Sunday, June 30, 2013

A Midsummer's Nightmare

A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Goodreads Summary:
Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her stepbrother...at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

My Review:
A Midsummer's Nightmare was an enjoyable book. There were parts of it that I really enjoyed, and that had me glued to the book. However, there were other parts that I really could have done without.

This book is written for teens, but I would definitely not advise teens to read this book. I think it is for an older audience. Maybe the overall plot is fine for teens, but some of the things in the book were not okay for just anyone to read.

I liked the plot overall. The romance was hilarious yet sweet. At times I got sick of waiting for it. I just wanted something to happen already! It was a weird situation, and I thought it was portrayed really well in the book. Of course falling for your almost step-brother is going to have some obstacles involved. I thought they were addresses and overcome very well though.

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

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Shine Not Burn Book Blitz

Shine Not Burn by Elle Casey
Publication date: June 30th 2013
Genre: NA Romance

Synopsis:
IT HAPPENED IN VEGAS. I can't be held responsible. Things that happen there are supposed to stay there, right? Right? Yeeeah. Not so much. ... Andie's just days away from tying the knot, but there's just ooooone little glitch. Apparently, she's already married. Or someone with her name is married to a guy out in Oregon of all places, and the courthouse won't issue her a marriage license until it's all cleared up. Tripping her way through cow pies and country songs to meet up with a man who gets around places on horseback is her very last idea of how to have a good time, but if she's going to get married, make partner at the firm, and have two point five kids before she's thirty-five, she needs to get to the bottom of this snafu and fix it quick ... before her fiance finds out and everything she's been working toward goes up in flames.

Goodreads

Purchase: There is a special pre-order price of $0.99 right now for Shine Not Burn!!!
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DCCRA38/?tag=ellcas-20

Author Bio:
Elle Casey is a full-time writer of New Adult and Young Adult titles in several genres, including romance, urban fantasy, sci-fi dystopian, and action-adventure. She's an American girl who's been living in southern France with her husband and three children since 2010. She loves chatting with her readers, so feel free to drop her a line.

LINKS:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

Interview with Elle Casey:
You started out writing in YA. What brought you over to New Adult?

I've been a reader of new adult titles even before they were called 'new adult'. And I love the age group it covers. 18-30 years old is such a great time in life, isn't it? I mean, it's when you sow your wild oats, learn about yourself in the context of the whole world and not just your family and friends; it's where you figure out who you're going to be. The adult-formative years I guess you could call it. And the sex part is awesome too, I won't lie. You can only get so sexy with a YA book, so as a writer, I have to hold back. In NA, I don't have to do that. It can be passionate, raw, sometimes awkward and full of bad decisions, but it can be REAL. I guess that's what I love about NA most … it's raw and real.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

My goal is to entertain as many readers as I possibly can. If I can also get more people reading or cause people to think about important things, that's great too. But my overriding goal is to make people get so involved in the experience of reading my work that they skip doing chores, stay up until dawn, and tell everyone who will listen about my books.

What kind of romances do you like to read?

The kind where bad boys are tamed by courageous girls. It's really that simple for me. :)

What's the most important element in a romance in your opinion?

A sexy guy. Seriously, he just needs to be sexy as hell, and that doesn't mean sexy can't come in different packages. For example, in the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the MC, Ian, is very understated and shy, but man, he rocked my world. He reminds me a lot of my husband, actually. On the other hand you have your angsty fighters ... guys who you'd never let into your world in real life but who are safe to fall for in books. Travis from Beautiful Disaster comes to mind. Boy, did he cause a lot of fuss in the reader world! Chemistry comes in all kinds of packages, which is awesome, but the chemistry has to be there or the book falls flat for me.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Netgalley Knockout


Here's all the details you need to know (Taken from the sign up page):
-Netgalley Knockout will run from July 1 - September 30
-You are not limited to ebooks from Netgalley! You can include any ebook you have received for review from Netgalley, Edelweiss, or from a publisher or author directly. It just must be an ebook and it must be a review book.
-You can only count books that you read from July 1 to September 30. Nothing read before the challenge starts or after it ends will count toward the challenge!
-You do not have to only include books released during the months July, August, or September - but you can include these, of course! Any electronic review book counts, whether it has already been released or is still yet to be released!
-Again, even if the book has already been released, if you're reading a review ebook copy of it then it counts toward the challenge!

Go here to sign up!

June/July RAK


You can sign up here.

OPEN TO EVERYONE including all our International brethren!
Remember, there's always the Book Depository and they offer FREE shipping! How cool is this?! Everyone should go sign up!!

In June, I did not receive anything. Hopefully I'll get something in July for my birthday! ;)

This month, I sent Emily/Doodle a hardcover of Safekeeping

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Giveaway!!

My birthday is next month (21!! Yeah!!). So, I am having a giveaway to celebrate! One winner will receive their choice of a book up to $15.

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Motocross Me + Giveaway

Motocross Me by Cheyanne Young

Expected Release: June 26th 2013
Publisher: 336Love

Synopsis via Goodreads:
When Hana Fisher moves to the small town of Mixon, Texas to live with her dad, she dreads having to work at the boring pile of dirt he fondly calls a motocross track. But when she gets there, she finds the rinky-dink dirt bike track from her childhood has grown into the most respected racing track in the state.
Now popular by association, Hana endures the pain and sweat of working in the summer heat in order to fit in with a sport she’s growing to love. She gets a real family, a best friend and not just one, but two of the fastest racers trying to win her heart.

When Hana abuses her status as the track owner’s daughter to help the gorgeous Ryan Russo cheat in the biggest race of the year, she risks more than just losing her job. Every good thing in her life is at stake now- her friends, her dad’s trust, and Ash Carter- the kind-hearted racer who may not be as alluring as Ryan, but is proof that nice guys don’t always finish last.

My Review:
For some reason, I thought this book was for an older audience. I soon realized though that it was not. I think people of all ages could enjoy reading this book, but I think it is appropriate for young teens as well, which is always a good quality to find in a book.

I really liked the romance. It was fun and sweet at different times, and I really enjoyed it. There was a love triangle, which I don't always love. However, I really enjoyed it in this book. It had me constantly wondering what was going to happen, and who she was going to end up with. I did not like that the story never really wrapped everything up. What happened to the guy she didn't pick?

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

About the Author:
Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, Xbox and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.

www.cheyanneyoung.com | twitter.com/normalchey


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hannah Fielding Guest Post

Today I have the author of Burning Embers here!

Book Blurb:
Coral Sinclair is a beautiful but naïve twenty-five-year-old photographer who has just lost her father. She's leaving the life she's known and traveling to Kenya to take ownership of her inheritance – the plantation that was her childhood home – Mpingo. On the voyage from England, Coral meets an enigmatic stranger to whom she has a mystifying attraction. She sees him again days later on the beach near Mpingo, but Coral's childhood nanny tells her the man is not to be trusted. It is rumored that Rafe de Monfort, owner of a neighboring plantation and a nightclub, is a notorious womanizer having an affair with her stepmother, which may have contributed to her father's death.
Circumstance confirms Coral's worst suspicions, but when Rafe's life is in danger she is driven to make peace. A tentative romance blossoms amidst a meddling ex-fiancé, a jealous stepmother, a car accident, and the dangerous wilderness of Africa. Is Rafe just toying with a young woman's affections? Is the notorious womanizer only after Coral's inheritance? Or does Rafe's troubled past color his every move, making him more vulnerable than Coral could ever imagine?

Here's a guest post from Hannah!
Three reasons why I wrote my novel, Burning Embers
With my debut novel, Burning Embers, there was a sense that the book had to be written; that I had to sit down and put pen to paper to bring the book to life. Here are the three most compelling reasons that drove me to spend so many hours sitting in my garden and sitting in my writing room to create this romance novel.

The dream of writing
The rambling house I grew up in was built on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean. My bedroom was light and airy and its three windows commanded the most breathtaking views of the ever-changing sea – up to the harbour in the distance – with glowing sunsets and romantic moonlit nights over a scintillating ocean. These spectacular tableaux made my imagination run wild and I would dream of princes that flew in from faraway lands on their magic carpets, of princesses dressed in gowns made of sunrays and of moonbeams, and of dragons lurking in those vast blue depths, rising from the waves that crashed against the rocks underneath my windows. These and many more stories I used to relate to my half-Italian, half-French governess. And so was born the dream of becoming a writer, and it is a dream that has stayed with me ever since - through school, through my days of travelling as a young woman, through meeting and marrying a wonderful man, through raising my children and through running a property renovation business. Once my children were grown up, and still the dream was haunting me, I knew I had to write the novel; I had to live the dream.

The setting
Burning Embers began not as a story, but as a vivid landscape in my mind.
The seed of the ideas was sown many years ago when, as a schoolgirl, I studied the works of Leconte de Lisle, a French Romantic poet of the 19th century. His poems are wonderfully descriptive and vivid – about wild animals, magnificent dawns and sunsets, exotic settings and colourful vistas. (See http://www.hannahfielding.net/?cat=7 for some translations of Leconte de Lisle poems.)
Then later on, I went on holiday to Kenya with my parents and I met our family friend Mr Chiumbo Wangai, who often used to visit us. He was a great raconteur and told me extensively about his beautiful country, its tribes, its traditions and its customs. I was enthralled. What a beautiful, wild, colourful, passionate country in which to set a love story!

The story
The idea for Burning Embers came to me one night at my home in France. I couldn’t sleep, and I was sitting up in my bed gazing out at the Mediterranean, watching the silver full moon shimmering on the sea. Then an ocean liner, all lit up, glided past. It was such a romantic sight that I found myself wondering about the lives of the people on board that ship. Who were they? Where were they going? And into my head walked the heroine of Burning Embers, Coral, a beautiful, naïve young woman returning home to the land of her birth. I grabbed the notebook beside my bed and began to write, and the skeleton of the first chapter of the novel took place – Coral alone on the deck of a ship grieving for her father and a love that was destroyed, and an enigmatic man, the alluring Rafe, who offers her the classic comfort of strangers.

Info about Hannah:
Hannah Fielding is a novelist, a dreamer, a traveller, a mother, a wife and an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: she writes full time, splitting her time between her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breathtaking views of the Mediterranean.

She has been so sweet to provide an excerpt for me to share with y'all!
Check it out!

Though the afternoon sunshine was beginning to fade, the air was still hot and heavy. Coral was struck by the awesome silence that surrounded them. Not a bird in sight, no shuffle in the undergrowth, even the insects were elusive. They climbed a little way up the escarpment over the plateau and found a spot that dominated the view of the whole glade. Rafe spread out the blanket under an acacia tree. They ate some chicken sandwiches and eggs and polished off the bottle of cordial. They chatted casually, like old friends, about unimportant mundane things, as though they were both trying to ward off the real issue, to stifle the burning embers that were smoldering dangerously in both their minds and their bodies.
All the while, Coral had been aware of the need blossoming inside her, clouding all reason with desire. She could tell that he was fighting his own battle. Why was he holding back? Was he waiting for her to make the first move? Rafe was lying on his side, propped up on his elbow, his head leaning on his hand, watching her through his long black lashes. The rhythm of his breathing was slightly faster, and she could detect a little pulse beating in the middle of his temple, both a suggestion of the turmoil inside him. Rafe put out a hand to touch her but seemed to change his mind and drew it away. Coral stared back at him, her eyes dark with yearning, searching his face.
The shutters came down. “Don’t, Coral,” Rafe whispered, “don’t tease. There’s a limit to the amount of resistance a man has.”
“But Rafe…”
A flash of long blue lightning split the sky, closely followed by a crash of thunder. Coral instinctively threw herself into Rafe’s arms, hiding her face against his broad chest. She had always had a strong phobia of thunderstorms. Now she knew why the place had seemed eerie, why there had been no bird song or insect tick-tocks, no scuffling and ruffling in the undergrowth. Even though the skies when they entered the valley had not foretold the electrical storm that was to come, just like with the animals, her instinct had told her that something was wrong. But she had been too distracted by the turbulence crackling between her and Rafe to pay attention to the changing sky.
Rafe, too, was shaken out of his daze and turned his head to see that the sun had dropped behind the mountain. Dense clouds had swept into the valley and were hanging overhead like a black mantle.
“Where did that come from? No storm was forecast for today?” he muttered, jumping up.
There was another tremendous peal of thunder, lightning lit up the whole glade, and again another crash. Then the heavy drops of rain came hammering down against the treetops, pouring down through the foliage.
A wind was starting up. Without hesitation, Rafe folded the blanket into a small bundle and tucked it under his arm. He slung the hamper over his shoulder, and lifting Coral into his arms, he climbed his way up to the next level of the escarpment where a ledge of rock was jutting out and found the entrance to a cave where they could shelter. Coral was shivering. She tucked her face into his shoulder, her fingers tightly gripping his shirt. She was completely inert, paralyzed by fear. They were both drenched.
There was no way they would be able to get back to Narok tonight. Coral knew from her childhood that storms were always long in this part of the country, and through her panic she prayed that he wouldn’t be piloting that little plane back in this howling gale. At least here they were protected from the storm. It was not yet completely dark. Rafe looked around, still holding her tightly against him. Coral couldn’t herself as she sobbed uncontrollably.
“Shush, it’s all right,” he whispered softly in her ear. “It’s only a storm. By tomorrow morning it’ll all be over.” He brushed her tears away as more fell. “I’m going to have to set you down for a moment, Coral. I need to light us a fire and get you out of those wet clothes.”

Social links
Website: www.hannahfielding.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/fieldinghannah
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fieldinghannah
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5333898.Hannah_Fielding

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Top Ten Books of 2013

In no particular order, here are what I think are the best 10 books of 2013 (that I have read)

Just One Day (Just One Day #1) by Gayle Forman (My Review)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (My Review)

Losing It (My Review) and Faking It (My Review) by Cora Carmack

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass (My Review)

Love at Any Cost (The Heart of San Francisco #1) by Julie Lessman (My Review)

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer (My Review)

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry (My Review)

Stealing the Preacher (Archer Brothers #2) by Karen Witemeyer (My Review)

Also Known As by Robin Benway (My Review- coming soon)

Monday, June 24, 2013

The Summer I Became a Nerd

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Goodreads Summary:
On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl's body isn’t just unknown, it's anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

My Review:
This was a really cute book! It was not really what I expected, but it was a lot of fun to read. All of the characters were very well developed, and very realistic. I liked how they all related to each other. It was a cute story about Maddie learning to be comfortable with who she is and what she is interested in.

There were quite a few times when I was a little confused since I know absolutely nothing about comics and such. However, the author was pretty good about writing the scenes including comics in a way that everyone can understand. Either she would explain it, or keep it really simple so that it isn't like speaking another language.

There was a lot of romance in this book, which I really enjoyed. It was really adorable, and I couldn't get enough of it. I also liked that the "drama" was not ridiculous. I am not a big fan of drama, but it was done really well in this book.

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

Sunday, June 23, 2013

In My Mailbox (36)

For Review:
Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

Emma: A Latter-Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison

The Truth About Letting Go (The Truth #2) by Leigh Talbert Moore

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore

Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Romancing the R.A. Book Blitz



Romancing the R.A. (Campus Romance #1)
Release Date: 05/28/13

Summary from Goodreads:
Noelle Buckman is looking forward to making a fresh start in college, one that doesn’t involve immature high school boys. The second she steps on campus for freshman orientation, she can sense the possibilities. Especially when she spots Andy, a resident advisor who’s not just hot but also thoughtful enough to open doors for a girl. 

And Andy has his eye on Noelle. Even when her nerves take control and she thinks she comes off as a hillbilly with no direction, Andy can see what she’s really like and he’s more than a little interested.

But orientation is less than two full days and there’s an entire summer between Noelle and Andy. Will her attempt to romance the R.A. be as short-lived as college orientation?

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***Excerpt***
He’s stunned at first and doesn’t move. I
start to pull away, thinking I’ve made a huge mistake, but then I feel Andy’s
hand on my lower back, pulling me closer. His lips part, and he deepens the
kiss.

Every inch of me is on fire. Andy’s an
incredible kisser, but the position we’re in is awkward. I reach my hands up
and bury my fingers in his hair, which prompts him to lift me onto his lap.
Much better. Our bodies are pressed so close I can feel every inch of him. My
lungs are screaming for air, but I’m not willing to give in to them. I’ve been
dying to kiss Andy ever since he first smiled at me, and I’ll be damned if I’m
backing away that quickly.

His hands move up my back to my hair, and he
pulls my head back gently exposing my neck. His lips trail down my jaw and to
the nape of my neck. I bite my lip to stifle a moan, but it manages to slip out
anyway. Andy slowly eases off, opening his eyes to see my reaction. I debate
pulling his lips back to mine, but for the moment I drape my arms around his
shoulders and just stare into his baby blue eyes.

“Wow.”

He can say that again. “Yeah.”

“I can honestly say that’s the first time I
didn’t have to make the first move.”

“And it’s the first time I ever made the first move.”
           


He smiles. “Then I’m honored.” He leans
forward and places a single kiss on my neck. His hips rise under me, and I know
exactly where he’s hoping this is going to lead. My body is screaming for his
touch, but I don’t want to be that
girl. The one who goes off to college and sleeps with the first guy she meets.
As much as I want Andy, I can’t do this right now.

About
the Author
Ashelyn
Drake is a New Adult and Young Adult romance author represented by Lauren
Hammond of ADA Management. Look for her debut New Adult romance, Romancing the
R.A., from S.B. Addison
Books
!

*Author Links*
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Friday, June 21, 2013

Cora Carmack Promotion Post

Preview Package: Cora Carmack's KEEPING HER by AvonBooks



Also, Cora Carmack and Jay Crownover will be participating in a Goodreads chat on 6/26 and there will be a FAKING IT book club on Cora’s facebook page on 6/27 from 3-4 p.m. EDT where you can live chat with Cora about the book and ask her all your burning questions!! So fun!! Be sure to join in!

Link to Goodreads chat
Link to Facebook page

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Library Books Read-A-Thon



This Read-A-Thon is hosted by Rachael Turns Pages.

I have a lot of library books checked out, so I figured this would be a great way to work through them!

*Update on Thursday, June 27:

I've done really bad this week. This was just a bad week for me. I just got home for a trip so I had to unpack and catch up on some stuff at home. Then, I had my wisdom teeth removed. I thought that would give me a lot of time to read, but I've pretty much just been sleeping and watching TV. So...as of this morning I have only finished one book. I'm hoping to read at least one more book between today and tomorrow. We will see!

So far, I have finished: Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

The Trouble with Cowboys

The Trouble with Cowboys by Denise Hunter

Goodreads Summary:
Only one pair of boots-and the cowboy wearing them-can get Annie out of the mess she's in. ""

Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek's premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for "Montana Living." Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew.

When Annie's column is cancelled, she's given first shot at a new lovelorn column-and she can't afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie's never been in love.

Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town's smooth-talking ladies' man Dylan Taylor: She'll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he'll help her answer the reader letters.

Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can't risk getting hurt now.

The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister's antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.

When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn't know what to trust-her head or her heart.

The trouble with "this" cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.

My Review:
I have read quite a few books by Denise Hunter, and I always enjoy them! The Trouble with Cowboys was another enjoyable read! I did not want to put the book down! This is the third book in the Big Sky series, but can be read alone. Having read the other books though, it was fun to know about the other characters that came up throughout the book.

Annie was a very strong character, and I loved her. I thought she was a lot older than she was, but that was just because she had basically been left to raise her sister. She had some difficulties with her sister, but I liked reading about their relationship.

Dylan Taylor is the perfect match for Annie in more ways than one. He helped her with and through so much. From the very beginning, I could not wait for them to end up together. It was just the process of getting there that was frustrating. It seemed to take forever.

Right when you think you've got the book figured out, there is a twist! It was not at all what I thought was going to happen, and made the book even more interesting/frustrating. By the end, God worked in His way and everything came together.

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Triangles Book Blitz + Giveaway



Triangles
by Kimberly Ann Miller
Release Date: 06/18/13
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Summary from Goodreads: 
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?






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***Excerpt***

“Are
you all right, honey?”

I
opened my eyes. An attractive young woman with red hair and brilliant
green
eyes was looking at me. What I thought was salt water from the
ocean
must have been tears because my face was the only one nearby that
was
wet. I glanced at her concerned expression and smiled. “Yes, thank
you.
I’m fine.” I swiped away a tear with my finger. “Just…everything’s
fine.”

She
stepped closer and lowered her voice. “This cruise will change
your
life. Nothing will be the same when it’s over, but it will be worth it.
You’ll
see.” Her emerald eyes twinkled, and she nodded her head once.

I
forced a laugh to be polite. “Thanks. Enjoy your cruise.”

What
a weirdo. What did that even mean? How could a cruise change
my
life? I moved from my spot to avoid more weirdness from her and
found
a less populated area at the back of the ship. New York and New
Jersey
disappeared behind us as we charged toward Bermuda and away
from
the mess my life had become.

A
cloud covered the retreating sun, sending shivers through me. A
white-haired
lady dropped her purse and lots of change tumbled out. A
penny
hit my foot and landed on tails.

My
cell phone buzzed. I pulled it from my pocket. I had thirteen
messages
and thirteen texts. How would Nisha survive the next five days
without
hearing from me? I took care of the messages and told her I’d call
her
when we got back to Jersey.

Even
though I was not very superstitious, a bad feeling crawled into
the
pit of my stomach and took up residence.



I
knew what I was leaving behind, but what was I floating toward?
***

Kimberly
Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers
University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry
of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and
young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth
County with her husband and three cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to
travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She
always takes her Nook with her. 





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Monday, June 17, 2013

Marooned with the Maverick

Marooned with the Maverick by Christine Rimmer

Goodreads Summary:
Rust Creek Ramblings Seducing the Schoolteacher?

We apologize, dear readers, for our brief hiatus in publication. The offices of the Rust Creek Rambler were damaged in the Great Flood, but we are now filing our reports from a bar stool at the Ace in the Hole. And do we have scandalous news for you!

We have it on good authority that during the storm, gorgeous rapscallion Collin Traub was stranded with our beloved kindergarten teacher Willa Christensen—alone. In a barn. Overnight. No one knows why, but Willa could barely stand the sight of Collin before. And now? Oh, readers—we don't like to kiss and tell. But our sources tell us that the sexy Rust Creek cowboy has set his sights on lassoing the sweet schoolmarm…for good!

My Review:
This was an intense book from the very beginning. It was a really good read. The characters were perfect for each other, but wouldn't do anything about it. It got to the point where I was starting to get frustrated with them. They did finally end up realizing it though. Even before that, they had developed a really good friendship that was really sweet.

This book seemed to go really fast. The whole book took place over the time when the town was flooded, and while they cleaned up the town. It was fast, but just enough to keep me interested.

Overall, I really liked this book. The main problem I had with it was that there were aspects of Church and such in the book, but the characters were sleeping together outside of marriage. I wish the author would have chosen one or the other. If there is a religious aspect to the book, I wish it would be throughout every aspect of the book.

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

Saturday, June 15, 2013

This Is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Goodreads Summary:
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?

My Review:
This was a really cute book!! I LOVED the way they met through e-mail. So, so fun! It was a really great romance story. I liked how love won out in the end even though Ellie fought it so much due to other circumstances. They just couldn't help but be with each other. Sigh... The ending of the book was great as well. It is open ended enough for you to make your own conclusions, but not so open ended that we are all left wondering what's next. It was done really well.

There was a lot of family and friend drama in this book as well as the romance. I thought that some of it was unnecessary. While it did keep me interested, I thought some of it could be taken out to make the book a little bit shorter. It was cool to read about all of the character's relationships with each other though.

I really enjoyed this book. I read it in a night, and am already looking forward to Jennifer's next book. She writes sweet romance so well, and I love every minute of it. This is What Happy Looks Like was not as good as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (wow. Lots of long titles), but I still really enjoyed it.

4 stars

Friday, June 14, 2013

Good Vibrations Blog Tour + Giveaway

Good Vibrations (Welcome to Paradise, #1) by S. L. Scott

Tour organized by: AToMR Tours

Book Description
I grab her exploring finger just as it reaches my happy trail—a trail that if I let her wander down further will lead us to do things we can’t take back. Things like three-word phrases being confessed that would end me if I was rejected. Things like selfishly wanting to own her body and doing things to her that would make my fantasies blush. And things like making her promises too soon that won’t do either of us any good. She makes me want a future that’s not possible, and one I don’t deserve.
Listening to my ego got me into this situation. Will listening to my heart get me out?

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My Review:
This was a really fun book to read. There was so much romance, and I loved every minute of it! Their relationship felt so real. I could not put this book down.
I loved the side characters in this book. I felt like they really helped add substance to the story, more than just this awesome romance. They brought the story back to real life, while still keeping it fun and interesting for the readers.
My main problems with this book were that first, the Noah "problem" never got resolved. I would have liked to know where that ended up. The second thing I didn't really like was the ending of the book. It wasn't really the happy ending I was looking for. However, after reading the book I learned that there will be a second book in this series. So, these things may be addressed in the next book, which I am definitely looking forward to reading.

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

About the Author
S.L. Scott has a degree in Journalism and is the author of the novels—Naturally, Charlie, and A Prior Engagement as well as several novellas, including Sleeping with Mr. Sexy and Morning Glory--all currently available on Amazon. Pursuing her passion for telling stories, she spends her days escaping into her characters, letting them lead her on their adventures. She is a Contributor to Huffington Post and writes for her own blog along with several other popular sites.
Travelling, music festivals, and surfing are a few of the hobbies she loves, but she doesn't get to enjoy on a regular basis. She has an obsession with movies, a varied taste in books, and collects Fitz & Floyd teapots. With a memory full of useless trivia facts, and a Keurig addiction, she loves a fun night in with her family as much as a loud night out with her friends.
Scott lives in the lively city of Austin with her husband, two young sons, and two Papillons, enjoying life in the beautiful hill country of Texas.
She welcomes your notes at sl@slscottauthor.com.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Playing the Part



About Playing the Part:

The harder they play . . . the harder they fall.

After publicly self-destructing over a heartbreak a year ago, bestselling romance writer Piper James is now making nice with her publisher by agreeing to teach Hollywood's favorite action star how to act like he's in love. Only playboy Mick Blackwell has no clue what love looks like.
When a seductive heat ignites between Piper and Mick, she jumps at the chance for a bit of fun between the sheets, but with two stipulations: she's kept out of the public eye and things end when she returns to New York. Only Mick keeps changing the rules on her. Tempted by America's favorite bad boy, Piper is wondering how far she's willing to bend...

From the fabulous author:
I love movies. I love movie stars. I love romance novels.

In my latest release, PLAYING THE PART, I got to combine all three and set the book in L.A., a private estate in Hawaii, and in NYC. My story took place on movie sets, glamorous premieres, and the Oscars.

And I got to write about the action-movie star voted the Sexiest Man Alive for the past two years: Mick Blackwell. He’s a sexy, intriguing playboy who loves to break the rules. But he’s met his match in Piper James — a sassy romance novelist who decides that Mick is just what she needs to spice up her short visit to L.A.

I loved writing this book.

Early reviews for PtP have been amazing. NYT and USAToday Bestselling author Gina L. Maxwell said, "PLAYING THE PART blew me away with it's great characters, fast pace, and enough heat to warrant more than a few cold showers. Mick and Piper complement each other perfectly and make the reader root for them from Page 1. Robin's writing is tight and engaging and she nailed her characters. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2013."

To celebrate the release, I’m giving away 11 packs full of awesome! The prize pack includes: A movie (either a Mick Blackwell action movie or a Piper James romance-my choice), popcorn, movie candy, and Robin Covington SWAG.

And . . . one lucky winner will get a prize pack and a $50 Amazon gift card!

I will pick the winners on Friday, June 20, 2013 at midnight EST.

So what do you have to do to win here? Just – use the rafflecopter widget below and you will be entered to win! You can enter at each stop to increase your chances.

Burn it up,

Robin
Sizzling Romance. Burning Up the Sheets . . . one page at a time.

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Excerpt:
“I have a dilemma,” he said. His voice was deep and measured but edged with the rough finish that made him a dream to listen to in surround sound. Piper swore she saw a jolt of fire in the mossy green depths of his eyes as he moved even closer.
Whoa. Mick Blackwell was hitting on her. And her body was responding like an addict who’d suddenly stumbled upon a pile of their favorite dope. He might be off-limits, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t indulge a little.
“What is your dilemma?” She mirrored his movement, deliberately stepping closer to the high voltage area of his body. Damn, he was like a sexual magnet, the black hole of hotness dragging her down.
He nodded. “I don’t know whether to call security or to get your phone number.” His expression shifted slightly, the twist in his smile even sexier—if that were even possible.
Oh, sweet sugar.
Mick moved in a half step closer, and heat swept over her skin, settling in her most intimate places. He was man every woman wanted in spite of his playboy reputation. Or maybe because of it. She loved men who came with a warning label. And Mick Blackwell didn’t just have a label—he had a neon “Flammable. Do not touch” sign flashing over his head.
But she couldn’t let a guy like him think he had the upper hand. Where was the fun in that?
“Maybe I should call security on you.” Piper licked her lips, delighting in the way his pupils dilated as he watched the movement of her tongue.
He let out a laugh, flashing a bit of his perfect, white teeth. Apparently, Mr. Blackwell liked a challenge.
“My mama taught me not to talk to strangers or dangerous men,” she said. “I think I’m supposed to go to the nearest public area and find a member of law enforcement.”
“So I’m a stranger?” He raised a hand and traced a finger along his lower lip in what was clearly an open invitation.
God help her, she wanted to follow that path with her mouth. “Actually, I think you fall into the dangerous category.”
“You have no idea.”
Oh, yes she did.



Robin’s Bio:
Robin Covington, who NYT Best Selling authors, Robyn Carr and Carly Phillips, said was their new “auto-buy author”, writes sizzling hotcontemporary and paranormal romance.

A Night of Southern Comfort, her best-selling debut novel earned 4.5 stars and was touted by RT Book Reviews as bringing a “fresh, modern feel to the genre while still sticking to the things that get our adrenaline pumping — sex and danger”. When she’s not exploring the theme of fooling around and falling in love, she’s collecting tasty man candy, indulging in a little comic book geek love, and stalking Joe Mangianello.

Robin is a member of the Romance Writers of America, the Washington Romance Writers, a faculty member at Romance University, a member of the Waterworld Mermaids, and a contributor to the Happy Ever After blog at USA Today. You can find Robin on her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter (@RobinCovington).

Robin lives in Maryland with her hilarious husband, brilliant children, and ginormous puppy.

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Blog: http://robincovingtonromance.com/burning-up-the-sheets/

Playing the Part Buy Links:
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Part-Entangled-Brazen-ebook/dp/B00CNTTUWA
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/playing-the-part-robin-covington/1115250855?ean=9781622667833
Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/playing-the-part/id645264918?mt=11
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Waiting On


Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Keeping Her (Losing It #1.5) by Cora Carmack


About the Book:
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


Why I'm Waiting:
I am officially a Cora Carmack fan. After reading the first and the second book in this series, I am obsessed. I cannot get enough, so I am very excited for another book, even if it is a shorter one. Garrick and Bliss were also my favorite characters from the series, so I am excited to read more about their story!