Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking The Shelves
Stacking The Shelves June 25th 2016
Stacking the Shelves is a meme by Tynga Reviews that let's bloggers share their new books and swag, whether they are physical or virtual. I'll include books I've been sent, emailed, purchased, won and for reviews. 

Just a few eBooks this week. My bookoutlet order hasn't arrived yet either of them =D


For review
What did you get this week?

Cover Reveal: Broken Love


Broken Love
Evan Grace
(Love Stings, #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

As a young woman, Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away…
A year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self. Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vicious intentions of the opposite sex. When she connects with one of her students, Natalie, it isn’t long until she meets her father, Deputy Ben James.
Ben James is just a regular guy, working to make a life for himself and his daughter…
That’s what Abby tells herself when her sudden attraction for Ben catches her off guard. Abby has been steering clear of men for obvious reasons, and the idea of wanting that kind of relationship is more terrifying than intriguing. But with his doe-eyed daughter tugging at her dance uniform, Ben takes notice.
He’s ready for love, but does her past hold too many secrets?
After the assault, Abby coped by using heavy medication and fell into an ugly chain of one-night stands. But now that she’s out of rehab and finally on the right track, it’s only a matter of time before Ben finds out.
Will Abby be the true love Ben has always wanted? Or is she a tangled challenge, leading to yet another…
Broken Love?
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Author Bio:
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.
During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review: The Break-up

Title - The Break-up
Author - M.J. Summers
Series - Full Hearts #5
Genre - Romance
Published - May 5th 2016
Publisher - Gretz Corp
Format - Kindle Review Copy
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When America’s sweetheart, Courtney Bennett, finds out her husband, Brock McCain, America’s heartthrob, is leaving her, she’s sure her life is over. Thirty-nine in Hollywood is tough on any woman, but not as hard as being hunted by the relentless paparazzi. Finding herself holed up in a cabin in Colorado under the care of Wes Young, her new bodyguard, she starts to see that maybe there is life after Hollywood.

Wes Young spent more than twenty years in the Marines and the past two years in protection services. The only thing he protects more carefully than his clients is his heart. When he takes on the task of guarding Courtney Bennett, the last thing he wants to do is spend his days and nights with a spoiled, self-involved actress. Before long, Wes realizes that she is not at all what he thought. For the first time in his life, he finds himself navigating the minefield of love, trying to avoid a broken heart. 

Will they risk it all to be together or return to the lives they knew before The Break Up? 

Review
I received The Break-up in return for an honest review from the author. Courtney had no idea anything was wrong until she finds out her husband has been stepping out on her and it’s not going to end pretty. The couple has been known as America’s sweethearts both successful movie actors. Now Courtney’s life is in a downward spiral and when social media is used when drunk she’s forced into isolation. Learning that her managers are out for her soon to be ex-husband and the only good thing they did was drop her off with Wes who’s job is to keep her hidden. 

Stuck in the mountains with a man she hardly knows Courtney’s only option is to wait out six weeks and return hoping that they can fix her career. However six weeks in the mountains may just not be so easy to leave behind the more she get’s to know Wes a former military man determined to start his own security company. Neither one can deny the attraction as they spend more time Courtney starts to see things in her marriage were never perfect and caring about her future. What started as fun for the pair has taken a dangerous turn as the pair find themselves falling for each other. When the chance of a lifetime comes up for Courtney’s career what will happen when she takes it?

I love Courtney she’s such a sweet heart but Wes is exactly what she needs since she’s hit rock bottom. However, spending time with Wes helps her learn that she wasn’t in love with him at all but more of the idea and that the real deal is standing in front of her. Wes has issues he’s not perfect but he needs Courtney and she needs him just as much as he does her. Together they find what they have been missing but they just need to make it work. I like the chemistry between the pair they are on fire in but they have this sweet romance too which I love. 

I admit this one has been on my kindle for a while a while I hate to admit but I’m glad I decided to start it because once I did I couldn’t put it down. I love the characters they are easy to connect with I just adore Courtney and Wes so much. I enjoyed the concept of Actress getting away from the big city to rediscover herself and find a new love. The Break-up is a well written, captivating, emotional, romance novel that pulls at the heart strings. A beautiful sweet romance but loaded with chemistry between the two that makes it steamy. I enjoyed every moment of the book it’s quickly become one of my faves and though I read out of order I plan to go back and read them all. High recommend if your craving romance. I was so happy to see karma come into play for Courtney's ex because the more we got to know him the more I disliked him. I also want to add while writing my review The Glory of Love by Peter Cetera happened to play and it fits for Courtney and Wes at least it did for me. 

Follow Friday

Follow Friday

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Parajunkee's View 
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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!
Recently Feature & Follow has gotten a makeover now each week we will have a prompt to respond to. 


My email followers are low and I'm working on changing that. However you are welcome to follow in your preferred form.  If you want to follow via GFC just in case it goes away I ask you follow a second way, email, Linky, Bloglovin'. Thanks!!!!

This Week's Prompt:

One or more standalone you wish was a series. 

Answer:
This one is tough it's been a while since I read a standalone. I've noticed that a lot of romance novels that I have read in the past are standalone. I also have a standalone series by different authors the only connection is the location that I love. 



Woodland Creek Series but not a series. Each novel is a standalone just written in the world of Woodland Creek. I would love to spend more time with the characters or at least the characters connected to those in Woodland Creek. These are a few of my favorite covers 



Life After Falling by Alyssa Rose Ivy - I really enjoyed the contemporary world hat Cassidy lives in. I would love to see more of this world and maybe one day we will. 
Fade to Red by Willow Aster - a captivating emotional romance that I wasn't ready to let go. I keep hoping we will have more in the future. 

This week was a little tough what is your most interesting bookish memory or experience?.

Book Beginnings on Friday & The Friday 56

Book Beginnings on Friday & The Friday 56
Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City Reader
Share the first sentence of your current read and post it.
The Friday 56 is hosted by hosted by Freda's Voice 
Grab a book turn to page 56 or 56% share a sentence or a few

Taking a review book break.
I'm starting this one next it's been on my kindle a while. 

My
 Current read is: 

Hunter, Hunted
by Ashley Meira
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Share the first sentence of your current read and post it.

"Word is you're a murderer."

Grab a book turn to page 56 or 56% share a sentence or a few


"You wouldn't happen to be framing that poor girl, would you, Morgan?" Alex's lips quirked up to tell me he was joking. 
"Look, Rowan, we finally found someone less funny than me."
"Will miracles never cease?" she said in amusement.

Synopsis
Talented witch and monster hunter extraordinaire, Morgan Maxwell has spent most of her life killing deadly paranormal creatures - and searching for any information related to the mother who disappeared from her life when she was four. Following a deadly encounter, Morgan is stuck on bed rest in her hometown and has resigned herself to a few months of binging on TV shows. 

But when a straightforward murder investigation takes an even worse turn with the discovery of another body - one that leaves Morgan brokenhearted and lusting for revenge - she's forced to do something she never wanted to do: work with the sexy and insufferably sweet man who came to put her in handcuffs - and not in the fun way. 

Oh, and she has to kick a ton of bad guy ass, but that's something she's always happy to do. 

Hunter, Hunted is the first book in The Spire Chronicles urban fantasy series, and is 52,000 words of fast paced action! 

The Spire Chronicles series in reading order (with more to come!): 

Hunter, Hunted 
Ties that Bind 
King's Gambit (Coming late April 2016)
What teasers do you have this week?

Cover Reveal: Duality



Duality 
J. Kowallis
(The Enertia Trials, #3)
Publication date: November 18th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult

Book 3 of THE ENERTIA TRIALS

Trust No One.
In this world, nothing is as it seems . . .


Reggie’s visions turn to horrifying hallucinations. For weeks she’s tortured with starvation and nightmares that vex her resolve. Her only companion is a mysterious shadow—a figure with no shape, no substance—that seems to have a mind of its own. It’s a presence that prickles her memories and plants a feeling of familiar dread in her mind.
Where she is, she doesn’t know, and the organization delving into her mind is more threatening than ever before.

With the help of shady contacts from his past, Nate struggles to travel half way around the world, facing his own demons and dreadful revelations. But when a stranger joins the team, the duality of this newcomer’s actions sets everyone on edge, leading them through a trial one of them . . . will not survive.
Previous books in the series:
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Author Bio:
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

From the Review Pile

From the Review Pile 

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!


While browsing my old meme posts I used to do I happened across this one. I haven't done one since 2013 but I am ready to start it up again. I love talking about all the wonderful review books I have. 



I've got this huge review pile that I feel like I will never get caught up. 
I actually just received this one earlier this week. Love the cover and it sounds intriguing. 

The Last Valkyrie

by  Jennifer Sage
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“Being the last of anything just sucks, for the record.” ~Kara

An ancient Dragon, a mischievous Elf, and a Dwarf with the ability to tattoo spells that hide so many things, all have one thing in common: Kara-the last Valkyrie.

Zane, a powerful Dragon who lives in Midgard, has been hiding an important treasure since the Valkyrie genocide two-hundred and fifty years ago. He’s been hiding Kara, protecting her from the Gods that want Ragnarok to occur, and from herself. It has been hot as Hel on their mountain for the last few hundred years and she’s over waiting for her Dragon to acknowledge it. Zane is hiding things from her and not giving her what she really needs...silly Dragon, a female won’t wait forever.

Rune is an ancient Elven playboy with his own secrets, and a world filled with concubines and power. He gets a lot more than he bargained for when he signs up to help her through her magick training. He surprises himself to learn it is not a bad thing.

The Dwarf? Well, you'll learn more about him and his riveting role in this gripping story.

Kara's been hidden in the mountain with Zane, learning the histories of the realms, and how to fight like a true Goddess. After two-hundred and fifty years of training, she can barely best Zane in battle, but she can kick the ass of any other breathing thing. Too bad she needs more than the ability to fight with weapons. Kara needs a little normalcy, a lot of love...and she needs to learn how to set the Gods free so the maniacs of ‘Pro Ragnarok Nation’ don’t get their wish to destroy all the realms and start over with new thrones to be claimed. Hel. To. The. No. She’s going to figure it out. She has to. 

As Kara learns more about herself and about the world, she finds that nothing is as it seems...not even her. She will learn shocking truths and hidden lies, and at the end of the day, she’s in the midst of them all. Even the greatest of beings can only be broken so many times before they lock away their heart and draw their sword instead. Kara’s sword and her tongue are sharp and ready. But after everything she learns, her sword is bound to get heavier, and the prospect of a new world isn’t seeming all that bad in certain brief moments of time. Except, the part where she would never see her family or those she loves again. 

Moment gone, sword ready. 

This is her story, and ours, as we feel the cold bite of the first winter of Ragnarok in our world. Once the ship of the Dead has gotten off its mooring, no one anywhere will have the power to save us all.


“The Last Valkyrie” by Jennifer Sage ©2015 – Releasing on Valentine's Day, 2016. 

What's on your review pile this week?

#DustOffYourBookshelf

#DustOffYourBookshelf

Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

This weekly makes me feel like a hoarder when it comes to books because deep down I really am. I have so many books that I keep adding to my shelves but they never end up getting read. I keep saying one day they will all be read. 

I pre-ordered this one and have had it since February sitting on my shelf. I keep saying I'm going to get to it but haven't yet. I hope to change that this summer. My coffee goes with the cover I think. 
My book choice this week 
The Abyss Surrounds Us 
by  Emily Skrutskie
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For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. 

There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.


But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop.
Feel free to dig through your shelves and share what you find. 
Please leave a comment telling me where I can check it out.

Book Blitz: Shopping for a CEO’s Fiancée



Shopping for a CEO’s Fiancée 

Julia Kent
(Shopping for a Billionaire #9)
Publication date: June 22nd 2016
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance

We skipped right over the whole fiancée thing and went straight from girlfriend to wife.
At least, I think that’s what happened. I woke up after my brother’s Vegas wedding reception with my luscious girlfriend in bed with me. We’re both wearing wedding rings.
So is her coworker, Josh.
And our Vegas chauffeur, Geordi.
Who the hell am I married to?
Unraveling this mystery will be as difficult as figuring out why Amanda and I are having panic attacks over the thought of being husband and wife.
Or, whoever we’re actually married to.
Oh, ^%$#.
It’s true that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, with one exception:
If she’s my wife, we’ll make it work.
If she’s not?
I’ll make it happen.
Get the 9th book in Julia Kent’s New York Times bestselling romantic comedy series as Andrew and Amanda sort out their wild Vegas night…and the rest of their lives.
EXCERPT:
“We’re not—you don’t really—we can’t be—”
“Married?”
She laughs, but it’s a brittle sound. “Come on. We didn’t actually have a wedding last night.”
“We didn’t? You’re sure?” I perk up. Great. She remembers last night. I squeeze my eyes and try to recall something—anything—that happened after Declan and Shannon said their goodbyes at the reception last night.
“I’m, well, I mean…” Twisting in my arms, she looks at me with those big, wide, trusting eyes, her left hand splayed against my bare chest, digging in where the robe has separated. “You don’t remember what happened?”
My voice drops with uncertainty.
Hers goes up.
“No.”
“Quit joking.”
“Not joking.”
“We both can’t remember any part of last night?”
“When does your memory end?” I ask.
Mascara is streaked along the corner of her eye, and any makeup she wore last night currently resides somewhere on my skin or on the bedsheets. I can only imagine what I look like.
Amanda, though, is gorgeous. In my arms and looking at me with a perplexed expression, biting her lower lip while she flips through the filing cabinets of memory in her mind, and—
“I don’t know.”
I sit up. “You’re the fixer.”
“I know! But I remember saying goodnight to Shannon, hugging Declan, and then—poof! Nothing.”
Poof.
“That’s when my memory ends, too,” I say, my skin beginning to crawl. “I know one thing: we did not have a foursome.”
“And I soooooo did not sleep with Josh. He’s gay. The man can’t handle watching a birth video. A real-life vagina would send him into cardiac arrest.”
“I know my heart pounds whenever I see yours,” I whisper. She gives me a reluctant smile, in spite of her hangover.
“That was baaaaaad,” she groans.
“All signs point to the sex question being put to rest. Worst case, all we did was sleep with each other,” I note.
Worst case? Buddy, sleeping with me is best case. Best case. Always best.”
That was an unfortunate choice of words on my part. Before I can do damage control, she speaks.
“What if we are?” she hisses.
“Are what?”
Her eyes dart to mine.
“Married.”


Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken. She loves to hear from her readers by email at julia@jkentauthor.com

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Cover Reveal: Scarred Beauty

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Scarred Beauty
By Jennifer Silverwood

Coming December 1st 2016...



(A Wylder Tale, #2)
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook

Vynasha has become prisoner with the other wyld beasts of the castle, but she is not alone. In the howling darkness her majikal bond with the Dungeon Master, Grendall grows, awakening the dormant power in her blood.

Yet as she discovers the true nature of the other beasts, she learns she must embrace madness in order to free them all. Vynasha is willing to do anything to end the curse, even if that means transforming into a monster.

Burried secrets come to light in this seductive sequel to Craving Beauty, the Gothic retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, where nothing is exactly as it seems and the heroine must be her own hero.

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Craving Beauty

(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.



Wolfsbane's Daughter

(A Wylder Tale Novella)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 52 Pages
February 25th 2016

Wolfsbane and his daughter Resha are on a never ending quest in the Wylder Mountains, to wipe out the wolves who destroyed their village. Before their enemies stole everything she loved, Resha cared for little beyond learning how to be a hunter. After, she learned a hunter must be prepared to fight as well as flee. Now she cares for nothing but revenge.

Until she discovers two majikal humans half frozen in the forest. Resha has a choice, to follow her instincts and leave the strangers to the wolves, or save them. Yet the enemy is on the prowl and there is little time for Wolfsbane's daughter to find safe haven before they are discovered.



Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


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Cover Reveal Giveaway

ebooks of all six of Jennifer's books: Silver Hollow, Qeya, Ohre, Stay, Craving Beauty, and Wolfsbane's Daughter (Open Internationally)

Copies of the first two books in A Wylder Tales: Craving Beauty (print) and Wolfsbane's Daughter (ebook), plus swag (US Only)

Ends June 29th