Friday, May 7, 2021

Must Read Trilogy: The Amazing Falling Trilogy by Maya Hughes



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🎶 ABOUT 🎶


The Falling Trilogy is a Fulton U Universe sports romance spinoff.


I don’t deserve her forgiveness, but I can’t stop myself from fighting for it.


Bay Logan ran from me four years ago and I can’t blame her. I broke her heart and my own with one split second mistake.


If I were a better guy, I’d walk away and let her live her life, but maybe I haven’t learned my lesson yet because I can’t stop thinking about her. And I won’t stop until she knows how much I still love her.


WHAT READERS ARE SAYING!

“Maya outdid herself and wrote a messy but beautiful love story.” - Jess, Goodreads


“This trilogy is beyond amazing! I loved the heart break which made me cry with them and then the joy when Bay and Keyton finally got it right.” - Read.Review.Repeat

“The love between these two is undeniable. It’s a palpable connection that reaches through the pages and touches the reader’s heart.” - Royal Blue Romance





🏈 EXCERPT🏈


Kissing her was a mistake. It was supposed to be the period at the end of the sentence, closing the book on this attraction between us. I’d thought maybe she’d slap me or shove me away. 

Instead, she’d met my lips with her own uncontainable desire. I’d pressed my hand against the small of her back and held her face to mine. Staring into her eyes, I knew it wasn’t the end of anything. 

I’d dropped a lit match into a warehouse of fireworks, and all I had was a garden hose to fight this fire.






AUTHOR BIO

 

Maya Hughes, that's me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I'm a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

 

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

 

I'm the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can't breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum. 

 


AUTHOR LINKS

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mayahughes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayahugheswrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayahugheswrites

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Review: The Hate of Loving You

The Hate of Loving You The Hate of Loving You by Maya Hughes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I for one preach - write a review of the book you read, not the one you wanted.

Rest assured I am honored to be one of the chosen few who has advance read THOLY. From the early drafts of Falling trilogy, I knew this would be something special.

Not all love stories should be written formulaic, and follow some prescribed demands by readers. This is not how storytelling works. Unless authors choose to write formulaic and what the market demands - and that IS the definition of writing to market or what I would call a money grab.

Delivering a trilogy on a timeline that is real and raw with heartbreak isn’t what all readers will want. For this reader, it is a brilliant piece of writing to pull these emotions from our hearts.

Authors should write the characters and their story based on the story the author wants to tell. It is an honor to have these talented individuals share their words.

Love doesn't always happen in a minute, hour, day, week, or year. Maya Hughes tells the story the on the timeline for what the characters needed. This incredibly brave and not safe. This story arc, as I have repeated time and time, is brilliant, and breathtaking. It is not to be missed by readers who love complicated, chaotic feelings and not always easy.

Once a reader has read and can write a well thought out critical review of what did and didn’t work in the storytelling without lowering themselves to writing how the author failed them by not writing what the reader wanted, then write that review. Because readers need all reactions to weigh to choose a story, series or trilogy to read.

If you choose not to read, get angry because “how dare the author not write the story I demand.” welp, dear reader, based on a blurb, move on and be happy you are skipping it. Storytelling is not a craft that is based on readers demands. What you want is something written to market to sell. Guess what? This is not that.

For those of you waiting to binge on the trilogy but confused on if you should take a chance, based on early reviews written on THOLY blurb - wait for reviews from more individuals who have read the story. Read their opinions from each book before deciding.

As a reader and a fan of Maya Hughes other books, this is the very best of her writing in my opinion. It is purposeful and deep. Story progresses and doesn’t slow down in unnecessary secondary elements or as a distraction . All parts and themes have meaning and demonstrate purpose in the characters journey. In summary what I am willing to share is - this trilogy is not just how two broken people can love each other, but how they learn to love themselves.

I will update this review based on content closer to release.

PS: looking for spoilers, story details before ARCs are out? I am not the reviewer for you. Never have, never will be.



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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Thank Goodness it's RELEASE DAY: THE SIN OF KISSING YOU

 


RELEASE BLITZ

Title: The Sin Of Kissing You

Series: Falling #2

Author: Maya Hughes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber

Release Date: April 8, 2021


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ABOUT 


I don’t deserve her forgiveness, but I can’t stop myself from fighting for it.


Bay ran from me four years ago and I can’t blame her. I broke her heart and my own with one split second mistake.


If I were a better guy, I’d walk away and let her live her life, but maybe I haven’t learned my lesson yet because I can’t stop thinking about her. And I won’t stop until she knows how much I still love her.


The sins of my past are hard to run from, but I’ll battle every single one, if it means one more chance with her.



The Sin of Kissing You is the second book in the new Fulton U universe sports romance, Falling trilogy.



EXCERPT


“Bay.” It sounded like a croak, a rusty gate of a word I hadn’t let myself say out loud in over a year. Somehow it seemed to be one of the few words I could utter in her presence. 

“Let’s not.” Her words were sharp and final, but I couldn’t be this close to her and not talk to her. 

“We need to.” Training camp was a grueling non-stop thirty days I’d prepared myself for. But it also meant she could dodge me as much as she wanted. Knowing she was closer than she’d been in years and not getting to say what I needed to say to her—that would kill me. 

“We don’t need to do a thing. This story”—she gestured between the two of us—“ended back in Greenwood.” 

She tried to push past me, but I couldn’t let her walk away, not yet. I didn’t have a single thing I could say to get her to stay. Not in the way I wanted. Not in a way she deserved.  

Staring straight ahead, she pressed her shoulder against the metal doorframe. 

I needed to back off. I needed to get out of the way. But this might be the last chance I ever got to be near her. 

“I’m sorry.” 

Her head snapped to the side. Our bodies were so close. We were sharing the same air, passing it between us like all those nights I’d drawn her, or watched movies with her, or just felt like the luckiest guy in the world because she was beside me. 

“Too fucking bad. Take that apology and shove it so far up your ass you can taste the hair on your knuckles.” Her eyes blazed. Every muscle was tight, radiating the anger she’d let loose with every syllable. 

“Well that was graphic as hell.” The corners of my mouth twitched, nerves getting the better of me. She had a harder edge to her now. Or maybe it was what being around me did to her. 

“I wanted to paint the picture for you.” Her voice was low and biting.

I dropped my arm and stepped out of the doorway, still not giving her a clear path out. I was wrong on so many levels, but once again, I couldn’t stop myself. “Can we talk?” 

“What about how our interaction has gone so far has made you think I have a word to say to you?” 

“I-I thought you might want to talk.” My palms felt like I should have sweat droplets dripping from my fingertips. There were so many things I’d told myself I’d say the next time I saw her. I’d thought I’d have more time. A solid plan in place. Two brain cells to rub together. “Clear the air.” 

Her cheeks were flushed like they’d get when she’d catch me watching her in class, or after I tickled her and she gasped, panting, after finally telling me to stop. Or the way they’d gotten when we’d stood on the football field in our caps and gowns and she told me to walk away.

“About you humiliating me in front of the entire school? About sleeping with me and then breaking my heart?” Her throat worked up and down. “Or about breaking my dad’s guitar?” Her voice broke and I wanted to chop off my own hand for what I’d done. 

Her dad’s guitar. Standing in the sunny, summer afternoon, surrounded by our classmates, she’d told me what I’d done to something that had been such a precious memory of her father, and I’d known that was it. She’d never forgive me, but I needed to know she was okay. “Any of it. All of it.” 

“There’s nothing you can say to fix any of those things. Not a damn thing.”

“Bay.” It sounded like a croak, a rusty gate of a word I hadn’t let myself say out loud in over a year. Somehow it seemed to be one of the few words I could utter in her presence. 

“Let’s not.” Her words were sharp and final, but I couldn’t be this close to her and not talk to her. 

“We need to.” Training camp was a grueling non-stop thirty days I’d prepared myself for. But it also meant she could dodge me as much as she wanted. Knowing she was closer than she’d been in years and not getting to say what I needed to say to her—that would kill me. 

“We don’t need to do a thing. This story”—she gestured between the two of us—“ended back in Greenwood.” 

She tried to push past me, but I couldn’t let her walk away, not yet. I didn’t have a single thing I could say to get her to stay. Not in the way I wanted. Not in a way she deserved.  

Staring straight ahead, she pressed her shoulder against the metal doorframe. 

I needed to back off. I needed to get out of the way. But this might be the last chance I ever got to be near her. 

“I’m sorry.” 

Her head snapped to the side. Our bodies were so close. We were sharing the same air, passing it between us like all those nights I’d drawn her, or watched movies with her, or just felt like the luckiest guy in the world because she was beside me. 

“Too fucking bad. Take that apology and shove it so far up your ass you can taste the hair on your knuckles.” Her eyes blazed. Every muscle was tight, radiating the anger she’d let loose with every syllable. 

“Well that was graphic as hell.” The corners of my mouth twitched, nerves getting the better of me. She had a harder edge to her now. Or maybe it was what being around me did to her. 

“I wanted to paint the picture for you.” Her voice was low and biting.

I dropped my arm and stepped out of the doorway, still not giving her a clear path out. I was wrong on so many levels, but once again, I couldn’t stop myself. “Can we talk?” 

“What about how our interaction has gone so far has made you think I have a word to say to you?” 

“I-I thought you might want to talk.” My palms felt like I should have sweat droplets dripping from my fingertips. There were so many things I’d told myself I’d say the next time I saw her. I’d thought I’d have more time. A solid plan in place. Two brain cells to rub together. “Clear the air.” 

Her cheeks were flushed like they’d get when she’d catch me watching her in class, or after I tickled her and she gasped, panting, after finally telling me to stop. Or the way they’d gotten when we’d stood on the football field in our caps and gowns and she told me to walk away.

“About you humiliating me in front of the entire school? About sleeping with me and then breaking my heart?” Her throat worked up and down. “Or about breaking my dad’s guitar?” Her voice broke and I wanted to chop off my own hand for what I’d done. 

Her dad’s guitar. Standing in the sunny, summer afternoon, surrounded by our classmates, she’d told me what I’d done to something that had been such a precious memory of her father, and I’d known that was it. She’d never forgive me, but I needed to know she was okay. “Any of it. All of it.” 

“There’s nothing you can say to fix any of those things. Not a damn thing.”



 

COMING SOON IN FALLING TRILOGY

PREORDER BOOK 3 - THE HATE OF LOVING YOU - May 6, 2021

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ADD TO YOUR TBR!
THE ART OF FALLING FOR YOU (Book 1) http://bit.ly/GRTHOLY
THE SIN OF KISSING YOU (Book 2) http://bit.ly/GRTSOKY
THE HATE OF LOVING YOU (Book 3) http://bit.ly/GRTHOLY



AUTHOR BIO

 

Maya Hughes, that's me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I'm a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

 

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

 

I'm the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can't breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum. 

 


AUTHOR LINKS

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mayahughes

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mayahugheswrites

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayahugheswrites

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/maya-hughes




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Review: The Sin of Kissing You

The Sin of Kissing You The Sin of Kissing You by Maya Hughes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars



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Sunday, March 21, 2021

Review: The Flatshare

The Flatshare The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Opposites attract quirky couple romance

This story came recommended to me by a trusted friend and i devoured the story in a day. Besides the “fall in love via post it note’, Tiff and Leon were this perfect loud girl vs quiet boy match up. Besides the blossoming relationship, there is an engaging side story with the younger brother that kept me intrigued. There were also richly developed secondary characters who lept off the page.
However, this was probably the best storytelling presentation of the villain as narcissistic and gaslighted the heroine believably. Seeing her growth with Leon, the help of friends and therapy added to the story's depth.
It was brilliant, a fresh love story that I enjoyed.
So why 4 stars? It is actually 3.5 almost made it a 3 with a message to the publisher. As final editing and formatting fall on their shoulders, not the author. The alternating POV formatting from traditional fiction (Tiffy) to a playwright stylized speaking (Leon) was highly distracting. If it served a purpose, such as only communicating by text or lipreading, I would get it. This just pulled me out of the story for 50% in bewilderment. Once I realized this was just a choice in formatting the different POV, I found myself ignoring the irritation. My advice to the publisher, take the reader experience into consideration.

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

The Best Office Romance Books! + Unboxing [giveaway]!



Check out this AMAZING giveaway on YouTube hosted my HEA Novel Thoughts! 

Giveaway hosted by Moreland Books Inc - Open to US mailing addresses. Not responsible for misdirected or damaged prizes. Winner selected randomly will be messaged not later than March 17 8AM EST. 
Alternate Giveaway Open to International mailing addresses for eBooks of My Saving Grace & The Contract, swag pack and audiobook code for My Saving Grace. 

HEA Novel Thought nor YouTube are responsible for this giveaway. 

Release Day: Maya Hughes BEST writing to date - The Art of Falling for You

 


RELEASE BLITZ

Title: The Art Of Falling For You

Series: Falling #1

Author: Maya Hughes

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Cover Design: Najla Qamber

Release Date: March 11, 2021


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Read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited

 



ABOUT 


“Are you stalking me?”

“We live right next door to each other, New Girl.”

Bay Bishop aka The New Girl is my new neighbor. Glasses, stage crew black clothes and a knack for fading into the background.

She’s probably the only one who rolls her eyes when I walk past instead of cheering on my last touchdown play. But before I can shove her into the recesses of my mind filed under “Not my problem” she lands herself smack dab in the middle of my dreams.

I catch her singing with a voice unlike any I’ve heard before that taps into feelings I shouldn’t have for the girl who avoids me at all costs. I need to know why she hates me.

With three months until graduation, the final play is on. Only it’s not for more points. It’s for Bay.

Unlike my success on the field, this win is anything but assured. But I can’t stop myself from taking the risk.

There’s no flashing scoreboard.

There’s no cheering crowd.

There’s only her and me.

The countdown clock is ticking. The only thing scarier about finding my first love will be losing her.

The Art of Falling for You is the first book in the new Fulton U universe sports romance, Falling trilogy.


EXCERPT


He wanted to pretend he was a nice guy now? I ran through my first day at Greenwood Senior High. The vivid details craved an excruciatingly clear memory of just the kind of guy he was. Even if he didn’t remember, I certainly did.

If only that had been the end of it. But it wasn’t. He was back that afternoon and mom insisted I take him a glass of lemonade.

I kicked his leg and he slid out with grease marks on his cheeks and hands that only made him hotter.

The universe’s unfairness had never been clearer than Dare looking like a cover model wheeling out from under my mom’s junker of a car. If I’d had a team of stylists and beauty professionals dress me and do my makeup, I’d never be more than catalog cute. He was super-model searing without even trying.

“From my mom.” I shoved the glass toward him.

“It’s not from you? Did you make it yourself?” He set the wrench down on the concrete and drew his knees up, resting his back against the side panel of the car. His gaze locked onto mine, holding it and not letting me look away.

My pulse pounded, and my stomach back flipped into next week. “Just take it.”

“Did you poison it?” He lifted an eyebrow.

“Yes, I dropped in one of my cyanide capsules that I keep on hand for annoying neighbors.”

He didn’t say a word, only let me stand there with my arm extended, not making a move to take the glass.

My hand shook. I jerked it back and took a sip. “See, not poisoned.” I took a step closer and held it out again.

His gray eyes twinkled with amusement. He shot up, so his body brushed against mine on the way up, not trying to make room at all for my personal space. His fingers curled over mine before he pulled the glass from my grasp.

Instead of drinking from the side of glass closest to him, he turned it in his hold and took a sip from my side of the glass. My lip prints melted away by his. He didn’t drop his gaze or look away.

He froze me in my tracks like a deer caught in headlights after a long night in the forest.

“Delicious.”

 

 

COMING SOON IN FALLING TRILOGY

PREORDER BOOK 2  - THE SIN OF KISSING YOU - April 8, 2021

TSOKY Amazon getbook.at/AmazonTSOKY


ADD TO YOUR TBR!

THE SIN OF KISSING YOU (Book 2) http://bit.ly/GRTSOKY
THE HATE OF LOVING YOU (Book 3) http://bit.ly/GRTHOLY




AUTHOR BIO

 

Maya Hughes, that's me!, can often be found sneaking in another chapter while hiding in the bathroom from her kids! :-) I'm a romance writer who loves taking inspiration from everyday life, namely my husband and biggest fan. Inspiration also strikes when I hear a song, meet someone new or daydream while at soccer practice.

 

I love writing stories that capture the possibilities of the paths less travelled and enjoy experiencing life through my characters’ eyes.

 

I'm the mom of three little ones, the wife to an amazing husband and also work full time. Some of my favorite things are cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, white wine, laughing until I can't breathe, traveling with my family and Jeff Goldblum. 

 


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