18 November 2015

Blog Tour and Book Review: EMERALDS, K.A. Linde

Kyla does it again with her "All That Glitters" series. What normally would be a short novella to introduce a character, Ms. Linde creates a world and characters that demand more. Trihn, who we meet in GOLD, is young. A Prodigy and star in her own right. What is the one thing that can ruin a young woman. Of course, it's a guy. Gorgeous, sexy and delightfully sinful, Preston Whitehall has Trihn tied up in knots and falling for him fast.

But Kyla can't make it easy for her characters, nah, she needs to pull the rug out from under them and make them suffer. And I absolutely eat it up! Because this was just a taste of what is to come in the full-length novel (Which should be a clusterfuck of fun!), I cannot wait. A solid four star read for me. Kyla writes fun, she excels at bitchy characters and watching the writing grow with the writer is fun!

K.A. Linde's EMERALDS Release Week Giveaway


Walking away from him was easy.

The first time at least.

Then he shows up late one night at Trihn’s ballet company, and all bets are off. Trihn knows that she should be careful. But when it comes to Preston Whitehall, she throws all her carefully constructed reasons for not dating out the window.

He’s cunning, charming, and hot as sin. And he knows exactly how to use those qualities to get what he wants. Soon, Trihn is dragged deeper and deeper into his rapidly intensifying whirlwind.

But where a storm is brewing…destruction and devastation follow.

Find out how Trihn goes from prodigy to party girl in this sexy full-length prequel to Platinum in the USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde's All That Glitters series.

1. Cast
Trihn -- ballerina, fashion designer, model, feminist, wears her heart on her sleeve

Preston -- NYU student, smooth, sexy, marketing intern, confident

Lydia -- Trihn's older sister, photographer, hippie, believes in free love, materialistic

Renée -- Trihn's best friend, prima ballerina, attending Julliard, from the Bronx, loyal

Ian -- Trihn's best guy friend, computer scientist, attending Columbia, country club, a little nerdy
2. Trihn's Favorite Things
1. Burberry oversized black studded hobo bag

2. Sexy La Perla lingerie. Anything corseted

3. Gucci emerald green dress! She used to model for them so she has a stash of their clothing.

4. Classic black Louboutins

5. Studded black combat boots

6. Destroyed black leather jacket. Perfect for any and every occasion!
3. Five Fun Facts
1. Emeralds is primarily set in New York City. I went there for a weekend to do research for this book, and all of the places they go to (even if not specifically named) are real!

2. Trihn is a ballerina at a dance studio in the city. Name changed from what it is in real life, but based off of the New York City ballet.

3. I danced all forms of dance growing up and recently took up pole dancing. These are all centered around Trihn as she is a very accomplished dancer. All the moves she does in ballet or otherwise are real choreographed steps!

4. This is the first book I've ever written in romance where the main character has an older sister.

5. Trihn is basically the polar opposite of Bryna, the main character from Diamonds and Gold. She was really fun and difficult to write, because she is incredibly nuanced and has a personality that compartmentalizes her feelings and relationships depending on who she is with. I think that's why Bryna and Trihn work as friends. Bryna holds Trihn up, and Trihn holds Bryna back. You'll get to know Trihn so much more in this book and come to love her!


Excitement was already coursing through her body at what she was about to see. She had seen many ballets, but each time it was as if she couldn’t breathe when watching. She could judge their movements, the precision behind their leaps and turns, and the extension of the men and women onstage, but all of that would seem to blur. She would just get lost in the dance. That was all that mattered.
The lights dimmed, everyone rushed to get to their seats, and then the curtain rose, transporting the audience into another world.
Trihn sank back into her seat just as the first ballerina floated onto the stage. As she reveled in the performance, Preston ran his hand up her arm and to her shoulder, sending shivers down her spine. She glanced over at him, and he had this dirty smirk on his face. He wasn’t even watching the ballet. His eyes were solely trained on her.
She swallowed and stared forward, but her attention was torn. His fingers brushed her long tresses off her neck. The palm of his hand pushed flat against her skin and went up into her hair. He gently pulled it, and as her head dipped backward, her eyes closed of their own accord.
With his other hand, he laced their fingers together, bringing her hand to his lips. He tenderly kissed each knuckle before drawing her thumb between his teeth. She inhaled deeply.
He seemed to be enjoying himself as he kneaded the muscles in her neck. He leaned forward toward her and planted a soft kiss on her shoulder.
“Keep your eyes open. You don’t want to miss a second of this,” he breathed softly.
Dear God! He was teasing her. This was sweet, blissful torture.
She could hardly concentrate. Keeping up with two things at once, when one was tempting her with everything she wanted, was harder than it seemed. As the ballet drew to a close, she was glad that she had seen it before or else she would have been entirely lost as to what had happened during much of the performance.
His touch was captivating, and she found she was a lost cause when it came to this man. She hadn’t just forgotten the ballet in front of her face. The world had disappeared all around her. In a sea of people, there was just him.
The curtain dropped unexpectedly, bright lights flooded the auditorium, and Trihn jolted upright. Preston sat up straight, as if he hadn’t just been working her into a frenzy with the lightest touches imaginable. The smirk on his face was the only indication that anything was amiss.
As the curtain rose and the dancers began to take their bows, Trihn stood on shaky legs to give the ballet that she couldn’t remember a standing ovation. Preston applauded at her side. They clapped until everyone left the stage, and people started filing out.
She exited into the aisle, and Preston grabbed her hand again.
“Hey, we’re not done,” he said. The words were suggestive and were accented by his hand squeezing around her waist.
“Oh?” she managed to get out.
“Come on. I think you’ll like this surprise better.”
“Why is that?” she asked.
“Because I’d like to finish what I started.”

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde has written the Avoiding series and the Record series as well as the new adult novels Following Me and Take Me for Granted. She grew up as a military brat traveling the United States and Australia. While studying political science and philosophy at the University of Georgia, she founded the Georgia Dance Team, which she still coaches. Post-graduation, she served as the campus campaign director for the 2012 presidential campaign at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid traveler, reader, and bargain hunter, K.A. lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband and two puppies, Riker and Lucy.


Prior Books in the Series


2015 Goodreads Challenge

Childstar 3
Unforgettable: Book One
The Beauty of Lies
Semper Fi
Child Star: Part 2
Sorry's Not Enough
Premature Evacuation
Falling to Pieces
Hate to Love You
Love to Hate You
Hate to Love You
Childstar 1
Crown of Midnight
Playing With Fire



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