Archive | September 2013

Lost Without You Cover Reveal

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Lost Without You by Liz Hannah

Expected Publication: December 30 2013

Cover Design: CoverIt! Designs

Summary from GoodreadsGrace Young thought she was a survivor – until the day her twin brother died, leaving her parents heartbroken and their relationship with Grace fractured beyond repair. Now all Grace wants is a chance to experience something of a normal life, before it’s all too late.

Going to college hundreds of miles from home seems like the right way to embrace her new found freedom, especially after years of homeschooling, but while Grace takes to her classes naturally, it’s the other side of college that she’s unprepared for.
The parties. The friendships. The boys. Especially one Dean Michaels, the Haven University’s star soccer player. Fate throws the pair together, and their friendship starts to turn into something more. But can Grace keep the secrets of her past hidden without hurting those she’s come to count on the most?

*New Adult Contemporary Romance, recommended for readers 17+ for mature situations*

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Author Bio:

Liz Hannah is a New Adult author that calls both Scotland and Australia home. Currently studying her Bachelor of Arts at university, when she’s not busy reading or writing, Liz can be found procrastinating from her studies indulging in her Pinterest habit or watching too many TV shows. Lost Without You is her debut New Adult novel.

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Say Yes Cover Reveal

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Say Yes by Tara West 
(Something More #2)
Publication date: October, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

 Andrés, why can’t it be enough that I love you? That I want to spend forever with you. Why must you expect so much more? I’m not ready for marriage and a family. I don’t know if I ever will be.

Christina, I need to know that what I’m putting into this relationship isn’t all for nothing. To me, you mean everything. But I won’t be your stepping stone. Because as much as it would kill me, if you refuse to commit to something more, I will walk away.

Will Christina ever be ready? Will Andrés stay or walk? Will their love endure or is it doomed before they even have a chance?

AUTHOR BIO
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A former Texas high school teacher, I enjoyed coaching the writing team and even the hectic deadlines that came with running the school publications. After taking a break to raise my baby girl, I now work from home as a cover artist.

In my spare time, I loves to read, exercise and spend time with family and friends. I contribute the cover art for my Whispers Series and have designed covers for over 500 other books.

Waiting on Wednesday: Alienated

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 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Alienated by Melissa Landers

Publication Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher:  Disney Hyperion

Synopsis: Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking. But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet

Personal Thoughts: This book sounds really interesting and intriguing! Romance and space? Sign me up! I can tell that this is going to be an exciting read. 🙂 I wonder what Aelyx is hiding and what his secret mission is? This one is definitely worth checking out! 🙂

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Hotshot Book Review

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Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis: Peyton Lockhart and her sisters have inherited Bishops Cove, a small, luxurious oceanfront resort, but it comes with a condition: The girls must run the resort for one year and show a profit only then will they own it.A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic. Out of work and in a bad place personally, a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful.There are countless challenges and too many people who want to stop the sisters from succeeding. Among them are Peytons contentious cousins, who are outraged that they didnt inherit the resort, as well as a powerful group of land developers who have been eyeing the coveted beachfront property.Its soon apparent to Peyton that their efforts are being sabotaged, but she refuses to let the threats scare heruntil shes nearly killed. She calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help. He saved her life once; he can do it again. Julies previous two titles, The Ideal Man and Sweet Talk, both debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Personal Thoughts: We are taken on an adventure right from the beginning as Peyton recalls all her bad experiences from bad boyfriends to jobs that didn’t last long for whatever reason. Peyton is a great character who knows how to take charge and isn’t afraid to go after those that do her wrong. In her latest job, she is pushed to her limit and scared to death by a boss who is more interested in sleeping with her rather than in the type of work she does. Peyton quickly realizes what is happening and gets out, but there are consequences. No one is allowed to say no to the boss and get away with it. Luckily at this time, her Uncle Len offers to let her and her sisters run the resort if they choose to and if they make a profit by the end of the year, the resort will be theirs.

They take the challenge and embark on a journey that will change them. However, Peyton’s troubles follow her and she has to deal with her ex-boss. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Finn MacBain, they set out to stop the trouble makers so that Peyton can live another day. What they don’t expect are the sparks that start to fly when they are around each other. It is quite entertaining to see them try to fight it off and attempt to convince themselves that there is nothing going on and that nothing can keep going on.

Hotshot tells the story of family(both the good sides and the bad), friendships, and the relationships that blossom when you least expect them too. It is a romantic thriller that has a great balance of both and will please readers that love romance and thrillers both. Julie Garwood continues the FBI saga and doesn’t disappoint. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars

After The Kiss Cover Reveal

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After the Kiss by RaShelle Workman
(Blood and Snow Season 2)
Publication date: Winter, 2013
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:
At the end of Blood and Snow season 1, Snow White kissed her true love and became the Vampire Queen. Life should’ve been perfect.

Except it wasn’t.

<3 This is the story of Snow’s life After the Kiss… <3

Over the course of season 2 in the Blood and Snow series, Snow will unravel the truth about her absentee father, the stepmother who never cared and the treacherous Hunter.

Oh, and don’t forget Snow’s true love.

And the little vampire, Jasmine.

Because in the real world fairytales don’t equal happily ever after. In the real world fairytales don’t even exist.

AUTHOR BIO
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RaShelle Workman is the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (“Sleeping Roses” is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series. She’s sold over two hundred thousand copies of her novels worldwide in the past year, including Japan, Canada, and Europe. You can find RaShelle all over the web, but the best place to start is on her blog: www.rashelleworkman.com.

The Night Is Alive Book Review

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The Night is Alive by Heather Graham

Publication Date: July  30, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Source: Library

Synopsis: MIDNIGHT IN SAVANNAH

It’s a city of beauty, history…hauntings. And one of the most haunted places in Savannah is a tavern called The Dragonslayer, built in the 1750s. The current owner, Gus Anderson, is a descendant of the original innkeeper and his pirate brother, Blue.

Gus summons his granddaughter, Abigail, home from Virginia, where she’s studying at the FBI Academy. When she arrives, she’s devastated to find him dead. Murdered. But Abby soon learns that Gus isn’t the only one to meet a brutal and untimely end; there’ve been at least two other victims. Then Captain Blue Anderson starts making ghostly appearances, and the FBI’s paranormal investigation unit, the Krewe of Hunters, sends in Agent Malachi Gordon.

Abby and Malachi have a similar ability to connect with the dead…and a similar stubbornness. Sparks immediately begin to fly—sparks of attraction and discord. But as the death toll rises, they have to trust each other or they, too, might find themselves among the dead haunting old Savannah!

Personal Thoughts: This was an entertaining read right from the first couple of pages. We are thrown into an action scene and we are hooked.

The sparks that happen between Abby and Malachi are entertaining to read and be a fly on the wall. There is a lot of humour, fun, banter and you can tell that something is going to happen between the two of them and soon. Although Gus is briefly mentioned when he is alive, we can tell throughout the words of others that he was a great and generous person after the tragic accident in the way that he dies. The rest of the characters were portrayed really well and some of them added to the story, while others were just placeholders.

It was fascinating to see how the author incorporated the ghosts/dead people and the people who could and couldn’t see them. It is unique to be able to see a ghost and not freak out. Heather Graham writes in a way that we can see just how authentic it is and we can get a feeling of the place.

Although this book had a lot of adventure and suspense, it wasn’t a favorite and I don’t think I would re-read this book. I have read a few of her other books in this series, and it is starting to look like she uses a formula with each of her books. There are series that are done well even though there might be familiar characters, however, a series that uses a formula can start to get boring really fast. The ending felt a little rushed as well. It was over far too quickly and could have been better.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

Autumn – a favorite of mine

Autumn a favorite of mine

The first day of fall has come and gone and you know what that means. The temperatures are dropping, the sweaters and scarves are coming out, but most of all nature is becoming a postcard 🙂 What I mean by that is the colors are changing and they are beautiful. The yellows, the reds, the oranges, they are all a mixture of wow. Depending on where you are in the fall season, you can see pretty amazing colors when you go on a hike, for a walk or just go for a drive to see the spectacular colors that are around your city/town or outside of it.

Check out the rest of the story at Singles and Pairs!