Friday, May 30, 2014

Blog Tour: My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal - Guest Post


Hello everyone!! Welcome to my tour stop for My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal! This tour is Co-hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I have the Story Inspirations for you today. Look for my review coming up soon. 

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss--the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died--is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn't a suicide as everyone assumes. She can't remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she's worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she'll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made--good and bad--that led to her last kiss.

Bethany Neal's suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21524042-my-last-kiss?ac=1




Story Inspirations

When I write, I go out of my way not to incorporate my real life. Writing is my escape from the humdrum of reality, so I don’t want to muddy it up with boring bits of my everyday. That being said, I am only human (much to the dismay of my fictional undead crushes), and my life experiences influence everything I do and, thus, write. So, I decided to give you guys a little insider guide to the things in my life—past and present—that influenced characters, scenes, and items in my debut novel My Last Kiss.

Insider Tidbit #1
I grew up with two amazing best friends, (pictured below in all our high school glory), and we were a trio of awesomeness throughout high school just like Aimee, Madison, and Cassidy. My friend Stacey’s house sat on a large lot, similar to Aimee’s yard in the book, and we had a lot of bonfire parties (of which I mysteriously couldn’t find any pictures of). Cassidy’s birthday party scene was reminiscent of those times…without the whole somebody dies part, of course.

(Here we are celebrating graduation and posing behind a Chinese beaded curtain, naturally. I’m the one on the far right in the black flowered number.)


Inside Tidbit #2
Jolly Vodies are real! The colorful cocktails that Cassidy, Madison, and Aimee are drinking during the birthday party scene were also drunk in real life by my friends and me. We used to drop Jolly Ranchers into Sprite to flavor it. Though we didn’t call the concoction “jolly vodies” they existed nonetheless. And the nickname “vodie” for vodka came from Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous, my go-to wacky British TV comedy back in the day.

Insider Tidbit #3
The river that Cassidy “drowns” in is based on the river in my hometown. The Tittabawassee River runs through Saginaw Township where I was born and raised, and a lot of houses are built along the shore the way Aimee’s house is. Specifically, there’s a portion of the river on the South side of town with an old railway bridge that I kept in mind while writing the bridge scenes. The actual bridge isn’t covered like in the novel, but I’ve spent time there with my longtime boyfriend and it always felt romantic to be on a bridge with the person you love. Below is a picture of the location that I took this past winter. I can almost see the “looming silhouette” of Cassidy’s killer. Eerie, huh?







About the Author

Bethany Neal writes YA novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing from her Ann Arbor, Michigan home. The things she is obsessed with include, but are not limited to: nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, dream analysis, memorizing song lyrics, pickles, dessert, predestined love, not growing up, sour gummy candies, music videos, Halloween, and fictional boys who play guitar.

MY LAST KISS is her first novel. Connect with her online at www.bethanyneal.com and follow her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BethDazzled.





BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

May 26:                     The Fantastic Flying Book Club, Welcome post
Day 1- May 27:          Word Spelunking, Top 10 Kisses (t/o pop culture) numbers 6-10
                                 Reading Teen, Top 10 Kisses (t/o pop culture) numbers 1-5
Day 2- May 28:          YA Love, Writing Advice
Day 3- May 29:          YAdult Review, Top 6 Bad Boys (who aren't so bad)
Day 4- May 30:          Book Loving Me, Story Inspiration
Day 5- May 31:          Broke & Bookish, Top 7 Ghost Stories

Day 6- June 1:           Tales of a Ravenous Reader, Pinterest Inspiration Board

                                 YA Reads, Easter Egg Hunt
Day 7- June 2:           Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks, Musical Inspiration
                                Miss-PageTurner's City of Books, Behind the Pages
Day 8- June 3:           Supernatural Snark, Character Interview, Ethan
                    GUEST POST: First Kiss Stories, Amy Plum’s Blog
Day 9- June 4:           The Hiding Spot, Q&A
                                Reader Girls, Ghostly "Rules"
Day 10- June 5:         Book Addicts Guide, Open Interview
                    Anna Reads, My First Fictional Crush
Day 11- June 6:         Lady Reader's BookStuff, Playlist Reveal
Day 12- June 7:        
Books As You Know It, Q&A
                                Book Rat, Character Interview, Cassidy
Day 13- June 8:         Proud Book Nerd, Characters Theme Songs
                                Girls in the Stacks, Podcast
Day 14- June 9:         Literary Rambles, Interview/Review & signed book giveaway
                               YA Sisterhood, Top 10 Fictional Crushes
Day 15- June 10:      The Best Books Ever, Origin Story
Day 16 June 11:      
Fantastic Flying Book Club, Swag Giveaway & Review
Thanks for stopping by, and look for my review in the next week!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Blog Tour: Rain by Christie Cote - Review and Giveaway


Hello everyone and welcome to my tour stop on the Rain Blog Tour!! I have my review, tour giveaway, and giveaway just for my blog for you. I have to say first, that I have met Christie and she is absolutely a sweetheart so when I heard her first book was coming out, I was excited to be part of this tour!

  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/3/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18522639-rain

My Thoughts

This story was really great. I loved the characters, and I liked how it moved along. I did have a few issues with it, but in general, I really enjoyed it. There are a lot of books out there dealing with cancer and other heavy issues, and I tend to be a sucker for them. I like to feel that emotion with stories that are tough to read. I didn't feel it as strongly as I would have liked with this, but that is due to some of the issues that I will talk about in a bit.

The story starts us off with Taylor going out to dance in the rain. When she gets called inside by her panicked mother and then we start to realize what's coming. She tries to go to school like normal, but her world has been turned upside down. She meets her neighbor Kyle and he almost instantly becomes her rock. I thought the way that happened was actually pretty realistic. What I didn't was that she starts chemo almost instantly. She is having a hard enough time with her treatment, but then on top of that, her boyfriend just bails on her. Through it all, Kyle and her best friend are by her side the entire time though. (Also unrealistic is her friend camping out in her hospital room for a weekend slumber party.) She battles on, and she does come out stronger. She was a steady character for me, but unfortunately I never really felt her.

Kyle is mysterious. He shows up out of nowhere and is all of the sudden the person who is there for Taylor the most. He goes out of his way to make her happy and to be there for her. He supports her in a way no one else does. We get to know him, but not that well. So much of him was left out and I felt like by the end we should have known him better. I did really like him though. He looks like a bad boy, but is sweet as an angel.

Family is a big part of the story too, which I always like. The relationship with her parents and with her best friend are great. I loved that friendship was one of the main parts of the story. Yes, there is the love aspect between her and Kyle, but it was gradual, and started as a solid friendship first. The thing that bothered me the most about the book was how people talked to each other. Everything always sounded so formal and robotic. There were rarely contractions used at all, and honestly, people just don't talk like that. I know it's really a minor thing, but it kept bothering me the whole time and would actually distract from the story. Overall though, I did really like it and am going to read the next book. I want to know more about Kyle since we didn't get to know much about him and his past in this. This was a great debut novel.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Author Bio:
Christie Cote resides in Vermont with her Husband and their dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or dreaming up her next story, she can be found shooting targets with her bow, drawing or baking.
Rain is her first book.

Christie writes Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.

Find Christie:

Book Review Blog: http://christiesbookreviews.com
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review: V is for Villain by Peter Moore

  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad's basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn't measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he's happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own.

But when they're pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he's on. And once he does, there's no turning back.

Perfect for fans of The Avengers, Ironman, and classic comic books, V is for Villain reveals that it's good to be bad.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18453183-v-is-for-villain?ac=1

My Thoughts

It's not often that you get a story from the villain's POV, so I was really excited to read this one. The battle between heroes and villains has been going since forever, and we get to see it from the other side in this story. It's not that the villain's are bad people, they are just fighting for what they believe is right. Everyone wants justice, but in which way it is achieved is a fine line between right and wrong.I loved getting to know the side of these teenagers who were anti-hero. It's not that they don't want the world to be a good place, they just don't believe that the heroes go about it in the right way. It's a creative, fun, and adventure filled story that kept me engaged throughout. I admit that I am a huge comic book fan, so this was a really fun read for me.

Brad is in the academy to train students to be heroes. Only he has no real powers. Not like his father or brother who are pretty much idols for theirs. He is super intelligent, but that is about it. A joke to all the fliers, student's with super strength or speed, and even to the teachers who think his brother would be ashamed of him. When he gets put into the alternate classes, which are for those who come from powerful families, but have no strong powers of their own, he joins up with a group of friends who are against the so called heroes. They are villains, but not bad ones. He finds that he actually does have a power, and a very strong one at that. He keeps it a secret from anyone except those in his group. He finds out soon that he is in way deeper than he expected joining a villain group and trying to help expose a hidden secret that could change everything. He is smart, tough, and has a good heart. I really liked him.

The secondary characters were well developed too. I loved Layla, and even though he annoyed the crap out of me, I really liked Javier. He was a bit too arrogant, and control crazy for my taste, but it made him seem real. Boots and Peanut were really likeable too. I despised Brad's brother Brady. He was such a tool. He let the whole idolized hero thing go to his head, and would even betray his family for it. I was glad that the author took the time to explore the other characters. It made it a more enjoyable story.

This was a fun take on the hero/villain story. I loved that the school aspect reminded me of a Disney movie that I love, and that this was told from Brad's POV. He started off so confused and lonely, and came to be so strong and knowing what he really wants to do. I enjoyed getting to know why things are the way they are, and how the secrets were revealed. I am assuming with how this ended this will be a series. I really hope so. I know that in this case, I am team villain all the way!!


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Weekly Recap \ Stacking the Shelves (94)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hello everyone! I didn't do one of these last week because I only had like one book. I barely posted on my blog this past week either. I have been slacking big time. I really need to get back into things. I'm behind on my goodreads reading challenge for the first time since I have been doing them too. Very sad. I need to catch back up.

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Thank you to Macmillan and Sourcebooks.

I was really a slacker this week and only had a Release Day Launch and Review of Tempting the Bodyguard by J. Lynn. I really need to get back to blogging regularly. I totally failed on doing a vlog since the hubs was home, and I'm too lazy to download the pics and all to put them in the post. Sorry.

I would love to know what you got. Hope you had a fabulous week!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Review: Tempting the Bodyguard by J. Lynn

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/12/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N

 A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint...

He can protect her from everyone except himself.

Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous.

Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy.

She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16035968-tempting-the-bodyguard

My Thoughts

Another hot and fabulous book from J. Lynn!! I love the Gamble Brothers, and Chandler was amazing!! Since I have read the first two book, I already knew who Chandler was, and was so excited to finally get his story. I knew that it would be hot and full of tension. It didn't let me down. I loved how him and Alana interacted besides the hot and sexy stuff. She is a tough chick, and he is the type who if he wants something, he will get it. It' not quite so easy when it comes to Alana though. Not that she is against the steamy stuff, but she is not all about any type of attachment. It was a sexy and fun read.

Chandler Gamble is all sorts of sex on a stick. He's a bodyguard, he goes to exclusive sex clubs, and he knows how to please a woman. He isn't afraid of commitment, or screwing up like his father did, he just hasn't found someone that makes him want to stick around for a while. That is until Alana. There's just something about her, and once he gets a taste, he needs more. He can't imagine ever getting tired of her or her tough chick attitude. She is everything he wants in a woman. He is fiercely protective of her. He doesn't give a shit what anyone thinks. He knows that she will keep pushing away, but that just makes him chase her more.

Alana is one tough cookie. She has to be in the work she does. Being a publicist and trying to make other people look good despite the things they do is tough work. She has done some horrible things and turned a lot of people against her. She knows that it had to be done though. The one thing that leaves her feeling weak is a stalker who she thinks is actually going to harm her. Even though she has a bad history with the Gamble Brothers, she knows that she needs Chandlers help. The last thing she expects is to be falling for him. She fights it, but there is no way around it. She only worries that when her case is solved that Chandler will also be a thing of the past.

The romance in this is smoking hot. Chandler is all about tying up, spanking, and all sorts of stuff. Alana never really lets go, so this is really fun (and sexy) to read. He lets her lose control and they both love what they do for each other. There is tension and a lot of doubt clouding things, but the sexy times push back all of those thoughts. For the time being anyways. There is a lot of hot and cold between them, but man the hot is really, really hot.

This was a great addition to this series and I loved getting to see the characters from the first two books as well. You don't need to read either of them to enjoy this, but you will have a background on why things are the way they are between certain characters. I really liked Chandler and Alana's story. I thought it was great. A bit predictable, but I find that most adult romances are. I can't get enough of this authors book no matter what genre. She sure does know how to write the smexy stuff as well as the snark. This was fantastic!!




*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Release Day Launch: Tempting The Bodyguard by J. Lynn

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We are extremely excited to celebrate the release of J. Lynn's TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD!!! TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD is an Adult category romance novel being published by Entangled Publishing’s Brazen imprint and is a part of Jennifer’s Gamble Brothers Series! 

Tempting The Bodyguard
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16035968-tempting-the-bodyguard?ac=1

 TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD Synopsis:  

A sexy category romance from Entangled’s Brazen imprint… He can protect her from everyone except himself. Alana Gore is in danger. A take-no-prisoners publicist, her way with people has made her more than a few enemies over the years, but a creepy stalker is an entirely different matter. She needs a bodyguard, and the only man she can ask is not only ridiculously hot, but reputed to have taste for women that goes beyond adventurous. Chandler Gamble has one rule: don't protect anyone you want to screw. But with Alana, he's caught between his job and his increasingly hard libido. On one hand, Alana needs his help. On the other, Chandler wants nothing more than to take the hot volcano of a woman in hand. To make her writhe in pleasure, until she's at his complete mercy. She needs protection. He needs satisfaction. And the moment the line is crossed, all hell will break loose... 

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Author PhotoJennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn Bio: 

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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Guys, this book is awesome!! I just finished it and loved it. You should all go out and buy it. ;) It's only $0.99 right now!! You don't need to have read the first two to read this. It is the third of the series, but they are companion novels. Actually, you need them all, just because of the awesomeness of them. And those Gamble Brothers are super hot and bring on the sexy. I think Chandler is my favorite!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Blog Tour: The Warior (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott - Review and Tour Giveaway!!

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Hi loves!!! Welcome to my stop on The Warrior Blog Tour, hosted by YA Bound Book Tours!! I have my review today and the tour giveaway. For the full tour schedule, click on the banner above. Be sure to check them all out!!

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: Dante Walker Series 
  • Source: eARC provided by the tour host for review

*This is the third book in the series. My review may contain spoilers from the previous two, but will be spoiler free for this book.
War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.

Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.

Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18621882-the-warrior?ac=1

My Thoughts

What a fantastic conclusion to an awesome series. I have loved getting to know these characters, and have become very fond of Dante's cocky attitude. I am not typically one who likes the bad boy if he really is a jerk, but in this case, I loved Dante. And he really is a total jerk most of the time. That is unless it has something to do with Charlie. I really enjoyed how he became a bit softer towards the other characters in this one too. He really became a great person... well, dead person Liberator or whatever. Things got pretty intense in this, but I thought how it all turned out was great! 

Dante still has his good humor, cockiness, attitude, and his demons eating at him. He also has started to be better towards other people, but still doubts himself. He really is good at heart, but he is the only one who doesn't see it. He slowly starts to find the real him, and realize that he can be forgiven, but it takes him a while. I love his absolute devotion towards Charlie, and how much he really cares about his close friends. I really enjoyed him making new friends too. Don't worry though, he still is the same Dante, just with a soft spot. 

Charlie was fabulous as always. She is what helps Dante let the good he has come out. She becomes more brave than she already was, and I loved it. She has always been a very strong character, who only wants to do what is good and right. Yes, she is scared, but she is accepting of what things need to be done. She will go above and beyond to do what she has to to help everyone. 

The rest of the characters were just as awesome! I really liked Oswald. He's a cooky old man, but was so fun to read. He is a key part in this book, and I thought he was perfect. Really, everyone was well developed and we get to know them all. Even with this being told in Dante's POV, I didn't feel disconnected from the others at all. 

In this final book, there is the war against good and evil looming, and it is full of action, tension, and of course humor and moments that make you sigh. The tender moments between Charlie and Dante, as well as the sweet uncharacteristic moments Dante has with others were full of emotion. I felt that the story was solid, and the characters felt real. I could imagine what I was reading. Victoria Scott is a true talent and this series is one of my favorites. She grasped me from the first book, and held me tight all the way through the last words of this one. 


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the tour host in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


Other books in the series

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13449677-the-collectorhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16479479-the-liberator



Author Bio:

Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Harlequin Presents: The Chatsfield!!

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·    Harlequin, has launched The Chatsfield, a “first of its kind” digital series from Mills & Boon on 6th May.
·    Set in the luxury hotel “The Chatsfield”, this digital series provides an extra journey for the reader to continue engaging with the characters of a book and series beyond what is just on the page, thereby extending the life of the story.
·    The Chatsfield is a digital journey that blends fiction and reality and comes across multiple mediums including print (The Chatsfield Presents books), video (YouTube), digital (blogs and the main Chatsfield website) and social (twitter, Facebook).

To be a part of the digital journey, you can explore here:
The Chatsfield opened its doors on 6th May at www.thechatsfield.com

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Sheikh’s Scandal by Lucy Monroe

Sheikh Sayed of Zeena Sarha and his harem of beautiful women are staying at the exclusive, opulent Chatsfield Hotel, London, for the last stop on his worldwide tour before his wedding. But when his engagement is unceremoniously broken, Sayed sets his sights on his sexy chambermaid!
Liyah Amari only took the position as chambermaid to find the truth about her birth father. But her search ends in heartache, leaving Liyah vulnerable to this powerful Sheikh's desires. Now their one night of passion could result in a scandalous consequence for the proud Sheikh!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, London!

Lucy Monroe

Award-winning and bestselling author Lucy Monroe lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, surrounded by a plethora of pets and children (her own, the neighbors, her sisters…). She finds inspiration for her stories everywhere as she is an avid people-watcher. So much so that she disconcerted her husband upon first meeting him when she watched the other dancers as much as she watched him. He thought she wasn't interested…silly man.
She believes there is no stronger emotion than love; that it truly can overcome pain, past rejection and the challenge of finding happiness despite the hardest things life has to offer. She believes in the victorious conclusions found in today's romance. To her, the passionately sensual romance novel is a beautiful expression of the reality of love, packaged in a fantasy readers can enjoy.
When she's not writing, Lucy likes to read—big surprise, that. She can't tell you the latest show going on television, but she loves romantic movies, action adventure and the theater. She adores her family, and is a smatterer when it comes to hobbies…a little of this, a little of that.
Since selling her first book to the Harlequin Presents line in September of 2002, she has sold more than thirty books to three publishers and shows no signs of slowing down in the near future.
Visit her web site to read about all of her books and see flash movies for select releases, including her Harlequin Presents title. She truly loves to hear from readers, and can be reached at lucymonroe@lucymonroe.com.




Playboy’s Lesson by Melanie Milburne

Lucca Chatsfield has one simple motto: no rings, no strings. Adored wherever he goes, he has yet to meet a woman who can resist him. Until he's sent to the small principality of Preitalle and meets his greatest challenge ever….
Poised and polished, princess Charlotte does not do drama. The very last person she needs interfering in her life is this reckless playboy! Lottie is determined to resist Lucca's seduction, but his charm is potent, and practically perfect Lottie finds herself risking everything for just one more touch….

Melanie Milburne

It was while she was supposed to be studying for her final high school exams that Melanie Milburne read her first Mills & Boon novel. She was 17 and decided right then and there she would continue reading romance novels, and not only that, she would settle for no less than a tall dark handsome hero as her future husband. Well, she's not only still reading romance but writing it as well! And the tall dark handsome hero, you ask? She fell in love with him on the second date and was secretly engaged to him within six weeks.
They moved to Scotland so he could work and study for his M.D. in surgery, and two sons later, arrived in Hobart, Tasmania—the jewel in the Australian crown. Once their boys were safely at school, Melanie went back to university and upgraded her teaching qualifications to a bachelor's and then master's degree.
As part of her final assessment she conducted a tutorial in literary theory concentrating on the romance genre. She had the tutorial room decked out with hearts and champagne and roses and was standing at the front of the room reading a paragraph from the novel of a prominent Harlequin Mills & Boon author when the door suddenly burst open. The husband that she thought was safely tucked away in an operating theater doing what surgeons are supposed to do was actually standing there dressed in a tuxedo, his dark brown compelling gaze centered on her startled blue one. He strode purposefully across the room, hauled Melanie into his arms and kissed her deeply and passionately before setting her back down and leaving without a single word. The lecturer gave Melanie a High Distinction and her fellow students gave her jealous glares! You can see by now her pilgrimage into romance writing was more or less set!
As well as writing full-time, Melanie is also a keen athlete. She enjoys long-distance running and is a nationally ranked top-10 master's swimmer in Australia, holding several individual state records. She learned to swim as an adult, so for anyone out there who thinks they can't do something—you can! Her motto is "Don't say I can't; say I CAN TRY."
Melanie loves the pace and passion of the Harlequin Mills & Boon Presents series and hopes fans enjoy reading her stories as much as she loves writing them.




Socialite’s Gamble by Michelle Conder

As the darling of London's party scene, Cara Chatsfield isn't surprised when her father's CEO sends her to Las Vegas to host The Chatsfield's world-famous poker tournament. And if behind the glitz and glamour there's a girl hurt by her past? She'll never tell.
Aidan Kelly detests women like Cara, but when his biggest rival includes Cara in the stakes, Aidan must win—and not just for her protection! But getting to know the stunning socialite, he discovers a beautiful, vulnerable young woman awoken by his own personal brand of passion!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, Las Vegas!


Michelle Conder

After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Michelle Conder took a variety of jobs before packing her bags and traveling and working overseas. When none of the career opportunities she encountered grabbed her she returned to Australia, and after more study decided to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a writer.
Michelle now lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children; when she isn't writing, she loves to visit faraway places and spend time with her family and friends.


Trailer: This is the trailer for the Chatsfield webisodes, called The Loedown: http://youtu.be/1AEBSteF1Mc
 
Some screenshots from the website
 

 

Giveaway
--10 winners will get copies of The Chatsfield series (Books 1-3)

Review: Into the Temple of Shadows (IDWMA #11) by Rhiannon Frater

  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publish Date: 05/07/2014
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
Purchase: Amazon

*This is the 11th episode of the serial so my review may contain spoilers from the previous installments. It will not contain spoilers for this episode.

Episode 11:
The Socoli Mansion is in ruins. Roman’s vampires have been butchered and their havens burned in Aeron the White and Terrible’s ghastly purge. Separated from her sister and lover, Vanora is accompanied by Greg, the sleazy incubus that saved her from Aeron’s clutches. As she struggles to make sense of the destruction brought upon her by an ancient prophecy, the players in the upcoming battle prepare for the final power struggle.

Vanora’s only hope to escape her destiny and save those she loves is wrapped in a magic ritual that will not only reveal the supernatural conspiracy formed by a millennia of magic, but unlock her secret powers.


Serial Synopsis:

In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust the mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her when she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22046777-into-the-temple-of-shadows?ac=1




My Thoughts

This serial just gets better with each episode!! It's seriously like your favorite TV show when you are dying for the next episode. Like a great show, it also has it's explosive episodes, then the slower ones. This was a slower one, but after the season finale of season 2, I think we needed a little bit of breathing room. Even with this one being slower, we get a lot out of it. We discover new things, and have the worry of where things are headed. This was a perfect start to the 3rd season and it sets up for things to get beyond crazy in the coming episodes.

Vanora is now on the run to get somewhere safe for the time being. She knows that she needs to find and kill Aeron, but also knows the power that he has over her. She doesn't show her fear though, and she is very in tune with others around her. She has grown up so much. I can't wait to see her hopefully destroy Aeron brutally!! Even while missing her sister and Armando, she really has her head on straight and knows what she ultimately will have to do. I really have come to adore her so much!!

Of course, all of the secondary characters are just as awesome. We get to know them well, know how they are feeling, and what they are going through and thinking.Greg, as much of a tool as he is, I really am enjoying him. It's hard to fault the guy for being such a sexual pig when that is what he is. A succubus must need the sex and desire. He is so funny and entertaining. We also got some more of Carlotta, and her story just gets more and more heartbreaking. I wanted to climb inside the book and give her a hug. I really feel like I know all of the cast very well, which makes this serial so much more enjoyable. I have that emotional attachment to it all.

This one was a good slow steady episode. I liked that. It had that creepy type doom outlook to things, and though not a lot was going on, I still felt very tense wondering what is lingering in the near future. Rhiannon Frater knows how to keep her readers needing more and making us all get completely engaged in the story. I feel like I have to know what will happen not just with Vanora, but with everyone. I have a pit in my stomach knowing that not everyone that is left can possibly make it through what is coming. I am terrified for Vanora because of how scary Aeron is. This serial has become an addiction to me and I am going crazy with needing the next one. If you haven't started it yet, you really need to.


*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Release Day!! The Warrior (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott

Entangled Teen is excited to be announcing the release of Victoria Scott’s, The Warrior, the third and final book in the Dante Walker series, which readers are already raving about!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18621882-the-warrior?from_search=true


About The Warrior:

War between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn
good.
Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the
girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help
both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator
training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden
on an ancient scroll.
Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where
spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that
foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every
opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the
day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will
have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.

Find The Warrior Online:

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Author Bio:


Victoria Scott is a teen fiction writer represented by Sara Crowe of the Harvey-Klinger Literary Agency. She’s the author of the FIRE & FLOOD series published by Scholastic, and the DANTE WALKER trilogy published by Entangled Teen. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets including the UK, Turkey, China, Poland, Israel, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.
Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and hearts cotton candy something fierce.

Find Victoria Scott Online:


Guys!! I loved this book!! My review will be posted later this week on my blog tour stop!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Weekly Recap / Stacking the Shelves (93)

*Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews

Hello all of you lovely people!! Hope you all had a great week! I have an awesome book haul this week, the weather seems like it may finally be getting nicer, and OMG it's May!! It seems like time is flying! I still sucked at posting this week, but I have taken some time this weekend to get some posts started for next week. Now to finish them. ;) Anyways, I will get on with it. 



Books Mentioned

Review
 Won/ Received Unsolicited
  • Frozen by Erin Bowman (Received from HarperTeen)
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell (won from Shelf Awareness)
  • Taken by Erin Bowman (Received from HarperTeen)
 Bought
 Thank you so much to Harper Collins, St. Martins Press, Simon & Schuster Audio, Shelf Awareness, Edelweiss, Entangled Publishing, Bloomsbury, and Netgalley. 

I only had a few things post this week. My review of My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris, and an audiobook review of Panic by Lauren Oliver.

That's my week. What did you get? Leave me your link in the comments and I will check it out!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Audiobook Review: Panic by Lauren Oliver

  • Publisher: Harper Audio
  • Publication date: 3/4/2014
  • Format: Digital Audiobook
  • Read by: Sarah Drew
  • Length: 8 hours and 11 minutes
  • Source: Digital audiobook and eARC provided by the publisher for review
 Purchase: Amazon | Audible | B&N | The Book Depository

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17565845-panic?ac=1

My Thoughts

There are some books that sound really awesome, and you are super excited for them, and then they just aren't really doing it for you. This one started off that way, but it I'm so glad that it ended up being one that I really enjoyed. I started off reading this and couldn't get into it. Then I got the audio and was sucked right in. I really enjoyed the story and thought that it was interesting and fun. Listening to the audio brought it more to life for me. I wasn't reading it with the enthusiasm and emotion that it needed. I loved how this game turns so dangerous, and the secrets that are uncovered. The story is told from different perspectives in third person. I don't typically like this style since I feel disconnected, but I really liked it with this. I thought it really helped the story along.

Heather is actually kind of pathetic to start. She wasn't even going to play Panic, and she decides last minute to do it because of her ex boyfriend. It takes a while, but with everything else going on in her life that really sucks, she ends up doing it for not only herself, but her sister. She really has a pretty messed up life, but has just dealt with it for so long. Panic is her way of trying to escape it all. Her limits are pushed and she does things that she would have never in a million years thought that she would do before. Along the way, she also discovers friendships that she most likely never would have either.

Dodge is a kid who sort of just blends in. He is not one of the popular kids, but he's not an outcast. He just doesn't really care what people think or if he fits the right crowds. He has only one reason for doing Panic. It's all for his sister, who had also done it. He's smart and nice. He is a bit rough around the edges, but he has good reason. Even though we get to know him pretty well, I still found him to be a bit of a mystery. I wish we had gotten just a bit more.

The audio really improved this story for me. Like I said, I don't do well with third person most of the time, and I find that in audio versions it makes better. I also loved the narrator. I have listened to a few books that she has done, so I already knew I was a fan. She puts just the right emotion into the story, and she makes you feel lost in it. I found myself trying to make extra time to listen to just a little bit more of the book more than a few times.

The storyline was great. I loved the idea of Panic and how they went about it. The next challenge would be given by random flyers or something. It was all very secret, while still everyone knows about it. The challenges were fun to read, and at times had me tense wondering what was going to happen. The characters were realistic too. I also liked that this was about more than just Panic. It had a lot of focus on Heather's not so great home life, and on Dodge's life too. It was like a crazy adventure, with real life issues added in. This wasn't my favorite of Lauren Oliver's books, but I still did enjoy it.




A digital audiobook copy as well as eARC were provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.