Posted in 2013, May

The Program by Suzanne Young Review


the programPublished April 30, 2013 by Simon Pulse

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

My Thoughts:

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This was the saddest book that I had read in a long time! Don’t get me wrong, I loved it!!! This was exactly what a great book is supposed to do for you. It leaves you with a ton of jumbled up emotions; I felt like my heart was breaking, I fell in love, I was confused and I laughed! This book definitely makes one of my top favorites this year so far!!!

Okay, so here’s the story…..

Sloane, James and Miller live in a time when suicide had effected so many of the young people. The government believed that suicide was an infection and it could be contagious. So, they created “The Program”.

The Program basically was set up where everyone would keep watch and if anyone noticed any changes in one of the town’s young people, they would call the “handler’s” and that person would be taken to the one of the rehab centers to start their working towards getting better. Also, they make each student fill out an assessment at school with crazy questions like:

Have you felt lonely or overwhelmed recently?

Has anyone close to you committed suicide?

Sloane, James and Miller think they have the system all figured out. They try to stay off the radar and keep all attention off of them. The problems start when Miller’s girlfriend, Lacey gets released from rehab and she doesn’t remember him at all. They know her memory has been erased, but they wonder what else had happened to her. What they don’t know is that they have no idea of what it is really like on the inside of a rehab center. But, some of them will soon find out.

I cannot even express the feelings that I had while reading this book!

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Sloane and James are a couple and their story is fascinating yet a very sad one. They share a tragedy that really, no one should ever have to witness. I think that is what holds them together so closely. I do believe that they adore each other and there were times that they gave me a chuckle, especially when Sloane was reminiscing! They also ripped my heart out. I found myself literally sobbing at some points!!

Suzanne Young, I bow to you for creating a superb storyline and characters that are real and very likeable! Although, I still am not sure about this Michael person??? I find it amazing and I really can’t put my finger on it, but, some authors have the ability to literally pull us in with their characters and make us feel like we are a part of their story and we feel the pain and anguish right along with them. This was one of those times and I THANK YOU!!!

Highly recommended Read! Now, the long wait for the next book:(

5

Heather

 

Posted in 2013, January

“Crewel” Review


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Date Published: October 16, 2012

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Number of Pages: 368
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
First Thoughts:
This book just blew me away with the creativity of the world and conflict. It was both a unique and creative world that made the situations both life-like and unrealistic at the same time. The pureness of this world was so astonishing that I was thinking about this books days, weeks after I finished it. I know there were some negative reviews for this book but I personally thought it was one of the best books I read in 2012.
Plot:
The plot was thought-out and through. I found that the situations and conflicts involved with the characters were well timed and created. I did not feel any forced conflict on the story itself and the major conflict was easily explained and understood. As far as the pace of the book goes, it was rather fast, there was plenty of action to keep the reader on their toes but at the same time give the reader that much needed comic relief. I really did enjoy this book’s world. The idea of places and things being connected with a string of color was absolutely creative. I had not really seen any of the ideas presented in this books that I have had read. I thought this author really took the time to build a world that was both new and fascinating to the reader. I enjoyed the conflict itself and the building of tension throughout this book, it really made the climax that much more intense with the slow build up. So overall I really enjoyed the plot and I didn’t really see any major flaws in it.
Romance:

As far as romance goes there was some (No surprise there). This had to be one of the only parts that wasn’t perfect. There was kind of a love triangle in the story but by the end it kind of almost straightened itself out. And the love itself was nothing new, it’s the kind of romance you see in a lot of the young adult books today. You have the supreme guy and then you have a guy who is considered a “bottom feeder”. So overall I didn’t really enjoy the romance to the story and instead enjoyed the major conflict instead.

Characters:
The characters were beautifully creative though there was some that I considered cookie cutter character; meaning characters that we’ve seen in other stories/books. But the main character especially I found refreshing and very easy to connect with. From the first page you are already connected with her and want her to be happy. And within a couple of chapters the world really flips up and you’re introduced to more charming and charamastic characters. There is a few annoying characters but we’ve all had them in the books we’ve read in the past. So overall I enjoyed the characters in this book and aside from some unoriginal characters thought they were well created.
Transformation of the Character:
There wasn’t a lot of transformation happening in this book, it was all about setting up the world and introducing all of the conflicts and characters. So though you can see a trace of a transformation this wasn’t really an aspect that held any weight in rather I found the book enjoyable or not.
Description:
I loved, loved, loved the description in this book. I think this was one of the best aspects of the world because the author really zeroed in on describing the new world and all the little details that went along with it. I especially enjoyed how she explained the process of the strings of lights and how they fit into the story or conflict. I also enjoyed when she expressed the characters emotions, I could definitely feel the confusion, fear, and happiness of all that was happening. And as far as the amount of description I didn’t think there was too much of it because without all the description the world wouldn’t make sense. The details are the most important part of this book.
Style:
This was written in one POV and in first person. I found this to be the best way to tell the story. You want to be able to connect with the main character and at the same time get a good view of the world through her eyes (she is the one experiencing and telling the story after all). And as for the authors writing itself I found it smooth and beautifully crafted. I found some of the writing to be almost poetic and creative. So overall I did enjoy this aspect of the book and have to compliment the author on her writing style.
Quote of the book:
“I’ve touched pieces of a weave before, but never sections that contained people. There’s a charge running through the piece, and I realize that what I’m feeling is the energy of thousands of lives that rest under my fingers.”
Goodreads Summary:
Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl is in charge of other’s destinies, but not her own.
Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become a Spinster — one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.Thrust into the opulent Western Coventry, Adelice will be tried, tested and tempted as she navigates the deadly politics at play behind its walls.  Now caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power.  Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it — or destroy it.
Last Thoughts:I would recommend this to young adults and to anyone who has an open mind because this book does dig deep into the thinking process. I really enjoyed this book and hope that a few of you will give it a chance also. Go to the library if you don’t know if you like it, I’m sure the library would be more than willing to let you borrow this piece of a world for twenty one days. So overall I did enjoy this book and look forward to book two in this series.
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lacey
Posted in 2012, Book Tours, October

Fragile Blog Tour


Fragile by M. Leighton

Published April 2012 by M Leighton Books

Her heart, as delicate as glass.  His love, as strong as steel.  Can either survive life and death?

Hardy Bradford is an eighteen year old football phenomenon who has the girl, the school, the town and the future in the palm of his hand.  His life is all mapped out for him, right down to who he’ll marry and how he’ll become a professional football player.  It doesn’t seem to matter that Hardy would’ve chosen a much different life if it was up to him.  But it’s not.  At least not until his Miracle comes along.

The first time Hardy laid eyes on Miracle St. James, he didn’t know who she was, but he knew she was something different and that he’d never get her out of his head.  And he didn’t.  Now, months later, Hardy’s world is turned upside down when Miracle shows up in his class, stealing his heart and forever changing the course of his life.

Miracle’s sick.  Very sick.  And Hardy might be losing the only thing in his life that has ever mattered.  How much is too much to sacrifice for the one you love?  For just a little more time?  For just one more chance?  Can Hardy be the hero Miracle needs?  Or is it Hardy that needs saving?

Review

I must start off by saying that I LOVED the character of Miracle! She was able to see a little bit of good in everyone. Even if the people around her were awful. She used her misfortune to see the bright side of every situation and did not take anything for granted. The simplest things in life were mesmerizing to her.

Hardy was awesome also and I have to tell you that I had formed a teeny tiny crush on him. Just add another one to the book boyfriend list:) He was able to stand up for what he truly wanted out of life and actually give a part of himself to Miracle.

The storyline was great and the development of the characters was superb. I very much enjoyed getting to know all of them. Even the horrible ones! I would like to thank AToMR for bringing this awesome contemporary to my attention and I highly suggest that if you like love stories, then you pick this one up too!

The Rest of the Tour

October 22 * Books Were My First Friends-PROMO POST * The reader lines-REVIEW * Have Book, Will Read-REVIEW * A Diary Of A Book Addict-REVIEW * mugglebloggle-REVIEW

October 23 * Read-A-holicZ-EXCERPT * FireStarBooks-PROMO POST * YA Book Addict-REVIEW * Coffee, books and me-EXCERPT * Breakfast At Bookland-REVIEW * The Reclusive Reader-Promo

October 24 * Memories Overtaking Me-REVIEW * Princess of Pages-REVIEW * Bookworm Lisa-REVIEW * Comfort Books-REVIEW * The Book Barbies-REVIEW * Bookshelf Confessions-EXCERPT * Nightly Reading-REVIEW * A Book Lovers Review-REVIEW * Little Red Reads-REVIEW

October 25 * StuckInBooks-REVIEW * book briefs-REVIEW * A Soul Unsung-REVIEW

October 26 * Reading to Stay Alive-REVIEW * The Bookish Babe-PROMO POST * Reader Girls-PROMO POST * For The Love Of Film And Novels-REVIEW

October 27 * Several Books At Once-REVIEW * The Autumn Review-PROMO POST

Posted in 2012, October

Anything He Wants by Sara Fawkes


Expected publication: November 27th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: Netgalley

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First published as a five-part e serial novel, Anything He Wants inflamed imaginations everywhere and became a national bestseller.  Now available for the first time ever as a complete book, this edition contains never-before-released scenes and special bonus material. Don’t miss this erotic tale of  a powerful billionaire who always gets what he wants and the young woman who’s about to enter his exclusive realm–a world of glittering opulence and all-consuming passion, where she’ll explore the darkest reaches of her own desire.

Lucy Delacourt’s temp position isn’t quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. Tall, dark, and sexy as hell, Lucy knows he’s way out of her league, but a girl can look, right?

Everything changes the day the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn’t know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn’t nearly enough to satisfy his need.  As the billionaire pulls Lucy deeper into his world of high stakes business deals and ruthless takeovers, he demands nothing less than her complete surrender.  But even as enemies seek deadly revenge against him, she’ll discover that her greatest threat is falling for her fiercely guarded boss…and yielding to her own darkest needs.

Review

Okay ladies, you know how we are always looking for that next fix after Fifty? Well, this book helped me get mine. There are a few Christian qualities to Mr. Hamilton and I could not help but think of our Mr. Grey several times while reading.

The one thing that I loved with this book was the little tads of humor thrown in here and there. The main character of Lucy is a tad bit snarky, but, also a tad submissive. She often wonders to herself if she could take much more of Jeramiah’s clipped tone and dominant ways. But, he has her under a spell and she soon is not able to turn back even if she wanted to.

Jeramiah…very swoonworthy! He is very dominant and ex-military which only makes him even hotter in my book! He has a tender side too though that only comes through when he is with Lucy. I need to say here that his mother is just plain aweful! She puts a major twist on the storyline when things finally heat up.

I have never read anything by this writer before and to be honest, I only first heard of her through Netgalley. BUT, I am curious if this series will continue on? There was a wonderful mix of lust, love, betrayal and action. The makes of the perfect book that held my attention through to the end.

Like all love stories, there is a cliffhanger ending. The writer leaves us with a little bit of a comical yet sad ending. I can only hope the next book will be out soon! Surely, the writer cannot leave us hanging???

Posted in 2012, Book Tours, October

Wellesley Wives Blog Tour


Wellesley Wives

by Suzy Duffy

From the Indie powerhouse publisher of Fifty Shades of Grey…

FUN, FEARLESS, FABULOUS FEMALES!

MEET THE  ‘REAL’ HOUSEWIVES OF NEW ENGLAND

Since the Real Housewives of Orange County made their network television debut, America has been enraptured by the fabulous, scandalous lives of wealthy men’s Botox-ed better halves across the country.

But it isn’t until now, with the September 27, 2012 release of Suzy Duffy’s Wellesley Wives [The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House], that the well-to-do’ers of New England finally get their shot at the glory.

Following the escapades of the fictional and fabulous Popsy Power – a pretty, popular and insanely rich Boston society wife, and her best friend, the uber-fit and massively spoiled Sandra – Wellesley Wives is a celebratory romp through the lives of women who have, lose, and ultimately triumph over it all.

While their opulent wardrobes, expensive cars and handsome husbands may at first glance appear as picture-perfect as the masterworks that hang on their walls, the cracks in their gilded surfaces don’t stay hidden for long. Life is incredibly good for these ladies who lunch – until it goes bad, and this is where Wellesley Wives begins.

Facing divorce, infidelity, financial loss and more, Popsy and the girls traipse through the affluent suburbs of Boston, the Irish countryside and Caribbean yachts, all the while negotiating the blows they’re dealt with laughter, extravagance and a resilience that every woman, regardless of social strata, will recognize as her own.

“When I moved to Boston from Dublin, I realized that women everywhere really are the same,” says Duffy, an Irish native who is already a #1 bestselling author in Europe. “We all get hit with problems through life – many of which we don’t see coming.

Wellesley Wives was written to make women laugh and forget about reality for a little while. It’s white wine without the calories!”

A joyful, life-affirming story that celebrates female fearlessness and intelligence, Wellesley Wives looks at:

* The importance of female friendship and solidarity: why life is easier when you have someone to laugh about the ups and downs with!

* The ‘problem-free’ lifestyles of affluent housewives: does money solve as many problems as one might think?

* Handling divorce, infidelity and family problems with grace

* Finding courage in the face of the unknown, taking risks, and following your heart!

About the Author

Suzy Duffy is an international and #1 bestselling author. A former national radio DJ and TV presenter in her native Ireland, she moved to Boston with her husband, five children and one dog in 2009 in light of Europe’s economic downturn. Duffy’s colorful background has taken her from working in the United Nations’ Geneva headquarters to being a water-ski instructor in Greece to laboring as a corn cutter in the south of France.

Wellesley Wives, Duffy’s debut U.S. book release, is the first in a New England based trilogy of novels. She is currently working on the second installment, Newton Neighbors.

Links

Wellesley Wives is currently available now via The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House and Amazon.

Find Suzy Duffy on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, her website and on The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House site.

Posted in 2012, Book Tours, October

The Akasha Chronicles Blog Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway


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Emily’s House by Natalie Wright

Fourteen-year-old Emily Adams is flunking math – and life. But Emily has a secret, one that she has kept even from her best friends. Soon the ancient legacy coursing through her veins will force her secret to be revealed. Dormant for over a thousand years, an evil has arisen and this time, it will destroy anyone – or anything – that stands in its way.

Three teens embark on a dangerous journey and risk everything. For Emily, the fate of her friends – and her world – lies in her hands.

Travel with Emily as she unlocks the secrets of her Celtic ancestors as she goes on a mystical journey to the inner house and beyond.

Join the Journey . .

Emily’s Trial by Natalie Wright

Two years ago, Emily’s journey began. She learned the ancient magic of her Celtic ancestors, and became a modern Celtic Priestess. The golden torc, forged by faerie hands, is still wound around her arm, fused to her soul. She was entrusted with powerful magic – secret knowledge.

But even a Priestess can feel desire – temptation – and the quest for love. Will passion entice Emily to use her sacred magic in a forbidden way? Can new love take root in a world of nightmares? And will her friendships survive Emily’s Trial?

The Journey Continues . . .

Excerpt From Emily’s Trial:

The Apocalypse didn’t start with four horsemen, harbingers of the horror to come. It didn’t start with a plague, or pestilence, or even zombies rising from the dead.

It came slowly, and without warning. It crept up on people in the shadows, no more than a vague darkness that spread like an unseen cancer.

And it wasn’t set into action by a divine hand. A teenage girl was the catalyst for the End Times.

I should know. I’m the one that started it.

I didn’t plan to, of course. I had no desire to start the End Times, and I’m not evil.

Madame Wong taught me to tell the truth, and so here it is. I’m the one responsible for the Apocalypse. And this is the story of how I unwittingly unlocked the door to the darkness; of how a Priestess of the Order of Brighid, entrusted with powerful magic that was supposed to be used for the benefit of all humankind, unleashed a force that would destroy it instead.

And it all began with desire.

Author Bio:

Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult fantasy trilogy. When not writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, feeds her dog too many treats, and can’t resist watching Ancient Aliens, no matter how absurd the show becomes.

Natalie enjoys travel, good wine, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, now lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a high rise in a big city.

“Books are my friends, ideas my passion.”

Natalie enjoys chatting with readers, so stop by and say hi:

Blog: http://www.NatalieWrightsYA.blogspot.com

Twitter: @NatalieWright_

Facebook: NatalieWright.Author

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/468945.Natalie_Wright

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WritesKidsBooks

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/NatalieWright_

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/natwrites/

Tour Line Up:

10/10/12- Tana Rae Reads
10/12/12- Crazy For Books
10/15/12- Release Day Party!!!
Everyone is included in the release day party including the following:

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Posted in 2012, September

Risking It All by Jennifer Schmidt


Risking It All by Jennifer Schmidt

Expected publication: September 27th 2012 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop

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Source; Netgalley

Kennedy Monroe barely got her foot in her college dorm her freshman year before she was being warned about a certain dark-haired, blue-eyed self-proclaimed Casanova. There were only so many tales of heartache – and incredibly steamy nights – she could listen to before she started to believe them. But after a run in with the most sought after college womanizer, her ill feelings toward him change and soon a friendship forms that surprises everyone.

Twelve years later Kennedy and Memphis Adams are closer than ever – and only friends despite what those around them think, including Kennedy’s boyfriend Ian Brooks. When Kennedy accepts an invitation to vacation in Alaska from Memphis, her relationship with Brooks is tested as is her restraint when it comes to the desire she has always had for her best friend.

Alone with Memphis in Alaska, Kennedy finds it increasingly harder to ignore temptation and wants nothing more than to give into her secret desires with the one man that has always been off limits. But is one night of passion worth the possible risk of losing their friendship over?

Feeling torn between doing the right thing and doing what she wants, Kennedy fears losing her best friend. She knows she needs to sort out her feelings for the two men in her life and deal with the consequences of her actions, but how can she when everything seems to be falling apart so fast? And how much can Memphis take before he’s pushed too far and can no longer take Kennedy’s inability to make a decision about what and who she wants?

Kennedy discovers the harsh reality of how one night can change everything and leave her risking it all.

My Review

I really, really enjoyed this book! When I had first started it, the book had kind of reminded me of Beautiful Disaster. We all know that BD is one of my all time favorites, especially since NightlyReading is quoted on the back cover of the paperback. But, enough about that…on with the review…

I am going to cut right to the chase…Memphis… can I say la swoon? Memphis definitely has the bad boy exterior with the leather jacket and riding the motorcycle. But, he is all teddy bear inside. Perfect book boyfriend material!

I loved Kennedy in the beginning, but by the end, I wanted to slap the crap out of her! WTH was she doing??? I understand that she was confused, but oohhh boy, she sure does get herself into a pickle!!!

I was not a fan of Brooks from the get go. He just seemed so boring compared to Memphis.

One thought that I did have while reading was that I wish that we had a little more background into the conquests of Memphis. We get told that he is a player, but, we do not really get any examples. What a great idea for a novella!

The ending was actually pretty perfect and I was thrilled! I can’t wait to read more by this author:)

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Exploring Brooks

Ian Brooks is a secondary character in Risking It All, yet he’s needed to make the story what it is. Even though his part isn’t very big, the book wouldn’t have had the angst that it did without him involved.

I never really put that much thought into the character of Brooks. I just needed someone to play the inconsiderate, workaholic boyfriend. I didn’t have a backstory for him, I didn’t know what drove him to be the work obsessed guy he was or why he chose the career he did. The only thing I did know was he had to be successful, older and charming enough to win Kennedy at first but distracted enough by his career to make her feel insignificant.

He isn’t the core of the story, but Brooks is important to an extent, and is one of those minor characters that I would have liked to explore more. Did he come from a well off family? Maybe from a long line of surgeons and it was just expected of him to fall into the family tradition and succeed. Could he have been pressured by his father (or mother) to be the best that he could be—as good as all the other doctors in the family?

Or was he was so absorbed with his career because it was the only thing he had? Maybe his home life hadn’t been so great and by working hard and getting away from it all he had finally made something of himself and he was proud of where it had gotten him. Or he could have had the most awesome supportive parents who encouraged him to chase his dreams whatever they may be.

What about brothers or sisters? Friends? Ex-girlfriends? Experiences in his life that he never wanted to forget. And some that he wished he didn’t remember. All the things that give a person a past we don’t know about Brooks.

It’s his backstory that could have revealed so much about what made him tick and why he acted the way he did. Maybe if we knew about his past it and why he was such a selfish, inconsiderate ass, we would be more sympathetic toward him.

Or maybe not because no matter what his story is there’s no way he could live up to Memphis—at least in my eyes.

Posted in 2012, Book Tours, September

Evergreen Blog Tour!


Evergreen by Brenda Pandos

Published June 29th 2012 by Obsidian Mountain Publishing

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A kingdom on the brink of war.
A king on the fringes of insanity.
A family running for their lives.

Ash and Fin’s only desire is to be together and dive into their happily ever after, though their conflicting worlds work to pull them apart. Neither is ready to convert to the other’s life: become a human or a mer. Little do they know that somewhere in Natatoria a secret holds the fine fabric of everyone’s lives together. If the truth is discovered, Ash and Fin will no longer have the luxury of waiting. They’ll be forced to choose. But will it be for loyalty or love? Or will someone else make the choice for them if they can’t decide?

Enter the watery world of treachery, greed, and the binding mer kiss as the story continues with Evergreen, book two of Mer Tales.

My Review

I was nervous at first about trying to jump back into the world of the Mers after having read book one so long ago! But, Evergreen just jumps right back into the story and the reader feels like they had never left.

The book starts off with Ash and Fin being separated with Fin off to Florida and Ash going back to school. The reader really gets a sense of how much these two care for each other. It is hard for them to be apart from each other for three days with out them thinking about one another constantly.

I loved the incoming of some new characters and really can’t wait to read more about them. I am sure that the next book will give the reader more insight into the Florida Mers.

Tension was thick through out the book between Ash & Fin and their parents. At times, I thought they were being too strict, but, then again, they were only trying to protect their children.

There were so many twists and turns in this book that it was hard to stop reading. I really couldn’t wait to get to the end and see how it all came together. I am really looking forward to the next book, Everlost!

Brenda Pandos is an amazing writer. I seem to love everything she writes and I send out huge kudos to congratulate her on another fantastic series!

Giveaway

Brenda is holding a giveaway for a chance to win $50.00 amazon Gift card, Signed set of Everblue & Evergreen and 3 vials of Essence Necklace.

Brenda is also looking to choose one winner from each blog stop that either leaves a question or comment for her to address on her blogs, she will award that winner an ebook copy.

Click on the following link to register for the giveaway:

http://brendapandos.blogspot.com/2012/08/evergreen-blog-tour-aug-20-sept-7th-50.html

Posted in 2012, Author Interviews, July

Auracle by Gina Rosati, Author Interview


Auracle by Gina Rosati

Published August 7th 2012 by Roaring Brook Press

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16 year old Anna Rogan has a secret she’s only shared with her best friend, Rei; she can astrally project out of her body, allowing her spirit to explore the world and the far reaches of the universe.

When there’s a fatal accident and her classmate Taylor takes over Anna’s body, what was an exhilarating distraction from her repressive home life threatens to become a permanent state. Faced with a future trapped in another dimension, Anna turns to Rei for help. Now the two of them must find a way to get Anna back into her body and stop Taylor from accusing an innocent friend of murder. Together Anna and Rei form a plan but it doesn’t take into account the deeper feelings that are beginning to grow between them.

Interview

Which author inspires you the most and why?

 A.S. King inspires me the most. She stabs her pen right in there and gets to the heart of the matter. She tackles issues that make me squirm and shouts words that make me blush. She says what she means and doesn’t beat around the bush. Her writing style challenges us to stick it in a genre box, but it can’t be done. But the most amazing thing about A.S. King is that she has her priorities straight … every blog, every FB post, every Tweet and acknowledgement page she’s written shows me that she is grateful to have the opportunity to write, to publish, but at the end of the day, people are what matter to her most.

When you are not writing, what are some of your other interests?

–          My husband, teenage son and daughter and two guinea pigs!

–          I’ve volunteered in the schools since my son started kindergarten, and now my main volunteer position is in the middle school library. I love the middle school library!! Kids are just discovering the wonderful world of YA fiction, and I love to share my favorite books with them.

–          I am a crafting junkie! I learned how to crochet when I was six, and I must have made a hundred afghans since. I also needlepoint, cross-stitch, bead (pretty shiny beads are an addiction to me!) and my next endeavor is to learn to spin luscious yarn like fellow author Jodi Meadows (INCARNATE) http://jmeadows.livejournal.com/895225.html

–          I decorate cakes as a hobby, so that’s another place I’d astral project to … Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ to see Buddy (The Cake Boss.)

 If your book was turned into a movie, whom would you cast as the leading role if it was your choice?

Rei – Ryan Higa – If you don’t already subscribe to Ryan’s Youtube channels (he has two) you’re missing out. I first heard about Ryan after the tsunami in Japan when he did a “Honk for Japan” fundraiser on his NigaHiga channel, and he seems like an all-around nice guy with a ton of talent. And he has a really cute puppy!

Anna – Chloë Moretz, although her hair needs to be much darker. She seems to have a ton of energy and that’s what Anna’s all about.

Taylor – Dianna Agron – she has the bitchy thing down to a science. She’s probably one of the sweetest people in real life.

Seth – Keegan Allen – I admit I’ve never seen this guy act, but he has that moody look about him. I also admit that I don’t watch a lot of tv, so if anyone has suggestions, I’m listening.

 

 Thanks Gina for the interview!

Auracle can be purchased at:

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Posted in 2012, Book Tours, July

Need Blog Tour by Sherri Hayes


Welcome to the Need Blog Tour!

FYI, This series is an adult series and can contain strong sexual content!

I want to take this time to review both books in the series!

First up:

Slave by Sherri Hayes

Published July 28th 2011 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

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Stephan has lived the lifestyle of a Dominant for five years. After several rebellious teenage years, it gave him the stability and control he had been seeking after his parent’s death.

As president of a not-for-profit foundation, he knows what his future holds and what he wants out of life. All that changes when a simple lunch with his college friend and Mentor, Darren, leads him to buying a slave.

Thrust into a situation he never thought he’d be in, Stephan can’t walk away. He is compelled to help this girl in the only way he knows how.

Brianna knows only one thing, she is a slave. She has nothing. She is nothing.

Can Stephan help Brianna realize that she is much more than just a Slave?

Heather’s Review

Stephan is a sweet heart and I really enjoyed his POV. It was nice to see that he was rough and tough on the outside, but, really a teddy bear on the inside. I liked that he could have turned a blind eye on Bri, but decided that she needed help.

I felt so bad for Bri. It was a little rough to read specifics about what had happened to her. I was almost brought to tears quite a few times. It is hard to see her so tormented and the reader wanders what she may have been like prior to becoming involved in this lifestyle?

I have not read many books about subs/doms, but this one is actually one of my favorites even though there is no sex. This book is classified as erotica, but, there is absolutely no sex. It is hinted at and there are some explanations as to what had happened with Bri, but, not many.

Juls Review

At first i was really turned off by the fact that the lead female was 18.  i like my couple to be age appropriate 25-40 ish range.  but the more i read the more i enjoyed it.  It was so much more than about sex, which there isnt any but more about healing and love and acceptance.

very pleasantly surprised for sure.  The ending was very abrupt and finding out that theres a book 2 made me understand the ending or lack there of a bit better.

Need by Sherri Hayes

Published July 26th 2012 by The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

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As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. It is an integral part of who she is now, and it will forever shape her view of life. The one thing she knows is that she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs?

Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued, but the thought of her no longer being part of his life is physically painful. The scars from her past continue to haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. All he can do is try to help her work through the traumas of her past. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?

The two must figure out how to navigate not only their relationship with each other, but also the outside world. A friend from Brianna’s past shows up where she least expects them, and Uncle Richard continues to enforce his well-meaning agenda to get Brianna more traditional help. As forces, both friend and foe, threaten to tear them apart, Stephan and Brianna have to navigate the turbulent waters and find what they need in each other.

Heather’s Review

I was pleasantly surprised by the little added bonus of some sexual content in this book. I enjoyed all the interactions between Bri and Stephan.

Stephan is trying to be all that Bri needs and his feelings seem to be getting a jumbled mess. Bri is still working on how to act and the two keep working on their emotional relationship as well as the sexual one.

Stephan was very gentle with Bri in this book and I love all the gentleness between the two, but really want to see some sweaty passion! LOL

With the cliffhanger ending, I am sure that the third book in the series is going to be full of twists and turns!

Juls Review

Brianna was severely broken, body mind and soul.  Need takes you on a journey of how Stephen, an amazing man who has the patience of a saint, took all his time and energy to slowly bring Brianna back to herself.

Stephen didn’t want her to burrow into her shell so he would take her out in public as much as possible.   There were some incidents that could have been prevented but those moments showed Stephen what really happened to Brianna during her time with Ian.  Ian was truly an evil man.

Stephen knows it’s not going to happen overnight but with every kiss and every touch, small or big, brings Brianna back to who she was before she was taken.

I can’t really say there were fireworks when they finally came together because really their love making was way more than that.  It was more than beautiful, it went beyond that.

I was pleasantly surprised by the end.  I didn’t think there was going to be another book.  I can’t wait to find out more about Brianna and her past.

10 favorite things about being an author

by Sherri Hayes

1. Not being considered crazy for having stories floating around in my head.

2. Being able to create characters and stories that I love.

3. Interacting and meeting my readers.

4. Brainstorming ideas with my beta and editor.

5. Meeting fellow authors and discovering even more books I need to read.

6. Being able to say ‘I’m an author’ when someone asks what I do for a living.

7. Hearing someone list my book as one of the best BDSM book they’ve read.

8. Having my editor send me a note in the middle of reading one of my manuscripts saying how much she’s loving my new story.

9. Holding my book in my hands for the first time.

10. Being able to share the stories I love with others.

Thanks to Sherri and to The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House for allowing us to participate in this tour.

*Juls is a guest contributor to NightlyReading.