Friday, August 28, 2015

Quote of the Week: Beatrix Potter


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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I do so hate finishing books. I would like to go on with them for years. 
    - Beatrix Potter

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Paperback Release Day Launch: Beyond Fate (Fate #1.5) by Heather Lyons (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)

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We are so excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for the paperback edition of Heather Lyons' BEYOND FATE! BEYOND FATE is a Fate Series novella and is written in Jonah’s point of view. It is his side of the story from A MATTER OF FATE. Grab your copy of this amazing novella today!

And that’s not all! BEYOND FATE has gotten a cover makeover! This amazing new cover was created by Carly Stevens!


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Synopsis: 

There are always two sides to every story . . .

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone's expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he's never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren't always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes, you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

* Beyond Fate is Jonah's point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate, and is a companion novella for the YA/NA crossover urban fantasy/romance Fate series.

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  Release Day Excerpt: 
     I remember Joey telling me once that, of all the big waves he’s ever ridden in his life, the one that got his blood pumping most was Mavericks. “It’s sick,” he said as we waxed our boards at one of his favorite breaks near his house in Australia. “Cold as all hell. Gotta be careful of the Boneyard nearby. There’s a reason they call it that, you know. The reef below loves nothing more than to welcome you to stay forever. But,” his easy grin slid out, “when conditions are right, and you can take off in the hollow and traverse the long wall before finishing in white water, your life flashes before your eyes. You’re flying through hell like a slingshot, only to come out in paradise.”
     Obviously, it made me want to surf Mavericks so bad I could taste it.
     When Kel and I first got to California, we’d wanted to come here together. Ride these waves in Joey’s honor. But that never happened.
     He’s with Chloe right now, after yet another attack during which she walled both him and me inside a building and took off toward San Francisco in an effort to lead what we now know as Elders away. I know why she did it. I felt it the moment her resolutions within hardened—she believed she was protecting the people she loved. In a weird way, I was incredibly proud of her for it, even as I tore my hair out, trying to get the hell out of the tomb she sealed us in so I could get out there and protect her myself. Karl and I searched for her for hours . . .
     And then she decided to gut me once more by calling my brother to go and get her.
     So here I am, in the back of a boat, tugging the hood of my wetsuit over my head in the pursuit of some kind of nirvana high amidst the hell I’ve found myself in lately. Raul Mesaverde’s questioning my sanity for wanting to go out into the monster waves we’re heading toward, but I do my best to ignore my temporarily assigned Guard. We’re accompanied by one of Joey’s Wave colleagues, who’s come along upon Astrid’s insistence. I tried to assure her I knew what I was doing, but considering she pretty much had an anxiety attack after researching Mavericks and learning people have died here, I figured this was the lesser of two evils.
     “You’re loco,” Raul yells at me over the boat’s engine.
     I laugh. This? Coming from a Cyclone? Especially one who agreed to chauffeur     Chloe on her crazy attempt to lure the Elders away?
     The Wave we’re with turns away from the wheel and smiles. He’s crazy, too—because he’s got that same look in his eyes that Joey always had. Like the ocean is his temple. “Nah, bra,” he tells Raul. “Maverick’s all about enlightenment.”
     Raul white knuckles the side of the boat. I completely tune him out and let myself slide into that place Joey taught me about so long ago.
     “When you let yourself go,” he’d told me as we’d sat out beyond the breaks, “when you put yourself out there and really just let yourself go, knowing any second you could be swallowed whole by the ocean, you’ll realize that all of that shit you worry so much about—girls, school, parents, grades, work, responsibilities—they’re meaningless. Because it’s just you and the waves. They don’t give a rat’s ass what kind of day you’re having. They don’t care if you’ve just bagged the hottest girl in the worlds or if your dad thinks you’ve failed him. They’re gonna rise up and fall no matter what. Let yourself go along that ride, J. There’s worry enough for later.”
     This is what I’m thinking as I’m waiting for my set to come.
     When it does, I paddle hard. Anticipation and fear is just as strong on my tongue as the salt water surrounding me. I let my worries go. 
     This one’s for you, Joey.
     I gladly fling myself into oblivion.
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And don’t miss the first books in the Fate Series!

A Amtter of Fate

A MATTER OF FATE (Fate Series #1)

 

BEYOND FATE - New Cover

BEYOND FATE (Fate Series #1.5)

 

A Matter of Heart

A MATTER OF HEART (Fate Series #2)

 

A MAtter of Truth

A MATTER OF TRUTH (Fate Series #3)

 

A Matter of Forever Cover

A MATTER OF FOREVER (Fate Series #4)

About the Author:  
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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.






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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Flamecaster (The Shattered Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima


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


Flamecaster (The Shattered Realms, #1)

The first in a thrilling new four-book fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, set in the same world as her beloved Seven Realms series, a generation later

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it? 

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death. 

Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by HarperCollins

I can't wait for this one! I loved the Seven Realm series by Chima, so I know I'll love this one as well. 

What are you waiting on?


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Release Day Launch: Heart-Shaped Hack by Tracey Garvis-Graves (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)


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When Kate Watts abandoned her law career to open a food pantry in Northeast Minneapolis, she never dreamed it would be this difficult. Facing the heartbreaking prospect of turning hungry people away, she is grateful for the anonymous donations that begin appearing at the end of each month. Determined to identify and thank her secret benefactor, she launches a plan and catches Ian —a charismatic hacker with a Robin Hood complex—in the act. 

Ian intrigues Kate in a way no man ever has. But after learning he’s snooped around on her personal computer, she demands retribution. Impressed with her tolerance and captivated by her spirit, he complies and begins to slowly charm his way past her defenses. Time spent with Ian is never boring, and Kate soon finds herself falling for the mysterious hacker. 

But Ian has enemies and they’re growing restless. In the hacking world, exploiting a target’s weakness is paramount, and no price is too high to stop an attack. And when Kate learns exactly how much Ian has paid, she’ll discover just how strong her love is for the man who has hacked his way into her heart. 



EXCERPT
“Oh, hi,” she said. 
“Imagine running into you here.” 
“This is quite a coincidence.”
“It’s not a coincidence at all. I knew you were following me.” 
“You did not.” 
“I spotted you hiding behind the plant when I walked into the bank. Plus I could smell your perfume as soon as I stepped out here.” 
“Did you”—she used her fingers to make little air quotes—“appropriate money from this bank?” she whispered. 
“Of course not. I do all my work from the Batcave. Believe it or not, I actually bank here. I was just signing some papers.” 
Kate had never seen a man look so utterly scrumptious while wearing glasses. There was something about the combination of his hair, his scruff, and the semi-rimless designer frames that made him irresistible. “Are the glasses a disguise? Because I totally knew it was you.”
“The glasses are real. I often suffer from eyestrain since I spend so much time on the computer, and I was up late last night, working.” 
“They make you look very smart.” She took a moment to imagine how his scruff would feel rubbing against her skin if he were to kiss her. 
“I am smart, but I think you mean devastatingly handsome. More so than normal, that is.” 
“You’re so humble.” 
“Ready?” He walked to the door and held it open for her. 
“Yes.” 
“Follow me.” He looked at her and laughed. “That shouldn’t be a problem for you.” 
They took the elevator to the basement, and when the doors opened to the parking garage, Kate followed Ian to a row of cars. He stopped beside one and pulled a set of keys from his pocket. 
She gasped. 
Ian smiled. “It’s a—”
“1964 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe.”
“’65. But color me impressed.” 
“My brother Chad was obsessed with this car. He used to have a poster of it on his bedroom wall. There were only six built between 1964 and 1965.” 
“A bit rare indeed.” 
The last authentic Shelby had sold at auction for around seven million. Ian’s was obviously a replica, of which there were quite a few, but it was still a very notable vehicle with a price tag that started in the low six figures. “Helena called it an old blue car.” 
He grinned, looking contemplative. “Technically, that is correct.” 
Kate could not resist running her hand lightly over the Guardsman Blue paint and the white racing stripes on the hood. The Shelby was unmistakably race-car-like in appearance with its aerodynamic design and unique body style. Chad was going to be so jealous. “For someone who values his privacy, isn’t this a bit ostentatious?”
“How so?”
“Rakishly handsome playboy who makes grand philanthropic gestures and drives a flashy car. Any of this ringing a bell?”
“Rakishly handsome playboy?”
“Well, if the Prada loafer fits. Wouldn’t you fly under the radar more easily in, say, a Ford Focus?” she asked. 
“A Ford Focus? You want me to tool around town in a Ford Focus? Jesus, would I still have my balls?”
“No, they cut them off when they hand you the keys. Of course you’d still have your balls. What kind of question is that? This conversation has gotten way off track.” 
“You mean because we started out talking about my car and now we’re talking about my balls?”
“Are we?” 
“I believe so.” 
“Maybe we should go back to talking about your car.” 
“You want to drive it, don’t you?”
“Why would I want to drive your car?”
“Why wouldn’t you want to drive my car? Can you handle a stick shift?” 
“Yes, and rather competently I might add.” 
“That’s an enormous turn-on. Truly.” 
She pretended not to hear him. “This is not a good car for Minnesota winters.” 
“Horrible, I agree. My other car has four-wheel drive, but it’s not nearly as fun to operate as this one.” Ian dangled the keys in front of her. 
He was right. Kate was dying to drive his car and couldn’t wait to see how it handled. She took the keys, opened the door, and reached over to unlock the passenger side for Ian. They belted up, and she started the car. 
“Please note that I’m already making good on my promise, Katie. Because I assure you, driving this car will be the opposite of boring.”
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About the Author: 

Tracey Garvis Graves is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author. Her debut novel, On the Island, spent 9 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, has been translated into twenty-seven languages, and is in development with MGM and Temple Hill Productions for a feature film. She is also the author of Uncharted, Covet, Every Time I Think of You, and Cherish. Tracey loves to interact with her readers and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


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Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: Hexed by Michelle Krys

Hexed (The Witch Hunter, #1)Title: Hexed
Series: The Witch Hunter, #1
Author: Michelle Krys
Category: Fantasy/Paranormal
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: DNF 
If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid. 

My Review

Hexed was a book I was really anticipating when it was first released.  It did take me a while to pick it up, but when I finally did I was so happy to finally be able to get lost in that world. However it wasn’t what I was expecting.  And I did try to like it, but no matter what I just couldn’t. 

I love books about new age, witches, the paranormal, and so I was expecting a really witchy book. This one sounded like a read I would get all of those factors. And, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it had those elements, but I couldn’t get past the first few chapters. Maybe it was the writing style that I just couldn’t get into. It felt a bit too stiff and the flow of the storyline unnatural. I couldn't feel any depth to it or unleashing of the character's feelings.  I couldn’t connect with the main character or understand her though process at all.

I also did not like her that much to be honest. Yes, the author does explain why she wants her social statues within the constructs of high school, but even with the explanation, I didn’t understand it.  And her so called best friend irritated me so much; I honestly hated her and hated that the main character put up with her crap.  Some of the reactions by the main character also didn’t feel natural. Only happening for the sake of advancing the storyline.  Quite a few times I found the interactions and movements of the characters to feel too stiff and unnatural as well. 

The pacing was a bit too rushed for my liking and I found myself wanting it to not move so fast. I wanted more detail and to be able to understand the character and her motivations. 

I wanted to enjoy this one. It seemed like a book I would really get into. And I tried twice--twice --to like it, but I just couldn't. There were just so many factors I couldn’t like or enjoy. 

I really did want to like this one, but it wasn't for me, personally.


 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Quote of the Week: Paulo Coelho


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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“Life has many ways of testing a person's will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen all at once.”
― Paulo Coelho

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review: Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Fall with Me (Wait for You, #4)Title: Fall With Me
Series: Wait for You, #4
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself. 

My Review

Fall With Me was another amazing book by JLA. I instantly fall in love with Reece and Roxy. Their story was steamy, intense, and every bit wonderful in true JLA fashion. It seems like each book in this series is a pure gem; original, and delightfully entertaining.  
“You’re going to make me want to keep you.” 
Roxy is probably now one of my favorite heroines. Spunky, cocky, and dressed in witty, dorky T-shirts, she’s a girl you have to admire.  However, she still battles with a past that seems to haunt her every decision. Throughout the book, though, she showed that she is a very tenacious character; strong willed and a bit hardheaded.  I loved that about her though.

Reece is, good Lord, another SEXY male character created by JLA. Jesus, she can write some wonderful men. Reece is such a kind and caring individual. And though he too has made some makes by Roxy, he tries to always do what is right.  I also loved that he doesn’t beat around the bush. He pretty much goes for what he wants and that also included Roxy.

Together they are a combustible couple. Their banter was a wonderful part of the story and something I just loved.  The spark between them is, of course, undeniable. Though they are back and forth, have their ups and downs, and their rocky moments, they seem to always stick up for each other. I loved how well they seemed to fit together as well.
"Let yourself go and fall with me, and baby, I will catch you. I will get you through this. You just got to take that risk.” 
Jennifer’s writing style, as always, swept me away. Her storytelling is purely magic; luring and very enchanting all in one. I was able to really connect with the characters and understand their way of thinking and their actions. The story flowed very naturally and built at a nice and intense pace. The character growth between Reece and Roxy was genuinely built and naturally flowed. The suspense kept me glued to the pages and though I pretty much figured out what was happening and who was doing it, the suspense and mystery was never dull.

Fall With Me was sexy, steamy, suspenseful, and an all-around wonderful read. And of course I highly recommend this series. 


 

Monday, August 17, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 8/17/15


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:

So this week is non-review books. I've been missing Harry Potter, so I'm re-reading a few of  the books. I am also hoping to pick up Scorched by Jennifer L. Armentrout and hopefully be able to finally finish it. 

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
All Harry Potter wants is to get away from the Dursleys and go back to Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby - who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.

And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockheart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny.

But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone--or something--starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects... Harry Potter himself. 


What are you reading??