Thursday, September 18, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} The Accidental Kiss - By Nicole Simone


 
 
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Author: Nicole Simone  
Website  
Release Date: 8/12/2014
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N 
They were like fire and ice.But he was everything she didn’t know she needed.Marked by tragedy, Sky Noel leaves Los Angeles with her mom to start anew in Castor, a small town in Louisiana. It was supposed to be Sky’s chance to have a normal life but she soon finds out normal isn’t written in her DNA.When a mysterious boy named Daemon shakes up Sky’s fragile hold on reality, she is thrust into a world where zombies and voodoo not only exist in the pages of a novel. They are hidden in the darkest corners where danger lurks and death awaits. With a price on her head, Sky has to put her trust in the boy with the ocean blue eyes but is Daemon everything she was warned against and more?Tricked into selling his soul, Daemon lives out his existence at the mercy of the voodoo priest. That is until one fateful night when his path is forever changed.

Desperate to atone for his sins, Daemon brings it upon himself to protect Sky at any cost. However, a secret hidden in his past could rip away the very person who makes him feel human again.
 
Who knew zombies could be so hot!!
 
 
Holy blindside batman! When starting this book there was NO way that I would have guessed zombies would be popping up....well, I was wrong!
 
 
 
For the record, Daemon isn't your average zombie. There aren't limbs missing, or legs dragging, he is a completely different breed. Long ago, roughly 60 years, he sold his soul to a voodoo priest...for reasons I don't want to spoil. Now with his soul safely in a shelf he has to spend his days doing dirty work, though this crazy priest has big plans....and those involve harming Sky.
 
 
Sky is grasping onto what she barely has left around her, and it's not much. After the death of her BFF, moving to no-where Lousianna, and having her mother drop a bomb that she's some sort of "Chosen One", she figured things couldn't get worse. But as Daemon enters her life things start to get complicated for both of them. The "plan" that Daemon's soul-holder wanted to do involves Chosen One sacrafices.....Daemon is not letting that happen. As they both scramble to find an answer to stop this maniac the author was really able to showcase both of the characters strengths, as well as weaknesses.
 
Everything about this book screamed, UH-MAZE-ING! Rocked my socks off amazing! It was different, fast paced, detailed and balanced every aspect of the story perfectly. Even though the author hasn't written the 2nd book in this series yet, I can guarantee you there will be LOTS of fans lining up for it!
 
 
5/5
 
 
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About the Author:
 
 
 
Nicole Simone works in digital media by day and at night, pen’s character driven romance novels that will make your mama blush. She lives in Los Angeles, C.A with her fat bulldog named Humphrey.  
 
 
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} Coral & Bone - By Tiffany Daune




Author: Tiffany Duane  
Website  
Release Date: 7/1/2014   
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N 
 Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame. Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

Fin-Tastic!!

Though the entire book wasn't mermaid based, the under water element was huge in this book. With multiple realms, engrossing characters and quick passed plots, I was truly in literary heaven!
 Honestly there wasn't a single character or important detail that was left unresolved. Each person played such a key roll & the author obviously put her heart and soul into every tiny detail.

Halen was so unique, each main character will always have those quirks that drive you nuts, but I think the thing that initially had be drawn to her were her ear plugs. Weird right?! My first thought was, "How messed up are you that you have to wear ear plugs?", after I figured things would only get weirder, so of course I was totally game!

What a twisted web the author wove, with not only Halen but Dax, Tage, Daspar....and even Halen's parents. There is such a huge twist about 40% through the book that I literally had to put it down for a good 30 minutes to process, talk about throwing things for a loop. From this point on doubted the intention of almost everyone Halen knew. (Let's just confuse the emotional unstable girl who can control the elements even more)

 
 
After the drama & secrets being revealed, all my heart wanted for Halen was healing and a good strong hug! Being lied to your whole life is hard, though the way Halen dealt with it in the second half of the book made me hopeful. She really is strong enough for this, all she needs to do it realize it & stop worrying about others!

Like I originally said, Fin-Tastic, and I stand behind that. Wherever Tiffany Daune takes this captivating series I will definitely follow!



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{Cover Reveal} Rebel Souls - By Sarah Ashley Jones

 
Happy Hump Day Peeps!!
 
Today I have the pleasure of helping the brilliant Sarah Ashley Jones debut her fabulous new cover to the literary world!!
 
 
 
 
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  Rebel Souls by Sarah Ashley Jones
 
 
 
Releases on November 13th
New Adult Romance Suspense
 
Elias Anderson believes he can right the wrongs of the world. 
As a member of the Rebel Souls, a self-appointed vigilante group whose only goal is to take down those who prey on the innocent, he is trained to kill or be killed.
 
Claire Olsen wants revenge.
After being attacked and left for dead, she is forced to watch her sister’s kidnapping. When the police refuse to pursue the case, she decides the only thing left to do is to take matters into her own hands, even if that means becoming a Rebel herself.
 
Elias knows how to deal with the new Rebels.
To ensure her loyalty, he must train her. And to train her, he must break her. But Claire refuses to give in and let a man strip her of who she is. Her stubborn ways and fiesty mouth only deepens Elias’ desperation for control while she revels in knowing she is the reason behind his slow undoing. 
It’s not until they discover the truth about her sister’s disappearance that everything inside their already dysfunctional world changes and they soon learn that their survival depends solely on one another. 
 
The line between right and wrong will be blurred.
Blood will be shed.
And the guilty will pay.
 
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“You want answers, Blondie.” Claire turns her head and I snatch her chin in my free hand. “You truly want to know what it feels like to kill somebody - to watch the life drain from a stranger’s eyes because of your actions?” Her heart beats against my chest and I drop my hands to her shoulders, spinning her around and forcing her down into the chair next to us. Her knife pings as it hits the concrete floor. “It feels like nothing else in this world.” I lean forward, pushing all my weight into my palms as they rest on the arms of the chair. “It’s every feeling a person could possibly experience all at once. It’s blissful, calming, terrifying, satisfying, excruciating, but most of all - it’s powerful,” I whisper the last part. “Once you finally do it, murder someone, you can’t go back. You carry them with you anywhere you go. You see their faces when you sleep. You see their eyes when you at your own in the mirror. It doesn’t matter if they were a saint or a sinner. You become the reason they no longer exist. Do you really think you can do that, Claire?” I’m stuck staring at her, watching the way her lips parts as she nods, her sharp breaths cascading over my cheek. Her intense eyes seek solace in mine as if she’s listening to a bedtime story - not a horror story like how it plays in my mind. “Then why do you continue to do it?” It’s a simple question. Eight words I ask myself day in and day out and depending on when you ask me, I will answer differently each time. “Because if I don’t - no one else will.”
 
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About Sarah Ashley Jones
 
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Sarah Ashley Jones was raised in San Diego, California, but currently wrangles her three dogs in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she's not writing she works in a pottery studio and comes home covered in paint on a daily basis. She has a slightly unhealthy obsession with cupcakes, chapstick, and all things Alice in Wonderland. She is an eternal optimist and can often be found dancing and singing to music at any given time. It's rare to see her not smiling or laughing, but if you do, just bring her a cupcake and it will cheer her up.
 
The books of the Promise Me Series is the first novels Sarah Ashley Jones ever sat down to write. The story weaseled into her heart and wouldn't leave her alone until she typed it all out. Now, stories won’t stop making themselves heard as she continues to write whichever character’s story is the loudest!
 
She is a lover of all things adventure and romance and is constantly working hard on future releases. Her overactive imagination probably has something to do with being a theatre geek as a child and teenager and now she puts it to good use as an adult, creating and sharing stories that many already love
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

{Hiatus} Surgery.....it's a Scary Thing....

 
 
Have no fear....I'll be back quicker then you know it!
 
 
Most of you are probably not even remotely aware of what I'm talking about, but it's ok because I'm going to explain it in great gory detail.
 
 
It all started roughly 8 weeks ago, it was just another typical Tuesday night at softball....there I was running the bases when an outfielder caught a one hopper slightly more gracefully than I had expected. Stopping to go back to first base it happened, POP! Falling to the ground in agonizing pain, all while screaming like a girl, I held my knee in hopes that the burning sentation would go away.
 
Guess what, it didn't....after an ER trip, follow-up MRI's & robot braces, I am now preparing to have complete ACL reconstructive surgery in roughly a week.
 
 
 
Very few things about this excite me, I am actually the opposite. Terrified.
Never in my life have I had surgery, so the whole thought of being put to sleep only to wake up in with a screws in my knee & stitches scarring my leg isn't pleasant. But the thought of being able to bend my knee again after 8 weeks of not being able to physically do it almost brings me to tears.
 
(In this picture you can see how much atrophy I have in my injured leg, on the right, compared to my non-injured leg)
 
So, I'm hoping for only the best & a quick healing process. Thought I know this will entail roughly 6 months of hard physical therapy & won't be able to do activities on it until the 8-10 month mark, it's a light at the end of my tunnel.
 


Thursday, August 21, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review Giveaway} Dirty Little Misery - By Tracey Martin










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Author: Tracey Martin 
Website 
Release Date: 8/12/2014  
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
Thanks to her freakish, satyr-like power, Jessica Moore was denied her dream to join the Gryphons, the magical law-enforcement officers protecting humanity from the pred races. But after the Gryphons tried to arrest her for murders she didn’t commit, Jess is no longer interested. Too bad—they are.
Now that they know what she can do, they want Jess on their side. If she doesn’t agree to help them solve a new case, they’ll charge her with every magical crime she’s ever committed.
Nine people are dead. The cause? Exhaustion. The activity? Never-ending sex. Someone sold them tainted F, an illegal aphrodisiac made by satyrs. No surprise, Jess’s satyr allies aren’t pleased with her investigation. Worse, it strains her tenuous relationship with Lucen, the one satyr she counts as a friend.
As Jess delves into the shady satyr business world, she unravels a scheme more sinister than dirty drugs—and her relationship with Lucen unravels right along with it. Only the truth will save their friendship. But not before it turns Jess into an ambitious killer’s next target.

Warning: Contains blackmail, betrayal, and sex that’s literally to die for. Plus plenty of bad stiff jokes to go with it. Remember, just say no to magical drugs
 
 
Hot steamy action, and it was just my cup of tea!
 
 
 
Oh how I've missed your Urban Fantasy....it's been far too long since I've read a book that had me enthralled like this one.
 
Jumping into this series I was blindsided with how gritty it was, and I mean that it a great way. Jess the main character was smart, frustrated, witty, sarcastic, truly all the things that I love in a heroine. Getting to know her was fantastic, even if she has some issues with self hating. I mean her gift, or curse, is going to be such a great asset for her as this series goes along. Having a trick like that up your sleeve is going to be something to watch for.
 
Besides the thought out plot line, let's talk about the way females are dropping like flies....exhaustion...from sex...I mean sounds like the best way to go, but not necessarily when you're being drugged into it. As Jess learns more and more about this case, where these tainted drugs are coming from she truly starts to shine. Using her gift allowed her to own her uniqueness, it was awesome.
 
Lately I've been finding quiet a few series' that I would follow to the ends of the literary earth, and this is one that I'm adding onto that pile. Writing style, fast paced, edge of your seat writing is something I admire so much, and Tracey was able to combine all of these things into this action packed book.
 
 
4/5
 
 
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About the Author:
 
 
Tracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.
She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn't understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets.
Media:
tracey-martin.com, @TA-Martin 
 
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Monday, August 18, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Descend - By Skye Malone





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Author: Skye Malone  
Website  
Release Date: 8/4/2014 
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
Chloe always dreamed of visiting the ocean, and now the ocean is the only place she has left to go. Trapped in the form of a mermaid and on the run from the Sylphaen, her best chance for safety lies in traveling with Zeke to his underwater home and staying under his protection there.

Leaving isn't easy, however. Her best friend doesn't know where she's gone, and her family doesn't either. She's been forced to abandon Noah, the boy she's liked for years and who she's just discovered likes her too. She only hopes Zeke's people will help her so she can return soon.

But when conspiracies follow her and people start to die, safety becomes harder to find than ever. The Sylphaen are coming. They're more powerful than she could have imagined.

And they're not through with Chloe yet.
 
 
 
 
If the picture above doesn't say it all, allow me to elaborate!
 
Chloe+Noah+Zeke+Bad Guys+Shirtless Mermen+Danger+Love= UH-MAZE-ING!
 
Leaving off immediately where Awaken did, Descend took no time in creating fabulous story lines. Chloe is trying to accept her fate, which also means she could die because of what her parents were. Within the history of this Mermaid type race no one has ever survived with her condition. So not only is trying to avoid a super crazy cult, staying alive has just become her biggest obstacle.
 
 I would love nothing more than to write this super detailed, spoiler filled review...but at the same time I want to shake my compute like an etch-a-sketch because there is SO much I can't tell you. If you read this first book then you know how delicious Noah is, and also how important he is to Chloe. They not only share secrets, but feel like they don't have to hide who they are with each other. Yes in this book Zeke plays a major roll in Chloe's development as a character, but I will always and forever be #TeamNoah!
 
One of the things that I truly enjoyed about Skye's writing style is the detail, not only with the appearance of the characters, but how she truly thought out all the little details. For instance, in the beginning a group of characters are camping underwater and every single thing just
felt true. From the camouflage bubble, to the "fire", to the reasoning behind it all.
Skye has such grace & natural talent when it comes to writing, this series will be one that I will follow and fight for until it comes to an end.
 
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Author Bio
 
 
Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn't actually exist.
 
Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.
 
Skye also writes YA urban fantasy as Megan Joel Peterson and is the author of The Children and the Blood trilogy.
 
 
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Friday, August 15, 2014

{Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway} Not Quite Dead - By Lyla Payne



 
Author: Lyla Payne 
Website 
Release Date: 4/1/2014 
Purchase Info: Amazon ~ B&N  
A broken engagement sends Graciela Harper crawling back to Heron Creek with her tail between her legs, but finds the sleepy little town too changed to set her life right. Not even her budding drinking problem can obscure her Gramps’s failing health, or erase the mental picture of her first love happily married to her childhood best friend. To top it all off, she’s having a heck of time convincing the town’s dashing young mayor of her unfit-for-dating status.

When the ghost of 18th century lady pirate Anne Bonny starts insisting on a near daily audience, Graciela has to confront something else she never expected—being certifiably nuts at twenty-five years old.

Her brand new "I don't give a crap" attitude makes it easy to dismiss the mysterious threats that seem to be tied to her search for more information on the long dead pirate, but when her family becomes a target, Gracie knows she needs to find out why the ghost insists on being a constant, reeking companion.

If Graciela can put aside her prejudice against people without a pulse, she may discover that Anne Bonny’s problems are intricately linked with her own. The past harbors answers could help the cantankerous spirit find closure, but she is, after all, already dead. If Graciela doesn’t move fast, she might find herself doing the haunting, instead of the other way around.

 
Bump in the night!
 
Jumping into Not Quite Dead I was super excited to get my creepy ghost story on, but was pleasantly surprised when it developed into more than your typical ghost mystery!
 
 
 
It was main character love at first sight for me & Gracie.
 Drunk in a driveway with your nosey neighbor beating on the window was the perfect introduction. She's sass, smarts and just enough stubborn to touch my heart. The only hiccup I had was at times she threw herself 1 too many pity parties....but after those were all over she bucked up and saw that there were bigger issues to deal with....like ghost! Having a ghost stalk you isn't easy, but hearing details of death & secrets absolutely will mess with a girls mind.
 
One thing that I have to point out is all the rumors that surrounded Gracie....some of them cracked me up, but others made me want to cry for her. She went through so much, I can understand how hard life is and it shows how small town folk can just talk. So when everything came to light at the end of the book I found myself throwing a, "hell yeah" fist in the air for her. Like Win One For The Good Guys!
 
Through out this book I loved how all these small tiny details from the past linked up to complete the future. The author definitely had a fantastic way of blending all the plot lines without them bleeding into complete nonsense. Bottom line I loved this book, a few hitches, but it was an extremely satisfying read! This series is one that I will continue to read simply for the fact that it gives
 
 
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Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us - past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla's hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

Lyla Payne is represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

If you want to know more, please visit her at http://lylapayne.com

If you're a fan of Young Adult fiction--science fiction or otherwise--please check out her work that's published under the name Trisha Leigh. http://trishaleigh.com

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$10 Amazon gift card, signed copy of Not Quite Dead, plus swag

Monday, August 11, 2014

{Book Blast + Teaser} Wild Dreams - By Dawn Pendleton



Happy Monday!!

How about we kick this day off with a BANG...and a great steamy teaser?!?!

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Title: Wild Dreams
Author: Dawn Pendleton
Series: Dreams Series #2
Publication: September 1, 2014

Dallas Montgomery doesn't do relationships. He bounces around from woman to woman, happy to live life as a bachelor. But a surprise excursion into the jungles of Africa has him wondering if “settling down” isn’t so bad after all - especially if it’s with the sexy Nicole Griffin.

Nicole can't stand Dallas. He's arrogant, full of himself, and drop-dead gorgeous - everything she vowed to avoid after her last relationship crashed and burned. Resisting him shouldn’t be a problem, until one wrong turn in the middle of the jungle puts her face to face with the real Dallas. The one who isn't such a jerk after all.

When they are brought together by a terrifying tragedy that threatens a friend’s life, Dallas and Nicole won't be able to escape their own demons. As one reconsiders life as a bachelor and the other struggles to put aside the past, they will ignite a desire as hot as the African jungle.





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Look for Crazy Dreams, available now!