Archive | April 2014

Choosing You Book Tour

ChoosingYou
Choosing You by Allie Everhart
(The Jade Series #1)
Publication date: September 23rd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

When Jade is given a scholarship to an elite private college in Connecticut, she sees it as a chance to finally escape her painful past and get a fresh start. She’s determined to succeed and that means keeping her focus on school and not guys. But her plan falls apart her first day on campus when Garret, a rich prep school boy with swimmer abs and a perfect smile, offers to help her move in.

Jade tries to push him away, but she can’t deny her attraction to him and Garret won’t let her. Things quickly heat up between them, but then come to a sudden halt when reality hits and Jade realizes that a relationship with Garret may never be possible. He comes from a world of wealth where there are rules, including rules about who he can date. And not following those rules has consequences.

As the two of them try to overcome the obstacles working to keep them apart, Jade is confronted with another challenge. On her 19th birthday, she receives a letter that her now deceased mother wrote years ago. In it are revelations that explain her traumatic childhood but also make her question the past she’s been running from.

ChoosingYou
Series description:
The Jade Series is a New Adult Romance that follows the relationship of Jade and Garret in their first year of college. In Choosing You, (book 1), Jade and Garret meet on Jade’s first night at Moorhurst College and despite their strong attraction to each other, they’re not allowed to date because of the strict rules that control Garret’s life. In Knowing You, (book 2), Garret breaks the family rules and begins dating Jade. Their relationship grows deeper but issues from Jade’s past complicate matters. Loving You (book 3) shows Jade and Garret growing closer as a couple but also hints at the trouble that lies ahead in Promising You (book 4), in which a new challenge emerges for Garret that could interfere with the future he wants with Jade. Originally, book 4 was the end of the series, but fans wanted to read more about Jade and Garret, so Allie is now in the process of writing Forever You, an all-new, full-length follow-up book to The Jade Series releasing later this spring!
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Personal Thoughts: Choosing You was a really good book. Garret and Jade first meet when she is just moving
in and he helps her out. Their friendship begins on that fateful day and they slowly start to get to know each other. I liked how the author progressed their relationship and didn’t have one of those automatic meet and fall in love right away scenes.  We really get a chance to see inside Jade’s head and what she is thinking throughout the story. However it does take a while to get used to Jade’s character. There is something about her that makes you disconnect from her instead of relating to her and seeing her side. I was able to connect more to Garret’s character.
The unexpected news from Jade’s past was a shocker but it made the story even more interesting and it moved it along. Up until we find out, there are times that the story line is a bit slow and you just want it to go a bit faster. Jade’s past made quite the interesting read and it makes you feel bad for her, however, she is tough and she comes through life much stronger than others would have if they were in her shoes. This part of the book made her a bit more relatable and real.
Overall the storyline was written quite well and it was a pretty quick read. I’m not really a fan of cliffhangers, but this one makes me want to pick up the next book in the series to see where Garret and Jade end up. Despite being polar opposites in terms of upbringing, they are able to overlook it and connect in ways that they never thought would have been possible otherwise. I am glad that my first read by this author has made me want to read the next book instead of being disappointed and not reading any more of her books. 🙂
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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AUTHOR BIO:
Allie

Allie Everhart writes about dating, love, and romance. She’s also a freelance writer for magazines and websites. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, running, or binge-watching TV shows on DVD. Some of her favorites are Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, Veronica Mars, and Gossip Girl. When writing her novels, Allie likes to drink dark-roast coffee when writing suspense scenes and red wine when writing love scenes. And eating chocolate is good when writing any kind of scene.

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The Harvesting Melanie Karsak
The Harvesting by Melanie Karsak
(The Harvesting #1)
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Young Adult, ZombiesSynopsis:
“The world, it seemed, had gone silent. It was something we knew but did not talk about. We were alone.”While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla’s cool head, fast blade and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that’s upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone. As the beings living on the fringe seek power, Layla must find a way to protect the ones she loves or all humanity may be lost.

This exciting new dark fantasy/horror hybrid blends the best of the zombie genre with all the elements a fantasy reader loves!

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up undead!

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Melanie Karsak grew up in rural northwestern Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degree in English from Gannon University. A steampunk connoisseur, white elephant collector, and zombie whisperer, the author currently lives in Florida with her husband and two children. She is an Instructor of English at Eastern Florida State College.
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Cutlass Book Tour

CutlassCutlass by Ashley Nixon
(Cutlass Series #1)
Publication date: April 23rd 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Notorious pirate Barren Reed has one thing on his mind: Revenge against the man who killed his father. So kidnapping his enemy’s fiancé seems a perfect plan…until he actually does it.Larkin Lee is more than a pretty face and fiancé to a powerful man. Her fierce personality is enough to make any pirate want to push her overboard.But when the King of the Orient comes to Barren with a task—to find the Bloodstone, a powerful gem thought only to exist in legend, Barren sees another opportunity to destroy his enemy. Together, Barren, Larkin and a crew of pirates set off to find the stone, only to discover it caused the death of Barren’s own mother and Larkin’s, too. As his  strongest allies turn into his greatest enemies, and the life of the girl he kidnapped becomes more important than he ever dreamed, Barren’s quest for revenge becomes a fight to save the Orient.

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Personal Thoughts:

I loved the premise of this story from the beginning. I mean who doesn’t love reading about pirates and kidnappings and seeing what happens throughout the story? This book had a lot of adventure and it was a pretty quick read. Although there were times where it felt like it was dragging a bit and slowing the story down, it was still a good read. The characters took a while to get used to and like, especially Barren. likeable. I would have liked to see the characters become more developed than they were. I find that if the characters are fully developed you are more likely to like the story and connect to it more.
Overall this was an exciting read and I would recommend it to anyone who loves reading about adventure and pirates.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

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Ashley
Ashley was born and raised in Oklahoma, where the wind really does sweep down the plains, and horses and carriages aren’t used as much as she’d like. When she’s not writing, she’s hard at work on her Master’s degree in Library Science and Information Technology, working out, or pretending she’s Sherlock Holmes. Her obsession with writing began after reading the Lord of the Rings in the eighth grade. Since then, she’s loved everything Fantasy–resulting in an unhealthy obsession with the ‘geek’ tab on Pinterest, where all things awesome go.
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Giveaway:
Tour wide giveaway (INTL)
• Prize 1) A signed Paperback Copy of Cutlass, include a cute octopus mug (it’s purple and ADORABLE), Bookmark, and maybe a poster.
• Prize 2) A signed Paperback of Cutlass + a bookmark
• Prize 3) E-book of Cutlass

 

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Getting Published

For hundreds of years, it was considered an honor to have your work published. Today, modern technology makes it easy for anyone to be published with a few clicks of their mouse. All it takes to spread the word about your work are a few links to social media sites and having your friends and family members share those links with their friends and family members.

In years past, it was almost impossible for a new author to get published unless they knew someone in the publishing industry or absolutely blew an editor away with their pitch. Now, new authors can get published and sell their own books or eBooks online. This helps newer or younger authors build an audience that they can leverage to make money both now and in the future.


Those who don’t want to write their own books can hire ghostwriters who create their content for them. In fact, it may even be possible to have a book written and published by a third-party for an affordable fee. Once the book is published, the person who paid for the service can claim authorship of the text. While this isn’t the most common form of book publishing, it makes it easier for anyone who wants to be published to have a work attributed to them even if they didn’t create it.

Epic Recs: April

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Epic Recs is a feature hosted by Amber at Books of Amber and Judith at Paper Riot. It’s an informal book club of sorts, where it’s all about the book pushing. And reading, of course. Pick a partner or request a partner through Amber and Judith to join in the fun.

Last month Josephine over at Dudette Reads recommended me to read Divergent by Veronica Roth and it was an amazing read!  I loved Beatrice/Tris. She was not only a kick ass character, but she made the story and I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.  I recommended Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. Although Josephine thought it was a good book, it wasn’t exceptional because she couldn’t connect emotionally. Overall she distanced herself emotionally, but intellectually, her mind was stuck on the moral dilemma of the situation.

 This month I recommended The Almost Truth by Eileen Cook.  It’s about a girl con artist who is trying to get out of town to get a better life. However things aren’t always as they seem and challenges start to get in the way. It’s a book about a girl who slowly learns about herself and to accept who she is. Josephine recommended North of Beautiful by Justina Chen. It sounds like it will be a tough read however, I cannot wait to see what it entails.

               

Wilde Riders Book Tour

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Wilde Riders by Savannah Young
Release date: February 2014
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Purchase: Amazon
BOOK DESCRIPTION:
FOUR WILDE BROTHERS…ONE WILDE COUNTRY BAND
WILDE RIDERS is the first novel in a spicy new contemporary romance series about four sexy brothers, their small-town bar and their local country band. WILDE RIDERS can be read as a STAND ALONE NOVEL or as part of the SERIES.
Cooper Wilde spent his entire adolescence counting the days until he could escape rural northwest New Jersey. Now at 26, he can’t believe he’s coming back. But his late father’s bar, Haymakers, is in financial trouble and his older brother, Jake, has asked for Cooper’s help.
Riley Smith, 25, is fresh out of her Ivy League MBA program and wants to make an impression on her employer, H & C Bank. Her first solo assignment is a fraud investigation on a business loan they made to Haymakers.
Even though Old Town is less than 90 minutes from New York City, Riley feels like she’s stepped into another world in this remote, one-bar town. Riley can’t wait to do her business and get back to the city as quickly as her sports car will take her…until she meets Cooper Wilde. He’s not like the other guys in this rural town and Riley feels inexplicably attracted to him.
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Personal Thoughts: I was excited to read this book based on the fact that  it held a country setting and cowboys. The overall plot was a good one and it grabbed your attention and kept you reading. Whether it was fate or not, Riley and Cooper end up somewhere that they didn’t expect to be. Cooper promised himself that he was never coming back to his roots because of his past. Riley can’t wait to finish her assignment for her boss and get out of dodge as fast as possible out of Old Town. What neither of them expects is running into the other and falling for each other.
Add in three more tough brothers, a family owned bar and a cowboy band and you got yourself an adventure. 🙂
I loved the story line and the characters, however it did take a while to get into the story. The characters themselves didn’t really click with you until almost the end of the book. Another thing is that it felt like it was a rushed story,especially at the end and it just felt too short. If the story was expanded more and made longer, it would have been even better than it currently is.  A fast and good read. 🙂
Rating: 3/5 Stars
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Romance novelist Savannah Young grew up in rural northwest New Jersey in a place very similar to the fictional Old Town, which is featured in her books. When she’s not at her computer creating spicy stories, Savannah is traveling to exotic locales or spending time with her husband and their bloodhounds.

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