Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Book Blitz/Giveaway : Time of Ruin by Shauna Granger




Time of Ruin (Ash and Ruin #2)
Release Date: 07/22/14

Summary from Goodreads:
The world has ended, and hope is the most dangerous thing left.



Battered and bruised after barely escaping San Francisco with their lives, Kat, Dylan, and Blue press north – desperate to reach the possibility of a new home.



But strange, monstrous ravens are tracking the remaining survivors, food is becoming scarce, gasoline is running short, and people are becoming suicidal, making survival almost impossible.



And the Pestas are growing bolder. Somehow, their numbers are growing.



The further north they go, the harder it becomes to ignore the signs that they’ve made a fatal mistake. Kat must face the impossible truth that there is no escape, there is no safe haven, and their worst nightmares don’t come close to their new reality.



Excerpt 1
With a shaking hand, I pull my water bottle from the netted pocket and take a few sips, reluctantly controlling myself from gulping down half of it. Once my mouth is pleasantly wet, I hold the bottle out to Blue and let him take a few sips. I’m happy the mouth is wide so I don’t need to spill any out for him.
The last thing I want to do is to dig through my pack and get out Blue’s bowls and kibble, so I pull out a can of beef stew, my last can of the blessed protein-and-carb packed stuff, and pull the tab to open it. “We’ll share, okay?”
Blue sits on his haunches, back perfectly straight, as he watches me. I know it’s a leftover trick from his first family, but it makes me smile.
“Me first,” I say and point at the ground.
With a short whine, Blue lays on the ground, resting his chin on his paws as he watches me tilt the can to my mouth. Eating only half of the stew isn’t as hard as I thought it would be; my stomach is so tight with worry over leaving Dylan, over the trail of smoke in the distance, and my need to find transportation that I’m not as hungry as I should be. I have to choke down the last bite of mealy potato before I hold the can out for Blue. He has no such difficulty eating the other half of the stew, and in minutes, he’s licking the inside of the can clean.
“Pig,” I tease as I toss the can away. Blue ignores me and lays down to clean his paws.
I let my head fall back against my pack. My eyelids are heavy, and it’s increasingly more difficult to keep my eyes open. I click my tongue for Blue, and he jumps to his feet in an instant. I chuckle and snap my fingers for him to come to my side. With his warm body tucked in close to me, I lay one hand on his back and let sleep pull me under.
I don’t know how much time passes before I’m awoken by a sound that I know neither I nor Blue made. My eyes snap open, and my whole body goes instinctively still. I hold my breath so that I can hear better. Blue shifts under my hand. He picks up his head, his ears perfect triangles as he listens for the unfamiliar noise. I grip the loose skin at his neck and make a tiny noise to keep him quiet.
Somewhere a twig snaps, louder than any shot fired.
Not for the first time, I miss the farmhouse where I found Blue, with its intact walls and locks on every door. I bite the inside of my cheek, wondering if I can get to the edge of the wall and away from here before whoever is walking up the steps comes around the corner.
A dim yellow light creeps across the floor underneath the dresser we’re hiding behind. My heart is choking me, lodged high in my throat, and all I can hear is the beat of my pulse and the rush of my blood.
“Yeah, this is good,” a man’s voice rings out, striking me like a whip.
I’ve missed my chance to run.


Book One:

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About the Author
Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.
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Monday, July 21, 2014

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Sunday Post Edition #70




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of July 16 – July 20
Promo Blitz/#Giveaway (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : For Her Protection by Amber A Bardan
Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): ELICIT (EAGLE ELITE #4) by Rachel VanDyken


Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of July 21 – July 27
Book Blast/Giveaway (Pump Up Your Books Tours) Dakota Gold by Karen Wilson
7/21 - Book Blitz (Bewitching Book Tours): Black Moon by Becca C. Smith & F.M. Sherrill
7/24 - Release Day Launch (InkSlinger PR): The Horde Without End by Nazarea Andrews
7/28 - Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): A Fighter's Desire by LP DOVER
7/29 - Cover Reval (InkSlinger PR): A Beautiful Purpose by Alicia Rae
7/29 - Release Day Blitz (Bewitching Book Tours): Two in the Afternoon by Cora Cade

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Promo Blitz/#Giveaway : For Her Protection by Amber A Bardan
















For Her Protection - PROMO Blitz
By Amber A Bardan
Erotic Romance
Date Published: May 30, 2014

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You shouldn’t mix business with pleasure.

Yet pleasure seems to be the one and only thing on Charlize’s mind the moment Connor steamrolls into her life. Desperate to save her family company, prove she’s more than a pretty face and worthy of being CEO, pleasure is a distraction she can’t afford.

She doesn’t want a bodyguard, especially not one whose caveman heroics kick her libido into hyperdrive. But surrounded by enemies and an attacker on the loose, there’s only one man she can trust with her life.

Connor knows better than to get personal with clients. Yet there couldn’t be anything more personal about his feelings for Charlize. From the moment he clapped eyes on her he wanted nothing more than to throw her over his shoulder and really give her something to scream about. He’ll get his uptight she-cat to unwind, preferably one orgasm at a time.

With Connor in her office, her home, driving her to sweet, merciless distraction, there’s only so long Charlize can resist his sexy, dominant brand of protection




EXCERPT

They made use of her mostly empty living room for training, standing barefoot in the middle of the room. Charlize glanced at the hardwood floor.

“Wouldn’t this be safer on the rug?”
“We won’t be doing throws today,” he said and circled her, walked around her three times.
She refused to turn her head and follow him.

“Here’s how it’s going to work. I’m going to show you a dozen simple techniques. At the end I’m going to test you.”

She frowned. “Like a quiz?”

“No, like a challenge. We see what you’ve remembered. Get you to think on your feet, force you to think quickly and react fast.” He stopped in front of her. “If you pass the challenge, you win—and trust me, you want to win.”

Charlize folded her arms and tried not to look as if she caught the suggestion in his tone. “We’ve played this game before. If you want to prove you’re bigger, stronger and better at this Karate crap than I am, then I concede—you’re better.”

He grinned a devilish smile that reminded her just how quickly he could make her heart race. “This is a new game. All you have to do is prove you were paying attention. It’s not a contest, it’s a challenge—and the stakes are higher.”

She uncrossed her arms. “How high?”

“At the end of this I’m going to fuck you.” He slinked closer in his prowling-panther way of moving. “How I do that is up to you. Either you get to fight me off, put up your best resistance, or I own you and you do exactly as I say. If you win, you get to choose how it happens.”

Charlize took a breath then reminded herself to breathe out. Told her hands not to shake at her sides.

“But if you fail, I’ll take you how I want.”

How he wants? Her body rushed with adrenaline. Part of her wanted to lose just to see which option turned him on. She wanted him rough. As impolite as that might be, as much as it fell outside what she’d done before, she acknowledged the desire—but this was different. This was saying it out loud. This was conscious choice, deliberate. This was agreeing to some kind of kinky role-play. None of which she could bring herself to accept.

“How the fuck is there a win for me in that?”

He closed the distance, made her look up at him, made her breathe in the scent of his clean body. “Because it’s what you want, kitten. But you’ve got to admit it.”

Her tongue fumbled in her mouth, which had apparently found new saliva glands. The idea of fighting him off sounded hot all right, but she couldn’t do that. Not with memories of the parking lot so raw.

But if he wanted to challenge her, then he could be challenged too. With something equally as hot. “Instead of the fighting, the other option is you do as I say.”

“You want to bargain for that? Sounds less fun to me.” He stepped back and positioned himself two feet in front of her. “Let’s get started.” He ran her through exercise after exercise. Showed her the vulnerable places on the body to target, how to sneak a hit to the throat before an attacker saw it coming. How to break every kind of hold, but more importantly he showed her how to look around. How to stop the world from closing in and see the things around her, things she could use to protect herself.

Her muscles ached by the end but she knew she had this.

“You been paying attention, kitten?” Connor asked.

“Does it look as if I’ve fallen asleep?”

He grasped her wrists. “You mean like you did last night? You’re going to pay for that you know. I’m still aching.”

“Only if I fail,” she whispered and twisted her arms free. “So was that score one for me?”

He chuckled and laugh lines dimpled his cheeks. “Sure. Are you ready for the next one?”

She nodded and stepped from foot to foot. He had her ducking, twisting and even landing a hit to his “vulnerable” place. Not that he reacted—the bastard. She was ready to savor the sweetness of victory when he caught her from behind, twisted his fist in her hair.

Breath evaporated from her chest. Fear streaked through her limbs. The imagined smell of tobacco tingled in her nose.

“Breathe, baby,” he whispered and air rushed back into her lungs.

Charlize slammed her heel into his foot, her elbow into his stomach and twisted—breaking the grip on her hair. She dropped to the floor and rolled out of reach.

Connor pursued with his slow, confident swagger. “Congratulations, you did well. So what is it, baby? Am I yours to command?” He tucked up the legs of his sweatpants and crouched in front of her. “Or are you mine?”

About the Author: Amber A Bardan
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After spending years imagining fictional adventures, Amber finally found a way to turn daydreaming into a productive habit. She now spends her days as a graphic designer but her nights writing gritty, raw, erotic romance with heart.

She lives with her husband and children in semi-rural Australia, where if she peers outside at the right moment she might just see a kangaroo bounce by.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cover Reveal : ELICIT (EAGLE ELITE #4) by Rachel VanDyken

















Cursed, numb, rejected,
scorned, wicked, sinister, dark, twisted...my name is Tex Campisi and this is
my legacy. I killed my father in cold blood and lost my soul right along with
him. 


I crave war more
than peace, and I'm about to take my place in history as the youngest Capo dei
Capi in the Cosa Nostra...that is until someone stops me, saves me from myself. 




But the only person
able to do that...is my best friends sister, Mo Abandanato, and she just ripped
my heart out and asked me to hold it in my hands while she put bullets through
it. 




Im cursed so I did
it. 


I'm numb so I held
it. 


I'm wicked so I
liked it.


I used the pain Mo
caused as a catalyst to turn into my biggest nightmare--the five families
greatest enemy. It's my turn to take a stand, knowing full well I'm going to
lose my mind to the madness that is the American Mafia. I've always been told
Blood is thicker than life. I wish I would have listened. Because regardless of
who you love? You will betray. You will kill.


Blood Always Wins. 

The only way out is
death...yours.




Welcome to the Dark
Side of the Family


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Blitz : Signs of a Serial Killer by Crystal Clary





Title: Signs of a Serial Killer
Author: Crystal Clary
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Pages: 198
Genre: True Crime
Format: Ebook
Purchase at AMAZON


My friend Sue and I had spent so much time together we felt like sisters. We had made so many plans for our future, as young girls do. We would graduate from school, get married, have a career, children and we would be lifelong friends sharing those moments together. Part of that dream had already come true. Sue was a year older than myself. I went to her graduation and was so proud of her. She had just got an apartment with her boyfriend. I was halfway through my senior year. We went Christmas shopping at the mall. But by January 16, 1980, my friend Sue went missing. When I graduated Sue wasn’t there. Then I got my first apartment, still no Sue. I would hear nothing about what happened to Sue for 15 years. Now I will try to fill in the blanks that I have learned over the years. And the surprising shocker after 33 years. Because of the sensitive nature of this book I will be using the pen name Crystal Clary. Since most of the information that I’m sharing with you was unknown to me at the time I decided to write this book in Omniscient: so you as the reader will be able to see all and know all.



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Book Blitz/#Giveaway : Iraq Dreams by Gerard D'Alessio





Title: Iraq Dreams
Author: Gerard R. D’Alessio
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 222
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Format: Kindle
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Even before he is fully awake in his bed at Walter Reed Hospital, United States Army reservist Rick Garcia knows it is going to be a very bad day. It is November 2004, and as if having his leg amputated during an extended tour in Iraq is not bad enough, Rick is about to receive a letter from his wife, Coralee, telling him she is divorcing him and taking their two children from their home in New Jersey to Oklahoma to live with her mother.
Now forced to re-invent his life, Rick decides to do his rehabilitation in a V.A. hospital near his children. While dealing with terrifying nightmares and flashbacks, feeling vulnerable and alone, Rick falls in love with one of his nurses. But when Rick’s children witness a murder that puts their lives in jeopardy, Rick chooses to work with Coralee to protect their children from further danger—a decision that changes everything.
Iraq Dreams is the compelling story of a wounded veteran who must reevaluate his life as he and his family battle to overcome the psychological damage that resulted from the war.


About the Author

Gerard R. D’Alessio was a licensed psychologist for thirty-seven years. Now retired, Dr. D’Alessio lives with his artist-wife, Susan, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he writes fiction that focuses on psychological conflicts and passions of intimate relationships and family dramas.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Book Blitz : The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Series by Lisa Renee Jones






Escaping Reality
The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Series
Book One
Lisa Renee Jones


Genre: New Adult Romance

Print Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
June 17, 2014
ASIN: B00L01GHBY

Book Description:

His touch spirals through me, warm and sweet, wicked and hot. I shouldn’t trust him. I shouldn’t tell him my secrets. But how do I not when he is the reason I breathe? He is what I need.

At the young age of eighteen, tragedy and a dark secret force Lara to flee all she has known and loved to start a new life. Now years later, with a new identity as Amy, she’s finally dared to believe she is forgotten—even if she cannot forget. But just when she lets her guard down, the ghosts of her past are quick to punish her, forcing her back on the run.

On a plane, struggling to face the devastation of losing everything again and starting over, Amy meets Liam Stone, a darkly entrancing recluse billionaire, who is also a brilliant, and famous, prodigy architect. A man who knows what he wants and goes after it. And what he wants is Amy. Refusing to take “no” as an answer, he sweeps her into a passionate affair, pushing her to her erotic limits. He wants to possess her. He makes her want to be possessed. Liam demands everything from her, accepting nothing less. But what if she is too devastated by tragedy to know when he wants more than she should give?

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Infinite Possibilities
The Secret Life of Amy Bensen Series
Book Two
Lisa Renee Jones


Print Length: 208 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books
June 17, 2014
ASIN: B00L01GHHS

They are everywhere: haunting her, tormenting her. In the midst of it all, he’d been her escape, her passion. The only person she’d trusted in six years. And then he’d made her doubt that trust, cutting her deeply. But she is ready to fight and not just for survival. She is fighting for the truth and she won’t stop until she has it, not even for…him.

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Quotes from the Series:

“You are my other half, Amy. I have to protect you.”
― Lisa Renee Jones, Infinite Possibilities

“Hope is my enemy. It’s worse than lies. It promises and it takes back. It teases and it rips my heart out.”
― Lisa Renee Jones, Infinite Possibilities

“When I want something, I go after it. And baby, I want you, and all I can say is you might be smart to run before I get any more into you, but please don't.”
― Lisa Renee Jones, Escaping Reality

“If you're worried I'll bite, I promise to tell you first.”
― Lisa Renee Jones, Escaping Reality

“Then let me be more clear.” His cheek slides over mine, his whiskers scraping erotically over my delicate skin, his lips pressing to my ear. “You’re a beautiful woman who deserves to be properly fucked, which I conclude from both your actions and answers to my questions, that you have not been. I want to be the man to remedy that. I want it very much.”

About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT SERIES, and is now in development by Suzanne Todd (Alice in Wonderland) for cable TV. In addition, her Tall, Dark and Deadly series and The Secret Life of Amy Bensen series, both spent several months on a combination of the NY Times and USA Today and USA Today lists.

Since beginning her publishing career in 2007, Lisa has published more than 40 books translated around the world. Booklist says that Jones suspense truly sizzles with an energy similar to FBI tales with a paranormal twist by Julie Garwood or Suzanne Brockmann.

Prior to publishing, Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by Dallas Women Magazine. In 1998 LRJ was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on twitter and facebook daily.

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GoodReads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/73977.Lisa_Renee_Jones

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/AuthorLisaReneeJones

Sulia: http://sulia.com/lisareneejones/


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book Blast/#Giveaway: Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L Clark



Uncover Cobbogoth

Uncovering Cobbogoth by Hannah L. Clark

Norah Lukens needs to uncover the truth about the fabled lost city of Cobbogoth. After her archaeologist uncle’s murder, Norah is asked to translate his old research journal for evidence and discovers that his murder was a cover-up for something far more sinister.

When she turns to neighbor and only friend James Riley for help, she realizes that not only is their bitter-sweet past haunting her every step, but James is keeping dangerous secrets. Can Norah discover what they are before its too late to share her own.

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Praise for Uncovering Cobbogoth

"With a fascinating protagonist in Norah Lukens, a fully realized, never before seen fantasy world, and a fast paced, compelling story, Uncovering Cobbogoth establishes Hannah L. Clark as a major new voice in American fiction. The richness of the story and the scope of the world she's created screams for a film adaptation. This is a fantasy novel for everyone, even readers not usually drawn to the genre. Highly, highly recommended!"

-Bryce Clark, author of Red Shirt Kids

"This book takes you on a wonderful ride, bringing myth and legend to life. The characters are full and flawed, with a sweet romance woven through the adventure."

- Annette K. Larsen, author of Just Ella

"Uncovering Cobbogoth is an Icelandic tale that will appeal to many Harry Potter series fans […] For those who’ve missed the Harry Potter world, here’s a pretty good alternative!"

- Sharon Haddock, For the Deseret News
"This isn't a typical YA fantasy/scifi/para story like the multitude of vampire or witch or werewolf or mermaid themes that fill bookshelves in stores currently. When after a couple of chapters it became apparent that this wasn't yet another entry into the aforementioned themes, I was downright giddy. And then to find out there wasn't a standard issue love triangle? I wanted to find the author and buy her dinner."

-Radar626, Amazon reviewer

"A friend of mine recommended this book […] I checked it out and I was so pleased! I love this book. I can't wait to read the next one [...] and I am encouraging my daughter to read it as well. If you like fantasy with a little mix of science this book is perfect. I had such a hard time putting this book down just so I could deal with real life and working on promoting my own book. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of this book."

-Pamela Hall, author

 

Excerpt

The Legend of the Cobbogothians is really where Uncovering Cobbogoth begins. For as long as Norah can remember, her Uncle Jack has been obsessed with the mythical people. He became an archeologist and world famous Myth-chaser because of the Cobbogothian legends he heard while visiting his Granddad Aegissida’s farm in Iceland.



The Legend of the Cobbogothians

Long ago, at the beginning of time, a peculiar race ruled the earth. They found favor in the eyes of the gods and received great gifts of knowledge and power at their hands. These gifts made them elementalists—masters of earth, wind, fire, water, metal, wood and space. The elementalists thenceforth became rulers of the earth and sky.

With this power came corruption, and the elementalists soon forgot their patron gods. Instead, they turned to worshipping themselves and their own creations. This angered the gods, and in their wrath, the vowed to bring an icy end to the prideful race.

Rumors of the looming destruction were heralded throughout the land, and a final invitation was issued to the elementalists to renounce their fallen ways. Yet only a few heard and heeded. Among them was a man named Cobbogoth. Being a wise and humble servant of the gods, he believed the warnings and led all who would listen deep into the bowels of the earth to wait out the approaching storm.

When the day of destruction was come and the wrath of the gods rained down, the race of elementalists was wiped away, and then came the dawning of a violent and frigid ide age.

It is said that Cobbogoth’s posterity still lives beneath our feet, waiting to rise and rule the earth and sky once more.

Sigurd Jorgensson

Icelandic Bard, 1045 AD

 

*Translated from the original Old Norse by Dr. Jack A. Lukens of Harvard University, April 1975

 


hannahAuthor Hannah L. Clark

Hannah L. Clark lives with her husband and their son in the Rocky Mountains. She has always known she would be a storyteller. In 2006 she graduated from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English and immediately began writing Uncovering Cobbogoth, the first book in a seven book series based on Clark's mythological brain-child, the Icelandic Legend of the Cobbogothians.
Clark loves her family, running, mythology, laughing, soulful bluegrass music, road-trips, studying alternative medicine, retro hairdos, and growing things. Like her heroine Norah, she also kind of believes trees have souls, but must clarify (for her parents' sakes) that she was not raised by hippies. ;-)

 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Release Day Blitz/#Giveaway : Goodbye To You by A.J. Matthews




Goodbye To You
Release Date: 07/01/14
Swoon Romance
New Adult

Summary from Goodreads:
Europe? Nope. Mexico? Nope. Key West?

Not me. This summer, I'm playing nursemaid to my sister. Yeah, I know. Relatively good looking twenty-two-year-olds don't spend the summer bedside in the cancer ward, but that's the plan - until my sister threatens me with bodily harm unless I get on the plane.

That's when I met him. He likes me. Really likes me. But more than that, he loves my boobs -- like can't get enough. I have no idea how to tell him that they'll be gone soon. Courtesy of a preventative double mastectomy. Yep. That's what testing positive for the breast cancer gene mutation will do to a girl.

But don't feel sorry for me. I'm enjoying him, holding on until the last possible minute, while I muster up the strength to tell him, and watch him walk away.




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About the Author
I wrote my first book at six. A retelling of The Three Little Pigs, illustrated by my grandmother, the book was never picked up and was self-published instead, glued to cardboard with a cover fashioned from wallpaper scraps.

Today, I write stories featuring nice guys (or nice guys in-the-making) in between my other jobs writing research reports for a commercial real estate company, refereeing two young daughters, navigating the teen waters with a too-cute-for-his-own-good son, spoiling a neurotic cat, and making my darling, patient husband shake his head. I'm also an autism mom, chocolate enthusiast, sports-watcher, nacho-eater, and beer-drinker.



A Maryland native, I live in North Carolina now, but dreams of the beach fuel my fantasties, and my characters can often be found strolling in the sand or sailing along a coast.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Month in Review – June 2014




I read 4 books in June. I’m always looking for new read-a-thons – let me know if you know of one.
This is the first time I am participating in the Write On Review-A-Thon by The Book Vixen. They are scheduled every month – the next one is June 27th – 28th.
I’ve also signed up for the Wicked Wildfire Read-A-Thon sponsored by My Shelf Confessions – July 14th – 24th. I signed up for the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop July 2 – July 9 sponsored by Bookhounds & I am a Reader, Not a Writer


Books Reviewed:
Posts:
Author Interview (Bewitching Book Tours): The Cowboy and the Vampire: Rough Trails and Shallow Graves by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Book Tour (Bewitching Book Tours): My Hunger and No In Between by Lisa Renee Jones
Book Blitz/Giveaway (Pump Up Your Books Tours) The Soul of the City by John McMillan
Book Blitz (YA Bound) : Plumb Crazy by Molly Blaisdell
Book Blitz/#Giveaway (YA Bound) : Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert
Cover Reveal/#Giveaway (YA Bound) : Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton
Cover Reveal (YA Bound) : Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith
GRAND FINALE BLITZ (Prism Book Tours) : The Dystopian Tour
Release Day Blitz (Bewitching Book Tours): A Vampire’s Promise by Carla Susan Smith
Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): Ready to Wed by J L Berg
Author Guest Post (Bewitching Book Tours): After the Silence – Bree by Jacqueline Paige
Book Blast/#Giveaway/#Virtual Scavenger Hunt (I Am A Reader): The Hunt for Tomorrow
Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop (I Am A Reader)

broken.html>Book Blitz/Giveaway (Pump Up Your Books Tours) : Mothers with Broken Hearts by Monica Shipley

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop (I Am A Reader)
Book Poll (InkSlinger PR): Help Decide What Elisabeth Grace Writes Next
Book Blast (I Am A Reader): True Colors by Kysten Lindsay Hager
Book Blast/#Giveaway (I Am A Reader): Polar Opposites by Kai Strand
Book Blast (YA Bound) : Honey Queen by Christina Mercer
Sue’s 2014 Reading Challenges Progress:
>> GoodReads Challenge - Travel the United States 4/51
>> GoodReads Challenge – 2014 Reading Challenge 39/100
>> GoodReads Challenge- National Football League Challenge
>> 2014 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge (Socrates' Book Review)
>> 2014 Cruisin' thru the Cozies (Socrates' Book Review) 1/6
>> 2014 What An Animal Reading Challenge VII (Socrates' Book Review) 8/13
>> 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (Bookish) 3/52
>> I Love Library Books Reading Challenge 2014 (My Book Dragon) 3/24
>> I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge 2014 (Book Dragon's Lair) 14/20
>> You Read How Many Books? Reading Challenge 2014 (Book Dragon's Lair) 39/100
>> 2014 Audiobook Challenge (HotListens & The Book Nympho) 1/6
>> 2014 Nonfiction Reading Challenge (Introverted Reader) 12/5 – COMPLETED 5/2014
>> State by State in 2014 (USA Fiction Challenge) 4/50
>> 2014 Erotic Romance Reading Challenge (Herding Cat & Burning Soup) 12/12 – COMPLETED 4/2014
>> 2014 Anna & Kristilyn’s Book Bingo Reading Challenge (Reading in Winter and Creativity’s Corner) 3/5
>> 2014 Where Are You Reading? Challenge (Book Journey) 4/50
>> 2014 Kristin Hannah Reading Challenge (Rachael Turns Pages) 0/2
>> 2014 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book) 7/26
>> 2014 Romance Reading Challenge (The Bookworm) 1/3
>> 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge (The Book Vixen) 23/50
>> Let Me Count the Ways 2014 Reading Challenge (Creatively Crazed) 3302/10,000

PROMO Blitz/#Giveaway : The Trouble With Flying by Rachel Morgan









The Trouble With Flying - PROMO Blitz
By Rachel Morgan
Young Adult/New Adult
Date Published: June 24, 2014

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When introvert Sarah boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, the last thing she expects is Aiden, the guy sitting next to her who’s never flown anywhere before and refuses to shut up. Hours of random conversation later, they part ways. Sarah can’t stop thinking about Aiden, though, and wondering if she made a terrible mistake letting him go. Should she abandon her safe, predictable life and go in search of him, or would she be chasing a happily ever after that could never exist in real life?


EXCERPT

CHAPTER ONE
I don’t make friends on aeroplanes. I know there are people who like to strike up a conversation with the complete stranger sitting next to them, but that’s not me. It’s not that I’m an unfriendly person. It’s more the fact that the conversation centre of my brain seems to seize up in the presence of strangers, and I can’t for the life of me figure out what to say. And even if the other person is happy to simply babble on while I pretend to listen and be interested, I’d really rather be doing something else. Like reading. Or watching a movie. Or sleeping. Or trying to figure out how to stop crying.

Yes. Crying. Because if being shy and awkward isn’t enough, today I’m adding red eyes, tears, and suppressed sobs to the embarrassing mix.

I stare out the tiny, oval window at the patches of reflected light on the wet runway and silently ask God to leave the seat next to me empty. I can’t deal with a chatty neighbour right now. I’d rather watch the black sky and incessant rain until we reach cruising altitude. Then I’ll close my eyes and let sleep take the pain away.

Oh, STOP IT. It’s not like someone died.

I wiggle around a bit in my seat and sniff, trying to listen to my inner pep-talk voice. Think of the good things, I tell myself. I’m on my way home. I’m leaving behind the dreary, wet weather for a sunny, summer climate. That, at least, should make me happy. But thinking about home leads to thoughts ofwho I’m flying towards, and that only makes my stomach twist further.

I hear the sound of a bag being dumped onto the seat at the end of my row. There are only three seats between the window and the aisle—mine and two others—so there’s a fifty-fifty chance this person is about to plonk him or herself down right next to me.

I angle myself more towards the window and swipe my fingers beneath my eyes. I start the furious tear-banishing blinking. Stop crying, stop crying, stop crying. All I need now is for someone to see my blotchy, wet face and start asking me what’s wrong.

I hear someone settling into a seat. I don’t feel movement right beside me, so it must be the aisle seat. Fantastic. I send up a quick thank-you prayer and remind God that it would be spectacularly awesome if He could keep the seat next to me empty.

A tickle inside my left nostril alerts me to the fact that my nose is dribbling. I sniff, but it doesn’t help.Crap, where are my tissues? I lean forward and reach down by my feet for my handbag. Brown strands of hair fall in front of my face and block my vision, but if I can just get the zip open and feel past my purse to the tissues—

No. Too late. Now it’s trickling down my lip and I’m digging around in the bag and I can’t feel the stupid tissues and a drop of tear-snot just landed on my hand and yuck! I haul the ridiculous handbag—I told Jules I didn’t need something so big—onto my lap with one hand while holding the back of my other hand to my nose. And there the tissues are. Right next to my purse. Perfectly easy to find. I rip one from the packet and jam it against my nose to stop the tear-snot flood.

And that’s when I catch a glimpse of the guy sitting in the aisle seat. A quick sideways glimpse, but enough to tell me he’s cute. Excellent cheekbones, a strong jawline, and perfectly messy dark brown hair. Terrific. My nose is dripping snot in front of a cute guy. Not that I should care that he’s cute, or that he’s a guy, because it’s not like I’m going to talk to him, and it’s not like I’m even available—am I? I don’t actually know. And thinking about that makes me want to cry all over again—but STILL. I don’t want to look blotchy and snotty in front of a cute guy.


Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn't for her--after all, they didn't approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Post Edition #69




The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

This Last Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit
Week of June 16 – June 22
Author Interview (Bewitching Book Tours): The Cowboy and the Vampire: Rough Trails and Shallow Graves by Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Book Blitz/#Giveaway (YA Bound) : Breaking Fences by Juliana Haygert
Release Day Blitz (InkSlinger PR): Ready to Wed by J L Berg
Book Blast/#Giveaway/#Virtual Scavenger Hunt (I Am A Reader): The Hunt for Tomorrow
Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop (I Am A Reader)
Week of June 23 – June 29
Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop (I Am A Reader)
Book Poll (InkSlinger PR): Help Decide What Elisabeth Grace Writes Next
Book Blast (I Am A Reader): True Colors by Kysten Lindsay Hager
Book Blast/#Giveaway (I Am A Reader): Polar Opposites by Kai Strand
Book Blast (YA Bound) : Honey Queen by Christina Mercer


Next Week @ Books, Books The Magical Fruit

Week of June 30 – July 6
PROMO Blitz/#Giveaway (Reading Addiction Blog Tours) : The Trouble With Flying by Rachel Morgan
7/1 - Release Day Blitz (YA Bound) : Goodbye To You by A.J. Matthews
7/1 - Release Day Blitz (YA Bound) : Perfected by Kate Jarvik Birch
7/2 - Cover Reveal (InkSlinger PR): Illicit Desires by Taylor Michaels
Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop July 2 – July 9