Saturday, November 1, 2014

**My TBR List #2 ~ What Shall I Read Next?**

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My To-Be Read List is a new meme hosted by Michelle @Because Reading. Michelle has been doing this for awhile and recently decided to extend the fun for us all. I thought it was a fabulous idea because it gets y'all in the game and it helps me knock off some of the many, many books on my TBR list. You're more than welcome to join in the fun! I've included the basic rules below but you can click on the graphic above to hop over to Michelle's site where you can find all the details. 

Here's how it works:
On the first Saturday of each month, I will make a post with three books from my TBR List (these books can be already on your ereader or bookshelf OR books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on Michelle's post. Y'ALL will help me choose which book I will read next. The following Saturday, I will announce which book won. Then the last Saturday of the month, I'll post my review.

Fun, right?!?


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This month, I'm doing a Penned Con-themed edition. I'm giving you choices from three authors that were at Penned Con. AND I'm doing a giveaway for a signed ereader cover (I had it signed when I was at Penned Con in September) and various swag.  Here are the choices:


Forbidden (The Arotas Trilogy, #1)Roseline Enescue didn't ask to become an Immortal, to have all the guests at her wedding slaughtered, or be forced into marriage with a man whose lust for blood would one day ignite the vampire legend. Willing to risk everything for a chance at a normal life, Roseline escapes to America. Terrified her husband Vladimir will find her, Roseline enrolls as a senior in Chicago's elite Rosewood Prep schoo. Mingling with humans is the last place he would look for her. But her transition into the human world isn't easy. Mortal men flock after her while cutthroat girls plot her demise. Yet Roseline remains relatively unfazed by the petty hysteria until she falters into the arms of Gabriel Marston, reluctant MVP quarterback, unwilling ladies man, and sensitive artist in hiding. Troubled by the bond that pulls her towards the mortal boy, Roseline tries to ignor him, but Gabriel is persistent. As their lives entwine, Roseline begins to realize that Gabriel is much more than he appears. His ability to toss a football the entire length of the field and grind concrete into dust pales in comparison to the glowing blue cross tattoo that mysteriously appears on his forearms. Despite the forbidden bond between them, Roseline can't help wondering what Gabriel is: He's not human. He's not immortal. So just what is he?


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Playing Patience (Blow Hole Boys, #1)Sometimes all you need is Patience.

Life's been hard for Zeke. Being a punching bag for his alcoholic father has turned him into stone. Not even the dodgy trailer park he lives in can scare him. Fighting is his release and sex, drugs, and his guitar bring him peace, but deep down Zeke isn't quite as hard as he makes himself out to be. When he meets Patience, she finds all his broken pieces and puts him back together, but she's a ray of light in his shadowed life and the last thing he wants to do is bring her into his dark world. Playing careless is easy, playing the bad guy can be fun, but playing Patience is impossible, especially when she can see right through him.

Zeke isn't the only one who's broken, and for the first time, in a long time, Patience feels alive. Her black and white world gets a shot of color when she meets Zeke. He's unlike anyone she's ever met with his tattoos, piercings, and blunt honesty. She wants nothing more than to let go and ride the wild side with him, but some wounds never heal and the broken pieces of Patience aren't so easy to find.

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***



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The Law of Attraction (Lawyers in Love, #1)Once upon a time two lawyers fell in love across a courtroom...
Gabrielle Ginsberg was a public defender with plenty of nerve and Braden Pierce was an assistant district attorney with a whole lot of swagger. Gabrielle wanted Braden and Braden wanted Gabrielle.
And Cameron wanted Gabrielle.
And Marla wanted Braden.
And Cole wanted Gabrielle.
And Mrs. Mason wanted Braden.
And an anonymous letter writer wanted to keep Gabrielle and Braden apart.
Together Gabrielle and Braden discovered many important things, like which doors at the courthouse actually locked, and that desks could be useful for more than writing. They also found out that the path of love was not always smooth, and it was sometimes tread upon by some really wacky people, like a confused fanny grabber, an eighty-two year old pothead and a gentleman who threw a wine and cheese party in his pants. Could true love overcome a lack of privacy, interference by jealous rivals and the insanity of the criminal court system?



Okay, so now you get to vote. ;)



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The ereader cover is actually a Nook cover but my Kindle Paperwhite fits in it just fine. So, it fits a Nook Glowlight, Kindle Paperwhite, and probably a Kindle. Just a few names on it: Abbi Glines, CD Reiss, CJ Roberts, Tara Sivec, Jasinda Wilder, Colleen Hoover, Mia Sheridan, those authors above, of course, and more. :) I have various swag I'm throwing in as well, some signed, some not.




This giveaway will run until the 29th, when my review of whichever book wins is posted. 

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**A Month of Giving Thanks ~ #1**


Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading are hosting A Month of Giving Thanks. I thought it was a great idea as Thanksgiving is actually my favorite holiday and I'm grateful for so many things. I may not manage a post every day but I wanted to kick off the month right.

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For this first day of November, I'd like to give thanks for my husband. I know, I know...cliche, right? BUT my husband is very supportive and supporting of my passion for reading and writing. Seriously. He may not always like seeing the credit card bill ;) but he lets me talk his ear off about whatever characters are making me swoon, pissing me off, or making me cheer. He takes on my role as a mom so that I can attend book conventions. (and playing chauffeur, chef, maid, etc., to our kiddos is work! ;) He does whatever he can to facilitate me having time to read, blog, and work on my book. And I know I take him for granted sometimes - as he does me. But I'm very grateful for all his support and love!

Hugs, honey!!

Friday, October 31, 2014

**Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Angel Assassins ~ Tricia Skinner**

Today is the big day! The prequel installment in Tricia Skinner's ANGEL ASSASSINS series is being re-released into the wild, and will be available on Kindle at the discounted price of $0.99 for a limited time (exclusive to Amazon for 90 days). Please note that if you own the old ebook, you can upgrade for free!


And now, without further ado, feast your eyes on ANGEL BAIT:


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He's not that kind of angel.


Jarrid is a “Bound One”: half angel, half human, trained from childhood to enforce Heaven’s laws on earth. An assassin with no remorse. And no choice. When he discovers an ancient ritual called Ascension, which might give him a shot at freedom, he can’t resist his lifelong dream. He only needs to find one last Renegade angel and take him down…using a certain woman to flush the angel out of hiding.


She's not what he's expecting.


News reporter Ionie Gifford has no clue an outlaw angel wants her dead, much less why, but she does know one thing: the enigmatic Jarrid, with his penetrating silver eyes and his worship-worthy body, is her ticket to the city's supernatural underworld, where she might finally be able to locate her mother's killer. For that kind of information, she's willing to risk everything...


They can't be together -- but can't keep apart...


Blindsided by Ionie's beauty and tenacity, Jarrid finds the millennia-old glacier around his heart melting. But when he's faced with a choice, will he sacrifice Ionie for freedom from his brutal servitude—or agree to be bound for eternity, to protect the life of the woman he's falling in love with?


From novelist Tricia Skinner comes a story that will have fans of action-packed love stories applauding. Seamlessly combining elements of paranormal romance and gritty urban fantasy, the Angel Assassins series is a heart-pounding spin on angel mythology.


Angel Assassins Series
Angel BaitAngel Kin
Angel Lover
Fall 2014


Author Bio


Tricia SkinnerI’m Tri­cia Skin­ner and I write Romantic Urban Fan­tasy with Roman­tic Ele­ments. I’m a for­mer jour­nal­ist who dis­cov­ered my inspi­ra­tion to write fic­tion as an escape from “real life.” My read­ing tastes are all over the place, but I’m mainly drawn to fan­tasy (and its sub­gen­res), para­nor­mal, sci-fi, and history.


When I’m not writ­ing, I’m a new­bie “green” prac­ti­tioner, strength train­ing fan, and a tech­nol­ogy geek. I’m a mother and a wife. My fam­ily includes two Great Danes. I’m also a gamer. I enjoy inter­act­ing with my fel­low geeks and help­ing other writ­ers. I’m rep­re­sented by Lau­rie McLean of Fuse Lit­er­ary. *Photo by Kauwuane Bur­ton.


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**OctobeRect Fest Wrap-Up**


Well, today is the last day of October, thus my OctobeRec Fest is at its end. And I only managed to get 4 reviews done this month. I was trying to finish Consequences by Aleatha Romig (a recommendation from Braine @TalkSupe) but I'm still not quite done so my review will post in November.

This was such a fun way to spend my month. And it taught me a few things:

1) YOU, my blogging friends, read some great books! ;) Thanks so much for all the recommendations. I'm going to continue to make my way through them through November and December. Oh, who am I kidding?!? Do you know how many books y'all have caused me to one-click? It'll take me longer than 2 months. But I'll be working on it. :)

2) I read at a much slower rate when I don't have imposed deadlines. I was anticipating reading so many books and I only managed 4 (well, 4.9). It has been a busy month with marching band, family, AND I worked more than usual too. But still...

3) I liked reading at the slower pace. 


I think this is a feature I'll do annually. It was a great way to make time to read some books I found because of YOU!

If you missed any of the four reviews I posted, you can read them by clicking on the titles below.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

**New Adult Review ~ True ~ Erin McCarthy**


True (True Believers, #1)True
True Believers #1
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Checked out from library
Rating: 4 Bookworms
Goodreads

Synopsis
When Rory Macintosh's roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they'll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job...unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he's not good enough for Rory. She's smart, doctor smart, while he's barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can't resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There's something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn't...

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler's broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost...




Oh, the emotions this story evoked! Watching Rory evolve from this awkward, closed-off young woman into a vibrant, more self-assured one - all while staying true to herself - was wonderful.

Rory is a girl I immediately connected with. I, too, was always the girl on the outside, watching everyone around me. I have trouble letting people in as well. Witnessing Rory go through this transformation - seeing her great epiphanies about human nature and relationships - well, it touched me in a significant way.I did not identify with Rory's logical side, however. Math and I are not good friends. :) But I appreciated how McCarthy used it in developing Rory and explaining how she approached life.

Tyler - of my goodness. Now only is he a tattooed bad boy, but he knows his literature equally as well as he knows his way around the family body. ;) He had me mooning over him just as much as Rory. And when he said:
"It was never about sex for me, it was always about me wanting to be with you, getting to know you."
I was a goner! He's absolutely right and being a part of he and Rory getting to know one another - showing parts of themselves they've never shown anyone - EVER - made the foundation they were building all the stronger. The odds were definitely against these tow making it. They are very different, from two different worlds. But they seemed made for one another. 
"Because we both see beyond what other people see about us. We both know that sometimes the best things are below the surface. When I look at you, I see this amazingly smart, funny, generous, and beautiful girl. Did you know that?"
Rory learned some lessons about living that even in my 40's, I need to heed, like:
"Being a loner was ultimately selfish, and if you never gave of yourself, you never got in return."
True also introduced us to the characters we'll be learning more about in the series. I'm not sure what I think of Rory's roommates Kylie and Jessica. In so many ways, I see the do care about Rory and were acting in her best interests. But the ways they behaved were befuddling - especially the vulnerable/confident flip-flop. I'm eager to see them grow.

On a personal, and geeky, note, I was delighted in how McCarthy used literature to teach Rory. For instance, this epiphany occurred while she and Tyler were discussing A Streetcar Named Desire...


"All their relationships are delusional, from what I can tell. Blanche hides in the dark so men don't guess her real age, she and her sister pretend that nothing bad has ever happened, Stanley doesn't do anything but play poker and boss Stella around. If they would just like communicate with each other, they could resolve all their issues in ten minutes."
"That's what makes the book so realistic," he told me dryly.
"Real people don't discuss shit with each other."
He had a point. I didn't really discuss my emotions with anyone, either. I had spent most of my life being a silent observer. "Oh."
In one fell swoop, I got it. Literature wasn't intended to be about perfect people, it was about flaws, very real and very deep human flaws.


**That's What HE Said ~ #17**



That's What He Said is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely ladies @Chapter Break. Here's the deal: every Thursday, post a line from your book boyfriend to his heroine. Keep in mind, these are direct quotes from dialog in the books. The quote doesn't have to be romantic - just something our hunky hero said to his lucky lady. Be sure to link up over at Chapter Break as well.

My pick this week for That's What He Said is from:

Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
from the Shatter Me Series


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And I've fallen.

So hard.

I've hit the ground. Gone right through it. Never in my life have I felt this. Nothing like this. I've felt shame and cowardice, weakness and strength. I've known terror and indifference, self-hate and general disgust. I've seen things that cannot be unseen.

And yet I've known nothing like this terrible, horrible, paralyzing feeling. I feel crippled. Desperate and out of control. And it keeps getting worse. Every day I feel sick. Empty and somehow aching.

Love is a heartless bastard.



I'm 100% Team Warner! 
I still have to read the last in the series, but I love this series and Mafi's writing!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

**Cover Reveal & Giveaway ~ Coming for You ~ JA Huss**


Y'all know I love me some JA Huss. And I've been anxiously awaiting the conclusion to the Dirty, Dark, & Deadly Series. Oh, she's kept me sufficiently pacified with the Social Media Series. But I'm so eager to see James and Harper's story to the end. Here's the first step...check out this cover! I think it's my favorite of the trilogy. What do y'all think?


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Coming For You
Dirty, Dark, & Deadly #3
Release Date: November 19, 2014
Genre: Adult, Erotica, Thriller

Synopsis
James
Who am I?
What am I doing?
Why am I doing it?
Questions are as dangerous in my world as secrets are valuable.
Answers, however, never come easy.

Harper
Who am I?
What am I doing?
Why am I doing it??
I've never asked myself a single questions about my life. Not even once. I follow orders. I keep my head down. I do as I'm told. But now the choices are everywhere.

Sasha
I don't ask questions and I don't need answers.
I know exactly what I'm doing.
Last Christmas Eve, my life fell apart.
This summer, I'm about to get even.







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JA Huss is the USA Today best-selling author of the Rook and Ronin series, the epic science fiction I Am Just Junco series, and hundreds of kid-friendly science books in subjects such as biology, physics, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, and forensics. She has an undergraduate degree in equine science and a master's degree in forensic toxicology. She has never taken a creative writing class and she hopes she never will.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

**Teaser Tuesday ~ #42**


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


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Consequences (Consequences, #1)
Consequences (Consequences #1) by Aleatha Romig
Dark, Adult Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

Every action has consequences.

Waking in an unfamiliar bedroom in a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols is terrified to discover that a chance encounter led her into the cruel hands of her abductor, Anthony Rawlings. Claire has no understanding of why she's there, but it's been made abundantly clear - she is now his acquisition and every action has consequences.

Learn the rules to survive.

Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive her new reality - every aspect of her livelihood depends upon the tall, dark-eyed tycoon who is a true master of deception. Driven by unknown demons, he has no tolerance for imperfection, in any aspect of his life, including his recent acquisition. Anthony may appear to the world as a handsome, benevolent businessman, but in reality Claire knows firsthand that he's a menacing, controlling captor with very strict rules: do as you're told, public failure is not an option, and appearances are of the utmost importance.

Captivate the captor.

To fit together the pieces of the puzzle, Claire must follow his rules. Will her plan work, or will Anthony become enthralled by Claire's beauty, resilience, and determination, changing the game forever? If that happens, will either of them survive the consequences?

Nobody ever did or ever will escape the consequences of his choices. - Alfred A. Montapert



***Teaser***

She couldn't give him gifts in black velvet boxes. She could only give herself.