Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cover Reveal!! Rockers After Dark Anthology!!


Included in this anthology:

Defining Destiny - Deanna Chase
Still Life with Strings - L.H. Cosway    
This Time - Marie Hall
Forever Ours - Cassia Leo
A Seductive Melody - Crista McHugh
Step - Roxie Rivera

Expected Publication: September 30th, 2014!!!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Marking Time by April White


Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything... a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.

Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between 
centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time. 

Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.

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Kelsie's Review!
5 Stars!!

Let's hear it for a YA female lead that isn't boy obsessed and a complete moron! WAHOO!! Sure that may seem harsh, but let's be honest here. When was the last time we read a YA fantasy/paranormal/anything with a romantic element (although really if there's any romance in the story, it usually over shadows the entire plot. Therefore leaving readers (me) with a "eh" book) where the heroine wasn't completely ruled by hormones? Y'all does she fall in love? I guess? She feels something strong, but is wary. WHICH I LIKE. In fact when our hero is all "I love you" she's like, "dude chill, it's been a minute." LOVE THAT. This may seem like a very minor detail to harp on, but I'm not kidding you guys. So many female leads start off kick ass and strong. They are bucking the system, breaking necks and cashing checks! It's awesome! Then Johnny Two-Dimples and Wavy Locks saunters (because doesn't he always?) into the room and it's like common sense was a thing of the past. Anyway, Saira pretty much stays on the ass kickery trend for the majority of the book. This makes me very excited for the series! 

As far as the world building within, it was amazing. Talk about sucking you in immediately. I love the time traveling aspect, it really is one of the better done time traveling books I've ever read. It's handled very well and if there were info gaps, I couldn't find any. I also got my degree in History so I tend to stay away from historical books because (and I'm not saying everyone does this) research into time periods tends to fall to the wayside. Not cool. NOT. COOL. White, however, stayed very true to the time periods she explored. I loved it. It helps that she's very eloquent with description because it allowed me to picture every detail of the locations and people our characters encountered. The whole experience was very magical. All the supporting characters are fantastic. I'm interested in everyone. Although I have to confess, I'm harboring a HUGE crush on Mr. Shaw! 

In my opinion this was one of the strongest starts to a series I've ever read and I'm totally hooked on this writer's style. She's a weaver of tales! Highly recommend to everyone who loves adventure, time travel, fantasy, SciFi, historical fantasy, etc...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blog Tour!! Wherever You Will Go by Stephanie Smith

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Title: Wherever You Will Go
Author: Stephanie Smith
Publication Date: August 7, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Synopsis

Brooke Willis had everything she ever wanted: a happy marriage, volunteer placement at the art gallery, and the promise of starting a family with the man of her dreams.

Saxon Reed had everything he ever thought he needed: a successful career, nice cars, expensive apartment, and more money than he knew what to do with.

After losing her husband Brooke insists on taking over his company to keep his dreams alive. Struggling in an industry she knows nothing about, Brooke turns to Saxon, her husband’s best friend and business partner, for guidance and support. Their mutual grief, and Saxon’s need to look after his best friend’s wife, creates a connection beyond just business.

Can Brooke take over the company and find a new life without saying goodbye to the past? Can Saxon protect and care for Brooke without scaring her away?

What happens when your heart doesn’t listen to your head? When lines are crossed and boundaries are pushed?

“Life goes on, whether you choose to move forward and take a chance in the unknown or stay behind, locked in the past, thinking of what could've been. I don’t want to live in the past anymore. I’m so lonely; there’s nothing for me here.”  

Kaley's Review!
*WARNING!!! CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!*

Overall, I would give this book a 3/5 star rating. Once the story progressed I liked it more and more. First things first, it is SO nice to read something where the love interest isn't her boss. She's technically HIS boss. That was definitely a nice change.

My favorite character was totally Saxon. What girl doesn't love the whole bad guy goes good for the woman he loves situation? I also really enjoyed getting to see his side of the story, and see his struggle. This made it so much more realistic. I feel that if this situation really happened, Nate would really want Brooke to be with Saxon. Nate obviously thought really highly of Saxon, like a brother, and knew deep down the kind of man he could be. He loved Brooke and wanted the best for her, and who to better build that better future with than his best friend?

Crazy Amber was a pretty fun character too. I think there's a crazy person from the past in any relationship. I have my own personal crazy Amber...how I would love to punch her ;) haha
Brooke's character evolution was great as well. We got to see her going from someone who was (understandably) so broken, to someone who could pick up herself and move on. (A side note, I didn't care how the whole pregnancy thing went down. It partly made it seem like she lost a baby, rather than just never conceived.) I think this was the big reason why the beginning of the story as a little hard to get through for my taste, but luckily I pushed through and really ended up enjoying it overall.

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Gripping her hips so tightly she can no longer shake and shimmy them, I try to gain some kind of control over my anger. What the fuck is she doing? As I step up behind her and hold her tight against me, the douche touching her releases his hands and steps back. Good idea, buddy. Brooke hasn’t turned to look at who it is, but I know from the way her body relaxed into mine that she knows it’s me.
 “What are you doing, Brooke?” I say into her ear, trying to keep all traces of anger out of my voice. If she was mine, if I wasn’t so scared of pushing her away, I would have picked her up and thrown her over my shoulder and carried her the fuck out of here.
 She turns her head slightly towards me. “I told you it was girls’ night tonight,” she says defensively.
“You know what I mean.” I grip her hips harder and pull her against me tighter as my control begins to snap. She turns around in my arms and steps out of my embrace. 
“Saxon …” She’s frustrated and becoming flustered as she tries to find her words. I don’t think about it as I grab her hand and begin to pull her off the dance floor. I don’t miss the curious looks from the two blondes, the confusion on Rachel’s face, or the smirk on Harper’s. I couldn’t care what any of them think or if any of them find out. I actually wish they would. I want everyone to know Brooke is mine. I don’t care how she feels about what we are doing, what she thinks it is—she is mine. I wanted to stake my claim on that dance floor. Tell that douche he better not put his hands on what’s mine and then take Brooke into my arms and show everyone exactly who she belongs to. Of course I couldn’t do anything because I live in a constant state of panic, watching everything I say and do, living in the fear of scaring her off. 

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I have recently started writing as a way to relax and spend some time for me. My first novel Wherever You Will Go is due to release later this year. I'm having so much fun writing my first story and I'm looking forward to the journey it is taking me on.

 
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Release Day Penny!!! Everyone else...go buy Beauty and the Mustache!


Beauty and the Mustache
Publication Date: August 28, 2014

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Synopsis

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit.

Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee.

This is a full-length novel, can be read as a standalone, and is the fourth book in the 'Knitting in the City' series.


This is one of the best books of the year! Read my 5 Star review here!

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About Penny Reid



SEX! It all started with sex, between my parents. Personally I don’t like thinking about it, but whatever works for you is a-ok with me. No judgment. The sex happened in California and much of my life also occurred in that state until I moved from the land of nuts (almonds), wine, silicon... boobs, and heavy traffic to the southeast US. Like most writers I like to write, but let’s get back to sex. Eventually I married and gave birth to 2 small people-children (boy-6, girl-4 as of this writing).
By day I’m a biomedical researcher with focus on rare diseases. By night I’m a knitter, sewer, lino block carver, fabric printer, soap maker, and general crafter. By the wee hours of the morning or when I’m intoxicated I love to listen to the voices in my head and let them tell me stories. I hope you enjoy their stories.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Beauty and the Mustache by Penny Reid


SYNOPSIS

There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. 


Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous— local Game Warden, bear wrestler, philosopher, and everyone’s favorite guy. Drew’s irksome philosophizing in particular makes Ashley want to run for the skyscrapers, especially since he can’t seem to keep his exasperating opinions— or his soulful poetry, steadfast support, and delightful hands— to himself. Pretty soon the girl who wanted nothing more than the escape of the big city finds she’s lost her heart in small town Tennessee. 


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KELSIE’S REVIEW
5 Stars!!!

This is probably going to sound crazy, but I loved that this was a Romance and was actually romantic. As I've said before, this was Darcy coming out of the lake romance. I know I'm stating the obvious here as it's marketed as one, but I think somewhere along the way we've lost the Romance part of Contemporary Romance. In fact, the last heartfelt romance I've read in a very long time was probably some Julia Quinn almost a decade ago. I don't want to have to read Historical novels in order to read about falling in love. Lately, it seems like romance is synonymous with gratuitous sex and enough will they/won't they that about halfway through I just don't care if they ever "they." I know Penny was worried about this one considering it had a more somber tone and dealt with some tougher issues not previously tackled in her novels, but I have to say those worries are completely unfounded. If anything she added even more heart to storytelling. 

We've seen all the shades of friendship in the previous Knitting in the City books and it was great to switch gears and really explore some shades of family. I think what was most impactful, for me at least, was the relationships Ashley had with her brothers. I'm from a big family and a lot of things that happened in this novel have happened in my family. Siblings leaving for years and then coming back, the anger and resentment that happens inside families, the loss, what you gain when you reconnect...it all rang true for me. And so, as an author, Penny's able to make a deeper connection beyond making me laugh...she made me cry. Because I felt a lot of the things Ashley felt. And when you have a character work through similar emotions, some you haven't been able to work through yourself, it's almost like shining a light on a road you didn't see before. 

As far as Ashley as a character, I loved every flawed inch of her. I loved that she spent most of her time with her nose in a book (girl, I can relate) and that she was so intent on not becoming like her family (also can relate). One thing Penny is very careful about is not making her characters so perfect and well rounded. Who wants to read about someone who has everything handed to her in her perfect life, but man, no one can seem to hate her for it because...she's perfect! That's boring. There's no story there. So thank you for sharing your flawed characters with us and making them so completely lovable. As far as Drew goes, well he's Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester with a tidbit of Heathcliff's soulful crazy all wrapped in one. In other words, he's a novel hero of old and it was fantastic to be reacquainted with gallantry. I love that Penny knows "brooding" doesn't mean "petulant." There's a difference, people! I also really, really enjoyed the poetry. So much in fact that I am now calling for a poetry book to be written! 100% recommend this book. Thank you, Penny, for writing it!