Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Mary Lindsey
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: November 7th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Book Review: If There's No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Arementrout

Media Type: Print Book
Title: If There's No Tomorrow
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: Hardcover; 376
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Source: Publisher / TLC Book Tours
Content Screening: Nothing of note.

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy contemporary stories with realistic situations and characters.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
A single choice can change everything.

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications, and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when she and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

My review for If There's No Tomorrow is later than it should be, both because I had a horrible month of reading last month and because this book took me longer to get through than I anticipated. After reading Arementrout's Covenant series, and falling head over heels for it, I knew I wanted to get my feet wet in other things that she'd written. What I didn't know, was that this book and I were going to go on a roller coaster ride. One filled with too many emotions to count, and not all of them good.

Starting out, I should say that Lena is actually a really great main character. She's a teenage girl that I can actually believe in, because she hasn't gotten her life together yet and is still growing. Lena is kind, hardworking, and even though I grew a little tired of her endless self-shaming and guilt, I was able to see where it stemmed from and let it go. I tried to harken back to my own teenage self, and realize that I would have probably been the same way. Lena reads too, which is a plus! I could have done without all the little promo spots for other books and authors in that respect but hey, at least Lena's a reader.

Also a plus is the fact that, true to what I remembered, Armentrout's writing is solid and addictive. Despite figuring out what the story thread would be early on, the realistic nature of Lena's character and her situation kept me reading on. I found myself rooting for her a bit, and I always love when that happens. The downside came in the form of those darn predictable YA scenes, filled with the type of cheesiness that makes me want to sigh aloud. I'm all for growing up, and making mistakes, but I wish YA books could do it without all the cliches.

That being said, this is a contemporary book and so I was content to let go and let it sweep me on through. It was a slower journey than I expected it to be, but the ending wrapped things up things surprisingly well. It was nice to have a bit of closure after all the emotional growth I'd gone through with Lena. I do wish, however, that this book had been a little more original overall. It was relatable for sure, which is fantastic. There just wasn't anything new, or interesting, wrapped up in these pages. So while it was a solid read, it definitely wasn't one that was overly memorable.

I'll happily give If There's No Tomorrow a solid three-star rating, for giving me a relatable story line and a realistic main character. I'll just be looking for more from Arementrout the next time around.

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.

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Heroines & Hellions

Happy Monday my bookish friends! What better way to start the week than a collection of awesome heroines?! This set promises some great action and not a single damsel in distress. Girl power! And bonus: there's even a giveaway at the bottom. Check it out!

Heroines & Hellions: An Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Collection
Publication date: March 13th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
NO DAMSELS ALLOWED! @nodamselallowd #heroinesandhellions #urbanfantasy
22 Kickass Heroines.
22 Exclusive, Full-length Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Novels.
0 Damsels in Distress.
Do you like your leading ladies to save the day…or raze it?
No matter which you prefer, this set is brimming with 20 magical stories (many BRAND NEW) told by some of the leading voices of urban fantasy and fantasy in the industry, including several New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!
If you want strong female leads who strike back against the captivating worlds of vampires, elementals, fiends, and paranormal monsters, then you’re ready to charge into the adventures of HEROINES & HELLIONS, a pure Urban Fantasy/Fantasy collection!
Grab your stake, silver bullets, and your limited edition copy of HEROINES & HELLIONS today!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Small Business Spotlight - Bookish Cross Stitch and Embroidery Patterns!

It's been a while since I've done one of these, and so I thought I'd bring you some highlights of what I've been doing with my free time lately! Yes, I've been in a reading slump for a while. The good news is that I've taken up cross stitch and embroidery again, and found some amazing bookish goodies in the process! So here's some of the best I've found, to hopefully kindle a fire to make something of your own!

**Note that all pictures are the property of the store owners**

Hogwarts Cross Stitch Kit at Stitchering

I cannot be the only person who would absolutely love having this hanging in their home! Having purchased a kit from Stitchering before, although not this one, I can tell you that it has everything you need and more. Even if you're a novice to cross stitch, you'll quickly find that it's a lot of fun and REALLY addictive! Go ahead, squeal in delight, I won't tell.

Book Lover's Shelf Cross Stitch Pattern by Fuzzy Fox Designs

Another one of my favorite book themed cross stitches, and one that's on my wishlist to make soon! Keep in mind that this is a .pdf pattern, which means that you'll need to get the hoop, aida and thread on your own. Trust me though, it's so worth it. I think this will look just lovely in any bookworm's library!

Alice in Wonderland Embroidery Pattern by Bustle and Sew

Please pardon my excitement, but it's an Alice in Wonderland themed embroidery hoop! This is not a drill! I'm not going to lie, this one wasn't even on my list until I went hunting for fodder for this post and BAM. Adorable. I need this. You need this. Let's stitch.

BOOKSMART Embroidery Patterns Set by SeptemberHouse

This is just one of the three patterns available in this set, but I fell in love with it instantly. The only thing missing from this picture perfect scene is a puppy following me around! Hahaha. I love all this stitchy goodness!

So there you have it, some stitchperation if you will! Do you have a favorite? Are you more of a cross stitch fanatic or an embroiderer? Either way, here's hoping you enjoy!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Book Review: Keltair's Ride by Wolfen M

Media Type: Ebook
Title: Keltair's Ride
   * Series: Hunt for the Shadowmakers #1
Author: Wolfen M.
Publisher: Crying Wolf Studio
Pages: Kindle; Second Edition; 98
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Source: Author
Genre: Erotica - M/M

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy Fantasy mixed with M/M Erotica!

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon
Follow the late-12th-century adventures of sidhe thief Keltair and his púca companion, Dulaine, as they hunt for the Shadowmakers, magic rings that can bring shadows to life — with potentially disastrous consequences. And, well, the pair may just indulge in a romantic conquest or thirty along the way. After all, few (be they male or female) are immune to Keltair's charms — sometimes to Dulaine's annoyance. The pair are aided in their work by Farrell (innkeeper, Captain of the Guard, and head of the local Thieves Guild in their hometown), as well as by Farrell's wife, Eibhleann, a woman with a fair amount of magical talent ....

In this particular erotic novella, Keltair (who hopes this mission will lead to a ménage à quatre), Dulaine, and Farrell are hired to help a man retrieve a family heirloom -- but certain aspects of the job may not be quite what they've been led to believe. Will Keltair's libido land them in hot water?

Before I even start this review, I need to give some love to the author of this book. Wolfen has not only been extremely patient with me while I read this book, but also while I took some time off from blogging and spaced out on reviewing it. So, if you're looking at this review and noticing that I don't often post reviews of Erotica, you're right! I read all kinds of books though, and I want to make this blog more varied. So here's that start.

Keltair's Ride caught my eye because of the mesh between Fantasy elements and a mainly M/M erotic novella. I'm a sucker for anything Fantasy based at the best of times, but what drew me even further into this was the fact that it was set in Middle Ages Ireland. As soon as I saw that Dulaine was a púca, and that Keltair was half-sidhe, I was officially sold. I'm fascinated by that whole mythology and I couldn't wait to see how this all tied in. What can I say? I'm hopelessly in love with roguish characters, and even more so with characters who use their charms wisely.

Which, as expected, our titular character fully embodies. I was a little disappointed that we didn't see the full effect of his charming personality, as we're more told how persuasive he can be rather than shown, but I was still sold on his character almost instantly. The bond between him and Dulaine was evident from the start, and I only grew to love the two of them more the further I got into the story. I would have loved even more interaction between just these two, and I'm hoping that's coming. As it stands, the ending had me a bit teary eyed anyway. The whole crew gets stuck in the middle of something they weren't expecting, and it allows all of them to shine. I was hooked, and it made me power through to the end.

In terms of steam factor, I can safely tell you that this book is actually not too over the top. There are definitely some descriptive scenes, but there's also a lot of love flowing underneath it all even at these times. It just feels like a natural part of the story, and I appreciated that because it allows the Fantasy aspect of this to continue to be front and center. That's not to say that Keltair isn't a cheeky little character with quite the libido, because he most definitely is. It's just a nice balance that I wasn't expecting.

I would love to see more character development, and hopefully more vivid personalities, in the next installment of this story! This has set the series up with great bones, and all I want is just a little more meat on those bones! I want more charismatic Kelatir, more intriguing Dulaine, and even more gruff and lovable Farrell. I honestly can't wait!

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.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book Blitz + Giveaway: In Wolves' Clothing by Greg Levin

It's finally Friday friends, and have we got an exciting new release for you today! Just check out that creepy cover, I can't wait to see what this book has in store for us. Let's check it out!

In Wolves’ Clothing
by Greg Levin
Publication date: October 11th 2017
Genres: Adult, Psychological Thriller
Zero Slade is not a bad guy—he merely plays one when saving children’s lives.
During his seven years on a team fighting child sex trafficking, Zero’s become quite good at schmoozing with pimps, getting handcuffed by cops and pretending not to care about the Lost Girls he liberates. But the dangerous sting operations are starting to take their toll on his marriage and sanity. His affinity for prescription painkillers isn’t exactly helping matters.
When the youngest girl the team has ever rescued gets abducted from a safe house in Cambodia, Zero decides to risk everything to find her. His only shot is to go rogue—and sink deeper into the bowels of the trafficking world than he’s ever sunk.
It’s the biggest mission of his life. Trouble is, it’s almost certain death.

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I can’t remember if I took an oxy during the flight, so I eat two. They pair nicely with the scotch.
It’s good to be home.
I should be upstairs sleeping, especially since I didn’t catch a single wink on the flight from Guadalajara. But there’s something I have to finish first.
An eight-letter word for gradually losing one’s edge.
I fill in each box of 27 Down with my black pen and take another sip of scotch. It’s times like these I turn into God. The crossword squares fill up by themselves in a secret blurry code. A few of the answers might even be correct.
The black pleather couch makes love to me as I solve 32 Across.
A four-letter word for spouse.
She’s leaning on the banister, wearing a white T-shirt and gray sweatpants that might have fit me when I was ten. Her eyes, almond-shaped during waking hours, are half open.
“You’re home?” she says, pre-dawn gravel in her voice.
“Hi, baby,” I say while trying to conceal the nearly empty lowball glass in my hand. “Sorry to wake you. I’ll be up in a sec.”
Neda yawns and combs her hand through a shining cascade of black hair. “What time d’you get in?”
I scratch my shaved dome, feeling the perspiration forming, and say, “Uh, a little after one maybe.”
Neda opens her eyes the rest of the way. “You’ve been here for nearly two hours? Why didn’t—”
“Baby, I just needed to unwind a bit before bed.”
Neda’s eyes open wider than the manual recommends. “Why must unwinding always involve single malt and a crossword?” she asks. “You know, some men unwind by spooning their beautiful wife. Especially when they haven’t seen her in four days.”
I ponder the answer to 36 Across.
“Zero!” Neda shouts.
The sound knocks the pen from my fingers, and I go, “I didn’t want to wake you.”
“And look how that worked out for you,” says Neda. “At least if you’d come up when you got home you wouldn’t be getting yelled at.”
I tell her not to be mad, then get up from the couch as gracefully as a man two drinks and twenty milligrams in can. “I knew if I woke you right when I got home, you’d want to talk about the mission.”
I realize this is not what God would say. I can tell by Neda’s face.

Author Bio:
Greg Levin is an award-winning author of contemporary fiction with a dark comedic tinge. He’s gone from being read merely by immediate family and friends to being read also by extended family and Facebook acquaintances.
Greg’s novel The Exit Man was optioned by Showtime for development into a TV series, and won a 2015 Independent Publisher Book Award (a.k.a., an “IPPY”). He earned a second IPPY with his next novel, Sick to Death, which Craig Clevenger (The Contortionist’s Handbook) called “a tour de force dark comedy.” Greg’s upcoming book, In Wolves’ Clothing, is due out October 2017 and is his most dangerous work yet. He wrote much of it during a ten-week-long workshop led by the great Chuck Palahniuk (author of Fight Club and lots of other books Greg sleeps with at night).
Greg resides with his wife, daughter and two cats in Austin, Texas. He is currently wanted by local authorities for refusing to say “y’all” or do the two-step.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Book Review: Polarities (Pendomus #2) by Carissa Andrews

Media Type: Ebook (ARC)
Title: Polarities (Pendomus #2)
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publisher: Author
Pages: Kindle; 310
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Source: Author
Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who loved the first book, and are looking for more of Runa's story!

Add it on: Amazon | Goodreads
Runa, the prophesied Daughter of Five needs to learn how to master herself, or all of Pendomus will perish.

In a world where mythical creatures are either controlled, or on the brink of extinction – a prophecy reveals there’s one who can restore balance. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

Separated from the only people who’ve had her back—as well as the love of her life, Traeton—Runa must go on a quest alone to uncover what it means to be human, as well as the Daughter of Five. Dropped in an unknown location, presumably still on the planet, she only has a monolithic book — the Caudex — as her guide, but it’s not giving up its answers easily. Will she be able to uncover the mysteries? The fate of the entire word rests on her shoulders and her ability to push through all of the challenges set her way.

Will she learn what she needs to step into her role as savior? Or will everything be derailed by her desire to get back to her friends?

Well, I can definitely tell you all right now that this second book does not suffer one bit from "middle book syndrome". If anything, Polarities has secured my interest in Andrews'beautiful Sci Fi adventure. If you read my first review, you probably know that I was pretty excited for this sequel. After falling in love with Runa, and finding myself entrenched in mythology surrounding her home, I couldn't wait to dive back in. I'm pleased to announce that it was well worth the wait.

Polarities picks up right where the last book left off, with poor Runa struggling to understand her newest predicament. I immediately remembered why I adored her so much, as I watched her strength and wit start to come back to her. Much like the first book, it takes a few pages to settle back into the groove of things. However once I had taken a few moments to reorient myself in Runa's world, I was ready for everything that came next. Adventure, mystery, danger and, of course, that amazing character growth that I was looking forward to.

This book is also dual narrated between Runa and Traeton but, quite rightly, Runa gets the majority of the spotlight. Navigating the trials that are thrown at her, almost constantly, makes for intense reading. I enjoyed the new characters that were introduced, loved that some of the older characters were more fleshed out thist time around, and did a bit of tearing up for the ones that we'd lost. Better still, Runa's true powers start to come to the surface here. I always knew that she was a strong individual but man, there was so much more to learn. By the ending I was slack jawed, and so ready for the next book!

I'll admit, I'm really impressed with Polarities. It shines, even as a sequel, and really pushes the story forward beautifully. You can tell that Andrews' has put a lot of love into Runa's journey, and the ending will probably leave you with the same sense of longing that I had. Once again I'll say that if you are looking for a fun and easily accessible Sci Fi series, this is it! I'm ready for more.

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.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks

Fire and Bone
Rachel A. Marks
(Otherborn #1)
Publication date: February 20th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she’s of age, she’s asked to pledge her loyalty to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means necessary. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glamour, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could give her more than she ever imagined.
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.
Read a sample chapter here!
Author Bio:
Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Release Blitz + Giveaway: Elements of Mischief by Tate James and C.M. Stunich

Check out that vibrant cover! This book promises to be full of some fun characters and shenanigans, you won't want to miss it. Dragon plumbers? Well now I'm just intrigued! Grab your copy today.

Elements of Mischief
By Tate James & C.M. Stunich
(Hijinks Harem #1)
Publication date: October 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Four hunky, supernatural plumbers.
One reluctant, slightly drunk human.
A match made in heaven…or in the bathroom, rather.
My name is Arizona Smoke, and I’m the proud owner of a house haunted by my dead Gram, best friend to a cocktail dress loving werewolf, and apparent soul mate to four plumbers who also happen to be elemental dragons. Besides rippling pectorals, tattoos, and…uh, nice, long pipes, the guys also have control of the elements.
Supernatural law (whoever heard of such a thing anyway?) dictates that since I stumbled upon the guys in their alternate forms, I have to marry them. All four of them. Oh, and apparently one lousy (okay, awesome) night of sex means that I’m an elemental, too—and no amount of magical penicillin can cure this disease.
All I wanted was hot running water and toilets that flushed, but now I’m dealing with monsters lurking in the sewers, supernatural politics, and four penniless (but totally hot) plumbers living in my crumbling old Victorian.
I’m Ari Smoke, wine aficionado, ex-barista, and a girl who is completely out of her element.
Having four hot husbands is nice…but the death threats, not so much.
Add it on: Goodreads / Amazon

Author Bio:
Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
Author links:
Website / Facebook / Instagram
C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.
She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.
Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter



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