Monday, August 22, 2016

Cover Reveal Time - "A Fabrication of the Truth" by Katie Kaleski


A Fabrication of the Truth
by Katie Kaleski
Publication date: September 20th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
The last time Lexie Stein saw Dalton Reyes he lay in a pool of blood, hovering somewhere between life and death. Now, five years later, he’s the new guy in her high school. 
What happened between then and now is a mystery Lexie is afraid to explore. Just one lie uncovered from her past can cause the house of cards she’s so carefully constructed to come crashing down around her. And Dalton is the key to that past.
She doesn’t need her grandmother’s warnings to convince her that Dalton means trouble. But the bond they shared as kids seems to have only gotten stronger, transforming into something wonderful and powerful. 
When Dalton opens up about the intervening years and what they mean for his future, Lexie is determined not to let him get away a second time.

Author Bio:
Katie Kaleski is a young adult author that hails from the midwest. A Fabrication of the Truth is her debut novel, but she will have plenty more books coming very soon.
Her favorite food is cereal with milk, she holds cookies in high regard, and she loves all things cute and fuzzy.
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Review #20 "The Summer Before Forever" by Melissa Chambers

It's Friday and what could be better on a Friday than a chat about books! I am reviewing yet another from a publisher that has quickly been moving up my list of favorites.

The Summer Before Forever
(Before Forever #1)
by Melissa Chambers
Publish Date: August 22, 2016
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Genre: YA Romance
Buy It: Amazon
Source: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review

How Many Stars? 4

Synopsis: Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it. 

Chloe Stone's life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs. 

Landon's mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn't know he wanted, and that's . . . inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity. 

But there's more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something - something he knows will change how she feels about him - and she's hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there's a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again . . . 

My Scribbles: I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure I was going to like it when they first started getting into the romance part because, well, they're going to be brother and sister by the end of the book. Not blood related but still. So I found myself reading along, intrigued to see how the author was going to solve that problem. And along the way, I fell for Landon, too. He's sweet and considerate and he stands up for Chloe, protecting her not only like a brother but also like a really amazing boyfriend. The more the book went on and I expected to be weirded out, I really wasn't. And Chloe! She's this shy girl in the beginning. She's been through some rough stuff and so her best friend, Jenna (not my favorite character but a pretty loyal best friend), comes up with this bucket list of things for Chloe to do to build up her confidence. So you get to watch shy Chloe, who's never really been in love before, go through these amazing changes as she works to be a stronger person. And it was a great love story, too. Definitely a great summery read!

Check out my review on Goodreads, too!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Book Blast "Thirty-Four Going on Bride" by Becky Monson

Thirty four Going on Bride

Thirty-Four Going on Bride 
by Becky Monson
Julia Dorning is about to lose it. Between her over-the-top wedding that her sister, Anna, took upon herself to create, and the under-staffed popular bakery that she runs, she can barely find time to breathe. All Julia ever wanted was a quaint wedding on the beach with family and friends. But now Julia has to contend with not only her sister's plans, but those of her future mother-in-law, as well. Not wanting to step on anyone's toes, especially her mother-in-law's, Julia just goes along with it. She can only take so much, though, and when her newest employee, Kate, makes things harder at the bakery, Julia has to find a way to simplify her life. Can she do it or will she end up a basket case? Find out how she does it in this hilarious conclusion to the Spinster series!

Becky MonsonAuthor Becky Monson
By day, Becky Monson is a mother to three young children, and a wife. By night, she escapes with reading books and writing. In her debut novel, Becky uses humor and true-life experiences to bring her characters to life. She loves all things chick-lit (movies, books, etc.), and wishes she had a British accent. She has recently given up Diet Coke for the fiftieth time and is hopeful this time will last... but it probably won't.

Praise for the Book
"My favorite of the series!" - Author Jennifer Peel
"Becky Monson did it again!" - Amazon Reviewer
"It’s rare that I want to give a book six stars, but this is certainly one of them." -Blogger Connie Fischer, Bookworm2bookworm

Excerpt
“Pick it up, Julia! You can do this!”

I’m in the seventh circle of hell.

“Come on! Let’s move faster!” My sister Anna yells over the construction that we’re currently passing. As expected, we get a few whoops and whistles tossed at us from the workers. Pity flattery, I’m sure. Well, maybe not for Anna, but certainly for me. There’s absolutely nothing attractive about me right now.

To start, I don’t know if I’ve ever sweated this hard in my life. I look like I’ve taken a shower fully clothed. I’m sticky and perspiring, and it’s not even that hot outside. It’s a typical day near the end of May in Denver, Colorado. How did I let Anna convince me to do this? Oh that’s right, there was no convincing. She forced me. “It’ll be good for you,” she had said, lying through her devil teeth.

At this point I don’t know if my lungs will ever be the same. They actually ache with pain. And then there’s the ache in my calves, and really every other part of my body. Whoever thought of running as an extracurricular activity should be shot. A form of torture, yes. Exercise? I’d rather get a tooth pulled without Novocain.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Book Blitz! "Behind Closed Doors" by Kelly Mooney


Behind Closed Doors
Kelly Mooney
Publication date: August 4th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
WILLA
Rules are meant to broken.
Plans are supposed to change.
I knew the rules—knew them like the back of my hand. First one, never fantasize about a co-worker—or worse take him to bed. The other one, never believe you can change a man. Like ever.
And guess what?
Broke ’em. Destroyed ’em.
Damn near shattered those pesky little rules.
How was I supposed to know that Ryan Donahue was going to walk into my life as my roommate and co-worker, and rock my ever-loving world?
And now, our jobs are on the line.
My heart hangs in the balance.
I couldn’t just stick to the one single summer of sunsets.
I had to fall for the one man that I knew wouldn’t stay,
And I finally know why those rules were put into place. 
RYAN
I had a plan.
A strategically orchestrated plan.
It was supposed to be one summer, a favor for a friend. And escape my family’s overzealous expectations. Then, I was out—on my way to the life I’d planned.
What I didn’t count on was the petite, yet adorable,
roommate, with a pair of green eyes that knocked me off my feet.
One look, and I was doomed.
But then, her name, Willa Bloom, that sent me over the edge.
I was lost in thought.
“Willa-she-be-good-in-bed?”
“Willa-she-like-a-one-night-stand?”
I couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t focus.
I wanted her—had to have her.
And now my plans,
Those well thought-out, perfectly polished plans?
Completely gone, vanished, disintegrated.
But I’m not going to let that happen,
Not to us.
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Author Bio:
Kelly Mooney was born in Southern New Jersey and now resides in Upstate New York. She started writing Young Adult novels, but wanted more freedom with her characters. She is currently writing New Adult Romance. She adores hearing from her fans, so please keep in touch. She continues writing love stories during her free time.
Feel free to email her at mooneymama1@yahoo.com or via www.facebook.com/kellymooneyauthor

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Release Week Blitz! "Shadow Born" by Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton


Shadow Born
Jasmine Walt & Rebecca Hamilton
(Shadows of Salem #1)
Publish date: August 16th 2016
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Chicago Police Detective Brooke Chandler is keeping a secret… and if she’s not careful, it could get her killed. 

Brooke is no stranger to the supernatural. In Chicago, vampires are just as prevalent as drug lords, and infinitely more bloodthirsty. So when her partner and fiancĂ© dies in a mysterious fire while chasing down a lead in Salem, she suspects something dark and otherworldly is at play. 
Blessed with the ability to see into the past by touching inanimate objects, Brooke transfers to the Salem PD, hoping her talent will help her get to the bottom of things. Between dodging assassination attempts and being stonewalled at every turn, the going is tough. Add in a mysterious fae club owner with secrets of his own and a personal grudge against her, and it becomes nearly impossible. 
If Brooke wants to play in the supernatural sandbox, she’s going to have to roll up her sleeves and get dirty. But how many people will have to die for Brooke to discover the truth about her fiance? And is she even ready to know? 
Find out what lurks in the SHADOWS OF SALEM by pre-ordering SHADOW BORN, the latest Urban Fantasy hit readers are comparing to Karen Marie Moning and Patricia Briggs.
EXCERPT:
“They’re conniving, manipulative, and take things that don’t belong to them.” Maddock hissed, then shoved to his feet. “Such as the fae that have been going missing recently.”

“Well, I can’t argue with that,” I muttered, eyeing him warily. He was glaring at me, as if this were somehow my fault. “But how do you know it’s the witches doing this? A symbol on a wall isn’t what I call concrete evidence.”

Maddock crossed his arms and glared down at me, making my heart jump into my throat. “So yer defending them now? Somehow I’m not surprised.”

His sarcastic tone was so accusatory that his behavior suddenly made sense. All the animosity, the condemning glares…

“You think I’m a witch, don’t you?” I jabbed a finger at him. “That’s why you don’t like me, and why you always look at me like I’m a piece of shit stuck to your shoe.”

“I dinnae know what ye are,” Maddock growled, clamping his hand around my forearm. “Aside from a heaping of trouble. But right now, I need ye, which is why I’m tolerating yer presence in this city. Now let’s get going already. I’ve something to show ye.”


Author Bio: 
Rebecca Hamilton writes Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids, along with multiple writing personalities that range from morbid to literary. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently.
Rebecca Hamilton is represented by the ever-more-amazing Rossano Trentin of TZLA.
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter 
Jasmine Walt: I'm obsessed with books, chocolate, and sharp, pointy objects. Somehow, those three things melded together in my head and transformed into a desire to write. Usually fantastical stuff, with a healthy dose of action and romance. My characters are a little (okay, a lot) on the snarky side, and they swear, but they mean well. Even the villains sometimes.
When I'm not working on my next book, you can find me working on my dao sword form, spending time with my family, or binge-watching superhero shows on Netflix. I love to hear from my readers, so if you've got a question or just want to say hi, feel free to contact me via my website at www.jasminewalt.com.
Author links:
Website / Facebook / Twitter

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Book Blitz! "Extracted" by Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley


Extracted
Sherry D. Ficklin & Tyler Jolley
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: August 15th 2016
Genres: Steampunk, Young Adult
Two opposing factions of time travelers vie for control of the future in this thrilling steampunk series opener dubbed “Interesting” and “Unexpected” by Kirkus Reviews. 
Lex and Ember—two time travelers with no memories of their lives before being recruited into the time war—are torn between the factions. When Lex accepts a mission that lands him deep within the heart of the Telsa Institute, he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they were, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them once again.



Author Bio: 
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter
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Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
Author links:
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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review #19 "The Watchers of Eden" by T.C. Edge

The Watchers of Eden
(The Watchers Trilogy #1)
by T.C. Edge
Publish Date: November 1, 2015
Genre: Dystopian
Buy It: Amazon
Source: purchased on Amazon

How Many Stars? 4

Synopsis: Her gift is her curse. Her world is her prison. Her fate is bigger than she knows . . .

In the hot and harsh farming region of Agricola, 16 year old Cyra prepares to be tested to discover what duty she'll hold for life. All school leavers across the regions are in the same position, and few expect anything more than to follow in their parents' footsteps and stay in the region they live in. 

For Cyra, there was never a choice. With her father dead and brother and sister assigned elsewhere, she's desperate to stay close to her sick mother so she can take care of her. 

On the day of the Duty Call, however, Cyra's world turns upside down in one stroke. She's to be assigned to Eden, the largest and most powerful sea city and central hub of control. Only the most important live there, and no one from Cyra's town has ever been assigned there in her lifetime. 

So, she sets off on a journey away from everything she knows without knowing what her duty will be. Soon, she discovers that she, along with a small number of school leavers from across the regions, has a special power; a gift that will pit her as a secret protector of the nation.  

Only, it's not a gift, it's really a curse, and before long Cyra will learn that her once small world is filled with a great deal more corruption and injustice than she ever thought possible. 

Other Books in the trilogy: 

My Scribbles: First off, I love these covers! What initially attracted me to this book was the cover, then of course the description. I am always looking for new dystopian reads. That being said, this book reminded me a lot of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Not saying that's a bad thing. And this book wasn't an exact copy. But the main themes were definitely very similar. Whether the rest of the series is going to follow the Divergent series, I don't know.

As for this book, I really enjoyed the premise. Where there are similarities to Divergent, this book is also very different. The characters follow their own paths and I liked the way it went. I thought it was just a bit slow in the beginning because it's the first book in this new dystopian world. So, naturally, a lot of ground had to be laid. I won't say it was boring. I didn't struggle through this book at all. 396 pages seemed to fly by like nothing. And it definitely satisfied my dystopian craving.

The characters really worked well together. I felt like there was a good balance between them. Relationships came naturally. They didn't seem forced. They weren't always good relationships but they all seemed to make sense. In that part, I really liked the idea of the Pairing (each School Leaver being paired - basically an arranged marriage - with another School Leaver). That part, of course, reminded me of Matched by Ally Condie.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you're looking for a great dystopian read, I would definitely recommend it!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #4

So I haven't done one of these posts in quite awhile. I was supposed to be on a book-buying ban . . . supposed to be. Obviously, that failed. So, might as well see what I walked away with . . .

First, for review, I read the first book in the Rhodi Saga, "Rhodi's Light" by Megan Linski. And then I received (after posting my review on Goodreads), the second book, "Rhodi Rising", which I am so excited to read!

I also purchased a few kindle books from a publisher I follow on BookTube quite a bit, Of Tomes Publishing. I got "Balance Broken" and "Destiny Risen", books 2 and 3 in the Starbright series by Hilary Thompson. I already owned book 1 in this series and books 2 and 3 are on super-sale this weekend so if you want to check out the series, follow the links and nab them for yourself!!

I also purchased a couple paperbacks for myself . . .
 "Delirium" by Lauren Oliver
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

And last, but not least, I purchased the entire Saint Sloan series by my friend, Kelly Martin! I am so excited about these books as I have loved everything she's written so far! (these are re-releases, too, I believe).

Aren't all those covers just gorgeous? I am so excited with my book purchases these past few weeks. What about you? Have you gotten any exciting new books? Let me know in the comments below! And join us over at Tynga's Reviews to link up your own #STS post!

Kids Book Review #8 "Harvey Hippo Wants to Fly!" by Lisa Sankar-Zhu

Disclaimer: Little Boy and I received this e-book free from NetGalley in exchange for our honest review. 

Harvey Hippo Wants to Fly!
by Lisa Sankar-Zhu
Publish Date: May 9, 2016
Format Read: Kindle
Buy it: Amazon
Source: NetGalley

How Many Stars? 5

My Scribbles: I downloaded this book for Little Boy and he really enjoyed it. The illustrations are gorgeous and I thought it was a cute story. Of course, Little Boy loved that it was about a hippo! And this little hippo wants to fly but he can't because . . . well, he's a hippo! As we were reading, Little Boy kept saying "too heavy" whenever Harvey couldn't fly. Each time his wings and contraptions don't work and the other animals tell him he won't be able to fly for one reason or another. Of course, Harvey eventually comes up with an ingenious solution (I won't tell you what it is . . . you'll have to get the book to see for yourself) and I really liked how it ended. Little Boy really enjoyed the colorful drawings and we took our time through this book, pointing out the different animals and waiting to see if the little hippo would ever get to fly! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Feature & Follow #4 - Favorite Bookish / Non-Bookish Podcasts


Hey look! I'm doing a blog hop again! I know, for the longest time, I got lazy. Well, not really lazy but very, very busy reading (and trying to do Camp NaNoWriMo). What better blog hop to jump back into than Feature & Follow Friday (hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read). It's a fun little hop where you answer a prompt question and then go visit other blogs (especially the Feature) and follow people. This is a great way to get new followers and find new blogger friends!

The Prompt: What are your favorite podcasts - both bookish and non-bookish?

My #FF answer: Oh, this is embarrassing! Would you guys believe I have never listened to a podcast? I've always been meaning to, just never got around to it. And, podcast-naive me, I never knew there were bookish podcasts! So this week, I am going to ask for your help. Can you guys please give me some bookish podcast suggestions? I am a super podcast-newbie! Thanks bunches!!

This week's Feature Blog: 

Don't forget to go and follow our Feature (it's only polite). I do have one teensy little favor, too . . . if you are going to follow me, I would love a "like" on my Facebook Author/Book Blogger page :) Otherwise, GFC is great, too! Happy Friday!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Kids Book Review #7 "Pumpkin Patch Blessings" by Kim Washburn

Pumpkin Patch Blessings
by Kim Washburn
Illustrated by Jacqueline East
Published by Zondervan
Publish Date: August 2, 2016
Source: BookLook Bloggers and Zondervan
in exchange for an honest review

How Many Stars? 5


My Scribbles: I requested this book in the middle of a hot spell here because it was about pumpkins and autumn. What better to read when you're stuck indoors because it's too hot out? Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year and last year we got to take Little Boy on his first hay ride and pick out his first pumpkin. Of course, he loved all the pumpkin pictures in this book, the vibrant fall colors. It was so much fun to read it with him and watch him point out the different animals and things. I'm so glad it was a board book, too, because he can sit and read it (well, look through the pictures and make up his own story) without me thinking he's going to tear the page or bend it. I also really liked how this book teaches that all these autumn goodies are God's creation. It's a refreshing perspective when you don't hear about much being God's creation anymore. Summary? We loved this book! Highly recommend it for all seasons and all ages! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Review #18 "Mix 'n Match" by Lindzee Armstrong


Mix 'n Match
(No Match For Love #3)
by Lindzee Armstrong
Publish Date: July 27, 2016
Published by: Snowflake Press
Genre: Romance
Buy the Book: Amazon / Audible
Source: Author in exchange for
review

How Many Stars? 5

Disclaimer: minor spoilers if you haven't read the previous books in this series.

Synopsis: Fire and ice aren't supposed to mix. 

For Zoey Carlson, being maid of honor is more than she bargained for. The groom is a billionaire, the bride is hounded by the press, and the super-secret wedding is across the ocean in France. Zoey will do anything to keep away the media - even spend two weeks wedding planning in Paris with Mitch, the uptight best man who drives her crazy. 

For Mitch, keeping the press away is about more than making sure his best friend has a perfect wedding - it's his job. And as far as he's concerned, chaotic and spontaneous Zoey is an attractive liability. 

When a reporter follows them to France, Zoey and Mitch must work together to make their best friends' wedding day paparazzi-free while fighting their growing attraction to each other. Can these two opposites admit they're not so different and build a life together? 

My Scribbles: This book has me conflicted. Until this point, Brooke and Luke were my favorite. They were like Ken and Barbie. The perfect couple. They're essentially the patriarchs of this story, the love story that started it all. Then there was Andi and Ben. I liked them. But now . . . now there's Zoey and Mitch. Fire and Ice. And while I'm not quite prepared to push Brooke and Luke off my favorite couple pedestal, look out guys because Zoey and Mitch are making their way up! 

I loved Zoey! Her personality is so spontaneous and entertaining. Seeing her and Mitch clash throughout the story, you just know something is going to come of it. They fight and then they get all flirty and then they're back to fighting again. It was so entertaining to see how they tried so hard to convince themselves that they weren't good for each other because of their differences. Who was the one who said "opposites attract"? Well, with Zoey and Mitch, it's so true! They couldn't be more opposite but you can feel the attraction. 

I cried at the end of this book. Sitting at work, trying to look like I didn't have tears in my eyes over a book. But yes, I did. This one is definitely in the running for Best Book of 2016! 

Check Lindzee out on: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Goodreads / Website

Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review #17 "Over Easy" by Pamela Ford (and interview!)

Over Easy
(Continental Breakfast Club #1)
by Pamela Ford
Publish Date: May 10, 2016
Published by: Aine Press
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Buy the Book: Amazon
Source: author in exchange for review
iRead Tour: here

How Many Stars? 4

Synopsis: Allie Parker's had enough. Just because she's a dog groomer, her overachieving family of doctors and lawyers treats her like a child. She's convinced that a successful husband is all she needs to change their attitudes. So when she and her friends come up with a brilliant new way to meet eligible men, Allie squeezes into her sister's stylish clothes and sneaks into continental breakfast at an upscale hotel to find herself the perfect guy. Before Allie has taken her last bite of syrup-laden waffle, she's met the man of her dreams. But what she doesn't know is that he's a jewel thief who mistakenly thinks she's his contact - and so does everyone else who's after his stash of diamonds. Suddenly Allie's world is crazily upended. And as she scrambles to prove her innocence and get back to her old life, she discovers happily ever after sneaks up when you least expect it.