Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mia's Heart by Courtney Cole - Release Day Blizz

Title: Mia's Heart (Paradise #2)
Author: Courtney Cole
Publication: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Lakehouse Press
My name is Mia Giannis. I am seventeen years old. I live in Valese, Caberra.

This has become my mantra and my lifeline, having recently lost my memory due to a scary natural disaster.

Yeah. I have amnesia. Messed up, right? You don't know the half of it.

Not remembering anything has turned my world upside down. My parents try their hardest to “remind” me of who I was, but it doesn't feel right. Or, if what they're saying is true and that really was me, I'm not sure I like that person very much.

And then there’s my love life. Apparently, Gavin Ariastasis is my oldest and best friend in the world. Also, apparently, we’ve never dated. But now, noticing him for what feels like the first time, he’s making my heart do somersaults. He knows me inside and out—the real me. Plus, he’s sexy and charming as hell. Sounds perfect, right?

But then... there’s the new guy. Quinn McKeyen – tall, gorgeous and deliciously American. His mischievous grin and slow Midwestern drawl turn my insides to mush in two seconds flat making me question who I really am and what I really want.

Seriously. What am I supposed to do with all that?! I feel torn between them, but I barely even know who I am, let alone what I want.

I just hope my indecisive heart will clue me in. And sooner rather than later…before I lose what little of my mind that I have left.

I flip over and suddenly, I’m terrified. 
I’m panicky.
The sea is so very vast. 
And I’m so very alone.
I scream.  I can’t help it.  And as I do, I accidentally gulp in a huge mouthful of water.  Everything that follows is a blur. 
I start coughing and flailing my arms and even though I’m wearing a life-jacket, I’m thrashing around like a lunatic.  I hear the boat motor start up and then I feel the wake of the boat as it crests up to me.  Gavin is next to me and before I know it, he’s hauling me over the side of The Shining. 
I’m in his lap, on the floor of the boat and he is holding me and I am shaking.
I’m such an idiot. 
I’m such an idiot.
And I must be repeating it out loud, even though I don’t mean to, because Gavin is telling me, “No, you’re not.”
But I am. 
I really am.
“I don’t know why I got so afraid,” I tell him.  “I think I had a panic attack.”  My voice sounds pathetic and I hate it.
Gavin tightens his grip on me, his strong arms are wrapped around me and I suddenly realize that his skin is pressed against mine and it feels really, really good.  I push into him harder and clutch him to me.
Because for some insane reason, I’m still unnerved.
“It’s okay,” he tells me softly.  He’s stroking my back and I’m trying to catch my breaths like a normal person.  “You’ve been through a lot. I shouldn’t have let you float like that alone.  You seemed like you were doing fine, so I climbed up onto the boat to watch you and I must have fallen asleep.  I’m so sorry.  This is my fault, Mi.”
I look up at him.  He’s so sexy and concerned and my heart melts.
“It’s not your fault that I’m insane,” I tell him firmly.  “I don’t know why I panicked. I can’t even explain it. Everything just all of a sudden felt so big and I felt so small and alone.  I guess I kind of freaked out.”
Understatement of the year.
Gavin’s dark eyes are soft as he stares at me.  He brushes a thumb across my cheek and says that he is so very sorry. 
“It makes sense, Mia,” he tells me.  “You can’t remember who you are.  So you feel sort of alone in the world.  And when you fell asleep while you were floating and woke up, the sea felt big.  And everything came down on you at once.  It’s okay. I get it.  But you’re never alone.  I want you to know that.  You will always have me. You always have and you always will.”
My heart swells until it might burst. 
It feels so incredibly, amazingly good to have this beautiful boy tell me that.  To know that he has always been my friend, that he knows me inside and out.  And then I do something unexpected.
I lean up and kiss Gavin. 
On the mouth.
Sweet Angel of Mercy.
His lips are soft and warm from the sun.  I can taste the sea on them and I weave my hands into his hair, pulling him closer.  He tightens his grip on me and kisses me back; hard, hard, harder.  He tastes like fruit and smells like sunshine. 
It’s really nice. 
My heart is doing flip-flops when I finally pull away. 
Gavin stares down at me in shock.
“I’ve always wondered what that would be like,” he admits.  “Kissing a firecracker, I mean.”  I smile. 
“It’s really too difficult to say from just one kiss,” he says, his dark eyes twinkling.  “We should try it again so that I have more to go on.”
He cups my face in his hands and dips his head, his lips meeting mine. 
He tastes of butterscotch and man.
Twenty-five beats of my heart later, he pulls away. 
“And?” I breathe. 
“You’ll do,” he grins.  
Check out Dante's Girl - the first book in the Paradise Diaries Series  


During the Release Blizz Courtney offers one signed copy of Dante’s Girl to one lucky winner! US/Can only.

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Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could.

She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds.

Every Last Kiss is her debut novel and she followed it with the rest of The Bloodstone Saga (Every Last Kiss, Fated, With My Last Breath and My Tattered Bonds).

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

Learn more about Courtney and her books at


  1. Me loving the teaser! <3 It's very playful and cute haha. I've been wanting to read this series since a long time. I need to read Dante's Girl first though! It seems like a very cute and adorable read, the kind of book that would leave me feeling mushy all over. ;)

    Thank you for sharing, Eunice! You just remind me that I need to start this series soon! :)

  2. :) I also am doing this! Can't wait to hear what you thought of this book! I chose the same excerpt because Gavin was my favorite character. :) Also, how do you create that awesome excerpt box gadget? its wonderful!

  3. Oooo! I really like the sound of this book! And the cover is beautiful! I will definitely look out for this book! Happy Reading! :)

  4. I have but still need to read Dante's Girl. This one seems just as adorable. Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway ladies. :)

  5. You'll do?! Love that last line. Ha, this a very entertaining and swoony teaser. ;) Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sweet, adorable, and just a bit swoon-worthy. Thank you for sharing, Eunice! This book sounds like a must-read!

  7. This is the second excerpt I've read of this book today and it makes me want to read this book even more! When I first saw this cover I thought it looked familiar, I only just realised when you mentioned its part of a series with Dante's Girl! Thanks for sharing this excerpt with us Eunice! :)

  8. I've been seeing this book a lot lately! I've been meaning to read Dante's Girl forever now. After reading that excerpt, I'm convinced I should be reading it immediately! Unfortunately, I have too many other books to get to first!
    Thanks for sharing the excerpt, Eunice! :)

  9. ooh such a swoony teaser! lol! Havent read Dante's Girl, but they both sound cute! Thanks so much for sharing Eunice!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  10. For whatever reason, I can never resist a good amnesia story, and this one sounds truly delightful. I really enjoyed the excerpt. I can't enter the giveaway, but I'll make sure to get myself a copy of Dante's Girl when I can.

  11. Though the the love triangle set up in this one has me a bit nervous, I'm still really excited to read this because I'm a huge fan of Courtney's books. I'm already rooting for best friend Gavin in this triangle though. *fingers crossed for him* I still need to read Dante's Girl because I've heard great things about it, but I'm definitely adding this to the list as well. Thanks so much for the giveaway too!


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