Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Spotlight + Sale: The Western Palm Series by Britni Hill

It's a rare occasion that we get to reveal a whole series of new covers at one time, so today is your lucky day! 
The entire Western Palm series has a new look and you will want to snatch them up at just $0.99!

Tess Jacobson has a knack for putting her faith in the wrong guy. With a horrible ex-boyfriend darkening her past, she vows to never let herself fall for good looks and lies again. She sets her standards high, knowing exactly the kind of guy she needs to find. Until she meets Blake Martin.

Her past sends her running in someone else’s direction. People aren't always who or what they seem to be and first impressions can be misleading.
A spring break trip pushes Tess and Blake together, leaving them unable to deny the way they feel for one another. Sneaking around and hiding behind closed doors adds a certain spark, but they both feel the countdown ticking, leaving them wondering when it will all come out and what will happen.

Angry and jealous. Two words that perfectly describe Jason Parker. The only thing that matters is numbing his pain, doubt, and guilt.
With the guilt comes the realization that he can’t survive all alone. He intends to make amends, to seek forgiveness, but when his stepbrother’s ex-girlfriend shows up, Jason can’t deny the pull he feels toward the pretty brunette.

A steamy night in high school with Corinne pushed him toward the downward spiral he’s been riding. He knows he should keep his distance but he can’t seem to make it happen. Corinne is different than she was at seventeen. She's no longer the spoiled brat out to be arm candy like her mother taught her. She sees something in Jason. Something he desperately wants to believe is real.

Once he gives in he gives it his all, he can only hope everyone is ready to see the real Jason Parker.

Spring break is supposed to be all about fun. It’s not supposed to be all about her sister’s wedding.
Sun, sand, and sangria are what Megan wanted for spring break. Instead she’s getting linens, centerpieces, and dress fittings. The sister that constantly outshines her is getting married and Megan has to help with the preparations. While their friends are enjoying the beach and a typical college spring break, Matt and Megan are heading to her hometown.
An overbearing mother. A disapproving father. A stuffy, perfectionist sister. A poorly attempted set up.
Matt’s doing everything he can to show Megan and her family that she’s loved.

Abby had her world rocked when her parents announced they were separating. Unable to deal, she packed up and transferred schools, heading to Western Palm. Sharing an apartment with her best friend and a roommate makes for close quarters.

Trying to stay upbeat, Abby dons a sexy costume and parties the Halloween night away with her friends. Instant attraction draws her to Adam but she’s not looking for a relationship. Certain he's just like all the others she's dated, she tries to keep her distance. Adam is relentless, constantly proving he’s worth her time.

Spending the holidays with family should be fun, but a surprise waits for Abby on Christmas Eve. Family traditions are turned into a circus and Abby loses all faith in relationships. Can Adam help her gain that confidence back and get her to embrace the way she feels for him?

Grab them all, while you still can!

Britni Hill is a new adult and contemporary romance author. She spends her days as a hair stylist, and her nights with the characters in her head striving to write real, page turning romance.

Britni lives in Indiana where she was born and raised. She has a rescue pup she adores and an unhealthy love of binging on cheesy, teenage dramas. If she isn’t writing, she’s reading or watching horror flicks with her boyfriend.
Website / Facebook / Twitter

Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Gate of Air by Resa Nelson

Happy Monday readers! What better way to improve the worst day of the week than with an exciting new book? That cover has me swooning and I can't wait to see what this series has to offer! Let's check it out.

Gate of Air
Resa Nelson
(Dragon Gods, #1)
Publication date: June 19th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Frayka must find and convince the dragon gods of the Far East to appease the gods of her Northland heritage. If she fails, her own Northlander gods will destroy all the mortals who once promised to worship them.
The Far East is a mysterious place of legend to Northlanders like Frayka. Only an old map can show her how to get there. Once she arrives, all of Frayka’s sensibilities put her in danger. And every dangerous turn delays her from finding the dragon gods whose help she so desperately needs.
Although Frayka looks like a Far Easterner, she is a powerful Northlander warrior who is quick to voice her thoughts. She is trained to fight and won’t hesitate to do so.
But everything about Frayka puts her in deadly peril in the Far East, where the laws are strict and the punishment cruel.
Especially when the one being punished is a woman.

How did my life become so turbulent?
As the pale blue and pink light foretold the dawn of a new day, Frayka walked the narrow length of the Northlander ship, a long and sleek vessel that looked like a sea dragon slicing through the choppy ocean waves. The oars piled on the center of the deck rattled against each other. The scent of fish and brine permeated the air. The taste of salt in the air gave her a thirst that seemed impossible to quench. Frayka focused on the horizon instead.
She approached the rail and leaned on it, barely noticing the sound of her sweetheart Njall grunting while he adjusted the sail. After several days at sea, Frayka recognized the coast of her homeland, the Land of Ice, in the distance ahead. But instead of filling her heart with happiness or even meager content, the sight made her stomach twist into knots.
All her life, Frayka had given no thought to the fact that she looked like no other Northlander. Everyone in her homeland—including her own family—stood tall with long blond hair and blue eyes. While Frayka stood as tall as any Northlander woman, she inherited her looks from her father’s grandmother, a woman from the Far East who must have died many years ago.
Although Frayka’s skin looked similar to everyone else’s during the winter months, too much exposure to the sun simply turned Frayka’s skin a golden brown while the skin of all other Northlanders burned bright red. And her long black hair, straight as rain, made her stand out, as well as her dark brown eyes.
Njall joined her side and draped an arm across her shoulders. “Home at last.”
Exhausted from the journey and lost in worry about the days ahead, Frayka didn’t respond.
Njall squeezed her shoulder. “Why so glum?”
“No one told me I’d be meeting a Northlander god,” Frayka said. “I’m still reeling from what the All-Father told me.”
Weeks ago, a shaman led Frayka to the ethereal world of the gods. The god of all Northlander gods—the All-Father—singled out Frayka because she dared to live as a Northlander despite her Far Eastern looks.
To appease the anger of all Northlander gods, the All-Father tasked Frayka with the duty of finding the dragon gods of the Far East. The All-Father told Frayka she then must figure out how to make peace between those dragon gods and the Northlander gods. If Frayka failed, the Northlander gods would kill her.
Why did all gods have to act so foolish and petty?
Why should it be her problem that Northlanders had once worshipped the dragon gods instead of their own gods?
Why should the Northlander gods involve her just because they felt angry and rejected by the mortals who adopted the dragon gods in their absence?
Frayka knew the dragon gods destroyed the Northlands and surrounding countries, even though she’d been an infant at the time. The full blame for that destruction fell on the true Northlander gods, who were enraged first for being ignored and then for being faulted for something they didn’t do.
Why should I care that mortals blame the Northlander gods for the sins of the dragon gods?
The task given to Frayka by the Northlander gods overwhelmed her. Frayka wished she could crawl below deck, curl up in a corner, and sleep until her life felt normal again.
But Northlanders never talked of such feelings. If Frayka admitted to any of them, she would appear weak in Njall’s eyes. He loved her because of her strength and courage. And right now, only Njall knew about the task she’d been given. If no one else believed her, she’d still have Njall by her side.
I can’t afford to lose him, too.
Njall laughed. “You’re spoiled by your own portents. Welcome to the ordinary world that the rest of us live in.”
Frayka knew Njall was right. Since birth, her portents gave her regular glimpses into the future, something no other Northlander could do. She’d known for years that Njall would someday marry her, and her faith never waived. Years ago, he teased Frayka about her portents. Thinking about those days, she said, “Remember when you used to call me Frayka the Freak?”
“Be fair,” Njall said, failing to hide his shame. “I don’t call you that anymore.” He ran his rough hand against her silky black hair. “Not since I saw you become a brave warrior. Not since you saved my life. Once I tell everyone what you’ve done, everyone will love you as much as I do.” Njall hesitated. “Wait. That’s a terrible idea. Someone might try to marry you before I can.”
“If anyone tries to get between you and me, I’ll kick him in the shins.” Frayka laughed briefly before worry overtook her again. “But it’s not my portents I’m worried about. It’s what the gods want me to do. What I have to do.”
“This isn’t like you. You never worry.”
Frayka cleared her throat, knowing the time to keep secrets had to end. “I had a portent last night after you fell asleep. A portent about the gods.”
His arm tensed. “What kind of portent?”
Frayka looked at the sea. “I saw what will happen if I fail. If I don’t do what the gods ask.” When Njall stayed silent, she continued. “They will kill every Northlander who still survives. They will kill you and me and our families and everyone in the Land of Ice.”
“But your portents,” Njall said. “Sometimes they give you an idea of the future. They’re not always exact.”
“This one was,” Frayka said. “Very exact and very clear. I have to find the dragon gods and figure out how to make peace between them and the Northlander gods. Otherwise, we all die.”
Njall shifted his weight when the ship tilted. “Then let’s fight the Northlander gods. Let’s kill them before they can kill us.”
Frayka shook her head. “You don’t understand. All the stories we heard about gods are lies. Northlanders thought the dragon gods were their gods, but it’s not true. Mortals thought the Northlander gods forced the dragon gods to destroy our homeland, but that’s not true either.” She frowned. “Not entirely. Even if we could find the Northlander gods—which is impossible—it wouldn’t solve anything. The All-Father told me what I have to do, and nothing else will satisfy him.”
Njall wrapped his arms around Frayka and held her close. “You’re not alone, you know,” he said. “You’ve got me, and I’ll walk by your side every step of the way.”
His words comforted Frayka. For a moment she found hope and felt excited about the chance to make a difference in the world. She felt no fear of the danger she might face.
Njall pointed at the coastline, now close enough that Frayka saw its black sandy beaches glitter and sparkle in the sunlight. “We’re home,” Njall said. “Look how beautiful it is.”
Taking his advice, Frayka stared at the waterfalls falling from the high cliffs standing behind the beaches. Pointing, she said, “There’s Blackstone.” The settlement of small stone houses rested a short distance from the shore, and grassy hills stretched behind it. In the far distance, a mountain of ice glinted. “What are we going to tell them about why we left?” Frayka said.
“The truth always strikes me as a good idea,” Njall said.
But the truth would involve stories about Frayka’s portents and gods and strange lands.
“What if they don’t believe me?”
“Be yourself!” Njall said. “This is your home! Your family knows you. Everyone in Blackstone knows you. And I know you, too.”
But I befriended someone who suffered because she looked different. Because she came from a different world than the people she lived with. Because she walked with one foot in each world: the one she came from and the one she lived in.
And if I do what the gods ask me to do, won’t I have to do the same?
“Frayka?” Njall said. “Did you hear me?”
“Of course.” Frayka straightened her spine and drew again on her new-found hope. “Let’s go home.”

Resa Nelson is the author of the 4-book Dragonslayer series: The Dragonslayer’s Sword (nominated for the Nebula Award, finalist for the EPPIE Award), The Iron Maiden , The Stone of Darkness , and The Dragon's Egg . Her 4-book Dragonfly series takes place after the Dragonslayer series.
Her standalone novels include the mystery/thrillers All Of Us Were Sophie and Our Lady of the Absolute .
Resa has been selling short stories professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America), and she is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop. Resa was the TV/Movie Columnist for Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years as well as a regular contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Review: Choke by Lisa Towles

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Choke
Author: Lisa Towles
Publisher: Rebel ePublishers
Pages: Kindle; 262
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Source: Author
Genre: Thriller / Mystery

HDB Rating: 2 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who like reading noir and thriller books.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon
Your life is a lie.
The past you remember isn't yours.
There is no one to Trust.

Kerry Stine’s plan to rebuild her life goes into freefall when a patient vanishes from San Francisco General Hospital on her watch, thrusting her down a rabbit hole that leads to a past from which she can no longer escape. Fired, frantic, and running from the police, she trusts no one and every step pushes her further away from logic and reality.

Three thousand miles away, scientist Adrian Calhoun has developed a cigarette that cures lung cancer, and he’s hell bent on distributing his miracle cure before the pharmaceutical mafia gets to him first. Kidnapped by his pursuers, he is held prisoner in exchange for the chemical formula to his invention. His redeemer holds the key to not only his life, but Kerry’s as well. And when the threads finally intertwine, Kerry discovers that what she and Adrian Calhoun have in common will return to her pieces of her past that she never knew she’d lost.

This book was a tricky one to rate. See, at its core, Choke has great bones. The premise of this book, the idea of a tobacco that can cure cancer instead of cause it, is pretty amazing. Just think of all the implications that would bring. Consider how readily big pharma would fight it being released to the masses, in an attempt to hold onto their easy cash flow. It's intriguing, right? We all know that there are things buried out there, things that probably exist but will never see the light of day. That's where Lisa Towles' book draws its ideas from and that's pretty cool.

The major problem with this story is the fact that it's very difficult to track. I'll try to explain the best I can without giving anything away. This book opens with a scene that the reader has no context for. That's not too surprising, since many Noir and Mystery books tend to use this as an opening, and then go back and explain it later. The problem here is that the explanation doesn't happen right away. In fact, more and more scenes unfold in front of the reader, introducing multiple characters who are caught up in this madness, without actually setting any context for them. It took until almost halfway through the book for me to realize what part each character played, why they were being targeted, and why they were so important (or evil as the case may be). It was fairly frustrating, to be honest.

In fact, Kerry's story feels disjointed at the best of times. Even after I started to figure out why she was missing portions of her life, or how she was linked to Adrian Calhoun at all, I was still barely hanging on to a thread of understanding. There is a lot of cloak and dagger type action, and a lot of cutaway scenes, which would normally make for great reading! The problem is that there simply isn't enough explanation given, quickly enough, to keep the reader from being frustrated. People died, and I didn't know who they were. Mysterious figures flitted in and out of Kerry's life and, before I could blink, they were gone. I felt for Kerry, I really did, but mainly because I was just as baffled and lost as she was.

I believe that this book has great potential. Choke has, as I mentioned above, the kind of strong premise that really has the potential to draw readers in. With a little finesse, and maybe some small restructuring, I honestly believe that this book will do well. I'd even happily read it through again. For now, my review stands as above. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Stonetree Trilogy by Ophelia Bell

Stonetree Trilogy
Ophelia Bell
(Black Mountain Bears #1-3)
Publication date: August 29th 2016
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Gaia save the Queen…
Emma Stonetree’s father is missing. Worse yet, her uncle’s gone too, leaving her and her two cousins, Jasper and Jade, floundering for an explanation.
All Emma can think of are their fathers’ stories—tall tales of magic, mystery, and a whole host of shifter races. Stories she might not have believed, if not for her own research into the matter—research that hardly prepares her for the trials of magic she and her cousins will endure as they set off that Midwinter’s night to discover their roots.
Nor does it prepare the three for what they find on the other side of the mystical portal their fathers disappeared into: the ursa, a fertility-focused race of bear shifters, with customs that defy their human sensibilities. Except the trio swiftly learn they aren’t really human either, and once inside the ursa Sanctuary, they are just as bound by ursa laws as the earth is bound by the seasons.
Emma and her cousins must make a choice: accept their legacies as ursa royalty, accept the love they find inside the sanctuary, or reject their passions and retreat to their safe, mundane lives, never to return to the realm they were meant to inherit.
99¢ for a limited time only!

“Where am I now?”
“In the Sanctuary, Princess,” Green-Eyes said.
She sat up, scrubbing her hands over her face, then raked her fingers through her tangled hair. A warm breeze blew through, tickling across her skin, the sensation way too pleasant and intimate. She shivered, glancing down her body and realizing she wasn’t wearing a stitch of clothing. Her stomach lurched, her entire body growing intensely warm at the realization she was buck naked. She immediately clutched her knees to her chest and looked wildly around.
“Where the fuck are my clothes?”
Brown-Eyes chuckled. “You left quite the trail of breadcrumbs. It was fun watching the striptease you gave us on the way in.” He let out a pleased sigh. “Gorgeous, really.”
Emma stared at him, shocked at the appraising look he gave her and uncertain whether she should be offended or flattered. At least until she gave him a once-over and realized he was just as au naturel as she was. She raised an eyebrow, then turned to look at her other new companion. Yep. Green-Eyes was as bare as a newborn. He was also definitely all hard-bodied man and not the least bit shy about it.
Seeing his naked body made her forget about her own. How in the world could a man so perfect actually exist? So perfectly messy, really. His brown hair was short, but a little shaggy, sticking out in all directions like he’d worried it over and over. He was well-muscled without being bulky, with a long, lean torso, his chest covered in a luxuriant layer of hair. Just enough to make her want to run her fingers down his chest and stomach, but not so thick that she’d think of him as actually furry. The hair tapered past his navel, the natural growth a kind of arrow pointing southward, and her eyes followed.
A throat cleared, but Emma found it difficult to tear her eyes away from the slumbering beast that was nestled between the man’s legs. Jesus, he wasn’t even hard and he was that big?
“See something you like, Princess?”
Um, everything?

Ophelia Bell loves a good bad-boy and especially strong women in her stories. Women who aren't apologetic about enjoying sex and bad boys who don't mind being with a woman who's in charge, at least on the surface, because pretty much anything goes in the bedroom.
Ophelia grew up on a rural farm in North Carolina and now lives in Los Angeles with her own tattooed bad-boy husband and four attention-whoring cats.
If you'd like to receive regular updates on Ophelia's publications, freebies, and discounts, please subscribe to her mailing list:


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Don't Look Back by Vicki Tharp

Don’t Look Back
Vicki Tharp
Publication date: November 19th 2011
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Ridley Meyer’s latest murder left him unsatisfied, but the spitfire with the U-haul may provide just the challenge he craves.
Veterinarian Audrey West is running out of time, yet she is determined to keep her inherited home out of foreclosure. With no more than a dream, a prayer, and a packed U-Haul, West moves back home to complete the expensive repairs. Just when Audrey thinks she might pull off the impossible, she finds her dream is not the only thing being followed.
Scott Romero has it all—money, ambition and a growing reputation as the city’s top veterinary surgeon. However, when his best friend Audrey is abducted by a killer, Scott realizes what he doesn’t have and he must risk losing his job, and his life, to save her.

He leaned in to scrutinize his work. “Let me see.”
She turned toward him.
He pushed her hand out of the way. He poked. He prodded. He pressed. “I did Doctor Frankenstein proud. Maybe my stepmother was right. I should’ve been a real doctor. At least I wouldn’t have risked my veterinary license stitching you up.”
“I don’t—”
“I know. I know. You don’t like hospitals.”
“It’ll take more than a little thump to get me in one again.”
“Little thumps don’t require stitches. Little thumps don’t give you a concussion. And little thumps don’t get you almost killed.”
“Not this again.”
“Yes. This again.”
He raised his hands and took a step back. “Do me a favor.”
“What’s that?”
“The next time one of your clients waves a gun around, stay out of the way.”
“What in the purple hell did you expect me to do? Let her kill herself?”
“You should’ve gone for help.”
“Ms. Sims wasn’t trying to hurt me. Her dog, her baby, dropped dead. She was distraught, disturbed. If I hadn’t nosedived into the bench grabbing for the gun, I doubt
I’d’ve had a scratch on me.” Audrey squeezed her head to keep it from exploding.
“You’re not Superwoman. Bullets won’t bounce off you.”
She didn’t have the energy for this. “Finished?”
“Not hardly.” Scott tilted his head and gave her that sexy half-smile. That devilish smile. That maddening smile the lucky few had followed to his bed.
It was too painful to think about, and not just because of her headache, so she pushed it from her mind. “Thanks for letting me crash at your place last night. And for stitching me up.”
She’d stuffed everything she owned into her truck and U-Haul trailer. That wasn’t saying much since the truck and trailer were small.
“Staying at a hotel by yourself with a concussion wasn’t and option. As for the other, I don’t know how you talked me into it. You’ll probably have a scar.”
“Not a problem as long as your malpractice is paid.”
A laugh rumbled his chest, but the smile quickly slid from his lips. “You should stay a day or two. Make sure you’re really okay.”
Audrey scooched back and propped herself up against the leather headboard. Her brain protested behind the fireworks and the nine-piece drumline. “I’ve only got thirty days to finish the repairs on my uncle’s house. I have to leave today. I’ll call you from the road, let you know I haven’t bled out into my head.”
“Not funny.” Scott frowned but kept her gaze. “I’m due at the animal hospital at seven. I’m going to miss having you around. Guess I can’t talk you into staying for good, huh?”
“What?” Her voice jumped two octaves. “Who’s the one who stood in my kitchen two weeks ago and told me I should go? ‘This is your last chance to make good on your promise to your uncle,’ you said. ‘Take a chance on your dream,’ you said. Don’t even—”
“Down, girl.” Scott eased her back into the pillows with a hand on her shoulder.
Thank God. Hells-bells clanged in her head.
“Forget I said anything. At least sleep for a few more hours and then head out. You don’t look so hot.”
No kidding.
He patted her leg and by the way he didn’t get up to leave, she knew he wanted to say more, but he wasn’t any better at goodbyes than she was. Then Scott braced his hands on either side of her head, and planted a quick kiss on her nose. Like an adult to a child.
It might have hurt less if he’d eviscerated her with a spork.
She was leaving Texas. This morning. For good.
She snagged his tie. “If that’s the best you can do, Romero, it’s no wonder your girlfriends leave you.”
Why had she baited him? He couldn’t refuse a challenge, any more than a dachshund could refuse table scraps.
Was her mind muddled from the concussion? Or was she finally thinking clearly? One kiss. That’s all she wanted.
Like a lover, not a friend. Stupid. He’d locked her in the friend-zone years ago.
Except for the night of her high school graduation.
And two weeks ago when he’d convinced her she should leave.
The look in his eyes was the same now as then. Want, need, hunger.
Hand over hand she pulled him down. His lips brushed hers. Her breath caught. She blamed the
concussion. Her hands trembled. She blamed the pain. Her heart hurt. She blamed herself.
She wrapped her arms around his neck, deepened the kiss, tasted the coffee on his tongue, smelled the subtle tang of surgical scrub that never quite left his skin. She tilted her head, and he nipped her lips, traced the line of her jaw and down to her pounding pulse at the base of her neck. She guided him on top of her, his weight braced on his arms, but she drew him down until his full weight pinned her.
She floated.
No fears, no worries, no will power.
No wondering if she should stop or if she could stop – because she didn’t want to stop.

Born with a love for animals, author Vicki Tharp pursued a career as a veterinarian, graduating from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. Always an avid reader of mystery and suspense, she combined her interests into her first book entitled "Don't Look Back".
She makes her home in south Texas with her husband, two children and pets too numerous to mention.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review: People of the Sun by Jason Parent

Media Type: Ebook
Title: People of the Sun
Author: Jason Parent
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Pages: Kindle; 327
Release Date: March 15, 2017
Source: Author
Genre: Science Fiction

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy Sci Fi that is on the lighter side, with a lot of heart.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
All life comes from the sun. Sometimes, death comes with it.

Filled with hope and driven by fear, four would-be heroes are driven from their home planet in a desperate bid to save their civilization from extinction. But survival takes on a whole new meaning when a malfunction sends their ship plummeting toward Earth.

Surviving the crash is only the first obstacle on their path to salvation. The marooned aliens soon discover that Earth’s beautiful exterior masks an ugly foundation, a place inhabited by a warrior race that’s on a path toward self-destruction.

Brimming with action and intrigue, People of the Sun is sure to entice fans of dark fantasy and sci-fi thrillers such as Watchmen and I Am Number Four.

I've been meaning to review this for a while, but time got away from me! So, as I'm going off my notes, I hope I can do justice to Jason Parent and People of the Sun. This Science Fiction adventure was a brilliant way for me to dip my toes back into this genre. It was imaginative, but also realistic enough to make stepping into it easy. I have to say, I was impressed with the solid way that Jason Parent writes. Having not read anything of his yet, this book has my interest peaked!

Basically, this book is the story of all of the disastrous occurrences that befall the poor Symorians who are featured here. From the moment that they leave their planet, nothing seems to go right. What I found most fascinating, was the difference in the ways that they interacted with the human race, once they arrived on Earth. We always like to peg aliens as either infinitely good, or infinitely evil. Parent shows that there are grey areas there. Survival instincts can overcome common sense sometimes, and that's an important distinction.

I think the toughest part of this book for me, honestly, was that there wasn't really anything remarkable about this story. It's solid, and the premise behind most of it is really well grounded. It's just not as exciting as I hoped it would be. I felt like I wanted to be more invested in the Symorians that I was, and that really hampered the effect that the ending would have had on me otherwise. It was a little disappointing, but nothing that kept me from finishing the story. I definitely still had to know how everything panned out.

All in all, People of the Sun is a solid and relatively entertaining way to spend a few hours. I'd recommend it to readers who, like me, are still feeling their way into the SF genre. It's easy to read, and will welcome you with open arms! Now, to go and find more Jason Parent books to read!

FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I'm back!

Hello friends! I'm back! Did you miss me? I know it gets pretty quiet around here when I'm out and about, but our vacation to Chicago was much needed. I needed to get away from work for a bit, decompress, wander around in awe in a place I'd never been before, and eat way too much good food. I'm happy to report, all of those missions were completed! I'm back, and feeling a million times better than I was before I left.

We spent 9 days away from home, and 5 of those traipsing around Chicago and utilizing all manner of public transportation. We literally did everything touristy that there is to do! We took an architecture tour, visited The Bean, went to the aquarium, saw the Art Institute, and so many more things that it would take me an eon to explain them all to you. It was so much fun. This was only the second time we've ever left the bordering states of California, and I'm becoming addicted.

The hubs and I took a lot of photos, and of course shared our journey with our friends and family through Instagram! It was our first time being somewhere completely new for this long, and so we had ample time to fit in all the things that we wanted to do, like taking a jaunt to the top of the Willis (Sears) Tower, and even touring Wrigley Field!

All in all, it was an awesome trip. I got to get away from home, away from responsibilities, and away from stress for long enough to feel completely at ease again. The only downside? Hahaha. Totally missed my puppy child. How do you not miss a face like the one below? Needless to say, I was so ready to come home by the time our trip was over.

I'm back, and ready to blog again. I didn't get a whole lot of reading done while I was gone, for good reason, but not to worry because I have plenty of backlog material to write. Thanks for sticking with us, y'all. You're the best.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Vacations, Babies, and Blogging- Oh My!

Greetings my fellow readers! It has been far too long since I've done a personal update and I *magically* have 2 sleeping children at the moment so I figured now is my chance! If you're wondering why our site has been so quiet this week it's because Jessica is on vacation. I'm sure we'll hear more about her many adventures when she gets back, but until then you're stuck with just me. Unfortunately I haven't been doing a ton of reading/blogging stuff lately but bear with us, we'll have more updates soon.

If you've been following our blog for a bit, you know that I'm a mom to a wonderful almost 2 year old whom I lovingly refer to as Peanut. Well back in April we welcomed a wonderful baby brother for her to play with, Batman (also a nickname 😜). Our transition to a family of 4 has been exciting and challenging, but alas hasn't left me with a lot of spare time. I do read lots of children's books with my toddler, over and over and over and over again, but will get back to adult books soon. The love of reading is something I truly hope to pass down to both of the kids, and if Peanut's current excitement about story time is any indication, she will be reading books for the rest of her life.

Those of you in our vast reading community that have young kids- share with me your secrets of getting in uninterrupted time. Am I bound to just read during naps and after the kids go to sleep? Help a fellow reader out with some advice- pretty please?

I have managed to read a few books since Batman arrived and am currently 1/4 of the way through the massive American Gods by Neil Gaiman so look for that review on the blog in the coming weeks. For now I need to jump off the computer as I hear Batman stirring.

As always, thanks for your readership and for continuing to follow our sometimes quiet little blog. We appreciate all of you!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Small Business Spotlight: Luna Love by Corinna

It's been over a month since I last posted one of these, and I'm so sorry bookish friends! I honestly want to keep this habit going, because there are so many amazing small businesses out there deserve your love! As a member of bookstagram, I'm constantly buying bookish merchandise and gushing over it. Let me bring you into that circle too.

If you spend too much money? Well... I'll consider it a job well done!

Today's spotlight is on one of my favorite shops, and people:

Luna Love by Corrina!


Now not only is Corinna a totally fabulous person, hashtag creator extraordinaire, and bookstagram master. She is also a creator of candles and jewelry that make my heart happy!

Check out her Instagram!

Are you a fan of all things Ed Sheeran?
Perhaps you'll need this "Lyrical Gangster" candle to suit your mood!

Do you love glitter, and plan never to grow up? (I'm with you.)
Then you're going to need this "Peter Pan Syndrome" candle to keep you company!

Or, if like me, you have ample love for a certain redheaded best friend...
you'll definitely be needing this "Weasley Is Our King" candle!

(Pssstt... I owned this one and burnt it until it was ALL GONE. It smells so perfect. Rest in peace Ron Candle the first. You will be missed.)

Now you're looking at me and saying "But Jessica, I don't really like candles. So this doesn't apply to me." Oh, but perhaps you like earrings? Necklaces? Touting your love of Harry Potter wherever you go? No problem, Corinna has you covered.

Yes, those are Platform 9 3/4 earrings. Yes, I do own them. Yes, they are amazing.


So there you have it! Your feature for this spotlight, and hopefully I've prompted you to go and give Corinna's shop a visit! Celebrate small businesses, promote small businesses, because that's what it's all about.


Related Posts with Thumbnails