Sunday, June 30, 2013

Book Bash 2013!

Book Bash 2013!
 
 
I was fortunate enough to attend Book Bash 2013 in Orlando, Florida! Given that I live in Orlando, there was no question that I would attend! My only wish was that Brittany could've joined me for the day so that we could've done this post together. However, I think I had enough fun today for the both of us! 


Meeting with the Authors

Every single author I met today was friendly and thankful! There were about 500 people at this signing, yet all the authors took the time to say thank you and held a conversation for a minute or two. These authors are so grateful for their readers, and that was very obvious today. I will admit, I am pretty camera shy, but I promised Brittany I would post some pictures on here of the authors that I met. 





 Yes! That's me and Kristen Proby! Have you read her Away with Me in Seattle Series? If not, it is a MUST read. We talked for a few minutes about Luke Williams (my favorite in the series). Apparently he brought her Starbucks and I missed him by a few minutes! UGH! She was such a genuine person and I loved meeting her!




CJ Roberts! No big deal right?! OMG. So after I fangirled over her, we started talkng about Caleb! I told her I could not believe she made me fall in love with him! She laughed! CJ Roberts was such a pleasure to meet and an amazing writer. Have you read the Dark Duet Series? It is a MUST read!














A.L. Jackson!! I know, I know! Amazing right?! She was seriously the sweetest person! She was so grateful and appreciative. I truly enjoyed talking with her. I let her know what an amazing writer she is and how much I have enjoyed her work. My favorite book of hers is Take This Regret. One of the most beautiful love stories I've ever read!







The Book Signing!
 
 




 
My expeirence today is beyond words. I'm not sure if I will ever be able to describe my time at Book Bash! Not only are these authors amazing at writing, but they are also genuine and wonderful individuals. I loved getting to meet fellow readers and bloggers. I was able to meet Cathy and Ellen from The Book Bellas! They were so much fun and because of them I now have a MUST MUST read list. I also got to hang out with Melannie from Wine Relaxation, and MY Kindle who was a lot of fun and loved talking books with her! I hope everyone that loves to read as much as I do, gets to experience a book signing. 

Did you attend Book Bash? If so, what was your experience like? Brittany and I wanna know! :)







                                                                

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Release Event- Excerpt & Giveaway: High Risk Love by Shannon Mayer!


Title: High Risk Love
Author: Shannon Mayer
Publisher: HiJinks Ink Publishing
Release date: July 1, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
 
Synopsis:
 
Photographs.

Images. Snapshots in time.

This is how I experience my life. I’ve hidden behind my camera and viewed the world through the lens. I watch other people live their lives. I’ve given up on my dreams, and sheltered my heart from love; because both have given me nothing but pain. Even thinking about opening myself up, sends my fears into overdrive. It’s better to be safe, than to take a risk and have your life shattered into pieces alongside your heart. This is what I believed.

Dangerous.

Risks. Fear Nothing.

I live for the rush of adrenaline I get when I work my stunts. Nothing else matters but the feel of my heart pounding when I challenge the line between life and death. Women are nothing more than a distraction; they use me for my connections, as I use them to escape the pain of my past before moving on to my next adrenaline fix. My life is consumed with excitement, danger and risks—it’s all I needed.

Denials.

Fear. The complete wrong time.

Jasmin and Jet will face off over photos, stunts and the truth hidden in their hearts. The last person Jasmin wants to be with is a man who takes life for granted. Jet wants to give his heart to no one; especially one who might not understand the secrets that haunt him. Despite their protests, Jasmin’s and Jet’s lives tangle; the threads of love and fear bind them. Between their passions and their pasts, they fight to hang onto each other . . . but will the stakes be too high when faced with the ultimate sacrifice?

** 18+ for adult situations, sexual situations and language.


 
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Review: Hey Nobody's Perfect by Ann Herrick


Title: Hey, Nobody's Perfect
Author: Ann Herrick
Release date: June 24, 2012
Genre: Young Adult

Synopsis: 
Life was complicated enough for Sivia before a guy with no legs came into her life.

Her parents' divorce did not wipe out their traditional family values. Dad is still way too self-centered, Mom is still resentful, Russ is still shoving food in his mouth and Sivia doesn’t need any more drama. But when the new student, obnoxious and legless Keeley, becomes her project partner, her life becomes even more complicated. Family friction, peer pressure and her overly controlling father are threats her budding relationship—but prejudices she never knew she had and doesn't want to acknowledge are the biggest hurdle of all.

 
 
My Review 

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hey Nobody’s Perfect is about a high school student named Sivia dealing with the normal complicated life of a teenager. Her parents are divorced and don’t really see eye to eye. Her dad is controlling to the point where she feels overwhelmed with his demanding nature.
 
Her perspective of life changes when she meets Keeley. He is dorky, cute, funny, and different. Keeley was born without legs.  Sivia was partnered up with Keeley for a class project. This allowed them to spend time together. The more they hung out, Sivia had a hard time with her feelings about Keeley. All her life, she has been one to care about what others think about her. She has allowed her dad to rule her life because she didn’t want to disappoint him. Just like any other high school student, Sivia is worried about what her peers may say when they see here with Keeley. Through their friendship, Keeley teaches Sivia that no one’s opinions matter but your own.  Living life to its fullest extent is our greatest gift and should not be taken advantage of no matter what your circumstances are. Keeley gave Sivia the courage to do what she always wanted, and that is to live. I truly enjoyed reading this story. It was deep, meaningful, and overall a beautiful story. I wish the story did not end so abruptly. I would’ve loved to see more of Keeley and Sivia. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, but beautifully written YA story.


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Cover Reveal: I Breathe You by Lori L. Clark


Title: Breathe You 
AuthorLori L. Clark 
Publication Date:  July 2013 
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Synopsis:
When a tragic accident leaves Rhane Evans -- lead vocalist for the rock band Fate's Crazy -- permanently unable to speak above a whisper and kills the love of her life, she moves across the state to pick up the pieces. Shattered, Rhane struggles to understand what happened the night of the accident, an accident everyone blames her for, even though she wasn't driving the car.

Enter Ian Callahan. He's the one person who may have a more tumultuous past than Rhane. Though they try hard to deny the sizzling attraction between them, it proves nearly impossible. When Ian's troubled past threatens to tear them apart, they begin to believe happiness isn't in their cards.

Because Fate's Crazy that way...


About the Author

I read, I write, I run 1/2 marathons for fun. Ten things about me:

1. I'm an only child.
2. I love dogs!
3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007.
4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.
5. I'm a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.
6. I've written 5 books and am in the process of brainstorming a 6th.
7. I don't look or act my age!
8. I ran my first 1/2 marathon at age 50.
9. I love 80's hair band music.
10. My day job is as a claims payment analyst for one of Fortune 500 Magazine's "Top 100 places in America to work."

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Release Day Event: Mid-Life Love by Whitney G.!



Title: Mid-Life Love
Author:  Whitney G.
Release Date: June 28th 2013

Synopsis:

If you'd asked me what love was two years ago, I probably would've said, 'It's this amazing feeling that obsesses and possesses you; it's what me and my husband currently have.' If you ask me that same question today, I'll say, 'Please get the hell out of my face.

Claire Gracen's life is picture perfect. Her career as a marketing director is on the brink of being legendary, and her marriage to her high school sweetheart has never been stronger. No, wait. It has. It used to be amazing and fulfilling, but one day Claire realizes that she's been living a lie and her best friend and husband have committed the ultimate betrayal.

Broken and depressed, Claire is in need of something new—new city, new job, new friends.

When she happens to attract the interest of the sexiest man she's ever met, a man significantly younger than her, she immediately turns him down—only to later discover that this man is Jonathan Statham, self-made billionaire and CEO of Statham Industries. Her boss.

Jonathan Statham is unlike any man she's met before. He's used to getting whatever he wants—whenever he wants, and he isn't about to take no for an answer.

Sexy, unpredictable, and charmingly clever, Mid Life Love is a story that will captivate you, entertain you, and force you to fall deeply in love with the characters.


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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Cover Reveal: Landlocked by Tiffany Daune (Surface #2)

 
Title: Landlocked
Author: Tiffany Daune  
Series: Surface, #2
Publication Date: Summer 2013
Genre: YA


Synopsis:

As if staying focused in trigonometry wasn't hard enough....Eerie visions are plaguing Theia's mind, driving her insane. Someone or something is reaching out to her, dragging her into a dark underwater world. And, to add to her metal delirium, she has no control over her newly awakened Siren senses. She thinks she can hear her cat's thoughts, she wants to pummel Sarah Collins, and she's trying to keep it together so she doesn't lose her scholarship. She needs someone who understands—someone bound to the ocean water she craves—she needs Luc. But contacting him is risky, and returning to the water a death sentence. She must find a way to harness her Siren senses even though the waves are calling to her. Denying her intended destiny may be the only way to stay alive.



Tiffany Daune doesn't get why people want to grow up or why anyone would ever stop eating candy. Her purse is filled with books, lip gloss and a few pieces of Lego bricks. She writes best with a dish of chocolate chips on hand and finds licorice makes a better straw than plastic.

She lives on an island and believes mermaids may be raiding her candy stash, though she hasn't caught them, yet.


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Cover Reveal: Scorched Treachery (Imdalind #3) by Rebecca Ethington

Title: Scorched Treachery (Imdalind #3) 
Author: Rebecca Ethington 
Expected Release Date: July 12th 2013
Genre: Paranormal (with action and romance) 
Age Group: Young Adult 
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations  

Synopsis:
While Joclyn is trapped in the tormenting hell of Cail’s mind, the battle around her only continues to grow and spread. * Edmund has infiltrated the underground hallways of Prague, guiding the massacre that would end the lives of the last of the great magical race. In her attempts to stop him, Wynifred has been captured and her magic restrained. Chained up in the ancient dungeons of Prague, her fate is left in the hands of her father, who has tried to kill her before. With Ryland’s screams and Sain’s fragmented sights as her only company, Wyn must rely on something that has been hidden deep inside of her for centuries to help them break free. * Ilyan’s whole life has been building up to one purpose. Protect the Silnį»³. He knows what he must do, and he has no doubt in his ability to do so. But when his father’s magic removes Joclyn’s mind from her body, he is left protecting the shell of the one person he loves. Desperate to find a way to break her free of her prison, he makes a choice. And that one choice changes everything. Now, Ilyan finds himself bound to Joclyn in a way that he never knew to be possible. They say that blood is thicker than water, but Black Water burns, and Ilyan’s heart may not be strong enough to keep the water pumping through his veins and give the girl he loves back into his brother’s care. Even if he can, it may not be safe to do so. Reading order: Kiss of Fire (1), Eyes of Ember (2), Scorched Treachery (3).


  
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Rebecca Ethington is a story teller and author from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. Rebecca’s first stint into the world of literary writing, The Imdalind Series, was released in October 2012 and since its release each book has been found in several top 100 lists on Amazon. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her crazy family.
 



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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Release Day Event, Excerpt & Giveaway: Fixed on You by Laurelin Paige


Title: Fixed on You           
Author: Laurelin Paige
Publisher: Mandevilla Press
Release date: June 24, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours

Synopsis
Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Pierce’s past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out – move up at the nightclub she works at and marry the manager, David. He’s perfect for her because, although he’s attractive, he doesn’t get her all turned inside out and upside down like some other men have. It’s a safe plan, one that assures she’ll remain in control of her obsessive love disorder.

But what Alayna didn’t figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He’s smart, rich, and gorgeous – the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson’s fixed his sights on her. He wants her in his bed and makes no secret of his plans to seduce her. Avoiding him becomes impossible after he offers a business proposition Alayna can’t turn down and she’s drawn further into his universe, unable to resist his gravitational pull.

Soon Alayna’s charmed by Hudson in every way possible and the control over her old behaviors slip. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she’s fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with. Or maybe their less than ideal pasts give them an opportunity to heal each other and finally find the love their lives have been missing.

 
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Release Event, Review, and Giveaway: This Love by Nazarea Andrews

Title: This Love 
Author: Nazarea Andrews
Release date: June 25, 2013
 
Synopsis

She wants a summer job and a ride to a wedding.
 
He wants an assistant and a distraction from the mess his life had become.
They didn’t know they needed each other.
Avery Emili needs two grand. Two grand and a plane ticket–her sister is counting on her to get to Jamaica for her wedding. But the semester is over, and tutoring college freshman and high school students has dried up until the fall.
Atticus Grimes needs help–the messy split with his wife left the twenty-eight year old professor scrambling to keep things together as the semester winds down. Now he’s got a research grant he has to actually do research for and all he wants to do is drown himself in a tall bottle of bourbon.
When Avery sees his ad for an assistant, all she’s thinking is a summer job. But as they spend time together, in the office and out, both of them begin to realize something is there. Something that can’t happen–he’s a professor and she’s a student. And both of them have histories, pasts that won’t let go. Can two broken people pulled apart by expectations find a way to be whole?

 
Keep reading for my 4 star review, an EXCERPT from This Love and to enter to WIN a SIGNED ARC and postcard from Nazarea Andrews...

Cover & Blurb Reveal: Dark Frame (East Park #2) by Iris Blaire

Well if you happened to read my review for EXPOSURE by Iris Blaire, you know I loved it! Bianca and I did a buddy read with a few friends/fellow bloggers and we were all huge fans of this author and book. If you haven't had a chance to read Exposure, you should ASAP. If you haven't read my review, you can do so HERE.
 
So, with that said, we are both super excited to be able to help reveal the cover and blurb for the next book in this series, DARK FRAME (East Park #2)! This blurb had us gasping, saying "Oh no!" and then feeling a little relieved towards the end... We can't wait to read this one and I think you guys will agree!
 
So here it is...
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Title: Dark Frame (East Park #2)
Author: Iris Blaire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Expected Publication: TBA
 
Synopsis:

First Harvard, and now the national expansion of East Park Exposed. Evan Cosette will have to choose one or the other.

But not yet. E.P.E.’s new owner, A.J. Harrison, wants the fall launch issue shot in Boston. It will be Evan’s last go as Rylan Willow—sensual starlet of the underground magazine that made her famous.

And she’ll have to shoot without Dallas.

Finishing up his Master’s, Dallas needs to spend the first half of his semester in Costa Rica working on research. And that’s not the only thing separating him from Evan. With lingering thoughts about her relationship with Dallas being based on nothing more than lust and lies, Evan calls it quits with the gorgeous grad student from East Park University.

The breakup doesn’t make the Boston shoot easier.

Under A.J.’s reign, Britain’s artistic liberty is gone, and the issue becomes less of a clever erotic read and more of a Halloween-themed smutfest. Much like Evan’s modeling, Britain’s photos grow sloppy and uninspired.

But a reminder of the pleasures of sex and art is around the corner for both girls. Someone is leaving a trail of seductive clues for Britain on the set of the cover shoot--an abandoned country estate.

And Dallas makes his return to steal Evan’s heart for good.

With a familiar narrator from EXPOSURE and a fresh, new point-of-view character, this is the blazing-hot sequel you’ve been waiting for.

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**Giveaway Time!**

Thanks to the lovely Adriana of Rotten Apple Reads, we're able to offer this giveaway here as well!

Enter to WIN 1 of 5 copies of Exposure HERE!

 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blog Tour, Excerpt and Giveway: The Rules of You and Me by Shana Norris


     Title: The Rules of You and Me 
Author: Shana Norris
Release date: June 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Event organized by: AToMR Tours
Synopsis
Hannah Cohen has always lived her life by a set of carefully constructed rules to maintain the image of perfection. But now, the rules aren't helping control the chaos that is quickly taking over.
Opting out of spending the summer in Paris with her mom, Hannah instead heads to the mountains of North Carolina to stay with her aunt. The Blue Ridge Mountains provide a barrier between Hannah and the rest of the world, a safe haven where her secrets can be forgotten.
When Hannah crosses paths with Jude Westmore, a guy who hangs a different shirt from the tree in his front yard every day, she finds herself breaking out of the comfort of her rules and doing things she had never dared before. As the summer passes, Hannah and Jude grow closer and make up their own rules for dealing with life.
But when the secret Hannah has tried to forget is finally revealed, even the new rules can't save her from possibly losing everything--including Jude.
This young adult romance is a standalone companion novel to Shana Norris's The Boyfriend Thief.
 
 
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Cover Reveal: Life, Love, & Lemons by Magan Vernon


Title: Life, Love, & Lemons 
Author: Magan Vernon
Publication Date: August 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
Synopsis:
When life hands you lemons, sometimes you have to say screw the lemons and bail.

Seventeen-year-old Bentley Evans had it all. Then her Dad got laid off.

Now she has to move across town to a small apartment and leave her life of luxury for public school and a job at the local burger place. Just when her world seems like it's crumbling she finds solace in the unlikely punk boy next door, Kai Rowe. But as their relationship blossoms, a  jealous ex-girlfriend and a secret to tell that threatens to bring disaster back into Bentley’s life



 
 
About the Author:

Magan Vernon is a Young Adult and New Adult writer who lives with her family in the insurance capital of the world. She is in a very serious, fake relationship with Adam Lambert and constantly asks her husband to wear guyliner. He still refuses. She also believes her husband is secretly an alien, disguised as a southern gentleman

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Cover Reveal: Hold Tight by Cheri Colyer and Keeping the Peace by Linda Cunningham

 

Title: Hold Tight (Embrace, #2)
Author: Cherie Colyer
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Expected release date: August 20, 2013

Synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Madison Riley and her friends discover they aren’t the only supernatural beings in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These new creatures are more dangerous than ever, and this time Madison risks losing more than just her friends.

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This is the new cover for Embrace, book #1, to match Hold Tight.

Title: Embrace (Embrace, #1)
Released: December 2012
 
Synopsis:
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It's responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve. Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he's a guy harboring a secret, but she's willing to risk the unknown to be with him. Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren't there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can't find the answers, Madison seeks her own. Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover. Dangerous, intoxicating, and darkly romantic, Embrace is a thriller that will leave you spellbound.
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 photo CheriColyerpicture_zps62f28602.jpegAbout the Author Cherie Colyer writes young adult and middle grade novels. She loves finding new stories that keep her up late reading. While her favorite genre is realistic paranormal/fantasy, if the book is beautifully written with characters that come alive she’s all over it. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cherie.colyer Twitter: https://twitter.com/CherieColyer ; @CherieColyer







Title: Keeping the Peace (Small Town Girl, #3)
Author: Linda Cunningham
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: Romance
Age Group: Adult
Expected release date: August 6, 2013  

Synopsis:
John Giamo juggles his career as police chief in the small town of Clark's Corner, his marriage to the beautiful, flirtatious Melanie, and his role as father to three teenagers. When a celebrity stranger comes to town causing disruption and danger, John must protect his community while making sure his own family and marriage do not end up as collateral damage.

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About the Author: Linda has written steadily throughout the years, but usually other people’s papers, speeches, or articles for agricultural trade magazines. Her only published work of fiction was a children’s book, “The Copper Angel of Piper’s Mill”, written in 1988 when her children were still small. Now that the kids are out of the house, Linda is writing fiction again, and this time it’s personal! She writes full time and it’s Romance! Her romance series, “Small Town Girl”, is published by Omnific Publishing. Linda lives in a romantic stone house in the green mountains of Vermont surrounded by her gardens and her animals who include horses, sheep, cats, dogs, chickens, a parakeet and various wildlife visitors who wander in and out at will. When time permits, she also enjoys sketching and painting.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Lindac4251 ; @Lindac4251 
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/linda.Cunningham

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