Thursday, April 17, 2014

Author Shout Outs - Part Four!!

Today we are covering Crossovers!! These are the authors that write multiple genres and are fan-flippin-tastic at all of them! 

Recap! The list is getting lengthy so I'm switching to days rather than listing the previously covered genres soooo check out Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday's shout outs! 

Leave your recs/comments below or on FB

  1. R.K. Lilley/ Rebecca K. Lilley - Whaaaaaa! Ok so not only does she write sexy erotic contemporary romance, she also wrote one of the best urban fantasy novels we've ever read. Are you kidding me? Does your talent know no end, woman?! First of all, The Up in the Air series is THE BEST BDSM series out there. It is decided! We said it. We're sticking by it. Mr. Cavendish/Beautiful is our favorite Dom bar none! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  2. Jamie McGuire - Ohhhh did you not know that in addition to writing the Beautiful series, she also wrote a paranormal romance series AND a zombie book? OH YES SHE DID! So good. I actually started with her paranormal romance and looooved. Then BD came out and I was a goner for this woman. (Kelsie pick) 
  3. Jennifer L. Armentrout/ J. Lynn - Because DUH. Her Lux series is puuuuure alien crack and then she goes and writes these awesome contemporaries. Oh and nooooow you write an awesome mystery?! Like who do you think you are being so awesome JLA, huh? HUH?! (Kelsie pick)
  4. Elle Casey - I don't think there is a genre this woman hasn't written yet. I binge read her stuff. I think when I first discovered her I holed up in my room for four days and read probably 8 books. It was insane. I did not come up for air unless I had to pee or eat. I know I didn't sleep. She recently started writing contemporary and yeah, of course it's awesome. She's a voodoo queen and put a spell over my one-click trigger finger. That thing goes off every time she has a release. So good. (Kelsie pick)
  5. LH Cosway - I'm putting her here again because OH YEAH, she also writes Urban Fantasy/Paranormal romance! GTFO! I can't with this chick. (Kelsie pick) 
  6. Tellulah Darling - Fantastic contemporary YA? Check. Fantastic YA Fantasy? Check Check. She's the best. We love the shit out of this lady and she does what she does like no one else. She's seriously in a class all her own! Keep doing your thing, Tellulah, and we'll keep reading! (Kelsie and Nadia pick) 
  7. Denise Grover Swank - Love this author right now! She writes fantastic NA's, a hilarious mystery series, and one of my favorite urban fantasy series - the Curse Keepes!! She's got a fantastic way with dialogue, weaves her stories with amazing skill, and all of her characters are somehow relatable despite the varying situations. I really love this author and she just had a new release in her NA Off the Subject series, Business as Usual!! Check it out!! (kelsie pick)
  8. Sara Furlong Burr - Ok so disclaimer! She only has the one series out right now, but it literally has almost every type of genre in it...or at least elements of all genres...so I'm throwing it in here. Pretty sure every time I review her the hardest part of the review is classifying the dang thing! Anyways, I want you all to read her because her novels give me such an adrenaline rush. I mean not only are all the feels here in terms of romance and heartache and blahhh my heart hurts thinking about it all, the action is off the wall amazing! The storyline is so intricate and so different from anything else out there, I'm just so in love with this series!! So try her out if you like: political thrillers, romance, kinda fantasy-ish, superhero-ey, mystery, science fiction, dystopia...see what I mean? It's difficult! (Kelsie pick)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Author Shout Outs - Part Three!

Confession time! These are our favorite genres!! Today we are covering Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy/ Fantasy/ Sci-Fi (Dystopian, apocalyptic, etc...) and the list will be lengthy because the majority of what we read are in this genre! We fangirl pretty hard for these authors so excuuuuuse the lengthy freak outs! I also included a embarrassing pic of myself because why not?! Annnnd we included two authors that have been around awhile and that we've read for awhile, but they have new-ish series out that you HAVE TO START READING!!!

If you've not been following along or want a recap we've covered Contemporary Romance on Monday and YA/NA yesterday! 

As per usual, leave your recs, fangirling or any other comments in the section below or on FB! We'd love to hear from you!!
  1. Tahereh Mafi - OMG this chick is NO. JOKE. She writes poetry. Her writing has this fluidity to it, I don't know how else to describe it. It's like nothing I've ever read. It's unbelievably beautiful and some of the quotes will stay with me forever. (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  2. Sarah J. Maas - Otherwise known as the BADASS of the YA Fantasy world. I mean, if you're a fan of this genre and you haven't checked her out you need to ASAP! She's UNREAL. And she also looks like Jennifer Lawrence which IMO is waaaaay too much talent for one person, but I will forgive her since she gives me such good reads. These are the books that you buy on Kindle or whatever ereader you have and then go buy in hardback because you need to gaze upon their magnificence on your bookshelves. (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  3. Kresley Cole - AHH! I've been a fan for almost a frickin DECADE, but I've turned into one of those rabid fangirls ever since she came out with her Poison Princess series. Seriously, Jackson Devereaux is my book husband. I've skipped right passed boyfriend and entered matrimony. It's cool though, he's legal. Obviously, Kresley is fantastic at all things paranormal, but she really hit her freaking stride with this YA series. Wonderful world building. Just wonderful! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  4. Scarlett Dawn - Now this lady is a fairly recent find for me and I've devoured her books. Amazing world building! I feen character growth like a damn crackhead and her Forever Evermore series is my fix. And the best part is that the secondary characters are so well developed and have just as much growth so the book feels so full of life. Love, love, love her. I cannot stress this enough! GO. READ. HER. STUFF!!!! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  5. A.G. Henley - Ok this was the best take on zombies I've ever read. So original and I languished in this book. I could have read about 800 pgs of this book. Luckily, it's a series so I can haha! Book 2 was just released and you guys have GOT to jump on this gravy train. The main character is blind! How then do we get descriptions? WELL YOU JUST HAVE TO READ! See (ha pun!) what I did there? Shamless plugging! (Kelsie pick)
  6. A.C. Gaughen - I am a sucker for Robin Hood retellings. A complete and total sucker! But this retelling is probably the best because who love kickass female leads? You may have found your leader here! Scarlet is one of my favorite kickass heroines of all time. She's tough as nails, but can also be compassionate. Gaughen balances her perfectly and takes us on adventures throughout book's 1 and 2! I'm nail biting until I get book 3, so hurry up lady! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  7. Stacey Marie Brown - current fav! Love her characters, love her world! Here's another story with fantastic character growth. Her books are action pact and I find myself constantly white-knuckling my Kindle and gasping O'Hara style. My Laaaaands! Also...the sex...well its hot. HOT. (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  8. Susan Ee - Now...I've never read a YA horror/fantasy book so close to perfection before. I know that's a huge statement. Perfection? That's pretty huge. But Angelfall was flaaawless. I'm channeling some Beyonce here. *She flawlessss* Book 2 was just released after a loooooong wait and it was filled with so much awesome. Now if you don't like gruesome descriptions, I'm going to warn you because it can get pretty graphic in a non-sexual way, but it is well worth it if you can stomach it! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  9. Shannon Mayer - The Rylee Adamson series is my current FAVORITE urban fantasy series. I am so in love with all the characters, I feel like their my family. We've got nearly ever kind of paranormal creature in this so it's pretty exciting and action packed! Riley is a great character and the relationships she has (familial, friendhship, professional, and romantic) are fascinating. (Kelsie pick)
  10. Donna Augustine - Holllaaaaa!!!! I looooove this series! It's so different and full of awesomesauce. Our main character, Jo "Josephine" is crazy cool. She's a little nuts, total kickass, majorly powerful, and funny! You get immediately sucked into the story and taken on a wild ride. The world building is crazy good. Loves it. Looooves it! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  11. Penelope Fletcher - Her Dragon Souls series is my favorite series about dragons. By far! It's incredibly different, the world building is on point, the characters are so flipping crazy interesting, the plot literally twists constantly. You never know what's going to happen. It's so action pact! Love this. I really, really do! I'm dying for book 3! And guess what you lucky dogs! Book 1 is FREE on Amazon(Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  12. Laura Thalassa - Now, Nadia and I have just recently discovered this literary genius. We read The Unearthly and we were both like yes. Yes to this. Then we read The Vanishing Girl and we were like OMFG YAAAAASSSSSSS!!!!!! We freaked over this book. Literally freaked the EFF out. I'm talking - up on the phone together into the wee hours of the night talking about it. We are now obsessed and hardcore fans. It's probably the best YA we've read in a very long time. I loved every single thing about this book. Go check it out now! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  13. Karen Marie Moning - aka THE GODDAMN GODDESS!!! Ok so I'm not sure how well you all know me, but I am a Moning Maniac. I freely admit this. I'm talking I've met the woman three times, have multiple books signed, active on the message boards, I HAVE A FREAKING Moning Maniac pin, I've worn the MacHalo and plan to name my daughter/dog/something Mackayla, and Nadia has the Shadowsong album. We are that obsessed with the Fever/(newewr) Dani O'Malley series. It's unreal. She is on another plane of author existence. Nadia is right there with me. I mean we went to see her speak and they played the album for the first time and. We. CRIED. It's such a sickness. This is the book series that I would bring with me to a desert island. This is the series that I tell everyone to read. It's amazing. You HAVE to read this. If you literally take nothing else away from this list, take this: READ KMM AND READ HER NOW! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
Proof of my nerdom: 


Sad, sad, sad state of affairs. Le sigh, but what can you do? At least I'm in good company! Shout out to all my fellow Maniacs!! 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Author Shout Outs - Part Two!

Day 2!!! Isn't this soooo exciting?! No? Oh hush you know you're pumped!!! Hopefully y'all are getting some good recs! Today we're combining Young Adult and New Adult for no other reason than they both have "adult" in the title and they can cross over sometimes. LOL, we're lazy. XO! 

If you missed yesterday, we covered Contemporary Romance which you can check out here!

Once again if you have any recs to add to the list, please feel free to add them in the comment section below or on FB

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite "new-ish" YA/NA authors!! PS! These are strictly contemporaries. 
  1. Stephanie Perkins - Ok seriously, Anna and the French Kiss is probably one of my favorite YA's of all time. So well done. Perkins is a fantastic writer and deserves soooo much love. (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  2. Penelope Douglas - AHHH! I fangirl over her books. It makes me feel a little pervy considering her characters are in high school and I'm...not. But I cannot help it. Maybe she should stop writing such swoonworthy 18yr olds. Ugh I just grossed myself out with that sentence. I CAN'T HELP MYSELF THOUGH!! Her Fall Away series is my obsession right now. I need more and I need it now. Totally a series to curl up with wine and chocolate. Rawr. Boys. Drama. Funny ass writing. Yes to all. (Kelsie pick)
  3. Audrey Bell - Oh me gusta this chick! I love her dialogue and I love how realistic her stories are! The problems her characters have are more relatable than most of what I read. Just so dead on for my generation (I'm 25), it's great! Love Story is one of my Top Reads this year so far! Check her out and send her some love! (Kelsie pick)
  4. Rainbow Rowell - this woman is seriously one of the best authors, regardless of genre, that we have ever read. She's the new face of YA. Seriously. And she also wrote our all time favorite NA book, Fangirl. I can't even pinpoint what it is with her style, all I know is that I'm immediately drawn in. It also doesn't matter how different her characters vary from book to book, I'm able to find some commonality between myself and them which lends this intimacy to the reading experience. All I can say is damn girl. Read her stuff and start with Fangirl. Or Eleanor and Park. (Kelsie and Nadia Pick) 
  5. AJ Sand - Why do I like AJ? Well let me tell you! She doesn't operate by any formula. There's no alpha + angst ridden chick = bestseller here. There's no predicting how her books are going to play out. Sometimes it's hard to swallow. Sometimes you freaking HATE the characters, but my point here is she always makes me feel something and I never feel like I'm reading a recycled plot. Hats off, AJ! I love you, girl! (Kelsie pick)
  6. Sara Wolf - We have a slight obsession with this lady. She writes YA like a boss, but she also makes it incredibly realistic (with the right amount of fantasy because this is fiction after all ;). We are big fans of the Lovely Vicious series. It's messed up and mysterious and things are constantly being switched up on us, but we devour this series in one sitting. I get major ass numbness when her novels drop because I park it and do NOT move until I'm finished. (Kelsie and Nadia pick) 
  7. Michelle Hodkin - I wondered how to classify her current and only series and well...it can be many things, but I'm going with mystery/thriller and so it's getting thrown on this list. Hodkin is like the new, cool, sexy version of Lois Duncan. We're constantly in suspense and I'm just in awe of her storytelling skills. It's more than just writing IMO. She is like Scheherazade haha! Her style is totally captivating and her characters are fantastic. Big time recommendation. Big time! I'm actually getting a quote of her's tattooed on my body! I'm not kidding! (Kelsie pick) 
  8. Tijan - Ok so we have a total love-hate relationship with this woman. Now on any other day we would't read her stuff because in terms of the amount of angst we like in our books, she usually exceeds it. BUT for some damn reason we keep going back and it turns into this marathon of reading that results in the most EPIC reading hangover I have ever received. It never freaking fails. I am always up at 4am reading about high school drama and I am LOVING IT! It's like a really, really messed up and sexed up version of Gossip Girl. It's a total addiction. I can't say no to a Tijan novel. Not even to her NA's. What's your secret, woman? Do you have magic? What sorcery is this?!!! Gah. (Kelsie and Nadia pick) 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Author Shout Outs - Part One!!

Things have been a little crazy lately so the blogs been taken a bit of a hit. I've been swamped with ARCs and when I haven't been busy reading for the upcoming weeks, I've been in the writing cave working on book 2 of the Twenty-Something series. Whaaaat? Yes! Find out more about that here!

As a result, I wanted to give you all something to chew on. At least until I can catch up. So Nadia and I decided to do some author shout outs. These are our current favs, recent *omfg-how-are-they-not-FAMOUS-finds*, and all time automatic buys because they are just that awesome. If you haven't read any of their books GET. ON. IT. Now we couldn't list everyone we love, otherwise this list would go on FOR-EV-ERRRR! As any reader will tell you, it's like choosing between children or...or...a favorite book. It's tough taters, but we tried! 

All the authors are linked to their Goodreads pages so you can browse their books are your leisure! 

If you have any recommendations for me or for fellow Trotters, comment below or on our FB

I'll break it on down for y'all by genre!
Today we'll start with...

Contemporary Romance!!! 

  1. Penny Reid - I mean seriously people. Seriously. This should be redundant at this point, I feel like I talk about her all the time! Love this lady. Read all her books. Funny, sexy, fantastic characters, great stories, and SMART! (Kelsie and Nadia pick)
  2. LH Cosway - I can't. No words. I mean I have words. I've written some obviously, but this bitch can write. LIKE FOR FREAKING REAL. I am obsessed with her books. Painted Faces was my top pick (nosed out a Penny Reid by a hair) last year. Still Life with Strings came out, what? A month ago and I've already read it three times? Holy hell. So much love for her. It's insane in the membrane. (Kelsie pick)
  3. T. Torrest - HOLY 90's Nostalgia, Batman!! I LOVE HER!! She just finished her Remember When trilogy and it's fantastic. So much awesome! Sexiness, amazing dialogue, and the right amount of angst! You cannot go wrong with this series! (Kelsie pick)
  4. Natasha Boyd - YAAAAS!!!! So much yas-ing! Why? Oh I don't know, maybe because this was the first celebrity-peasant romance I didn't roll my eyes at or want to throw my kindle across the room at? The characters are so believable. The issues they face because of their different lives are (what I imagine having never been famous or never dated someone famous...that I know of. Ohhh trippy!) very realistic. I really, really enjoy her books! Read, my lovies, reeeeead! (Kelsie pick)
  5. J.M. Sevilla - Found her a couple months ago and boy was I glad! Thriller/Romance/Comedy? It's all there and it's done so well! I finished her first book the in the Marked series and then immediately reread it. THATS how good it was. I loved it. She in an insta-buy for me! (Kelsie pick)
  6. Lea Griffith - OMG can I just say that this woman writes about some horrifying shit but she does it so beautifully that it's a total mindfuck? Excuse the language, but good lord. Her No Mercy series is a total mind trip and I'm obsessed. These little girls are trained to be assassins from the ages of 4 and 5, they grow up believing they are souless, that they cannot break and then they meet these men! And my jaw is on the ground the entire time I'm reading this because NO WAY can someone write about murder and make it eloquent but she can. These poor women and these men! They speak so beautifully to each other, it's so heartfelt and heart wrenching. I'm a total fan of her writing style. It's like nothing I've ever read before. (Kelsie pick)
  7. R.S. Grey - She is AWESOME. Basically, she writes contemporary romance for our generation. No purple prose here. I laughed out loud at some moments, which is really rare with me! What I love so much is that there's no over the top, gushy outpourings of love, just a fun, witty give and take between two people who show their love through actions, not words. (Nadia and Kelsie pick)
  8. Ashley Pullo - I love this author. She writes such realistic romance and she does it beautifully and so damn creatively. Her words are woven together so seamlessly that it has this rhythm to it when you read and you can't help but build a soundtrack or hear music when you read. Her first book Ballad  blew my mind. Love her! (Kelsie pick)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Happy Release Day!! Vital Sign by JL Mac





I used to have a great life. My little world was bright. I had no complaints. My perfectly simple life made the fall from grace that much more devastating. I plummeted from the heavenly little bubble that I shared with Jake. I fell fast and hard straight into the fiery pits of hell. The knowledge of how things used to be is a bittersweet torture that refuses me even one moment of respite. I live in a painful reverie that I can’t escape.
I had it good once.
That’s gone now.
All of it disappeared like vapor into the ether. I’m a lost woman, wandering through grief and struggling to come to terms with my new title: widow. My family says I need understanding and closure. I say a cigarette and a bottle of wine is a much better option for instant gratification.
I’m the awkward, depressed one standing in the corner making everyone around me miserably uncomfortable. I’m the one with vacant eyes that society strives to help but can’t. I’m the one who hands out tight smiles and derisive snorts. I’m the widow adrift in this world with no direction. No meaning. No hope. No vital sign.

***

Sadie sets out on a journey to healing without knowing that things will get far worse before they get better. Despite her general indifference to organ donation, she finds herself on a journey to seek out the only people who benefited from her husband’s tragic death.
Resentment runs rampant as she meets the thriving organ recipients. Anger and jealousy spiral, sending the delicate structure of Sadie’s emotions into a tailspin.
Alexander McBride got a second chance—one that he didn’t necessarily want. Alexander is a game changer for Sadie. She hates him for his health but can’t help feeling at home in his presence. He soothes her grief in a way that is intoxicating, addictive even.
The heart that once fell in love with her now resides in Alexander McBride’s chest. It’s a circumstance that forces her to wage an internal war fueled by grief, anger, guilt, love, lust, and loyalty.
Sadie must discover the things that are vital to going on with her life if she has any hope of finding her way through the all-consuming grief that dominates every waking moment.




He looks at me, taking his time as his eyes drag over me from head to toe. “Not so smart today, Sadie.”

“What?” My eyes widen a little showing my confusion.

Zander’s eyes glance to my free hand. “No mace.”

I lower my head looking to my empty hand. “I’m not scared of you,” I admit, inwardly wondering exactly what that means to me.


“Are you sure?” Zander’s voice has taken on a sultry, husky tone.

“Yeah,” I breathe.

“Maybe you should be.” An unmistakable look of regret fills Zander’s eyes, making me curious where it has come from. Seeing that look on his handsome face makes me want to make it better. It makes me want to pull him to me, to wrap myself around him and vow on my life to guard him from all the bad that the world has to offer.

USA Today Best Selling Author,J.L. Mac is twenty-seven years old and currently resides in El Paso, Texas, where she enjoys living near her family. She was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. J.L. admittedly has had a long and sordid love affair with the written word and has loved every minute of it. She drinks too many glasses of wine on occasion,and says way too many swear words to be considered “lady-like.” J.L. spends her free time reading, writing, and playing with her children.

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