Saturday, June 29, 2013

Stacking the Shelves


 


Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I had a couple really awesome surprises this week that I am so excited about.  An unexpected gift from a publicist... an ARC by one of my favorite authors.  My husband thought I'd had a heart attack I squeed so loud.  LOL!  Here's what I got this week:


 
 
 
  
 
 
  

 
 
 
 
 
 
Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!




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Friday, June 28, 2013

Cover Reveal:

I'm happy to have been invited to participate in the Cover Reveal for FACE OF DEATH, the third and final book in the TOUCH OF DEATH series by Kelly Hashway!!  The book is due out on 1/7/2014 by Spencer Hill Press.  Check out the summary below....

Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi's enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her--the punishment doled out by the very people she'd sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.

Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.
 
Jodi's one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa's blood.
 
But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she's faced yet.


And now for the cover.............


 
 
 
Add this book to your pile!!
 
 
 
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

True by Erin McCarthy

True by Erin McCarthy
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Penguin Group

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.  Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…  Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost… - Goodreads.com

I definitely have a thing for Erin McCarthy's New Adult books.  She has a way with her characters, and the steamy tension between them, that is so fun to read.  Plus she seems to have such a realistic portrayal of college life that I really love.  These characters were definitely more of what I've come to expect from this author, and I enjoyed them, and the story very much.

Rory was someone that I did kind of feel sorry for, but at the same time, I identified with her so well.  Not everyone was the most popular girl at school growing up, and even if you weren't an outcast, everyone had moments in their high school life where they felt like they weren't good enough and couldn't get a guy attracted to save their life.  In this, Rory's background was so real.  And to have her friends care enough about her to try and help her, misguided though their idea was, made me really love them.  The dynamic between her and friends was very nice, and I loved their scenes together.

Tyler was definitely a great guy.  I loved his character so much.  He might have been asked to get with Rory to take her virginity, but he had other ideas immediately, and I loved that about him.  The fact that this guy could care about someone the way he did her, after all he went through at home, spoke well of him and made me like him so much more.  Her relationship with him and his brothers was one of my favorite parts of this story.

The only issue I had with the story at all wasn't really an issue, more like a pet peeve.  But Rory's father had sort of a stereotypical response to Tyler being in her life.  On the one hand, I found it believable, only because father's do care about their daughters and do want them to excel.  But that the same time, I thought it was a little too predictable.  However, that's the only gripe I had about the story.

It was warm, emotional, touching, and I loved it.


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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!
 


The stakes have risen even higher in this third book in the Hourglass series.

The Hourglass is a secret organization focused on the study of manipulating time, and its members — many of them teenagers -­have uncanny abilities to make time work for them in mysterious ways. Inherent in these powers is a responsibility to take great care, because altering one small moment can have devastating consequences for the past, present, and future. But some time trav­elers are not exactly honorable, and sometimes unsavory deals must be struck to maintain order.

With the Infinityglass (central to understanding and harnessing the time gene) at large, the hunt is on to find it before someone else does.

But the Hourglass has an advantage. Lily, who has the ability to locate anything lost, has determined that the Infinityglass isn't an object. It's a person. And the Hourglass must find him or her first. But where do you start searching for the very key to time when every second could be the last?
 
 - Goodreads.com

 
 
Release Date:  August 6, 2013
 
Why I'm excited about it:
Third in the Hourlgass series,
which I LOVE...so I can't
wait for this one.
 
 
 
 
Leave a comment and let me know what your WoWs are this week!
 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: Wrath by Kristie Cook



I'm so excited to participate in the cover reveal of Kristie Cook's next installment in the Soul Savers Series. But first – Kristie, Tristan (the major HOTTIE!!!! From the Soul Savers Series) and Tristan's advocate Lisa need your help!


Right this very minute Tristan is participating in his first match in the NA Crush Tourney!

Please go vote for him!

Then go threaten everyone you know to vote for him … or ask nicely. Whatever works. If WHEN Tristan wins, Kristie will share "A never-before-seen scene written from Tristan's point-of-view that I promise you will love. And if he wins the whole tourney? You'll get to read about their wedding night from Tristan's POV.".

Okay, now on to the gorgeous cover and title for Soul Savers Book 5:

 

Isn't it amazing? I can't wait for this book! It comes out later this summer and don't forget to follow Kristie for up-to-date news. Now don't forget to go vote for Tristan! Want to know why you should? Visit Lisa's blog - A Life Bound By Books for her advocate post – you'll LOVE it and while you're there VOTE for Tristan!!!

Voting starts on Monday, June 24th at 11:59 PM EST and closes Tuesday, June 25th 2013 at 11:59 PM (EST)
(Opens Monday at 8:59 PM PST and closes Tuesday at 8:59 PM PST)

Here's the link:
>>> VOTE FOR TRISTAN HERE<<<

Tweet like crazy! Be sure to include the following hashtags and the link in your tweets so we can find you and others know where they can vote for Tristan too!

#NACrushTourney - #KnightRiders - http://bit.ly/3zlyR7


And don't forget to grab an eBook copy of the first book Soul Savers Series, Promise! It's FREE!!! On all platforms! Here's the links:

Order the FREE eBook Online here: AmazonBarnes and NobleiBooksKoboSmashwords
In the UK: AmazoniBooks
 
 
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Confessions of An Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Confessions of An Almost Girlfriend by Louise Rozett
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...  ...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.  When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.  - Goodreads.


I fell in love with Rose and her story in the first book, Confessions of An Angry Girl.  It left a lot of questions, and I knew there would be a sequel.  So I was really looking forward to this book coming out so that I could see where things would go.  I was not disappointed in this second installment.

Again, I loved Rose.  This is such a real, honest girl, and her narrative is raw and gritty and so straight forward.  You have to love being in her head.  I see some of my teenage self in her thoughts and the way she view things.  She has one of the most interesting narratives of any character I've read in a while.  I feel for her and the situations she finds herself in, and I love how she handles herself.  Not because she always makes the right decisions, but because sometimes she doesn't.  Sometimes she makes the wrong choice, which I find to be realistic and makes me like her more for the authenticity of her and her character.

I also love Jamie, even though he confused me just as much as he confused Rose.  However, in this story, Rose begins to grow some strength in this area.  She's no doormat.  She begins to realize what she deserves and starts to demand it.  It was great to see this growth from her.  And therein lies one of the things I love the most about these books.  This author does a great job with characterization.  She
gradually builds her characters up, moves them toward life lessons and then shows their growth in a perfectly progressive way that is gratifying.  I love that.

The writing is honest and touching, and the story perfectly revealed.  The ending leaves more questions, and with a few things still up in the air.  So obviously this is going to be a trilogy, which I'm fine with.  I can't wait to see how this ends and what life has in store for Rose.  Great sequel!



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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stacking the Shelves



Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

I got a few good books this week that I'm looking forward to.  This summer has pretty a great time for book releases!  Here's what I got....


 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 
Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!
 

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