Thursday, July 30, 2015

Let The Celebration Begin: Mystery Box Giveaway

August 1st marks our 3rd year Blogiversary. I can't believe that we have almost been blogging for 3 years. It has been an amazing 3 year and I am looking forward to many more. I have learned so much about the book world, met some awesome authors, and met many fellow bookies,

This is our chance to thank you all for taking the time to check out our blog. Some of you may have been with us since the beginning, some of you may have just started following us, and there are probably many of you that are somewhere in the middle. Regardless of how long you have followed us, we thank you. Without you our blog would not be the same.

We have many fun things planned to celebrate our 3 year Blogiversary. If you check out our Facebook page we posted a video there while we were in San Diego for Comic Con. This video gives you a major tip that will help you on the adventure we will be leading to celebrate our Blogiversary.

For now, let's get the celebration started a bit early by posting one of our Blogiversary giveaways. We will be giving away two mystery box of books. One will have adult books and one will have young adult books. The books are all new, mostly paperback, some may be autographed by the author and some may be advanced reading copies.

Good luck! Stick around for more fun.


Mystery Box of Adult Books

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Mystery Box of Young Adult Books

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review - The Unimaginable by Dina Silver

The Unimaginable
Author: Dina Silver
Release Date: December 1st, 2014
Fiction, Romance


Synopsis:

A story about letting go of the past and finding bravery in the depths of fear. Set on the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand and the rough waters of the Indian Ocean, The Unimaginable paints a vivid portrait of a young woman on a journey to find herself—and her harrowing fight for survival.

After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant’s boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors—and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

Amber’s Review:

With this particular title, I decided to take on a book with a storyline that differs from my preferred style; and I was so glad that I did.

This book had elements of romance and suspense.  There were times where the story was heartbreaking and then endearing.  You find yourself on board the Imagine with Jessica, Grant and Quinn.  You’ll want to be in Phuket and run into Niran.

With relatable characters and a strong story line, the book will grab you.  The fact that the premise of the story is real; it actually happens in the real world is unbelievable.

I had the opportunity to meet the author Dina Silver at a signing in San Diego last fall.  She was incredibly nice and sold me on reading her book; and I’m so glad that I did.


Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Nobel

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Blog Tour: Endless Fate by Alicia Rae





Book Three in the Fate for Love Series

Colton Kingston is set on rebuilding his ranch to what it once was before his livelihood was diminished to a pile of ashes from a revengeful dark act of arson. His brothers at heart are there with him every step of the way to help pick up the pieces of the old and replace them with the new.

Paige Summers finds her inner strength to battle through her burdens of taking another person’s life. Standing in her rightful place by Colton’s side, she’s finally holding her own and living her dream of training horses.

Together, Colton and Paige have endured their fair share of obstacles and tragedies, and it has only made them stronger. With Hank Ulrich out of their lives, Colton is determined to make Paige, the girl he’s loved since he was five years old, his wife—forever.

But as one door closes, another opens, and a new danger is lurking in the shadows, threatening to stand in their way.

Will Colton and Paige’s love be endless, the way it was always meant to be? Or will a new devastation fall upon them and ruin their fate?

*Contains Mature Content*
 
 
 
 
 


Paige POV
 When I pivoted to head up toward the house, Colton was standing in front of the water spigot with the hose in his hand, spinning it, with a devilish look in his baby-blue eyes.
I came to an abrupt halt. With only twenty feet between us, I gazed at him and apprehensively asked, “What are you doing?”
“I told you that you might want to wear your swimsuit today. You should have taken my advice.” He advanced a step, and I retreated one, causing him to pause. “It’s a hundred-foot hose, baby. And you know I’ll catch you before you can make it to the house, so it’s best to come quietly.”
I wasn’t going to make it easy on him. I rapidly sidestepped to the right, and he followed, so I backed up.
“I doubt it.” I lifted my chin in the air and kept my face impassive. “I can be quick on my feet.”
He shot me a dubious look and said, “Paige, in our twelve years of school before college, you avoided gym class like the plague, so you don’t fool me, sweet girl.”
I narrowed my eyes at the arrogant ass. Now, I definitely wasn’t going to surrender to him. “You wouldn’t,” I seethed in good humor.
His expression was full of challenge. “Baby”—he stepped forward—“we both know I will catch you.
A hundred-foot hose had me at a serious disadvantage. I had only one shot, so without another word, I whipped around on my heels and ran for the backyard, straight toward the pear trees. My only catch was hoping that I could weave between them, and he’d run out of hose.
Cold water hit my back as soon as I ducked under the first tree. It was a shock to my system and definitely way colder than I remembered as a kid.
“Colton!” I cried as I darted to the left in between another row of trees. I was hoping to shield myself with the leaves, but I had no such luck.
“You can’t outrun me, baby,” he said, right on my tail.
I bobbed to the right, refusing to slow down. The lower branches skimmed my shoulders as I continued to weave from side to side. The air came and went from my lungs with deeper pants.
Damn, I am so out of shape. When did that happen?
I pushed forward, but my short legs weren’t quick enough. In no time, Colton’s arm banded around my waist, and we were falling to the ground. A yelp of shock tore from my lungs as our feet tangled with the hose. Colton managed to break my fall with his hands. I landed flat on my back with his knees on either side of me, bracing his weight.
“Cold! Cold! Cold!” I squealed. I squirmed beneath him as the tip of the hose soaked my stomach.
“Stay still.” Colton laughed. He stretched one hand between us and grabbed the hose in an attempt to wiggle it free.
With no luck, he quickly flipped himself over and tried to pull it off of us. It was still wrapped around both of our legs, so he rolled us again. I felt dizzy.
“There.” He laughed and flung the hose off to the side.
It was too late. I was soaked—my clothes, my face, my hair. All of me was drenched in cold water. I peered up at Colton. His hair was wet, sticking to his forehead. Water was dripping down his face, from his cheeks to his full lips, making his skin glow in the light. Those baby-blue eyes of his were beaming down at me with such love, making the drumming of my heart erratically speed up.
My hands came to either side of his face and caressed his cheeks, feeling his stubble beneath my palms. He was so handsome that it made my chest ache.
“You’re in big trouble, mister,” I stated breathlessly, fighting to keep my voice stern. “Big, big trouble,” I emphasized each word.
He unleashed a boyish grin at me. “Nah, you still love me.”
“Not today,” I lied, resisting his charms.
He leaned in, brushed his mouth along mine, and alternated between placing short tender kisses and gentle nips along my lower lip. It was difficult to remember why I was mad at him when he was touching me.
I held my breath.
He whispered, “Surely, a little water couldn’t diminish your love for me.”
Cold water,” I corrected him.
He glided his hand over my soaked jeans, up the length of my sternum, and across to my breast to my taut nipple. I exhaled sharply when he tweaked it in between his thumb and forefinger.
“Okay, maybe it was a little chilly,” he surrendered. “Don’t worry. I have just the cure to warm you up.”
Butterflies took flight in my belly, yet I couldn’t deny my urge to challenge him. I slid my hands into his hair and pulled him closer. “I don’t believe you. I think you’re going to have to prove me wrong.”
“I’m all too willing to oblige, sweet girl,” Colton said.
And boy, did he ever.
 
~Endless Fate, releasing July 23, 2015
Fate for Love Series










Alicia Rae is a Contemporary Romance Author who lives in Dekalb, Illinois, with her husband and three beautiful boys. Alicia has a passion for reading all types of romance, writing to bring a story to life, and photography.
 
Thank you to my dear sister, Kels, who showed me a few years ago how much I truly missed reading. And to my loving husband, for not throwing away my Nook, and planting the seed of writing in my mind. I am forever grateful. Xo
 
Readers, words cannot thank you enough for supporting me along this incredible journey. I hope you enjoy my novels as much as I do writing them. I thank each and every one of you.
Believe in yourself and follow your dreams...


 
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Book Blitz: Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

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Title:  Minutes Before Sunset
Series:  The Timely Death Trilogy #1
Author:   Shannon A. Thompson
Published:  July 28th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Violence, Adult Language
Recommended Age:  13+
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Synopsis:  

Two destinies. One death.

“Her kiss could kill us, and my consent signed our death certificates.”

Eric Welborn isn’t completely human, but he isn’t the only shade in the small Midwest town of Hayworth. With one year left before his eighteenth birthday, Eric is destined to win a long-raging war for his kind. But then she happens. In the middle of the night, Eric meets a nameless shade, and she’s powerful—too powerful—and his beliefs are altered. The Dark has lied to him, and he’s determined to figure out exactly what lies were told, even if the secrets protect his survival.

Jessica Taylor moves to Hayworth, and her only goal is to find more information on her deceased biological family. Her adoptive parents agree to help on one condition: perfect grades. And Jessica is distraught when she’s assigned as Eric’s class partner. He won’t help, let alone talk to her, but she’s determined to change him—even if it means revealing everything he’s strived to hide.


Excerpt from Minutes Before Sunset by Shannon A. Thompson

“You look mad,” he said, quieter this time.
I wouldn’t look at him. “I am.”
“Why?”
“Because I don’t get you,” I admitted. “I have no idea why you’re acting this way, and it makes me feel like I don’t know you.”
“I didn’t realize you wanted to know me,” he said, and I turned around, momentarily meeting his eyes. They were dark, shadowed by an expression I hadn’t seen before.
“Why wouldn’t I?” I asked, feeling heat crawl over my neck. “We’ve already spent a lot of time together.”
“For a project that’s completed, Jessica,” he said, and he shook his head, driving silently through my neighborhood. I waited for him to speak, but he didn’t. Soon, we were at the end of my driveway. Eric shoved the gears into park, and I reached for the door, but he locked it.
“Why are you so interested in my life?” he asked, and my heart pounded. I didn’t say anything. His eyes met mine, filled with an intensity that made me shudder. “It’s not that great.”
“I know,” I managed. My voice was shaking.
            His face reddened. “But you ask questions.”
            “And you answer them.”
            His mouth opened, but then it snapped shut. He sighed, turned away, and grabbed the steering wheel as if he were driving again. We remained parked. “I’m Eric James Welborn,” he stated, his voice wavering into an awkwardness I’d never heard with his normally confident and cocky attitude.
            James? His middle name felt personal—like he had opened up a side of himself he’d forgotten about. But I didn’t feel intrusive. I felt comforted, like I already knew the answer before he’d spoken it. But I hadn’t.
            “Your name doesn’t tell me who you are,” I said, surprised by my fluidity.
            He barely smiled. “Maybe I like it that way.”
            “I don’t.”



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About the Author:

Shannon A. Thompson is a twenty-three-year-old author, avid reader, and habitual chatterbox. She was merely sixteen when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy became Goodreads’ Book of the Month. As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Between writing and befriending cats, she graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she travels whenever the road calls her.

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  • A bookmark swag pack and winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Release Blitz: Wait For Me by Alexis Noelle




 
 
Title: Wait For Me
Author: Alexis Noelle
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 27, 2015

 

I’ve never been one for relationships and commitment. I get what I needed from girls but that’s where it ends. At least that was how it is supposed to be. Until that one night with Nicole changed everything. She is the only girl who has ever made me want more, and I hate it.
I have wanted more of Jason since the one night that we spent together. He has occupied my every dream and invaded my every though. He just needs to let me in and stop fighting it so much. I’m determined to show him exactly what he is missing. I’ll wait for him, but not forever.
What do you do when your whole world is turned upside down? When everything comes crumbling down around you, will you have the will to fight and break down the wall?
Wait For Me was originally Breaking Through The Wall and part of the Guarded Hearts Series. The story has been changed a bit and re-edited to make it a standalone novel.
**Wait For Me is for mature audiences only—strong language, and explicit sexual content are apparent.**




 


I tell Jason that he will be on his own the rest of the day. I am going to go to the mall and do some shopping.
“Can I come?”
He wants to go shopping with me? “Um…I guess, if you want to.”
We get dressed and head off to the mall. My purpose for coming today isn’t really because I need anything. However, my dad gave me a monthly credit card allowance, so I might as well put it to good use. I decide that maybe I will have some fun playing dress up for Jason today.
I take him into one of my favorite stores and have him sit on the chair outside of the dressing room. The first dress I try on is a short black one. It is strapless and looks pretty modest from the front, but when I turn around, the back of the dress dips into a V that stops just above my butt. When I turn around and look back, his face is priceless. This is definitely going to be fun.
I am trying on about my sixth dress, when the curtain to the changing room is pulled back. Jason walks in and immediately closes it back behind him. He closes the short distance between us and has me backed against the wall of the room. “J, What are you doing in here?!” I whisper at him, completely in shock that he is here. I only have the next dress halfway up my body right now, so my breasts are completely exposed.
“I can’t watch you walk out there in one more of those dresses. I need you now, I can’t wait.”
“Jason, I don’t think—” Before I can finish my sentence, he crashes his mouth against mine, and starts to slip off the remainder of the dress I had been trying on.


Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, and three kids. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.
She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.





 





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