Friday, January 31, 2014

COVER REVEAL: Five Ways to Fall (Ten Tiny Breaths #4) by K.A. Tucker

Today I am excited to share another puzzle piece of K.A. Tucker's Five Ways To Fall. 
FIVE WAYS TO FALL is a New Adult Contemporary Romance novel. It is due to be released in June 2014A new puzzle piece will be revealed each day leading up to February 5th. On February 5th, K.A. Tucker will reveal the entire cover and an excerpt on her site. After she reveals it, you are welcome to grab it from her, and then share it with the world or add it to your own post! 

Series: Ten Tiny Breaths #4)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Category: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary/ Romance
 Release Date: June 2014
About the book: 
Sometimes you can’t change—and sometimes you just don’t want to. Discover Ben’s side of the story in this fourth novel by the beloved, top-selling indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths, One Tiny Lie, and Four Seconds to Lose.

Purple-haired, sharp-tongued Reese MacKay knows all about making the wrong choice; she’s made plenty of them in her twenty-odd-years. So when her impulsive, short-lived marriage ends in heartbreak, she decides it’s time for a change. She moves to Miami with the intention of hitting reset on her irresponsible life, and she does quite well…aside from an epically humiliating one-night stand in Cancun with a hot blond bouncer named Ben. Thank God she can get on a plane and leave that mistake behind her.

Football scholarship and frat parties with hot chicks? Part of charmer Ben Morris’s plan. Blown knee that kills any hope of a professional football career? So not part of the plan. Luckily Ben has brains to go with his knockout looks and magnetism. After three long years of balancing law school with his job as a bouncer at Penny’s Palace, he’s ready to lead a more mature life—until his first day of work, when he finds himself in the office of that crazy, hot chick he met in Cancun. The one he hasn’t stopped thinking about.

If Ben truly were a smart guy, he’d stay clear of Reese. She’s the boss’s stepdaughter and it’s been made very clear that office romances are grounds for dismissal. Plus, rumor has it she’s trouble. The only problem is, he likes trouble, especially when it’s so good-looking…

About the Author: 

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures. 

Pre-Order Links: Amazon | Barnes and Nobles

Cover Reveal Schedule:

January 29
January 30
January 31
February 1
February 2
February 3
February 4
February 5

EXCERPT BLAST: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

We are thrilled to share an excerpt for Heather Lyons' THE DEEP END OF THE SEA! THE DEEP END OF THE SEA is a New Adult Fantasy set for release February 13, 2014 and definitely one you need to add to your TBR pile! 

The Deep End Of The Sea - Front Cover

What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard.  As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.


           I let it happen again.

            The temple settles into that stagnant silence I’ve long learned to loathe, and these are the most cohesive series of words I can string together for many long, desolate minutes. I let it happen again. Resolutions apparently mean nothing, even if crafted under the best of intentions. Had I not, just this very morning, recited a daily pledge held dear to my heart: I shall not let myself be used for death?

            And yet, a man is dead, and I was the weapon that slayed him.

            I move closer to where he now stands, forever frozen in terror, and press my shaking hand against his outstretched stone one. “I’m sorry,” I whisper, though he cannot and never will be able to hear my words. “So, so sorry.”

            His eyes, wide and mercifully detail free, offer me nothing in return. Once I commit his features to memory, I construct a life history with a name worthy of his sacrifice. Walt was single (I can’t bear the thought of spouses and children, thus my collection of singletons) and a bit of a daredevil when he wasn’t volunteering to teach literacy to adults in poverty stricken urban areas. He’d gone spelunking at least a half-dozen times, sky diving twice, and bungee cord diving off some crazy bridge in Colorado just once, on his thirtieth birthday. Walt liked to write poetry; how could he not, when his now-deceased parents had named him after one of the greats?

            Walt liked to talk about poetry, too, which means he needs to be with others like him. I strip off my flannel work shirt, down to a tank top, and get to work. Shoving stones around when half of one’s body is reptilian isn’t the easiest of tasks, requiring a great deal of precision and care.

            As I always tend to do when placing a new statue, I can’t help but flash back to the one and only time I’d broken one of my victims. I’d been tired—he’d snuck upon me when I’d been sleeping—and an overestimated shove sent poor Nikolaos face first against the temple floor. I’d spent most of that night collecting the pieces which once made a whole man, blubbering in misery. As penance, his head, missing an ear and part of his nose, still sits on a shelf in my bedroom. Treat us gently, I like to imagine him telling me nightly before I sleep. We deserve your care.

            I have not failed Nikolaos since. Over the ages, I’ve developed a routine to transfer the statues around the island that includes wrapping the bodies in a thick quilt before putting them up on casters. It takes a painstaking amount of time to shift them short or long distances, but each person deserves nothing less from me.

            Walt’s group sits just outside the temple. They are the philosophers of our island; it only seems natural they would find much to appreciate in both the sun and the stars. I struggle with his body over the stairs—they are tricky to maneuver for me even without hauling a two hundred pound statue—but eventually, I get him exactly where he’ll fit in best.

            “Ladies and gentlemen, this is Walt,” I tell the still faces forming a cluster near a non-functioning fountain. “His poetry is as beautiful as his namesake’s.”

            I angle Walt so his eyes face theirs. It’s late afternoon, and there is soft orange light filtering down upon their features. It’s a beautiful sight, which only saddens me, because all of that talk about death and beauty being intertwined is one of the biggest loads of crap I’ve ever heard. Death isn’t beautiful. Too often than not, it’s messy and brutal; even when done in sleep, there’s still that theft of breath, that failure of a heart. Death is an act of violence.

            I should know. I am one of the most prolific murderers in history. And I think about death constantly.

            I often wonder what my own death will be like, if I am ever blessed to embrace it. I’m not too picky in my imaginings; I’ll take any sort by this point. Logically, I’d prefer a less painful exit, but, knowing my luck, it’ll be as ruthless as once reported and still widely believed.

            It ought to be noted I have some of the most wretched luck to ever be doled out, so there is that.

            The sound of waves crashing against the shore sends my eyes to the horizon. I’ve tried to drown myself in those waters more times than I ought to admit over the years, but the sea always spits me back out. I’ve also tried overdosing on pharmaceuticals, stabbing myself in the chest and eyes (which was just as painful as you’d imagine), and throwing myself off a cliff. Melodramatic, yes, and all ineffective for an immortal cursed with impenetrable skin and a digestive system apparently filled with acid.

            Death is not my friend. At least, not yet.


About the Author: 

Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.


Quote of the Week: Robert Frost

Quote of the week is a weekly bookish post.
Each Friday, I will pick one of my favorite quotes to share with you, my wonderful readers!! 

Quote of the Week:

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“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” 
― Robert Frost

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Review: Fireblood (Fireblood, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Title: Fireblood
Series: Fireblood, #1
Author: Trisha Wolfe
Category: Science-Fiction/ Romance/ Dystopian
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 3.5/4 stars out of 5 
To save a kingdom, Zara must choose between a prince who could be the answer and a rising rebellion that threatens to take control.

When Zara Dane is chosen to marry Prince Sebastian Hart, son of the man who ordered her father’s capture, Zara knows she must fight to save everything she loves from ruin. 

Being betrothed to the prince means a life trapped behind the towering stone walls of the Camelot-forged realm. Under the watchful eye of the prince's first knight, Sir Devlan Capra, changing her future becomes difficult. 

When an unlikely rebel reveals the truth about the deadly secrets that fuel King Hart’s twisted world, Zara’s path to rescue her father becomes clouded by deception. The Rebels clear her path by forcing Zara’s hand with an ultimatum: sway Prince Sebastian to join the Rebels, convincing him of his father’s evil nature, or they will take him out. 

But Zara is uncertain about a future under the Rebels’ command and where the prince’s heart truly lies. She must decide who to trust, what to believe, and what she’s truly fighting for before the king destroys all of Karm, including her heart.

*Book received from NetGalley* 
My Thoughts: 

It took me awhile to get into this one. And I was very excited about it; however, when picked it up I just couldn't get into it at first. I believe it was because I was reading so many fantasy books back to back at that time. So I put Fireblood down, and waited until I was ready to pick it up again. And I’m glad I finally picked it back up.

First of all, I really enjoyed the idea of this book. It had a unique spin on it, a weird dystopian world forced to be stuck in the era like Camelot. A dystopian world with a King, and Knights of the Round Table. It was also interesting how Wolfe combined this age with that of a more modern advanced world. I liked how she combined the two; it made for a fascinating read.
The depth of his pale blue eyes holds me captive. I see fear in them, but I also see strength, honor. His gaze is heated and steady, and something inside of me wavers. 
The characters were also very interesting. Though, at times, I found there emotions to be all over the place. I did enjoy the characters’ transitions throughout the story. Zara, the main gal, is definitely the strong type of heroines I enjoy reading about. And though her situation is a pretty dire one, I found she had a good head on her shoulders, a very stubborn personality, and a good heart. However, I felt like I was only getting glimpses of her true personality. I felt there could have been so much more to this character, emotional wise.

Devlan, well, I have mixed emotions about him. I enjoyed his character just as much as I enjoyed Zara’s, I just felt like he had some serious mood swings. And that made me a bit frustrated at times. However, as I got deeper into the story, I really started to understand him, and that made me enjoy him even more. Again, like Zara, I felt there could have been so much more to his character and to his emotional depth.

Then we have the Prince Sebastian, who plays a pretty big role. I’m gonna be honest, it was hard to get a good grasp on his character. I found that kind of fun while I was reading! Going back and forth; is he good, is he evil? I also enjoyed the side characters, and they each brought a nice factor into the story and more depth to it.  
"Fireblood." My brow shoots up. "That's a fierce name. What does it mean" He looks down and extends his hand to me. "Exactly what it implies; she has fire in her blood."
This world that Wolfe created is very dark in its own way. I really loved the concept and all the elements she added. The virus, the way the world is inside the dome and outside of it. I only wish I had more knowledge as to what happened and how did it happen. But again, I like the mystery of not knowing.

The only thing that I found to be something I didn’t thoroughly enjoy was the development and pacing of the story. It was just rushed. Now, not everything felt too rushed, but a lot of the main factors did. The romance between Delvan and Zara being one, and then the development of Zara’s role with the rebels being another. I definitely enjoyed this story, but I just wasn’t that blown away by it. I am glad that I gave it a chance!

I definitely recommend this one to those who are curious about Fireblood, or have read the novella of this series! It’s a book that you just have to give a try, you never know, you might just end up loving it. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Midnight Thief (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, it spotlights upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs. 
But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.
In her arresting debut novel, Livia Blackburne creates a captivating world where intrigue prowls around every corner—and danger is a way of life.

Expected publication: July 8th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

What are you waiting on? 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RELEASE DAY LAUNCH: SEEKING HER (Losing It #3.5) by Cora Carmack


Title: Seeking Her
Series: Losing It #3.5
Author: Cora Carmack
Category: Romance/ Contemporary
Genre: New Adult
Jackson Hunt gets his turn in this Finding It prequel novella …

Jackson Hunt hasn't been out of the military for long, but he needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he is going to keep his demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Becoming bodyguard (and babysitter) to spoiled rich girl Kelsey Summers isn't exactly what he had in mind, but it's a chance to travel, to get away. The catch: Kelsey's father doesn't want her to know she's being followed.

She's vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When Jackson sees her falling into the same patterns he suffered years ago, he decides it's time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know Kelsey is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her, the more he wants her.

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I was going to have to find some way to cope with this. If not, I was better off calling Mr. Summers and suggesting he find someone else to take over his daughter-watch.

I felt a pang of something at that thought. It was a general kind of discomfort, and I wasn’t sure whether it was the thought of returning home or something else that made that thought so unappealing.

After the cooling walk earlier, and now standing under the cool, calming rush of water, it was easier to think that I could control myself, but I knew better. It always seemed easier in my head than it really was.

I wiped the water from my eyes, and tried to think of some other way to deal. There was always the hope that Kelsey would get bored. That she would mellow out. If she only partied a couple nights a week, I should be able to resist. But that seemed unlikely.

All that restless energy; the way she’d soaked up the attention from the people around her. I couldn’t see her giving that up. And it was working for her. She was still in the phase where partying made her feel good. That was the one thing that helped me stay clean. The few times I’d slipped up since I started the program had left me miserable and angry, and even more frustrated than when I started. I’d found new ways to chase the high. And maybe that wasn’t any healthier, not when one way involved being in the midst of flying bullets.

It wasn’t the same kind of rush, but it did the trick. I pictured Kelsey again, laughing with her head thrown back, her shirt falling off her shoulder and displaying the gentle curve of her neck. It reminded me of the way she’d tossed her head back that first day out in the woods.

The memory of that caused a different kind of rush in me, and I groaned, pressing my forehead into the tile. Before I could help myself, I pictured her long legs straddling that guy in the gardens. The bright green material of her bra, and the way it conformed to her perfect chest. She leaned back, her fingertips trailing from the bark of the tree to his shoulders.

In an instant, the memory shifted into fantasy, and those were my shoulders she clung to, not his.

That was my undoing. There was only so much resisting I could do in one night.

About the Author: 

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.

Pre-Order Links:   Amazon  | Barnes and Noble

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: All The Pretty Lies (Pretty, #1) by M. Leighton

Title: All The Pretty Lies
Series: Pretty, #1
Author: M. Leighton
Category: Romance/ Contemporary
Genre: New Adult/ Mature
Rating:4.5 stars out of 5
“Live, no regrets”

Sloane Locke has led a sheltered life. However, with a history like hers, she can understand why her brothers and her father want so much to protect her. She has gone along with it for twenty long years, but those days are over. For the girl who never makes promises, Sloane has made a pact with herself that things will change on her twenty-first birthday. So when the clock strikes midnight, Sloane strikes out to spread her wings and break a few rules.

In addition to inking skin, Hemi Spencer possesses many talents. Controlling himself has never been one of them. It’s never had to be. He’s lived a life of indulgence for as long as he can remember. Right up until tragedy struck. Now, he’s nothing but controlled. He’s a man on a mission, one who will let nothing and no one stand in his way.

Nothing in their lives could’ve prepared Sloane and Hemi for what they’d find in each other—distraction and obsession, love and possession. But the one thing they can’t find is a future. Neither one has been totally honest. And they’ll soon learn that the devil is in the details. In the details and in the lies.
How far will two people go to live in the now when the now is all they’ve got?

 My Review:

This book contains every reason why I love M. Leighton’s books so, so much!  The characters, the plot, and the damn sexiness that she created for this one story, just had me all happy and all the girly-ness inside me blissful. This chick knows how to create a swoony story, one that’ll have you glued to the pages. And I was thoroughly glued to this book.
It was the characters, their passion, which made this book so much fun to read. Don’t get me wrong, the mysterious element along with the twist that Leighton threw in definitely made it gripping. But it was the passion and intensity between Hemi and Sloane that just made this book consuming.
Hemi's arms are there to catch me. He'll keep me safe. For as long as I have left, he'll keep me safe.
What I loved about Sloane was this girl’s will. She is has such a strong will, and a very stubborn personality. And it was that strength and stubbornness that really made me like this heroine. Sloane is trying her hardest to prove to her family that she needs to break free from their over protectiveness. And I love how she went about that, like; Bam, here I am! And of course it’s that determination that lead her to meet Hemi.
Hemi is, well, a very alluring guy. He had me melting! But behind that alluring sex appeal, something else definitely lurked. I loved getting inside his head and seeing how he was affected by Sloane. And of course, getting to know him, and see just who he really is was an amazing ride. I adored this character, not only for how he and Sloane were so combustible together, but for his love that he has for his family and for Sloane.
As I mention, Sloan and Hemi are a combustible duo. And I loved every second of it. With the situation they find themselves in, they are tested, hurt, and loved, but that underlining attraction between them was just so much fun to watch grow and develop. 
Another part I enjoyed so much about this book was the twists and turns that the story took. In all honesty, I didn’t see some of the surprising twists that popped up. Though there was one I did figure out. But being unable to see what Hemi’s objective was, well, enthralling!
The pacing was also nicely built, and the developing attraction, though instant, felt natural and grew at a great pace with the development of the story. I enjoyed all the other characters as well, heck, I enjoyed so many things about this book. And with Leighton’s pretty amazing writing style, I was sucked in. And I loved every minute of it!
I definitely recommend this one to fans of intense passion, and romance. Yet with a very interesting plot that keeps things mysterious and leaves you wanting more. 

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/27/14

Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!
 Hosted by Book Journey

Here's what I'm reading:

What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again.

Expected publication: February 13th 2014 by Cerulean Books

Can't wait to start this one!  


What are you reading??