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Forever Sheltered Blitz

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Forever Sheltered by Deanna Roy
(The Forever Series #3)
Publication date: July 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Synopsis:

Tina would rather sew up her girl parts with dental floss than go on a second date with a man. She’s been dumped enough to know not to get attached.But when Dr. Darion Marks comes into her art therapy room to ask a favor for a special patient, Tina recognizes the haunted look he buries beneath his stoic professionalism. So rather than be forced to ditch the handsome doctor after a single night, she decides not to date him at all.

So how exactly DO they end up half-naked in Surgical Suite B?

Dr. Darion has a lot to hide. His baby sister is the only family he has left, and he’s not leaving her treatment to some incompetent hack.

But now he’s breaking every hospital rule imaginable. He lied about his sister so he can manage her care, and now he’s banging the art therapy teacher between patient rounds like a fraternity boy at a keg party.

Nobody believes this can end well, not Tina’s friend Corabelle, who is overcoming a tragic history much like Tina’s, or even pink-haired Jenny, who thinks sex with strangers is good for your metabolism.

But Dr. Darion and Tina have one thing going for them – a fierce passion for each other that just might obliterate all their doubts, and solve all their problems.

Forever Sheltered includes many favorite characters from Forever Innocent and Forever Loved, as well as the much-anticipated wedding of Gavin and Corabelle.

It is a standalone HEA that does not require reading any other parts of the Forever series.

 
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Deanna Roy is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She founded PregnancyLoss.Info in 1998 and runs many online and in-person support groups. She is the author of several two-hankie reads, including Forever Innocent, Stella & Dane, and Baby Dust.
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Strange and After Book Blitz

 
IFB is hosting the promo tour for the third and final book in Susan Dennard’s steampunk, zombie trilogy. Continue below for a sample and a cool giveaway.
 
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Release date: July 22nd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
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In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.
 
He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.
 
With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.
 
Susan Dennard will leave readers breathless and forever changed in the concluding pages of this riveting ride.
 
Susan DennardAbout the Author
Susan Dennard is a writer turned marine biologist turned writer again. Strange and Ever After is the conclusion to her trilogy, which includes A Darkness Strange and Lovely and Something Strange and Deadly. Among the traits she shares with her heroine Eleanor are a weakness for Shakespeare quotes, a healthy appetite for baked goods, and an insatiable curiosity. Sadly, Susan does not get to wear a corset or wave a parasol on a daily basis.
 
 
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Title: To Tempt an Earl (Greenford Waters Legacy, #2) Author: Kristin Vayden Genre: Regency Series: Greenford Waters Legacy

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Tempting an Earl is not for the faint of heart. Thank heavens Bethanny is anything but faint! Now, honest, perhaps–too honest, but never faint! After all, why flirt when you can tempt? And why the devil would a woman choose to swoon, when she could be kissed? Of course, she’d never try something so…honest, on anyone but Lord Graham. He’s the only one she wants. He alone has her heart. He hadn’t a clue. So it was only polite that she tell him. Now, if only her blasted guardian, the Duke of Clairmont, would see Graham as more of a suitor than his old friend. Because Graham is anything but old and most certainly not just a friend, not after that kiss, or that touch. Though, if she were to lay all her cards on the table–which any gently bred woman ought–he wasn’t completely aware it was her mouth, her lips, or her touch. But that’s beside the point now, isn’t it?

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Kristin’s inspiration for the romance she writes comes from her tall, dark and handsome husband with killer blue eyes. With five children to chase, she is never at a loss for someone to kiss, something to cook or some mess to clean but she loves every moment of it! She loves to make soap, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and gluten free muffins. Life is full of blessings and she praises God for the blessed and abundant life He’s given her.

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Massassauga Back Country Camping Adventure

2014-07-18 19.08.37This past weekend I ventured off on an adventure with my siblings and my brother’s girlfriend. We took two cars and thought that it would be easy to follow each other on the way up north. A few red lights and traffic and we lost my brothers car and were on our own. We weren’t worries since I had plugged in the coordinates on my Iphone for the park. A few hours later we were winding down a narrow path and my phone didn’t have any signal whatsoever. Not a good sign. The timing that it was supposed to have taken us to get there was off as well. The three of us in the car (my sister, my brothers girlfriend and myself) were starting to get worried. We ran into a guy on a tractor and he informed us that we were driving into a dead end, not the news that we were hoping to hear. 🙁

We called our brothers and informed them to turn around so that they wouldn’t make the same mistake as we did. After turning around and finding a spot where there was signal, I confirmed that we were indeed going in the wrong direction. Luckily we were only 30 minutes off the mark. Shortly after that we arrived at Massassauga Provincial Park. We signed all the forms and grabbed our canoes. You see, when we go camping, some times we don’t do the easy camping. We chose a spot that was about an hour and a half to two hours to canoe to.

2014-07-18 18.46.54It was nice going for a bit although we were racing against time. By the time we were half way there, the sun was starting to go down. It is not a good idea to be out on the water when it is dark. One of my brothers picked a random spot half way there and we camped out there for the night. It was in a beautiful open spot where we can see the water and check out the moon and stars. It was so nice to be in the middle of nowhere, having to answer to no one and just be. The only noise was the crickets and nature. Oh and lots of chipmunks. I guess they like this park a lot because we saw a lot over the weekend. 🙂

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On Saturday after breakfast, we packed our things and started to venture off to our actual campsite. The way that the campsites are set up is that there is a decent distance between them and the map wasn’t the greatest. With lots of wrong turns, annoyance rising and hard peddling that led to sore muscles, we finally arrived at our site around 2 hrs later. This campsite wasn’t as good as the first, but it grew on us. We were camped under the trees and our campfire was on a big rock 30 seconds away. After eating and setting up camp, both of my brothers went off to catch some fish. They had tried from time to time between the two days but no luck.

It was so nice to get in touch with nature once again. The greenery and the surrounding water was so beautiful words cannot describe it. The sights and sounds of a forest cannot match those of a city. It was so easy to wake up each morning (no alarm clock needed). My body could tell when it was time to get up. I guess when you are exposed to more oxygen your body is more in tune? Who knows.

On one of the hikes my brother spotted two snakes interconnected to each other sitting on a rock by the water. I hate snakes so I didn’t venture off to see the sight, but my brother’s girlfriend took pictures and showed them to me. To this day I cannot stand snakes. Heck I even told all of them, I’d rather interact with a bear than a snake. Lol. We were in bear country after all. Haha.

 

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This camping trip was a nice getaway from civilization. Although it was only a weekend, it was nice to recharge and spend some quality time with my siblings, some of which I don’t get to see to often. Despite getting lost tons of times, getting pissed off or annoyed at the lack of direction, it was so worth it. 🙂 It was too bad that we got rained out on Saturday night. We were planning on doing the Moon Island Trail on Sunday morning but with the continuous rain throughout the night and well into Sunday morning, we couldn’t. Oh well. Next time. Here’s to more exciting camping adventures and exploring the different areas that surround where I live. Next stop. Sandbanks in August.

Summer Days Book Review

Summer Days (Fool’s Gold #7) by Susan Mallery

Publication Date: May 29,2012

Publisher: HQN Books

Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery returns with a new Fool’s Gold trilogy featuring three rugged cowboys who will find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to-the Castle Ranch in Fool’s Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could have prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he’s finding Heidi-and life as a cowboy-much more compelling than he wants to admit.

For Heidi, the Castle Ranch is the home she’s always wanted. After a life on the road, the vivacious blonde has finally put down roots. She won’t give that up without a fight, not even for a man whose late-night kisses make her yearn to be a little less…wholesome.

As the two turn from passionate adversaries to passionate, period, they’ll discover that summer love can last a lifetime.

Personal Thoughts: This is book #7 in the series and let’s just say that it wasn’t my favorite. The plot starts off with Heidi and her grandfather, Glen being accused of stealing money from May, to help out a friend who was in need. It is not a small chunk of change either ($250,000). They can hardly afford daily bills much less being able to pay her back. The whole sordid mess gets even worse when Heidi’s lawyer tells her to sleep with May’s son, Rafe.

Although the characters were favorable, the plot line didn’t make a lot of logical sense and that put me off. The sub plot romances of Rafe and Heidi and May and Glen were done very well and I enjoyed that aspect. Despite that there was a lot left to be said that could have been improved. There was a lot  of repetition and apologies that didn’t really add anything to the story and really irritated me.

Overall it was an entertaining read that continues the story of Fool’s Gold. However, it is not a book that I would read a second time. Hopefully the next book in the series is a lot better than this one was.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

Extraction Book Tour & Fave Quotes

EXTRACTION FINAL COVER
Series: Extraction #1 by Stephanie Diaz
Release date: July 22nd 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Purchase: Amazon
BOOK DESCRIPTION:
“Welcome to Extraction testing.”
Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.
What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.
Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.
With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters,Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them breathless for more.
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Personal Thoughts: I was really excited to read this book. I loved the summary when I first stumbled upon it. I have read a few dystopian novels before and for me a lot of them sounds more or less the same. Same structure different plot. However, there was something that was quite refreshing with Extraction.  Although it had a lot of the dystopian elements, I was able to read it and enjoy it. 
The world in Extraction  is both amazing and horrifying. You are either working for the Core or below in the Crust, Mantle and Lower, where the acid will make you sick and can kill you. It is not a pleasant world and there is only one way out. On your sixteenth birthday, you have to take a test to see what your promise score is. If it is high enough, you have a chance of living in The Core. However, if it is low, you are sent to the underground where you will have a miserable life and being killed.
It is Clementine’s time for it is her sixteenth birthday and she has been waiting all of her life to take the test and get a chance to go to a safer world. She is one of the unfortunate one’s who live with the moons lethal acid. She has seen what it can do and it is not a pretty sight. However, once she takes the test and passes it, she will have to leave her best friend, Logan. It is a tough choice that she needs to make. As she and Logan start to make a plan, things start to unravel in unexpected ways. For she needs to make a choice that will impact both Logan and her world.
Overall,  Extraction  was a fascinating, fast paced read full of unexpected twists and turns. It kept me reading to the end and craving more. The author did a great job with characterizing each of the characters and we got a chance to get to know them and relate to them.
Favorite Quotes:
“They can’t take me without you.”
“I forget about things that used to matter. Things that hurt me, scarred me and worried me. Floating here, I could be a cloud, a krail, a wanderer among the stars. Or maybe I am a star. Whatever I am is a small thing with little significance in a universe as wide as this one, but in this moment, I feel big. I feel like nothing can break me. “
“How could he say that? If I’m selfish, it’s because I want to survive. It’s because there’s no way I’ll ever escape this place if I care too much about anyone else.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should’ve been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.

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Title: Bronagh (Slater Brothers, #1.5)
Author: L.A. Casey
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Series: Slater Brothers
Publication Date: August 15th, 2014

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Bronagh Murphy has been through a lot over the past few years, a hell of a lot, so when her 21st birthday rolls around all she wants to do is relax and spend the day with her family. Quietly.

Her boyfriend, Dominic Slater, doesn’t do relaxed or quiet. He never has, and he never will. He plans out a day for Bronagh that is both romantic, and exciting. However, Dominic’s version of exciting is very different to Bronagh’s as she will soon find out.

When things take a turn for the worst, and a bad altercation leaves Dominic once again fighting for his girl, Bronagh will have to decide once and for all if she will fight in Dominic’s corner or walk away and never look back.

Bronagh loves Dominic, and what Bronagh loves, Bronagh protects.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L.A. Casey was born, raised and currently resides in Dublin, Ireland. She is a twenty two year old stay at home mother to an almost two year old German Shepherd named Storm and of course, her four and half year old (the half is apparently vital) beautiful little hellion/angel depending on the hour of the day.

Her first novel, Dominic, was released on March 17th, 2014, and on March 21st, 2014, it became an international Amazon bestseller.

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