Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ice Kissed

Ice Kissed
by Amanda Hocking

Book: Kanin Chronicles #2
Publisher: St. Martins Press
Pub Date: May 5, 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Bryn Aven has always longed to be a part of the Kanin world.

Though she has no social status because she’s a half-breed, she refuses to give up on her dream of serving the kingdom she loves. It’s a dream that brings her to a whole new realm . . . the glittering palace of the Skojare.

The Skojare people need protection from the same brutal rival who’s been threatening the Kanin, and, being half Skojare herself, it’s a chance for Bryn to learn more about her heritage. Her boss Ridley Dresden is overseeing her mission and wants to help. He’s always been her most trusted friend—but as their undeniable attraction heats up, he becomes a distraction she can’t afford.

Brynn is about to discover that the Skojare world is full of secrets, and as she’s drawn in deeper and deeper, she doesn’t know who to trust. As she gets closer to Ridley, she realizes she may not even be able to trust her own heart.

My Review:  I so ate up this book in a day! I love Amanda's books!

So Bryn and Ridley need to admit feelings or stay just friends. They are friends then fight then friends then kiss then fight and back back to friends. Oy get a handle on things you two! 

They just finished coming back from a mission that didn't go as planned. Bryn feels like its her fault when it really isnt. So she shouldn't really care about who does and doesn't blame her. She went and did her job and got hurt in the process. So lets just move on to the next mission. And well the next one was a surprise and she and Ridley did manage to find the missing Queen. So things should start looking better. 

But well its never that simple. Sure she found the Queen. But what about the two bad guys that they need to get? Victor is obviously a horrible person and needs to be caught. But what about black? He isn't the best guy and has done some things, but he has done good as well. Hes not like Victor and Bryn kinda believes him on some things. Though she can't really go around saying that to people. 

Anywho, the pace of the book is fast. The stakes are getting higher. You get everything you could want in a book from Amanda. She delivers nothing but the best and I can't wait for you all to read this latest chapter! Such a page turner, and make sure you're sitting down for this one. There are a number of shockers! 


Friday, April 17, 2015

Waking Up Dead

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She expected heaven or hell. She got Alabama.

When Dallas resident Callie Taylor died young, she expected to go to heaven, or maybe hell.

Instead, when she met her fate early thanks to a creep with a knife and a mommy complex, she

went to Alabama. Now she's witnessed another murder, and she's not about to let this one go.

She's determined to help solve it before an innocent man goes to prison. And to answer the

biggest question of all: why the hell did she wake up dead in Alabama?



When I died, I expected to go to heaven.

Okay. Maybe hell. It’s not like I was perfect or anything. But I was sort of hoping for heaven.

Instead, I went to Alabama.

Yeah. I know. It’s weird.

I died in Dallas, my hometown. I was killed, actually. Murdered. I’ll spare you the gruesome

details. I don’t like to remember them myself. Some jerk with a knife--and probably a Bad-

Mommy complex. Believe me, if I knew where he was, I’d go haunt his ass.

At any rate, by the time death came, I was ready for it--ready to stop hurting, ready to let go. I

didn’t even fight it.

And then I woke up dead in Alabama. Talk about pissed off.

You know, even reincarnation would have been fine with me--I could have started over, clean

slate and all that. Human, cow, bug. Whatever. But no. I ended up haunting someplace I’d never

even been.

That’s not the way it’s supposed to work, right? Ghosts are supposed to be the tortured spirits of

those who cannot let go of their earthly existence. If they could be convinced to follow the light,

they’d leave behind said earthly existence and quit scaring the bejesus out of the poor folks who

run across them. That’s what all those “ghost hunter” shows on television tell us.

Let me tell you something. The living don’t know jack about the dead.

Not this dead chick, anyway.


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Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including

Sanguinary, Waking Up Dead, Taming the Country Star,

Bound by Blood, Legally Undead, and Fairy, Texas. She

lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English

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paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires,

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Ashes to Sparks

Ashes to Sparks
by Jeanine Binder

Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Createspace
Pub Date: February 2015
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Ryan Jeffries is a firefighter – 33 year old, 6’5, red hair, green eyes. His 8 yr marriage he found was a sham – their 7 yr old caught in the middle of a nasty divorce, where his ex doesn’t want him to have any time with his daughter.
In the process of getting custody of his daughter, he finds himself interested in his daughter’s teacher – Lindsay Archer – who he thinks is married until a car accident shows him differently. All the feelings he kept saying he would never share with a woman again, based on the disaster of his marriage is coming back full-tilt with Lindsay. They become soul mates in a quick period of time.
Events that would ruin a couple hold them closer together - read to find out more.

My Review: I've seen this book around and even did promos for the book. So you can imagine how excited I was when the author asked if I'd review it. And well it was so freaking good. 

A cute romance, though it didn't start that way. Ryan has a horrid wife, and is currently getting a divorce from her. He has a tough job and I hated that his kid is in the middle of it all. That is never ever a good thing and can really affect the kid. But what I also don't like is when you get told not to spend time with your kid. If you are a fit parent and want to be involved, then thats great. 

Then Lindsay enters the picture. His daughter's teacher and Ryan sees more than just a teacher. He doesn't really do anything. But that quickly changes. A fast turn over and Ryan is romantic and kind and really falls for Lindsay.  

I loved reading about them and see them fall in love. Despite what is going on, both are strong and amazing characters. I'm sure you'll love reading about these two. Such a great read and worth the time!


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange

From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange
by Tina Aldatz

Book: Stand Alone 
Publisher: Apparel Insiders
Pub Date: March 2015
Genre: Adult
Format: Print
Source: Author
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At 7 years old, Tina Aldatz had no idea of the impact and weight of her mother’s words – said at the time to an impressionable Tina to counter the snide remarks of classmates who teased her for dressing “like the people on TV.” The affirmation stuck, further validating Tina’s childhood dreams of an improved life for her and her family, while building an unshakeable confidence that would later lead the young fashionista to creating the multimillion-dollar designer shoe accessories company, Foot Petals Inc.

In this intimate, no-holds-barred autobiography, Tina candidly shares about her humble yet tumultuous upbringing, a freak accident at the beach that damaged the soles of her feet (and later inspired her brand), and lessons learned in corporate America that served as the impetus in her eventually calling her own shots. Filled with wit, wisdom, and unrelenting honesty, From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange offers a detailed look into the life of one of the most creative and successful “serial entrepreneurs” in the game. 

Complete with Tina’s Six Essentials of Business and a play-by-play account of the creation of Foot Petals Inc., From Stilettos to the Stock Exchange proves that with faith, hard work, and confidence “The American Dream” is within reach for any person with the desire and will to make it her reality.

My Review: Well this is interesting. The title and the cover grabbed me, and well its not something you see put together often.  As you know, kids can be impressionable, and words stuck with Tina. As a kid she got teased for the way she dressed. But it's okay that Tina dressed like the people on TV. Having a style and being yourself is a great thing, and Tina learned that. Otherwise she may not be the fashionista she is today or have created Foot Petals. 

But the best part is that this is a story from the author herself. Her strength is amazing. She went through a lot to get where she is now and its amazing reading the strength she has and what it took to make it. You even learn some things for life and how things work out there in the world. 

I really loved this book. One of my favorites now. It's s worth the read, so I hope you'll pick up a copy and enjoy it just as much. 

Interview with Tina

When did you realize that you wanted to become a writer? During speaking engagements at various venues including: universities, foster homes, domestic violence & human trafficking shelters. I was asked if I had a book and eventually came to the realization that with a book I could reach more people and inspire others.

Is being an Author all you dreamed of, or did it just happen? It really just happened. As an item on my “Bucket List”, I could not be happier with the way it turned out.

The best and worst thing about writing the book? The best part about the book was my sense of accomplishment and how I went about obtaining it. The worst part about writing a book is waiting for the reviews to roll in. This story is 100% my life and having people critique that leaves you truly vulnerable.

What was the very first thing you ever wrote? I am the queen of double entendres, so I wrote all the packaging and copy forFoot Petals. For the book, I started with creating a timeline using 100 different post-its in 3 colors: pink = good, blue = bad & yellow = lesson learned.

What made you create your book?  How did it come to you? I wanted to inspire people from all walks of life to pursue the “American Dream” and pay it forward. This includes investors, women starting over & people in socioeconomically disadvantaged situations. I am a great example of someone who was able to defy the odds and not let a violent past effect my future.  

Who is your literary hero? Jane Green, considered a founder of chick-lit and wrote Female Friendship, because she is smart, witty, funny and cool. I must admit I am a chick-lit junkie.

How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally? This book is 100% me. My family, best friend and business colleagues are exact replicas. I wanted my story to really connect with readers which is why I also included photos throughout. 

Describe your main character in six words. It’s me, so: creative, dramatic, funny, hot-tempered, sensitive & compassionate. I learned a lot about myself writing this book.

Describe the world you’ve created in six words. I can do it in two…..Tina Town.

What scene was your favorite to write? The beginning narrative, when I sold my company! That was such an exciting time in my life and for the life of the company. It was really a moment that showed all the hard work had paid off.   

What scene was the hardest for you to write? My humiliating past in the chapter A Beautiful Mess was the hardest to write. I had to relive a difficult time when I had to live in-and-out of shelters for victims of domestic violence. I knew it was important to include in the book but felt like I was re-opening a healed wound.

What are you working on now? Launching a new lifestyle brand called Savvy Traveler, a collection of products designed for people on the go. They are made up of different types of travel-size disposable towelettes. The entire line will air on the Home Shopping Network at the beginning of June.

Goals? Accomplishments? Improvements? A personal goal of mine is to fall in love. An accomplishment is when I was able to purchase my home in Laguna Hills. An improvement I am trying to work on would be my bad temper. 

What is on your nightstand? My kindle is always on my nightstand with 2000+ downloads to be read. I am a very disciplined person and I read every day, particularly at night before I go to bed. I actually self-educated on a variety of topics through reading- it is an important part of who I am and is also an escape mechanism I use when going through tough times.  I’ve become so disciplined that I have the ability to read 5 different books at once. 

Are there any authors or books you recommend? Yes, I’m currently reading Gentlewoman by Enitan O. Bereola II, which I recommend all women and young ladies read…twice.  I would also recommend, Wherever you go, there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn The 4-hour workweek by Timothy Ferriss.

What's your favorite thing to do when you're not writing? Reading, sleeping, shopping & going to the spa (all in that order).

French Kissed

Title: French Kissed

Author: Chanel Cleeton

Series: International School #3

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance

On the surface, Fleur Marceaux has it all. If only the facade matched reality. With one year left at the International School in London, Fleur’s struggling to graduate, her love life is a mess, and she can’t stop thinking about Max, her ex-boyfriend’s best friend. But all that pales compared to the blackmailer determined to destroy her. 

There’s a social hierarchy at the International School and Max Tucker is outside the velvet ropes. After watching Fleur break his friend’s heart, Max knows to stay away from trouble, despite the crush he’s had on her since freshman year. But when they’re partnered on a project, Max learns there’s more to Fleur than meets the eye, and she just might be worth the wild ride. 

The more time they spend together, the further Max falls. And when a kiss awakens a passion Fleur never imagined, she’s unable to resist Max, who she had thought was all wrong for her but might be the only thing that’s right. But will he stand by her when her secrets are revealed?

Don’t miss the final book in the International School series. This New Adult romance is recommended for readers 17 and up.

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About the Author

Originally a Florida girl, CHANEL CLEETON moved to London where she received a bachelor’s degree from Richmond, The American International University in London and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever, until fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise and a fighter pilot with smooth dance moves swept her off her feet. Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure.

Law school made Chanel realize she’d rather spend her days writing sexy stories than in a courtroom, and she hasn’t looked back since. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she’s happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, her three pups, and her husband. 

Chanel writes contemporary romances. She is published by Harlequin HQN, Penguin/InterMix, and Penguin/Berkley and is the author of the International School, Capital Confessions, and Wild Aces series.



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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Summer of Lost Wishes

Summer of Lost Wishes
Date: 05/28/15

from Goodreads:
When sixteen-year-old Piper Davenport's
mom packs up their lives and heads to the coastal Florida town of Coral Sands,
Piper doesn't care much for the view...until she catches a glimpse at Rooks

Her mom's "look but don't touch" policy regarding the boy next door
is all but impossible to maintain, especially since he's helping his dad
restore Piper's new home, the Calloway Cottage. A gorgeous, shirtless boy makes
this boring little town a bit more exciting.

But after Piper and Rooks discover a secret in the walls of the cottage, they
have a chance to unravel the biggest mystery in Coral Sands history - unless
someone unravels them first. 

the Author
Gabrielle is a young adult author who lives in the land of salt water, palm
trees, and sandy shorelines. She believes that summer love is pure bliss and
that she was a mermaid in a past life. Her debut, The Summer of Lost Wishes,
will be out later this year.

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Finding Thor

by Kai Strand 
Date: 03/12/15

from Goodreads:
Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and
the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik

Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced, and causes her to
do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression – like kiss him
before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions
until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again.

But a mysterious, troubled past follows Nik, and Cara may prove to be his
weakest link.

When a royal princess shows up looking for Nik, and an international gang
arrives looking for missing jewels, Cara lands in mortal danger. Will she be
able to save herself? What will happen to her newly repaired psyche if she
loses Nik?

Romance, mystery, and high stakes – just another day in high school. 

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the Author
writes fiction for kids
and teens. Her debut novel, The Weaver, was an EPIC eBook Finalist. King of Bad
soared to the publisher's #1 spot its second month. She is a (very lucky) wife
and the mother of four kids. The most common sound in her household is
laughter. The second most common is, "Do your dishes!" Kai and her
family hike, geocache and canoe in Central Oregon, where they call home.

organized the free, themed, multi-author, short story blog, 
Lightning Quick
. She is available for personal appearances, workshops, and classroom
or school visits. Feel free to contact her directly to discuss availability and
request references.

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Half Breed Queen

Breed Queen (Skatia Narratives, #1)
Date: March 2015

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Devastating tragedy puts 14-year-old
high school freshman Marla Owens, on a fast-paced journey of survival, revival
and coming of age. Driven by a force she can't begin to understand and a
burning need to find out the truth, she heads toward her mother's home in North
Dakota. She soon learns more about herself and her family than she could have
ever imagined — her mother was royal heir to the powerful Skatian throne! And
now the Skatian people need her to protect their world from those who wish to
conquer it.

In a classic tale of good versus evil, set on Earth and beyond, a young girl
fights to survive to become a young woman—and the reluctant queen of Skatia.
Who can she trust? Will she be able to control her own immense abilities and
justified anger to do what's right? One thing's for sure: Marla's not in Texas

the Author
Hendricks is an IT project manager by day and science fiction/fantasy novelist
by night. A longtime lover of words, she reads science fiction, fantasy and
paranormal romance novels regularly (when there is time). When not reading,
writing or working, LA can most often be found watching football or basketball
with her adorable cat, Mona.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Guest Post by Samantha

Hi and thank you so much for having me!  I wanted to take the opportunity to share what it is I do in case it is helpful to any of your followers, and also connect with even more of your readers out there, as one of my very favorite people to work with are book bloggers and reviewers!

First of all - let me fill you in a bit on who I am. My name is Sami and I run a company called Roger Charlie that specializes in publicity and management for creative professionals - particularly authors, musicians and small businesses.  I actually just recently jumped out on my own after nearly four years working exclusively in literary publicity because in addition to books. Both local/small business and music are also two of my very biggest passions, and I wanted to move more into supporting those endeavors, as well.

Just two months in, I’m having an absolute blast and working with some of the funnest, most creative minds! From drumming up press releases and media for an author’s international visit to Trinidad & Tobago, sitting down with a local pie company to talk about a new foray into cookbooks, or even helping a band on-the-rise really grow into a new level of recognition,  I’m lucky to get to dive headfirst into many different things, and put my brain together with other bright minds to help foster success for everyone involved on a project! The neat thing about PR is that it really keeps the door open to be expansive on creative thinking and try new, fun ideas to drive attention to a brand.

I really love what I do. I love that thought that publicity revolves around reaching out to people who may have not otherwise heard about a great book, band or business had I not been in touch, and I get excited when someone responds enthusiastically.  It really cultivates a positive attitude and experience for everyone involved, and I’m all for supporting anything that motivates and inspires an individual to move forward ferociously in the things that they really love.

I also run a really cool project with my husband called Songs for Jake, a collaborative music channel that operates around the simple mission of getting great songs to one really big music lover. Jake, my younger brother, has cerebral palsy - which I only mention to emphasize the impact music has on his life. While he can't talk or tell you in words about the music he enjoys, he definitely can show you the happiness it brings him through his laughter and excitement.  The project also marries a passion for creating, finding and sharing that music with Jake, along with others who may benefit from music therapy. We just put a new song up on Monday, so you should head on over and check it out! :)

I run Songs for Jake and Roger Charlie because I think it’s so important to incorporate the things you are truly dedicated to into your day-to-day work and life, because it fosters growth and encourages even more people to jump in and be part of the conversation.

I’d love to create some conversation with all of you and your readers, too! What are some of your favorite books/authors? What about bands/music? Have you ever seen a particularly awesome playlist that an author created for their story? I always love Amalie Howard’s choices (you can see one for her book Alpha Goddess here).

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Tuts Trumpet

Tuts Trumpet
by Allie Burton

Book: Soul Warriors #2
Publisher: Allie Burton
Pub Date: March 2015
Genre: Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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Her grandfather kidnapped.
An ancient instrument of death in her hands.
A warrior from the past determined to stop her.

When sixteen-year-old Aria York loses her parents, she thinks nothing worse can happen. But then her grandfather is kidnapped by a mysterious Egyptian sect and she is being hunted by two competing tribes. Both want King Tut’s trumpet of war and will lie and steal to obtain the legendary instrument.

When Aria plays the magical trumpet she forgets her grief. Instead, she feels triumph and greed and anger flow through her veins, and chaos erupts in San Francisco. She wants nothing more than to rescue her grandfather, but finds herself trusting a tortured warrior who insists she hand over the trumpet or risk enveloping the world in war.

Aria wants to believe him, but knows there’s something even bigger at stake. As each precious hour passes, she’s forced to ask: Is she playing the trumpet or is the trumpet playing her?

My Review: Aria has dealt with loss and should just be able to get on with life. Except it doesn't go her way. Her gramps gets kidnapped and is being hunted down herself. Tribes are after her for the trumpet that once belonged to King Tut. Cool right? Well it would be if you just had it in a case or something, but these tribes don't want it for display. 

Its all going to lead to crazy things. Lies, tricks, these tribes will try anything to make Aria give them the trumpet. All this would overwhelm her, but once she actually plays the trumpet, things change. The magic changes her. Chaos is about to start, and all she wants is to save her gramps, go home and get on with her life in a more normal way. 

The book was just amazing and the pace never slowed down. Your attention is kept and you won't be disappointed to read this!


The Truth About Jack

The Truth About Jack
Release Date: 04/14/15
Entangled Crush

Summary from Goodreads:
Dakota McCloud has just been accepted into a prestigious art school. Soon she'll leave behind the artists' colony where she grew up―hippie dad, tofu since birth, yurt―and join her boyfriend and best friend on the East Coast. It was the plan…until Dakota finds out her boyfriend and best friend hooked up behind her back.

Hurt and viciously betrayed, Dakota pours out her heart on a piece of paper, places it in a bottle, and hurls it into the ocean. But it doesn't quite go where she expects…

Jack Sauvage finds the bottle washed up on the shore and responds to Dakota's letter. Except what if his straight-laced life doesn’t jive with the free-spirited girl he’s only seen from afar? As Jack creates a persona he believes she’ll love, they slowly fall for each other with each new letter. Now Jack is trying to find a way to make this delicate, on-paper romance happen in real life…without revealing his deception.
About the Author
Jody Gehrman is a native of Northern California, where she can be found writing, teaching, reading, or obsessing over her three cats most days. She is also the author of ten novels and numerous award-winning plays. Her Young Adult novels include The Truth About Jack, Audrey's Guide to Black Magic, Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft, Babe in Boyland, Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty, and Triple Shot Bettys in Love. Babe in Boyland was optioned by the Disney Channel and won the International Reading Association's Teen Choice Award. Her adult novels are Bombshell, Notes from the Backseat, Tart, and Summer in the Land of Skin. Her plays have been produced in Ashland, New York, San Francisco, Chicago and L.A. She and her partner David Wolf won the New Generation Playwrights Award for their one-act, Jake Savage, Jungle P.I. She is a professor of English and Communication Studies at Mendocino College.
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