Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Divorce Planner by Angela Lam

Happy hump day my reader friends. Today I have an especially juicy book for you. The Divorce Planner promises to bring some hilarity to the wonderful world of romance. What could possibly go wrong with a fake engagement and a daughter who wants to do a double wedding? Let's find out!


The Divorce Planner
Angela Lam
Published by: The Wild Rose Press
Publication date: May 20th 2019
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
When her daughter suggests Darcy Madison attend her ex-husband’s wedding, Darcy enlists the help of her colleague, divorce attorney Victor Costello, to pose as her dashing young date. But when Victor proposes to Darcy at the reception, Darcy forgets they are pretending and says, “Yes!” Between her false engagement to Victor and her daughter’s suggestion to have a double wedding, Darcy falls even further in the fantasy of being a blushing midlife bride. The longer the masquerade continues, the more Darcy starts to wonder what is love and can it last forever in a world where divorce is the only language she knows?

“Are you leaving?” He stood.
“Yes.” A flash of disappointment descended over her shoulders. “I think I’ll go.”
“Let me walk you to your car.”
“But you’ll miss the live auction and the dancing.”
He offered his arm. “I’d rather spend the time with you.”
A touch of kinship united them.
She wove her arm through his. How delightful to find someone who enjoyed her company as much as she enjoyed his.
Matching strides, they walked around the tables of guests. A few people stopped them to comment on how cute a couple they made.
She blushed from the compliments.
He nudged open the double doors.
A gust of cool summer air blasted against her face. She shivered.
He tugged her closer. “Would you like my jacket?”
“No, thank you. I’m parked over there.” She waved toward the left.
They strode over to an ancient sports sedan.
Darcy unlocked her door and tossed her clutch inside. As she turned to say good night, she trembled with anticipation. Would he kiss her again?
Standing in silence, he gazed into her eyes.
A flicker of desire lapped at her feet and licked up into her belly. She had never seen eyes so big, so bold, and so beautiful. Oh, why wouldn’t he kiss her?





Angela is a San Francisco Bay Area native.
She studied journalism at Northwestern University as a Cherub scholar. She received her B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Sonoma State University.
Her nonfiction articles on real estate, lending, and finance can be found online at SFGate.com. Her short stories, essays, and poetry are published in a number of magazines, newspapers, and anthologies, including The Do
llar Stretcher, Foliate Oak , Kenwood Press, The Phoenix, Potpourri, The Sun, The Writer, and Women’s Voices.
When she is not writing, she is either painting, reading, running, or spending time with her family and friends.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Book Review: Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter


Media Type: Print Book
Title: Pieces of Her
Author: Karin Slaughter
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: Paperback; 496
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Source: TLC Book Tours / Publisher
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Genre: Thriller

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy slow burn thrillers with vivid characters.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of the New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea Cooper knows everything about her mother Laura. She’s knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Gullaway Island; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a Saturday afternoon trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one will ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Twenty-four hours later Laura is in the hospital, shot by an intruder who’s spent thirty years trying to track her down and discover what she knows. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumbs of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them. . . 


This was my first Karin Slaughter book, despite the fact that many people in my book circles love her writing. I wasn't sure what to expect, so keep in mind that my review is based around being a newbie to these books! It helped, of course, that Pieces of Her focuses on a group very similar to the Symbionese Liberation Army. Cults of all sorts fascinate me, and I can't deny I love a really charismatic "bad guy" leader. So into this book I went, sight unseen, and I can tell you that it wasn't a bad ride at all.

First off, kudos to Slaughter on her ability to write one tight, well-plotted out mystery. The beginning of this story pulls no punches, and that's tame compared to what comes after. I can't say that I ever really loved Andrea. She's frustratingly slow sometimes, and hysterical as all get out. However the plot that Slaughter expertly wove together at least made Andrea's emotions understandable. There really isn't anything in this story that doesn't belong right were it is. Each death is carefully calculated. Each violent act, perfectly placed to maximize its impact. This isn't a story that is an easy read, but it's definitely a tension filled one. That, I appreciated.

However, weirdly, this book also manages to move really slowly. I can see how it would be important to move things along as a pace that really amps up the tension, but some of the events in this book moved at a near glacial pace. I didn't so much mind that this book was told as a series of flashbacks between the present and past. I actually thought that it helped bring Laura's past life to the foreground in a really interesting way. Still, it could have been done a faster pace. There was so much fleeing, so much dialogue, and it got to the point where it weighed the plot down. I was torn between loving that the breadcrumbs were so expertly laid out, and wanting to run ahead because prying them off the floor was taking too long. It would probably have helped a lot if Andrea's journey to find answers about her mother hadn't taken so many chapters. I know that it was a plot device, in order to allow Slaughter to slowly lay out the past, but that didn't stop me wanting to skim ahead.

I did love the mastermind behind this group though. Well, as much as you can love an evil, calculating man. It was evident that there was a lot of research, and thought, that went into the character of Nick. He was a man that you could tell would be the perfect cult like leader. Charismatic, persuasive, and always with a simmering undercurrent of violence. If I have anything to tell you about what I loved about this book, it would be that Nick is the perfect villain. He brings this whole beautifully executed plot full circle, and I was extremely impressed.

All in all, I thought that Pieces of Her was a pretty solid story. As my first Karin Slaughter book, I was fairly impressed! I'd like to find another one of her books that maybe has things tightened up a bit, in the forward movement department. I'm generally not a fan of thrillers, but reading one in which the story actually felt like it was beautifully resolved has hooked me! I'll be on the lookout 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.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Book Review: I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong



Media Type: ebook (ARC)
Title: I Spy the Boy Next Door
Author: Samantha Armstrong
Publisher: Self published
Pages: 346 paperback
Publication date: May 25th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours/Author
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Content Screening: Violence; Adult Language/Topics

HDB Rating: 3 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy a coming of age story with a surprise ending.

Add it: Goodreads / Amazon
Four p.m. spy sessions are the highlight of Mallory Taylor’s day. Observing the boy next door—one with a body and an attitude to match—has her perched beside her window so often it can’t be healthy.
When she finally convinces her mom to let her go to public school, Mallory comes face to face with her neighbor, Troy Parker. And he makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. His rejection awakens a newfound tenacity and maybe even a touch of recklessness. But when Troy starts to show up when she needs him the most, Mallory can’t help but wonder if there’s more to him than he’s let on.
Taking chances, breaking rules, and following her heart is all new to Mallory. And no one warned her just how fickle hearts can be. When she discovers that Troy isn’t at all the guy she imagined him to be, secrets rise to the surface that will change her life forever.
**This is a standalone mature YA/new adult contemporary romance.

Every story has its up and downs and I'm still a little on the fence of where I land on this one. There were parts I really enjoyed and parts that left me a little unfulfilled. Let me try to capture my feelings.

Mallory is an interesting character. While I sympathize with the whole home-schooled, live in a bubble, upbringing it seemed overused as an excuse for her naivety. One of her main character traits is her impulsiveness: sneaking out, drinking, fights, snooping, etc. which seems contradictory to her very sheltered outlook. For me, it seemed like two extremes that didn't quite make sense in my brain. I understand the venturing out for the first time excitement, but with her anxiety and panic attacks I feel that she would have more trepidation doing all these things. The fact that she was spying on her neighbor for 5 years while pining for him is a bit creepy as well, but let's hope that was just her naivety and social anxiety.

Despite the slightly weird "I know you've been spying on me for years" vibe that Troy has, his character is very well written. He is guarded and has several reasons to be. There's a lot of family history that makes him who he is and I really enjoyed the reveal of his angst and guarded-ness with Mallory. Forbidden fruit you might say.

There were some surprises and I did enjoy how things ended up between Mallory and her friends and family. There were some plot holes that never quite got filled but overall it was an interesting coming of age story. Learning about life, love, and how sometimes are parents are right.





Samantha Armstrong's novels incorporate all of the feels--from swoon-worthy heroes to sweet-but-mostly-sassy heroines, quirk and laughter to emotional grit and panty melting-heat. She has written in multiple genres, but never strays far from romance.
Born and raised in New Zealand, Samantha Armstrong prefers to be tucked away writing whenever she can -- or, rather, whenever her adorable yet demanding baby boy allows.
A normal day for her includes diapers--lots of them--walks with both babies (i.e. human baby and dog baby), writing between naps, and staying up late to write even more. Then somehow fitting all the other stuff in between.
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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, May 17, 2019

Book Review: The Bone Charmer by Breeana Shields


Media Type: Print Book
Title: The Bone Charmer
Author: Breeana Shields
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Pages: Hardcover; 400
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Source: FFBC Tours / Publisher
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Content Screening: Mild Violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who enjoy "sliding doors" stories with vivid characters and settings.

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In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.
So very impressed with this book! It took me a few chapters to really settle into the way that Breeana Shields wanted to tell this story, but once I was there I was hooked. Saskia's life has has always been dictated by bone reading. Each moment painstakingly created so that she'll stay on the path to her happiest life. That is, until it's her turn to find her true calling. I can't remember if I knew that this book was about to split into two stories, or not, but I can tell you that it's a wonderful way to navigate Saskia's journey.

First off, let me be the first to assure you that there is no love triangle in The Bone Charmer. You have no idea how happy that made me, since that's one of my pain points in YA lately. Instead, there are two very seperate romances here. As Saskia's life splits off, one road leading to what she believed she wanted and one road leading to what her mother believed was best for her, these two romances grow in very different ways. I absolutely loved how Shields doesn't shy away from putting Saskia through all manner of trials. As she follows each of these paths, she learns more and more about herself, her mother, and the two boys who she has been matched two. The idea that we don't always know what is best for us, even if we are so sure of it, is heavily featured in this story. It's perfection.

It's honestly tough to say too much more about the plot without giving anything important away, so I'll start focusing on the world building instead. In Saskia's world, as I mentioned above, bone readings are part of life. Matches, both with jobs and with romantic partners, are an essential part of a person's future. It was fascinating watching the way that this played out, in a place like Midwood. Much like our own world, the people with the most money always seemed to have an advantage over those who were poorer. The fact that Saskia's mother, the bone charmer herself, was so upset about that made me smile. This book speaks of "wild magic" and how it used to grow without monetary interference. As I found my way through Saskia's story I saw how that could both help, and hurt, a civilization. There's a lot of deep thoughts in this book, hidden in a way that almost makes them invisible. I loved every minute of it.

Was this book perfect? Perhaps not. There were a lot of things I wished for more of. I wanted more time with Saskia's potential matches. I would have loved more background on Saskia's family, and especially on her amazing mother. While the magic system was fairly well fleshed out, I also wished there would have been more time spent with Saskia as she learned to grow her abilities. I do believe that this is the first book in a series though, so I have hope! There's still time for all of this to become a reality.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my read through of this book! I'd recommend it to those out there who love "sliding doors" stories, and are looking for something without a love triangle. You might just enjoy it as much as I did.

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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.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Book Review: The Pumpkin War by Cathleen Young


Media Type: Print Book (ARC)
Title: The Pumpkin War
Author: Cathleen Young
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Pages: Hardcover; 192
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Source: Publisher
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Content Screening: Nothing of note.

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers looking for a sweet story about real family and friend relationships.

Add it on: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Former best friends compete to see who can grow the biggest pumpkin and win the annual giant pumpkin race on the lake. A great pick for fans of Half a Chance and Gertie's Leap to Greatness.

At the end of every summer, Madeline Island hosts its famous pumpkin race. All summer, adults and kids across the island grow giant, 1000-pound pumpkins, then hollow one out, and paddle in it across the lake to the cheers of the entire town.

Twelve-year-old Billie loves to win; she has a bulletin board overflowing with first prize ribbons. Her best friend Sam doesn't care much about winning, or at least Billie didn't think so until last summer's race, when his pumpkin crashed into hers as she was about to cross the finish line, and he won. This summer, Billie is determined to get revenge by growing the best and biggest pumpkin, and beat Sam in the race. It's a tricky science to grow pumpkins, since weather, bugs and other critters can wipe out a crop. Then a surprise visit from a long lost relative shakes things up, and Billie begins to see her family, and her bond with Sam, in a new way.

What a super sweet book! There is so much goodness wrapped up in here, and this was exactly what I needed to read this week. Did you know that Giant Pumpkin Regattas are a real thing? I didn't! When I started reading The Pumpkin War, my first instinct was to go and do research on the very thing that Billie was working so hard to win. Yes, friends, it's a real competition. Do yourself a favor and go look at some photos before you start reading this book. It makes things so much better!

Anyway, it's safe to say that I loved reading this. Billie was a character who made me smile, because she's exactly what I'd expect a competitive twelve year old to be. I loved that Young didn't just try to pull out the good parts of Billie's life. Yes, she has a loving family and a farm that does well for itself. Still, there are moments of stress and anger too. Watching Billie interact with her new baby brother, battle valiantly against Mother Nature for her prize pumpkin, and even navigate the balance between competition and friendship, was a wonderful thing. There will be a lot of young readers who see themselves in Billie, the good and the hard parts, and that's a really good thing.

My gardening loving heart was also all atwitter at the deep explanations of all the hard work that Billie and her family had to do on their farm. You can tell that Young has done the research. Billie tends bees, and extracts honey. She knows which flowers to plant, to attract bees, and what to plant to get rid of pests. In fact, she even goes through and has to hand pick cucumber beetles to save her pumpkins which, from someone who has done that, I can tell you isn't easy! Her hard work, her sweat, and the ultimate reward at the end, were all just wonderfully detailed. There's even a nod in here to not using pesticides in order to save the bees. Which, to that I say huzzah! Agreed!

I think what I loved most about this story is just the fact that it has such important messages but they aren't at all heavy handed. Billie faces jealousy and guilt. She faces annoyance, shame, and even anger. Underneath all of that though is the idea that family and friends are the basis of everything. Time and time again she finds herself helping, or being helped, by someone else. That beautiful balance is so important, so why not start teaching it to young children and start things off right? I loved it, and I love this book!



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, May 14, 2019

Book Review: As Silver is to the Moon by R. A. Watt


Media Type: ebook ARC
Title: As Silver Is to the Moon
Author: R. A. Watt
Publisher: TER Publishing
Pages: 313
Publication date: April 28th 2019
Source: Xpresso Book Tours/Author
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
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Content Screening: Some violence

HDB Rating: 4 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers looking for an interesting coming of age paranormal story.

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New school. First love. A psychotic werewolf that wanted me dead. And it was only week one in Santa Isadora.
For fifteen-year-old Teavan Laurent and his older sister Suzanne, Santa Isadora seemed like a sleepy and idyllic California town to finish high school after their unexpected move west from New York City.
As he struggles to make friends in a town shrouded in secrets, Teavan soon finds himself the target of an irrational tormentor and rumored-to-be werewolf. The revenge-obsessed psycho vows to wipe out Teavan and his small family due to past wrongs beyond Teavan’s control or knowledge. The twisted legacy left to him by his late grandfather brings Teavan at odds with everything he knows to be true—or at least everything he thought to be true.
The impossible truth of the tale begins to gain traction at his first wolf sighting, and Teavan and Suzanne soon find themselves in the crosshairs of the dark and secretive lycan world of Santa Isadora.
Stalked by a legend that shouldn’t exist, Teavan must decide how far he is willing to go to save those that he loves and come to terms with what lurks from within.

What a roller coaster ride, in the best way. There were twists and turns that I didn't expect and the story unfolds in a very meaningful way. I would categorize this as a coming of age story. Friendships, familial ties, first loves, there is a bit of everything and it all blends beautifully. 

Teavan is an interesting lead character. He reminds me a bit of the friends in Stand By Me. A little bit of an outsider, just trying to figure out his place in this new town and hoping to make some friends along the way. His sense of morality and right vs. wrong make his character grow and change as he learns about "the change". 

Not to be outdone, Teavan's circle of friends all have their own identities and nuances that make them unique. I loved the camaraderie and faith they put in each other to keep each other's secrets. Nothing brings friends together like a bully and some folklore. 

All in all this was a solid 4 star read for me. It has a few faults, and got a bit rushed at the end, but it was a fun read with a surprising ending. I recommend this to readers who enjoy some paranormal with their young adult stories. 

Ryan is a husband and a father of three children. A lover of food, wine, sunshine, skiing, and fiction.
Although his background is in finance, he has always had a love of books, particularly fiction, since a young age and has been an avid reader ever since. Ryan's favorite books are deep, engrossing novels that may not necessarily win Pulitzer Prizes, but are difficult to put down.
Reading should be fun, absorbing, and a step away from our ordinary world. No matter what the critics say about the book on your nightstand, if you don't look forward to reading each night it's not the right book for you!



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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.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Winging It by Lisa Gail Green

Who hasn't wished for a fairy godmother at some point in their life? I know I have! Now imagine finding out your mom is a fairy godmother and having to take over for her at a moments notice. Less exciting? I think so. Grab this fabulous YA fantasy novel to see what happens. 


Winging It
Lisa Gail Green
(Destiny Rules, #1)
Publication date: March 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Zach discovers his mom is a fairy godmother. But what’s really freaking him out is the fact that he’s a fairy too. Now that his mom’s been injured, he must finish her assignments before the next full moon or they’re both grounded, meaning no wings, no wands, and no position in the Organization of Destiny Fulfillment (ODF). Sure it would suck to lose his newfound powers, but Zach quickly learns there’s far more at stake. Failure also means messing up the lives of the people he’s supposed to help.
Forever.
Between a fairy-trainee who happens to be the girl he’s been in love with since fifth grade, a boss he doesn’t trust, and a gremlin physics teacher that wants to eat him, Zach’s pretty sure even a magic wand can’t bail him out.
Winging It has been a featured book on WATTPAD and here are just a few of the comments from readers:
“ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! BRAVO BRAVO! I sincerely, really loved this book. What was funny is I went out on a wing from werewolf and tried out fantasy and I love it. Your book inspires me to read more fantasy. Excellent story telling.”
“Amazing, absolutely amazing. What a beautiful ending.”
“I love this ending! It leaves just enough loose ends that imagination can fill in the gaps. Whatever happens next, I’m glad I somehow found this amazing book!”
“This was one of the best books I’ve ever read please make a sequel!!”
“I really enjoyed the book! And i spent like two whole days reading it.. i couldnt put it down at all XD
And like everyone else if like to read a sequel… soo….SEQUEL!!”
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“I have to get you your happily ever after by sunset on the next full moon or bad things happen. To me and my mom.”

“My happily ever after?” she asks in a dreamy sort of way.

“Yeah. I’m supposed to fix you up with your soulmate. Your prince charming.”

She smiles, her eyes lighting up. “Then get back over here.”

I throw my head back and groan. “I’m not him, Kelly.”

Silence.

I risk a look. She’s sitting on the edge of her bed, twisting her blanket in one hand. “You’re the one I like,” she says. “I can’t imagine falling for someone else by the full moon.”

“I like you too,” I say. “I do, but it doesn’t work that way. You’re supposed to be with Bo.”

“You mean Bo Tyler?” she asks, laughing. “Quarterback of the football team, most popular guy at school, Bo Tyler?”

“Yeah.”

“No way. I mean, he’s good looking, but he was just a silly crush. I don’t even know him. And he isn’t as cute as you, Zach. In fact, I doubt he could ever compete with someone like you.”

“You only like me because I’m a fairy,” I say.

“That’s not true, but it is pretty cool.”

“No. I mean that’s part of my nature. Fairy Charm. That’s why we’re not supposed to get involved with humans. They can’t tell if it’s really us they love, or our nature. Plus, you have a thing for me because of your book fantasies.” I point to the shelves.

“I’m pretty sure it’s you I like,” she says. “I did before you told me any of this.”

“If you don’t get together with Bo in less than a week, I will lose my wings and my wand.”

“That’s not fair,” she says, standing.

“Nope. But there it is.”

“So, you want me to be stuck with some dumb football player for the rest of my life just so you can keep your wings?” she asks, stepping up so we’re nose-to nose-and poking my chest.

“No! I mean, sort of. But only because he’s your soul mate. Really! I’m not making this shit up, Kelly. It’s real. Just… just give me a chance. I mean him. Give him a chance. If I fix you two up, will you do that?”

“Only if you agree to seeing me too.” She narrows her eyes at me and purses her lips so the dimples in her cheeks deepen.

I sigh. She isn’t getting this. “Kelly—”



“Those are my terms. I promise to give him an honest chance if you give me one too.”

Lisa Gail Green writes paranormal and fantasy because she loves to bring life to the stories in her head. WINGING IT, Book 1 of her new YA fantasy series, Destiny Rules, is NOW available. Sign up for her newsletter for more deals and info at LisaGailGreen.com. Oh -- and she would most definitely have a werewolf for a pet if she weren't allergic.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Book Blitz + Giveaway: The Revenge Plan by Linda Kage

Greetings friends! We're so close to Friday I can almost taste it. What better way to prepare for the weekend than a sizzling new romance. Check out this new release that will surely bring the fun! 

The Revenge Plan
Linda Kage
Publication date: April 29th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
After I caught my boyfriend cheating, I tried to be mature about it with an amicable split. But he took his retaliation too far, and I have officially had enough. No more Miss Nice Haven.
No one is allowed to lie to me, betray, embarrass, and devastate me, fill me with self-doubt, or put my future at risk, and expect to get away with it. He is going to feel my wrath.
Enter Wick Webster, his archenemy.
Nothing would provoke my ex more than to see me moving on with the one guy he hates most, so that’s exactly what I plan to do.
The only hitch in my brilliant scheme is Wick himself. He’s just gotta be all love-not-war and peace-is-the-only-way. He’s more concerned about helping me heal than seeking my sweet revenge.
And what the hell is it about his soothing presence and yummy looks that calls to me until I forget how much pain I’m in? He’s making it awfully hard to use and abuse him for my malicious means. The damn guy is making me fall for him.



“You guys are totally off your rockers. I am not having sex with anyone just to get back at Topher. To me, that’d be like drinking poison and expecting him to die from it.”
Bentley gasped, affronted, and pressed a hand to her chest. “Sex isn’t poison.”
I rolled my eyes because SHE hadn’t been cheated on recently.
“Seriously,” Teagan went on. “Sex can be good for you. It’s actually the number one reliever in vaginal atrophy.”
I blinked. “In…what?”
“Inflammation, dryness, and thinning of the vaginal walls.”
“Huh?” I furrowed my brow, wondering how I’d landed myself in a sex-education class.
“You must massage the tissue down there, exercise it regularly and get the blood flowing so it remains healthy and elastic. Otherwise, it’s going to dry out like an unused rubber band and crumble apart.” She balled her hand into a fist as if wadding up something. “Just a brittle piece of hopelessness.”
Ouch.
Why did I suddenly want to wince and protectively cover my hoo-ha with both of my hands? Seriously, I’d just found an old rubber band last week. It had dried up and fallen to pieces as soon as I had picked it up.
Lord, I didn’t want my vagina to crumble apart like that.
But then Bella—bless her soul—rolled her eyes and muttered, “Oh, whatever. She doesn’t need a man to get the blood flowing down there. My faithful BOB has kept me more satisfied and elasticized than any human douche ever could.”
Teagan merely shrugged. “It’s more fun with a real penis though. Just saying.”
“Wow,” Lucy murmured, shaking her head. “JB must have some kind of magical cock to make you talk this way because, before him, you were all like, eww, men are so overrated. Sex is gross. Keep it away from me.”
Lifting her chin, Teagan sniffed proudly and rubbed her swollen belly. “He does. It even sparkles in the sunlight.”
“Ack,” I cried, covering my ears with my hands. “It is so impossible to think of JB that way. He’s like a cousin to me, T.”
“You know, you don’t actually have to have sex with anyone,” Bentley spoke up, making me glance at her in confusion. “You just have to make Topher believe you did.”
“Or…” Bella countered. “As much of a showboat as Topher is, the best way to get back at him would be to just move on and be happy. I have a feeling him seeing you moving on without him might drive him crazier than anything.”




Linda writes romance fiction from YA to adult, contemporary to fantasy. Most Kage stories lean more toward the lighter, sillier side with a couple meaningful moments thrown in. Focuses more on entertainment value and emotional impact.
Published since 2010. Went through a 2-year writing correspondence class in children's literature from The Institute of Children's Literature. Then graduated with a Bachelors in Arts, English with an emphasis in creative fiction writing from Pittsburg State University.
Now she lives with hubby, two daughters, cat Holly, and nine cuckoo clocks in southeast Kansas, USA. Farm girl. Parents were dairy farmers. Was youngest of eight. Big family. Day job as a cataloging library assistant.
Harry Potter House Gryffindor, Patronus White Stallion, character match Hagrid. Supernatural Team Dean. Game of Thrones Team Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. The Walking Dead Team Daryl. Outlander Team Jamie Fraser. Teen Wolf Team Stiles. Avenger Team Thor...or Hulk (can't decide). Justice League Team Flash. Arrow Team Stephen Amell. Stranger Things obsessed. Heard Laurel, not Yanny.
Started out reading with the Baby-Sitters Club. Then moved to Sandra Brown, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, and LaVyrle Spencer in high school. Now all over the place with her romance reading tastes.
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