Friday, April 29, 2016

RE-COVER REVEAL: When We Collide by A.L. Jackson


From the bestselling author of Pulled and Take This Regret comes a gripping new tale of loss and love.


William has spent six years running from his past and the last eight months trying to rid his mind of the dreams that increasingly haunt his nights. Trapped in a world of false ambitions and feigned affections, William knows he’s reached a breaking point and something’s going to give.

Maggie had lived her entire life without hope until one man showed her what it meant to be loved. He’d been her light in a lifetime of darkness. Six years ago, that darkness stole him away. Without him, she’s surrendered herself to an existence she doesn’t know how to escape.

When the family William left behind is struck by tragedy, he is called back to the one place he’s sworn to never return to again.

In a moment that will change his life forever, William comes face to face with the girl who, with one look, captured his heart. He is unable to ignore the buried desires and the hope for the future they’d once believed they’d have.

Now William is ready to fight to take back what had been stolen from him six years before.
But he never imagined what that fight might cost him.

A.L. Jackson gives you an intimate look into the lives of a family bound by an unseen connection in this new contemporary romance.



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"There are some love stories that will take you on such intensely emotional journeys, shake you to the very core of your being, make you scream, cry, curse, throw things against walls, but also fill you with more hope than you ever thought possible – THIS is one of those books.This is the second novel by A.L. Jackson that I have read and I am ready to build this woman a shrine."  ~ Natasha is a Book Junkie

About the Author:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of Take This Regret and Lost to You, as well as other contemporary romance titles, including If Forever Comes, Pulled and When We Collide, as well as the New Adult Romance Come To Me Quietly due out January 7, 2014.

She first found a love for writing during her days as a young mother and college student. She filled the journals she carried with short stories and poems used as an emotional outlet for the difficulties and joys she found in day-to-day life.

Years later, she shared a short story she’d been working on with her two closest friends and, with their encouragement, this story became her first full length novel. A.L. now spends her days writing in Southern Arizona where she lives with her husband and three children. Her favorite pastime is spending time with the ones she loves. 




 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)Title: The Winner's Kiss
Series: The Winner's Trilogy, #3
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Category: Fantasy/ Romance
Genre:Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win? 

My Review

I LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED this book so hard I can't even. I felt that Rutkoski did an absolutely fabulous job at wrapping up this amazing and brilliant series. She delivered it all: action intense and non-stop, romance that made me melt, political schemes that had me holding my breath and twists that I just couldn't get enough of. Her writing is beyond magical, pulling me in and making me live her world with her characters. And her characters are each so well developed and so dynamic they jumped off the page, each unique and very real. 
“He didn’t smile. He cupped her face with both hands. An emotion tugged at his expression, a dark awe, the kind saved for a wild storm that rends the sky but doesn’t ravage your existence, doesn’t destroy every thing you love. The one that lets you feel saved.” 
I fall hard for Kestrel and Arin (and BEYOND happy with their journey, their growth, and where they ended up), both brilliantly written, smart, and also flawed, but that's what made me cherish and love them even more. Both truly struggled in this one. They both finally faced the past that held them back and  were brave enough to look into the future without fear. Their pull and attraction, their growth romantically was so breathtakingly done. Their attraction started out as sweet and tender, but in this one you can feel that it has also grown into a more mature nature. Of course I was so happy about that and loved it. I just love Kestrel and Arin so much and how they overcame everything that was thrown their way. 

The book was so beautiful told. Intricate in the plot, the development of the characters and the diversity of the world.  I loved that the characters struggled and didn't always make the best decision -- it made them feel more real -- and that not all of their plans worked out. The twists in the book had me on the edge of my seat, glued to the words in the book. I really couldn't believe how everything unfold, in the best way possible. 
“He hadn’t been blessed by the god of death.
Arin was the god.” 
Rutkoski's writing is, without a doubt, exceptional. Her words flow off the page like magic and dip deep into my blood, immersing me into her world. I lived in that world with her characters. I struggled, fought, strived, failed, rejoiced, cried, and hoped with them.  The pacing was, like the other books, well done. Though some might find it lagging in spots, I thoroughly enjoyed the more slower moments. It really helped develop the characters and the story. I loved some of the side characters and some, well, they got what they deserved. 

All in all, a wonderful, powerful, moving, and brilliant conclusion to a series I will love forever! 


 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

COVER REVEAL: The Empty Jar by M. Leighton

Today is cover reveal day for M. Leighton's upcoming release entitled The Empty Jar.  She wanted to say a little something about the cover before we reveal it and the description, so here she is.


First of all, a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you amazing women who are helping me reveal this cover today. I appreciate everything you do for me, for authors in general and for this community.  As a reader, I love you, too:)

Secondly...

OMG OMG OMG!  IT'S FINALLY TIME TO REVEAL!

I feel like I've been waiting AGES to share this with you!

This cover... GAH!  Y'all, it took me forEVER to get it just right. There was a certain "feel" that I wanted to achieve with it and I wasn't happy until I felt that "feel" jumped right out when I looked at it. I wanted the cover to speak of the book. I wanted it to show the highs and lows, the sweet and the poignant, the depth of it, if you will.  And finally...finally, I feel like it does:)  You might not realize just how much NOW, but once you read this story, you'll be like, "Yeah.  That cover is perfect for this book!"

When I got the paperback proof in the other day, I held it in my hands and I just stared at it.  Not only is this story extremely special to me, but this is probably my favorite cover of all my books.  Ever.  When I look at it, I see so much more than just a picture.  I see all the things that I find in life, as well as what I put into the story that is The Empty Jar.  It's a blend of happy pinks and brooding blues. It's light and it's dark.  There are highs and there are lows.  There is morning and there is night.   But if you notice the sky on this cover, there are little flickers of brightness in the bodies of the lightning bugs. Life is that way, too. Even in the darkest part of the night, there is a spark of hope.  There is beauty.  There is the romantic glow of a full moon, the silvery face of your mate, the delicate twinkle of fireflies. It's all there if we look closely enough—that balance of beauty and tragedy.

And love.

Always love.

Below is a little more about the book. It's hard to tell you much without spoiling anything, but I think you can get a feel for it.  It's such a special story.  So raw, so real. I honestly can't wait for y'all to read it! I hope you love IT and the cover as much as I do:)

If you want to know more about how it came about, you can read my blog post about it here.

But before I get to that...THE COVER!




The Empty Jar
by
M. Leighton

Releasing May 8, 2016
Description
Three months touring Europe. 
Romantic.  Dazzling.  Unforgettable. 
The trip of a lifetime.

But some lifetimes are shorter…

We couldn’t have known it would work out this way.  No one could.  No one could’ve guessed that something so beautiful could be so tragic.

But it is tragic.
Yet so, so beautiful.

That’s what sacrifice is—beauty and tragedy.
It’s pain and suffering for something or someone you love.

And this is the ultimate sacrifice.
One stunning act of true love.

This is our story.

Our true love story.


About the Author:
M. Leighton
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, M. Leighton, is a native of Ohio. She relocated to the warmer climates of the South, where she can be near the water all summer and miss the snow all winter. Possessed of an overactive imagination from early in her childhood, Michelle finally found an acceptable outlet for her fantastical visions: literary fiction. Having written over a dozen novels, these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. When her thoughts aren't roaming in that direction, she'll be riding wild horses, skiing the slopes of Aspen or scuba diving with a hot rock star, all without leaving the cozy comfort of her office.

About Michelle: I love coffee and chocolate, even more so when they are combined. I'm convinced that one day they could be the basis for world peace. I also love the color red and am seriously considering dying my hair.


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Friday, April 15, 2016

Quote of the Week: Author Unknown


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:
"People overestimate what they can do in a single day and underestimate what they can do in their whole lives"


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Release Week Blitz: The Natural History of Us (The Fine Art of Pretending #2) by Rachel Harris (GIVEAWAY + EXCERPT)

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Rachel Harris’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US is already getting swoons from readers everywhere! We can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. Known for her sweet romances, Rachel’s THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US, is no different! Check out everything we have for you on this amazing title and then go grab your copy today. Justin and Peyton’s story is sure to put a smile on your face and keep you turning pages long into the night!


About THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US:
One class assignment. One second chance at love. The school player is all in. Now he needs to win back the sweet commitment girl who's forever owned his heart. 

Justin Carter has a secret. He's not the total player Fairfield Academy believes him to be. Not really. In fact, he used to be a one-woman guy...and his feelings for her never went away. Too bad he broke her heart three years ago and made sure to ruin any chance she'd ever forgive him. 

Peyton Williams is a liar. She pretends to be whole, counting down the days until graduation and helping her parents at the family ranch. But the truth is, she's done everything she can to get over Justin, and salvation is just around the corner. With graduation one short month away, she'll soon break free from the painful memories and start her life fresh. Of course, she has to get through working with him on one last assignment first. 

For Justin, nothing ever felt as right as being with Peyton, and now that fate's given him a shot at redemption, he's determined to make the most of it. And for Peyton...well, Justin Carter has always been her kryptonite.


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EXCERPT

A musical laugh sprang free, her happy smile trailing behind, and I was in heaven. “Until you,” she agreed. She squinted one eye and added, “Though you should know, I’m probably gonna be really, really bad at it.”
The expression on her face said she honestly believed it, and I couldn’t wait to prove her wrong. I leaned close to her ear and whispered across her skin, “That’s impossible.”
Peyton’s breath caught in a gasp, and I angled back to see her face.
That’s when the moment changed.
Sounds of the emptying baseball field fell away. The cool air around us kindled. The soft smile on her face faded as she looked into my eyes, shifting her gaze between them to see what I’d do next. Part of me wondered the same thing.  
I’d kissed dozens of girls before. Some I wanted, others purely because I was bored. But I’d never felt anything like this. Anticipation. Want. Fear. Unlike any other kiss I’d ever shared, this one needed to be epic. Girls remembered their first kiss for the rest of their lives, and I had to leave Peyton with something good to cling to later… when I inevitably screwed everything up.
Gauging her reaction, I slowly lowered my head and watched her soft lips part. Adrenaline surged through my veins at the swipe of her tongue. She nodded once, silently giving me permission, then closed her eyes.
Inhaling the scent of sunflowers, I kissed her.   
Soft and sweet. Those two words defined this girl. She tasted like sugar and her sigh was addictive as I brushed her mouth with mine. Again and again. I couldn’t get enough. Her hands clenched my wrists, tugging me closer. I could’ve lived in that moment forever. 
My restless hands memorized the curve of Peyton’s spine, the dip of her waist. Hers slid down my arms and around my back, fisting my shirt before slipping underneath. A jolt of electricity ran over my skin. When her nails raked down my spine, I jerked and groaned into her mouth. She was a fast learner.
I kissed the corners of her triumphant smile, licked the bow of her top lip, and nipped at the bottom one. She sighed again and sank in my arms, matching me kiss for kiss, playful tug for playful tug. And still, I needed more. I’d probably always need more.  
Tilting my head for better access, I grazed her cheeks with my fingertips. Traced the seam of her mouth with my tongue, silently asking for what I wanted. Hoping like hell she’d open up. Her answer was one shy flick. The shiver reached my toes.
No girl had gotten to me like this. Burrowed under my skin, held my interest, or had me thinking about tomorrow. Wishing I could be that guy. I lost myself in the strawberry taste of Peyton’s mouth, the sweet sounds in her throat, and I didn’t fully emerge until hours later. When I did, it was with one thought circling my brain:
How long until I mess this up?
 
You can order a signed and/or personalized copy of THE NATURAL HISTORY OF US now through April 8th HERE!

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THE FINE ART OF PRETENDING!

About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Harris writes humorous love stories about sassy girls-next-door and the hot guys that make them swoon. Vibrant settings, witty banter, and strong relationships are a staple in each of her books…and kissing. Lots of kissing.

An admitted Diet Mountain Dew addict and homeschool mom, she gets through each day by laughing at herself, hugging her kids, and watching way too much Food Network with her husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romances, and LOVES talking with readers!
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Monday, April 4, 2016

A Corrie the Book Crazed Girl Update

Hey Lovelies, 

Well, I’m writing this post to basically fill in the few and wonderful followers that I have as to what has been going on in my life. I know my blog is small with few followers, but the number of followers has never been what I aimed for when I created my blog.

I created my blog because of my love for books and the written word. I wanted to be able to have a place to discuss my favorite books and have honest and open opinions about the characters I love and hate. And I found that when I created my blog, I didn’t care how many followers I got or how popular or big my blog grew. No, I was happy just finding this wonderful, beautiful, community of fellow book lovers.  And for a few years now, my blog became my baby, my wonderful achievement. Something I spent countless hours putting my love and life into.

However, life is a fickle mistress and things happen. Life changes.  And sometimes we have to put something we love aside to achieve something else, maybe something we love even more. And that’s my case here.

I don’t usually share a lot of my personal life on social media of any sort, usually just a bit here and there. But I felt a little explanation as to why I’ve been slow to update, review, comment, and even read was in order as well as my next steps in life.

You see, for a while I was able to devote nearly all my time to my blog when I was in school in North Carolina while my husband was still enlisted. Even after he got out and we moved to Greensboro, my blog only slowed down a little bit. I was still able to devote the time I wanted while also working on my own writing and other projects.  And I cherished that time. I was able to get a few poems published, finish my first full length novel, I interned with a small publishing company, learning the ins and outs of the publishing world, and I also did some beta reading for some amazing authors. All while trying to achieve my dream, to write and to live by writing. The written word is my passion and my place of happiness and comfort.

Nonetheless, life is a reckless obstacle course, throwing challenges in your way at every opportunity.  Family matters called and my husband and I then had to pack up and leave the beautiful Greensboro, North Carolina to head back home. A place I haven’t live in in nearly six years. Was I happy about the move? Yes and no. I missed my family dearly, being near them once again made me happy, but then again, I also fell in love with North Carolina and the freedom and the abundant opportunities it provided for my husband and myself. But we were needed back home, so we once again moved (the fourth time in nearly five years).

It wasn’t an easy change. My husband and I had a lot to adjust to in both our personal life – by not being entirely on our own because we had family nearby – and the change of career choice both my husband and I were going through. With my husband out of the military, he is focusing on school and what he wants to do. Being back at home allowed him that, which I am so thankful for. However, I had to make some changes in my life as well while we are in this transitional phase of our life. Luckily, I was able to find a job that I adore, in an environment I thought I wouldn’t be back in. The world of art.  

As much as I love writing and reading, it wasn’t always my main passion (though I spent countless hours reading and writing). Growing up, painting and drawing had been. I did, for quite a long time, believe I would go to an art school and pursue that desire. However, as I got older, I realized as much as I loved to paint and draw, it wasn’t what I wanted and then I slowly drifted away from it. And it wasn’t until I was in school, had changed my major about three times, that I realized that my love for books and writing is what really called to me.

But moving back home I had to put a few things aside and find a job while my husband and I got back on our feet and cleared the road we wanted to take in life. And I did found a job, in a world I didn’t think I wanted to be back in. I started working at a painting studio. Yes, I was back in the art world, much to my surprise. I honestly believed I wouldn’t enjoy the job as much as I did, but I do. I realized how much I did miss being surrounded by painting and drawing and just… art.

However, I then realized as I spent more time in the studio, something was happening. Something was changing. I realized I was juggling an arm load of projects: my blog, editing, writing, beta reading, reviewing, painting, helping out with classes at the studio, trying to visit family, spend time with my husband, and now also applying back to school. And I’m also going to be working on a pretty big project, which is going to take a lot of time and effort, with some of my fellow artists. Life is a reckless obstacle course.  I was putting more and more onto my plate. And lately, I’ve found myself very tired, both physically, mentally, and emotionally.

I have also found myself thinking about what do I want.

And that’s such a hard question to answer when your life is tossed up in the air and you find yourself trying to find your place once again when so many things are changing and challenging you. What do you give up to pursue what you want, what you love? I have been pondering that very question for a few months now as my life slows down and I’m finding my footing on slightly unstable ground.

It’s such a life changing experience when you realize, you can’t do it all if you want to achieve your dreams. It’s also kind of heartbreaking when you realize what you need to set aside and what you need to focus on.

If I want to focus on my own writing and achieve my dream of actually publishing my work, of having time to edit, then what gives? Sadly, that’s something that has become very near and dear to my heart, my baby, my blog.  It pains me to realize that my blog is going to have to be set aside because something has to give, something has to change because I can’t keep juggling everything. And without even noticing, my blog already has been set aside. I’ve been posting less and less, trying to keep up with commenting and reviewing. But it just gets hard at times and as much as I love it, the community and the people, I realize I need to step back from it if I want a bit of air to breath and time to focus on tasks that are more important.

But that doesn’t mean I’m going to be shutting down my blog, hopefully not yet, maybe one day, but not today. What that means is I’m stepping back and putting my blog second… or third. Whatever. So I can focus on other things in life.

Does that mean I’ll completely stop posting? No. Does that mean I’ll stop reviewing? Of course not. Does that mean I’ll stop trying to comment and check on the blogs and bloggers that I have come to love so dearly? Hell no! It just means I’m not going to be around as much.  But it doesn’t mean I haven’t fallen out of love with this wonderful community of amazing people.

I just want to focus on my dreams. To be able to focus on my own writing and editing. On my art and this upcoming project. On my husband and my family.  As much as I don’t want to, as much as it hurts to do so, I have to step back.

And to the few and wonderful followers that I have, I just wanted you to know. That I love you dearly and that I haven’t dropped off the face of the planet. I wanted you to know what is going to happen.  That Corrie the Book Crazed Girl is going to slow down. That I won’t be around as much because life is a bitch and why can’t I juggle it all?
Read in order to live - Gustave Flaubert 

With love,




Friday, April 1, 2016

Review: The Power by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Power (Titan, #2)Title: The Power
Series: Titan, #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Romance/Fantasy

Genre: New Adult
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

With any great change, there is always strife, and the Covenant University has become the frontline between pure-bloods who want the Breed Order reinstated and the half-bloods who want the right to control their own destinies.

Fate has other plans.

 The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. Hyperion may be out of commission, but Josie and Seth know they have only earned a reprieve.  Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do.

But the gods are sensing a greater threat. 

Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that’s an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn’t Seth’s style.

The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future.

Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back.

 And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation.

My Review

This book destroyed me. I have no words because I fall so hard for this book, the characters, and this world. My gods, JLA just keeps on taking the big guns out when it came to playing with emotions.
“Him pushing me away had nothing to do with Alex or with me. It was because of him, because of how he believed he deserved nothing more than punishment.” 
Seth, he really has wiggled into my heart and found a forever place there.  He really is such a deep character and is struggling with so much you can’t help but want to wrap him up in a fuzzy blanket and comfort him. But he is also strong, even if he doesn’t really realize it. He definitely struggled in this one with both what he has done and what he could do, what is within him. I could really feel his struggle and also understand that. But despite everything I have come to learn what a wonderful person he is, though it does break my heart he can’t see that yet.

Josie is so strong and so unflagging you can’t help but admire her. What I love so much about her is she is able to see past Seth’s bullshit and see him. Everything within him and understand he is a genuine person, kind and worthy of so much. That really got to me how she saw him and just how good she is for him. And like Seth, Josie also struggles with who she is, her place in his world filled with Gods, Goddesses, and Demi-Gods. But she’s strong and she keeps learning and growing.

And then there are the amazing cast of characters: Luke, Deacon, Apollo, Solos, Aiden, Alex, and so many others.  I couldn’t get enough of them.  I loved and adored every scene that those characters were in!

And let’s not forget the steamy factors that Jen is so amazing at delivering. The book is hot as it is intense.  Seth and Josie are such contrasting characters, but their pull and chemistry are a blazing fire. But they also have their sweet and tender moments as well. Watching Seth show so many emotions made my heart just pound right out of my chest.

The book definitely picks up on some matters that were left off in the Covenant series, the bred order. The intensity of conflict between the pures and half-blood was very much astounding and very violent. And then there is also the Titans and everything else that is going on. The book is filled with action, nonstop twists that had me anticipating what was going to happen next.  Pacing was just to my liking and near the ending it grew even more intense! Leaving me wanting even more of the book and the characters. The growth of both the storyline and the characters was well done and beautiful told, though both Seth and Josie still have a ways to go.
“I had to prove that what he believed wasn't true. Prove that he was the total of everything he had done and not the dark things he was ashamed of, and I would do so because I loved him and accepted him for who he was, for all his faults. That was what love meant. Love fostered courage.” 
The Power made me remember why I loved the Covenant series so much and why I just adore the Titan series as well. Jen delivers it all and tells it in such a beautiful way. I cannot wait for the next book!