Thursday, June 30, 2016

Book Review #11 "Jonathon Unleashed" by Meg Rosoff

Jonathon Unleashed
by Meg Rosoff
Publish Date: July 5, 2016

How Many Stars? 0 - DNF
Format Read: eARC received free for review

Synopsis: Jonathon Trefoil's boss is unhinged, his relationship baffling, and his apartment just the wrong side of legal. His girlfriend wants to marry someone just like him - only richer and with a different sense of humor. He doesn't remember life being this confusing, back before everyone expected him to act like a grown-up. 

When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathon's world view begins to shift. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to life, the universe, and everything? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to the alluring vet suggest that human emotional intelligence may not be top dog after all. 

A funny, wise romantic comedy set in Manhattan, Jonathon Unleashed is a story of tangled relationships, friendships, and dogs. Rosoff's novel is for anyone wondering what to be when they grow up, and how on earth to get there. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Cover Reveal Time - "This is Me." by C.E. Wilson

This is Me.
C.E. Wilson
Publication date: August 11th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Anthropomorphic Sentient Individualized Servile uniT 
Rogan is a robot. More specifically, he is an Asist – a personalized humanoid servant that provides protection, assistance, and companionship for a lonely young woman living on her own in the city. Chloe is trying to get her big break, singing at bars and clubs all over the city at night while she pays the bills as a substitute teacher during the day. Ever since she activated him many months ago, Rogan has been her beautiful, dependable, obedient, dead-eyed security blanket. 
One morning she is shocked when he disobeys a direct command in an attempt to please her and his dull artificial eyes flash a hint of something new. Is this the result of the adaptive Asist servility programming or is Rogan actually thinking? Can a robot think? Can a robot feel? 
As Chloe struggles with these thoughts she is blindsided by the singular Niven Adams, a handsome, confident man with the voice of an angel who is everything she’s ever wanted in a boyfriend. He’s the perfect guy for her, except for one problem. Niven doesn’t approve of Asists and takes an immediate dislike to Rogan. As Niven charms his way deeper and deeper into Chloe’s heart, Rogan tries to convince her that he is more than a mass-produced disposable servant. 
With Rogan doing everything in his power to prove that his thoughts and feelings are real and Niven trying to persuade her to abandon her robot and have a normal human relationship, Chloe is trapped between the two things that mean the most to her. Does she embrace her relationship with the blond newcomer, or face that her Asist’s feelings may be more than features of his programming? 
What really makes a person a person?
Is it a ticking muscle inside their chest, or is it something more?
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00001]

Author Bio:
C.E. Wilson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Millersville, Pennsylvania, and has been living in Pittsburgh since 2009. For the first few years living in Pittsburgh, she was an English teacher. Her first book, "Oath of Servitude," was published in 2012. In 2013, she quit teaching to be a full time author and hasn't looked back since. She loves spending time with her daughter and husband.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

Dystopia Challenge 2nd Quarter Update

2nd Quarter Update . . .

Well, I started this challenge late so here is my first update post. How many books have I finished? Zero. Nada. None. Not a single one! For someone who loves dystopians as much as I do, I would call this a severe slump. Not a full-blown reading slump, just a dystopian one. Epic sadness.

Today, almost a month late, I did start reading The Maze Runner (book one in the #DashnerDash marathon as we wait anxiously for The Fever Code's release in September!) and I am still listening to Cinder on Audible (does that count as dystopian or would it fall into a different genre better? I'm not quite sure). I just haven't finished any yet. Of course, I plan to finish the Maze Runner this weekend in time to start the Scorch Trials with the rest of the #dashers on Monday!

And of course, my list of dystopians I want to read this year is growing by the day! So, also, are the review tours and other non-dystopians that I keep signing up to read/review. Self-control. I must learn self-control.

Maybe tomorrow.

Kids Book Review #4 "The Berenstain Bears School Time Blessings" by Mike Berenstain

Another kids book came for us in the mail, this one from Harper Collins Publishers and BookLook Bloggers! Thank you so much :) Our review (mine and Little Boy's) was in no way influenced by receiving this free from the publishers. And sorry, but I can't wait until Thursday (our normal kid's book review day) to share this one so you're getting an extra review on Sunday! Ready to see it?

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Cover Reveal Time - "Broken Love" by Evan Grace

Broken Love
Evan Grace
(Love Stings, #1)
Published by: Limitless Publishing
Publication date: February 23rd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
As a young woman, Abby Carmichael had it all—until the night a stranger tore it away… 
A year and half after the brutal sexual assault, Abby is finally starting to feel like her old self. Teaching dance classes with enthusiastic kids is just the kind of job she needs—far away from probing eyes or vicious intentions of the opposite sex. When she connects with one of her students, Natalie, it isn’t long until she meets her father, Deputy Ben James. 
Ben James is just a regular guy, working to make a life for himself and his daughter… 
That’s what Abby tells herself when her sudden attraction for Ben catches her off guard. Abby has been steering clear of men for obvious reasons, and the idea of wanting that kind of relationship is more terrifying than intriguing. But with his doe-eyed daughter tugging at her dance uniform, Ben takes notice. 
He’s ready for love, but does her past hold too many secrets?
After the assault, Abby coped by using heavy medication and fell into an ugly chain of one-night stands. But now that she’s out of rehab and finally on the right track, it’s only a matter of time before Ben finds out. 
Will Abby be the true love Ben has always wanted? Or is she a tangled challenge, leading to yet another… 
Broken Love?
Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]
*Cover design by Deranged Doctor Design*

Author Bio:
A Midwesterner and self-proclaimed nerd, Evan has been an avid reader most of her life, but five years ago got bit by the writing bug, and it quickly became her addiction, passion and therapy. When the voices in her head give it a rest, she can always be found with her e-reader in her hand. Some of her favorites include, Shayla Black, Jaci Burton, Madeline Sheehan and Jamie Mcguire. Evan finds a lot of her inspiration in music, so if you see her wearing her headphones you know she means business and is in the zone.
During the day Evan works for a large homecare agency and at night she’s superwoman. She’s a wife to Jim and a mom to Ethan and Evan, a cook, a tutor, a friend and a writer. How does she do it? She’ll never tell.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Cover Reveal Time - "Duality" by J. Kowalis

J. Kowallis
(The Enertia Trials, #3)
Publication date: November 18th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
Trust No One.
In this world, nothing is as it seems . . .
Reggie’s visions turn to horrifying hallucinations. For weeks she’s tortured with starvation and nightmares that vex her resolve. Her only companion is a mysterious shadow—a figure with no shape, no substance—that seems to have a mind of its own. It’s a presence that prickles her memories and plants a feeling of familiar dread in her mind. 
Where she is, she doesn’t know, and the organization delving into her mind is more threatening than ever before. 
With the help of shady contacts from his past, Nate struggles to travel half way around the world, facing his own demons and dreadful revelations. But when a stranger joins the team, the duality of this newcomer’s actions sets everyone on edge, leading them through a trial one of them . . . will not survive.
Previous books in the series:
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Author Bio:
J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable ├╝ber-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #2

It's Tuesday again so it must be time for #TeaserTuesday! I know the rules say to grab your current read but, for Kelly's Feature this week, we are going to showcase one of her first books, Crossing the Deep!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Author Interview #2 - Kelly Martin

I am so excited because guess what today is? Interview day again!! And guess who we have with us today? Give up? Another author friend of mine, Kelly Martin!

Kelly is the author of the Heartless series (come back later in the week for my review of Heartless - book #1 in the series). Today, however, we are celebrating the release of book #3 - Breathless! Kelly is even having a Facebook release party tonight from 6-8pm Central Time!

Anyway, let's move on to the interview, shall we?

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Blitz "This is What Goodbye Looks Like" by Olivia Rivers

This is What Goodbye Looks Like
Olivia Rivers
Publication date: June 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Lea Holder watched a boy die in the same DUI accident that ruined Lea’s legs and threw her little sister into a coma. As the only eye-witness to the accident, if she tells the truth in court, the drunk driver will go to prison and the dead boy’s family will have justice. 
But Lea lies. 
If she had told the truth, Lea would have put her own mom in prison for causing the accident. With the trial over and her mom set free, Lea attempts to rebuild her shattered life as she waits for her little sister to wake from her coma. 
When Lea transfers schools, she finds herself in the same senior class as Seth Ashbury, the brother of the boy her mom killed. As Lea gets to know the person buried underneath Seth’s grief, she quickly falls for his quick wit and passionate soul. But Seth remains completely oblivious that Lea is the same girl who robbed his family of justice. 
As their relationship deepens, Lea finally gets a taste of the love that’s been missing from her life since the accident. But soon she’s faced with a choice: she can continue her lies and accept the comfort it gives them both. Or she can tell Seth the truth about everything, and risk destroying both her family and her newfound love.

Every reasonable thought in my head disappears at the sound of his voice. It’s slightly different now—deep and strong, instead of choked with grief and dread. But the smooth tone is mostly the same as I remember it, and my gut twists painfully as a new set of footsteps approaches.

A sharp noise breaks through the sudden quiet, and I flinch, thinking for a split second that it’s the sound of tearing metal. But then I realize it’s the bark of a dog, and I squeeze my eyes shut.

I can’t do this. I have to do this, but I can’t do this.

“Seth!” Brie calls out. “Dude, you’re totally late. Again.”

He makes a low, disbelieving noise, something between a scoff and a chuckle. Now he sounds even closer. I take a deep breath and clench my hand tighter around my cane. If I don’t turn around and greet him, it’ll be obvious that I have an issue with him, but I can’t get my body to move.

“I’m fashionably late,” Seth tells Brie. “There’s a difference.”

“Yeah, there is,” Hannah says. “One is on time, and one isn’t. And only one is annoying, too.”

“Agreed,” he says. “You punctual people get so irritating.”

Hannah tosses a curse at him, but laughs to soften the impact. Then the footsteps stop, and something cold and wet nudges my wrist, right where my mitten ends. At first, I think someone’s pressing snow there, but then I feel a warm tongue lick the same spot.

I jerk back just as I hear Seth say, “Koda! You know I can hear that, you bad girl. No licking.” Then he says to the others, “Who’s she licking? She never does that to you guys.”

“That’s Lea,” Brie says. “She’s the new senior we got. Lea, this is Seth Ashbury. Seth, this is Lea Holder.”

My heart pounds a million beats per minute, and the adrenaline makes me strong enough to peel my eyes open. Looking down, I find myself staring right at Seth’s seeing eye dog. She looks just like she did at the trial, a regal German Shepherd mix with a glossy coat and wagging tail.

The dog nudges at me again with her nose, clearly expecting me to pet her. But instead I focus on the light-weight vest strapped to her back, letting my eyes follow the slim handle attached to it until I find myself staring at the guy gripping it.

Seth Ashbury stands right there, right in front of me. He also looks the same as he did during the trial—tall with lithe muscle, shaggy blond hair, and tan skin. He’s the spitting image of his older brother, right down to the sharp jawline and the way one side of his mouth lifts slightly higher than the other as he smiles.

A slim pair of sunglasses hides his blind eyes, but I’m betting they’re the same color as his brother’s. Parker’s eyes were shockingly blue, like a tropical sea, and their bright color contrasted sickeningly against the blood that dripped down his forehead after the accident.

I’m frozen. Maddie and Hannah giggle, probably thinking I’ve been stunned by Seth’s good looks. I’m sure any normal girl would consider him gorgeous, but I haven’t been normal in months, and nothing about Seth is beautiful to me. He’s just a reminder of crunching metal and squealing tires and my sister’s scream, her scream that seemed to echo and never, never, never end…

“Hey,” Seth says, holding out a hand in my general direction. “Nice to meet you.”

This is the part where I need to slap on a smile, recover from my brief awkwardness, and let myself go into robot mode. Shut down my emotions, boot up automatic functions. I reach my hand forward a little, and for a single moment, I think I’m going to pull this off.

But then I notice the slim chain around his neck, the one that has a small, silver medallion dangling from the end. The same medallion his brother was wearing when he died just feet away from me.

My gut twists, and my hand falls away, and I vomit all over his shoes.

Author Bio:
Olivia Rivers is a hybrid author of Young Adult fiction. Her works include the independently published novels “This is What Goodbye Looks Like” and “In the Hope of Memories,” along with the traditionally published novel “Tone Deaf” (Skyhorse 2016.) As a certified geek, she enjoys experimenting with new publishing technologies, and her online serials have received over 1,000,000 hits on When Olivia isn’t working as a writer, she’s a typical teen attending college in Northern California. Olivia is represented by Laurie McLean of Fuse Literary, and nothing thrills her more than hearing from readers.


Friday, June 17, 2016

Read It/Hear It Review #1 "Not Your Match" by Lindzee Armstrong

Not Your Match
(No Match For Love #2) 
by Lindzee Armstrong
Narrated by Tiffany Williams

Format Read: Audible
Publish Date: June 13, 2016
Length: 7 hrs 19 mins
Source: author in exchange for review

How Many Stars? 5, wait can I go higher?
Synopsis: Sometimes it takes dating Mr. Wrong to find Mr. Right. 

Andi doesn't believe in matchmaking. But when her best friend buys her a subscription to Toujour, a professional matchmaking service, she agrees to give it a try. She's matched with a celebrity client, but he can't make her heart flutter or her limbs turn to mush the way Ben, her best friend's brother, can with a simple smile. 

When Ben's fiancee calls off their wedding - for the third time - he flees to Los Angeles, desperate for a new beginning. He moves in across the hall from Andi, his high school ballroom dance partner and his sister's best friend. Despite nursing a broken heart, his long-forgotten crush flares to life. He's just beginning to believe he can move past his breakup, and maybe even ask Andi out, when his ex-fiancee shows up on Christmas Day, determined to win him back. 

Dating the wrong people has convinced both Ben and Andi that what they really want is each other. All that's standing in their way is a fake boyfriend, a jealous ex-fiancee, and being afraid to risk their hearts. 

My Scribbles: This is the third book I have read in this series (counting the prequel, Meet Your Match) and I absolutely loved it, even though I was a little bummed in the beginning because I crashed off my Luke and Brooke high. But once I got into Andi's story, I enjoyed every minute. And it amazed me how, in the parts that overlapped Miss Match, I was still affected so much when certain things happened (sorry, can't tell you, spoilers!). It takes real talent to still make someone gasp when they have already read the scene, just from another person's point of view. 

As for the audio part of it, I enjoyed how the narrator was able to change her voice just enough so that you could tell someone different was speaking. I liked being able to hear the emphasis she put on certain words or phrases, giving you more of an insight into what the characters were really thinking when they spoke. It made me feel as though I was right there with them, instead of just listening to her read the book. 

Great job to both Lindzee and Tiffany! You made a great team! 

You can find Not Your Match on Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Thanks again, Lindzee, for joining us this week as Feature and for taking the time to do an interview with me! 

Book Blitz "Abducted" by Evangeline Anderson

Evangeline Anderson
(Alien Mate Index #1)
Publication date: June 11th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
My name is Zoe McKinley. I have a boring life, an awful job, and a boss that throws staplers at my head. What could be worse?
How about being abducted by Aliens? 
Being dragged through a mirror, naked and screaming, onto an extraterrestrial ship was bad. Finding out I had been sold to a huge alien male who looks like the Devil was worse. But learning he wanted to trade me to an intergalactic petting zoo was the worst of all! 
Now I’m whizzing through the galaxy with a robot butler, a trio of nib-nibs (they’re like tiny green monkeys) and one huge, muscular, and very grumpy alien. The clothing they gave me shows all my lady-bits, the food-sim makes banana cream pie that tastes like sauerkraut, and Sarden, my captor, is too hot to stay mad at, even if he is a jerk.
In fact, I think I might be falling for him. 
What’s a girl to do? It’s all in a day’s work when you’ve been…Abducted.
The alien face looked at me speculatively. It was male—that much was clear. Strong features and gold eyes with vertical pupils like a cat’s stared back at me. He had cheekbones sharp enough to cut yourself on and a nose that looked like it had been broken at least once. A neatly clipped mustache and goatee framed sensual lips that looked cruelly amused. He had dark red skin—almost maroon—I could see a lot of that because he appeared to be wearing a black, wife-beater type t-shirt that left his muscular arms bare.

Actually, except for the cat eyes and red skin, he looked strangely human. Well, except for the horns.
Did I mention he had freaking horns?

Because he did—little short, sharp pointed ones, growing out either side of his forehead—right at his temples.

I stared at them, dumbfounded, unable to speak for a moment. And that’s unusual for me because I’m almost always shooting off my mouth.

All I could think was, the Devil. Oh my God, the freaking Devil was staring at me from the mirror of the handicapped bathroom at Lauder, Lauder and Associates and I had no idea what to do.

My mind started going over all the things I’d done wrong recently. Okay, I might have fudged a little on my taxes. Using my laptop to check reports while I lay on the couch watching Sherlock reruns on Netflix counts as having a home office—right? And then there was the time I accidentally shoplifted a pair of socks. I forgot I had them in my hand and walked right out of the store with them. And then I was too embarrassed to bring them back so I guess I basically stole them but I didn’t mean to so—
Suddenly, the Devil spoke, ending my train of thought as thoroughly as though it had run into the side of a mountain.

“Yes,” he said in a deep, growling voice. “She is the one.”

The one for what? The one to drag straight down to Hell and poke in the ass with a fiery pitchfork? Oh my God, was cheating on my taxes and shoplifting socks that bad?

“I…I’m sorry,” I stuttered but just then another voice—a piping, high voice like a Disney animal—answered him.

“If you are certain this female is the one Your Eminence requires, than I shall begin the transport at once.”

Transport? What Transport? Instinctively, I began backing away from the haunted mirror to Hell but then the swirling started again. And this time there was a wind that went with it.

A sucking, howling wind that dragged at me, pulling me towards the mirror.

“Help!” I screamed, or tried to scream, anyway. My voice was lost in the vortex as I was pulled closer and closer to the mirror.

My feet left the floor and I put out my hands, trying to stop my forward momentum. My phone clattered into the sink and I could hear Leah and Charlotte shouting on the other end of it but their voices seemed tiny and distant.

My hand connected to the mirror…and sank into it. I gasped in fear as I saw first my hand and then my whole arm swallowed up in the swirling psychedelic colors. My other hand and arm followed and suddenly the mirror was right in front of my face.

And then I felt myself getting sucked in completely. Lauder, Lauder and Associates disappeared and the last thing I heard was my two best friends frantically screaming my name.


Who knew the gateway to Hell was located in the employees’ bathroom?
“Who said anything about your talent affecting you, Zoe- It’s the way in which you affect others that makes you so damn special.-

Author Bio:
Evangeline Anderson is the USA Today and NYT Best Selling Author of the Brides of the Kindred, Alien Mate Index, and Born to Darkness series. She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.
You can find her online at her website
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Feature & Follow #3 - 5 Websites You Love to Lurk Around

Happy Friday, everyone! I have to say, I really enjoy Fridays because I love to read all the amazing answers people come up with to these questions. And yes, because it's the end of the work week, too. But, that goes without saying! So let's dive in!

The Prompt: 5 websites you love to lurk around that are not shopping sites . . .

My #FF Answer: Oh, this is a hard one because lately, I've been spending so much of my time on Amazon (I know, that's not really a good thing lol). But, where else do I visit? Hmmm . . .

  1. Food Network - Oh yes, I am a foodie as well as a book nerd.
  2. Pinterest - it's where I find so many of my recipes, kid activities, household hacks. Everything!
  3. ARCycling - I just recently re-found this site. I never got a chance to participate a few years ago when I was blogging and book reviewing so I am hoping it's still active and I can participate now :) Nothing like sharing ARCs and receiving new ones you haven't read yet!
  4. Twitter - I don't know if I should be ashamed that Twitter is taking up so much of my time lately or not? 
  5. Camp NaNoWriMo - yes, I am a Camper! And starting in July (again!), I will be working on a co-authoring project with my husband. An exciting sci-fi novel :)
Well, those are my answers :)

This week's Feature Blog: 

Next week's Prompt: Name one or more standalone books that you wish were a series! 

Oh, this is going to be hard! See you all back here next Friday! Now, go on out and do some following :)

Kids Book Review #3 - Starter Bible

Starter Bible
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Publish Date: June 14, 2016

How Many Stars? 5
Format Read: board book

Little Boy and I received a free copy of this from Thomas Nelson and BookLook Bloggers in exchange for our honest review :)

My Scribbles: First of all, I think I need to start reading descriptions a little closer. I had no idea this was a board book so when it showed up at our house on Thursday and my husband pulled it out of the box (thinking it was his package . . . oops!), I was excited to see that it's a board book. Little Boy is still a little destructive when it comes to books (which makes me a little nervous about leaving all of mine out on my brand new bookshelf). 

It has some of the key stories in the Bible (Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, David and Goliath, and of course, Jesus!) with bright, colorful pictures that make kids want to read it. It makes the stories simple, not complicating it so far they can't understand. And the little handle on the spine makes it perfect to be carried around by little hands and fingers (which is exactly what Little Boy did). 

We really enjoyed this Bible and look forward to sharing it with Little Girl when she gets a bit older. Thank you, Thomas Nelson, for this wonderful addition to our library! 

I got mine in exchange for a review, but you can pick up your own copy of the Starter Bible on the Thomas Nelson website or even on Amazon!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

"Breathless" by Kelly Martin (Waiting on Wednesday #2)

This week, my Waiting on Wednesday pick was easier to find. In anticipation of its release and the Facebook party that will go with it, I am waiting on this little gem . . .

Book Review #8 "Miss Match" by Lindzee Armstrong

Miss Match
(No Match For Love #1)
by Lindzee Armstrong

How Many Stars? 5!
Synopsis: Billionaire CEO Luke Ryder doesn't want to hire his best friend, Brooke, as his matchmaker. Not when he's been in love with her for eight years. Too bad she doesn't see him as relationship material and is engaged to another man. If the matchmaking company she works for closes, Brooke is out of a job, and Luke is out of a best friend. There will be nothing stopping her from moving to Italy with her fiance. And Luke isn't about to let that happen. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Teaser Tuesday #1

Today, I'm joining MizB at Books and a Beat for Teaser Tuesday!

Normally, the rules are to grab your current read, open to a random page, and share 2 "teaser" sentences (but no spoilers!). In honor of Lindzee's feature this week, however, I'm going to do something a little different. 

Lindzee has given me (and you) a sneak peak at Mix 'N Match (book #3 in the No Match for Love series), which comes out July 27th! Are you as excited as I am? I am currently listening to the Audible version of Not Your Match (book #2) and can't wait to keep going with the series! So, how about that teaser?

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#2)

Yes, it's Monday again. And I have to admit, last week was a very slow reading week for me. I haven't even started The Maze Runner for #DashnerDash yet. Yes, it's on my Currently Reading but I haven't actually opened it yet. Too many things on my plate, I guess. So, while my sidebar says I'm technically still reading four books (2 Kindle books, an audio, and a manga), I am downsizing this week. Going to concentrate on just two and hopefully finish them quicker. Without further ado . . .

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly link-up hosted by The Book Date. Basic concept: update everyone on what you're reading right now. You can even add what you're going to be reading but let's keep it simple here. Just what I'm reading right now.

Since buying the Kindle version this week (to go along with the Audible one I already have), I am technically reading AND listening to Cinder by Marissa Meyer. And absolutely loving it! Loving the cyborg twist on a classic fairytale!

Then, of course, there's Heartless by Kelly Martin (book #1 in the Heartless trilogy - don't forget we have a release party coming up on Sunday the 19th for book #3, Breathless). This one is about angels and demons and good vs. evil and is creepy yet gripping all at the same time. I am about halfway through and completely hooked!

So, from four down to two. Hopefully, I will make a lot more progress this week with my books. Can't wait to see what everyone else is reading! Leave me a comment and let me know :) Have a great bookish week!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Author Interview #1 - Lindzee Armstrong

I recently had the exciting chance to interview one of my favorite authors, Lindzee Armstrong. Lindzee is the author of the No Match For Love series (go check out my review of Meet Your Match and stop back here on Wednesday for the review of Miss Match!) and it has fast made its way to the top of my list of favorite romance novels.

So, on to the interview . . .

What made you decide to become an author? Or did you just always know you wanted to be a writer? 
I honestly don't remember! I have always wanted to be a writer. My mom says I started telling her that's what I would be when I grew up in about kindergarten. I don't remember a time when I didn't want to do this. From the time I was a baby, I had a love of books. I would be in a room full of toys and find the one book in there to latch on to.

Sounds like me :) Okay, do you have any author role models? If so, who?
Really, it's any author who's out there making their dreams happen. I love seeing authors work hard and having it pay off! I love following Tahereh Mafi on social media . . . she just seems like someone that would be cool to hang out with. I really admire how J.K. Rowling has used her fame and fortune in philanthropic endeavors and to further causes she believes in. She is such a classy lady.

How about to read? Do you have a favorite author you just can't stay away from?
Oh, there are so many! Janette Rallison or Cassie Mae are my go-to authors for romantic comedies. I will read anything those two publish. I really love Tahereh Mafi's writing style. I think Kiera Cass has a fun way of blending romantic fairy tale-type stories with dystopian elements. Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind  hold a very special place in my heart.

Okay, let's talk about your writing now. Of the books you have written, do you have a favorite? Is there a character you like best or a book that was the most fun to write? 
Asking me to pick a favorite book is like asking me to pick a favorite child. Brooke and Luke's story (Miss Match) will always have a special place in my heart. I've always loved best friends-to-lovers romances, and writing theirs was so much fun. As far as the book that was the most fun to write, Mix 'N Match is coming out in July, and I've had such a blast with Zoey and Mitch's story! Zoey is such a spontaneous character (which is so different from how I am in real life), and it's been fun to live vicariously through her.

Why write romance? 
I have always been a bit of a romantic. But more than that, what I love most about novels are the characters and their relationships with other characters. Romance is chock full of just about every emotion you can imagine, and when emotions are involved, the stakes are always high. To me, love is what makes life worth living, and it's what I love writing about.

Anything else you would like to share with us before we go?
If you want to try out one of my books, you can get Meet Your Match (the first book in my No Match For Love series) for free if you subscribe to my newsletter! You can do that here! And thank you so much for having me, Megan!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Lindzee! If you want to check Lindzee out, stop by her website, visit her on Facebook, Twitter, her Amazon author page, or pick up one of the books in her No Match For Love series. I have read the first two (Brooke and Luke's story) and can't wait to dive into the next!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #3

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly link-up hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's a chance to showcase all those amazing books you're secretly (or not so secretly) buying throughout the week! Here's a peak at what I got :)

For Review from Thomas Nelson . . . 

And some Kindle goodies . . . 
"Rosario + Vampire Vol 1" by Akihisa Ikeda
"The Descendants" by Wanda Harkins

 "Legacy of Kings" by Eleanor Herman

 "The Complete Wizard of Oz" by L.Frank Baum

I also traded in some books I don't read anymore
to get these amazing goodies . . . 
"Something Borrowed" by Emily Griffin
"Ishmael" by Daniel Quinn
"Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley
"The Kill Order" by James Dashner

I am really excited for this week because it's the first time in quite a while that I've had physical books added to my collection! I'd love to see what you got this week, too! Have a great bookish weekend! 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Feature & Follow #2 - All Time Favorite Book!

So it's time for the Feature & Follow again and guess who this week's feature is? ME!!! Thank you so much! I am beyond excited about this, especially since I am so new back to the Feature & Follow. So, I suppose I should probably answer this week's question . . .

The Prompt: What is your ALL TIME favorite book? 

My #FF Answer: I could not answer this one lightly. I mean, after all, it is the ALL TIME favorite book. I also came up with a tie (after pouring through all of my Kindle books and physical books, looking for an answer to the question). My TWO favorite books are . . . 

 "Feudlings" by Wendy Knight (see my review here)
"Angel Eyes" by Shannon Dittemore (see my review here)

Maybe it's the covers (aren't they gorgeous!), maybe it's the amazing supernatural plots. Maybe it's the strong female leads that I just absolutely love. I don't really know. All I know is that these are two books (and two series) that I could read over and over! Feudlings is book 1 in the Fate on Fire series and Angel Eyes is book 1 in the Angel Eyes trilogy

Next Week's Prompt: 5 websites you love to lurk around that are not shopping sites? 

Again, thank you for the Feature Honor and I would love to hear what your favorite books are :)

If you want to sign up, here you go!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

"Carve the Mark" by Veronica Roth (Waiting on Wednesday #1)

Waiting On Wednesday is a fun little link-up (is it a meme? I really don't know how to use that word lol!) hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. It's simple, really. What books are you waiting on the edge of your seat for them to be published?

I had to do a little digging to find my answer. I have mostly only been looking at books that are already published (or getting e-ARCs from NetGalley) because I don't want to wait. To be honest, that's it. But, I did put a couple pre-orders in my wishlist on Amazon so I'm going to share the one with you that I'm waiting for the most . . .

Book Review #7 "A Change of Plans" by Donna K. Weaver

A Change of Plans
(Safe Harbors #1)
by Donna K. Weaver

How Many Stars? 5 stars
Synopsis: When Lyn sets off on her supposedly uncomplicated and unromantic cruise, she never dreams it will include pirates. All the 25-year-old Colorado high school teacher wants is to forget that her dead fiance was a cheating scumbag. What she plans is a vacation diversion; what fate provides is Braedon, an intriguing surgeon. She finds herself drawn to him: his gentle humor, his love of music, and even his willingness to let her take him down during morning karate practices. Against the backdrop of the ship's make-believe world and its temporary friendship, her emotions come alive. 

However, fear is an emotion, too. Unaware of the sensitive waters he navigates, Braedon moves to take their relationship beyond friendship - on the very anniversary Lyn came on the cruise to forget. But Lyn's painful memories are too powerful, and she runs off in a panic. 

Things are bad enough when the pair finds themselves on one of the cruise's snorkeling excursions in American Samoa. However, paradise turns to piracy when their party is kidnapped. Lyn's fear of a fairytale turns grim. Now she must fight alongside the man she rejected, first for their freedom and then against storms, sharks, and shipwreck. 

My Scribbles: I could not put this book down! As a big romance fan, this one was a winner for me. I loved the relationship between Lyn and Braedon, even as rocky as it was. In the beginning, I wasn't a fan of Jori but he definitely started to grow on me as I kept reading. Loved the action of the pirates and I really did feel like I was on the cruise ship with them. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great adventure book with a well-written romance in it and characters you can actually find yourself identifying with. I found myself emotionally invested in the characters to the point that I really cared what happened to them. 

I will definitely be reading this one again, probably before reading the second in the series, and if you want to pick up a copy for yourself, Amazon and Barnes and Noble are the places to go!