Saturday, March 28, 2015

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: Wait! by Stacey Nash

Check out the cover reveal for a Stacey Nash's Wait!, a companion novel in the Oxley College saga.


Series: Oxley College #2
Release date:  April 20th 2015
Purchase: iBooks | B&N | Kobo

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Jordan Hays knows just how precious life is; that’s why he has his own mapped out. He’ll work to pay his way through university while he studies hard, regardless of the constant distractions. Because when it comes to becoming a nurse, he’s deadly serious. He won’t fail to save someone again.

But Hex Penton is way too similar to the sister he lost, and even though the only thing more fun than stupid dares is the crazy girl who sets them, Jordan needs to make a choice. Hex believes every moment is important; every opportunity must be taken, because you never know when the world will be yanked out from underneath you. With the foundations he’s based his life on shaken, Jordan must discover what’s more important: making sure Hex’s life isn’t wasted, or remembering how to live his. 

IT'S TIME TO PLAY TRUTH OR DARE.



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Series: Oxley College #1
Release date: February 23rd 2015
Purchase: Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks 

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Olivia Dean has the perfect reputation, the perfect boyfriend, and an increasingly perfect CV. She has it all, until Christian breaks up with her in public, calling her out as a self-gratifying sexoholic: the kind that plays solo. But Olivia doesn’t masturbate all night — the only thing she does is sleep … right? 

Now all the boys on campus seem to want her attention for the absolutely wrong reason — including resident hottie, Logan Hays. He’s pulling out his best moves to gain her attention, so resisting his sexy charm is hard work. With rapidly slipping grades, a disturbingly lurid reputation and demanding parents, Olivia must discover the truth behind her rumoured sleeping problem. If she doesn’t, the perfect life she’s worked so hard for may slip away, including the one person who has Olivia breaking all her rules — Logan. 


WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE ASLEEP? 

Stacey Nash
About the Author
Stacey Nash writes adventure filled stories for Young Adults in the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. She loves to read and write books that have a lot of adventure, a good dose of danger, a smattering of romance, and KISSING! Hailing from the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, she loves nothing more than immersing herself in the beauty and culture of the local area. 

Author of the Collective Series and the Oxley College Saga. 

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOOK BLITZ~Bone Dry by Cady Vance


Check out the promo event for the first book in Cady Vance's paranormal series. 

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Series: Soul Shamans #1
Release date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Sagan Press

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Sometimes it isn’t as easy as choosing right or wrong.

Sixteen-year-old Holly Bennett is a comic book nerd, a con artist, and a shaman. Most days Holly wishes she could trade in her power of spirit communication for something more useful--like fireballs or Wolverine claws. She knows spirits aren't exactly Casper the Friendly Ghosts. They're dangerous beings from Lower World who snack on human life, and messing with the magic from their world is an express ticket to big trouble. But when a shaman sticks her mom's mind between their world and ours, Holly becomes the unexpected breadwinner in the family. She uses her burgeoning shaman powers to set up fake hauntings and "banish" the so-called ghosts from her wealthy classmates' bedrooms. For a fee, of course.

When actual spirits start manifesting, Holly discovers that other shamans have come to town, summoning life-sucking spirits for their own ends. And the newcomers may just hold the clue Holly's been looking for--the one that can release her mom's mind from its Lower World prison. With the help of both a cute web comic artist and her partner-in-con, Holly plots to take them down, throwing her into a whirlwind of speedboat getaways, breaking and entering, and astral projections into the spirit world. And as her mom's mind slips further away, Holly has to fight to save her, and the rest of the town, before they get sucked into Lower World permanently.




EXCERPT


There are times when I listen to the moralistic words of the angel on my right shoulder rather than the wicked whispers of the demon on my left. With Kylie Wilkinson leaning across the cafeteria table, eager to hand over cash I so desperately needed, I couldn’t help but smack the halo off that perfect little angel.

“Two hundred bucks,” I said, holding my hand palm up. The eagerness on Kylie’s heart-shaped face fell into a scowl. She tucked a stray strand of glossy hair behind her polka-dotted headband and shifted in her seat.

“You’ve got to be kidding me, Holly.”
I pulled back my hand, closed my fingers into a fist and pretended to be interested in my bologna sandwich. That move got them every time. The din of cafeteria chatter rose up around us as we sat in silence. Girls laughed, plates clattered and sneakers squeaked. Five seconds passed before Kylie cleared her throat.

“Okay, wait.” She reached into her Eddie Bauer backpack and pulled out her wallet. 

I kept my attention on my sandwich, nibbling away while she anxiously counted the cash. She had exactly four fifties which made me think she already knew what I charged and had been playing me to see if I’d go lower.

A guy walking by our table stopped to watch the transaction. I turned to raise my eyebrows at the tall, thin figure towering over us. Nathan Whitman, Kylie’s ex-boyfriend. He flashed a grin at me, his dark, wavy hair curling on his forehead, his high cheekbones carving a V on his otherwise boyish face. I smiled around my sandwich and hoped I didn’t have bits of meat stuck between my teeth.

“Is our friendly, neighborhood ghostbuster in action again?”

I’d taken a case for Nathan last year. He’d thought he was being haunted—they all did. Before that day, I’d considered Nathan just another bland guy navigating the Seaport High popular crowd. A preppy sailor only interested in country clubs and stock points. But after seeing the stacks of comic books in his room, I decided there might be an interesting guy hiding behind the polo shirts.

Not that I’d ever had the time to find out.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cady Vance

Cady Vance is the author of YA and NA speculative fiction. After growing up in small-town Tennessee, she decided to embark on a grand adventure by packing up her bags and moving to NYC. Now, she studies for her PhD in the UK and dreams of seeing the world.



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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Review: Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle

Release date: March 31st 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Purchase: Amazon


Synopsis via Goodreads:
Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life.

It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go even when you know you have to say goodbye.

*ARC was Approved by publisher via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.





If you enjoy travelling or seeking out new adventures, this book is for you. If you like stories about complicated relationships, this book is for you. While one aspect of the story stood out stronger to me, I did like it for the most part. And I must say, Karina's history as a travel writer really shined in Where Sea Meets Sky because honestly, I could envision every lavish scene described, and I'm now more than ever convinced that New Zealand is a place I MUST visit. Without a doubt. It was one of the main reasons why I liked the story, even though some things didn't warm me over.

The other thing I liked about this book is the easy writing and the inclusion of art. I love characters who are artists so that really grabbed me. I also liked that with all the issues and odds, in the end they managed to find themselves and figure out what they want. But man was the road long and shaky. 

Character-wise, I didn't connect as much as I'd like to with either Gemma or Josh, but that's not necessarily something that would keep me from enjoying a story if the plot is interesting. And this one was just that. My issue is that I wasn't comfortable with some of their choices, more specifically with Gemma's. I understand that in reality, things like what happened in their first encounter do happen in real life, my issue is with what happened after she got off the plane back home in New Zealand and from then on. The road trip had some cringe-worthy moments too, and I wanted to shake her and scream "What the hell are you doing?", but then the scenes where they'd go exploring and bask in the power of natural beauty would make up for the parts of the story that didn't rub me right. 

It was nice when Gemma brought Josh home to meet her family. And I liked that her cousin was also part of the journey to self-discovery. Her character was sweet and level-headed, in my opinion. There was one scene that I shook my head, but overall, she was a nice addition to the story. I also liked the scenes where Josh's sister was included. She seems like an interesting character and I'd love to read about her and her love in Karina's previous book. 

In closing, Where Sea Meets Sky is a good story with a few things that didn't work for me, but I loved the travel aspect and how well the writing flowed. This is my first Halle read and it certainly won't be the last. I'm definitely curious about her other works, especially if the descriptions are as vivid as in this one. 



Sunday, March 15, 2015

BOOK BLITZ~Cookie Cutter by Jo Richardson


The promo event for Jo Richardson's NA Romantic Comedy has ended.

Release Date: March 23, 2015
Publisher: Little Bird Publishing 

Purchase: Amazon

ON SALE for $0.99 for a limited time! 


Synopsis via GOODREADS:

Iris Alden and Carter Blackwood couldn't be more different. Change-averse Iris likes her life neat and organized, while Carter's itchy feet mean he doesn’t plan to stay in the same place for long.

When Carter moves into the house across the street from Iris, to renovate it, she fights the disruption it causes in her life. Before long, though, it's not simply the house Carter's rebuilding, but Iris's heart, too.

Excerpt 
(Iris Alden POV)

“What are you doing here?”
It’s Carter freaking Blackwood. Of course.
He smiles that ridiculously bright, white smile of his and lets out a soft snicker. “I’m fixing a floor for a friend, what are you doing here?”
It’s completely obvious what I’m doing here, seeing as I’m carrying two huge trays of sugar cookies in my arms.
“A friend? You just moved in. How do you have friends already?” I say it a bit harsher than I probably should but honestly, how does he have friends already?  James and I were here a good six months before people started really talking to me.  It was a year before I could call any of them friends. The edges of Carter’s mouth turn down and his head dips to one side as his shoulders hunch then settle.
“People like me, I guess.”
The smug look on his face is enough to make me want to slap it.  Or kiss it.
Wait. Not kiss it. I didn’t mean kiss it. Why am I staring at his lips?
“People who don’t want to kill me that is.  Are you okay?”
I blink, and search my brain, but I’m still not quite sure what to say to him, so I extend my arms. “I brought cookies.” As soon as I say the words, I hear them. I sound ridiculous and Carter’s bright eyes crinkle with amusement.
He closes his lids and he breathes the baked goods in. Then hums. The sound of his voice sends a vibration through me and I shiver. I am eternally grateful that he doesn’t see it happen.
His eyes open slowly. When they reach mine, I’m glued to his stare like a deer in the headlights.
“Those cookies smell really fucking good, Iris.”
The bedroom eyes catch me off guard and my mouth falls open so I snap it shut. I’m a buffoon with no ability to speak.
“Can I have one?” He reaches out and I balance the platter with one hand, then slap his fingers with the other while I find words. A word that is.
“No.”
“Ow.” He pulls his hand away, like a child getting reprimanded, only when we make eye contact again, he doesn’t seem child like to me.
I wouldn’t say he’s angry. He doesn’t exactly laugh, either. And his eyes gleam as he stares at me. I hate his eyes almost as much as I hate his teeth. Maybe more. Dammit, I’m staring, again.
“They’re for Ally’s class,” I tell him. “Fundraiser, I mean bake sale.” I fumble my words. He’s so frustrating.



About the Author
A movie fanatic, a writer of stories, a lover of life.
Jo grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity – but it was too cold up North for this thin blooded girl. So today, she lives in Florida with her two girls and a husband that shares her same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.
Jo tells contemporary stories with romance, humor, the supernatural, the paranormal, suspense, mystery, action and anything else she can think up.






Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

22667115Release date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: Atria Books
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


*Publisher provided eARC in exchanged of an honest review.




Whew! I don't even know where to start. Confess is definitely my second favorite Colleen Hoover book since I've started reading her work. This one is right up there with Hopeless. If I had to describe Confess in one sentence, it would have to: an emotional roller-coaster. Everything about the story was so intense. I was pulled in from start to finish. The characters and plot were well-constructed, and the writing (as always) was dead-on. I felt like I was actually inside the story; like I was experiencing every single moment of it. I saw things through the characters' eyes and I could even feel their pain. This book was just that gripping. 

Okay. Let me collect my thoughts. Let's talk characters. I have to admit that initially, I didn't warm up to Auburn. I felt like she should have been stronger in how she lived and when it came to certain people. But once the story progressed, I realized that Auburn was indeed strong and very selfless. She'd sacrificed so much to keep someone so precious and I started to root for her when that became apparent. I couldn't imagine putting aside my love like that, but when your life changes in the way that it did for Auburn, you do what you have to no matter how it hurts. I mean, this girl tried so hard to prove that she could provide a good life. I applaud her for her strength because Heaven knows I would have snapped a long time ago. And I'm glad she found her voice in the end to take a stand and speak up.

Owen! OMG! Loved him. Love artists. Love art. And I loved the concept of intertwining art with confessions. That's pure genius. Artists put a lot of emotion into their work so it was interesting to read about someone who painted based on the inspiration of confessions made by others.  And I loved how in the end Colleen uncovers where Owen got his first inspiration from to become an artist. It cleared up several questions and it certainly makes one wonder about fate. 

This man... Owen... oh my... he's amazing. He protected Auburn so much. She didn't even know about the many ways he looked out for her until everything came to light. Owen is the kind of man that should be in more books. I liked his honesty and willingness to set his feelings aside for Auburn. All he wanted was for her to be happy and if that meant that Owen shouldn't be with her, then he was more than ready to let that happen. Throughout the book, he kind of waited for Auburn to figure stuff out, all the while giving her space but always letting her know it should be her decision and no one should pressure her. Like, there are no words to fully describe the awesomeness of this guy and it was mind-blowing that he could still remain so strong for Auburn when he himself was going through so much with his father and the guilt he carried from the loss of his mother and brother. 

One thing I liked most about the characters is that they were flawed. They weren't cookie cutter at all. Individually, they had a lot of issues to deal with and together, their love was tortured and threatened. In a sense it made the story that much more interesting and made Auburn and Owen very relatable, because they were truly new adults finding themselves. 

So overall, I enjoyed Confess big time. There were fireworks. Hair-twisting and nail-biting moments when I became frustrated about something and someone (Trey), and even moments where I wanted to pull out a certain character's hair (Lydia). There were a lot of sweet moments and of course, the gut-wrenching scenes that made me wanted to cry. I invested my heart in this book and I honestly loved the story. Like I don't know how else to describe my feelings and how it impacted me, but Confess truly touched my soul. And I cannot wait to see those artwork. The descriptions in the book will intrigue you and leave you anticipating. So yes I'm going to pick up a copy just for that, and the fact that this book is worth spending your money on, not to mention it's deserving of a nice spot on your bookshelf. I highly recommend!





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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: F#@! BOMB by Naomi Rabinowitz

Check out the cover for Naomi Rabinowitz upcoming New Adult Contemporary Novel, designed by me, and enter the international giveaway.


Release date: March 30th 2015
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis via Goodreads:
Fatty. Freak. Friendless. Failure. Sadie Abramowitz is used to being alone. The morbidly obese college freshman literally doesn't fit in anywhere and was constantly the butt of jokes in high school. 

So far, life at Cunningham University isn't much better. Her roommate only communicates in grunts while Sadie’s “dream job” at the school paper has her interviewing her fellow students with questions that practically invite them to insult her.

Things change when she’s assigned a story on Griffin Greenberg, the freshman track star who was one of Sadie’s high school bullies. At first, she’s reluctant to work with the gorgeous Griffin, but soon discovers that he’s not such a bad guy. Plus, he’s been keeping a secret: he’s gay. 

As their friendship grows, Griffin challenges Sadie to do something she never thought possible: train for a marathon. Meanwhile, she supports him as he slowly comes to terms with his sexuality. Together, they help each other survive their first year of college – and also learn how to stand strong on their own.


About the Author
Naomi Rabinowitz received a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and an M.A. in magazine journalism from Syracuse University. From 1998-2012, she worked as a reporter/editor for national TV magazine Soap Opera Digest. She lives in Queens, NY with her husband, Jonathan, and their cat, Maya.
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