front of him, especially as his eyes trailed up and down the length of me.

“Do I look okay?” I asked him, feeling the need to say something. “I mean, if you can see me, that is.”

He bit his lip and stared, a multitude of emotions flashing through his eyes, too fast for me to pick up on each individual one. I thought I saw lust in there – maybe that’s what I wanted to see.

When he still didn’t say anything, I walked over to the dresser where I had my clutch purse left over from the other night at Travis’s and rifled through it for my lip stuff. His silence at my back was a heavy weight, laden with too many uncertainties between us. It was eating at me, burning through me, rendering me with a lead heart. There were so many things I had to focus on, to worry about, fucking impossible things, and yet I needed him to tell me I looked beautiful. I needed him to tell me I was something to him.

I heard him get off the bed and walk toward me, that heaviness, that warmth that he brought with his bones, teased at my back. He stopped, close enough to touch me, and I was about to turn around, perhaps to do something foolish, when he crouched down.

“How is my art?”

His hands found my leg, one of them lifting the hem of my dress, the other slowly moving over the cherry blossom tattoo. I sucked in my breath, holding completely still, trying to contain my nerves that were firing wildly as his fingers ran along the ridges of the ink. He touched me gently over every vine, leaf and petal, until I had to supress a shaky moan that that tried to escape from my lips.

“It feels fine,” I said softly when I found my voice.

“It looks beautiful,” he said.

“I had a beautiful artist,” I told him. I turned at the waist and look down at him, my blue dress glowing in his tanned hand, his other one placed firmly around my calf, his strong fingers imparting heat that sunk deep. He was looking up at me, lips parted slightly.

I couldn’t take a second more of this.

I turned and dropped to the ground, my knees rubbing against his.

I grabbed his face, his rough stubble pressing into my palms, and kissed him.

Hard.

There was surprise for a second, a hesitation, a pulse that refused to beat on. Then Camden kissed me back, his soft lips enveloping mine, his mouth opening to give me life. He put his hand behind my head, holding it there with power and control.

My heart was an elevator car, the cable suddenly snapped, and I was freefalling and falling and falling as his lips and tongue and hot, wet mouth took away every inch of my resolve. The more he kissed me, the deeper and longer we found each other, the thirstier I got for him. I felt like if we stopped, I would die, empty on the inside and forever longing.

Reading Order: The Artists Trilogy

On Every Street by Karina Halle Sins & Needles by Karina Halle Shooting Scars by Karina Halle Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

#0.5 ~ On Every Street: Ebook • Goodreads
#1 ~ Sins & Needles: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Shooting Scars: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Bold Tricks: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads

about the author

Karina HalleKarina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and the USA Today Bestselling author of Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, and other wild and romantic reads. She lives in a 1920s farmhouse on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

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(10) lucky winners get the entire Artist Trilogy series along with #TeamCamden and #TeamJavier tattoos
(10) lucky winners get a print copy of BOLD TRICKS along with #TeamCamden and #TeamJavier tattoos

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Top Ten Tuesday {10}: Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s theme is …

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 TBR List

Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

1. Finders Keepers (Lost and Found #3) by Nicole Williams – I am absolutely dying to read this right now. I have in on my kindle just waiting for me, and I’ll get to it when I have time to read. Even though I desperately want to read it, I know this book will just make me TOO distracted to do anything else LOL. But GARTH!! ❤

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – It’s Rainbow Rowell!! I just adored Eleanor & Park, so I’m SO excited for another book by her. And it’s about a fangirl! I can totally relate.

United We Spy by Ally Carter

3. United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter – It’s the last book in the Gallagher Girls series! *sniffs* But I know Ally Carter won’t disappoint me. I just can’t believe this series is coming to its end so SOON!

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

4. Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle – Can’t wait for this book because even though I was MEH about the second book, I still loved the first, so I’m excited to see how the trilogy ends, and where Ellie, Camden and Javier end up.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

5. Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth – ANOTHER final book in a series! And this one is one of my all time favorite series, so I might end up tearing up. We get Four’s POV in this too!! AHHH!!! <4

Trust in Me by J. Lynn

6. Trust in Me (Wait for You #1.5) by J. Lynn – OOHH it’s Cam’s POV of Wait for You! I just loved Cam, he was such a perfect book boyfriend, and now that we get his side of the story… YAY!

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

7. Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Wow, I didn’t realize there were SO MANY final books on this list. (I think there might be some more after this too…) But yep, Sentinel concludes the Covenant series and Alex and the gang’s story. I’m super excited for what will happen, because I know that something is gonna go down in this book. And of course there’s Aiden!

Champion by Marie Lu

8. Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu – Yep, another final book. I am so freaking unbelievably crazy for this to come out, because that ending in Prodigy? NOT COOL. And I want more June and Day! (BTW isn’t that such a gorgeous cover?)

World After by Susan Ee

9. World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee – Oh gosh, oh gosh, I don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this book, but I thank the stars that this book even EXISTS. Because I was dying at the cliffhanger of Angelfall. I’m praying for Raffe and Penryn to have a HEA… but I’m pretty sure Susan Ee likes to torture her readers.

Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

10. Crash into You (Pushing the Limits #3) by Katie McGarry – And this is… NOT another final book, because guess what? There’s going to be MORE Pushing the Limits!! *fangirls* I’m SO excited for Isaiah’s story!! And I TOTALLY knew that the girl he would fall in love with would be a girl who was a car fanatic like him. And even better, she’s a good girl, which is perfect for bad boy Isaiah!

So what books are on your fall 2013 TBR list?

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Book News, Weekly Recap, & Upcoming Releases! {2}

OMG OMG!!! If you didn’t know already, Colleen Hoover is writing a novella for Daniel, Holder’s best friend from Losing Hope! And it’s going to be posted on her website for free! AHHH!!! Here’s a sneak peak at his novella. From that little excerpt, I know the novella will be amazing. I already love it! I was super intrigued by Daniel in Losing Hope, since we never really get to know him in Hopeless, so I’m glad he’s getting his own novella.

Do you see this? DO YOU SEE THIS?? It’s Tahereh freaking Mafi saying that there will be another novella in the Shatter Me series from ADAM’s POV!!! I’m still Team Warner, mind you, but I still remember the time I was Team Adam, so of course I’m excited for his novella! (But I’m hoping the entire novella won’t be Adam whining lamenting over his love for Juliette. BE A MAN ADAM!!)

The synopsis for Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout came out! The book releases November 2nd 2013.

Sentinel by Jennifer L. Armentrout

As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant Series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

New Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan snippet here!!! AAHHHHHHH! Sometimes I don’t even know why I bother reading all these snippets. They only serve to make me overly emotional, and always in a bad way. Because JARED. IS. BEING. AN. ASS. I’m a total Team Jared, Jami/Kared fan, but come on! Why do you keep making my heart hurt, Sarah Rees Brennan? *cries*

So this week, I had a couple of cover reveals on the blog, and all were for books I’m dying to read!

World After (Penryn and the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee
And check out an excerpt of this book here!

World After by Susan Ee

Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy #3) by Karina Halle

Bold Tricks by Karina Halle

Finders Keepers (Lost and Found #3) by Nicole Williams

Finders Keepers by Nicole Williams

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson

What I reviewed this past week:

PLUS! The Divergent movie trailer came out!

Upcoming releases next week:

  • Stripped by H.M. Ward
  • My Unexpected Forever (Beaumont #2) by Heidi McLaughlin
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Big fan of Holly Black, can’t wait to see how this books is!)
  • Everything For Us (The Bad Boys #3) by M. Leighton (AHHH I love this series, but I think Everything For Us will be the best one yet!)
  • Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen (SOO good!! I highly recommend it!)
  • Beautiful Bombshell (Beautiful Bastard #2.5) by Christina Lauren (Not the biggest fan of Bennet and Chloe, but I loved Max and Sara, so I’ll definitely be reading this!)
  • Styxx (Dark-Hunter #23) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (This LOOONG series is one I really should read. Hmm.)
  • The Transfer (Divergent #0.1) by Veronica Roth (YAY!! FOUR!! <3)

Stripped by HM Ward My Unexpected Forever by Heidi McLaughlin The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black Everything For Us by M. Leighton Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren Styxx by Sherrilyn Kenyon The Transfer by Veronica Roth

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