Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Book Blitz: Summer Love (2 Giveaways)

Welcome to the Summer Love book blitz! This book is a New Adult Contemporary that was published just last month!

Summer Love by Marysue G. Hobika
Carly and her best friend Becca are ready to drop a nuclear bomb on summer. It’s the last one before reality sets in and they’re off on their own. Carly is ready to break the mold and stop being known as a goody-two-shoes. In order to get the ball rolling, she agrees to a double date with Gavin – her good-looking, yet moody, lab partner.

Gavin doesn’t have summer plans except to work at his two jobs and hang out in his room drawing. He likes to keep to himself, but lets his brother Nate talk him into going on a double date. Carly isn’t like the rest of the girls at school that drive him crazy. She doesn’t ask a lot of questions and seems to know when to give him the space he craves. Gavin always thought that she was beautiful, but he believes that relationships and love are a lost cause.

Will their date prove that summer love is right around the corner or will it be a dead end? 
Series: Senior Year, #1
Age: New Adult; 17 years and up
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Smashwords


The band played and I held my breath, waiting to hear Carly’s voice. I thought maybe she’d lost her nerve. I was ready to rush in and rescue her, even if she didn’t want me to, when, like magic, she began to sing. The notes that came out of her mouth were full and sensuous, changing the band’s sound completely. It was harmonious, free flowing, and full.

I’d heard the band last summer, and even though they were good, something had always been missing. That something was Carly. Her voice fit and molded perfectly with Nate’s, and I felt another tinge of jealousy. Their sound filtered through the cracks and walls of the garage and into the night air. For a second, I forgot how to breathe. I found myself slinking back into the garage as the song came to an end. I felt empty and lost when she hit the last note, and every cell in my body craved more. I’d been wrong. So very wrong.

Everyone in the garage was silent, as if the music had cast a spell on them. All of a sudden, led by Ed, claps and cheers echoed. Carly looked elated until her gaze landed on me. I read in her eyes that she thought I was a jerk for not believing in her, and I couldn’t blame her. I was a jerk.

“Damn!” shouted Ed. “That gave me goose bumps.” He hugged himself, rubbing his hands over his arms.

“I told you Carly could sing,” Becca said, directing her words toward Nate.

About the Author

Marysue G Hobika grew up in Caledonia, NY and attended State University of New York at Buffalo where she studied to be a Spanish teacher. Currently she lives in Pittsford, NY with her husband, three children, and her pug.

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1 e-book copy of Summer Love (INT)
Tour Wide Giveaway: $25 Amazon gift card (INT)

This book blitz was organized by Xpresso Book Tours. Both giveaways are sponsored and administered by the author.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Review on Left Drowning

I’d heard so many good things about this book. Almost all of my blogger friends recommended this book to everyone they knew. I realized that I had to read this book, if only to see why everyone was raving about it. And so I picked it up, and began reading.
Left Drowning by Jessica Park
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.
Age: New Adult; 17 years and up
Review: 5 butterflies
This book… this book is one of those books that will stay with you for a long, long time.

Blythe is a girl who’s been through a lot. More than I can possibly imagine—more than I could handle, I’m sure. The book starts out with Blythe drunk and stumbling into her apartment, alone. It was amusing and yet only a few pages later, incredibly sad.

Blythe has been through too much, and then she meets Sabin. And after that, Chris. She feels an attraction to Chris—not only a physical one, but more than that (I have no idea how to describe their relationship and it’s driving me nuts). And Chris slowly begins to help her heal. But Chris is also broken, and Blythe has absolutely no clue just how much.

I loved this book. I loved how the main characters were not the only focus. Estelle, Eric, Sabin, James and even Zach were big parts of this book, and they were what made this book even more amazing than it already was. They weren’t just 2D characters, they were deep, incredible characters with flaws and everything.

Blythe and Chris’s relationship was something of a puzzle to me in the beginning. I kept thinking, How can they have a relationship so quickly after meeting each other? But their relationship was one that made sense. After finishing the book—and, to be totally honest, I got glimpses while reading—it made sense. Though it might have been a bit too quickly for another person, for me it worked. Maybe it was the writing. Okay, scratch that. It definitely was the writing. I hate to sound cheesy, but the writing truly sucked me in. I felt like I was living their story right along with them.

While I was reading about Blythe and what happened to her, I found myself curled up into a protective ball on the couch. I didn’t realize it until later, but I had stopped breathing too. It felt so real and so heartbreakingly sad that I almost cried.

I did cry when Chris told his story.

And then I cried again when Blythe finally remembered.

There were things I suspected. Little details I found a little too random to be just left there without a purpose. I loved that. I loved how there were details that were foreshadowing and interconnecting the story. But I wasn’t 100% sure. You never can be, I suppose. The story did surprise me, and I wasn’t always sure it was going to end happily.

Normally I don’t like those sorts of stories. Those that you aren’t sure are going to end happily. Heck, once I got to the middle (after they were on winter break) I was pretty darn sure that Blythe (and I) was going to get more heartbreak. And I was right.

But the heartbreak is what made it all real. And it’s also what made this story so good. The ending, however, left me smiling. After so much heartbreak and devastation (so damn much) it was nice to see it end like it did. It was a bit open-ended, but that’s how this story was meant to end.

This story is one that I recommend to read when you are on break or don’t have any obligations, because you won’t be able to stop. You might have to take a few breaks in between to process everything that you’ve read, but they’re small and you’ll be eagerly opening that book again really soon.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon (UK)

By the way, the UK cover looks amazing as well, don’t you think?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Blog Tour: Hidden

Welcome to the Hidden blog tour!! This book is a New Adult Contemporary Romance that was published July 23, 2013!

Hidden by Selena Laurence
Nick Carlisle comes to Hawaii to hide—from what happened during his military service in Afghanistan, from relationships, from his future. Lyndsey Anderson came to Hawaii to hide too—from the man who abused her, from the sacrifices she made, from her dark past. But when Nick meets Lyndsey, Hawaii gets a whole lot hotter, and they find they can’t hide their hearts. As Nick fights to come to terms with what he’s done, Lyndsey struggles to forgive herself for the choices she’s made. But when the dangerous past threatens the beautiful present, can they survive to learn how to love? And who will finally reveal what’s hidden?
Series: Hiding From Love, #1
Age: New Adult
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon

About the Author

I love to write romantic stuff that helps you get away. Life can be a grind, and things like jobs and school and dirty dishes make Jill a dull girl – and me too! So, I write Contemporary and New Adult romances about hot guys and smart girls and cool places. It's an Escape from the Everyday.


This blog tour was organized by CBL Book Tours.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Review on Bad Vibrations

WARNING: This post and the links from it contain adult content. If you are under 18 years of age or if such content offends you, please EXIT now.
Okay, where to begin? I saw that this book was free on Amazon, and I had previously received a request for a book tour of this trilogy, so before I accepted, I wanted to see what it was all about. And, lo and behold, this book was good! (So yes, this means there will be a review tour of the rest of the trilogy later on!)
Bad Vibrations by Christine Pope
When a troubled client visits psychic Persephone O'Brien, the last thing she thinks is that she's about to be drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy that will change her life forever. Accompanied by a distractingly attractive ufologist-and with a little help from an unlikely group of UFO enthusiasts-she races to stop the alien plot before it's too late. Moving from the bright lights of Los Angeles to the red rocks of Sedona, Bad Vibrations takes the reader on a wild ride that never lets up until its unforgettable climax.
Series: The Sedona Trilogy, #1
Age: 18 years and up
Review: 3.5 butterflies
Persephone O’Brien is a psychic with a spirit guide who is more absent than not. When a client shows up and tells her that his girlfriend is possessed by aliens, she is (understandably) skeptical. But when Otto, the elusive spirit guide, tells her to be at a specific place without giving her any details, she lands herself face-first in a big alien conspiracy.

Though this is first and foremost a paranormal fantasy with action and suspense, it is also a romance, which just made it for me. Persephone is tuned into the universe, so I got that she fell for Paul—incredibly fast—because she felt it was right. One thing that made me skeptical was that Paul fell for her really fast too. They’ve known each other for days and they’re already acting as if they’ve been together for years. I was a little iffy about that.

But putting that aside, the intrigue and the alien/government conspiracy in this book kept me flipping the pages and wondering how Persephone and Paul were going to get out of this mess. I honestly did not know how they were going to get out of the intricate web they were trapped in and save the world, but when it got to it, it was a bit…too easily resolved. It was still amazing to read and kept me flipping the pages (or rather, hitting the right side of my Kindle) to find out what they were going to do next.

Especially with that twist at the end I didn’t see coming. But that, too, was easily resolved (thanks, Otto) and all is happy and well with the world. For now.

What knocked this book down from a four star rating to a three point five was the fact that the big, huge problem was resolved a little bit too easily for my liking, and same for the plot twist that Otto ended up solving. I would have liked a bit more conflict, but it was still a very good book. I can’t wait to read the next books in this trilogy, and I’m looking forward to see what else Christine Pope has in store for me!
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Kobo * iTunes
This book is perma-free on Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Book Blitz: Radiant (Giveaway)

Welcome to the Radiant book blitz! This book is YA Paranormal Romance that was published February 12th, 2013!

Radiant by Christina Daley
Mary is part Vietnamese. Carter is a complete jerk. Normally, they don’t talk much.

But when Mary’s in an accident on the way to school one morning, Carter nearly dies saving her life. The doctors say his chances of living are slim, and Mary’s feeling the full weight of survivor’s guilt.

However, Carter’s back at school in a matter of days, as if nothing had happened. Although, he is a little “glitchy,” and he’s developed a sudden and intense interest in Mary. She thinks he’s suffering from major brain trauma from the accident. Or that he’s been possessed.

As it so happens, Carter really is possessed. And the thing controlling him is having the time of its life learning to be human.

Featuring a diverse cast of characters, RADIANT is a funny “paranormal-lite” story about being human, being in love, and being healed.
Age: Young Adult; 13 years and up
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Kobo * iTunes * Smashwords * Sony


“What about the kid the red car?” Mary asked.

The doctor took off his glasses. “I’m sorry. He didn’t make it.”

Mary stared at him. “But he looked at me.”

Mom and the doctor exchanged concerned glances. Mary looked down at her bandaged hands, trying hard to remember. A lot of details still weren’t clear, but she did remember Carter opening his eyes. If only for a quick moment. “Can I see him?” she asked.

“I don’t know if that’s a good idea,” Mom said.

“Mom,” Mary said. “Please.”

Mom’s brow wrinkled. Then, she sighed. “We can see if his parents will allow it.”

The doctor released her, and Mary left the room with her mother. When they got to the end of the hall, they saw a homely couple speaking with one of the ER surgeons. The woman was crying, and the man clutched her as if he was keeping her from falling apart.

“I’m very sorry Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell,” the doctor said.

“We’re not the Maxwells,” the man said. “I’m Marcos Romero, and this is my wife Linda. We’re their housekeepers. Carter’s father and stepmother are out of the country right now.”

“I see,” the doctor said. “Have either of you contacted his parents? Or his mother?”

“I called and left a message for Mr. Maxwell,” Mr. Romero said. “Carter’s mother past away several years ago from cancer.”

Mrs. Romero wailed. From the way she was crying, she might as well have been Carter’s mom. Mary wished that she could cry with her. Mom once joked that Mary was born with the tiniest tear ducts in the world, so she didn’t cry often. Now, she wished she could drum up a couple tears, if anything to not seem so unsympathetic.

Mary looked at her mother, who nodded. Then, she cautiously approached them. “Excuse me. But I’m Mary. I’m the…what I mean is…” She couldn’t find the right thing to say. Mary had always been terrible with words. Especially the sensitive ones needed for things like this.

Mrs. Romero looked at her disheveled school uniform and her bandaged hands and knees. “You were the girl who was almost hit by the bus,” she said.

“Are you all right?” Mr. Romero asked.

Mary nodded. “I am, thank you. But I was wondering if I could see him? Carter, I mean.”

“I would advise against that,” the surgeon said. “The body…I mean Carter…is not—”

“Please,” Mary begged.

The stout couple looked at one another. At last, Mrs. Romero said, “Let her.”

The doctor looked at her. At last, he sighed and gestured for Mary to follow him.

Mary was used to hospitals, ever since Mom became a nurse. But she had never seen an operating room occupied. Instruments and equipment were still in the places where the doctors and nurses had left them when they were trying to save Carter’s life. At the center was the operating table with a still figure on it, covered with a bloody sheet.

The doctor took part of the sheet. “Are you sure about this?”

No, Mary thought. But she nodded nonetheless.

He pulled the sheet down to Carter’s neck.

Mary stared at the broken, pale face of a boy she hardly knew.

“I’ll give you a few minutes.” The doctor left the room to wait outside.

Mary studied Carter's closed eyes. Maybe when they had opened in the car, it was because of an involuntary spasm. Or maybe she really had just imagined it. Mary bowed her head, once again wishing she could cry now. But all she could offer was a meager, “I’m sorry.”

Mary took one last look at Carter as she turned to leave. But she stopped.

A single tear slowly fell from the corner of Carter’s right eye.

Mary rubbed her eyes, making sure her vision was clear. Then she looked again.

Another tear escaped from the corner of Carter’s eye.

Mary bolted from the room. “He’s crying!”

Everyone looked at her like she was a lunatic.

“Mary, calm down,” Mom said.

“But Mom, he’s crying!” Mary repeated. “He has tears coming from his eyes.”

The doctor looked at her curiously. “Are you sure? Maybe the tears came from you?”

Mary frowned. Couldn’t he tell she wasn’t crying? “You have to check him again,” she said.

The Romeros looked at the doctor, like they had seen a glimmer of hope struggling through the sorrow. He sighed and shrugged, but he turned and went back into the operating room.

A tense few minutes passed. Suddenly, the doctor burst from the door, calling for his team. Several nurses rushed in and the door closed again. Mary and the others hardly breathed, let alone spoke, as they waited in the hall.

Finally, after what felt like ages had passed, the doctor came out again, followed by the undeniable sound of the heart monitor beeping. Carter was alive.

About the Author

Christina Daley made her first book with neighborhood friends when she was four years old. They “wrote” out some semblance of lettering with crayons, cut up a cardboard box for the cover, and bound it all together with clear adhesive tape. It was brilliant.

Quite a few years later, Christina is trying her hand at writing “real” books. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with a pet plant named Herb.

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5 winners: paperback of Radiant + a bookmark (US/CAN)
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Blitz: Bittersweet Junction (Giveaway)

Welcome to the Bittersweet Junction book blitz! This book is an NA Contemporary Romance that will be published this year.

Author Interview

Regular or decaf? Regular, fully loaded. Coffee is my friend. :)

Swimming in the ocean or a pool? I’m not a swimmer at all, but I do enjoy splashing in the ocean.

Candles or spray air fresheners? I always have a candle burning in my office when I write.

Do you have a green thumb for plants? No. The only success I’ve had with plants are ones that can grow and thrive despite the fact that I forget they’re there and don’t water them for two weeks.

Do you like feather pillow or foam? I have a foam pillow right now. Pillows are tricky- a bad one has such an impact on getting a good night’s sleep.

What do you collect? Trinkets? Books? Gadgets? I am a gadget girl. I am definitely an early adopter when it comes to technology.

Coke or Pepsi? I can go either way on the regular stuff, but I definitely prefer diet Coke over diet Pepsi.

Tell us about the first story you ever wrote and how old you were. I was twelve the first time I remember trying my hand at fiction. The story was about two sisters who were trapped in their house as it was shifting in time between the present, and a disturbing event in the past. Of course, some ghosts came to visit as well.

Do you prefer to live in a big city or in the country? I live in a suburb of Minneapolis. I feel like that’s a nice balance. I have access to all the city has to offer, but live in a neighborhood with wetlands and lots of greenery.

Who is your favorite actor? Robert Downey Jr. or Ryan Reynolds. I can’t choose between them.

What is your favorite movie? We own more than 500 movies- we’re big movie buffs so it’s hard to pick just one. Gone with the Wind has inspired a lot of trends in my writing though.

Do you play an instrument? If so what? I’ve played the flute and the French horn in my time. I wasn’t very good at either one.

Besides writing what other artistic talents, do you have? I’m a singer from way back. In school I was in choir, show choir, and always participated in the school musicals. Now I settle for karaoke nights at one of our local dive bars.

What was your first job? I started delivering newspapers when I was fourteen. I did some babysitting as well.

Have you ever gone to work wearing house shoes? Only when I’m working from home. :)

Bittersweet Junction by Ivy Sinclair
Best friends once, lovers never, yet an attraction that can’t be ignored.

Five years ago, Julia Bell walked away from her life the moment her high school diploma was in her hand. She left her family and friends behind to start over and escape the chokehold of small town life in Benton Hill. But an urgent call from her little sister brings Julia back to her hometown wholly unprepared for what awaits her.

Ben Miller was always the nice guy. Just before high school graduation, he stepped out of that role hoping to capture the heart of the woman he loved. Instead, in quick succession he lost the girl, and the future he worked so hard to achieve.

Even though Julia and Ben are drawn to each other, echoes of the past block them at every turn. Secrets are exposed, and reality needs to be dealt with if they can ever hope to move past the bittersweet junction that ripped them apart.
Age: New Adult
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N

About the Author

Ivy Sinclair cut her romance teeth on classics like Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An Affair to Remember, and Sabrina. She is a firm believer in true love, a happily ever after ending, and the medicinal use of chocolate to cure any ailment of the heart. Ivy’s guilty pleasures include sushi, endless Starbucks lattes, and wine. Readers of Ivy’s stories can expect smoldering sweet stories of romance that tug at the heartstrings.

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2 e-book copies of Bittersweet Junction (INT)

This book blitz was organized by Xpresso Book Tours. The giveaway is sponsored and administered by the author.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cover Reveal: Love Among Pigeons (Giveaway)

Welcome to the cover reveal for Love Among Pigeons! This book is a YA Contemporary that is set to be published August 23rd, 2013!
Love Among Pigeons by Abria Mattina
In this companion novella to Wake, Frank invites the Kirk family home to Smiths Falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Holidays are always a trial for the family that lost their daughter and sister, but Frank is hopeful that this Thanksgiving will be the exception. He has some happy news to share. If only he wasn’t so reluctant to talk about it.
Age: Young Adult

About the Author

Abria Mattina works in marketing and book production. She holds a Certificate in Publishing from the New York University Summer Publishing Institute and a degree in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Ottawa. When she isn’t writing she enjoys travelling, eclectic books, blogging, and baking. She lives with her fiance, Daniel.

Her debut novel, WAKE, is about the struggle to redefine life after experiencing cancer and caring for an ill loved one.

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A paperback ARC of Love Among Pigeons

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Charmed (Giveaway)

Welcome to the CHARMED release day blitz! This book is New Adult Paranormal Romance.
Charmed by Cambria Hebert
Life or Death? Not many people would choose death. But what if death chooses you? What if death doesn’t mean the end of your life, but the beginning?

For a Death Escort, death is life. Death is your paycheck. Death is your job.

And Charming is the best Escort the Grim Reaper has ever had.

But when you piss off the Reaper, being the best doesn’t matter. So Charming is assigned a Target who is practically impossible to kill. He knows the Reaper hopes he fails—that he’s counting on it. So Charming vows to prove him wrong. He vows to make the kill.

But someone else vows to get in his way. Someone with a big mouth, a sugar habit, and blond hair. Someone who makes his heart start beating again.

And so Charming is left holding more than one person’s fate in the palm of his hand. He thought the choice would be easy, that there really wasn’t a question at all.

He was wrong.

Life or Death?
Series: Death Escorts, #2 (Note: you do NOT have to read Recalled to understand Charmed. You can just read Charmed. Reading Recalled will give you a little more background info though.)
Age: New Adult; 17 years and up
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * Smashwords (Only $2.99!)

Book Trailer



Sugar. I needed more of it if I was going to make it through this day. The chocolate croissant and caramel latte I had this morning wasn’t near enough to combat the massive lines, the noise, and disgruntled people that filled the DMV. Whatever in hell made me think that working at the Department of Motor Vehicles, here in Alaska, was a good idea?

Maybe it was the good pay. Maybe it was because I got weekends off.

Or maybe it was because I had a moment of temporary insanity that unfortunately coincided with me saying, “I accept,” when I got offered this job.

Besides the fact that the lines were permanently out the door, the computer systems were temperamental at best, and my boss was a complete broom rider, my stash of chocolate and Sour Patch Kids was empty.

That meant someone was going to die today.

I glanced back up at the ninety-year-old woman whose head barely cleared the insanely high counters we stood behind and tried to hold on to my patience. “Mrs. Eldridge,” I said extremely loudly. “Like I told you last week, you have to go and get new glasses before I can renew your driver’s license.”

“I have new glasses,” she insisted.

Lord, save me now.

“You got those ten years ago. You need some from this year.” Or decade I finished silently.

She shuffled out of the line like a turtle and I took her slowness as a chance to really search beneath my station and chair for a long-lost piece of sugar. Anything. Even a stray jellybean would likely find its way into my blood stream at this point. Of course there was nothing. I briefly considered hiding beneath my desk until five o’clock. My car. I had an emergency stash in my car. I glanced at my watch. I had another hour until I was able to take a fifteen-minute break.

A pair of black pumps appeared before me and I inwardly groaned. Just what I needed—a run-in with the witch. But instead of being greeted by her condescending, screechy tone, an icy-cold red can appeared before me.

Hallelujah, praise the Lord, it was caffeine and sugar!

I snatched the Coke out of her hand and popped the top, taking a large, satisfying chug. The bubbles crowded down my throat, slightly burning, and I took another swallow.

“I love you,” I murmured to Lela, the girl who worked right beside me.

She laughed. “I know that look when I see it.” Then she straightened and whispered. “Witch alert.”

I shot up, my head bumping into the counter on the way. I wanted to shout out in pain, but I clamped my mouth shut, not wanting to draw the attention of my boss, Satan’s assistant.

I turned back to my line, my eyes colliding with a broad chest. I looked up, and the can slid out of my hand, hitting the floor with a thud while fizzy liquid poured over my favorite boots.

I didn’t even notice.

“What the hell are you doing here?” I growled as I looked around for something sharp I could stab him with.

A thick brow arched. “So is this where you spend your days? As if the DMV isn’t a horrible enough place to visit without the poor people of Alaska having to tolerate you.”

There wasn’t enough sugar on this planet that would save him. I reached out and picked up the black phone. If I couldn’t bludgeon him to death here at my place of employment, then I could at least call the cops. I began dialing, but he reached over and cut the connection.

I slammed the phone down on his hand, which was still pressed on the hang-up button. Breath hissed between his teeth and his green eyes shot to mine. “Careful, George, you’re pissing off the wrong man.”

“My name isn’t George.”

He shrugged, pulling his hand away from the phone. “When you have a man’s name, does it really matter?”

About the Author

Cambria Hebert is the author of the young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series, the new adult Death Escorts series, and the new adult Take it Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com.

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Signed Charmed paperback, dog tag necklace, swag pack
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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Birthday Bash Day 8: The End & Bonus Romance Giveaway

You've gotten to the last day of the Birthday Bash! Today's a bonus giveaway because I mis-counted and said there were only seven and nope, there's eight!

I started this Birthday Bash for a few reasons:
  • Because it's my birthday... duh!
  • Because I got to 296 likes on Facebook! WOAH! There was this period when it went straight up from like 90 to 250 and I was flabbergasted! Thank you all!
  • Because I won't be able to do a blogoversary. At the time that my blog turns one, I will be extremely busy with school and such. So might as well do it during summer when I can actually afford to spend time.
So those are the reasons I did this. But most of all, to thank you all for being such amazing followers. I might not be the most popular blog or the one with the most content, but I enjoy it so much and I love with when I get a comment, even if I don't have time to respond, I read every single one of them.

Previous Birthday Bash giveaways (in case you missed one):

On to the giveaway, which is why you're here isn't it? Today we have two romance books with really shiny covers, so I'm presenting the Shiny Romance Cover giveaway! (hee hee...)

Descriptions and links below the rafflecopter :)

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Shiny Romance Prize Pack (US ONLY):
Love With a Stranger
Sunrise Song

Love With a Stranger by Janelle Taylor
Beloved for both her historical romances and contemporary novels, New York Times bestselling author Janelle Taylor delivers spellbinding stories full of luminous emotional intensity. Now, in her latest love story, she introduces a courageous, unforgettable woman whose life is touched by heartbreak and happiness.

Thirty-five-year-old Cassandra Grantham has not been lucky with the men in her life. Twice, she gave her heart, and twice she was badly burned. Now, still reeling from her second husband's betrayal, the financially strapped widow has sought sanctuary on Georgia's lushly beautiful St. Simons Island.

Here, she will try to come to terms with her past—and her future. Here, she will meet a man who reaches out to her with tenderness and desire that make her question everything she's ever known... or felt. And here, her world will be rocked by a passion that takes her by surprise--and a love that will force her to trust herself and risk her heart one last time...

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Sunrise Song by Kathleen Eagle
In the darkness of yesterday's shadows Shines a golden promise for tomorrow.

A mixed-blood Lakota Sioux, Zane Lone Bull spent long years fighting — on a distant foreign battlefield and in his own country and has vowed to fight no more. Now a tragic crime has brought Michelle Benedict into his life. A beautiful woman seeking the truth, it is her courage and indomitable spirit that rekindle the lost fire in Zane's heart — drawing them into a decades-old mystery of a lost boy, a dark place, and a daring passion. For in the beautiful, terrible secrets of a shrouded past, another love holds the key to their destiny together — and to a promise of devotion, desire, and honor that must stand for all time.

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The end! I truly loved doing this and I wish you all luck in the giveaways!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Review on The Sea of Tranquility

*deep breath in* *deep breath out*

I’m currently on a book hangover from this book. Gah. So good. I can’t express how good this is. I promise my review is much more eloquent but I thought I’d write a little note here. If you’re on the fence about reading this book—go read it. If you’ve never heard of this book—go read it. If you don’t think this book is for you—go read it. Seriously, you’ll thank me.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances. 
Age: Young Adult (Leaning more towards the Mature side of YA, though)
Review: 5 freaking heart-breaking butterflies
I’m going to admit that this book wasn’t at all what I thought it would be. I thought it wasn’t going to be my style. I thought it wasn’t going to be good. I thought I wasn’t going to like it.

I blame this on the synopsis. It doesn’t do the book justice. It should say something like “This book will tear your heart out and put it back together, but you won’t ever be the same.” or maybe “This isn’t merely a love story, it is an amazing, rich story with deep and unique characters that will steal your breath and make you feel absolutely everything there is to feel.”

This book was amazing. It was beautiful. It was heart-breaking. And it was hopeful. It had this and more, so much more.

Nastya has had her spirit crushed and her body broken, but she still goes on. She doesn’t live though, not until she meets Josh. Their lives intertwined and they were never the same. Both of them are broken, both of them feel they are hopeless, and both of them will leave you in shreds when they tell their stories.

This story was an emotional rollercoaster. It had its highs and its lows, it took me through loops and had many twists I didn’t see coming. I want to re-read this all over again, now that I know the whole story, to catch the things I didn’t catch before. Looking back at the clues that were left there so when the whole story was revealed I was left to admire the author’s handiwork. The author planted pieces to the puzzle that we didn’t know were pieces until the whole puzzle was solved. She’s as amazing with words as Josh is with woodwork or Nastya was with a piano.

I loved the plot. I didn’t expect a lot of the things that happened and honestly did not know if things were going to end up happy. Normally I would hate this, but I knew that things weren’t going to be resolved easily for them. It wouldn’t fit and honestly I would have been disappointed if they were. I think that the book ended perfectly. The ending was truly, honestly, and amazingly perfect.

Those last two words. Oh my God, those last two words. My heart stopped right there and I knew right then and there that this book is going in my favorite books of all time. Actually, that’s a lie. I knew that it was going to my one of my favorites of all time way before that. It’s that good.

You guys know those books you’re torn between recommending them to the whole world so they can read the beautiful story you’ve read and never telling anyone so you can hold onto it because it’s yours and you want it to keep being yours for ever and ever? That’s me. I want to shout about this book on the rooftops and want to never tell anyone and just clutch it to me so it never leaves my side.

Honestly, though? Go read this book. You won’t regret it. The characters and so deep and profound and broken that you will love them forever and want to re-read this book for all time.

P.S. I loved Nastya’s obsession with names. Wonder what she’d think of mine? ;)

A free copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book links: Goodreads * Amazon * B&N * iTunes * Kobo * Google Books * The Book Depository * Simon & Schuster


Cover Reveal: Not Pretty Enough

Welcome to the cover reveal of Not Pretty Enough! This book is a YA Contemporary that's going to be published August 1st, 2013 and the cover was designed by the author.
Not Pretty Enough by Jaimie Admans
“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?
Age: Young Adult; 13 years and older
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.


This cover reveal was organized by Xpresso Book Tours.

Birthday Bash Day 7: Fiction & Fantasy

It's the second to last day of the Birthday Bash!! Today we feature one Fiction book and one Fantasy book, both really good and will make you enter into different worlds!

I've been truly enjoying this birthday bash and everyone's excitement about it. Tomorrow is the last day but the giveaways don't end until July 31st :)

Descriptions and links of the books under the rafflecopter!

Please read my giveaway policy before entering.
Fiction & Fantasy Prize Pack (US ONLY):
Climbing the Stairs
The Last Book in the Universe

Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
A remarkable debut novel set in India that shows one girl's struggle for independence.

During World War II and the last days of British occupation in India, fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of attending college. But when her forward-thinking father is beaten senseless by the British police, she is forced to live with her grandfather's large traditional family, where the women live apart from the men and are meant to be married off as soon as possible.

Vidya's only refuge becomes her grandfather's upstairs library, which is forbidden to women. There she meets Raman, a young man also living in the house who relishes her intellectual curiosity. But when Vidya's brother decides to fight with the hated British against the Nazis, and when Raman proposes marriage too soon, Vidya must question all she has believed in.

Padma Venkatraman's debut novel poignantly shows a girl struggling to find her place in a mixedup world. Climbing the Stairs is a powerful story about love and loss set against a fascinating historical backdrop.

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The Last Book in the Universe by Rodman Philbrick
This fast-paced action novel is set in a future where the world has been almost destroyed. Like the award-winning novel Freak the Mighty, this is Philbrick at his very best.

It's the story of an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz, who begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the planet. In a world where most people are plugged into brain-drain entertainment systems, Spaz is the rare human being who can see life as it really is. When he meets an old man called Ryter, he begins to learn about Earth and its past. With Ryter as his companion, Spaz sets off an unlikely quest to save his dying sister — and in the process, perhaps the world.

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That's it! Come back tomorrow for the last giveaway!