Sunday, November 3, 2013

Apologies and Updates

Hello readers!
Contrary to what you may believe, I did not follow off the face of the planet. I would like to thank those of you that are reading this, because it means that you did not give up on me despite my lack of posts! Thank you, thank you!

Now, I would like to apologize. I am so sorry for not posting, and not even giving any reason. I just kind of disappeared. Honestly, I was really burnt out and had been struggling for a while about whether or not to take a break from blogging. I could not ever imagine actually leaving this world though. Annnd then school started. This year I am student teaching so I am basically working a full time job on top of having school assignments. As if that wasn't enough, there was a lot of things going on in my family. So, these things had to take priority. In the process, blogging kind of slipped to the back burner. It was always a constant weight on my mind though that I needed to update. However, I had recently added something else to my life. I started talking to a guy, and that took up what little was left of my spare time and energy. Therefore, blogging was not really a possibility this semester.

Having said that, I am always learning how to manage my time better. While I can't promise there will be a post every day, I do intend to get back into blogging (even if it is a slow process). I really miss everything blogging entails.

So, I am sorry and thank you for sticking with me.
Morgan

Friday, August 30, 2013

All In Book Blitz + Giveaway


Synopsis via Goodreads:
On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

About the Author
Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever. (Beverly Hills 90210 shout out)

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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Excerpt:
Ashley
When we step outside of the ice cream parlor, Lane reaches over and wraps his hand around mine, making me feel warm all over, despite the cool breeze coming off the ocean.
We walk down the boardwalk hand in hand, our arms swinging between us, and I can’t stop my blush each time I catch Lane staring at me, and then giggle each time he catches me sneaking a glance at him too. Both of us with silly grins on our faces.
As we turn the corner, at the edge of the boardwalk, right in front of us is a perfectly preserved turn of the century carousel.
I gasp at its beauty. How have I never been here before? Although, a community carousel is the last place that my parents would ever think to bring us. A ride on a schooner is more their speed.
The carousel is covered in small bulbous lights that cast a warm glow over the richly colored horses, each with a different face and intricate carvings on their saddles. The sounds of children and parents laughing intertwine with the carnival style music coming from the ride, and I can’t stop myself from hopping up and down on the tips of my toes like a child.
Lane chuckles, gripping my hand tightly, as we watch the ornate horses spin around and around and up and down until he points at a big brass ring when it spins by. “If you can grab the ring the ride’s free. Come on.” He gives me a smile and like a couple of kids we run along the side of the carousel until we both grab hold of the ring and hoist ourselves up and onto the ride, laughing and out of breath.
I move to a stationary white horse wearing a deep red saddle and without saying a word Lane lifts me up, in one swift motion, and sets me down so I’m face to face with him riding sidesaddle. He grips the horse’s gold post with one hand, and I can’t help but admire his sinewy arms, lean and strong.
“You are so beautiful,” he says, looking into my eyes as he brushes his thumb against my cheek with his other hand. His sincerity takes my breath away.
I wrap my arms around his neck drawing him closer until he’s standing between my legs. His soft smile fades into a smolder as he leans forward, causing my breath to hitch with the anticipation of his lips on mine.
I close my eyes as he closes the short distance between us achingly slow. My heart skips a beat when I finally feel the warmth of his lips press against mine. He tastes like ice cream and smells like summertime, and I suddenly wonder if the swirling I feel is from the ride or from his kiss.
He pulls away slightly before wrapping his hand around the base of my neck and pulling me into his lips again, making me certain of one thing.
I’m swirling, and it’s definitely from his kisses.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Addicted To You + Giveaway


Addicted to You by Colina Brennan
Publication date: June 25th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult

Synopsis:
When twenty-one-year-old Leah Carter’s latest one night stand burglarizes her apartment, her roommate forces her to attend therapy for sex addicts. Leah insists she isn’t a sex addict; she just doesn’t do relationships. After all, sooner or later, everyone lets you down.

At first, the group sessions are little more than an education on how to be promiscuous. Until she meets the newest addict—blue eyes, killer body, and a smile that tempts relapse.

Psychology student Will McLean is posing as a fellow addict while researching a case study on unusual addictions. But the more he learns about Leah, the more certain he is that his desire to break through her walls and unearth her secrets has nothing to do with his assignment.

As the uncertainties spike alongside the sexual tension, the only thing Leah knows for sure is that falling in love would be disastrous. Too bad love might be one addiction she can’t kick.

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AUTHOR BIO
I’m a new adult author with a love for the fantastical and the romantic. My new adult contemporary novel ADDICTED TO YOU will be available June 25.

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My Review:
I loved this book! It was funny, sexy, and fun to read! I loved the romance in this book! The chemistry between the two of them was so strong it was obvious as the reader.
The concept of this story was so different. It was funny, and I liked reading something different. Sex addicts? I was a little iffy about this book at first, but it turned out to be great! I enjoyed it! With that being said, it was a little bit predictable. I usually don't have a problem with that though, as long as the romance is great. :)

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck

Goodreads Summary:
Once Upon a Prince, the first novel in the Royal Wedding series by bestselling author Rachel Hauck, treats you to a modern-day fairy tale.

Susanna Truitt never dreamed of a great romance or being treated like a princess---just to marry the man she has loved for twelve years. But life isn’t going according to plan. When her high-school-sweetheart-turned-Marine-officer breaks up instead of proposing, Susanna scrambles to rebuild her life.

The last thing Prince Nathaniel expects to find on his American holiday to St. Simon’s Island is the queen of his heart. A prince has duties, and his family’s tense political situation has chosen his bride for him. When Prince Nathaniel comes to Susanna’s aid under the fabled Lover’s Oak, he is blindsided by love.

Their lives are worlds apart. He’s a royal prince. She’s a ordinary girl. But everything changes when Susanna receives an invitation to Nathaniel’s coronation.

My Review:
The Wedding Dress was the first book I read by Rachel Hauck, and I loved it! So, I couldn't wait to read Once Upon a Prince! It was even better than I thought it would be. The Wedding Dress is probably my favorite of the two, but this book was just as good.
Every girl dreams about falling in love with a real prince. And one that loves the Lord- what could be better than that?! I loved that about this book. It wasn't just another girl falling in love with a prince. I liked the Christian aspect to it.
The romance was so sweet. Even after having no communication with each other for months, they were still very much in love with each other. While the story was a little predictable, I still thought it was really cute. I also liked how Susanna's sister got a little romance of her own on their trip! Such a fun book!

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Keeping Her


Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5) by Cora Carmack

Goodreads Summary:
Garrick Taylor and Bliss Edwards managed to find their happily-ever-after despite a rather . . . ahem . . . complicated start. By comparison, meeting the parents should be an absolute breeze, right?

But from the moment the pair lands in London, new snags just keep cropping up: a disapproving mother-in-law-to-be, more than one (mostly) minor mishap, and the realization that perhaps they aren't quite as ready for their future as they thought.

As it turns out, the only thing harder than finding love is keeping it.

My Review:
I have absolutely loved the Losing It series by Cora Carmack. All three of the books in it that I have read have been so great, and I cannot wait for the next book to come out. I am officially hooked. Although, I think Garrick and Bliss will always be my favorite characters in this series. There is just something about them and the way they are together. It is so sweet. So, I loved this book. I was excited to get to read more about them, and I was not disappointed. It was a great addition to Losing It. I only wish that it would have been a little longer.

5 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Out From Under You Book Blitz

Out From Under You by Sophie Swift

Series: Smart Girls Finish First #1

Blurb:
“Love is an earthquake. It comes when you least expect it. It rips the ground clear away. Right out from under you.”

The day Lia Smart met Grayson Walker, eight years ago, was the day she fell helplessly in love with him. Coincidentally, it was the same day Grayson fell in love with someone else: Lia’s smarter, sexier, superior-in-every-way older sister, Alex.

Now, nearly a decade later, Alex and Grayson are long over and twenty-two-year-old Lia has finally managed to forget all those lonely nights she spent pining after her sister’s boyfriend. But when Grayson unexpectedly arrives back in town with Alex for Labor Day weekend and the two announce that they’re not only back together but engaged, all the feelings that Lia buried suddenly come bubbling back to the surface.

But Lia is no longer the awkward, gangly tomboy she was at fourteen. Far from it. And Grayson is conflicted by the lustful thoughts he’s now having for her. He knows he could never act on those thoughts, however. Grayson has always prided himself on being one of the “good guys.” But as the weekend wears on, he’s finding this new grown-up version of Lia more and more impossible to resist...

Heartbreaking and sexy with a dash of humor, Sophie Swift crafts a passionate, unforgettable tale about desire, growing up, and the kind of love that shakes us to the core.

Contains adult situations and explicit content. Recommended for ages 17+

Excerpt:

Lia
“Thanks,” Grayson says, setting the bag of ice against his hand, cringing as the cold settles into his skin. “It’s been a long time since I punched someone in the face. I forgot how much it hurt.”
Huh?
Is that what happened last night? Did he get in a fight?
Over me?
No. That’s not possible. No one has ever fought over me.
Alex. Alex gets fought over. She has the face that launched a thousand punches, or whatever.
I’m just...
I’m not worth fighting over.
He must read the confusion on his face. “You don’t remember that part, do you?”
I shake my head.
“How much do you remember?”
“I...” I start to say.
But I can’t do this. I can’t talk about this. Not here. Not while he’s dressed like that. Or shall I say, not dressed like that. I was kind of hoping we could just move on like it never happened and forget about it. But it’s pretty obvious he wants to hash it out. Right here. Right now.
So I take a deep breath and, battling to keep my voice steady, say, “Look, I’m really embarrassed about what happened last night and I kind of want to just forget about it and move on. I realize this may not be the mature thing to do but to be honest, at this point, I’m not sure I can handle the mature thing.”
His eyebrows furrow as he takes in what I just said. Or more like just rambled.
“You’re embarrassed,” he verifies, “because you got drunk and called me to come pick you up?”
“Because it seems like every time you’re around I somehow always need to be rescued!” My soft, tentative whispers have turned into throaty, breathy cries. “Because I’m like some perpetual damsel in distress who always needs saving.”
When I finish, he just stares at me, his gaze intense and searching. Then a reticent smile makes its way to his lips.
“I like saving you,” he admits quietly.
Of all the things I was expecting him to say in response to my tirade, this was certainly not one of them.
“What?”
He takes another step toward me. His proximity is intoxicating. Stronger proof than any alcohol. More debilitating than any drug.
“I said,” he replies, his voice deliberate. Determined. “I like saving you.”

About the Author:
Sophie Swift is an east coast girl who recently transplanted to Southern California. She writes about sexy boys by day, and dates them by night. Her sizzling, new adult romance, OUT FROM UNDER YOU, the first in a new contemporary series, will be released in August of 2013. She loves books that quicken her pace, music sung by adolescent boys, and cupcakes with too much frosting. Visit her online at: www.SophieSwift.com

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Guys Are Props Club Tour + Giveaway


The Guys Are Props Club by Ingrid Seymour
Date of Publication: July 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Blurb:
During her senior year in high school, Maddie Burch promised herself not to ever fall for a cute guy – or any guy – again. Cute guys are players and not to be trusted, a fact she learned the hard way when her first boyfriend ran her heart through a paper shredder. Two years later, her promise is still intact, and she’s determined to make it through college without falling victim to another creep. She has her job, school and The Guys Are Props Club to keep her mind and hormones in check.

The club was founded by Jessica, Maddie’s best friend. It is a sisterhood of girls who have fallen prey to heartless jerks and who have vowed to turn the tables. Once a semester, Jessica requires members to “do onto others as they’ve done unto you.” Setting the example, Jessica’s next play is Sebastian Capello, a theater major with heartthrob looks and a flair for Latin dance, whose heart she plans to break the way hers was once broken.

What the friends don’t know is that Sebastian is different. Despite his perfect looks and popularity, he’s not a jerk. He doesn’t play games to get his way. Instead, he keeps it real and goes after what he wants with honest intentions. And what he wants is not a bombshell like Jessica, but a down-to-earth girl like Maddie – even if it causes a riff in the girl’s friendship. Even if it means getting Maddie to break her personal vow.

*** Due to language and sexual situations this book is recommended for ages 17 and older.

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About Ingrid Seymour
Ingrid Seymour loves, loves, loves to write. Her favorite genres are Young Adult and New Adult fiction. Her debut novel “The Guys Are Props Club” is an NA contemporary romance which she immensely enjoyed writing. Her favorite outings involve a trip to the library or bookstore where she immediately gravitates toward the YA section. She’s an avid reader and fangirl of many amazing books. She’s sure that one day she’ll see one of her books made into a movie. She likes to dream big ;)

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My Review:
This book reminded me a little bit of John Tucker Must Die, and I love that movie! So, I knew the book was going to be great from the first chapter. I was not disappointed. This is a fun, sexy, fast-paced book that I could not get enough of! All of the characters were great, and I loved the way they interacted with each other. At times the book was a little predictable, but there were other times when it kept me guessing. I loved this, and would definitely recommend this book.

5 stars


Excerpt:
“So here’s what I know about you, Madison,” Sebastian started. “You’re beautiful, smart, dedicated. You have a huge heart, a killer bod.” He sighed and shook his head. The brush of his gaze on my body gave me the chills.

I blushed and started to fidget with the tab on my soda can, swiveling it around in circles.

“You’d think that with all of that,” he continued, “I wouldn’t need to know more, but I want to learn everything there is to learn about Madison Riley Burch. I want to know you . . . inside and out.”

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Nice Girl to Love Book Blitz


Nice Girl to Love: The Complete Collection by Violet Duke
Publication date: July 31st 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
The • Nice • Girl n. 1. female of the species who never does anything or anyone bad: Hands-off, she’s a nice girl. 2. the woman that men take home to meet mom: Find my son a ‘nice girl to love.’ SEE ALSO: a good girl; girl scout; Abby Bartlett

This is the complete Nice Girl to Love serial romance collection, which contains: Resisting the Bad Boy (Book One), Falling for the Good Guy (Book Two), and Choosing the Right Man (Book Three).


THE ONE SHE NEVER THOUGHT SHE COULD KEEP…

Abby Bartlett is the quintessential nice girl. Between teaching, volunteering, completing her PhD, and helping her best friend raise his daughter, Abby never gets the chance to be anything but nice. That is, until the all-wrong-for-her man she’s only ever known from afar starts daring her to simply take that chance for herself. His sage advice? Try something wild and fast. Preferably him.

An unbridled, hotshot attorney with a not-so-little black book, Connor Sullivan has earned himself quite the bad boy reputation. But in his defense, he’s a very conscientious one. He knows far too well that sometimes in life, love isn’t enough…or worse, not even a factor at all. To avoid that misery–and repel the drama–Connor has a firm ‘nothing over a month’ rule. Who knew a nice girl would be the one to make him want to break all his rules?


THE ONE SHE NEVER HOPED SHE COULD HAVE…

Abby is well aware that everyone thinks she’s in love with her best friend Brian. He is, after all, the type of man a nice girl should be with—the polar opposite of the bad boy—the kind of guy who didn’t let his wife’s decade-long illness stop him from showering her with a lifetime of love every second until her dying day. But everyone’s wrong; she couldn’t possibly be in love with him. Because she’s never once allowed herself that option.

It’s taken a while but Brian has finally come to terms with surviving the woman he spent half his life loving, a third of it losing. Truth is though, he wouldn’t have ‘survived’ any of it really had it not been for Abby—sweet, incredible Abby—the woman he’s never once had to picture his life without, never realized he couldn’t truly live without. Until now. Now that he’s finally able to love her the way she deserves, the way he knows she wants to be loved…by his brother. Who’s giving him exactly one chance to speak now or forever hold his peace.


A DECISION SHE NEVER DREAMED SHE’D HAVE TO MAKE…

And now it’s up to Abby to decide between the bad boy wanting to start a life with her and the good guy fighting for the life they’ve already built.

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AUTHOR BIO:
Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Besides writing and feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, she can often be found tackling reno projects with her power tools and trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, or cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. Violet lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids and similarly adorable husband.

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Interview:
Q: What are you working on right now?
A: I’m working on the spin-off of the Nice Girl to Love series. It’s a single standalone novel starring the guy that Abby doesn’t choose in the end of the trilogy. I’m head over heels in love with this story. *sigh* And fun trivia—my awesome fans came up with and voted on the heroine’s name in that book!

Q: What’s next on the horizon after the Nice Girl books?
A: My Cactus Creek series—three novels and three novellas set in the fun town of Cactus Creek (which you’ll see little mentions of in the Nice Girl books). The first book (Love, Chocolate, and Beer) will be out January 2014. I had the BEST time doing research for that book! ^_^ In fact, the entire series has involved a lot of research, which I love, and I’ve had a blast outlining the stories so far. They aren’t connected to the Nice Girl books (though I may slip in a few familiar cameos here and there), nor are they serial romances. All the next dozen nor so books I have planned are either standalone novels or novellas.

Q: Who are some of your favorite authors of all time?
A: Judith McNaught and Jude Deveraux were the two ladies who started me on this epic journey of loving all there is about romance. From there, I fell hard and fast for Elizabeth Lowell—I’ve devoured every book she’s ever written.

Q: Is it true you have a book-a-day reading addiction?
A: Yep! Depending on my writing schedule, some days it’s more like two or three books. Though I fought getting an ereader for years (I love holding print books), about two years ago, my hubby got me one and I have since seen an exponential growth in my addiction. LOL.

Q: Describe the method to your madness (in terms of writing).
A: Honestly, my process is more madness than method. My alpha controlling nature requires that I take a ton of notes and do charts and beat sheets to get my story (and brain) organized. From there though, it’s very organic…or maybe Frankensteinian is a better description. :) Often, the story will change dramatically in the final, final editing stage. Those huge changes usually come when I’m ‘in the zone.’ Since I like listening to Japanese music when I’m writing (go figure), apparently, my hubby can tell when I’m in the zone because he says I’ll be clacking away on the keyboard whilst belting out the lyrics. Don’t ask me how my brain can both write in English and sing in Japanese at the same exact time—let’s not poke the monster…I mean muse.

Q: Would you have made the same choice Abby did between the bad boy and the good guy?
A: OMG, I’m not touching that question with a ten-foot pole! (She says while nodding vigorously)

Monday, July 29, 2013

OCD Love Story

OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Goodreads Summary:
In this raw and relatable romance, Bea learns that some things just can’t be controlled.

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic... and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down...and she might end up breaking her own heart.

My Review:
This was a really good book. It was sweet, and romantic, and painful. There were so many different emotions happening throughout the book. It was a really touching story about characters who struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Parts of this book were really hard to read. While it is NO WHERE NEAR as bad as the characters in this book, I struggle from OCD as well. For the most part, it doesn't really affect me. There are days when it will flare up though, and I will be annoyed by everything that isn't perfect. Sometimes I have a hard time playing certain cards games because all of the stacks of cards aren't nice and neat. So, like I said, my OCD is extremely mild. However, it did make certain things in the book difficult. I can't imagine having OCD as bad as these characters did. My heart really broke for all of them, but particularly Bea.

I constantly wanted to just make them stop doing what they were doing wrong. Sometimes it just got flat out annoying. Overall though, this book really touched me. I loved the progression of the story as well.

4 stars
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Get Lost

Get Lost by Dannah K. Gresh

Goodreads Summary:
Have you ever ditched a friend for a guy? Filled your journal with more thoughts about guys than God? Found yourself jealous because that other girl gets all the dates? Maybe it’s time to get lost—in God.
 
Discover how to get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find you.
 
Dannah Gresh traces God’s language of love through Scripture to help you pursue your heart’s deepest desires and seek love the way God designed it to be. Because once you identify your true longings and let God answer them, you’ll know just how to respond when romantic love comes along.
 
With a guided ten-day Love Feast Challenge, Get Lost will help you see for yourself how getting lost in God opens the door to lifelong fulfillment.

My Review:
This is a great book about what is means to fall head over heals in love with Jesus. There truly is no love that is stronger, or greater, or better than the love you can experience with the Lord and Savior. He is love.

I believe that you cannot be truly and completely happy without knowing the love of God. Sure, romantic relationships are great and will make you happy at times. However, they cannot complete you. Only God can complete you. He is the only one who will love you Unconditionally, all the time, no matter what.

The main idea of the book is this: "Discover how to get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find you."
I agree with this to an extent. Like I said above, I think you have to experience Christ's love in order to have true happiness. Therefore, I want my spouse to love the Lord as I do. I want him to put God first, and me second. The main problem I have with this idea, is that it is almost teaching that as soon as you love God and are content in Him, he will send you your significant other. That's not necessarily true. (That may not have been the author's point, but I know many people who interpret it that way.) The goal is to be so in love with God, that you don't need anyone else. If He so chooses to send you a significant other, that should just be a bonus. All you need is God.

4 stars
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

What I Have Been Up To

I apologize for not posting recently. July has not been the best month reading wise. I have totally slacked off. I have decided to enjoy my summer, and this month that has not included reading unfortunately.

How is your summer going?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Not Pretty Enough Cover Reveal

Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans
Publication date: August 1st 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary

Synopsis:
“New Year’s Resolutions:
1. Lloyd Layton will know I exist. He once said three whole words to me, so this is obviously progress. If I don’t get a proper conversation out of him soon, then I’ll take my top off and streak through the cafeteria, because nobody could fail to notice these boobs.
2. I will not get expelled for streaking through the cafeteria.”

Those are the words that begin her mission.
Chessie is fourteen, not pretty enough, and very much in love. Lloyd Layton is hot, popular, and unaware of Chessie’s existence.
Her goal is clear: to get Lloyd to love her as much as she loves him, and she has exactly one year to do it.
As Chessie’s obsession with Lloyd reaches boiling point and she starts to spin a web of lies that spiral out of control, Lloyd turns out to be not quite the prince she thought he was. Can Chessie avoid the gathering storm before things go too far?

Not Pretty Enough is a contemporary young adult comedy suitable for ages thirteen and over.

Book two in the series will be released early 2014.

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Random Acts of Crazy Guest Post

I am so excited to have Julia Kent here on the blog today! check out her new book!! It sounds so good!

(Sorry for the weird format of this post. I do not have access to a computer currently so I am doing this from my phone.)

New Adult and the Romance Writing Industry
by Julia Kent
I am writing this sentence, right now, in the libby of the Marriott Marquis hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, at the national Romance writers of America convention. More than 1,000 hotel rooms. More than 2,000 romance novelists, unpublished writers, editors, agents, librarians, and readers, all clustered in one place full of excitement, a love of reading, and chocolate.
Where there are romance writers, there is always chocolate!
What struck me, coming here after a nice, direct flight out of Boston, is how New Adult is everywhere. EVERYWHERE. The first elevator I entered today had an enormous advertisement (seriously -- the sixe of a human being) for william Morrow New Adult authors, like Cora Carmack. The top romance spots on Amazon, Apple and B&N are New Adult.
The author chats at the bar are sprinkled with the normal talk about which publishers are offering great contracts, new deals for emerging authors, and new deals for established ones -- but New Adult is the star that shines bright.
When I published Random Acts of Crazy in May New Adult was hot, with authors like H.M. Ward, Jasinda wilder and Mimi Strong doing well. Now, new breakout authors like Krista Lakes and Emme Rollins are hitting the top 100 on Amazon, and Elle Casey's Shine Not Burn is touching the top 10 -- and staying nice and high on the bestseller lists.
The next five days, for me, will be filled with workshops and talk around Starbucks and the lounge about the publishing industry and my new books. What this convention means for New Adult, though, will have a ripple effect for readers. What you buy, read and review has a profound effect on the massive changes in publishing, as readers shift from print to eBooks, and as authors try out self-publishing with various sucess
New Adult authors are shaping what readers access, but it's readers who are, in turn, making the trends happen. As one of many authors, I thank you.

Meant to Be

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Goodreads Summary:
Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question. 

It's one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. That's why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that's also why she's chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB ("meant to be").

But this spring break, Julia's rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she's partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

My Review:
This is a fantastic summer read. It was a fun book to read, and made me want to take a class trip to London. (Although, I mainly just want the romance ;) ). I really enjoyed reading this book.

Everything about this book felt real, even though it was taking place on the other side of the world from me (and it's fiction. duh). There were times when Julia would do things, I would just get embarrassed for her (while also laughing hysterically). She was such an awesome main character, and I really enjoyed following her around London throughout the book.

Mark. Chris. Jason. Who is Julia's meant to be? Who does she hate? Wow. Sometimes I had a really hard time keeping up with all of the romantic prospects. At times it became a little excessive, but it was still cute. I loved when she finally figured out who the right guy for her is.

Overall, this book was just a cute read. However, in the last few chapters there are multiple surprises. They had me laughing, smiling, and OMG-ing. It shocked me in the most perfect way. I definitely recommend this book.

4 stars

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Teaser Tuesday


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:


• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


So, I'm cheating and sharing more than two sentences. It's from the beginning of the book though, and doesn't spoil anything.
My Teaser:
"I kept my back to him because my cheeks were getting warm and I hated the idea of him seeing me blush. I was being so silly. I reached for the two action movies I'd rented and started to turn around to show him when he moved in behind me. I froze. My body went on high alert, and I took several gulps of air." - pg. 41 from The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

Monday, July 15, 2013

Love of Truth Promo + Giveaway

Love of Truth by CT Oliver

Book Description:
For the next eleven days all Amelia Adler wants is a nice relaxing vacation on the beach. All she’ll do is drink pineapple margaritas and read sexy steamy romance novels. She doesn’t want to think about the stress of her daily life nor the fact that she doesn’t know what to do with her life.
Craig Patrice just wants to spend his last spring break catching wave after waves during the day in the Pacific Ocean, and relax as much as he can at night. This is his last break before finishing law school and starting at a firm this upcoming summer. He has no desire for a fling or a girlfriend. All he wants is to buckle down and finish this year off right. That is until he gets a glimpse of his vacationing neighbor, and for the life of him, he can’t look away.
Though Craig and Amelia are somewhat reluctant for a relationship, they seem to find comfort in one another and can’t let go of each other. Finding romance on vacation is one thing, but can their relationship withstand the demand of real life and once their past catches up with them will believing in each other’s truth save their future.

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Excerpt:
Craig leans forward and kisses my forehead. “Because you were tired and needed your sleep. We were up late.” He reaches over and runs his hand up and down my stomach making me catch my breath in surprise. “So, I know you’re friends are here and everything, but I want to take you out to dinner tonight.” He tilts his head over and gives me a quick kiss on the lips. “It will be our first date. ” His grin gives me chills down my spine while his touch is blazing my skin.
“Oh, okay,” I whisper, trying to mask my excitement. I’m feeling really joyous at the idea of going on a date with Craig. I want to jump up and down and do a little dance on the bed, but decide to play it cool.
“Good.” He leans in and kisses down the side of me face. “I can’t wait for tonight. Pick you up at 1900, that’s 7:00 PM for you.” He plants a big, wet, curl your toes kiss on my lips while his hand roams over one of my breasts making me lift my hips towards him. All of the sudden he breaks from the kiss with a big smile on his face. “Tonight, baby.” He brushes his thumb over my nipple a couple of time before grabbing Larry and hops out of bed leaving me hot and bothered.
I gasp. “Tease!”

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (1)

I've decided to switch over to Stacking the Shelves for book hauls!! I'm so behind on my reading. I need to do some major catching up.

For Review:
Desire by Design by Paula Altenburg

Love Me (Take a Chance #2) by Diane Alberts

Stardust Summer by Lauren Clark

Charmed by Erica Ridley

Love at High Tide by Christi Barth

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Russian Roulette (Alex Rider) by Anthony Horowitz

Brotherhood by A.B. Westrick

QB 1 by Mike Lupica

Atlantis Rising by T.A. Barron

All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry












Won:
A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction #2) by Jen Turano

The Space Between by Victoria H. Smith












From Book Exchanges:
These two books were from the same person, but there was not a note in the package. So, I'm not sure who they are from! If it's you, let me know! Thanks so much for these books!!!
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers












Bought:
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Once Upon a Readathon Wrap-Up


My goal and update post is here.

I knew that this was a bad time for me to be participating in a Readathon,, but I did it anyway. I was only able to finish one book (Burn for Burn). It was nice to finally be able to finish it though. I had been reading it for a couple weeks now, and just could not get through it. The readathon was the perfect push to finish the book.

Burn for Burn

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Goodreads Summary:
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY...
THEY GET EVEN.

Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.

Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.

Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

My Review:
Wow. It took me FOREVER to get through this book!! It wasn't bad by any means, but it was just kind of boring. While it is full of drama, the first 100 or so pages were extremely slow. I kept having to push myself to keep reading.

Once I got past the first part of the book, things did get more interesting. It finally made sense how all of the characters came together, and why they were related. I liked how each chapter was from a different girl's point of view. It let us know a lot more about each character. It was confusing at first though, when we didn't know who these people are.

This was a story full of emotions, which makes sense since it is all about revenge. Some of the reasons why the girls wanted revenge were really heartbreaking. Others were a little more shallow. All in all, everyone had their own reason, and it meant something to them. I liked learning the true reasons behind the wanted revenge for each person.

The ending of Burn for Burn was a little disappointing. Yes, there is a cliffhanger there. However, I don't feel like there was any kind of closure at all at the end of the book. It was just kind of left wide open. While I didn't necessarily love this book, I do want to read the next book in the series. I am interested to know what happens to these characters.

3 stars
I received this book for free from arcycling in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Catching Liam Book Blitz

Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu

Synopsis:
Twenty-one year-old Jillian Nichols only has one rule when it comes to boys: catch and release. Boy-catching isn't just a game for Jillian and her friends, it's a lifestyle. After all, boys might be good for a dance or a drink and certainly a little under-cover action of the scandalous variety, but expect much else and you're bound for heart ache.

So when her best friends and fellow boy catchers start dropping like flies junior year, Jillian is determined to keep boys in her bedroom and out of her heart. Until she meets Liam McAvoy, the kind of guy that sticks around to make waffles and who can't—or perhaps won't—take a hint.

Study abroad student Liam doesn't want to be another notch on Jillian's bedpost. Actually he has much more interesting ideas for Jillian and her bedposts, but his student visa's set expiration date means he can't promise her forever. That doesn't mean he's going to walk away from the challenge of discovering why Jillian is hell-bent at keeping people at a distance.

Before long, neither is sure who is catching who—or if they're playing for keeps. Jillian knows one thing though: falling in love will not only break the only rule of boy-catching, it could also break her heart.

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AUTHOR BIO
Sophia Bleu is a secret identity where I can write about fantasies and falling in love and all the smexiness in between. In real life, I'm likely catching a plane, chasing kids, or making out with the love of my life—all 6 ft 3 inches of hotness that he is. Life is pretty good.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Take Me Now (Take Me Now #1)
Release Date: 07/16/2013

Summary from Goodreads:
How do you survive the internship from hell?

Don't fall in love.

Ivy thought being a reporter-in-training at the Independent Gazette would be her dream summer job. Little did she know, interviewing Eric, a landscaper with a heart of gold, would derail her plans. It turns out Ivy's boss, Lauren, has been eying his chiseled physique for quite some time.


But at twenty-four, Eric already has a tragic past, one that he is still reeling from. Even though his ordeal turned him into some sort of local celebrity, it's been a while since he's shared his bed with anyone. When he comes to Ivy's rescue out of the blue, it's not long before the two of them start seeing each other behind Lauren's back. When they get caught, Ivy's journey toward a college degree is jeopardized and her relationship with Eric is severely put to the test.

Career versus love? In the end, a shocking turn of events provides Ivy with a revelation she never saw coming.


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Once Upon a Read a Thon Goals and Updates


Goals:
This is an insane few days for me, so I probably will not get much done. However, I really need to finish Burn for Burn. I've been reading it for a while, and have had a hard time getting through it.
I also want to start Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck.

Monday
Almost done with Burn for Burn.

Mini Challenge:
1. Which book you are most excited to read in the coming year? It can be already released or coming soon.

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West! I have been dying to read this book forever! I just ordered it on Amazon, so hopefully I'll get to read it soon!

2. Which book would you re-read if you had the time and weren't so busy reading ALL of the other good things?

The Lauren Holbrook series by Erynn Mangum. They have been my favorite books for a long time, but I haven't read them since they came out several years ago.
I would also like to re-read the Elsie Dinsmore and Millie Keith series by Martha Finley. These were my favorite series when I was in elementary school, so I would like to re-read them.

3. and lastly, If you could meet any fictional character who would it be and why?

Probably Lauren Holbrook. We are a lot alike, but very different at the same time. I feel like we would totes be BFFs! ;)



Tuesday:
I didn't get any reading done today since I was babysitting all day.


Wednesday:
Finished Burn for Burn!!

Taste the Heat Release Day + Giveaway

Book Blurb:
One sexy fire captain. One Cajun chef. One combustible kitchen…

When chef Colby Robicheaux returned home to New Orleans to save her family restaurant, the last person she expected to reconnect with was her brother’s best friend and her childhood crush. As tempting as a sugar-coated beignet, Jason is one dish she can’t afford to taste. Colby can’t wait to leave the place where her distrust of love and commitment originated and go back to Vegas.

Fire captain Jason Landry isn’t looking for love, either. Disillusioned by his past, he knows he should be focusing on finding the perfect mother for his daughter. But when he first sees Colby, all grown up and gorgeous, he can’t help but be drawn to her. And when she suggests a no-strings-attached fling, Jason can’t say no.

As their relationship grows more intense, Colby finds that Jason isn’t as easy to leave behind as she thought. Could turning up the heat on something real be worth the possibility of getting burned?

Rachel Harris Bio:
Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, where she watched soap operas with her grandmother and stayed up late sneak reading her mama’s favorite romance novels. Now a Cajun cowgirl living in Houston, she still stays up way too late reading her favorite romances, only now, she can do so openly. She firmly believes life’s problems can be solved with a hot, powdered-sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

When not typing furiously or flipping pages in an enthralling romance, she homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches reality television with her amazing husband. Taste The Heat is her adult romance debut. She’s the author of MY SUPER SWEET SIXTEENTH CENTURY and A TALE OF TWO CENTURIES. She loves hearing from readers! Find her atwww.RachelHarrisWrites.com.

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